Press releases

16 November 2018 Harness Cultural Routes and Experiences for Competitive Tourism, Concludes UNWTO Congress
Madrid, Spain, 16 November 2018 – Following the first edition held two years ago, the 2nd International Congress on World Civilizations and Historic Routes (15-16 November) concluded today in Sofia, Bulgaria. In the framework of the European Year of Cultural Heritage and the EU-China Tourism Year, the event explored how tourism along historic routes can help to safeguard and promote tangible and intangible cultural heritage.
15 November 2018 The World Tourism Organization and the Municipality of León develop the first shopping tourism project in Mexico
Madrid, Spain, 15 November 2018 - The World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) and the Municipality of León (Guanajuato, Mexico) have signed an agreement to carry out the country’s first project to develop Shopping Tourism, with the support of the Ministry of Tourism of the State of Guanajuato.
13 November 2018 Community Involvement Needed in Cultural Tourism’s Digital Transformation, says UNWTO Seminar
Madrid, Spain, 13 November 2018 – The World Tourism Organization (UNWTO)’s International Seminar on Harnessing Cultural Tourism through Innovation and Technology and 40th Affiliate Members Plenary Session concluded with a renewed call for community participation in development of cultural tourism using cutting-edge technologies (12-14 November 2018, Hamedan, Islamic Republic of Iran).
8 November 2018 UNWTO/ETC Report: Outbound Tourism Spending from the Gulf is Six Times the Global Average
Madrid, Spain, 8 November 2018 – A new report from the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) and the European Travel Commission (ETC) shows that outbound tourism from the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) – comprising six countries of the Arabian peninsula – has grown strongly in recent years, with international tourism expenditure surpassing USD 60 billion in 2017.
7 November 2018 Governments and Investors Share Knowledge on Tourism Technology at UNWTO/WTM Ministers’ Summit
Madrid, Spain, 7 November 2018 – The UNWTO/WTM Ministers’ Summit, held yesterday by World Travel Market and the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO), was well received by participants from government and the private sector for its more dynamic new format leading to more concrete takeaways around this year’s theme: Investment in Tourism Technology.
5 November 2018 UNWTO Calls for Tech and Investment in Tourism at World Travel Market 2018
Madrid, Spain, 5 November 2018 – The 2018 edition of World Travel Market (WTM) will see the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) continue its operational focus on investing in innovation and digital advances for a tourism sector that can deliver opportunities for all. UNWTO will co-host a Ministerial Summit and launch a White Paper on the relationship between music and tourism at the UK tourism trade fair on 6-7 November 2018.
1 November 2018 UNWTO Agenda Receives Strong Support at Executive Council and Introduces Technology Forum
Madrid, Spain, 31 October 2018 – The World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) concluded its 109th Executive Council session in Manama, Bahrain today, with Members showing appreciation both for progress made under the 2018 institutional priorities and for the Organization’s financial stability and restructuring process. Tomorrow UNWTO will also introduce a forum named ‘Tourism Tech Adventure: Big Data Solutions, bringing together the ‘ecosystem’ of tourism innovation and raising the sector’s role in the digital agenda.
30 October 2018 Sustainability Set to Shape New Standard of Tourism Statistics
Madrid, Spain, 30 October 2018 – The World Tourism Organization’s (UNWTO) initiative Measuring the Sustainability of Tourism (MST) received a boost last week when its working group met in Madrid (24-25 October). After successful pilot studies to produce credible and comparable data, the initiative is on track with its aim of getting the MST framework adopted as the third international standard on tourism statistics.
29 October 2018 The 12th UNWTO/PATA Forum Looks Into the Future of Tourism
Madrid, Spain, 29 October 2018 – The World Tourism Organization (UNWTO), the Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA) and the People’s Government of Guilin, China held the 12th UNWTO/PATA Forum on Tourism Trends and Outlook on 25-27 October 2018. This year’s edition - ‘The Future of Tourism: Road to 2030´, aligns with the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
24 October 2018 New UNWTO Global Report on Inclusive Tourism Destinations launched on the occasion of UN Day 2018
Madrid, Spain, 24 October 2018 – A new report by the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO), produced in collaboration with UNWTO Affiliate Member globaldit, presents a model for inclusive tourism destinations. ‘Global Report on Inclusive Tourism: Model and success stories” is launched on the occasion of the UN Day 2018 celebration in Madrid, Spain.