Record Number of Villages Apply for UN Tourism’s Best Tourism Villages 2024

Over 260 villages from more than 60 countries representing the five regions of the world have put themselves forward for the 2024 edition of Best Tourism Villages by UN Tourism 2024. This marks the highest volume of applications ever received in the past four editions. (IN SHORT) A record-breaking 260 villages from over 60 countries… Read the full press release

UN Tourism and Hotelschool The Hague Forge Partnership for Hospitality Innovation

(IN SHORT) The UN Tourism and Hotelschool The Hague have entered into a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to collaborate on pioneering projects in the hospitality industry, aimed at fostering innovation and entrepreneurship while enhancing education. With a focus on stimulating fresh ventures within the hospitality sector and promoting sustainability, the partnership seeks to provide valuable… Read the full press release

UN Tourism and European Committee of the Regions Unite to Boost Rural Development Through Tourism

(IN SHORT) UN Tourism and the European Committee of the Regions have collaborated on a comprehensive study highlighting the transformative potential of rural tourism in fostering socio-economic development across Europe. The report emphasizes the resilience of rural tourism in the face of challenges like the COVID-19 pandemic and its capacity to stimulate economic diversification, preserve… Read the full press release

UN Tourism Secretary-General Concludes Successful Visit to Iran, Emphasizing Tourism Resilience and Rural Development

(IN SHORT) Zurab Pololikashvili, the Secretary-General of UN Tourism, concluded a fruitful official visit to the Islamic Republic of Iran. Leading a high-level delegation, Pololikashvili participated in the inauguration of the Tehran International Tourism Exhibition and engaged in bilateral meetings aimed at advancing shared objectives in tourism resilience, diversity, and rural development. During the visit,… Read the full press release

UN Tourism Invites Applications for 2024 Best Tourism Villages Initiative Promoting Rural Prosperity

(IN SHORT) UN Tourism, formerly known as the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO), has initiated the call for applications for the 2024 edition of its “Best Tourism Villages” program. This initiative aims to recognize rural destinations where tourism is harnessed as a tool for sustainable growth, cultural preservation, and economic development. Member states are encouraged to… Read the full press release