Press releases

14 February 2017 Portugal commits to the International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development 2017
Portugal has committed to partnering with the International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development 2017. The commitment was presented to UNWTO Secretary-General Taleb Rifai, during his recent official visit to Portugal. Among the initiatives to celebrate the Year, Portugal is promoting the rehabilitation of historical buildings in the interior of the country and routes through natural areas.
8 February 2017 Working Group progresses on the Convention on the Protection of Tourists
The continuous growth of the tourism sector and its current trends and challenges, including those related to safety and security and the expansion of new businesses models, require an adaptation of the global legal framework. In this regard, the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) has been working since 2011 on the development of an international convention to protect tourists and ensure confidence in the tourism sector, an initiative now in its final phase.
6 February 2017 Murcia to host the 1st UNWTO World Conference on Smart Destinations
To advance and shape a tourism model for the 21st century based on innovation, technology, sustainability and accessibility – these are the aims of the World Conference on Smart Destinations to be held in Murcia on 15-17 February, organized by the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO), the Ministry of Energy, Tourism and Digital Agenda of Spain, and the Region of Murcia. 
3 February 2017 UNWTO and Bench Events partner to foster sustainable hotel investment and aviation development
To cooperate closely and to jointly promote the development of tourism through sustainable hotel investment and aviation development. These are the objectives of the agreement undersigned by the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) and Bench Events, a UNWTO Affiliate Member. 
3 February 2017 Viajes El Corte Inglés commits to Global Code of Ethics for Tourism
Viajes El Corte Inglés has signed the Private Sector Commitment to the UNWTO Global Code of Ethics for Tourism, a key element of tourism enterprises’ efforts in the field of corporate social responsibility. 
2 February 2017 UNWTO welcomes the creation of Lithuania’s new tourism brand
With the aim of underlining the sustainable approach of Lithuania to tourism, the country has launched the campaign ‘Real is beautiful’ that emphasizes the relevance of landscapes and nature.
31 January 2017 UNWTO Statement on US Travel Ban
The World Tourism Organization (UNWTO), the United Nations Specialized Agency for Tourism, expresses its deep concern and strong condemnation over the recently announced travel ban by the United States of America (USA) to nationals of seven countries (Iraq, Syria, Iran, Sudan, Libya, Somalia and Yemen). 
30 January 2017 UNWTO welcomes 5-day visa-free policy by Belarus to citizens of 80 states
UNWTO has expressed its full support to the decision of the Government of Belarus to launch the 5-day visa-free policy that will be applicable to travelers from 80 countries. The measure aims at advancing seamless travel and attracting visitors, particularly those in business trips. 
30 January 2017 UNWTO Lifetime Achievement Award pays tribute to the founders of Lonely Planet
Tony Wheeler and Maureen Wheeler, founders of the widely-known Lonely Planet Publications have received the 13th UNWTO Lifetime Achievement Award. The prize is conferred every year to individuals with visionary leadership and significant contributions to the global tourism sector. 
20 January 2017 INVESTOUR 2017 gathers over 20 African Ministers of Tourism in Madrid
INVESTOUR, a unique platform that brings together tourism businesses from Africa, Europe and the rest of the world on an annual basis has convened more than 20 African Ministers of Tourism at FITUR, the Spanish Tourism Fair. The initiative, now in its 8th edition, has taken place on 19 January in a joint initiative of the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO), IFEMA/FITUR and Casa Africa.