UNWTO extends partnership with ONCE Foundation and the European Network for Accessible Tourism (ENAT)

Madrid, Spain, 2021-Apr-16 — /Travel PR News/ — The World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) will continue to build on its successful partnership with the Spanish ONCE Foundation and the European Network for Accessible Tourism (ENAT). The three parties have agreed to extend their partnership agreement for a further four years to ensure that their work to improve accessibility,… Read the full press release

UNWTO launches new competition to help rural communities recover from the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic

Madrid, Spain, 2021-Apr-08 — /Travel PR News/ — The World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) has launched a new competition to identify the best ideas that will help rural communities recover from the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic. The Global Rural Tourism Startup Competition will also support the entrepreneurs and enterprises that can help rural communities seize… Read the full press release

UNWTO releases Travel Restrictions Report

Madrid, Spain, 2021-Mar-10 — /Travel PR News/ — One in three destinations worldwide are now completely closed to international tourism. According to the latest data from the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO), the emergence of new variants of the COVID-19 virus has prompted many governments to reverse efforts to ease restrictions on travel, with total closures… Read the full press release

UNWTO releases Inclusive Recovery Guide for women in tourism

Madrid, Spain, 2021-Mar-10 — /Travel PR News/ — As the sector enters the second year of an unprecedented crisis, the impact this has had on women in tourism has been made clear. According to the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO), the pandemic, and the unprecedented drop in international tourist arrivals, risks rolling back progress made towards… Read the full press release

UNWTO SDGs Global Startup Competition winners announced

Startups from around the world have been recognized for their unique contributions to sustainable and responsible tourism in the UNWTO SDGs Global Startup Competition. Madrid, Spain, 2021-Feb-18 — /Travel PR News/ — The competition, which was supported by the United Nations Innovation Network, attracted some 10,000 initial proposals. From these, the jury chose 25 winners… Read the full press release

UNWTO research highlights progress made in gender equality in the tourism sector

Middle East, 2021-Jan-13 — /Travel PR News/ — Fewer than one in 10 tourism workers in the Middle East are women though this proportion is steadily increasing, new research has found. The Regional Report on Women in Tourism in the Middle East, released today by the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) and the Ministry of Tourism… Read the full press release

UNWTO and Google host second global Tourism Acceleration Program in the MENA

The program is designed to boost innovation, digital transformation and planning in the tourism sector Dubai, UAE, 2020-Dec-15 — /Travel PR News/ — The United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) in partnership with Google hosted their second edition of the global Tourism Acceleration Program in the MENA region, a program designed to boost innovation and digital transformation… Read the full press release

UNWTO and CNN launch campaign on global restart of tourism

Madrid, Spain, 2020-Dec-15 — /Travel PR News/ — After partnering back in May for a campaign asking the world to be patient, responsible and “travel tomorrow”, the World Tourism Organization and CNN International Commercial (CNNIC) have teamed up again to celebrate the transformative power being unleased as the restart of tourism gets underway. Centred around… Read the full press release

UNWTO announces 26 new signatories for the Global Tourism Plastics Initiative

Madrid, Spain, 2020-Nov-27 — /Travel PR News/ — The Global Tourism Plastics Initiative has welcomed 26 new signatories, including businesses and organizations from every part of the global tourism value chain. Led by the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) and the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) in collaboration with the Ellen MacArthur Foundation, the Initiative unites… Read the full press release

Can Chinese save the world economy?

Cover of the book Chinese tourists - what do they want Facts, ideas and successful examples by Ingemar Fredriksson

New book about Chinese tourists (the largest demographic in tourism) by Ingemar Fredriksson thinks so ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates, 2020-Nov-26 — /Travel PR News/ — According to UNWTO (United Nations World Tourism Organization) tourism accounts for 10% of global GDP and 1 in 10 jobs in the world. And China is the world’s largest… Read the full press release

Clearer and more consistent support to tourists globally established by UNWTO

Madrid, Spain, 2020-Nov-03 — /Travel PR News/ — Tourists are to be given greater legal protection as consumers under new plans being advanced by the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO). With restoring confidence a key priority for the sector, the International Code for the Protection of Tourists advanced by UNWTO with the support of almost 100 Member States… Read the full press release

Qatar Airways sponsors UNWTO-led global start-up competition event

Start-up competition established by the United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) aims to identify innovators with a focus on sustainability Competition event is set to take place in February 2021 in Doha, with Qatar Airways and QNTC providing finalists with flights, transportation and accommodation DOHA, Qatar, 2020-Oct-08 — /Travel PR News/ — Qatar Airways is pleased… Read the full press release

Black Diamond appointed as first UK PR agency for Moroccan National Tourist Office

London, UK, 2020-Sep-28 — /Travel PR News/ — London-based communications agency, Black Diamond, has been appointed as the first retained agency in the UK and Ireland for the Morocco National Tourist Office. The competitive pitch process took place during lockdown and can now be announced as the country’s borders begin to open to travellers.  Black… Read the full press release

UNWTO emphasizes need for responsibility, safety and security as restrictions on travel are lifted

Madrid, Spain, 2020-Jun-24 — /Travel PR News/ — As tourism slowly restarts in an increasing number of countries, the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) has released new data measuring the impact of COVID-19 on the sector. UNWTO emphasizes the need for responsibility, safety and security as restrictions on travel are lifted. The Organization also reiterates the… Read the full press release

UNWTO: Europe leading the way to cautious restart of tourism

Madrid, Spain, 2020-Jun-24 — /Travel PR News/ — Restrictions on travel, introduced in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, are slowly being eased, allowing tourism to restart in a growing number of destinations. The latest research by the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) shows that 22% of all destinations worldwide (48 destinations) have started to ease restrictions,… Read the full press release

UNWTO partners with IFC to promote green financing to enhance tourism’s sustainability

Madrid, Spain, 2020-Jun-05 — /Travel PR News/ — The World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) continues to steer global tourism towards a more sustainable future, partnering with the International Finance Corporation (IFC) to green the sector and promote recovery and responsible growth. Under the new Investment Readiness for Green Finance Mechanisms initiative, the United Nations specialized agency for tourism… Read the full press release

UNWTO releases guidelines to help tourism sector reopen in a safe, seamless and responsible manner

The United Nations specialized agency for tourism releases guidelines for strong and sustainable recovery Recommendations draw on cross-sector expertise of Tourism Crisis Committee Safe, seamless travel and restoring confidence key priorities UNWTO and Google strengthen partnership to promote digital skills and create new opportunities in recovery phase Madrid, Spain, 2020-May-29 — /Travel PR News/ —… Read the full press release

UNWTO names Spanish football legend Iker Casillas as Special Ambassador for Responsible Tourism

Madrid, Spain, 2020-May-12 — /Travel PR News/ — The World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) today (11 MAY 2020) designated Spanish football legend and World Cup winner Iker Casillas as Special Ambassador for Responsible Tourism. In a virtual ceremony, the goalkeeper pledged to promote the universal benefits of tourism. During the ceremony, which was held by video… Read the full press release

UNWTO creates Global Tourism Crisis Committee

Madrid, Spain, 2020-Mar-23 — /Travel PR News/ — The World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) hosted a high-level virtual meeting yesterday, bringing together key UN agencies, the chairs of its Executive Council and Regional Commissions, and private sector leaders. Tourism is the economic sector that has been hardest hit by COVID-19 and all participants accepted an invitation… Read the full press release

UNWTO addresses the European Parliament aimed at placing tourism high on European Union’s agenda

Madrid, Spain, 2020-Feb-20 — /Travel PR News/ — The Secretary-General of the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) today (19 FEB 2020) addressed the European Parliament in the context of several high-level meetings aimed at placing tourism high on European Union’s agenda. Europe is the world’s most visited regions and home to international tourism leaders such as… Read the full press release

UNWTO to support sustainable tourism growth in Greece

Madrid, Spain, 2020-Feb-19 — /Travel PR News/ — The Secretary-General of the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) paid a high-level visit to Greece to meet with the Prime Minister and Minister of Tourism and offer the United Nations’ specialized agency’s support as the country works to grow and diversify its tourism sector. Secretary-General Zurab Pololikashvili was in… Read the full press release

UNWTO to host the Conference on Tourism and the Audiovisual Industry on 1-2 May 2020 in Riviera Maya, Mexico

Madrid, Spain, 2020-Feb-07 — /Travel PR News/ — Year after year, destinations are receiving more and more travellers whose motivation is to visit locations where famous series or movies were filmed. Culture is an essential vector for tourism and cinema can serve as a mirror of the culture of a given community. It is against… Read the full press release

UNWTO hosts training seminar on winter tourism

More than 120 participants from different prefectures of Heilongjiang Province, China, took part in a special UNWTO training seminar on winter tourism and on making the sector open to everybody. Madrid, Spain, 2020-Feb-07 — /Travel PR News/ — Experts from UNWTO are currently working alongside the Heilongjiang Provincial Culture and Tourism Department to finalize two… Read the full press release

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