Press releases

3 September 2018 UNWTO: Qatar among 10 Most Open Visa Countries in the World
Madrid, Spain, 3 September 2018 – Qatar has become the most open country in the Middle East and the 8th most open in the world in terms of visa facilitation. The World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) recently updated its visa openness rankings, confirming Qatar’s recent visa facilitation improvements including allowing nationals of 88 countries to enter Qatar visa-free and free-of-charge.
27 August 2018 UNWTO Highlights Confirm Another Record Year in 2017
Madrid, Spain, 27 August 2018 – International tourist arrivals grew 7% in 2017, the highest increase since 2010, according to the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO)’s latest collection of Tourism Highlights. Growth in arrivals was echoed by a strong increase in exports generated by tourism, which reached US$ 1.6 trillion in 2017, making tourism the world’s third-largest export sector.
14 August 2018 15th UNWTO Awards to recognize innovation and sustainability in tourism, applications open
Madrid, Spain, 14 August 2018 – Promoting innovation, job creation and sustainability are key considerations for the 15th World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) Awards. UNWTO invites submissions until 31 October 2018.
9 August 2018 Vynn Capital Partners with the World Tourism Organization to Boost Asia’s Tourism Sector
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia – 9 August 2018 - Vynn Capital, a South-East Asia-based early-stage venture capital firm, and the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) today jointly announced a strategic partnership to promote South-East Asia’s tourism sector by facilitating entrepreneurship and innovation.
9 August 2018 Belarus strengthens contribution to global goal of safe and seamless travel
Madrid, Spain, 9 August 2018 – The World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) welcomes Belarus’ decision to implement a 30-day visa-free policy to citizens of 74 states travelling through Minsk airport. The decision is the latest of several national policy changes aimed at safer and more seamless travel, for which UNWTO strongly advocates.
8 August 2018 The World Tourism Organization and the Instituto Tecnológico Hotelero join forces to foster innovation in the tourism sector
Madrid, Spain – 8 August 2018 - The objective of both organizations is to cooperate closely on issues of mutual interest to achieve shared objectives
7 August 2018 UNWTO Extends Sympathy to Indonesia and Offers Support
Madrid, Spain, 7 August 2018 – The World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) expresses its solidarity with the victims of the earthquake that struck Lombok, Indonesia. On behalf of its Member States, private sector and academia partners representing the global tourism sector, UNWTO offers to the people and to the Government of Indonesia its deepest condolences.
1 August 2018 UNWTO: Laying out a Sustainable Future for Urban Tourism
Madrid, Spain, 1 August 2018 – Urban tourism and its potential for more sustainable and inclusive cities will be the major focus of the 7th UNWTO Global Summit on Urban Tourism (16-19 September 2018) in Seoul, Republic of Korea. The Summit aims to set out a vision looking to 2030 for this rapidly-growing tourism segment.
23 July 2018 DEADLINE EXTENDED UNWTO/Chimelong Media Award on Wildlife and Sustainable Tourism
23 July 2018 UNWTO launches an online Platform to Achieve SDGs through Tourism
Madrid, Spain, 23 July 2018 - Promoting a greater engagement of the tourism sector with sustainable development is the main objective of the Tourism for SDGs Platform. The online tool is designed to advance the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals through tourism, and was developed by the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) with the support of Switzerland’s State Secretariat for Economic Affairs (SECO).