Press releases

19 October 2016 UNWTO partners with EBRD to debate tourism in the MENA region
The World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) and the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) in cooperation with the Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities of Jordan are organizing a regional conference on ‘Investing in Tourism for an Inclusive Future: Challenges and Opportunities’. The Conference will take place in the world heritage city of Petra, Jordan, on 26-27 October. 
18 October 2016 Mongolia hosts the UNWTO Silk Road Conference on Nomadic Tourism and Sustainable Cities
The World Tourism Organization (UNWTO), together with the Ministry of Environment and Tourism of Mongolia and the World Cities Scientific Development Alliance (WCSDA), organized the International Silk Road Conference on Nomadic Tourism and Sustainable Cities in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia on 13-15 October 2016.
17 October 2016 Luxor to host the 5th UNWTO Global Summit on City Tourism: Cities: Local Culture for Global Travellers
The World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) and the Government of the Arab Republic of Egypt are organizing the 5th Global Summit on City Tourism: “Cities: Local Culture for Global Travellers” on 1-2 November 2016 in Luxor. During the summit, UNWTO will launch the Mayors for Tourism Initiative.
14 October 2016 UNWTO deeply saddened by the effects of the hurricane Matthew
13 October 2016 The World Tourism Organization hosts the First Meeting of International Organizations present in Spain
Representatives of the 36 multilateral organizations with representation in Spain gathered in Madrid in order to align efforts on the development agenda and to coordinate joint initiatives. The meeting took place at the World Tourism Organization, the only United Nations agency with its permanent headquarters in Spain. 
13 October 2016 INVESTOUR 2017 to promote sustainable tourism development in Africa
In the context of FITUR 2017, the 8th Tourism Investment and Business Forum for Africa will be held with a new format designed to promote participation in discussions that produce ideas on how to increase the potential of African tourism at the regional and global levels. It features two round tables on the themes “Technology and the design of new tourism products” and “Skills development, youth and woman employment in tourism”. 
11 October 2016 Ambassador of Greece presents credentials to World Tourism Organization (UNWTO)
6 October 2016 Armenia hosts the 38th Plenary Session of the UNWTO Affiliate Members
The 38th Plenary Session of the UNWTO Affiliate Members took place in Yerevan, Armenia between 1 and 4 October. The meeting discussed the latest tourism trends, public-private collaboration and promoting good practices in the sector. The event was held in parallel with the  43rd UNWTO Affiliate Members Board meeting, which adopted the Affiliate Members 2017 Action Plan.
29 September 2016 International tourist arrivals up 4% in the first half of 2016
International tourist arrivals worldwide grew by 4% between January and June 2016 compared to the same period last year. Destinations worldwide received 561 million international tourists (overnight visitors), 21 million more than in 2015, according to the latest UNWTO World Tourism Barometer. 
28 September 2016 UNWTO calls for support to crisis-hit countries
UNWTO Secretary-General Taleb Rifai called for increased cooperation between tourism source markets and destinations that have been affected by crises. Addressing the 20th Summit of the Federal Association of the German Tourism Industry (BTW) on 26 September in Berlin, Germany on the topic of ‘Safe, Secure and Seamless Travel’, Rifai said: “real crises are often magnified or distorted by crises of perception. We need to enhance our support to countries affected by crises as they recover and help them increase their resilience. Supporting these countries will benefit the whole tourism sector and the whole of society.”