Press releases

12 April 2018 African tourism administrations undersign the Declaration of Kinshasa
Madrid, Spain 11 April 2018 - An intense week of exchange of experiences and capacity building linked to wildlife and biodiversity protection has taken place in Kinshasa, the Democratic Republic of the Congo. A major result of the regional initiative that lies under the framework of the UNWTO/Chimelong Programme on Wildlife and Sustainable Tourism has been the Declaration of Kinshasa that addresses poaching and carbon footprint as major concerns of the sector.
10 April 2018 World Tourism Organization and FC Barcelona sign collaboration agreement
The World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) and FC Barcelona signed an agreement on Saturday, opening the path to collaboration between the two organizations in the areas of tourism and sports. The agreement was signed by UNWTO Secretary-General Zurab Pololikashvili and the President of FC Barcelona, Josep Maria Bartomeu.             
10 April 2018 2nd World Conference on Smart Destinations announced
  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.
9 April 2018 Messi appointed Ambassador for Responsible Tourism by the World Tourism Organization
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.   
4 April 2018 UNWTO Secretary General meets President of Azerbaijan
Azerbaijan, Baku, 4 April 2018 - 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.
28 March 2018 UNWTO Secretary General meets Prime Minister of Kazakhstan to strengthen cooperation
Kazakhstan, Astana, 28 March 2018 - The Secretary-General of the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO), Mr Zurab Pololikashvili, paid an official visit to Kazakhstan where he discussed with national authorities the Kazakh Tourism Strategy 2030.
27 March 2018 Snow and Mountain Tourism faces the challenge of adapting to change
Madrid, Spain, 23 March 2018 - The 10th World Congress on Snow and Mountain Tourism (Andorra, 21-23 March 2018) highlighted the need to adapt tourism accommodation to the expectations of today’s customers and to increase the quality of the traveller’s experience, while identifying knowledge management and hospitality culture as keys to success.
22 March 2018 Good Tourism Practices to Advance Sustainable Development in the Americas
UNWTO/OAS Report Madrid, Spain 22 March 2018 – Concrete examples of how to advance sustainable development through tourism take centre stage in the first joint publication between the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) and the Organization of American States (OAS). ‘Tourism and the Sustainable Development Goals: Good Practices in the Americas’ provides 14 case studies from across the region on why tourism ranks high among the economic sectors better positioned to enable the Agenda 2030 for Sustainable Development and its 17 Sustainable Development Goals.
20 March 2018 UNWTO Secretary-General meets Head of Government of Andorra ahead of 10th Congress on Snow and Mountain
UNWTO Secretary-General Zurab Pololikashvili met today with the Head of the Government of Andorra Antoni Martí i Petit and the Minister of Tourism Francesc Camp ahead of the 10th World Congress on Snow and Mountain Tourism.  
16 March 2018 Walking the talk: the value of human rights on the Camino de Santiago
Madrid, Spain, 16 March 2018 - Tourism as an instrument for mutual understanding and sustainable development is at the centre of the international university project “The Value of Human Rights on the Camino de Santiago: Harnessing the Power of Tourism to Promote Cross-Cultural Dialogue and the Achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals”. Over five days, students specializing in a variety of fields, from twenty universities in 13 countries, will travel 100 km on different routes of the Camino de Santiago, putting into practice the principles of sustainable tourism they have previously analysed.