Press releases

15 April 2015
Madrid
Spain
Exports from international tourism rise to US$ 1.5 trillion in 2014
International tourism receipts increased by US$ 48 billion in 2014 to reach a record US$ 1,245 billion. An additional US$ 221 billion was generated from international passenger transport, bringing total exports from international tourism up to US$ 1.5 trillion.
1 April 2015
Madrid
Spain
Tourism, a national priority for Honduras
Honduras has joined the more than 70 countries committed to support the Travel and Tourism sector as a means to promote inclusive growth and development. During an official visit of UNWTO Secretary-General, Taleb Rifai, President Juan Orlando Hernández was presented with the Open Letter on Travel and Tourism. The joint initiative by UNWTO and the World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC) calls on Heads of State and Government to publicly express their political commitment to support tourism as a development driver.
8 March 2015
Madrid
Spain
International Women’s Day: Tourism sector can do more to step it up on gender equality
On the occasion of International Women’s Day, UNWTO Secretary-General, Taleb Rifai, calls upon the tourism sector to step up policies and business practices that promote gender equality and women's empowerment.
3 March 2015
Berlin
Germany
The Travel and Technological Revolutions: UNWTO Secretary-General at ITB 2015
In his ITB 2015 opening address, UNWTO Secretary-General Taleb Rifai highlighted how new technologies are changing society and shaping the tourism sector, shifting power from governments and companies to citizens and consumers. Rifai recalled that with power comes responsibility and highlighted tourism´s capacity to overcome prejudice in an often divided world (ITB Berlin, Germany, 3 March 2015).
25 February 2015
Madrid
Spain
UNWTO activities at ITB 2015
The 5th Silk Road Ministers’ Meeting, community empowerment through tourism and creative industries and the 30th meeting of World Tourism Network on Child Protection are UNWTO’s main activities during the ITB Travel Trade Show 2015 (Berlin, Germany, 4-8 March, 2015).
9 February 2015
Madrid
Spain
Former head of UNICEF to chair the UNWTO World Tourism Network on Child Protection
UNWTO is pleased to announce that Carol Bellamy, former Executive Director of UNICEF (1995-2005), is the new chair of the UNWTO World Tourism Network on Child Protection. Ms. Bellamy starts her tenure at the Network’s 30th meeting in connection with ITB Berlin in March 2015, where the Network’s agenda for the coming year will be established. 
6 February 2015
Siem Reap
Cambodia
UNWTO/UNESCO World Conference on Tourism and Culture gathers Ministers of Tourism and Culture for the first time
Over 900 participants, including over 45 Ministers and Vice Ministers of Tourism and Culture, international experts, speakers and guests from 100 countries, gathered at the UNWTO/UNESCO World Conference on Tourism and Culture in Siem Reap, Cambodia, to explore and advance new partnership models between tourism and culture (4-6 February 2015).
30 January 2015
Madrid
Spain
UNWTO, ONCE Foundation and PREDIF join forces to promote Accessible Tourism at FITUR 2015
The three entities jointly organized the ‘Technology at the Service of Tourism for All’ event at the Madrid International Tourism Fair (Madrid, 29 January 2015) 
29 January 2015
Madrid
Spain
11th UNWTO Awards for Excellence and Innovation in Tourism announced
A project promoting domestic tourism in Peru, an initiative for travelers to immerse in the Maasai community in Tanzania, an innovative marketing project from Amsterdam and an application promoting European tourism were the winners of  the 11th UNWTO Awards for Excellence and Innovation in Tourism (Madrid, Spain, 28 January 2015).
28 January 2015
Madrid
Spain
Prime Minister of Spain receives UNWTO/WTTC Open Letter on Travel and Tourism
In recognition of tourism’s ability to create jobs and socio-economic growth, the Prime Minister of Spain, Mariano Rajoy, has accepted the UNWTO/World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC) Open Letter on Travel and Tourism (Madrid, Spain, 27 January 2015).