Press releases

7 March 2018 Silk Road: The Most Important Transnational Tourism Route of the 21st Century
The 8th UNWTO Silk Road Ministers’ Meeting held during the ITB Berlin Travel Trade Show, focused on the long-term tourism vision for the historic Silk Road routes and how to establish the Silk Road as the most important transnational tourism route of the 21st century.
6 March 2018 Tourism can and should lead sustainable development: UNWTO Secretary-General opens ITB 2018
Berlin, Germany, 6 March 2018 – The tourism sector’s role and responsibility in contributing to sustainable development on a global scale was the central message delivered at the opening of the 2018 edition of the ITB Berlin travel trade show by Zurab Pololikashvili, Secretary-General of the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO). Speaking in the presence of German Chancellor Angela Merkel, tourism ministers from around the world and the leaders of the tourism sector, Mr. Pololikashvili stressed how tourism not only needs to consolidate current growth rates, but “to grow better”.
5 March 2018 UNWTO/Chimelong Initiative on Wildlife and Tourism launches Media Award
Madrid, Spain, 3 March 2018 - “To engage the media and to recognize the work of journalists in the coverage of wildlife and sustainable tourism.” This is the ultimate goal of the Media Award announced by the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) on the occassion of Wildlife Day celebrated on 3 March. The UNWTO/Chimelong Initiative aims to promote the value of tourism for wildlife conservation and includes also training to tourism administrations and to media on the theme.
2 March 2018 Credible Sustainable Tourism Measurement for Improved Decision-Making
The World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) is spearheading the progress towards a consistent and coherent statistical approach to measuring sustainable tourism. The increasing relevance for expanding tourism statistics beyond the current economic focus to includesocial and environmental aspects was at the centre of the 18th Committee on Statistics and the Tourism Satellite Account meeting at UNWTO (27-28 February). 
28 February 2018 UNWTO Deepens Tourism Cooperation with the European Union
Brussels, Belgium, 28 February 2018 - Advancing sustainable tourism across Europe is at the centre of an agreement signed today between the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) and the European Parliament. During his first official visit to Brussels (27-28 February), UNWTO Secretary-General, Zurab Pololikashvili, met with the President of the European Parliament, Antonio Tajani, the European Commissioner for Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs, Elżbieta Bieńkowska as well as the Vice-Chair of the Committee on Transport and Tourism and Responsible for the Tourism Task Force, Istvan Ujhelyi and the representatives of the European Tourism Manifesto. Addressing the Tourism Task Force of the European Parliament Mr. Pololikashvili highlighted the need to enhance integration, connectivity and technology to maximize the role of tourism in creating jobs and stimulating growth in the European Union (EU).
23 February 2018 UNWTO Secretary-General joins annual Asia Pacific Ambassador's Meeting
The annual event gives regional ambassadors to Spain an opportunity to network and learn more about UNWTO´s activities both globally and in the Asia Pacific Region.
20 February 2018 Tourism professionals to gather in Andorra to discuss hospitality models in mountain destinations
The 10th edition of the World Congress on Snow and Mountain Tourism will take place from 21 to 23 March 2018 in Andorra, under the title “Shaping the Future of Hospitality in Mountain Destinations”. The Congress is organized by the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO), the Government of Andorra and the Commune of Escaldes-Engordany. The event, which is held every two years, is celebrating its twentieth anniversary this year.
20 February 2018 Botswana launches updated Tourism Satellite Account with the support of UNWTO
Aligned with its commitment to develop tourism measurement Botswana has launched an update of its Tourism Satellite Account. The one year project was developed with the technical support of the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO)
19 February 2018 UNWTO strengthens relations with Timor-Leste
Human resources and capacity building to support tourism development have been at the centre of the collaboration between the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) and Timor-Leste over the past years.
16 February 2018 Supporting tourism development in Africa through better measurement
  In an effort to better measure tourism growth and development in Africa, UNWTO signed a Cooperation Agreement with the Nigeria Tourism Development Corporation for the Strengthening of the National Tourism Statistical System of Nigeria and the Development of a Tourism Satellite Account.