Press releases

6 March 2012
Berlin
Germany
One billion tourists key to creating jobs and stimulating the economy – UNWTO Secretary-General
The one billion international tourists expected to travel this year are a vital force for economic growth and social welfare said UNWTO Secretary-General, Taleb Rifai, opening the ITB Travel Trade Show (Berlin, Germany, 6 March 2012).  
2 March 2012
Madrid
Spain
Serbian President highlights the value of tourism on joining the Global Leaders for Tourism Campaign
UNWTO and the World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC) have welcomed Serbian President Boris Tadic’s move to join the Global Leaders for Tourism Campaign, which brings together heads of state and government that have recognized tourism’s potential for economic growth and development (Belgrade, Serbia, 24 February 2012).
1 March 2012
Madrid
Spain
President Aquino of the Philippines rallies support for tourism, joins UNWTO/WTTC campaign
Philippines President Benigno Aquino III has joined the growing number of world leaders that are part of the UNWTO/WTTC Global Leaders for Tourism Campaign, aimed at rallying support for tourism at the highest level of government (Manila, Philippines, 28 February 2012).
28 February 2012
Madrid
Spain
Microsoft and World Tourism Organization to drive innovation in the tourism sector
·Microsoft becomes a strategic partner of UNWTO in terms of technological innovation initiatives in the tourism sector. ·Microsoft will participate in joint efforts to develop emblematic technological projects led by UNWTO.
20 February 2012
Madrid
Spain
UNWTO activities at ITB 2012
UNWTO events at this year’s ITB Travel Trade Show include a high-level session on tourism trends in the Mediterranean, the Silk Road Ministers’ meeting, a session on consumer protection and a meeting of the World Tourism Network on Child Protection, among others (Berlin, Germany, 7-11 March, 2012).    
17 February 2012
Madrid
Spain
UNWTO partners with Armenia to organize conference on tourism’s contribution to cultural diversity
A conference on “Universal Values and Cultural Diversity in the 21st Century: How can tourism make a difference?” will be held in Yerevan, Armenia (18-19 October, 2012) as agreed during a meeting between Armenian President, Serzh Sargsyan, and UNWTO Secretary-General, Taleb Rifai. On the occasion of the meeting, President Sargsyan joined the ongoing UNWTO/WTTC Global Leaders for Tourism Campaign. 
14 February 2012
Madrid
Spain
UNWTO Secretary-General meets Spanish Tourism Minister
UNWTO Secretary-General, Taleb Rifai, met with the Spanish Minister of Industry, Energy and Tourism, José Manuel Soria, to discuss tourism’s role in meeting the challenges currently facing the sector (Madrid, Spain, 9 February).
2 February 2012
Madrid
Spain
The Ramsar Convention and the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) join forces to celebrate World Wetlands Day – Wetland Tourism: a great experience
From the Great Barrier Reef to the Okavango Delta, the Danube Delta and many other thousands of wetlands, the human love for watery places has sustained tourism and recreation in wetlands around the world for countless decades. 2 February each year is World Wetlands Day. Ramsar’s focus on wetland tourism to celebrate this year’s World Wetlands Day (WWD) has opened the way for the Convention and UNWTO to join forces in exploring common issues and concerns and collaborate in advancing sustainable tourism development in the wetlands.
24 January 2012
Madrid
Spain
UNWTO and Tunisia to hold International Conference on the Future of Mediterranean Tourism
UNWTO and the Ministry of Tourism of Tunisia will organize an international conference on the future of Mediterranean tourism on the island of Djerba (16-17 April, 2012). The news was announced at the Tourism Investment Forum for Africa, INVESTOUR, held during the international travel fair, FITUR (Madrid, Spain, 19 January).
23 January 2012
Madrid
Spain
UNWTO urges continued tourism investment in Africa
Speaking at the Tourism Investment Forum for Africa (INVESTOUR), UNWTO Secretary-General Taleb Rifai encouraged companies to continue investing in Africa and its growing tourism markets (Madrid, Spain, 19 January).