Leading the transformation of tourism

Leading the transformation of tourism

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Leading the transformation of tourism
UNWTO 117 Executive Council

23 – 25 November UNWTO and its Members will shape global tourism at the 117 UNWTO Executive Council. Tourism governance takes a step forward for its transformative impact.

Tourism Transformed at UNWTO Ministers’ Summit
Tourism Transformed at UNWTO Ministers’ Summit

“Our job is to create jobs,” UNWTO Secretary-General Zurab Pololikashvili told tourism sector leaders gathered at the Ministers’ Summit at the World Travel Market to discuss how education, sustainability, and governance must be transformed to advance tourism for development.

At G20, UNWTO Advances Role of People
At G20, UNWTO Advances Role of People and MSMEs as Agents of Tourism Transformation

Small enterprises and local communities must be given the support they need to become true ‘agents of change’. As leaders of the G20 economies meet in Bali this week, UNWTO has stressed the importance of empowering grassroots actors as well as MSMES in order to drive sustainable and inclusive transformation and build greater resilience.

UNWTO at COP27: Uniting Tourism Around Tangible Climate Action Plans

The tourism sector has set out its plans to achieve its climate action ambitions. At COP27, UNWTO brought leading sector stakeholders together to share practical insights into accelerating the shift to greater sustainability and reaching Net-Zero.

Women’s Empowerment ‘Centre Stage’ of Tourism’s Restart

The shared progress being made in putting women’s empowerment ‘centre stage’ of tourism’s restart has been presented at the World Travel Market in London.

UNWTO Connects Tourism and Culture in Nigeria

UNWTO brought together leaders and some of Africa’s best creative minds around a shared vision for advancing sustainable development and opportunity across the continent.

Uruguay adheres to the International Code for the Protection of Tourists
Uruguay adheres to the International Code for the Protection of Tourists

The steps towards incorporating UNWTO's International Code for the Protection of Tourists into national law keeps growing. Presented at La Sorbonne University in Paris, the Ministry of Tourism of Uruguay announced its adherence to the Code. Uruguay is the 7th country to join UNWTO in the harmonization of tourism consumer protection standards.

UNWTO World Tourism Barometer:

International tourist arrivals almost tripled from January to July 2022 (+172%) compared to the same period of 2021. This means the sector recovered almost 60% of pre-pandemic levels.
Your how-to guides for tourism’s recovery
Rethinking Tourism
Rethinking Tourism: From Crisis to Transformation
World Tourism Day report

This Report is designed to provide an overview of, as well as to examine and assess the work of UNWTO as it leads the global sector out of crisis and into the future.

Ministers Agree to Advance Circularity and Climate Action in Pan European Tourism
G20 Bali Guidelines and the G20 Bali Guidelines – Case Studies

The G20 Tourism Working Group presented the Guidelines to make MSMEs & Communities agents of transformation. These scale up global efforts to help the backbone of tourism sector through financing, innovation and technology.

Mark your calendars!

117th Executive Council
23 – 25 November, Marrakesh, Morocco


7th UNWTO World Forum on Gastronomy Tourism
12 – 15 December, Nara, Japan

Learning opportunities

Training series on sustainable food in tourism
15 Nov. – 1 Dec


Violence against women in the tourism sector: breaking the taboo
25 November


Gender equality in tourism


Podcast: Tourism, culture and the creative economy

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The Economist Impact - In transit: Pathways to circular tourism in the Middle East

How can tourism be transformed from a linear to a circular industry? UNWTO provides data and sustainable solutions to answer that question in this report on tourism and the circular economy. Tourism takes climate action to reach net zero.

Radisson Hotel: The Glasgow Declaration on tourism and climate welcomes new signatories

Radisson Hotel Group signs Glasgow Declaration and reaffirms strong sustainability commitment during COP27


New innovation challenge: ‘Innovative experiences in community-based tourism’ with the Panama Tourism Authority

We encourage all tour operators to unify their ideas to accelerate the recovery of the Panamanian tourism sector, transforming it into a more inclusive, sustainable and resilient one.

Deadline: 15 March, 2023

More information and form to apply here.

Unlock the potential of your tourism business with our Digital Futures Programme

More than 80% of the tourism value chain is created by SMEs. UNWTO Digital Futures Programme seeks to accelerate economic recovery of the tourism sector to unleash digital technologies in order to create jobs. Join today!


New partners in our UNWTO Tourism Online Academy!

We have signed an agreement with Unikemia, IESA, PUCMM University, CETT and CITY College University to continue creating quality tourism education. Follow us to keep up to date with all the upcoming courses.


Tourism Doing Business: Investing in Tanzania is out!

Known for its rich biodiversity and wildlife attractions, the country has gained international recognition for its nature-based tourism. Discover more reasons why to invest.

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Tourism reimagined | Op-ed by UNWTO Secretary-General, Zurab Pololikashvili


Mediterranean region seeking to decarbonise its tourism industry

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This Is How Tourism Must Shift to Actually Address Climate Change


Will tourists finally return to Southeast Asia in 2023?

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