Press releases

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).
5 July 2011
Madrid
Spain
Tourism in the Headlines: UNWTO conference looks to place tourism in the news
The first international conference dedicated exclusively to the relationship between tourism and the media is to be held by UNWTO and Croatia under the title Tourism in the Headlines    (12-13 September, Zagreb, Croatia).
30 June 2011
Madrid
Spain
International tourism maintains momentum despite challenges
International tourist arrivals grew by 4.5% in the first four months of 2011, despite new challenges emerging since the beginning of the year. According to the latest issue of the UNWTO World Tourism Barometer, growth was positive in all regions with the exception of the Middle East. Some subregions achieved double-digit growth: South America (+17%), South Asia (+14%) and South-East Asia (+10%).
27 June 2011
London
United Kingdom
Kenyan President Mwai Kibaki highlights tourism’s cultural benefits upon joining UNWTO/WTTC Global Leaders Campaign
Joining the UNWTO/WTTC Global Leaders for Tourism Campaign, President Mwai Kibaki recognized tourism as “a great opportunity to learn from one another and share different traditions and cultures” (Nairobi, Kenya, 23 June).