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

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 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

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

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 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

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 announces launch of the first Global Youth Tourism Summit

The Secretary-General of the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) Zurab Pololikashvili has joined the Minister of Tourism of Italy Massimo Garavaglia to officially launch the first Global Youth Tourism Summit Sorrento, Italy, 2022-Feb-08 — /Travel PR News/ — Set to take place in Sorrento, Italy from 27 June to 3 July, the Summit will bring children… Read the full press release

Antigua and Barbuda becomes UNWTO’s 160th Member State

Americas, 2022-Jan-27 — /Travel PR News/ — Secretary-General Zurab Pololikashvili met the Permanent Representative of Antigua and Barbuda for the first time since the country became UNWTO’s 160th Member State. The Caribbean destination became UNWTO’s newest Member State and eighth in the Caribbean region when its application was approved by the 24th Session of the General Assembly in December… Read the full press release

UNWTO, IE University and the Government of the Dominican Republic announce 300 tourism education scholarships

Madrid, Spain, 2022-Jan-20 — /Travel PR News/ — UNWTO and IE University continue to build on their shared commitment to nurturing tourism talent and promoting accessible education with the announcement of new scholarships to the UNWTO Online Academy. In line with the Organization’s focus on expanding access to training and skills development, and in close… Read the full press release

UNWTO and GSMA to provide new tourism services to improve livelihoods in underserved communities

Madrid, Spain, 2021-Dec-07 — /Travel PR News/ — The World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) and the GSMA, the global association unifying the mobile ecosystem, have announced a partnership to promote the upskilling of people in underserved communities, engaged in tourism. With their combined expertise in responsible tourism and mobile connectivity, the UNWTO and GSMA will help marginalised groups,… Read the full press release

UNWTO further strengthens ties with the European Institutions

Europe, 2021-Nov-18 — /Travel PR News/ — The UNWTO leadership has addressed an informal meeting of EU Ministers Responsible for Tourism, further strengthening ties with the European Institutions. The Slovenian Presidency of the Council of the European Union included tourism on its programme of work, recognizing the sector’s heightened relevance and importance for inclusive, post-pandemic… Read the full press release

UNWTO and Instagram team up to produce a ‘Tourism Recovery Playbook’

Madrid, Spain, 2021-Nov-11 — /Travel PR News/ — UNWTO and Instagram have joined forces to produce a ‘Tourism Recovery Playbook’, and so help destinations and business harness the power of digital and visual storytelling to reach new audiences and return to growth. This first ever partnership with Instagram forms part of UNWTO’s wider shift towards… Read the full press release

UNWTO and ICAO strengthen partnership to support safe restart of travel and tourism

Madrid, Spain, 2021-Oct-26 — /Travel PR News/ — UNWTO and the International Civil Aviation Organization have agreed to strengthen their partnership with the aim of supporting the safe restart of travel and tourism and accelerating the two sectors’ shift towards greater resilience and sustainability. Confirmed a week ahead of the UN Climate Change Conference (COP26),… Read the full press release

UNWTO World Tourism Barometer: International tourism enjoyed signs of rebound in June and July 2021 as travel restrictions eases and global vaccination rollout

Madrid, Spain, 2021-Oct-05 — /Travel PR News/ — International tourism enjoyed signs of rebound in June and July 2021 as some destinations eased travel restrictions and the global vaccination rollout advanced in many parts of the world. According to the latest edition of the UNWTO World Tourism Barometer, an estimated 54 million tourists crossed international… Read the full press release

UNWTO announces launch of the first World Sports Tourism Congress

The Congress will take place in Lloret on 25 and 26 November The programme will feature renowned speakers such as Petra Stusek, Kattia Juarez Dubón, Edwin Moses and Marco Mazzi The event will be in a hybrid format and will use advanced technology to enhance the virtual presence of some speakers through holograms Registration for… Read the full press release

Asian tourism leaders: the right policy measures and strong coordination can allow destinations to start safely welcoming back international visitors

Tourism leaders from across Asia and the Pacific have met to plan the sector’s restart and recovery even as borders remain closed throughout the region. Madrid, Spain, 2021-Sep-17 — /Travel PR News/ — The 33rd Joint meeting of the World Tourism Organization’s Commission for East Asia and the Pacific and its Commission for South Asia (14 September 2021) came… Read the full press release

UNWTO celebrates second edition of the Global Tourism Investment Forum

Madrid, Spain, 2021-Sep-08 — /Travel PR News/ — UNWTO has celebrated the second edition of the Global Tourism Investment Forum. Joining Ministers of Tourism for the event in Cabo Verde were business leaders, entrepreneurs and investors, with a special focus on innovation and sustainable recovery from the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic. With the crisis… Read the full press release

UNWTO: domestic tourism continues to rebound in many parts of the world

Madrid, Spain, 2021-Jul-24 — /Travel PR News/ — The biggest crisis in the history of tourism continues into a second year. Between January and May, international tourist arrivals were 85% below 2019 levels (or a 65% drop on 2020), UNWTO data shows. Despite a small uptick in May, the emergence of COVID-19 variants and the… Read the full press release

UNWTO announces increased collaboration with Grupo Xcaret

A new agreement between the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) and Grupo Xcaret shows how public-private partnerships can promote destinations and rural environments through tourism. Americas, 2021-Jul-16 — /Travel PR News/ — Extenhsion of the collaboration between UNWTO and the Grupo Xcaret has coincided with the opening of the new Hotal Xcaret Arte, an important investment… Read the full press release

Global Tourism Plastics Initiative (GTPI) welcomes 32 new signatories

Madrid, Spain, 2021-Jul-13 — /Travel PR News/ — Tourism businesses and destinations are stepping up their commitment to sustainability. Aimed at reducing waste and pollution across the sector, the Global Tourism Plastics Initiative (GTPI) is welcoming 32 new signatories, with every global region represented behind the shared goal. The Initiative unites the tourism sector behind a common… Read the full press release

UNWTO announces new dates for the 6th UNWTO World Forum on Gastronomy Tourism

The World Tourism Organization (UNWTO), Basque Culinary Center (BCC), VISITFLANDERS and the city of Bruges have announced new dates for the 6th UNWTO World Forum on Gastronomy Tourism. Madrid, Spain, 2021-Jun-10 — /Travel PR News/ — Held under the theme ‘Gastronomy Tourism: Promoting Rural Tourism and Regional Development’, the Forum will take place 31 October –… Read the full press release

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

The World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) has welcomed Mallorca’s Sustainable Tourism Observatory into its International Network of Sustainable Tourism Observatories (INSTO). Madrid, Spain, 2021-Jun-08 — /Travel PR News/ — Mallorca, one of Europe’s top destinations for more than 70 years, welcoming millions of visitors every year, becomes the latest member of UNWTO’s global INSTO network. The… Read the full press release

UNWTO presents Accessibility and Inclusive Tourism Development – Compendium of Best Practices at FITUR Next

Madrid, Spain, 2021-May-21 — /Travel PR News/ — The UNWTO Affiliate Members Department, within the framework of the activities of the Working Group on Accessible Tourism, organized the Expert Meeting on Accessible Tourism – Good Practices on Accessible Tourism in Nature Areas at FITUR Next. This event provided a space to recognize the importance of… Read the full press release

25 entrepreneurs and enterprises recognized at the final event of the UNWTO SDGs Global Startup Competition in Madrid

Madrid, Spain, 2021-May-21 — /Travel PR News/ — Innovators with ideas to help achieve the Sustainable Development Goals have been celebrated in Madrid. The final of the UNWTO SDGs Global Startup Competition saw 25 entrepreneurs and enterprises recognized for their creativity and commitment to the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and its 17 ambitious goals…. Read the full press release

Importance of investments for African tourism highlighted at the 2021 edition of INVESTOUR

The importance of unlocking the potential of investments for growing African tourism was highlighted as leaders from across the sector met virtually for the 2021 edition of INVESTOUR. Madrid, Spain, 2021-May-21 — /Travel PR News/ — Held during the FITUR International Tourism Trade Fair, the 12th edition of the Forum for Tourism Investment and Business (INVESTOUR) united… Read the full press release