Press releases

23 October 2018 UNWTO/GTERC Report : Asia and the Pacific grows in importance for Global Tourism
Madrid, Spain, 23 October 2018 – The World Tourism Organization (UNWTO), in partnership with the Global Tourism Economy Research Centre (GTERC), presented its Asia Tourism Trends Report today at the Global Tourism Economy Forum in Macao (China). The report shows Asia and the Pacific outperforming all world regions in growth in international arrivals since 2005.
23 October 2018 Spatial Data the Focus of UNWTO Sustainable Tourism Observatories Meeting
Madrid, Spain, 23 October 2018 – The World Tourism Organization’s (UNWTO) International Network of Sustainable Tourism Observatories (INSTO) concluded its global annual meeting today in Madrid, welcoming observatories and other tourism stakeholders to share experiences of measuring and monitoring the impact tourism has on destinations, and explore the opportunities provided to tourism by innovation in location services.
18 October 2018 First Global Gastronomy Tourism Startup Competition Launched
18 October 2018, Madrid, Spain - The World Tourism Organization and Basque Culinary Center (BCC), have launched a pioneering initiative for the gastronomic tourism sector, with a global call for startups or companies, mature or emerging, technological and non-technological, with innovative ideas capable of revolutionizing and integrating gastronomy in tourism and inspiring tourists with new ways and reasons to travel.
16 October 2018 Creating Smart Cities for Innovative Tourism Experiences
Madrid, Spain, 16 October 2018 - The UNWTO Conference on City Breaks: Creating Innovative Tourism Experiences (15-16 October 2018) concluded today in Valladolid, Spain, with a call for cities to become smart tourism destinations, where tourism governance and the digital economy mesh together to offer travellers diverse and authentic experiences.
16 October 2018 Ice Hockey Star and Diplomat Made UNWTO Ambassador for Tourism
Madrid, Spain, 16 October 2018 – World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) Secretary-General Zurab Pololikashvili named Russian hockey legend and diplomat Viacheslav Fetisov a UNWTO Ambassador for Tourism today, recognizing his global contribution to promoting values of fairness, tolerance and cooperation for positive change.
10 October 2018 International Tourism Maintains Strong Momentum
Madrid, Spain, 10 October 2018 – According to the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO)’s latest barometer, international tourist arrivals grew 6% in the first six months of 2018 after a record year of growth in 2017.
9 October 2018 Urban Tourism – We Need to Build Cities for Residents and Visitors, Finds UNWTO Conference
Madrid, Spain, 8 October 2018 – At the 7th UNWTO Global Summit on Urban Tourism in Seoul, Republic of Korea (16-19 September), the Secretary-General of the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO), Zurab Pololikashvili, laid out a vision looking to 2030 for urban tourism that contributes to sustainable and inclusive cities.
9 October 2018 Technology and Innovation Seen as a Big Boost to Cultural Tourism
Madrid, Spain, 9 October 2018 – Seeking to advance use of innovation and cutting-edge technologies into cultural tourism practices, destinations and products, the International Seminar on Harnessing Cultural Tourism through Innovation and Technology will be held in Hamedan, Iran alongside the 40th UNWTO Affiliate Members Plenary Session (12-14 November 2018).
8 October 2018 Tourism, Trade and the WTO: A Joint Communication from UNWTO, WTO, ITC and WTTC
Geneva, Switzerland, 8 October 2018 – The World Tourism Organization (UNWTO ), the World Trade Organization (WTO), the World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC), and the International Trade Centre (ITC) have issued the joint communication "Tourism, Trade and the WTO" affirming the importance of enhanced global cooperation on trade & tourism, and encouraging greater participation of the tourism sector in trade policy.
4 October 2018 Secretary-General Tours Asia Reinforcing Tourism for Development
Madrid, Spain, 4 October 2018 – The Secretary-General of the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO), Zurab Pololikashvili, visited East Asia last month to enhance political recognition of tourism as a leading contributor to innovation, employment and sustainable development, and deepen ties from investment and education to culture and peace-building. The official visit took place in China, Republic of Korea and Japan (11-23 September).