UNWTO to hold 3rd International Congress on Ethics and Tourism on 27-28 April 2017 in Poland

Coinciding with the International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development to be celebrated throughout 2017, the third International Congress on Ethics and Tourism will be held in Poland, on 27-28 April 2017. Organized by the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) in collaboration with the European Commission (EC) and the Government of Poland, the event will focus… Read the full press release

UNWTO Awards for Excellence and Innovation in Tourism winners will be announced on 18 January 2017

UNWTO has announced the finalists of the 13th edition of the UNWTO Awards for Excellence and Innovation in Tourism. The 12 finalists were selected among 139 applicants from 55 countries. The winners will be announced on 18 January 2017 at the UNWTO Awards Ceremony, organized for the fourth consecutive year in collaboration with Madrid International… Read the full press release

UNWTO City Tourism Summit in Luxor, Egypt: urban planning and city tourism development must be fully coordinated

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… Read the full press release

Southern Laos and the city of Meishan in China to work with TripAdvisor as winners of PATA CEO Challenge 2016

BANGKOK, 2016-Oct-18 — /Travel PR News/ —  A province in Lao PDR and the city of Meishan in China are the winners of the US$1 million PATA CEO Challenge 2016. Southern Laos receives the Top Destination Award in the category of ‘Regions/States/Provinces’. The People’s Government of Meishan, Sichuan, China is granted the Top Destination Award in… Read the full press release

Revised tourism visa scheme promotes Qatar as world-class stopover destination

Ministry of Interior, Qatar Airways and Qatar Tourism Authority work together to expand free transit visa stays in Qatar from 48 hours to 96 hours Nearly 30 million annual Qatar Airways passengers can plan a Doha stopover more easily UNWTO Secretary General: new scheme is significant change and will result in increase of visitors to… Read the full press release

First World Conference on Tourism for Development highlighted on role of tourism in fighting poverty and building peace

The role of tourism in fighting poverty and building peace were the key focus of the First World Conference on Tourism for Development. Opening the conference, Premier Li Keqiang underlined the role of tourism in lifting people out of poverty and the importance of stepping up international cooperation in tourism. The event, organized by UNWTO… Read the full press release

ITB Berlin reports record 120,000 visitors over five days

Global travel industry withstands geopolitical crises and remains on course for vigorous expansion – Record attendance by some 120,000 trade visitors over five days – ITB an international success story: in addition to ITB Asia in Singapore, ITB China will take place in Shanghai from 2017 BERLIN, 2016-Mar-14 — /Travel PR News/ — A reliable indicator… Read the full press release

United Nations approves the adoption of 2017 as the International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development

MADRID, 2015-12-8 — /Travel PR News/ — The United Nations (UN) General Assembly has approved the adoption of 2017 as the International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development. The resolution, adopted on 4 December, recognizes “the importance of international tourism, and particularly of the designation of an international year of sustainable tourism for development, in… Read the full press release

4th UNWTO International Conference on Tourism and the Media to be hosted in Tunisia on 12-13 November 2015

Building stronger partnerships between tourism destinations and the media will be the topic of the 4th UNWTO International Conference on Tourism and the Media, to be hosted in Tunisia on 12-13 November 2015. MADRID, 2015-11-12 — /Travel PR News/ — The conference is organized with the support of CNN International and counts on the participation… Read the full press release

Czech Republic and UNWTO further strengthen ties with two-year Cooperation Plan

The Czech Republic and UNWTO have signed a two-year Cooperation Plan on the occasion of UNWTO Secretary-General Taleb Rifai’s first official visit to the country (Prague, Czech Republic, 3-4 August 2015). MADRID, 2015-8-19 — /Travel PR News/ — Mr. Rifai’s visit followed an invitation from the Minister for Regional Development, Karla Šlechtová, with whom he… Read the full press release

1st UNWTO World Forum on Food Tourism jointly organized by UNWTO and Basque Culinary Center to be held on 27-28 April 2015 in Donostia-San Sebastián, Spain

Gastronomy and tourism are natural allies and mutually reinforce one another. The many links between gastronomy and tourism and the opportunities for closer cooperation between both areas will be explored at the 1st UNWTO World Forum on Food Tourism, jointly organized by UNWTO and the Basque Culinary Center (Donostia-San Sebastián, Spain, 27-28 April 2015).  … Read the full press release

UNWTO joins UNESCO in urging immediate action to safeguard the world’s cultural heritage

MADRID, 2015-3-4 — /Travel PR News/ — UNWTO is appalled by the systematic destruction of cultural and religious artefacts in Syria and Iraq, the last of which in the Mosul Museum in Iraq. On behalf of the international tourism community, UNWTO joins UNESCO in urging immediate action to safeguard the world’s cultural heritage. “As stated… Read the full press release

UNWTO research: poaching and illicit trade in wildlife serious threat to tourism industry in Africa

MADRID, 2015-3-4 — /Travel PR News/ — Wildlife watching tourism is one of the most important tourism segments in Africa, according to new UNWTO research released on the occasion of World Wildlife Day. In view of tourism’s potential in advancing inclusive growthacross the continent, poaching and illicit trade in wildlife pose a serious threat to… Read the full press release

UNWTO Secretary-General Taleb Rifai addressed ITB 2015 opening in Berlin, Germany

MADRID, 2015-3-4 — /Travel PR News/ — In his ITB 2015 opening address, UNWTO Secretary-General Taleb Rifai highlighted how new technologies are changing society and shaping the tourism sector, shifting power from governments and companies to citizens and consumers. Rifai recalled that with power comes responsibility and highlighted tourism´s capacity to overcome prejudice in an… Read the full press release

The VI Investment and Tourism Business Forum for Africa (INVESTOUR) agrees the continent needs a stronger brand

Branding and promotion, foreign direct investment, human resources development and visa facilitation were among the key topics in focus at the VI Investment and Tourism Business Forum for Africa (INVESTOUR). 16 Tourism Ministers from Africa and the Middle East and experts from different areas attended the yearly Forum, held on the occasion of the International… Read the full press release

UNWTO World Tourism Barometer: 4.7% increase on international tourist arrivals in 2014 over the previous year

International tourist arrivals reached 1,138 million in 2014, a 4.7% increase over the previous year, according to the latest UNWTO World Tourism Barometer. For 2015, UNWTO forecasts international tourism to grow by 3% to 4%, further contributing to the global economic recovery. Madrid, 2015-1-27 — /Travel PR News/ — The number of international tourists (overnight… Read the full press release

UN General Assembly adopted resolution recognizing the contribution of sustainable tourism to poverty eradication, community development and the protection of biodiversity

A milestone resolution recognizing the contribution of sustainable tourism to poverty eradication, community development and the protection of biodiversity has been adopted by consensus by the United Nations General Assembly. New York/Madrid, 2015-1-15 — /Travel PR News/ — Emphasizing the need to optimize the economic, social, cultural and environmental benefits stemming from sustainable tourism, particularly in… Read the full press release

UNWTO co-organized conference focused on Sustainable development of tourism at religious heritage sites

Sustainable development of tourism at religious heritage sites was in focus at the International Conference on Religious Heritage and Tourism: Types, trends and challenges, jointly organized by UNWTO, the Ministry of Industry, Energy and Tourism of Spain and the City Hall of Elche (27-28 November 2014, Elche, Spain). Elche /Madrid, 2014-12-11 — /Travel PR News/ —… Read the full press release

UNWTO applauds the commitment of the Japanese government to the tourism sector and the positive results of tourism in the country

During an official visit to Japan, UNWTO Secretary-General, Taleb Rifai, highlighted the commitment of the Japanese government to the tourism sector and the positive results of tourism in the country. Mr. Rifai met the Minister of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism to discuss the strengthening of the relationship between UNWTO and Japan and inaugurated the… Read the full press release

UNWTO commends the Government of Romania to attract more international youth travelers through the country’s first tourism cluster dedicated to young people

UNWTO commends the measures taken by the Government of Romania to attract more international youth travelers through the country’s first tourism cluster dedicated to young people. MADRID, 2014-10-29 — /Travel PR News/ — The new Youth Tourism Cluster, an initiative by the Ministry of Tourism of Romania, brings together state institutions, private companies and international… Read the full press release

UNWTO World Tourism Barometer: International tourist arrivals grew by 4.6% in the first half of 2014

MADRID, 2014-9-16 — /Travel PR News/ — International tourist arrivals grew by 4.6% in the first half of 2014 according to the latest UNWTO World Tourism Barometer. Destinations worldwide received some 517 million international tourists between January and June 2014, 22 million more than in the same period of 2013. Growth was strongest in the… Read the full press release

The International Renewable Energy Agency and the World Tourism Organization joined forces to promote the use of renewable energies in Islands’ tourism sector

The International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA), an intergovernmental organization dedicated to supporting countries’ efforts to adopt renewable energy, and the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO), the United Nations specialized agency for tourism, have joined forces to promote the use of renewable energies in Islands.  MADRID, 2014-9-2 — /Travel PR News/ — In a Joint Statement on Renewable Energy… Read the full press release

UNWTO and Griffith Institute for Tourism to disseminate tourism knowledge in Asia and the Pacific

Madrid, 2014-7-24 — /Travel PR News/ — Disseminating tourism knowledge, enhancing the expertise on tourism and climate change and advancing sustainable tourism in Asia and the Pacific are some of the areas of cooperation agreed between the Griffith Institute for Tourism (GIFT) and UNWTO (Madrid, Spain, 21 July 2014). The cooperation agreement was signed by UNWTO Secretary-General, Taleb Rifai, and the… Read the full press release

UNWTO addresses the advancement of tourism in Ethiopia and the key role of the sector in the country’s socio-economic development

Addis Abeba/Madrid, 2014-7-24 — /Travel PR News/ — During an official visit to Ethiopia, UNWTO Secretary-General, Taleb Rifai, met with President Mulatu Teshome, Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn, Deputy Prime Minister Demeke Mekonnen, and Minister of Culture & Tourism,Amin Abdulkadir, to address the advancement of tourism in Ethiopia and the key role of the sector in the country’s socio-economic development. (Addis Abeba,… Read the full press release

World Tourism Day to be hosted by Mexico in the city of Guadalajara on 27 September 2014

Tourism and Community Development’ is the theme of this year’s World Tourism Day (WTD). The theme underscores the potential of tourism to promote opportunities for communities around the world, as well as the role that community engagement has in advancing sustainable tourism development. The official celebrations will be hosted by Mexico in the city of… Read the full press release

UNWTO supports tourism recovery of Bohol and Tacloban in Philippines, severely hit by two major natural disasters

Bohol/Madrid, 2014-6-3 — /Travel PR News/ — During a recent visit to the Philippines, UNWTO Secretary-General Taleb Rifai visited the Bohol province to review the recovery progress following the 2013 earthquake and deliver a recovery plan for the region’s tourism sector. The Bohol Tourism Recovery Plan is a roadmap to support the recovery of Bohol’s tourism… Read the full press release

UNWTO, UNODC, and African Tourism Ministers support global fight against wildlife crime

Berlin/Madrid, 2014-03-11 — /Travel PR News/ — UNWTO, the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), and African Tourism Ministers have committed toadvancing the tourism sector’s support in the global fight against the surge in poaching that is threatening one of Africa’s main tourism resources – its unique wildlife and biodiversity. (ITB Berlin, Germany, 6 March 2014). In a… Read the full press release

UNWTO Secretary-General Taleb Rifai met with federal and state government officials in Australia

Madrid, Spain, 2014-2-14 — /travelprnews.com/ — The UNWTO Secretary-General concluded a 5-day trip to Australia where he met with federal and state government officials as well as main private sector associations and UNWTO Affiliate Members. During his visit, Mr. Rifai underscored the progress made by Australia in converging with UNWTO’s main policy recommendations: supporting travel facilitation, intelligent… Read the full press release

UNWTO World Tourism Barometer unveils international tourist arrivals grew by 5% in 2013 reaching a record 1,087 million arrivals

Madrid, Spain, 2014-1-20 — /travelprnews.com/ — International tourist arrivals grew by 5% in 2013, reaching a record 1,087 million arrivals, according to the latest UNWTO World Tourism Barometer. Despite global economic challenges, international tourism results were well above expectations, with an additional 52 million international tourists travelling the world in 2013. For 2014, UNWTO forecasts 4% to… Read the full press release

UNWTO World Tourism Barometer: international tourism grew by 5% in the first nine months of 2013

Madrid, Spain, 2013-12-13 — /travelprnews.com/ — In the first nine months of 2013, international tourism grew by 5% according to the latest UNWTO World Tourism Barometer. The number of international tourist arrivals reported by destinations around the world increased by some 41 million between January and September, growing above UNWTO’s initial forecast and creating an important stimulus to… Read the full press release