Start-ups Revolutionizing Tourism Sector Recognized by UNWTO Awake Tourism Challenge

Madrid, Spain, 2023-Feb-02 — /Travel PR News/ — UNWTO has announced the winners of its Awake Tourism Challenge, celebrating the start-ups that are reshaping the sector in every global region. The Challenge was the second edition of the UNWTO Global Startup Competition focusing on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Entrants were judged on how they are contributing to the… Read the full press release

New International Standard for Accessibility in Tourism Unveiled at Madrid’s FITUR Trade Fair by UNWTO, Fundación ONCE, and UNE

UNWTO, Fundación ONCE and the Spanish Association for Standardization UNE have advanced efforts to introduce a comprehensive international standard for accessibility across the whole of the tourism sector. Madrid, Spain, 2023-Jan-26 — /Travel PR News/ — At a special session on Seminar on Tourism for All, held at the FITUR 2023 tourism trade fair in Madrid,… Read the full press release

Yucatán joins UNWTO’s International Network of Sustainable Tourism Observatories to boost responsible and sustainable tourism development

UNWTO has welcomed Yucatán’s Tourism Observatory into its International Network of Sustainable Tourism Observatories (INSTO). Americas, 2023-Jan-26 — /Travel PR News/ — The Yucatán Tourism Observatory was established in 2018 to generate and manage information around tourism development. This work has identified key challenges and opportunities and so led to the design of relevant policies… Read the full press release

UNWTO and CAF Partner to Boost Sustainable Tourism Investment in the Americas at FITUR 2023

Madrid, Spain, 2023-Jan-24 — /Travel PR News/ — At FITUR 2023, UNWTO served as the bridge between public and private leaders to advance plans to build a more diverse, resilient and sustainable tourism sector. With the latest UNWTO data pointing to a return to pre-pandemic arrival levels in some world regions in 2023, Secretary-General Zurab Pololikashvili once again… Read the full press release

International Tourism Set to Return to Pre-Pandemic Levels in Europe and Middle East in 2023: UNWTO Report

Madrid, Spain, 2023-Jan-18 — /Travel PR News/ — After stronger than expected recovery in 2022, this year could see international tourism arrivals return to pre-pandemic levels in Europe and the Middle East. Tourists are nonetheless expected to increasingly seek value for money and travel closer to home in response to the challenging economic climate. Based… Read the full press release

UNWTO, UN Women and German Partners Launch Free Online Gender Equality Training for Tourism Sector

Madrid, Spain, 2023-Jan-12 — /Travel PR News/ — UNWTO, in collaboration with the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ), Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) and UN Women has launched a free online training course focused on gender equality within the tourism sector. The course, which is available through atingi.org, is part… Read the full press release

UNWTO unveils ‘Best Tourism Villages 2022’

Madrid, Spain, 2022-Dec-22 — /Travel PR News/ — From Austria to Vietnam, 32 destinations from all around the world have been named as ‘Best Tourism Villages 2022’ by the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO). The accolade recognizes rural destinations that are embracing tourism as a driver of development and new opportunities for jobs and income, while… Read the full press release

WTTC and UNWTO team up to spearhead travel & tourism sector’s vision to halt and reverse biodiversity loss by 2030

Travel & Tourism sector commits to vision to halt and reverse biodiversity loss by 2030 Madrid, Spain, 2022-Dec-14 — /Travel PR News/ — During COP15 in Montreal today (13 DEC 2022), the World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC), United Nations World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO) and the Sustainable Hospitality Alliance (the Alliance) announced a new collaboration… Read the full press release

UNWTO announces Students League Winners

The first national edition of the UNWTO Students League concluded with a celebration of Swiss tourism talent with Team SHL from SHL Schweizerische Hotelfachschule Luzern, winning this edition Madrid, Spain, 2022-Dec-13 — /Travel PR News/ — The competition for undergraduates, organized with the support of the State Secretariat for Economic Affairs (SECO), attracted students from leading… Read the full press release

UNWTO strengthens commitment to support Moroccan MSMEs

Africa, 2022-Dec-01 — /Travel PR News/ — UNWTO is stepping up its commitment to make Micro, Small and Medium-Enterprises agents of transformation for the tourism sector. Against the backdrop of its Executive Council in Marrakesh, the United Nations specialized agency outlined plans to support 10,000 Moroccan MSMEs benefit from digitalization. The joint action plan, developed alongside the… Read the full press release

UNWTO Affiliate Members network expands with 18 new entities

UNWTO has welcomed 18 new Affiliate Members into its global network. Madrid, Spain, 2022-Nov-29 — /Travel PR News/ — The newly admitted UNWTO members reflect the diversity of the broad tourism sector, with private companies, Destination Management Organizations, universities, professional associations, Intergovernmental Organization and NGOs, all represented. The new additions also reflect UNWTO’s global mission, six from… Read the full press release

UNWTO and State Secretariat for Economic Affairs of Switzerland launch inaugural National UNWTO Students’ League of the year

Geneva, Switzerland, 2022-Sep-16 — /Travel PR News/ — The World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) and the State Secretariat for Economic Affairs of Switzerland (SECO) have joined forces to launch the first National UNWTO Students’ League of the year. The Students League is designed to promote local talent development and work with young people to design solutions… Read the full press release

The 6th edition of the Wine Tourism conference kicks in on 19 September 2022, in Alba, the Piemonte region, Italy

Madrid, Spain, 2022-Sep-15 — /Travel PR News/ — UNWTO and the Government of Italy will celebrate the 6th Global Conference on Wine Tourism. Under the theme ‘What’s next? Wine tourism pairs with Innovation…’ and building up on the success of the past five editions, this 6th edition will take place on 19-21 September 2022, in Alba in the… Read the full press release

His Holiness Pope Francis on building a better future for tourism during the UNWTO’s first Global Youth Tourism Summit

Sorrento, Italy, 2022-Jun-29 — /Travel PR News/ — His Holiness Pope Francis has sent an historic message of support to UNWTO’s first Global Youth Tourism Summit. As the Summit gets underway in Sorrento, Italy, His Holiness called on young participants to make the most of the unique opportunity to develop the knowledge and the skills… Read the full press release

UNWTO and Allianz Partners commit to promote safe, responsible, and accessible tourism

Madrid, Spain, 2022-Jun-18 — /Travel PR News/ — UNWTO and its Affiliate Member Allianz Partnershave signed a Memorandum of Understanding, consolidating their joint commitment to promoting safe, responsible, and accessible tourism. The agreement confirms and renews the desire from both parties to continue collaborating in key areas, namely promoting the values of sustainable, inclusive, and… Read the full press release

UNWTO welcomes Yukon Sustainable Tourism Observatory into its International Network of Sustainable Observatories

Madrid, Spain, 2022-May-31 — /Travel PR News/ — UNWTO has welcomed Yukon Sustainable Tourism Observatory into its growing International Network of Sustainable Observatories (INSTO). The Yukon Sustainable Tourism Observatory, hosted by the Government of Yukon, will identify, measure and interpret sustainable tourism conditions to guide evidence-based decision making. This will help the Yukon to better… Read the full press release

Technical seminar on the UNWTO International Code for the Protection of Tourists (ICPT) held on the backdrop of the 67th meeting of the UNWTO Commission for the Americas

Madrid, Spain, 2022-May-25 — /Travel PR News/ — Tourism leaders from the Americas have met to address the current challenges and opportunities around restoring confidence in travel across the region. A special seminar on the UNWTO International Code for the Protection of Tourists (ICPT) featured interventions from the experts involved in drafting the landmark legal framework. The… Read the full press release

UNWTO to help accelerate adoption of new technology among tourism enterprises with the launch of the Digital Futures Programme

Madrid, Spain, 2022-May-19 — /Travel PR News/ — UNWTO has announced the launch of the Digital Futures Programme, designed to accelerate the adoption of new technology among tourism enterprises. Developed in collaboration with some of the world’s leading technology, finance and business companies as Mastercard the initiative is focused on small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs),… Read the full press release

The World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) and Save the Children Dominican Republic launch a new challenge in support of young people throughout Central America and the Caribbean

Americas, 2022-May-12 — /Travel PR News/ — The World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) and Save the Children Dominican Republic have launched a new challenge to promote the development of educational ideas and experiences through the tourism sector in Central America and the Caribbean. The challenge seeks innovative and technological proposals in ‘Early Stage’ development that offer new educational… Read the full press release

NETCOM becomes the newest Affiliate Member of UNWTO

Madrid, Spain, 2022-Apr-26 — /Travel PR News/ — UNWTO has welcomed NETCOM, a leader in communications and digital advertising, into its growing network of Affiliate Members. Affiliate Members are drawn from every part of the diverse tourism sector, with businesses, civil society, destinations and academia all represented. Through this network, UNWTO guides the development and growth… Read the full press release

UNWTO launches second edition of “Awake Tourism Challenge”

Madrid, Spain, 2022-Apr-22 — /Travel PR News/ — UNWTO has launched the second edition of its global flagship competition under the name of “Awake Tourism Challenge”. The competition will identify innovators who are advancing solutions to 6 different challenges, as well contributing to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). For the 2022 challenge,… Read the full press release

UNWTO unveils details on Global Youth Tourism Summit from 27 June to 3 July at Sorrento, Italy

Europe, 2022-Apr-13 — /Travel PR News/ — UNWTO has announced more details of the upcoming Global Youth Tourism Summit, set to be held in Sorrento, Italy, from 27 June to 3 July. The Summit, organized by UNWTO in collaboration with the Italian Ministry of Tourism and the Italian National Tourist Board, will provide a unique… Read the full press release

UNWTO in partnership with the Mallorca Tourism Foundation host Summit of Sustainable Destinations

Madrid, Spain, 2022-Apr-13 — /Travel PR News/ — The Palacio de Congresos de Palma hosted the Summit of Sustainable Destinations organised by UNWTO in partnership with the Mallorca Tourism Foundation. The conference has shared the best practices of environmental, social and economic sustainability developed around the world by leading organisations and companies in these initiatives…. Read the full press release

UNWTO has successfully celebrated the 48th session of its Regional Commission for the Middle East

Middle East, 2022-Mar-29 — /Travel PR News/ — Returning to Egypt for the third time since 2018, the Commission addressed the pressing challenges faced by tourism and looked to the future as the sector’s recovery gathers pace across the region. According to the latest UNWTO data, international arrivals to destinations in the Middle East were 52%… Read the full press release

UNWTO and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia strengthen cooperation

Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, 2022-Mar-15 — /Travel PR News/ — UNWTO and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia have agreed on the next steps they will jointly take to establish tourism as a driver of growth, opportunity and development across the Middle East and beyond. Less than a year after the official opening of the Regional Office for… Read the full press release

Two Mauritius Tourism Villages Recognised Among World’s Best

Le Morne Brabant on the south coast of Mauritius

To celebrate, Outrigger Mauritius Beach Resort announces special tour options to visit Le Morne and Old Grand Port   BEL OMBRE, MAURITIUS, 2022-Feb-28 — /Travel PR News/ — Two Mauritius villages have been included in the United Nations World Tourism Organization’s list of “Best Tourism Villages of 2021.” Looking back on the year, 44 villages… Read the full press release

UNWTO and the World Health Organization (WHO) call for the lifting of travel bans

Madrid, Spain, 2022-Feb-26 — /Travel PR News/ — The World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) and the World Health Organization (WHO) have called for the lifting of travel bans as they do not provide added value and continue to contribute to economic and social stress. The two UN agencies agreed to collaborate on a global trust architecture… Read the full press release

UNO announces partnership with UEFA

Europe, 2022-Feb-24 — /Travel PR News/ — The World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) and the Union of European Football Associations (UEFA) today (23 FEB 2022) announced their partnership around shared values and a common vision for the future. The leaders of both organizations met at the UEFA headquarters and agreed to jointly promote the benefits of sports… Read the full press release

UNWTO welcomed tourism leaders’ commitment to place sustainability and inclusivity at the heart of the sector’s restart and recovery

Americas, 2022-Feb-15 — /Travel PR News/ — UNWTO has welcomed a pledge made by tourism leaders at the Adventure Next Latin America summit to realign the sector along a path of greater resilience and sustainability. The tourism trade event welcomed the Ministers of Tourism of Panama, Colombia, Costa Rica, Ecuador, Guatemala and Honduras, alongside high/level representatives of the governments of both Brazil and… Read the full press release