Press releases

23 April 2018 Strong outbound tourism demand from both traditional and emerging markets in 2017
Madrid, Spain, 23 April 2018 - Virtually all source markets reported higher tourism spending in 2017, reflecting continued strong demand for international tourism across all world regions. Both emerging and advanced economies fuelled growth, led by the United States which spent US$ 12 billion more on travel abroad. China spent US$ 8 billion more, consolidating its leadership as the biggest spender in the world. The Russian Federation spent US$ 7 billion more and Brazil US$ 5 billion more, both rebounding from weaker spending in previous years. Strong tourism expenditure reflects enhanced connectivity, increased visa facilitation and a global economic upswing.
18 April 2018 UNWTO joins Tourism Ministers in calling upon G20 Leaders to prioritize tourism
Madrid, Spain 18 April 2018 - The World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) joined the Ministers of Tourism of the G20 economies meeting in Buenos Aires in calling upon the G20 leaders to consider including tourism in their Agenda for its capacity to create more and better jobs.
16 April 2018 “Without equity there is no development”: Women's empowerment in tourism, central theme of the ministerial meeting of the Americas
Madrid, Spain, 16 April 2018 - The 63rd meeting of the UNWTO Regional Commission for the Americas, organized by the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) and the National Tourism Secretariat of Paraguay (Asunción, 12-13 April 2018), highlighted the importance of advancing towards greater gender equity in tourism so that the sector can deploy its full potential in favour of sustainable development. “Women's Empowerment in the Tourism Sector” was the central theme of this edition of the International Seminar, held alongside the other ministerial meetings.
12 April 2018 African tourism administrations undersign the Declaration of Kinshasa
Madrid, Spain 11 April 2018 - An intense week of exchange of experiences and capacity building linked to wildlife and biodiversity protection has taken place in Kinshasa, the Democratic Republic of the Congo. A major result of the regional initiative that lies under the framework of the UNWTO/Chimelong Programme on Wildlife and Sustainable Tourism has been the Declaration of Kinshasa that addresses poaching and carbon footprint as major concerns of the sector.
10 April 2018 World Tourism Organization and FC Barcelona sign collaboration agreement
The World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) and FC Barcelona signed an agreement on Saturday, opening the path to collaboration between the two organizations in the areas of tourism and sports. The agreement was signed by UNWTO Secretary-General Zurab Pololikashvili and the President of FC Barcelona, Josep Maria Bartomeu.             
10 April 2018 2nd World Conference on Smart Destinations announced
  Madrid, Spain, 10 April 2018 - The World Tourism Organization (UNWTO), the Government of Spain and the Principality of Asturias are organizing the 2nd UNWTO World Conference on Smart Destinations (Oviedo, 25-27 June 2018). The Conference will discuss the principles of 21st-century tourism destinations, marked by governance, innovation, technology, sustainability and accessibility.
9 April 2018 Messi appointed Ambassador for Responsible Tourism by the World Tourism Organization
Madrid, Spain, 9 April 2018 - Considered by many the best football player of all times, Lionel Messi joins the World Tourism Organization to promote the value of responsible tourism. The UNWTO Secretary-General, Zurab Pololikashvili, appointed Messi as UNWTO Ambassador for Responsible Tourism this Saturday at Camp Nou in Barcelona, after the match F.C. Barcelona – Leganés.   
4 April 2018 UNWTO Secretary General meets President of Azerbaijan
Azerbaijan, Baku, 4 April 2018 - The Secretary-General of the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO), Zurab Pololikashvili met H.E. Mr. Ilham Aliyev, President of Republic of Azerbaijan to discuss the development of the tourism sector in the country and how to further strengthen cooperation between Azerbaijan and UNWTO.
28 March 2018 UNWTO Secretary General meets Prime Minister of Kazakhstan to strengthen cooperation
Kazakhstan, Astana, 28 March 2018 - The Secretary-General of the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO), Mr Zurab Pololikashvili, paid an official visit to Kazakhstan where he discussed with national authorities the Kazakh Tourism Strategy 2030.
27 March 2018 Snow and Mountain Tourism faces the challenge of adapting to change
Madrid, Spain, 23 March 2018 - The 10th World Congress on Snow and Mountain Tourism (Andorra, 21-23 March 2018) highlighted the need to adapt tourism accommodation to the expectations of today’s customers and to increase the quality of the traveller’s experience, while identifying knowledge management and hospitality culture as keys to success.