Press releases

17 May 2012
Merida
Mexico
Visa facilitation can create five million additional jobs in G20 economies
Visa facilitation is central to stimulating economic growth and job creation through tourism. The G20 can have a particularly important role to play in this respect. G20 economies could boost their international tourist numbers by an additional 122 million, generate an extra US$ 206 billion in tourism exports and create over five million additional jobs by 2015 by improving visa processes, according to preliminary research by UNWTO and the World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC) presented on the occasion of the T20 Ministers’ Meeting (Merida, Mexico, 16 May 2012). 
11 May 2012
Chiang Mai
Thailand
Thailand reiterates strong commitment to sustainable tourism development
Thailand’s Prime Minster, Yingluck Shinawatra, has become the latest head of state to join the Global Leaders for Tourism Campaign, a joint UNWTO / World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC) initiative aimed at rallying support for tourism among world leaders (Bangkok, Thailand, 2 May 2012).
11 May 2012
Nay Pyi Taw
Myanmar
Myanmar set to rejoin UNWTO
The President of the Republic of the Union of Myanmar, U Thein Sein, has announced the country will initiate the process of restoring its membership of UNWTO. The decision was confirmed during an official visit of UNWTO Secretary-General, Taleb Rifai. On the occasion, highlighting the role of tourism in the future of Myanmar, President Sein joined the UNWTO/WTTC Global Leaders for Tourism Campaign (Nay Pyi Taw, Myanmar, 7 May 2012).
10 May 2012
Madrid
Spain
International tourism off to a strong start in 2012
International tourist arrivals worldwide grew by 5.7% in the first two months of 2012. Demand remained strong in both advanced and emerging economy destinations, despite economic constraints in many of the source markets of Europe and North America.
7 May 2012
Madrid
Spain
International tourism receipts surpass US$ 1 trillion in 2011
In 2011, international tourism receipts exceeded US$ 1 trillion for the first time, up from US$ 928 billion in 2010. In real terms, receipts grew by 3.8%, following a 4.6% increase in international tourist arrivals. An additional US$ 196 billion in receipts from international passenger transport brought total exports generated by international tourism in 2011 to US$ 1.2 trillion.
30 April 2012
Marsa Alam
Egypt
Tourism and the media join forces to support the sector in challenging times
Leading media representatives met with tourism players in Egypt to explore how to develop more effective relations, particularly in times of crisis (Marsa Alam, Egypt, 26-27 April 2012).
30 April 2012
Dubai
United Arab Emirates
Tourism Leaders of the Middle East reiterate confidence in the sector
Ministers of Tourism and leading tourism companies from the Middle East and North Africa reiterated their confidence in the growth of tourism in the region during the first UNWTO/Arabian Travel Market Industry Forum (Dubai, 30 April 2012).
24 April 2012
Doha
Qatar
Tourism can stimulate trade and development, agrees UN Conference
Participants at a major United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD XIII) have underscored the role of tourism as a vital service sector, contributing to GDP and employment in developed and developing countries alike (Doha, Qatar, 21-26 April 2012).
24 April 2012
Vienna
Austria
We must act together to fight exploitation and human trafficking in tourism, say UN and international partners
24 April 2012 (Vienna) - Taking a firm stand against human trafficking, especially child trafficking, in the tourism sector, the heads of two United Nations bodies today pledged to stamp out this hidden scourge through joint efforts.  Yury Fedotov, Executive Director of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) and Taleb Rifai, Secretary-General of the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO), also called for concerted global action at every level of society.
23 April 2012
Madrid
Spain
Mediterranean states agree to further tourism cooperation at UNWTO conference
Mediterranean states meeting at a UNWTO Conference on The Future of Mediterranean Tourism have agreed to boost cooperation to maintain the region’s position as the world’s leading tourism destination (Djerba, Tunisia, 16-17 April 2012).