Balearic Islands Poised to Become First Tourism Destination Developed Under 2030 Agenda

Madrid, Spain, 2019-Apr-15 — /Travel PR News/ — Deploying new resources and actions for the progressive adaptation of the Balearic Islands (Mallorca, Menorca and Formentera) to the objectives of the 2030 Agenda, is one of the main objectives of the agreement signed between the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) and the IMPULSA BALEARS Foundation. Its aim is to jumpstart… Read the full press release

UNWTO holds the First Ministerial Conference on Air Transport and Tourism in Africa

Sal Island, Cabo Verde, 2019-Apr-11 — /Travel PR News/ — The First Ministerial Conference on Air Transport and Tourism in Africa co-organized by the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO), the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) and the Government of Cabo Verde was held in Sal Island, Cabo Verde, attracting over 20 Ministers of Tourism, Transport and… Read the full press release

UNWTO holds The first UNWTO Mayors Forum for Sustainable Urban Tourism in Lisbon, Portugal

Lisbon, Portugal, 2019-Apr-09 — /Travel PR News/ — The first UNWTO Mayors Forum for Sustainable Urban Tourism, co-organized by the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO), the Ministry of Economy of Portugal and the Lisbon Municipality concluded Friday in Lisbon, Portugal. The event gathered Mayors and high-level city representatives from around the world, UN agencies and the private… Read the full press release

UNWTO held a successful forum on “Facing the Demographic Challenge through Tourism and Innovation” in Segovia, Spain

Madrid, Spain, 2019-Mar-27 — /Travel PR News/ — The World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) held today (26 Mar 2019) in Segovia, the forum “Facing the Demographic Challenge through Tourism and Innovation”, whose opening was attended by Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez; Spain’s Minister of Industry, Trade and Tourism, María Reyes Maroto; the President of the Junta de Castilla y… Read the full press release

Sustainability, digitalization and mobility highlighted at The 4th edition of the UNWTO Euro-Asian Mountain Tourism Conference

Madrid, Spain, 2019-Mar-06 — /Travel PR News/ — The 4th edition of the UNWTO Euro-Asian Mountain Tourism Conference (2-5 March 2019, Berchtesgaden, Germany) highlighted the need for collective efforts in overcoming current challenges that mountain destinations are facing to adapt to new consumer trends and market changes, to address seasonality by diversifying tourism products in an… Read the full press release

Basque Culinary Center and UNWTO to co-organize the 5th UNWTO World Forum on Gastronomy Tourism in San Sebastián, Spain, 2-3 May 2019

Madrid, Spain, 2019-Feb-28 — /Travel PR News/ — The World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) and the Basque Culinary Center (BCC) are co-organizing the 5th UNWTO World Forum on Gastronomy Tourism, on 2-3 May 2019 in San Sebastián, Spain. The Forum is supported by the Ministry of Industry, Trade and Tourism of Spain, the Basque Government, the Provincial… Read the full press release

ITB Berlin to help Malaysia achieve its ambitious growth plans

Official Country Partners status at World’s Leading Travel Trade Show® – a vital step towards achieving Visit Malaysia 2020 targets Berlin, Germany, 2019-Feb-27 — /Travel PR News/ — With a total of 25.8 million international tourists arriving in Malaysia in 2018, ITB Berlin (6-10 March 2019) will be instrumental in boosting visitor numbers to this exotic,… Read the full press release

UNWTO Euro-Asian Mountain Tourism Conference, “The Future of Mountain Tourism” from 2-5 March 2019, Berchtesgaden, Germany

Madrid, Spain, 2019-Feb-18 — /Travel PR News/ — “The Future of Mountain Tourism” is the theme of the 4th edition of the UNWTO Euro-Asian Mountain Tourism Conference (2-5 March 2019, Berchtesgaden, Germany). The conference will spotlight the significant opportunities to be seized and the challenges facing the development of mountain tourism. The UNWTO Euro-Asian Mountain Tourism Conference is… Read the full press release

The Córdoba Tourism Agency earns UNWTO.QUEST Certification

Madrid, Spain, 2019-Feb-06 — /Travel PR News/ — The Córdoba Tourism Agency (Agencia Córdoba Turismo) has received the World Tourism Organization’s UNWTO.QUEST Certification, whereby the specialized agency of the United Nations responsible for the promotion of responsible, sustainable and accessible tourism for all, promotes the strengthening of the institutional capacities of destination management organizations (DMOs) and… Read the full press release

Navarre’s tourism observatory in Spain joins INSTO

Madrid, Spain, 2019-Jan-30 — /Travel PR News/ — Navarre’s observatory is the first tourism observatory in Spain to join INSTO, bringing the number of network members to 25. The group consists of destinations committed to generating better evidence through the continuous monitoring of the impacts of tourism at the destination level. The Tourism Observatory of Navarre… Read the full press release

The 5th UNWTO World Forum on Gastronomy Tourism to be held in San Sebastian, Spain 2-3 May 2019

Madrid, Spain, 2019-Jan-29 — /Travel PR News/ — The World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) and the Basque Culinary Center (BCC) have signed the Agreement for the holding of the 5th UNWTO World Forum on Gastronomy Tourism (San Sebastian, Spain 2-3 May 2019). The new edition of this global forum is supported by the Ministry of Industry, Commerce… Read the full press release

UNWTO announces Israeli startup Refundit as the winner of the inaugural Global Tourism Startup Competition

Madrid, Spain, 2019-Jan-28 — /Travel PR News/ — Refundit, an Israeli startup, was declared the winner in the final phase of the 1st Global Tourism Startup Competition, organized by the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) and Globalia, and held within the framework of the FITUR International Tourism Fair, topping 3,000 entries from around the world. The Competition,… Read the full press release

UNWTO World Tourism Barometer: International tourist arrivals grew 6% in 2018, totalling 1.4 billion

2018 totalled 1.4 billion international tourist arrivals (+6%), consolidating 2017 strong results and proving to be the second strongest year since 2010 Middle East (+10%) and Africa (+7%) grew above the world average while Asia and the Pacific and Europe grew at 6% For 2019, UNWTO forecasts a 3-4% increase, in line with the historical… Read the full press release

Fundación ONCE and UNWTO to promote the direct, effective and lasting labour insertion of persons with disabilities in tourism businesses

Madrid, España, 2019-Jan-23 — /Travel PR News/ — The Executive Vice-President of Fundación ONCE, Alberto Durán, and the Secretary-General of the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO), Zurab Pololikashvili, signed in Madrid on Monday a letter of intent to promote the employment of persons with disabilities in the tourism sector. The objectives are to raise awareness among UNWTO… Read the full press release

Punta del Este Convention Bureau becomes the first destination management organization in the world to receive UNWTO.QUEST Certification

Madrid, Spain, 2019-Jan-08 — /Travel PR News/ — The World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) has granted UNWTO.QUEST Certification to the Punta del Este Convention Bureau, which became the first destination management organization in the world to receive this certification. The Punta del Este Convention Bureau, a UNWTO Affiliate Member, participated in the UNWTO.QUEST Certification pilot project that… Read the full press release

UNWTO and the Basque Culinary Center to co-organize the 5th UNWTO World Forum on Gastronomy Tourism on 2-3 May 2019 in Donostia-San Sebastián, Spain

The World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) and the Basque Culinary Center (BCC) will co-organize the 5th UNWTO World Forum on Gastronomy Tourism on 2-3 May 2019 at the Kursaal Congress Center in Donostia-San Sebastián, Spain. The Forum is supported by the Ministry of Industry, Commerce and Tourism of Spain, the Basque Government, the Provincial Council of… Read the full press release

UNWTO and Globalia announce 10 finalists for the inaugural UNWTO Tourism Startup Competition

The 10 finalists will present their projects in January 2019 within the framework of Fitur in Madrid.   The finalists were selected among 3000 projects from 132 countries:  Awake (Colombia), By Hours (Spain), e-bot (Germany), The FreeBird Club (Ireland), Howazit (Israel), Kompas (UK), Pruvo (Israel), Refundit (Israel), Seevoov (Israel), Stay 22 (Canada). The collaboration between UNWTO… Read the full press release

UNWTO and UNESCO hold successful third cultural tourism conference

Madrid, Spain, 2018-Dec-07 — /Travel PR News/ — The third cultural tourism conference (3-5 December) organized jointly between the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) and the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) concluded today (5 December 2018) in Istanbul, Turkey. Participants declared their support for cultural tourism as a driver for safeguarding living heritage, catalyzing… Read the full press release

UNWTO, Procolombia and Sound Diplomacy announce launch of world’s first guide devoted to music and tourism Titled ‘Music is the New Gastronomy’

Madrid, Spain, 2018-Nov-05 — /Travel PR News/ — The World Tourism Organization (UNWTO), together with partners Procolombia and Sound Diplomacy, will launch the world’s first guide devoted to music and tourism on 6 November during the World Travel Market tourism trade show in London, UK. Titled ‘Music is the New Gastronomy’, the white paper is the… Read the full press release

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

Vynn Capital and World Tourism Organization join forces to promote South-East Asia’s tourism sector

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, 2018-Aug-09 — /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 to… 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

The 63rd meeting of the UNWTO Regional Commission for the Americas highlighted the importance of advancing towards greater gender equity in tourism

Madrid, Spain, 2018-Apr-17 — /Travel PR News/ — The 63rd meeting of the UNWTO Regional Commission for the Americas, organized by the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) and the National Tourism Secretariat of Paraguay (Asunción, 12-13 April 2018), highlighted the importance of advancing towards greater gender equity in tourism so that the sector can deploy its full… 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