Press releases

5 April 2019 Nur-Sultan, Kazakhstan, to Host the 8th UNWTO Global Summit on Urban Tourism
Lisbon, Portugal, 5 April 2019 – The World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) and the Mayor’s Office of Nur-Sultan will be organizing the 8th UNWTO Global Summit on Urban Tourism (Nur-Sultan, Kazakhstan, 9-12 October 2019), under the theme ‘Smart Cities, Smart Destinations’. The agreement was signed by UNWTO Secretary-General, Zurab Pololikashvili and Nur-Sultan´s Mayor, Bakhyt Sultanov on the sidelines of the UNWTO Mayors Forum for Sustainable Urban Tourism held in Lisbon.
2 April 2019 Announcement of the Finalists of the 1st Global Gastronomy Tourism Startup Competition
The World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) and Basque Culinary Center (BCC), with the support of PromPeru have announced the finalists to win the 1st Global Gastronomy Tourism Startup Competition, which recognize disruptive, inspirational projects having made an invaluable contribution to innovation in gastronomy tourism.
29 March 2019 Spotlight on Tourism Technology and Development Adventure Forum: Middle East in Cairo
Madrid, Spain, 27 March 2019 – Digital solutions for tourism, innovating to ensure tourism’s contribution to sustainable development, and a tourism start-competition, took centre stage during the ‘UNWTO Tourism Tech Adventure Forum: Middle East”. Held within the 45th Meeting of the UNWTO Regional Commission for the Middle East, the forum gathered ministers and tourism stakeholders from the region (Cairo, Egypt, 24-25 March 2019).
26 March 2019 UNWTO Allies with Spain to Face the Demographic Challenge
Madrid, Spain, 26 March 2019 - The World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) held today in Segovia, the forum "Facing the Demographic Challenge through Tourism and Innovation", whose opening was attended by Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez; Spain’s Minister of Industry, Trade and Tourism, María Reyes Maroto; the President of the Junta de Castilla y León, Juan Vicente Herrera; the Mayor of Segovia, Clara Isabel Luquero; and UNWTO Secretary-General, Zurab Pololikashvili.
7 March 2019 Google partners with UNWTO on Digital Skills Development
Fostering knowledge, education and growth in tourism, is at the centre of a partnership announced today between Google and the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO). Google will support UNWTO members in addressing the new digital trends and transformation challenges faced by tourism and needed by the sector, to fully harness its development potential and contribution to sustainability.
6 March 2019 Overtourism? New UNWTO Report Offers Case Studies to Tackle Challenges
Madrid, Spain, 6 March 2019 – The World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) released today the report ‘Overtourism’? Understanding and Managing Urban Tourism Growth Beyond Perceptions: Case Studies’, choosing ITB Berlin as the fitting backdrop to address a pressing topic before the global tourism sector. The report provides examples of specific measures being implemented in cities across the Americas, Asia and the Pacific and Europe.
6 March 2019 Tourism: Women Taking the Lead
To mark International Women’s Day 2019 UNWTO, in collaboration with UN Women, the German Cooperation Agency (GIZ), World Bank Group and Amadeus, has today released preliminary findings of the Global Report on Women in Tourism, Second Edition.
5 March 2019 The Future of Mountain Tourism: Sustainability and Innovation
Madrid, Spain, 5 March 2019 – The 4th edition of the UNWTO Euro-Asian Mountain Tourism Conference (2-5 March 2019, Berchtesgaden, Germany) highlighted the need for collective efforts in overcoming current challenges that mountain destinations are facing to adapt to new consumer trends and market changes, to address seasonality by diversifying tourism products in an innovative manner while protecting natural and cultural resources.
5 March 2019 UNWTO Secretary-General Opens ITB Berlin 2019: Tourism Offers Resilience in Uncertain Times
Madrid, Spain, 5 March 2019 – Tourism’s coming of age puts the sector in a position of global responsibility to face up to challenges ranging from climate change to social inclusion. Furthermore, toruism’s growth unlike almost any other economic sector offers the economic and social resilience needed in times of uncertainty. This was the central message delivered by Zurab Pololikashvili, Secretary-of the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO), during the opening ceremony of ITB 2019 in Berlin, the leading travel trade show of the world.
27 February 2019 5th UNWTO World Forum on Gastronomy Tourism in San Sebastián: Job Creation, Entrepreneurship and Development
Download photos and video here The World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) and the Basque Culinary Center (BCC) are co-organizing the 5th UNWTO World Forum on Gastronomy Tourism, on 2-3 May 2019 in San Sebastián, Spain. The Forum is supported by the Ministry of Industry, Trade and Tourism of Spain, the Basque Government, the Provincial Council of Gipuzkoa and the City Council of San Sebastián, a city that has hosted the Forum every other year since its first edition, in 2015.