UNWTO News 8

Release Date: 
Tuesday, August 28, 2012


Nominations open for UNWTO Ulysses and Lifetime Achievement Awards

Nominations are open for the 2012 UNWTO Awards, recognizing exceptional leaders in the tourism community, as well as the most innovative tourism initiatives.  Read more +

Nominations will be accepted until 21 September 2012. Apply now.


Ahead of World Tourism Day 2012, UN Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon, commends tourism for its commitment to sustainable energy

“Everyone has a role in sustainable tourism. I commend the tourism community for its growing commitment to sustainable energy. I also thank the tourists who play their part by off-setting their own carbon emissions, choosing ecologically friendly destinations and providers, or simply by postponing having their towels laundered. Every action counts.” Read the full message +



Tenfold increases in local income, enhanced cultural and foreign language understanding, investment in infrastructure and increased skills make Trang An Ecological Tourist Site in Viet Nam an excellent example of how tourism can change lives. “Only when we have tourists will the living standards of local people be improved,” says local boat manager, Nguyen Thi Ba. Read more +


G20 countries to gain up to 5.1 million new jobs by facilitating visas - Report: The Impact of Visa Facilitation on Job Creation in the G20 Economies

G20 economies could boost their international tourist numbers by an additional 122 million, generate an extra US$ 206 billion in tourism exports and create over five million additional jobs by 2015 by improving visa processes, according to research by UNWTO and the World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC).



A travel tool to promote accessible tourism in Quebec, Canada and a discovery trail of the ancient Moche civilization of Northern Peru were two winners of the 2011 UNWTO Ulysses Awards. Read more +