TOURISM’S GROWTH ACROSS ALL REGIONS STRENGTHENS SECTOR’S POTENTIAL TO CONTRIBUTE TO SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT AGENDA

International tourism accounts for 29% of the world’s services exports and 7% of overall exports. In some regions these proportions exceed the world average, especially the Middle East and Africa where tourism represents over 50% of services exports and about 9% of exports overall. This highlights the importance of mainstreaming tourism in national export policies to broaden revenue streams, reduce trade deficits and ensure sustainable development on the long run.

WORLD’S BIGGEST CONFERENCE ON WINE TOURISM CELEBRATES: RURAL TRANSFORMATION AND JOBS

Valle de Colchagua, Chile, 05 December 2019 - The 4th Global Conference on Wine Tourism, hosted by the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) and the Government of Chile, has concluded with a call to use the sector’s unique ability to rejuvenate and support rural communities. 

TOURISM’S CARBON EMISSIONS MEASURED IN LANDMARK REPORT LAUNCHED AT COP25

Madrid, Spain, Transport-related emissions from tourism are expected to account for 5.3% of all man-made CO2 emissions by 2030, up from 5% in 2016, a landmark new report from the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) and the International Transport Forum (ITF) shows. At the same time, as tourist numbers rise and the sector makes progress in achieving low-carbon travel, emissions per passenger kilometer are expected to decline over the coming decade. Against this backdrop, UNWTO calls for enhanced cooperation between the transport and tourism sectors to effectively transform tourism for climate action.

TOURISM ON THE AGENDA AS UNWTO WELCOMES FELLOW UN AGENCIES AND WORLD LEADERS TO MADRID FOR COP25

Madrid, Spain, The World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) has welcomed its fellow United Nations agencies to Madrid for the start of the COP25 Climate Change Summit. With tourism now high on the United Nations agenda, and with UNWTO the global leader in tourism for development and advocacy, this summit will see the near-limitless potential of the sector discussed at the very highest level and placed at the center of the climate emergency conversation.

THE WORLD TOURISM ORGANIZATION LAUNCHES ITS FIRST SHOPPING TOURISM PILOT PROJECT IN LEÓN, MEXICO

León, Guanajuato, The World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) has joined with the Municipality of León (Guanajuato, Mexico) to present the first UNWTO project on Shopping Tourism, with the aim of boosting the local economy, creating jobs and driving sustainable and inclusive development.

SUSTAINABLE TOURISM OBSERVATORIES OF ASIA AND THE PACIFIC MEET TO DISCUSS EFFECTIVE MONITORING OF TOURISM DATA

Siem Reap, Cambodia,  The International Network of Sustainable Tourism Observatories (INSTO) of the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) hosted its latest Asia Workshop in Siem Reap, Cambodia, with representatives from 10 nations contributing to key discussions on the effective monitoring and management of tourism destinations.

GLOBAL CITY LEADERS ADOPT ‘NUR-SULTAN DECLARATION’ ON SMART CITIES AT URBAN TOURISM SUMMIT IN KAZAKHSTAN

Nur-Sultan, Kazakhstan, 10 October – City leaders from around the world have met in the Kazakh capital of Nur-Sultan for the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) Global Urban Tourism Summit. The Summit enjoyed the highest level of political support, with the President of Kazakhstan Kassym-Jomart Tokayev meeting with the Secretary-General of UNWTO Zurab Pololikashvili ahead of the official opening which was led by Prime Minister Askar Mamin and the Mayor of Nursultan Altay Kulginov

TOURISM LEADING OTHER GLOBAL SECTORS IN ADVANCING GENDER EQUALITY, NEW REPORT SHOWS

London, United Kingdom – The World Tourism Organization (UNWTO), in collaboration with UN Women, The German Society for International Cooperation (GIZ), World Bank Group and Amadeus, has launched the long-awaited second edition of the Global Report on Women in Tourism. The publication highlights the progress the global tourism sector has made in advancing gender equality, with key case studies and statistics gathered from around the world.

INNOVATION AND RURAL DEVELOPMENT TAKES CENTER STAGE FOR MINISTERS’ SUMMIT AT WORLD TRAVEL MARKET

London, United Kingdom – Tourism leaders from across the public and private sectors came together at the World Travel Market (WTM) in London for a high-level discussion on tourism’s role in rural development, the challenges and the opportunities. The Ministers’ Summit on “Technology for Rural Development”, hosted by the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) in partnership with WTM, focused on tourism innovation and technology and their place in empowering rural communities.