Press releases

6 July 2018 Collaboration and political support providing Côte d'Ivoire with sustainable tourism opportunities
Madrid, Spain, 9 July 2018 – The Secretary-General of the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO), Zurab Pololikashvili, praised Côte d’Ivoire’s results-oriented tourism strategy and infrastructure investment plans on a mission to the country this week.
29 June 2018 UNWTO partners with IE Business School to promote tourism innovation and entrepreneurship
Madrid (Spain), June 29, 2018 - The World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) and IE Business School, one of the world's leading executive education centers, have agreed to join forces to promote innovation and entrepreneurship in the tourism sector. Both will promote the role of academia within tourism innovation.
27 June 2018 Fostering Smart Destination Development
As the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) held its 2nd World Conference on Smart Destinations in the Spanish city of Oviedo (25-27 June 2018), Secretary-General Zurab Pololikashvili emphasized how new technologies can and should enable a more universal approach to sustainable tourism.
26 June 2018 World Tourism Organization and Globalia announce the first and largest worldwide competition for tourism startups
  World Tourism Organization and Globalia announce the first and largest worldwide competition for tourism startups    This pioneering initiative for the tourism sector reaches out to 164 countries to find startups aiming to transform tourism. Whether tech-based or non-technological, early-stage or more mature, any startup with innovative ideas capable of revolutionizing the way we travel and enjoy tourism is welcome to participate. The tourism sector took a giant step into the future. The World Tourism Organization (UNWTO), in partnership with Globalia, the leading tourism group in Spain and Latin America, announced the launch of the 1st UNWTO Tourism Startup Competition. It is the world’s first and largest initiative devoted to identifying new companies that will lead the transformation of the tourism sector. In order to find the best projects, the call for competitors will be launched in 164 countries.
25 June 2018 International Tourism exceeds expectations in the first months of 2018
  Madrid, Spain, 26 June 2018 - International tourist arrivals grew 6% in the first four months of 2018, compared to the same period last year, not only continuing the strong 2017 trend, but exceeding UNWTO’s forecast for 2018. Growth was led by Asia and the Pacific (+8%) and Europe (+7%). Africa (+6%), the Middle East (+4%) and the Americas (+3%) also recorded sound results. Earlier this year, UNWTO’s forecast for 2018 was between 4-5%.
20 June 2018 Climate-friendly initiatives and actions essential for tourism, says UNWTO
Madrid, Spain, 19 June 2018 – The Secretary-General of the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO), Zurab Pololikashvili, called for the tourism sector to take more action to combat climate change and biodiversity loss during the 30th joint meeting of its Commissions for South Asia and Asia-Pacific in Fiji (18-20 June 2018).
13 June 2018 Innovation and digitalization top of European tourism agenda
Madrid, Spain, 13 June 2018 – The World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) stressed the importance of tourism and technology providing opportunities for innovation and creating the jobs of the future, in its 63rd European Commission meeting held in Prague, Czech Republic (11-13 June 2018).
13 June 2018 Sign up now: 1st Hackathon for Smart Destinations (23-24 June 2018)
Madrid, Spain, 13 June 2018.- On 23 and 24 June, the Spanish city of Oviedo will host the 1st Hackathon for Smart Destinations. This initiative of the World Tourism Organization, the Spanish Ministry of Industry, Trade and Tourism and the Government of the Principality of Asturias, with the collaboration of Minube, will take place within the framework of the 2nd UNWTO World Conference on Smart Destinations.
12 June 2018 UNWTO signs up for joint projects with World Bank
Madrid, Spain, 11 June 2018 – The World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) has signed up to the Financial Management Framework Agreement between the United Nations (UN) System and the World Bank Group, which facilitates engaging in joint projects.
7 June 2018 Global philanthropist becomes UNWTO’s first African Ambassador for Responsible Tourism
Madrid, Spain, 7 June 2018 –UNWTO’s Secretary-General, Zurab Pololikashvili, named Aliko Dangote an Ambassador for Responsible Tourism in the framework of the 61st Regional Commission meeting for Africa, celebrated in Abuja, Nigeria.