Press releases

12 September 2012
Madrid
Spain
International tourism on track to hit one billion by end of 2012
With a record 467 million tourists traveling in the first half of 2012, international tourism remains firmly on track to reach one billion tourists by the end of the year.
7 September 2012
Baku
Azerbaijan
Food tourism an important pillar for tourism growth along the Silk Road
Food plays a crucial and growing role in tourism development and can be a pillar for growth for the countries of the Silk Road, said experts meeting at the Flavours of the Silk Road: International Conference on Food, Culture and Tourism Conference (Baku, Azerbaijan, 6-7 September).
30 August 2012
Buenos Aires
Argentina
Tourism makes vital contribution to economy of Argentina says President
The President of Argentina, Cristina Fernández de Kirchner, has underlined the importance of tourism as a sector able to “generate decent work and wealth across the entire country” on receiving the UNWTO/World Travel &Tourism Council (WTTC) Open Letter on Tourism (Buenos Aires, Argentina, 28 August 2012).
2 August 2012
Madrid
Spain
Nominations open for UNWTO Ulysses and Lifetime Achievement Awards
Nominations are open for the 2012 UNWTO Awards, recognizing exceptional leaders in the tourism community, as well as the most innovative tourism initiatives.
19 July 2012
Madrid
Spain
UNWTO strongly condemns attack on tourist bus in Bulgaria
UNWTO is deeply shocked by the bombing of a tourist bus in Bulgaria and condemns the act in the strongest possible terms.
13 July 2012
Rome
Italy
World Committee on Tourism Ethics calls for Safe Coastal Tourism
The Eleventh Meeting of the World Committee on Tourism Ethics has closed with calls to make “Safe Coastal Tourism” a priority in coastal destinations worldwide (Rome, Italy, 12-13 July,).
9 July 2012
Madrid
Spain
415 million tourists expected worldwide in the May-August peak season
International tourist arrivals worldwide grew by 5% in the first four months of 2012, despite remaining economic uncertainties in some of the major outbound markets. According to the latest UNWTO World Tourism Barometer, prospects remain positive for the period May-August, the Northern Hemisphere’s summer peak season, with around 415 million tourists expected to travel abroad.
9 July 2012
Bucharest
Romania
Well-managed tourism can help protect the world’s wetlands
Whether kayaking in the Iberá Marshes in Argentina or bird-watching at Ba-Be Lake in Vietnam, tourists are providing income for the conservation of wetlands worldwide, as demonstrated in a new publication launched by the Ramsar Secretariat and UNWTO. 
4 July 2012
Madrid
Spain
UNWTO welcomes new Egyptian President’s support for tourism
UNWTO Secretary-General, Taleb Rifai, has congratulated Mr. Muhammad Morsi on his election as Egypt’s new President and applauded his support for the tourism sector, as expressed in the President’s first speech after taking office.
27 June 2012
Madrid
Spain
Tourism & Sustainable Energy: gearing up for World Tourism Day 2012
Launching the World Tourism Day 2012 (27 September) campaign, UNWTO Secretary-General, Taleb Rifai, has called on all tourism stakeholders to “play their part in reaching the United Nations goal of achieving sustainable energy for all by 2030”.