Press releases

24 April 2012
Doha
Qatar
Tourism can stimulate trade and development, agrees UN Conference
Participants at a major United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD XIII) have underscored the role of tourism as a vital service sector, contributing to GDP and employment in developed and developing countries alike (Doha, Qatar, 21-26 April 2012).
24 April 2012
Vienna
Austria
We must act together to fight exploitation and human trafficking in tourism, say UN and international partners
24 April 2012 (Vienna) - Taking a firm stand against human trafficking, especially child trafficking, in the tourism sector, the heads of two United Nations bodies today pledged to stamp out this hidden scourge through joint efforts.  Yury Fedotov, Executive Director of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) and Taleb Rifai, Secretary-General of the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO), also called for concerted global action at every level of society.
23 April 2012
Madrid
Spain
Mediterranean states agree to further tourism cooperation at UNWTO conference
Mediterranean states meeting at a UNWTO Conference on The Future of Mediterranean Tourism have agreed to boost cooperation to maintain the region’s position as the world’s leading tourism destination (Djerba, Tunisia, 16-17 April 2012).  
20 April 2012
Hanoi
Vietnam
Tourism plays major role in Vietnam’s socio-economic development says Vice-President
Highlighting tourism’s contribution to Vietnam’s development, Vice-President, Nguyen Thi Doan, joined the UNWTO/World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC) Global Leaders for Tourism Campaign (Hanoi, Vietnam, 20 April 2012).
18 April 2012
Madrid
Spain
New technologies essential for the future of snow and mountain tourism
New technologies - from the Internet to social media and mobile technologies - are increasingly crucial in promoting and attracting new visitors to snow and mountain destinations, agreed participants meeting at the 7th World Congress on Snow and Mountain Tourism (La Massana, Andorra, 11-12 April 2012).  
4 April 2012
Madrid
Spain
Top media representatives to join the debate at the UNWTO Conference on Tourism and the Media
Time Magazine and The Huffington Post are among the top media outlets scheduled to take part in the 2nd UNWTO International Conference on Tourism and the Media. The event, which also counts on the presence of The Independent, Deutsche Welle TV and Ogilvy Mather PR will focus on how tourism and the media can work together in challenging times (26-27 April, Marsa Alam, Egypt).
3 April 2012
Madrid
Spain
UNWTO Affiliate Members elect new Board and Chairman
UNWTO’s over 400 Affiliate Members, including some of the world’s leading tourism organizations and companies, have elected their new Board and Chairman for the period 2012-2013.  
21 March 2012
Madrid
Spain
Flemish Community among the first regions to measure tourism’s economic impact using the Tourism Satellite Account
The Flemish Community of Belgium has become one of the first regions worldwide to determine the contribution of tourism to its economy using the United Nations approved Tourism Satellite Account (TSA). Results were announced during the official visit of the UNWTO Secretary-General (12-13 March 2012).
13 March 2012
Madrid
Spain
Congress on Snow and Mountain Tourism to advance the use of new technologies in mountain tourism
The role of new technologies in snow and mountain tourism will be the focus of the 7th World Congress on Snow and Mountain Tourism, held by UNWTO in collaboration with the Principality of Andorra (La Massana, Andorra, 11-12 April 2012).  
8 March 2012
Madrid
Spain
Spain to host World Tourism Day 2012 under the theme Tourism and Sustainable Energy
The 2012 official World Tourism Day (WTD) celebrations will be held in Maspalomas, Gran Canaria, Spain (27 September 2012). Under the theme “Tourism and Sustainable Energy: Powering Sustainable Development”, WTD 2012 highlights the need to bring the tourism sector and energy stakeholders closer together to spur tourism’s contribution to sustainability.