Press releases

23 September 2011
Madrid
Spain
Countdown to World Tourism Day
With just a few days to go until World Tourism Day (27 September), UNWTO has announced the five photos and five ‘tweets’ from among the hundreds of entries submitted to the 2011 World Tourism Day (WTD) competitions that best reflect the 2011 theme, Tourism – Linking Cultures.
23 September 2011
Madrid
Spain
UNWTO and partners to promote accessible tourism for all
The World Tourism Organization (UNWTO), the ONCE Foundation for Cooperation and Social Inclusion of People with Disabilities and the European Network for Accessible Tourism (ENAT) have signed a Cooperation Agreement aimed at developing ever more accessible tourism for persons with disabilities (Madrid, Spain, 16 September).
19 September 2011
Madrid
Spain
Leading businesses commit to Global Code of Ethics for Tourism
Fourteen of Spain’s most prominent tourism businesses have signed their commitment to the Global Code of Ethics for Tourism at the first International Congress on Ethics and Tourism, which was officially closed by Their Royal Highnesses Prince Felipe and Princess Letizia of Asturias (Madrid, Spain, 15-16, September).
15 September 2011
Madrid
Spain
Congress on Ethics and Tourism opens with calls to place ethics at the core of tourism development
Ten years since the adoption of the Global Code of Ethics for Tourism by the United Nations General Assembly, the first International Congress on Ethics and Tourism has opened with calls to intensify efforts to place ethics at the core of tourism development (Madrid, Spain, 15-16, September).
13 September 2011
Madrid
Spain
UNWTO conference forges closer relationship between tourism and the media
  Focusing on the people behind the tourism numbers and maintaining an honest and open relationship with the media: these are among the main recommendations to emerge from discussions between media representatives and tourism officials attending the first UNWTO International Conference on Tourism and the Media (12-13 September, Zagreb, Croatia).
7 September 2011
Madrid
Spain
High-profile speakers confirmed for Congress on Ethics and Tourism
The United Nations High Representative for the Alliance of Civilizations, Jorge Sampaio, the Vice President of the European Commission, Antonio Tajani, and the Ministers of Tourism of Ecuador, Italy, South Africa and Tanzania are among the speakers of the First International Congress on Ethics and Tourism (Madrid, Spain, 15-16 September). The Congress will be officially closed by Their Royal Highnesses Prince Felipe and Princess Letizia of Asturias.
7 September 2011
Madrid
Spain
Healthy growth of international tourism in first half of 2011
International tourism grew by almost 5% in the first half of 2011 totalling a new record of 440 million arrivals. Results confirm that, in spite of multiple challenges, international tourism continues to consolidate the return to growth initiated in 2010.
6 September 2011
Madrid
Spain
Joining UNWTO/WTTC global campaign, China reaffirms commitment to tourism
“The Chinese Government is increasingly conscious of the role that tourism plays in socio-economic development and will double its efforts in tourism,” said Chinese Vice-Premier, Wang Qishan, on joining the UNWTO/WTTC Global Leaders for Tourism Campaign (Beijing, China, 1 September 2011). 
30 August 2011
Madrid
Spain
Online toolkit set to help hotels reduce energy footprint and costs
Following three years of testing and extensive research, the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) and its partners have launched an online tool to help hotels evaluate their energy consumption and assist in improving their energy management and cutting costs. 
22 August 2011
Madrid
Spain
UNWTO and SNV partner to advance tourism training for the informal sector in developing countries
Capacity building and knowledge transfer are at the center of competitive destinations and sustainable development efforts. A new project, High Impact Tourism Training (HITT), implemented by SNV Netherlands Development Organisation with support from UNWTO, will provide training to 8.000 tourism workers and entrepreneurs from the informal sector in seven developing countries in Sub-Saharan Africa and Asia.