Press releases

19 June 2012
Madrid
Spain
Tourism – a development opportunity for Small Island States, finds UNWTO report
International tourism is one of the principal economic activities of Small Island Developing States (SIDS). A new UNWTO report launched on the occasion of the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development (RIO+20), confirms tourism as an essential source of job opportunities, livelihood, foreign exchange and inclusive growth for these countries.
18 June 2012
Montego Bay
Jamaica
Tourism deserves increased political recognition - Prime Minister of Jamaica
Tourism is delivering jobs, income and well-being around the world and deserves increased support from political leaders in these challenging economic times, said Prime Minister of Jamaica, Portia Simpson Miller on meeting UNWTO Secretary-General, Taleb Rifai and WTTC President & CEO, David Scowsill (Montego Bay, Jamaica, 16 June 2012).
16 June 2012
Madrid
Spain
UNWTO and WTTC call on the G20 to use tourism's potential for job creation
Ahead of the G20 world leaders’ meeting in Los Cabos, Mexico, next week, the UNWTO and WTTC call on the leaders to consider Travel and Tourism as an engine for economic growth and stimulating the global economy. Increasing travel and tourism demand through visa facilitation can be central to stimulating job creation, a priority given the high current unemployment levels.
13 June 2012
Madrid
Spain
Tourism vital to tackling global economic challenges, UNWTO Executive Council
Ministers of tourism and high-ranking officials meeting at the 93rd session of the UNWTO Executive Council have highlighted the role of tourism in addressing continuing challenges in the world economy, from a slowdown in growth to global unemployment (Madrid, Spain, 12-13 June).       
8 June 2012
Madrid
Spain
170 top EHL students compete for the winning strategy in the EHL/UNWTO Silk Road Think Tank
At the Ecole Hôtelière de Lausanne (EHL)/UNWTO Silk Road Think Tank, 170 future hospitality leaders presented innovative strategies for how ten UNWTO Member States can maximize their positioning as Silk Road destinations (Lausanne, Switzerland, 4 June 2012). A panel of judges consisting of EHL management, UNWTO officials and Member States representatives selected the three winning student teams who developed the most outstanding strategies for Azerbaijan (first place), the Altai Krai region of the Russian Federation (second place) and the Islamic Republic of Iran (third place). The winning team will visit Altai Krai later this year to work with the local government to develop a comprehensive Silk Road tourism strategy for the region.
5 June 2012
Tbilisi
Georgia
On World Environment Day, UNWTO launches project to protect biodiversity in Georgia
Celebrating World Environment Day, UNWTO has launched a biodiversity project in Georgia to protect mountain and freshwater ecosystems through tourism.      
22 May 2012
Madrid
Spain
UNWTO welcomes T20 decision to advance visa facilitation
UNWTO welcomes the Declaration issued by the Tourism Ministers of the G20 economies (T20) calling for priority to be given to facilitating travel as a means to boost economic growth and create jobs.
17 May 2012
Merida
Mexico
Visa facilitation can create five million additional jobs in G20 economies
Visa facilitation is central to stimulating economic growth and job creation through tourism. The G20 can have a particularly important role to play in this respect. G20 economies could boost their international tourist numbers by an additional 122 million, generate an extra US$ 206 billion in tourism exports and create over five million additional jobs by 2015 by improving visa processes, according to preliminary research by UNWTO and the World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC) presented on the occasion of the T20 Ministers’ Meeting (Merida, Mexico, 16 May 2012). 
11 May 2012
Chiang Mai
Thailand
Thailand reiterates strong commitment to sustainable tourism development
Thailand’s Prime Minster, Yingluck Shinawatra, has become the latest head of state to join the Global Leaders for Tourism Campaign, a joint UNWTO / World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC) initiative aimed at rallying support for tourism among world leaders (Bangkok, Thailand, 2 May 2012).
11 May 2012
Nay Pyi Taw
Myanmar
Myanmar set to rejoin UNWTO
The President of the Republic of the Union of Myanmar, U Thein Sein, has announced the country will initiate the process of restoring its membership of UNWTO. The decision was confirmed during an official visit of UNWTO Secretary-General, Taleb Rifai. On the occasion, highlighting the role of tourism in the future of Myanmar, President Sein joined the UNWTO/WTTC Global Leaders for Tourism Campaign (Nay Pyi Taw, Myanmar, 7 May 2012).