Education and rural development for a more sustainable tourism
54 new villages were recognized as Best Tourism Villages
The winners of the third edition of the Best Tourism Villages by UNWTO have been unveiled. At the award ceremony, 54 villages representing 5 continents made it to the list. The Best Tourism Village is a global initiative by UNWTO to promote the role of tourism in rural development.
Global Education Forum Puts Spotlight on Future of Tourism
The Global Education Forum addressed the biggest challenges and opportunities for advancing training in tourism. The Tourism Education Toolkit was launched amongst discussions exploring opportunities for shaping new policies, effective instruments, and partnerships to support sustainable tourism development while creating value-added jobs
9 more countries adhere to the International Code for the Protection of Tourists
The new signatories of the International Code for the Protection of Tourists, determined to restore consumer trust, are: Argentina, Brazil, Lebanon, Lithuania, Portugal, Senegal, Thailand, Uruguay and Venezuela.
New Regional and Thematic Offices
UNWTO's commitment to moving closer to its Members and being on the ground in every region was further emphasized as the Assembly was given an update on work to establish new Regional and Thematic offices in Brazil, Morocco and Uzbekistan.
Winners of the 6th edition of the UNWTO Tourism Video Competition
Meet the winners of the UNWTO Video Competition for the 25th General Assembly. The competition which forms part of celebration of Tourism as a force for good has been categorized into two features: "Promotion and the Decade of Action" and "Exceptional Stories of Sustainable Tourism".
25th General Assembly concludes on a high note!
The 3 plenary sessions of the 25th General Assembly will conclude today with tourism ministers pledging to coordinate with their respective institutions to restart tourism. The all-important tourism meeting discussed the way forward to get tourism moving in a safe manner.
What's happening today?
120th session of the Executive Council
Today the last session of the Executive Council in this General Assembly will take place. Agenda includes: designations to the subsidiary organs of the Executive Council, the election of the Chair and the two Vice-Chairs of the Executive Council for 2024 and the election of the place and date for is 121st session.
Discover more about our host city!
Today, participants of the UNWTO 25th General Assembly will have the opportunity to participate in guided tours throughout this UNESCO World Heritage site.
The major monuments include the Registan Mosque and madrasas, Bibi-Khanum Mosque, the Shakhi-Zinda compound and the Gur-Emir ensemble, as well as Ulughbek's Observatory.
1st Task Force on Redesigning Tourism for the Future
The Task Force on Redesigning Tourism for the Future will convene for the first time. The mandate of this group is to strengthen the Organization, including its operational and institutional framework, to service the existing and future needs of tourism.
The GA in numbers
Reflecting the broad diversity of the sector, delegations from 117 countries, including 70 Ministerial level representatives, came together for the meeting of the supreme organ of the UN specialized agency for tourism for development
Saudi Arabia to host the 26th General Assembly
The next session of the UNWTO's General Assembly will be held in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. This was after the General assembly voted to hold its session in 2025.