Press releases

6 September 2011
Madrid
Spain
Joining UNWTO/WTTC global campaign, China reaffirms commitment to tourism
“The Chinese Government is increasingly conscious of the role that tourism plays in socio-economic development and will double its efforts in tourism,” said Chinese Vice-Premier, Wang Qishan, on joining the UNWTO/WTTC Global Leaders for Tourism Campaign (Beijing, China, 1 September 2011). 
30 August 2011
Madrid
Spain
Online toolkit set to help hotels reduce energy footprint and costs
Following three years of testing and extensive research, the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) and its partners have launched an online tool to help hotels evaluate their energy consumption and assist in improving their energy management and cutting costs. 
22 August 2011
Madrid
Spain
UNWTO and SNV partner to advance tourism training for the informal sector in developing countries
Capacity building and knowledge transfer are at the center of competitive destinations and sustainable development efforts. A new project, High Impact Tourism Training (HITT), implemented by SNV Netherlands Development Organisation with support from UNWTO, will provide training to 8.000 tourism workers and entrepreneurs from the informal sector in seven developing countries in Sub-Saharan Africa and Asia.  
11 August 2011
Madrid
Spain
Egypt to host official World Tourism Day celebrations
The Egyptian city of Aswan will host the official 2011 World Tourism Day (WTD) celebrations, which will include a High-Level Think Tank on this year’s theme, ‘Tourism – Linking Cultures’ (27 September 2011).
25 July 2011
Madrid
Spain
UNWTO extends its condolences to Norway
19 July 2011
Madrid
Spain
UNWTO and China open third observatory for sustainable tourism development
UNWTO and China have opened a third Sustainable Tourism Observatory to monitor the environmental and socio-economic impacts of tourism.
15 July 2011
Madrid
Spain
UNWTO statement on bombings in Mumbai, India
15 July 2011
Madrid
Spain
Tourism Ministers to discuss how to consolidate recovery at World Travel Market
The fifth and largest UNWTO Ministers’ Summit held in cooperation with World Travel Market will look at how the travel and tourism sector can prosper following the global downturn (London, UK, 8 November 2011).
8 July 2011
Madrid
Spain
Tourism a poverty reduction tool says President Guebuza of Mozambique – joins UNWTO/WTTC global campaign
“We support tourism as an area of major importance in our agenda to fight poverty,” said Mozambique’s President, Armando Guebuza. The President was speaking after joining the UNWTO / WTTC Global Leaders for Tourism Campaign (Maputo, Mozambique, 28 June 2011). 
7 July 2011
Madrid
Spain
UNWTO and Spain announce major conference on ethics and tourism
UNWTO and Spain have come together to organize the First International Congress on Ethics and Tourism, to address some of the most pressing ethical issues currently facing the tourism sector (15-16 September, Madrid, Spain).