Press releases

19 October 2012
Arusha
Tanzania
Sustainable tourism central to the future of Africa’s Parks
Tourism is one of the most effective ways to preserve Africa’s national parks and protected areas while creating jobs and income for local communities. This was one of the main conclusions of the First Pan-African Conference on Sustainable Tourism in African National Parks, organized by UNWTO and the Government of Tanzania (Arusha, Tanzania, 15-18 October 2012).
17 October 2012
Madrid
Spain
UNWTO opens two new Sustainable Tourism Observatories in China
The Kanas Lake Nature Reserve in the extreme north-west of China and the city of Chengdu, one of China’s most populous cities, are the locations of two new UNWTO Sustainable Tourism Observatories designed to monitor the environmental, social and economic impacts of tourism. 
15 October 2012
Madrid
Spain
UNWTO launches Global Partnership for the Hotel Industry
UNWTO has launched, in cooperation with representatives of leading international, regional and national hotel associations, a Global Partnership for the Hotel Industry aimed to bring the industry together to share best practices and find common positions on issues such as hotel quality, distribution or major consumer trends (Madrid, Spain, October 4, 2012).
15 October 2012
Madrid
Spain
The Federal Association of the German Tourism Industry commits to the UNWTO Global Code of Ethics
The Federal Association of the German Tourism Industry (BTW) has signed the Private Sector Commitment to the UNWTO Global Code of Ethics for Tourism, joining the growing number of private sector companies and associations which have pledged to the principles of the Code (Berlin, Germany, 8-9 October).
5 October 2012
City of San Marino
San Marino
Captains Regent of San Marino receive UNWTO/WTTC Open Letter on Travel and Tourism
The Captains Regent (heads of state) of the Republic of San Marino, Mr. Teodoro Lonfernini and Ms. Denise Bronzetti, have received the UNWTO / World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC) Open Letter on Travel and Tourism which aims to rally support for tourism among world leaders (City of San Marino, Republic of San Marino, 1 October 2012).
4 October 2012
Las Palmas
Spain
Promoting tourism development in Africa – UNWTO signs agreement with Casa Africa
UNWTO has partnered with Casa Africa, a Spanish Government institution mandated to foster stronger ties between Spain and Africa, to promote the development of sustainable tourism across the African continent.  
28 September 2012
Maspalomas
Spain
On World Tourism Day, stakeholders call for increased access to sustainable energy
Tourism businesses and destinations are committed to the sustainable energy agenda but need the support of the energy sector and governments to move forward, said leading experts from the aviation, accommodation and other tourism industries meeting in Spain for the official celebrations of World Tourism Day 2012 (Maspalomas, Gran Canaria, Spain, 27 September 2012).
27 September 2012
Maspalomas
Spain
Online tool that helps hotels go green now available in Spanish
Hotel Energy Solutions, an online tool developed by UNWTO which allows hotels to assess their energy consumption and move towards more sustainable energy options, has been launched in Spanish on the occasion of ‘World Tourism Day 2012 – Tourism and Sustainable Energy’.
25 September 2012
San Diego
United States
UNWTO and WYSE Travel Confederation Launch Global Declaration to Promote Youth Travel
Global Organisations join forces to Encourage Governments and Businesses to Tap into Huge Potential of Youth Tourism. Over 700 delegates from 63 countries meeting at the World Youth and Student Travel Conference (WYSTC) in San Diego, USA have called on governments and businesses worldwide to tap into the potential of youth travel in light of its capacity to boost tourism growth and global development, a call supported by the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO).
21 September 2012
Madrid
Spain
Countdown to World Tourism Day 2012
With less than one week to go to World Tourism Day (WTD) on September 27, preparations for the official celebrations in host country Spain are well underway.