Press releases

5 December 2016 International Year for Sustainable Tourism for Development 2017 garners support from the sector
Only few weeks ahead of the official launch of the International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development 2017, set to take place on the 18 of January 2017 in Madrid, Spain, representatives from various tourism industries and beyond have joined UNWTO to support the celebrations of this important event. 
21 November 2016 Ilunion Hotels receives UNWTO Ethics Award
The World Committee on Tourism Ethics (WCTE) has awarded Ilunion Hotels with the UNWTO Ethics Award. The Award distinguishes Ilunion Hotels for its work in the area of accessible tourism for all and its contribution to change attitudes, break down social barriers and make the accommodation industry more inclusive.
20 September 2016 13 Spanish companies confirm their commitment to sustainable tourism
Thanks to the cooperation agreement concluded by the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) and the Global Compact Network Spain, thirteen Spanish companies have taken on the commitment to develop corporate social responsibility practices that advance sustainable tourism. Under the title “Responsible Tourism: A Global Commitment”, the initiative launched on 19 September highlights the role of tourism enterprises in achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). 
16 June 2016 UNWTO and the World Committee on Tourism Ethics launch the UNWTO Ethics Award
The World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) and the World Committee on Tourism Ethics (WCTE) have launched the UNWTO Ethics Award. The Award will recognize companies committed to making their business more responsible and sustainable through the implementation of the Global Code of Ethics for Tourism.
9 May 2016 World Committee on Tourism Ethics: it is critical to advance the transformation of the Global Code of Ethics for Tourism into an international convention
The 17th meeting of the World Committee on Tourism Ethics, held at the UNWTO Headquarters in Madrid, Spain on 26-27 April 2016 discussed the advances in the process of conversion of the Global Code of Ethics for Tourism into an international convention and reiterated the importance of transforming the Code into legally binding international law. 
15 March 2016 Private sector committed to fight child exploitation in tourism
The 31st Meeting of the World Tourism Network on Child Protection, held on the occasion of ITB Berlin, focused on the role and initiatives of the private sector to fight Child Exploitation in tourism. Awareness raising, training of staff and the implementation of measures along the whole value chain of tourism were pointed out as critical.  
1 March 2016 UNWTO activities at ITB Berlin 2016 to focus on the Silk Road and Child Protection
On the 50th anniversary of ITB Berlin, UNWTO’s activities at the fair will focus on the development of the Silk Road and the World Tourism Network on Child Protection. ITB will take place on 9-13 March.    
25 January 2016 Accessible tourism: a right and a business opportunity
With the objective of highlighting the best accessibility practices that the private sector has implemented,  the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) organized, in cooperation with the ONCE Foundation, an event on “Accessible Tourism as an Effective Business Strategy” held in the context of  FITUR (Madrid, 22 January 2016).
18 January 2016 International tourist arrivals up 4% reach a record 1.2 billion in 2015
International tourist arrivals grew by 4.4% in 2015 to reach a total of 1,184 million in 2015, according to the latest UNWTO World Tourism Barometer. Some 50 million more tourists (overnight visitors) travelled to international destinations around the world last year as compared to 2014. 
17 December 2015 UNWTO activities at FITUR to focus on innovation and sustainability
The opportunities that innovation opens up for tourism and the importance of promoting initiatives in the field of sustainability and ethics will constitute the main topics of the activities to be organized by the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) at FITUR 2016, with the support of the Fair. FITUR, whose 36th edition will be held from 20 to 24 January in Madrid, constitutes a global meeting point for tourism professionals.