UN Tourism News

FITUR 2020 Edition
UN Tourism News - Edition #9 - January 28 2019


King of Spain Signals Strong Support For UNWTO’s Tourism Ambitions

We are at the beginning of the United Nations “Decade of Action”. With just 10 years remaining to fulfill the 2030 Agenda and its Global Goals, UNWTO is making sure tourism is at the heart of the conversation. On the eve of the 40th edition of the FITUR tourism trade fair in Madrid, His Royal Highness King Felipe VI of Spain expressed his support for UNWTO’s work at an unprecedented special Gala Dinner. And at the end of FITUR, Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez joined UNWTO Secretary-General Zurab Pololikashvili in meeting exhibitors and representatives from the public and private sectors. These meetings set the framework for UNWTO’s intense FITUR agenda which also mapped the way forward, including a groundbreaking new initiative to reduce plastic pollution and the release of the latest data on global tourism arrivals and trends.

As we publish this UN Tourism News, the global community is facing the coronoavirus outbreak. While tourism is directly affected, the effects of this situation reach further. UNWTO is monitoring developments closely and exploring ways to offer support to the authorities and the tourism sector at this difficult time.


King of Spain Signals Strong Support For UNWTO’s Tourism Ambitions

Support for UNWTO at the Highest Level

Global Tourism Plastics Initiative Takes On One of the Worst Polluters

Global Tourism Plastics Initiative Announced

New Australia’s South West Sustainable Tourism Observatory joins the UNWTO Observatory NETWORK (INSTO)

Tourism Continues to Outpace Global Economy

green Deal

Tourism and The New Green Deal - Europe Can Take the Lead

UNWTO and Fundación ONCE deliver international recognition of ‘Accessible Tourist Destinations’ at FITUR

International Recognition of ‘Accessible Tourism Destinations’

Hombre del día: Zurab Pololikashvili, secretario general de la OMT

Spain Backs UNWTO Plans for First “Global Tourism Fourm” in Madrid in Late 2020

Investpur 2020

Tourism’s Role in Rural Development Across Africa

UNWTO Tourism Data Dashboard

NEW! UNWTO Tourism Data Dashboard

Investpur 2020

LAUNCHED! UNWTO Students’ League

Chilean Pilar Rodriguez

On the sidelines of FITUR, the Chilean Chef Pilar Rodriguez was honored as the newest UNWTO Gastronomy Tourism Ambassador. The first Ambassador from the Americas, she is recognized for her commitment to use her craft and initiatives as a driver of local economic development. Ms Rodriguez was a participant in the 4th UNWTO Global Conference on Wine Tourism (Valle de Colchagua, Chile, December 2019), which featured public and private stakeholders from across the Americas.

Fundación ARAEX Grands

UNWTO has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Fundación ARAEX Grands to promote the benefits of wine tourism. ARAEX focuses on making tourism a driver of social, economic and cultural transformation in La Rioja Alavesa, Spain. Under the terms of the new agreement, which will run until the end of 2020 and which was signed by President, Javier Ruiz de Galarreta and UNWTO Secretary-General Zurab Pololikashvili at FITUR, both parties will work together to build and promote comprehensive database on the main wine routes of the world.

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UNWTO The latest UNWTO World Tourism Barometer is out now! Globally, numbers remain strong, with international arrivals up by 4%.

UNWTO Winners of the 2nd UNWTO Tourism Startup Competition announced in Madrid!
UNWTO, in association with @TurismoPortugal and @Globalia , have named the winners of the 2nd Tourism Startup Competition.

UNWTO En esta ocasión especial, agradezco sinceramente a Su Majestad, el Rey Felipe VI de España, por mostrar su apoyo a la misión de la OMT y su compromiso con el crecimiento del turismo de forma responsable y sostenible.

UNWTO Opening #FITUR2020, SG @zurabpololikashvili joined HRH Queen Letizia of Spain visiting tourism’s best offers and solutions @juliaroblesfoto

UNWTO The Global Tourism Plastics Initiative is officially announced by UNWTO and the UNEP, in collaboration with the Ellen MacArthur Foundation.

UNWTO Today at FITUR, Africa takes centre stage. The INVESTOUR Forum will focus on the investment opportunities in Africa's growing tourism sector and the way growth can be managed to benefit people and planet.

UNWTO IFEMA Madrid Expo Center