Press releases

26 October 2011
Madrid
Spain
UN partners help least developed countries take steps towards more effective tourism development
Eight of the world’s Least Developed Countries (LDCs) have begun to assess their tourism development needs and pinpoint relevant funding sources at a workshop held by the United Nations Steering Committee on Tourism for Development (SCTD) (Geneva, Switzerland, 18-20 October).
19 October 2011
Madrid
Spain
Prime Minister of Malaysia: tourism key to country’s economic transformation
Tourism has a crucial role in transforming Malaysia into a high-income country by 2020 said Malaysian Prime Minister, Dato' Sri Mohd Najib bin Tun Abdul Razak, on joining the UNWTO/WTTC Global Leaders for Tourism Campaign (Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, 17 October 2011). 
14 October 2011
Gyeongju
Republic of Korea
19th General Assembly closes with pledge to strengthen UNWTO
  The over 600 representatives from UNWTO’s Members States and Affiliate Members attending the 19th session of the UNWTO General Assembly have unanimously adopted proposed reforms in the Organization, allowing it to become more responsive, efficient and relevant in the face of current and future challenges (Gyeongju, Republic of Korea, 10-13 October 2011).
11 October 2011
Madrid
Spain
International tourists to hit 1.8 billion by 2030
International tourist arrivals are forecast to reach 1.8 billion by 2030 according to the newly released UNWTO long-term forecast, Tourism Towards 2030. The report, presented on the occasion of the 19th session of the UNWTO General Assembly, confirms that international tourism will continue to grow in a sustained manner in the next two decades (8-14 October 2011, Gyeongju, Republic of Korea).
11 October 2011
Gyeongju
Republic of Korea
Tourism vital for achieving global development objectives - tourism ministers and UN
Tourism ministers and top United Nations officials have stressed the importance of tourism in reaching the social and economic development targets known as the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and contributing to a more sustainable future (10 October, Gyeongju, Republic of Korea).
5 October 2011
Madrid
Spain
Revitalizing Japan’s tourism sector - UNWTO Secretary-General and WTTC President meet Japanese Prime Minister
Meeting with Japan´s Prime Minister, Yoshihiko Noda, UNWTO Secretary-General, Taleb Rifai, has called for continued international support of the country’s tourism sector (4-6 October 2011, Japan).
27 September 2011
Aswan
Egypt
Marking World Tourism Day, think tank calls for engaging local communities in tourism development
As the world celebrates World Tourism Day on 27 September, experts in the field of tourism and culture have underscored the need for local community engagement in tourism development at the official celebrations in Egypt (27 September, Aswan, Egypt).
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).