Press releases

19 December 2014
Tirana
Albania
Prime Minister of Albania receives UNWTO/WTTC Open Letter on Travel and Tourism
Recognizing tourism’s vital contribution to sustainable growth, the Prime Minister of Albania, H.E. Edi Rama, has accepted the UNWTO/World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC) Open Letter on Travel and Tourism (Tirana, Albania, 20 October 2014).
17 December 2014
Madrid
Spain
UNWTO and UNESCO to organize first World Conference on Tourism and Culture
The First World Conference on Tourism and Culture will bring together, for the first time, Ministers of Tourism and Ministers of Culture from around the world, experts and stakeholders from both sectors to explore new models of partnership between tourism and culture (Siem Reap, Cambodia, 4-6 February 2015).
10 December 2014
Elche
Spain
Tourism can protect and promote religious heritage
Sustainable development of tourism at religious heritage sites was in focus at the International Conference on Religious Heritage and Tourism: Types, trends and challenges, jointly organized by UNWTO, the Ministry of Industry, Energy and Tourism of Spain and the City Hall of Elche (27-28 November 2014, Elche, Spain).
3 December 2014
Madrid
Spain
San Marino Declaration calls for universal accessibility in tourism
Achieving universal accessibility throughout the tourism value chain is the main call for action of the San Marino Declaration of Accessible Tourism, adopted at the First UNWTO Conference on Accessible Tourism in Europe (San Marino, 19-20 November 2014).
21 November 2014
Rome
Italy
World Committee on Tourism Ethics praises initiatives on Accessible Tourism
The fourteenth meeting of the World Committee on Tourism Ethics meeting in Rome, Italy (17-18 November 2014) commended the efforts of UNWTO and its partners to advance Accessible Tourism for All. The Committee firmly supported the “Montreal Declaration – A World for All”, the outcome document of the recent World Summit on Destinations for All, and participated actively in the 1st Conference on Accessible Tourism in Europe held in San Marino on 19-20 November.  
6 November 2014
London
United Kingdom
Punta del Este 365 – UNWTO launches first prototype to overcome seasonality
“Punta del Este 365” is an initiative that brings together the public and the private sector of Punta del Este in Uruguay to develop and implement new tourism products aimed at overcoming seasonality. The project, developed by UNWTO together with the Ministry of Tourism and Sports of Uruguay, the Regional Government of Maldonado and Destino Punta del Este, was presented during World Travel Market (London, United Kingdom, 5 November 2014)
3 November 2014
Asunción
Paraguay
Paraguay commits to fostering development through tourism
The government of Paraguay committed to continue promoting tourism’s economic and social benefits as a driver of development on accepting the UNWTO/World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC) Open Letter on Travel and Tourism. (Asunción, Paraguay, 9 October 2014).
28 October 2014
Madrid
Spain
First UNWTO Conference on Accessible Tourism in Europe: accessibility in heritage cities
To promote the importance of universal accessibility in tourism, UNWTO and the Government of the Republic of San Marino will jointly organize the First UNWTO Conference on Accessible Tourism in Europe. The Conference will be held in collaboration with Village for All (V4A) and the ONCE Foundation to advance the social inclusion of people with disabilities (San Marino, 19-20 November 2014).
28 October 2014
Tokyo
Japan
UNWTO commends Japan’s tourism commitment
During an official visit to Japan, UNWTO Secretary-General, Taleb Rifai, highlighted the commitment of the Japanese government to the tourism sector and the positive results of tourism in the country. Mr. Rifai met the Minister of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism to discuss the strengthening of the relationship between UNWTO and Japan and inaugurated the 2014 JATA Tourism Expo in Tokyo (24-26 September 2014).
24 October 2014
Madrid
Spain
UN Day: Celebrating the UN Charter while recalling existing challenges
Every 24 October, UN Day is an opportunity to celebrate the achievements of the United Nations while recalling the immense challenges that remain pending on the international agenda. UNWTO, the only United Nations agency with its permanent headquarters in Spain, celebrated the occasion together with the 13 other UN entities in the country in an event hosted by the Minister of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation of Spain, José Manuel García-Margallo.