Press releases

26 September 2018 Refreshed WTM Ministerial Summit to Tackle Innovation & Technology Investment
Madrid, Spain, 24 September 2018 – Investment in innovation and smart management for tourism will form the major theme of the Ministerial Summit of this year’s World Travel Market, to be held in London, UK (6 November 2018). The 2018 Summit, a joint initiative of World Travel Market and the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO), will debut a revamped format.
19 September 2018 UNWTO Conference in Valladolid to Discuss Innovative Tourism Experiences in Urban Destinations
Madrid, Spain, 19 September 2018 - Innovation, traveller demand for diverse and authentic experiences in cities, and urban tourism governance models will be the central themes of the “UNWTO Conference on City Breaks: Creating Innovative Experiences”, to be held in Valladolid, Spain, on 15-16 October 2018.
18 September 2018 New UNWTO Report Helps Cities Manage Impact of Tourism
Madrid, Spain, 18 September 2018 – A new World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) report aims to help manage growing urban tourism flows and their impact on cities and residents. ‘Overtourism’? Understanding and managing urban tourism growth beyond perceptions’, was launched today during the 7th UNWTO Global Summit on Urban Tourism, in Seoul, Republic of Korea (16-19 September 2018).
13 September 2018 A Global Success: 1st UNWTO Tourism Startup Competition in Collaboration with Globalia
  • More than 3000 projects from 132 countries were presented • It constitutes an initial mapping of entrepreneurial and pioneering talent on disruptive innovation for sustainable tourism businesses  • The 20 semi-finalists will present their projects at the official celebration of World Tourism Day to potential investors and partners  Madrid, Spain, 13 September 2018 - The first edition of the 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 the world’s first and largest initiative devoted to identifying new companies that will lead the transformation of the tourism sector and fostering innovation ecosystems through tourism. The semi-finalists have been invited to present their projects in the framework of the official celebration of World Tourism Day in the presence of global leaders in the sector (27 September 27, Budapest, Hungary). The finalist projects will be presented at the next edition of the International Tourism Fair of Madrid (Fitur), in January 2019.
11 September 2018 UNWTO Hails Wine Tourism as an Approach to Sustainable Rural Development
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.
3 September 2018 UNWTO: Qatar among 10 Most Open Visa Countries in the World
Madrid, Spain, 3 September 2018 – 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 to enter Qatar visa-free and free-of-charge.
27 August 2018 UNWTO Highlights Confirm Another Record Year in 2017
Madrid, Spain, 27 August 2018 – International tourist arrivals grew 7% in 2017, the highest increase since 2010, according to the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO)’s latest collection of Tourism Highlights. Growth in arrivals was echoed by a strong increase in exports generated by tourism, which reached US$ 1.6 trillion in 2017, making tourism the world’s third-largest export sector.
14 August 2018 15th UNWTO Awards to recognize innovation and sustainability in tourism, applications open
Madrid, Spain, 14 August 2018 – Promoting innovation, job creation and sustainability are key considerations for the 15th World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) Awards. UNWTO invites submissions until 31 October 2018.
9 August 2018 Vynn Capital Partners with the World Tourism Organization to Boost Asia’s Tourism Sector
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.
9 August 2018 Belarus strengthens contribution to global goal of safe and seamless travel
Madrid, Spain, 9 August 2018 – The World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) welcomes Belarus’ decision to implement a 30-day visa-free policy to citizens of 74 states travelling through Minsk airport. The decision is the latest of several national policy changes aimed at safer and more seamless travel, for which UNWTO strongly advocates.