Press releases

4 November 2011
Madrid
Spain
Tourism an engine for development says President of Colombia - Global Leaders for Tourism Campaign
Tourism has been at the forefront of Colombia’s economic and social transformation over the last decade. On the back of this success, Colombian President, Juan Manuel Santos, joined the UNWTO/WTTC Global Leaders for Tourism Campaign (Bogotá, Colombia, 3 November 2011).
31 October 2011
Madrid
Spain
UNWTO activities at the World Travel Market
A full agenda of UNWTO activities will be taking place at this year’s World Travel Market (WTM), ranging from the annual Ministers’ Summit to a seminar on the future of tourism in the Middle East and North Africa (London, United Kingdom, 7-10 October 2011).
27 October 2011
Madrid
Spain
Ministers of Tourism of major world economies call on decision-makers to use tourism to stimulate the economy
The Ministers of Tourism of the major economies meeting in Paris for the 3rd T20 Ministers’ Meeting have called on decision-makers to consider tourism within their strategies to foster the economy and when facing mounting challenges, namely that of job creation (Paris, France, 25 October 2011).
26 October 2011
Madrid
Spain
UN partners help least developed countries take steps towards more effective tourism development
Eight of the world’s Least Developed Countries (LDCs) have begun to assess their tourism development needs and pinpoint relevant funding sources at a workshop held by the United Nations Steering Committee on Tourism for Development (SCTD) (Geneva, Switzerland, 18-20 October).
19 October 2011
Madrid
Spain
Prime Minister of Malaysia: tourism key to country’s economic transformation
Tourism has a crucial role in transforming Malaysia into a high-income country by 2020 said Malaysian Prime Minister, Dato' Sri Mohd Najib bin Tun Abdul Razak, on joining the UNWTO/WTTC Global Leaders for Tourism Campaign (Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, 17 October 2011). 
14 October 2011
Gyeongju
Republic of Korea
19th General Assembly closes with pledge to strengthen UNWTO
  The over 600 representatives from UNWTO’s Members States and Affiliate Members attending the 19th session of the UNWTO General Assembly have unanimously adopted proposed reforms in the Organization, allowing it to become more responsive, efficient and relevant in the face of current and future challenges (Gyeongju, Republic of Korea, 10-13 October 2011).
11 October 2011
Madrid
Spain
International tourists to hit 1.8 billion by 2030
International tourist arrivals are forecast to reach 1.8 billion by 2030 according to the newly released UNWTO long-term forecast, Tourism Towards 2030. The report, presented on the occasion of the 19th session of the UNWTO General Assembly, confirms that international tourism will continue to grow in a sustained manner in the next two decades (8-14 October 2011, Gyeongju, Republic of Korea).
11 October 2011
Gyeongju
Republic of Korea
Tourism vital for achieving global development objectives - tourism ministers and UN
Tourism ministers and top United Nations officials have stressed the importance of tourism in reaching the social and economic development targets known as the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and contributing to a more sustainable future (10 October, Gyeongju, Republic of Korea).
5 October 2011
Madrid
Spain
Revitalizing Japan’s tourism sector - UNWTO Secretary-General and WTTC President meet Japanese Prime Minister
Meeting with Japan´s Prime Minister, Yoshihiko Noda, UNWTO Secretary-General, Taleb Rifai, has called for continued international support of the country’s tourism sector (4-6 October 2011, Japan).
27 September 2011
Aswan
Egypt
Marking World Tourism Day, think tank calls for engaging local communities in tourism development
As the world celebrates World Tourism Day on 27 September, experts in the field of tourism and culture have underscored the need for local community engagement in tourism development at the official celebrations in Egypt (27 September, Aswan, Egypt).