UNWTO, UNEP, in collaboration with the Ellen MacArthur Foundation announces the Global Tourism Plastics Initiative

Madrid, Spain, 2020-Jan-23 — /Travel PR News/ — The Global Tourism Plastics Initiative is officially announced today (22 JAN 2020) by the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) and the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), in collaboration with the Ellen MacArthur Foundation. This initiative unites the tourism sector behind a common vision to tackle the root causes… Read the full press release

UNWTO joins the international tourism community in its earthquake relief efforts in Albania

Madrid, Spain, 2020-Jan-17 — /Travel PR News/ — The international tourism community, led by the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO), has shown their solidarity with Albania as the country works to recover from the November 2019 earthquake. The earthquake of 26 November resulted in a large number of victims and caused unprecedented damage to buildings, infrastructure… Read the full press release

UNWTO delivered a successful training seminar on implementing the International Tourism Marketing Strategy for the Yunnan Province of China

Madrid, Spain, 2020-Jan-17 — /Travel PR News/ — A delegation from UNWTO visited Kunming to deliver a training seminar on implementing the International Tourism Marketing Strategy designed for the Yunnan Province of China. The strategy was designed by UNWTO experts in partnership with the Yunnan Provincial Tourism Department. Now, with the province working to grow… Read the full press release

UNWTO welcomed fellow United Nations agencies to Madrid for the COP25 Climate Change Summit

Madrid, Spain, 2019-Dec-05 — /Travel PR News/ — The World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) has welcomed its fellow United Nations agencies to Madrid for the start of the COP25 Climate Change Summit. With tourism now high on the United Nations agenda, and with UNWTO the global leader in tourism for development and advocacy, this summit will see… Read the full press release

UNWTO AND ITF LAUNCHES LANDMARK REPORT ON TOURISM’S CARBON EMISSIONS

Madrid, Spain, 2019-Dec-05 — /Travel PR News/ — Transport-related emissions from tourism are expected to account for 5.3% of all man-made CO2 emissions by 2030, up from 5% in 2016, a landmark new report from the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) and the International Transport Forum (ITF) shows. At the same time, as tourist numbers rise and… Read the full press release

The first UNWTO project on Shopping Tourism presented at León, Mexico

León, Guanajuato, Mexico, 2019-Dec-02 — /Travel PR News/ — The World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) has joined with the Municipality of León (Guanajuato, Mexico) to present the first UNWTO project on Shopping Tourism, with the aim of boosting the local economy, creating jobs and driving sustainable and inclusive development. The pilot project is the result of more… Read the full press release

UNWTO INSTO hosted its latest Asia Workshop in Siem Reap, Cambodia

Siem Reap, Cambodia, 2019-Nov-26 — /Travel PR News/ — The International Network of Sustainable Tourism Observatories (INSTO) of the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) hosted its latest Asia Workshop in Siem Reap, Cambodia, with representatives from 10 nations contributing to key discussions on the effective monitoring and management of tourism destinations. As tourist numbers continue to rise… Read the full press release

UNWTO welcomes US$1 million donation from the Chimelong Flora and Fauna Conservation Foundation to grow wildlife tourism

Guangzhou, China, 2019-Oct-30 — /Travel PR News/ — The World Tourism Organization is to continue to lead the way in growing wildlife tourism and harnessing it as a driver for conservation and development, supported by a major new US$1 million donation from the Chimelong Flora and Fauna Conservation Foundation. In 2018, the wildlife tourism sector contributed… Read the full press release

UNWTO supports Côte d’Ivoire tourism sector and footballing legend Didier Drogba as the newest Ambassador for Responsible Tourism

Madrid, Spain, 2019-Oct-30 — /Travel PR News/ — The World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) has demonstrated its support for the Côte d’Ivoire tourism sector, participating in a key high-level round table discussion in Dubai and recruiting Ivorian footballing legend Didier Drogba as the newest Ambassador for Responsible Tourism. UNWTO Secretary General, Mr. Zurab Pololikashvili, participated at a… Read the full press release

Over 170 participants from 23 countries/regions came together for the 13th UNWTO/PATA Forum on Tourism Trends and Outlook in Guilin, China

Guiling, China, 2019-Oct-30 — /Travel PR News/ — The World Tourism Organization (UNWTO), the Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA) and the People’s Government of Guilin (China) held the 13th UNWTO/PATA Forum on Tourism Trends and Outlook in Guilin from 17 to 19 October 2019. Over 170 participants from 23 countries/regions came together to share their knowledge… Read the full press release

UNWTO’s International Network of Sustainable Tourism Observatories welcomed more than 100 experts to its global annual meeting in Madrid

Madrid, Spain, 2019-Oct-24 — /Travel PR News/ — The World Tourism Organization’s (UNWTO) International Network of Sustainable Tourism Observatories (INSTO) welcomed more than 100 experts to its global annual meeting in Madrid, gathering observatories from all around the world as well as other stakeholders from the public, private and academic field to discuss the latest experiences… Read the full press release

The first ‘SPORTSTECH’ edition of the UNWTO’s Tourism Tech Adventures initiative at the Global Tourism Economy Forum in Macau, SAR

Macau, SAR, 2019-Oct-15 — /Travel PR News/ — The growing sports tourism sector took centre stage at the Global Tourism Economy Forum in Macau, SAR with the first ‘SPORTSTECH’ edition of the World Tourism Organization’s Tourism Tech Adventures initiative celebrating the most disruptive ideas and innovators from around the world. This served as the ideal backdrop… Read the full press release

U.S. delegation meets with the World Tourism Organization

Madrid, Spain, 2019-Oct-08 — /Travel PR News/ — A high-level delegation from the United States Department of State has met with head of the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) as the country moves closer to rejoining the United Nations specialized agency for tourism. Assistant Secretary of State for International Organization Affairs Kevin Moley and Assistant Secretary for… Read the full press release

UNWTO Observatory NETWORK (INSTO) welcomes Australia’s South West Sustainable Tourism Observatory as new member

Madrid, Spain, 2019-Oct-03 — /Travel PR News/ — Australia’s South West Sustainable Tourism Observatory, has officially become the latest member of the World Tourism Organization’s International Network of Sustainable Tourism Observatories (INSTO). The Observatory will work to monitor tourism in the south-west region of Australia and help guide its sustainable development. The Australia’s South West Sustainable… Read the full press release

UNWTO announces the finalists and semi-finalists of the 1st Sports Tourism Startup Competition

Madrid, Spain, 2019-Sep-26 — /Travel PR News/ — The World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) in collaboration with FC Barcelona’s Barça Innovation Hub, and with the support of the Qatar National Tourism Council have announced the finalists and semi-finalists of the 1st Sports Tourism Startup Competition, which recognizes disruptive, inspirational projects that have the potential to make an… Read the full press release

More than 1,000 participants from 124 countries gather together for the World Tourism Organization General Assembly in Saint Petersburg

Saint Petersburg, Russian Federation, 2019-Sep-12 — /Travel PR News/ — The 23rd Session of the General Assembly of the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) has opened in Saint Petersburg, Russian Federation, with high-level delegates joining tourism leaders from around the world for the most important meeting for the global tourism sector. More than 1,000 participants from 124… Read the full press release

San Sebastian awarded the 2019 UNWTO prize for Public Policy and Governance

St Petersburg, Russian Federation, 2019-Sep-11 — /Travel PR News/ — The Spanish city of San Sebastian was awarded the 2019 World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) prize for Public Policy and Governance at a ceremony attended by leaders of the global tourism sector in St Petersburg, Russian Federation. Held during the 23rd Session of the UNWTO General Assembly,… Read the full press release

The 62nd meeting of the UNWTO’s Regional Commission for Africa highlights UNWTO’s 2030 Agenda for Africa

Saint Petersburg, Russian Federation, 2019-Sep-11 — /Travel PR News/ — Leaders from across Africa have met in Saint Petersburg ahead of the General Assembly of the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) to discuss the key issues facing the continent as it looks to grow its tourism sector and harness it as a key driver of economic development… Read the full press release

UNWTO: Tourism Enjoys Continued Growth generating USD 5 billion per day

Madrid, Spain, 2019-Aug-30 — /Travel PR News/ — International tourist arrivals grew 5% in 2018, to reach the 1.4 billion mark, two years ahead of the World Tourism Organization’s long-term forecasts, according to the UNWTO International Tourism Highlights, 2019 Edition. At the same time, export earnings generated by tourism grew to USD 1.7 trillion, an increase… Read the full press release

UNWTO: Buenos Aires joins the International Network of Sustainable Tourism Observatories (INSTO)

Madrid, Spain, 2019-Aug-27 — /Travel PR News/ — Buenos Aires has become the latest city to join the International Network of Sustainable Tourism Observatories (INSTO), a pioneering initiative of the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) aimed at helping destinations manage tourism in a smart and sustainable manner. This latest INSTO member – the first in Argentina –… Read the full press release

UNWTO hosts Aid for Trade Conference: “Tourism Financing for the 2030 Agenda” in Geneva

Geneva, Switzerland, 2019-Jul-10 — /Travel PR News/ — Tourism’s unique potential as a tool for driving the global sustainable development agenda has taken center stage at a special event hosted by the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) in Geneva, Switzerland. The session, entitled “Tourism Financing for the 2030 Agenda” was held during the 2019 Global Review of… Read the full press release

UNWTO welcomed United States delegation at The 110th Session of the UNWTO Executive Council

Baku, Azerbaijan, 2019-Jun-20 — /Travel PR News/ — The United States of America has highlighted its support of tourism as a driver of sustainable development. A high-level delegation of the Government attending the World Tourism Organization Executive Council announced that the US is exploring the possibility of re-joining the UN agency responsible for the promotion… Read the full press release

UNWTO holds 110th Session of its Executive Council in Baku, Azerbaijan

Baku, Azerbaijan, 2019-Jun-20 — /Travel PR News/ — The World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) has met in Baku, Azerbaijan, for the 110th Session of its Executive Council (16-18 June). At the meeting, Member States endorsed the Organization’s progress and future plans, as outlined Secretary-General Zurab Pololikashvili, and warmly welcomed the participation of the United States as it… Read the full press release

UNWTO: Exports from international tourism reached USD 1.7 trillion in 2018, a 4% increase over the previous year

Madrid, Spain, 2019-Jun-10 — /Travel PR News/ — Exports generated by international tourism reached USD 1.7 trillion in 2018, a 4% increase in real terms over the previous year, a new report from the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) shows. For the seventh year in a row, tourism exports grew faster than merchandise exports (+3%), reflecting solid… Read the full press release

Croatia hosts the annual meeting of the tourism ministers of UNWTO Member States in Europe

Madrid, Spain, 2019-May-30 — /Travel PR News/ — Innovation, partnerships and managing rising tourist numbers have been top of the agenda at the 64th Meeting of the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) Regional Commission for Europe, held in Zagreb, Croatia this week (27-30 May). Croatia was unanimously chosen to host the annual meeting of the tourism ministers… Read the full press release

UNWTO and JTTA release new UNWTO Report on Gastronomy Tourism: The Case of Japan

Madrid, Spain, 2019-May-28 — /Travel PR News/ — The World Tourism Organization (UNWTO), the Japan Travel and Tourism Association (JTTA) and Gurunavi have released the new UNWTO Report on Gastronomy Tourism: The Case of Japan. The publication includes 18 different case studies of successful gastronomy tourism in Japan. At present, the concept of gastronomy tourism… Read the full press release

UNWTO and the Fundación ONCE launch the first edition of the “Accessible Tourism Destination” (ATD) distinctions

UNWTO and Fundación ONCE launch the annual ATD Distinction, recognizing the world’s best accessible destinations  Interested destinations can make their submissions to atd@unwto.org until 30 June Madrid, Spain, 2019-May-23 — /Travel PR News/ — The World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) and the Fundación ONCE have launched the first edition of the “Accessible Tourism Destination” (ATD) distinctions, which will recognize… Read the full press release

UNWTO welcomes Guatemala into its International Network of Sustainable Tourism Observatories (INSTO)

Madrid, Spain, 2019-May-23 — /Travel PR News/ — The World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) has welcomed Guatemala into its International Network of Sustainable Tourism Observatories (INSTO). The Central American country becomes the 26th member of the global network which is committed to the systematic collection of data on the impacts of tourism at the destination level. The… Read the full press release

UNWTO holds successful 5th UNWTO World Forum on Gastronomy Tourism in the Spanish city of San Sebastian

San Sebastian, Spain, 2019-May-07 — /Travel PR News/ — Around 500 participants from 90 countries are attending the 5th UNWTO World Forum on Gastronomy Tourism in the Spanish city of San Sebastian (2-3 May), hosted by the Basque Culinary Center (BCC). This year’s event centers on the contribution of gastronomy tourism to job creation and to the… Read the full press release

Telefónica and UNWTO collaborate in the development and implementation of digital entrepreneurship and training initiatives

The framework agreement between the two organizations was signed in Madrid by Jaime Cabal, Deputy Secretary-General of the World Tourism Organization, and by Eduardo Navarro, Director of Communication, Corporate Affairs, Branding and Sustainability of Telefónica. The alliance, whose first phase will be in effect until the end of 2020, revolves around four initial lines of… Read the full press release