Press releases

7 September 2017 International tourism - strongest half-year results since 2010
UNWTO World Tourism Barometer Destinations worldwide welcomed 598 million international tourists in the first six months of 2017, some 36 million more than in the same period of 2016. At 6%, growth was well above the trend of recent years, making the current January-June period the strongest half-year since 2010.
5 September 2017 The relevance of measuring city tourism performance underlined by UNWTO
The World Tourism Organization joins forces with the World Tourism Cities Federation As tourism has become a powerful engine for the local economic and social development of cities, the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) has partnered with the World Tourism Cities Federation (WTCF) to develop an instrument that can measure the performance of the sector in metropolitan areas. Under the title ‘UNWTO-WTCF City Tourism Performance Research’ the project will include a set of criteria and a platform for information exchange to showcase good practices on “tourism performance” in several urban destinations.
4 September 2017 China to host the 22nd UNWTO General Assembly
Over 1000 Delegates will gather at the UNWTO General Assembly  “A unique opportunity to get the sector united towards the common goal of making tourism a true driver of sustainable development.” This is how the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) Secretary-General, Taleb Rifai, described the forthcoming UNWTO General Assembly. The bi-annual event, which next takes place in Chengdu, China on 11-16 September, will discuss how to advance the contribution of tourism to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and define the actions of the Organization for the period 2018-2019. 
24 August 2017 Ambassador of Yemen presents credentials to World Tourism Organization (UNWTO)
The Ambassador of Yemen, H.E. Mr Nabil Khalid Hassan Maisery, has presented his credentials to the Secretary-General of the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO), Taleb Rifai, accrediting him as Permanent Representative of his country to UNWTO. UNWTO is the United Nations specialized agency for tourism and is based in Madrid, Spain.
24 August 2017 Ambassador of Senegal presents credentials to World Tourism Organization (UNWTO)
The Ambassador of Senegal, H.E. Mr Mamadou Sow, has presented his credentials to the Secretary-General of the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO), Taleb Rifai, accrediting him as Permanent Representative of his country to UNWTO. UNWTO is the United Nations specialized agency for tourism and is based in Madrid, Spain.
22 August 2017 UNWTO Launches ‘Travel.Enjoy.Respect’ Campaign
In the framework of the International Year on Sustainable Tourism for Development, 2017, the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) is launching a consumer-oriented campaign aimed at raising awareness of the value and contribution that sustainable tourism can make towards development. The ‘Travel.Enjoy.Respect’ campaign wants to engage tourists in making the sector a catalyst for positive change.
18 August 2017 UNWTO strongly condemns the attack perpetrated in Barcelona
UNWTO strongly condemns the heinous attack perpetrated yesterday in the city of Barcelona and expresses its heartfelt condolences to the families and friends of the innocent victims and to the people and government of Spain.
15 August 2017 Tourism: growth is not the enemy; it’s how we manage it that counts.
By Taleb Rifai, Secretary General, World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) In recent months, reports from all around the world have spoken of ‘tourism-phobia’, showing us pictures of citizens protesting against the ‘invasion of tourists’ and the expulsion of locals by tourism businesses.
11 August 2017 International Youth Day - Celebrating the Potential of Tourism to Empower Youth
The World Tourism Organization (UNWTO), Hilton and the WYSE Travel Confederation will join forces ahead of International Youth Day at the Youth General Assembly at the United Nations Headquarters to highlight tourism’s capacity to empower youth.
10 August 2017 World Tourism Day 2017 celebrated on the theme Sustainable Tourism – a Tool for Development
This year’s World Tourism Day, held on 27 September, will be focused on Sustainable Tourism – a Tool for Development. Celebrated in line with the 2017 International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development, the Day will be dedicated to exploring the contribution of tourism to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).