Press releases

5 December 2011
Madrid
Spain
International Volunteer Day: UNWTO Volunteers promote tourism’s contribution to development
On International Volunteer Day (5 December), celebrated in 2011 under the theme ‘Volunteering Matters’, UNWTO is highlighting how tourism and volunteer work can make a difference through its UNWTO Volunteers.
24 November 2011
Madrid
Spain
Tourism a priority for Azerbaijan says President Ilham Aliyev, joins UNWTO/WTTC campaign
Tourism has the full support of the Azerbaijani Government said President Ilham Aliyev on becoming the latest head of state to join the UNWTO/WTTC Global Leaders for Tourism Campaign (Baku, Azerbaijan, 15 November).
17 November 2011
Madrid
Spain
Kenya Minister and UNWTO Secretary-General discuss the Organization’s priorities for 2012
The Minister of Tourism of Kenya, Najib Balala, met with UNWTO Secretary-General, Taleb Rifai, to debate the priorities for the work of the Organization in 2012 as Kenya takes the chairmanship of the UNWTO Executive Council (11 November 2011).
17 November 2011
Madrid
Spain
Experts to debate role of tourism in fostering regional integration and social inclusion in the Americas
The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) and the Government of Ceará, Brazil, will bring together international and national experts to debate the impact of tourism on development, social inclusion and regional integration in the Americas (Fortaleza, Brazil, 28- 29 November 2011).
15 November 2011
Madrid
Spain
Middle East and North African tourism to return stronger than before
Participants at the UNWTO/Arabian Travel Market (ATM) event on the Future of Tourism in the Middle East and North Africa held at the World Travel Market were unanimous in agreeing that tourism in the region, which has for long lived with uncertainty and a number of external shocks, will return from current challenges stronger than before (London, UK, 9 November 2011).
14 November 2011
Madrid
Spain
Ministers call for coalition approach across government
The fifth UNWTO & World Travel Market (WTM) Ministers’ Summit has said that the social and economic benefits of tourism could be strengthened if governments collaborated more closely with each other and the private sector over visas, taxation, aviation agreements and marketing (London, United Kingdom, 8 November 2011).
11 November 2011
Madrid
Spain
US travelers set to return to Europe – new UNWTO/ETC report
Despite the downward revision of the countries’ economic growth forecast, US tour operators predict US travelers will return to Europe in growing numbers. This is the main finding of a new World Tourism Organization (UNWTO)/European Travel Commission (ETC) report on US outbound travel presented at the World Travel Market with the support of the European Tour Operators Association (ETOA) (London, UK, 8 November 2011).
9 November 2011
Madrid
Spain
New UNWTO & ATM Forum to support highly successful UNWTO & WTM Ministers’ Summit
  The highly-successful UNWTO & World Travel Market (WTM) Ministers’ Summit is to have a sister event in 2012 – the UNWTO and Arabian Travel Market (ATM) Forum which will take place during the Arabian Travel Market in Dubai (30 April – 3 May 2012).
8 November 2011
Madrid
Spain
European tourism grows above expectations
International tourist arrivals grew by a healthy 4.5% in the first eight months of 2011 according to the latest data from UNWTO. Europe (+6%), surprisingly, showed the strongest growth amid continuing economic uncertainty.
4 November 2011
Madrid
Spain
Tourism an engine for development says President of Colombia - Global Leaders for Tourism Campaign
Tourism has been at the forefront of Colombia’s economic and social transformation over the last decade. On the back of this success, Colombian President, Juan Manuel Santos, joined the UNWTO/WTTC Global Leaders for Tourism Campaign (Bogotá, Colombia, 3 November 2011).