Press releases

9 July 2012
Bucharest
Romania
Well-managed tourism can help protect the world’s wetlands
Whether kayaking in the Iberá Marshes in Argentina or bird-watching at Ba-Be Lake in Vietnam, tourists are providing income for the conservation of wetlands worldwide, as demonstrated in a new publication launched by the Ramsar Secretariat and UNWTO. 
4 July 2012
Madrid
Spain
UNWTO welcomes new Egyptian President’s support for tourism
UNWTO Secretary-General, Taleb Rifai, has congratulated Mr. Muhammad Morsi on his election as Egypt’s new President and applauded his support for the tourism sector, as expressed in the President’s first speech after taking office.
27 June 2012
Madrid
Spain
Tourism & Sustainable Energy: gearing up for World Tourism Day 2012
Launching the World Tourism Day 2012 (27 September) campaign, UNWTO Secretary-General, Taleb Rifai, has called on all tourism stakeholders to “play their part in reaching the United Nations goal of achieving sustainable energy for all by 2030”.
22 June 2012
Rio de Janeiro
Brazil
Tourism can contribute to the three pillars of sustainability
Tourism, providing jobs and supporting the livelihoods of millions, particularly of women and young people, is central to advancing the three pillars of sustainability, agreed participants meeting at a Rio+20 tourism event.
20 June 2012
Rio de Janeiro
Brazil
Green innovation in tourism can trigger major economic, social and environmental benefits
Tourism experts from international organizations, United Nations agencies and the tourism public and private sector have outlined how green innovation in tourism can drive sustainable development by reducing costs, boosting revenue, creating jobs and improving resource efficiency (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, 19 June).
20 June 2012
Madrid
Spain
G20 recognizes Travel & Tourism as a driver of economic growth for the first time and commits to work on travel facilitation
The G20 world leaders have, for the first time, recognized the importance of Travel & Tourism as a driver of jobs, growth and economic recovery.
19 June 2012
Madrid
Spain
Tourism – a development opportunity for Small Island States, finds UNWTO report
International tourism is one of the principal economic activities of Small Island Developing States (SIDS). A new UNWTO report launched on the occasion of the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development (RIO+20), confirms tourism as an essential source of job opportunities, livelihood, foreign exchange and inclusive growth for these countries.
18 June 2012
Montego Bay
Jamaica
Tourism deserves increased political recognition - Prime Minister of Jamaica
Tourism is delivering jobs, income and well-being around the world and deserves increased support from political leaders in these challenging economic times, said Prime Minister of Jamaica, Portia Simpson Miller on meeting UNWTO Secretary-General, Taleb Rifai and WTTC President & CEO, David Scowsill (Montego Bay, Jamaica, 16 June 2012).
16 June 2012
Madrid
Spain
UNWTO and WTTC call on the G20 to use tourism's potential for job creation
Ahead of the G20 world leaders’ meeting in Los Cabos, Mexico, next week, the UNWTO and WTTC call on the leaders to consider Travel and Tourism as an engine for economic growth and stimulating the global economy. Increasing travel and tourism demand through visa facilitation can be central to stimulating job creation, a priority given the high current unemployment levels.
13 June 2012
Madrid
Spain
Tourism vital to tackling global economic challenges, UNWTO Executive Council
Ministers of tourism and high-ranking officials meeting at the 93rd session of the UNWTO Executive Council have highlighted the role of tourism in addressing continuing challenges in the world economy, from a slowdown in growth to global unemployment (Madrid, Spain, 12-13 June).