Press releases

19 December 2017 A roadmap towards 2030: the legacy of the International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development 2017
Participants from around the world joined the Official Closing ceremony of the International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development 2017 at the Palace of Nations, in Geneva, Switzerland. The event reviewed the year´s main achievements and discussed the roadmap for advancing the contribution of tourism towards the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.
18 December 2017 Botswana hosts the International Symposium and Annual Conference of the 10YFP Sustainable Tourism Programme (STP)
Kasane, capital of Chobe District in Botswana, hosted tourism stakeholders to exchange experiences and knowledge of innovative approaches to enhance tourism and conservation planning, financing and marketing. Under the theme “Empowering Tourism Destinations’ Sustainability through Innovation”, the 10YFP STP International Symposium and Annual Conference also discussed the role of the tourism sector in fighting climate change.
15 December 2017 UNWTO International Network of Sustainable Tourism Observatories annual meeting discusses how to measure tourism impacts at local level
UNWTO convened observatories from around the world to discuss advances in effectively monitoring sustainability in tourism at destination level. The 2017 Global International Network of Sustainable Tourism Observatories (INSTO) Meeting was held on the 13th  and 14th of December at UNWTO Headquarters in Madrid.
14 December 2017 Southern and Mediterranean Europe, North Africa and the Middle East drive tourism growth through October 2017
UNWTO World Tourism Barometer Destinations around the world welcomed 1.1 billion international tourists between January and October 2017, according to the latest UNWTO World Tourism Barometer. This represents a 7% increase on the same period of last year, or 70 million more international arrivals. Strong demand for international tourism across world regions reflects the global economic upswing.
13 December 2017 UNWTO and European Commission address the significance of the TSA to measure the economic impact of the sector in Europe
The World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) and the Directorate-General for Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs (DG GROW) of the European Commission gathered national tourism policy makers and statisticians in Brussels to advance in the implementation of the measurement of the economic impact through Tourism Satellite Accounts.
12 December 2017 Tourism and Culture to work together for the SDGS
2nd UNWTO/UNESCO World Conference on Tourism and Culture Over 800 participants from 70 countries gathered in Muscat, capital city of the Sultanate of Oman on 11-12 December 2017 for the Conference, an official event in the calendar of the International Year for Sustainable Tourism for Development 2017. 
11 December 2017 UNWTO appoints First Lady of Iceland as Special Ambassador for Tourism and the Sustainable Development Goals
H.E. Ms. Eliza Jean Reid, First Lady of Iceland has been nominated as Special Ambassador for Tourism and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The appointment took place at the second UNWTO/UNESCO World Conference on Tourism and Culture, an official event of the International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development 2017, being held in Muscat, Sultanate of Oman on 11 and 12 December. 
8 December 2017 UNWTO promotes the role of media as advocates of wildlife tourism
Nearly 30 journalists have convened in Kasane, Botswana to debate the role of the media in advocating sustainable tourism and wildlife conservation as its major asset. The event is part of the UNWTO/Chimelong Programme that promotes wildlife as key driver of tourism development. 
4 December 2017 UNWTO and UNESCO: tourism and culture to advance the SDGs
The 2nd Conference on Tourism and Culture convenes global leaders in Oman Global tourism and culture leaders and stakeholders will convene in Muscat, capital city of the Sultanate of Oman, next 11-12 December to discuss the relation between tourism and culture. The event co-organized by UNWTO and UNESCO is held in the framework of the International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development 2017 and follows up on the first World Conference on Tourism and Culture held in 2015, in Siem Reap, Cambodia. More than 20 Tourism and Culture Ministers have confirmed participation.
1 December 2017 Hello Kitty appointed as Special Ambassador of the International Year of Sustainable Tourism Development 2017
United Nations designated the year 2017 “International Year of Sustainable Tourism Development” and World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) (Headquarters in Madrid; Secretary General Dr. Taleb Rifai) plays a leading role to promote it. UNWTO and Sanrio signed an agreement that appoints Hello Kitty as Special Ambassador of the International Year.