UNWTO Hails Wine Tourism as an Approach to Sustainable Rural Development

Location: 
Madrid, Spain
PR No.: 
PR18064
11 Sep 18

Madrid, Spain, 10 September 2018 – 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 tourism’s socioeconomic benefits, looking at specific segments like wine tourism.

The third edition of this UNWTO conference, held in partnership with the Moldovan government, came to the conclusion that to make wine tourism a tool for rural development local communities must be engaged in and benefit from the entire tourism value chain. It also called for governance models that could help destination managers offer wine tourism as part of a holistic rural and cultural tourism approach.

The World Tourism Organization and the Instituto Tecnológico Hotelero join forces to foster innovation in the tourism sector

Location: 
Madrid, Spain
PR No.: 
PR 18059
08 Aug 18

Madrid, Spain – 8 August 2018 - 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 joined forces to foster innovation and entrepreneurship in the tourism sector and to promote the digital transformation of tourism destinations, by working jointly on issues of mutual interest, in order to achieve the objectives they share. The goal is to enhance interactions between the UNWTO and the ITH.

Vynn Capital Partners with the World Tourism Organization to Boost Asia’s Tourism Sector

Location: 
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
PR No.: 
PR 18058
09 Aug 18

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia – 9 August 2018 - Vynn Capital, a South-East Asia-based early-stage venture capital firm, and the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) today 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 create a framework and policies to support technology startups that are addressing opportunities and challenges in the region’s tourism sector. Both parties will work together to encourage traditional industry players such as hotel groups, property groups and food companies to adopt digital strategies, as well as to encourage more investment by the private sector into technology companies.

UNWTO Extends Sympathy to Indonesia and Offers Support

Location: 
Madrid, Spain
PR No.: 
PR 18057
07 Aug 18

Madrid, Spain, 7 August 2018 – The World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) expresses its solidarity with the victims of the earthquake that struck Lombok, Indonesia. On behalf of its Member States, private sector and academia partners representing the global tourism sector, UNWTO offers to the people and to the Government of Indonesia its deepest condolences.

UNWTO extends its sympathy to Indonesia, especially to the victims' families, hoping that the areas and communities damaged by the earthquake recover quickly.

“We stand by the Republic of Indonesia in these difficult times and are willing to collaborate, through the means and resources available to us, in the efforts leading to the recovery of the affected areas”, said Mr. Pololikashvili.

International Tourism exceeds expectations in the first months of 2018

Location: 
Madrid, Spain
PR No.: 
PR 18050
25 Jun 18

 

Madrid, Spain, 26 June 2018 - International tourist arrivals grew 6% in the first four months of 2018, compared to the same period last year, not only continuing the strong 2017 trend, but exceeding UNWTO’s forecast for 2018. Growth was led by Asia and the Pacific (+8%) and Europe (+7%). Africa (+6%), the Middle East (+4%) and the Americas (+3%) also recorded sound results. Earlier this year, UNWTO’s forecast for 2018 was between 4-5%.

“International tourism continues to show significant growth worldwide, and this translates into job creation in many economies. This growth reminds us of the need to increase our capacity to develop and manage tourism in a sustainable way, building smart destinations and making the most of technology and innovation”, said UNWTO Secretary-General, Zurab Pololikashvili.

Asia and Europe led growth at the start of 2018

World Tourism Organization and Globalia announce the first and largest worldwide competition for tourism startups

Location: 
Madrid, Spain
PR No.: 
PR 18049
26 Jun 18
 
World Tourism Organization and Globalia announce the first and largest worldwide competition for tourism startups 
 
  • This pioneering initiative for the tourism sector reaches out to 164 countries to find startups aiming to transform tourism.
  • Whether tech-based or non-technological, early-stage or more mature, any startup with innovative ideas capable of revolutionizing the way we travel and enjoy tourism is welcome to participate.

The tourism sector took a giant step into the future. The World Tourism Organization (UNWTO), in partnership with Globalia, the leading tourism group in Spain and Latin America, announced the launch of the 1st UNWTO Tourism Startup Competition. It is the world’s first and largest initiative devoted to identifying new companies that will lead the transformation of the tourism sector. In order to find the best projects, the call for competitors will be launched in 164 countries.

The objective of the programme is to select the best solutions and the most disruptive projects. The search will focus on finding pioneering proposals for implementation of emerging and disruptive technologies, as well as on startups based on new business models, such as the circular economy. In this regard, one of the pillars of this competition is to give visibility to projects that are committed to enhancing sustainability in tourism.

Joint EU-UNWTO Report Provides Better Understanding of Tourism in the European Union

Location: 
Madrid, Spain
PR No.: 
PR 18036
26 Apr 18

Madrid, Spain, 26 April 2018 - The new report ‘European Union Tourism Trends’, prepared by the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) in cooperation with the European Commission, underscores tourism’s major social and economic benefits for 28 countries comprising the European Union (EU). EU destinations welcomed 538 million international overnight visitors in 2017, 40% of the world total. EU accommodation establishments provide over 3 billion nights a year, half of which to domestic guests (residents) and half to international guests. Tourism accounts for 6% of the EU’s overall exports, while the direct contribution of tourism to individual EU economies reaches up to 11% of the GDP.

Preliminary results for 2017 indicate that international tourist arrivals (overnight visitors) grew by 8% in the EU last year, to reach 538 million, or 40% of the world’s arrivals. The EU has enjoyed continued growth in international arrivals following the global economic crisis of 2009, with annual growth rates exceeding 4% in the last five years.

Strong outbound tourism demand from both traditional and emerging markets in 2017

Location: 
Madrid, Spain
PR No.: 
PR 18035
23 Apr 18

Madrid, Spain, 23 April 2018 - Virtually all source markets reported higher tourism spending in 2017, reflecting continued strong demand for international tourism across all world regions. Both emerging and advanced economies fuelled growth, led by the United States which spent US$ 12 billion more on travel abroad. China spent US$ 8 billion more, consolidating its leadership as the biggest spender in the world. The Russian Federation spent US$ 7 billion more and Brazil US$ 5 billion more, both rebounding from weaker spending in previous years. Strong tourism expenditure reflects enhanced connectivity, increased visa facilitation and a global economic upswing.

All top 25 source markets reported higher spending on international tourism in 2017, as highlighted in the latest UNWTO World Tourism Barometer. China consolidated its leadership as the biggest spender in travel abroad in 2017 with US$ 258 billion in expenditure (+5% in local currency).

2nd World Conference on Smart Destinations announced

Location: 
Madrid, Spain
PR No.: 
PR 18031
10 Apr 18

 

Madrid, Spain, 10 April 2018 - The World Tourism Organization (UNWTO), the Government of Spain and the Principality of Asturias are organizing the 2nd UNWTO World Conference on Smart Destinations (Oviedo, 25-27 June 2018). The Conference will discuss the principles of 21st-century tourism destinations, marked by governance, innovation, technology, sustainability and accessibility.

The event, which is being held for the second year in a row, will bring together experts from around the world to discuss the opportunities and challenges arising from the development, implementation and management of innovative products and services based on new technological solutions.

“Innovation and technology present a unique opportunity to transform tourism into a more competitive, smarter and more sustainable sector,” said UNWTO Secretary-General Zurab Pololikashvili.

Messi appointed Ambassador for Responsible Tourism by the World Tourism Organization

Location: 
Madrid, Spain
PR No.: 
PR 18029
09 Apr 18

Madrid, Spain, 9 April 2018 - 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. Barcelona – Leganés.   

“During my travels I have had the opportunity to know other cultures and societies as well as others ways to see the world and this is very enriching. The World Tourism Organization as a specialized Agency of the United Nations works to make tourism a source of development and I am happy I can join this mission of promoting responsible tourism”, said Lionel Messi.