Spain to Become Centre of World Tourism for Three Days

UN Tourism News #32 | 24th UNWTO General Assembly

More than 500 delegates from around the world, including Ministers of Tourism of UNWTO Member States, international organizations, as well as leaders from the private sector and civil society, will participate in the meeting of the supreme governing body of this specialized agency of the United Nations.

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UN Tourism News #32 | 26 NOV 2021


Spain to Become Centre of World Tourism for Three Days

On 1 to 3 December, Madrid will host the 24th General Assembly of the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO), where the future of a strategic sector for many countries after the pandemic will be analysed, bearing in mind the commitment to a more inclusive and sustainable tourism.

ravel Restrictions

New COVID-19 Surges Keep Travel Restrictions in Place

One out of five destinations continue to have their borders completely closed as new surges of COVID-19 impact the restart of international tourism. The latest research shows that still 98% of all destinations have some kind of travel restrictions in place.

UNWTO, Panama and NOAH

UNWTO, Panama and NOAH Support Creation of UN Fund for the Climate Neutrality of Tourism

Within the framework of the United Nations Conference on Climate Change COP26, the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO), the Government of Panama and the business group NOAH agreed to work together for the implementation of the United Nations Fund for Climate Neutrality of Tourism.


UNWTO and CAF Boost Sustainable and Innovative Tourism in Latin America

The World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) and CAF, the Development Bank of Latin America, have signed an MOU to strengthen their collaboration to accelerate tourism development through investments.

UNWTO Looks to the Future

UNWTO Looks to the Future with EU Tourism Ministers

The UNWTO leadership has addressed an informal meeting of EU Ministers Responsible for Tourism, further strengthening ties with the European Institutions.

Cultural Routes
UNWTO and the Council of Europe to Promote Cultural Routes

The UNWTO and the Council of Europe will work together to develop the opportunities tourism offers to local communities and to enhance the tourist experience along the European region’s Cultural Routes.


UNWTO in Kuala Lumpur: First Regional Conference on Women’s Empowerment in Tourism

UNWTO’s Members from across Asia and the Pacific came together to advance the tourism sector’s contribution to gender equality and women’s empowerment.

Upcoming UNWTO events

24 UNWTO General Assembly

01-03 Dec.

43th Affiliate Members Plenary Session

30 Nov.

12th IFTM-UNWTO Training Programme for the ASEAN Countries

06 DEC 2021

Accessible Tourism for All: Standards and Recommendations Guiding the Recovery

09 DEC 2021

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  • NEW- 3rd Global Gastronomy Tourism Startup Competition: Accelerating gastronomy tourism initiatives to achieve the SDGs. Join us in building back better from COVID-19 with your ideas for a more inclusive, sustainable, and resilient sector. Apply here
  • FINAL EVENT- The winners of the UNWO Rural Startup Competition will be announced during the thematic session Building for the Future: Innovation, Education and Rural Development, within the framework of the 24th session of the General Assembly. Stay tuned in social media for the streaming link.
  • DEADLINE EXTENDED-UNWTO x ProColombia New Touristic Experiences- Challenge: The deadline to apply for UNWTO Tourism Online Academy Scholarships with your  sustainable, inclusive, and innovative tourism experiences ideas in Colombia has been extended. New deadline: November 30th, 2021.



  • Agreement The World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) and CAF, the Development Bank of Latin America, have signed an MOU to strengthen their collaboration to accelerate tourism development through investments.

UNWTO media highlights:

Foturne Greece Zurab Pololikashvili: «Η Ελλάδα αποτελεί πλέον έναν από τους κορυφαίους προορισμούς παγκοσμίως»

New York Times Travel Industry Takes Crucial First Step Toward Combating Climate Change

BBC COP26 promises could limit global warming to 1.8C

Tradearabia Travel sector braces for post-pandemic world

Euronews Hard-hit travel industry gathers in London to boost tourism

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UNWTO The climate emergency is a bigger threat than Covid.
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Next step
24th UNWTO General Assembly
30 Nov. - 3 Dec. Madrid, Spain

UNWTO With Instagram we help destinations recover and grow.
Digital and visual storytelling are essential to reach new audiences.
The "Tourism Recovery Playbook" guides users on how to showcase destinations, and illustrate the sector is ready to welcome tourists back safely and responsibly
As parts of the world begin cautiously opening up again, now is the time to be creative in showing why tourism matters – for individuals, for our communities and for our planet.

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