Press releases

18 October 2018 First Global Gastronomy Tourism Startup Competition Launched
18 October 2018, Madrid, Spain - 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 with new ways and reasons to travel.
16 October 2018 Creating Smart Cities for Innovative Tourism Experiences
Madrid, Spain, 16 October 2018 - The UNWTO Conference on City Breaks: Creating Innovative Tourism Experiences (15-16 October 2018) concluded today in Valladolid, Spain, with a call for cities to become smart tourism destinations, where tourism governance and the digital economy mesh together to offer travellers diverse and authentic experiences.
16 October 2018 Ice Hockey Star and Diplomat Made UNWTO Ambassador for Tourism
Madrid, Spain, 16 October 2018 – World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) Secretary-General Zurab Pololikashvili named Russian hockey legend and diplomat Viacheslav Fetisov a UNWTO Ambassador for Tourism today, recognizing his global contribution to promoting values of fairness, tolerance and cooperation for positive change.
10 October 2018 International Tourism Maintains Strong Momentum
Madrid, Spain, 10 October 2018 – According to the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO)’s latest barometer, international tourist arrivals grew 6% in the first six months of 2018 after a record year of growth in 2017.
9 October 2018 Urban Tourism – We Need to Build Cities for Residents and Visitors, Finds UNWTO Conference
Madrid, Spain, 8 October 2018 – At the 7th UNWTO Global Summit on Urban Tourism in Seoul, Republic of Korea (16-19 September), the Secretary-General of the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO), Zurab Pololikashvili, laid out a vision looking to 2030 for urban tourism that contributes to sustainable and inclusive cities.
9 October 2018 Technology and Innovation Seen as a Big Boost to Cultural Tourism
Madrid, Spain, 9 October 2018 – Seeking to advance use of innovation and cutting-edge technologies into cultural tourism practices, destinations and products, the International Seminar on Harnessing Cultural Tourism through Innovation and Technology will be held in Hamedan, Iran alongside the 40th UNWTO Affiliate Members Plenary Session (12-14 November 2018).
8 October 2018 Tourism, Trade and the WTO: A Joint Communication from UNWTO, WTO, ITC and WTTC
Geneva, Switzerland, 8 October 2018 – The World Tourism Organization (UNWTO ), the World Trade Organization (WTO), the World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC), and the International Trade Centre (ITC) have issued the joint communication "Tourism, Trade and the WTO" affirming the importance of enhanced global cooperation on trade & tourism, and encouraging greater participation of the tourism sector in trade policy.
4 October 2018 Secretary-General Tours Asia Reinforcing Tourism for Development
Madrid, Spain, 4 October 2018 – The Secretary-General of the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO), Zurab Pololikashvili, visited East Asia last month to enhance political recognition of tourism as a leading contributor to innovation, employment and sustainable development, and deepen ties from investment and education to culture and peace-building. The official visit took place in China, Republic of Korea and Japan (11-23 September).
4 October 2018 Tourism Enters the Global Innovation Agenda
The 20 semi-finalists of the 1st UNWTO Tourism Startup Competition, being held in partnership with Globalia, presented their projects. Selected from among 3000 projects from 132 countries, the semi-finalists participated in the official celebration of World Tourism Day (27 September, Budapest, Hungary). The collaboration between the UNWTO and Globalia continues with regional competitions, beginning in the Middle East in the framework of the next UNWTO Executive Council (Bahrain, 31 October 2018). ​Madrid, Spain, 4 October 2018 - The first edition of the 1st UNWTO Tourism Startup Competition, organized by the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) in partnership with Globalia, the leading tourism group in Spain and Latin America, is a pioneering initiative that has identified emerging companies at the forefront of the transformation of the tourism sector and the promotion of innovation ecosystems through tourism. The 20 semi-finalists, from 12 countries, pitched their projects in the framework of the recent official celebration of World Tourism Day in the presence of public and private sector leaders of the global tourism sector, as well as investors. The finalist projects will be presented at the next edition of the International Tourism Fair of Madrid (Fitur), in January 2019.
28 September 2018 Digital Transformation & Innovation Take Spotlight on World Tourism Day 2018
Madrid, Spain, 28 September 2018 – World Tourism Day 2018 was observed in Budapest, Hungary yesterday (27 September 2018) with the official celebration focusing on the digital transformation in tourism, a World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) priority. The event examined how investment in new technology provides the sector with opportunities for innovation.