Press releases

21 March 2012
Madrid
Spain
Flemish Community among the first regions to measure tourism’s economic impact using the Tourism Satellite Account
The Flemish Community of Belgium has become one of the first regions worldwide to determine the contribution of tourism to its economy using the United Nations approved Tourism Satellite Account (TSA). Results were announced during the official visit of the UNWTO Secretary-General (12-13 March 2012).
13 March 2012
Madrid
Spain
Congress on Snow and Mountain Tourism to advance the use of new technologies in mountain tourism
The role of new technologies in snow and mountain tourism will be the focus of the 7th World Congress on Snow and Mountain Tourism, held by UNWTO in collaboration with the Principality of Andorra (La Massana, Andorra, 11-12 April 2012).  
8 March 2012
Madrid
Spain
Spain to host World Tourism Day 2012 under the theme Tourism and Sustainable Energy
The 2012 official World Tourism Day (WTD) celebrations will be held in Maspalomas, Gran Canaria, Spain (27 September 2012). Under the theme “Tourism and Sustainable Energy: Powering Sustainable Development”, WTD 2012 highlights the need to bring the tourism sector and energy stakeholders closer together to spur tourism’s contribution to sustainability.
7 March 2012
Berlin
Germany
UNWTO and ETC advance cooperation on tourism issues
UNWTO and the European Travel Commission (ETC) have signed an agreement committing to advance their joint efforts to address major issues facing the tourism sector (Berlin, Germany, 7 March 2012).    
6 March 2012
Berlin
Germany
One billion tourists key to creating jobs and stimulating the economy – UNWTO Secretary-General
The one billion international tourists expected to travel this year are a vital force for economic growth and social welfare said UNWTO Secretary-General, Taleb Rifai, opening the ITB Travel Trade Show (Berlin, Germany, 6 March 2012).  
2 March 2012
Madrid
Spain
Serbian President highlights the value of tourism on joining the Global Leaders for Tourism Campaign
UNWTO and the World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC) have welcomed Serbian President Boris Tadic’s move to join the Global Leaders for Tourism Campaign, which brings together heads of state and government that have recognized tourism’s potential for economic growth and development (Belgrade, Serbia, 24 February 2012).
1 March 2012
Madrid
Spain
President Aquino of the Philippines rallies support for tourism, joins UNWTO/WTTC campaign
Philippines President Benigno Aquino III has joined the growing number of world leaders that are part of the UNWTO/WTTC Global Leaders for Tourism Campaign, aimed at rallying support for tourism at the highest level of government (Manila, Philippines, 28 February 2012).
28 February 2012
Madrid
Spain
Microsoft and World Tourism Organization to drive innovation in the tourism sector
·Microsoft becomes a strategic partner of UNWTO in terms of technological innovation initiatives in the tourism sector. ·Microsoft will participate in joint efforts to develop emblematic technological projects led by UNWTO.
20 February 2012
Madrid
Spain
UNWTO activities at ITB 2012
UNWTO events at this year’s ITB Travel Trade Show include a high-level session on tourism trends in the Mediterranean, the Silk Road Ministers’ meeting, a session on consumer protection and a meeting of the World Tourism Network on Child Protection, among others (Berlin, Germany, 7-11 March, 2012).    
17 February 2012
Madrid
Spain
UNWTO partners with Armenia to organize conference on tourism’s contribution to cultural diversity
A conference on “Universal Values and Cultural Diversity in the 21st Century: How can tourism make a difference?” will be held in Yerevan, Armenia (18-19 October, 2012) as agreed during a meeting between Armenian President, Serzh Sargsyan, and UNWTO Secretary-General, Taleb Rifai. On the occasion of the meeting, President Sargsyan joined the ongoing UNWTO/WTTC Global Leaders for Tourism Campaign.