UNWTO and Basque Culinary Center launch pioneering initiative for the gastronomic tourism sector

Madrid, Spain, 2018-Oct-22 — /Travel PR News/ — The World Tourism Organization and Basque Culinary Center (BCC), have launched a pioneering initiative for the gastronomic tourism sector, with a global call for startups or companies, mature or emerging, technological and non-technological, with innovative ideas capable of revolutionizing and integrating gastronomy in tourism and inspiring tourists… Read the full press release

UNWTO sees wine tourism as part of national tourism and rural development policies at the 3rd UNWTO Wine Tourism Conference in Moldova

Madrid, Spain, 2018-Sep-13 — /Travel PR News/ — UNWTO called for wine tourism to be made part of national tourism and rural development policies at the 3rd UNWTO Wine Tourism Conference in Chisinau, Republic of Moldova (6-7 September 2018). The two days of discussions engaged experts from 30 countries and addressed UNWTO’s priority of enhancing… Read the full press release

UNWTO: Qatar the most open country in the Middle East and the 8th most open in the world in terms of visa facilitation

Madrid, Spain, 2018-Sep-05 — /Travel PR News/ — Qatar has become the most open country in the Middle East and the 8th most open in the world in terms of visa facilitation. The World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) recently updated its visa openness rankings, confirming Qatar’s recent visa facilitation improvements including allowing nationals of 88 countries… Read the full press release

Early-stage venture capital firm Vynn Capital and UNWTO to promote South-East Asia’s tourism sector by facilitating entrepreneurship and innovation

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, 2018-Aug-13 — /Travel PR News/ — Vynn Capital, a South-East Asia-based early-stage venture capital firm, and the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) today ( 9 August 2018 ) jointly announced a strategic partnership to promote South-East Asia’s tourism sector by facilitating entrepreneurship and innovation. Through this strategic partnership, Vynn Capital and UNWTO will collaborate… Read the full press release

UNWTO welcomes Belarus’ decision to implement a 30-day visa-free policy to citizens of 74 states travelling through Minsk airport

Madrid, Spain, 2018-Aug-13 — /Travel PR News/ — The World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) welcomes Belarus’ decision to implement a 30-day visa-free policy to citizens of 74 states travelling through Minsk airport. The decision is the latest of several national policy changes aimed at safer and more seamless travel, for which UNWTO strongly advocates. UNWTO supports the… Read the full press release

UNWTO and the Instituto Tecnológico Hotelero partner to promote the digital transformation of tourism destinations

Madrid, Spain, 2018-Aug-09 — /Travel PR News/ — The objective of both organizations is to cooperate closely on issues of mutual interest to achieve shared objectives The World Tourism Organization, a specialized agency of the United Nations that is the leading public international organization in the field of tourism, and the Instituto Tecnológico Hotelero, have… Read the full press release

7th UNWTO Global Summit on Urban Tourism, 16-19 September 2018 in Seoul, Republic of Korea

Madrid, Spain, 2018-Aug-03 — /Travel PR News/ — Urban tourism and its potential for more sustainable and inclusive cities will be the major focus of the 7th UNWTO Global Summit on Urban Tourism (16-19 September 2018) in Seoul, Republic of Korea. The Summit aims to set out a vision looking to 2030 for this rapidly-growing tourism segment…. Read the full press release

UNWTO develops online tool designed to advance the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals through tourism

Madrid, Spain, 2018-Jul-24 — /Travel PR News/ — Promoting a greater engagement of the tourism sector with sustainable development is the main objective of the Tourism for SDGs Platform. The online tool is designed to advance the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals through tourism, and was developed by the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) with the… Read the full press release

UNWTO/Chimelong Media Award deadline for submissions extended to 31 August

Madrid, Spain, 2018-Jul-24 — /Travel PR News/ — Media has a key role in promoting sustainable tourism. The Media Award is a unique opportunity to share your work and showcase experiences and efforts to advance sustainable tourism for wildlife conservation in the African continent. The call for submissions REMAINS OPEN – we have extended the deadline to… Read the full press release

UNWTO names Aliko Dangote an Ambassador for Responsible Tourism

Madrid, Spain, 2018-Jun-13 — /Travel PR News/ — UNWTO’s Secretary-General, Zurab Pololikashvili, named Aliko Dangote an Ambassador for Responsible Tourism in the framework of the 61st Regional Commission meeting for Africa, celebrated in Abuja, Nigeria. Considered one of the most successful businessmen in Africa, Aliko Dangote founded the Dangote Group 30 years ago and turned his enterprise… Read the full press release

Lionel Messi joins the World Tourism Organization to promote the value of responsible tourism

Madrid, Spain, 2018-Apr-10 — /Travel PR News/ — Considered by many the best football player of all times, Lionel Messi joins the World Tourism Organization to promote the value of responsible tourism. The UNWTO Secretary-General, Zurab Pololikashvili, appointed Messi as UNWTO Ambassador for Responsible Tourism this Saturday at Camp Nou in Barcelona, after the match F.C…. Read the full press release

UNWTO Secretary-General Zurab Pololikashvili discussed the development of the tourism sector in Azerbaijan with H.E. Mr. Ilham Aliyev, President of Republic of Azerbaijan

Baku, Azerbaijan, 2018-Apr-06 — /Travel PR News/ — The Secretary-General of the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO), Zurab Pololikashvili met H.E. Mr. Ilham Aliyev, President of Republic of Azerbaijan to discuss the development of the tourism sector in the country and how to further strengthen cooperation between Azerbaijan and UNWTO. The following issues were addressed during the… Read the full press release

UNWTO: The 10th edition of the World Congress on Snow and Mountain Tourism to take place in Andorra, from 21-23 March 2018

UNWTO: The 10th edition of the World Congress on Snow and Mountain Tourism to take place in Andorra, from 21-23 March 2018   Madrid, Spain, 2018-Feb-22 — /Travel PR News/ — The meeting will bring together a wide variety of tourism professionals, ranging from managers of mountain tourism destinations to entrepreneurs in the accommodation sector. This… Read the full press release

UNWTO to support tourism development in Timor-Leste

UNWTO to support tourism development in Timor-Leste   Madrid, Spain, 2018-Feb-20 — /Travel PR News/ — Human resources and capacity building to support tourism development have been at the centre of the collaboration between the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) and Timor-Leste over the past years. The successful conclusion of two projects implemented in Timor-Leste, was… Read the full press release

Eight more signatories commits to UNWTO Global Code of Ethics

Eight more signatories commits to UNWTO Global Code of Ethics   Madrid, Spain, 2018-Jan-26 — /Travel PR News/ — Seven companies and one association formalized their commitment to the UNWTO Global Code of Ethics for Tourism during an event held in the context of FITUR, the International Tourism Fair of Madrid. Cielos Abiertos (Colombia), Destinos R.I…. Read the full press release

UNWTO and Portugal agree on joint training and innovation action plan as priorities of the Portuguese Tourism Strategy 2027

UNWTO and Portugal agree on joint training and innovation action plan as priorities of the Portuguese Tourism Strategy 2027   Lisbon, Portugal, 2018-Jan-26 — /Travel PR News/ — Innovation and training were at the centre of the official visit of Zurab Pololikashvili, the Secretary-General of the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO), to Portugal on 22-23 January. Following… Read the full press release

UNWTO World Tourism Barometer: International tourist arrivals up by 7% in 2017 to a total of 1,322 million

International tourist arrivals grew by a remarkable 7% in 2017 to reach a total of 1,322 million, according to the latest UNWTO World Tourism Barometer. This strong momentum is expected to continue in 2018 at a rate of 4%-5%. MADRID, 2018-Jan-17 — /Travel PR News/ — Based on data reported by destinations around the world, it… Read the full press release

UNWTO unveils activities during the 38th edition of the Madrid International Tourism Fair (FITUR), January 17-21

The UNWTO Awards on Innovation and Excellence in Tourism, African and Middle East tourism development and the Chinese Market among the activities of the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) during the 38th edition of the Madrid International Tourism Fair (FITUR, January 17-21), the yearly kick-off for the world’s leading tourism meeting points. MADRID, Spain, 2018-Jan-11 —… Read the full press release

UNWTO announces Hello Kitty as Special Ambassador to promote “Travel. Enjoy. Respect”. campaign

MADRID, Spain, 2017-Dec-04 — /Travel PR News/ — United Nations designated the year 2017 “International Year of Sustainable Tourism Development” and World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) (Headquarters in Madrid; Secretary General Dr. Taleb Rifai) plays a leading role to promote it. UNWTO and Sanrio signed an agreement that appoints Hello Kitty as Special Ambassador of the International… Read the full press release

UNWTO announces winners and finalists of The 14th Edition of the UNWTO Awards

UNWTO announces winners and finalists of The 14th Edition of the UNWTO Awards   Madrid, 2017-Nov-28 — /Travel PR News/ — The World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) announces the winners of the UNWTO Ulysses Prize and the UNWTO Ethics Award, as well as 14 finalists for the upcoming 14th Edition of the UNWTO Awards for Innovation in Tourism…. Read the full press release

World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) supports the tourism sector in Madagascar

UNWTO expresses confidence on tourism in Madagascar Madrid, Spain, 2017-Nov-05 — /Travel PR News/ — The Secretary-General of the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO), Taleb Rifai has visited Madagascar to express the Organization’s full support to the tourism sector. Madagascar’s tourism is facing a challenging situation following a plague outbreak which has prompted some countries to implement… Read the full press release

Katie Diederichs winner of UNWTO Travel Competition

The competition is part of the celebrations of the International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development 2017 The travellers’ competition closed with 2,400 submissions and one lucky winner: Katie Diederichs, who will be embarking on an unforgettable trip across six different countries to tell the world how tourism can make a positive change.   MADRID, SPAIN, 2017-Oct-31… Read the full press release

The UNWTO Framework Convention on Tourism Ethics approved by member States

MADRID, Spain, 2017-Sep-15 — /Travel PR News/ — The member States of the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) approved today an historical document – the UNWTO Framework Convention on Tourism Ethics. The Convention, approved at the 22nd UNWTO General Assembly transforms the Code of Ethics for Tourism into an international convention, the first in the life of the… Read the full press release

Zurab Pololikashvili appointed Secretary General of the World Tourism Organization for 2018-2021

MADRID, Spain, 2017-Sep-15 — /Travel PR News/ — Zurab Pololikashvili, current Ambassador of Georgia to Spain, Morocco, Algeria and Andorra, has been appointed Secretary General of the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) for the period 2018-2021. The candidature of Zurab Pololikashvili was presented by his country, Georgia, in accordance with the UNWTO statutes. Zurab Pololikashvili was elected… Read the full press release

UNWTO held a 22nd General Assembly in Chengdu; more than 1300 delegates from over 130 countries

More than 1300 delegates from over 130 countries attended the opening of the 22nd session of the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) General Assembly in Chengdu, China this morning. During the next four days, the priorities of the Organization for 2018-2019, the transformation of the UNWTO Code of Ethics for Tourism into an International Convention and… Read the full press release

UNWTO included in the List of ODA- eligible International Organizations

The OECD Development Assistance Committee (DAC), representing thirty of the main donor countries, has included the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) in the List of ODA- eligible International Organizations.  MADRID, Spain, 2017-Aug-02 — /Travel PR News/ — UNWTO’s inclusion in this list implies that countries´ financial contributions to the Organization such as membership fees can now… Read the full press release

UNWTO and UNCTAD present the Annual Report on Economic Development in Africa

UNWTO and UNCTAD present the Annual Report on Economic Development in Africa   MADRID, Spain, 2017-Jul-10 — /Travel PR News/ — The World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) has partnered with UNCTAD, the United Nations Conference on Development and Trade, to present the Annual Report on Economic Development in Africa at UNWTO’s Headquarters in Madrid. The 2017 edition… Read the full press release

61st Meeting of the UNWTO Commission for Europe held in Chisinau, Moldova

61st Meeting of the UNWTO Commission for Europe held in Chisinau, Moldova   MADRID, Spain, 2017-Jun-14 — /Travel PR News/ — Over 30 countries and Affiliate Members of the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) gathered last week in Chisinau, the capital city of the Republic of Moldova, for the 61st Meeting of the UNWTO Commission for Europe…. Read the full press release

UNWTO appoints Prime Minister of Samoa, Hon. Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi as Special Ambassador of the International Year of Sustainable Tourism 2017

UNWTO appoints Prime Minister of Samoa, Hon. Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi as Special Ambassador of the International Year of Sustainable Tourism 2017   MADRID, Spain, 2017-Jun-14 — /Travel PR News/ —The World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) has appointed the Prime Minister of Samoa, Hon. Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi, as Special Ambassador of the International Year of Sustainable Tourism… Read the full press release