Press releases

3 November 2016 Urban planning and city tourism need to go “hand in hand”, concludes UNWTO Summit
The 5th UNWTO City Tourism Summit in Luxor, Egypt gathered around 400 experts from 40 countries to discuss the theme ‘Cities: Local culture for a global traveler’. The event, organized by the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) and the Ministry of Tourism of Egypt, concluded on the importance of ensuring urban planning and city tourism development are fully coordinated. Authenticity, local culture, the engagement of local communities and the use of technology were pointed out as key success factors for city tourism. 
31 October 2016 UNWTO Executive Council meeting opens in Luxor, Egypt
The city of Luxor in Egypt is hosting the 104th meeting of the Executive Council of the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) between 31 October and 1 November. The Meeting will discuss the three priorities of the Organization for 2016-2017: safe, secure and seamless travel; the impact of technology in the tourism sector and sustainability.
28 October 2016 UNWTO Network of Sustainable Tourism Observatories welcomes Croatia Observatory
The Croatian Sustainable Tourism Observatory (CROSTO) has become a member of the UNWTO International Network of Sustainable Tourism Observatories (INSTO). This Observatory, hosted by the Institute for Tourism in Zagreb, is responsible for monitoring sustainable tourism in the Adriatic Croatia.
28 October 2016 UNWTO Workshop addresses quality in product development in tourism destinations
During two days, 15-17 September 2016, experts from the private and public sectors have discussed in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, the relevance of quality in product development in tourism destinations. The workshop is the result of the commitment reached through the Memorandum of Understanding undersigned between UNWTO and the Government of Ethiopia in 2014 aimed at developing the tourism sector in the country. 
27 October 2016 UNWTO and EBRD strengthen sustainable tourism in the SEMED region
The tourism sector in the southern and eastern Mediterranean (SEMED) region has huge potential to become a major player in the economy and contribute to job creation. However, challenges remain.
24 October 2016 United Nations representatives in Spain celebrate UN Charter anniversary
Officials of UN entities with representation in Spain as well as representatives of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation of Spain and several member countries of the UN gathered at the headquarters of the World Tourism Organization in Madrid to commemorate the 71st anniversary of the ratification of the Charter of the United Nations, the organization’s foundational treaty, in 1945. 
21 October 2016 10th UNWTO/PATA Forum on Tourism Trends and Outlook commences in Guilin, China
The World Tourism Organization (UNWTO), the Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA) and the People’s Government of Guilin of China celebrate between 20-22 October the 10th UNWTO/PATA Forum on Tourism Trends and Outlook. The theme of this special 10th anniversary edition is ‘Tourism 10:10 - Looking back to look forward’.
20 October 2016 4th World Tourism Conference focuses on the ‘tourists first’ – improving the visitors experience
Malaysia, the second most visited destination in South East Asia, has hosted the 4th edition of the World Tourism Conference (WTC) jointly organized between the World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO) and the Ministry of Tourism and Culture Malaysia (MOTAC).
19 October 2016 UNWTO partners with EBRD to debate tourism in the MENA region
The World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) and the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) in cooperation with the Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities of Jordan are organizing a regional conference on ‘Investing in Tourism for an Inclusive Future: Challenges and Opportunities’. The Conference will take place in the world heritage city of Petra, Jordan, on 26-27 October. 
18 October 2016 Mongolia hosts the UNWTO Silk Road Conference on Nomadic Tourism and Sustainable Cities
The World Tourism Organization (UNWTO), together with the Ministry of Environment and Tourism of Mongolia and the World Cities Scientific Development Alliance (WCSDA), organized the International Silk Road Conference on Nomadic Tourism and Sustainable Cities in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia on 13-15 October 2016.