Press releases

21 April 2017 Poland hosts UNWTO Congress on Ethics and Tourism
The 3rd International Congress on Ethics and Tourism, to take place in Krakow, Poland on 27-28 April 2017, will discuss ways to advance the commitment of tourism towards sustainable and responsible practices. The event is one of the major components of the ‘Enhancing the Understanding of European Tourism’ Project, conducted by UNWTO in cooperation with the European Commission. 
19 April 2017 Saudi Arabia joins the celebrations of the International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development 2017
Under the patronage of His Royal Highness Prince Faisal bin Bandar bin Abdulaziz, Governor of Riyadh Region and Chairman of the Tourism Development Council of the region, His Royal Highness Prince Sultan bin Salman bin Abdulaziz, Chairman of Saudi Commission for Tourism and National Heritage (SCTH) launched Saudi Arabia’s celebrations of the International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development 2017. The event took place at the opening of the 10th Travel and Tourism Investment Market in Saudi Arabia (26-30 March 2017). 
12 April 2017 The potential of mountain tourism: focus of UNWTO Conference in Georgia
The potential of mountain tourism to foster economic development, as well as to raise awareness on environmental protection, was the major topic addressed at the 3rd World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) Euro-Asian Mountain Resorts Conference. The event was held in Tbilisi, Georgia on 4-7 April, under the patronage of the Ministries of Tourism and of Economy and Sustainable Development of Georgia. 
12 April 2017 Chinese tourists spent 12% more in travelling abroad in 2016
2016 results on expenditure from major outbound markets reflect increasing demand for international tourism across the world, as reported in the latest UNWTO World Tourism Barometer. With a 12% increase in spending, China continued to lead international outbound tourism, followed by the United States, Germany, the United Kingdom and France as top five spenders.
11 April 2017 UNWTO welcomes the Waikato Tourism Monitoring Observatory in New Zealand to its INSTO Network
The Waikato Tourism Monitoring Observatory, New Zealand’s first tourism observatory, has joined the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) International Network of Sustainable Tourism Observatories (INSTO). Committed to regular and timely measurement of tourism and its impacts and hosted by the University of Waikato Management School, the observatory is focused on two major tourist locations in Waikato region - Raglan and Waitomo. 
7 April 2017 UN Statistical Commission encourages Statistical Framework for Measuring Sustainable Tourism
The 48th Session of United Nations Statistical Commission has supported the UNWTO-led initiative of developing an international framework for Measuring Sustainable Tourism (MST). The initiative, being implemented in cooperation with the United Nations Statistics Division, aims to develop a new statistical framework for tourism — one that integrates the various dimensions of sustainable tourism (economic, environmental and social) and across relevant levels (global, national and subnational). 
6 April 2017 Sustainable Tourism Observatories: UNWTO welcomes collaboration between Guanajuato and Paraguay
UNWTO welcomes the agreement reached by the Sustainable Tourism Observatory of Guanajuato (Mexico) and Paraguay to facilitate knowledge and technology transfer. Guanajuato is one of the 16 Observations in the UNWTO Network. 
5 April 2017 UNWTO Silk Road Task Force Group discuss in Valencia a common framework for historic routes
Representatives from 24 countries of both private and public nature involved in the Silk Road Task Force have convened in the Mediterranean city of Valencia, Spain, to discuss strategies and best-practice examples on how to adapt the Silk Road to the challenges and opportunities of the globalized tourism age. The 7th UNWTO Silk Road Task Force event was held on 30-31 March 2017. 
4 April 2017 The Sustainable Tourism Observatory of Sonoma, California, becomes the 17th member of the UNWTO International Network
Located in California (USA), the Sonoma County Sustainable Tourism Observatory is the latest member having successfully joined the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) International Network of Sustainable Tourism Observatories (INSTO). This comes in a very unique momentum as the International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development is being celebrated worldwide. 
30 March 2017 UNWTO welcomes the celebration of the International Day for Biological Diversity on ‘Biodiversity and Sustainable Tourism’
The Convention on Biological Diversity of the United Nations has chosen ‘Biodiversity and Sustainable Tourism’ as the theme for the International Day for Biological Diversity. The celebration takes places annually on 22 May. The decision aims at supporting the International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development which is being commemorated worldwide throughout 2017.