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

UNWTO partners with Google to use data management and digital marketing to restart African tourism

Madrid, Spain, 2021-Apr-30 — /Travel PR News/ — The World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) continues to advance its commitment to the African tourism sector by partnering with Google to help destinations gain expert insights into data management and digital marketing. In a special capacity building event, researchers and marketing professionals from 20 African National Tourism Organizations… Read the full press release

UNWTO at the 27th Ibero-American Summit of Heads of State and Government in Andorra

ANDORRA, EUROPE, 2021-Apr-22 — /Travel PR News/ — The unique power of tourism to drive sustainable development was made clear as UNWTO took part in the 27th Ibero-American Summit of Heads of State and Government in Andorra. With a special focus on the role of innovation in sustainable development, the hybrid summit united leaders of… 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

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

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

World Tourism Organization’s Regional Commission for Africa members virtually meet to plan for recovery and resilience

Africa, 2020-Jun-10 — /Travel PR News/ — Recovery and resilience were the central themes as the members of the World Tourism Organization’s Regional Commission for Africa (CAF) met for the 63rd time today (9 JUN 20). Reflecting the extraordinary circumstances, the meeting was held virtually, bringing together Ministers of Tourism from across the region with representatives… 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

Air transport and tourism bodies call on international community to support the African Travel & Tourism sector

Geneva, Switzerland, 2020-May-08 — /Travel PR News/ — Five international air transport and tourism bodies have launched an appeal to international financial institutions, country development partners and international donors to support Africa’s Travel & Tourism sector which employs some 24.6 million people on the African continent. Without urgent funding, the COVID-19 crisis could see a… 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, 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 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 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