UN TOURISM NEWS #52: Moving tourism forward into 2023

UN TOURISM NEWS #52: Moving tourism forward into 2023

UN Tourism News
Moving tourism forward into 2023
‘Best Tourism Villages’ of 2022 Named by UNWTO

From Austria to Vietnam, 32 destinations from all around the world have been named as ‘Best Tourism Villages 2022’ by the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO).

Transforming Tourism by Measuring its Sustainability
Transforming Tourism by Measuring its Sustainability

One hundred experts from around the world gathered at UNWTO Headquarters to develop the next standard for Measuring the Sustainability of Tourism (MST).

COP 15
The World Travel & Tourism Council Announce Collaboration with UNWTO and Sustainable Hospitality Alliance at COP15

During COP15 in Montreal, UNWTO, WTTC and Sustainable Hospitality Alliance announced a new collaboration which will bring together the public and private sectors in a shared vision to halt and reverse biodiversity loss by 2030.

UNWTO Gastronomy Tourism Forum Highlights Talent Development and Waste Reduction

‘Gastronomy Tourism for People and Planet: Innovate, Empower and Preserve’ was the theme as national and international experts met in Nara for the 7th UNWTO Forum on Gastronomy Tourism.

Jobs, Education and Training
Jobs, Education and Training: Together, Tourism and Transport Can Deliver a Better future for Europe

Op-ed by UNWTO Secretary General, Zurab Pololikashvili and European Union Commissioner for Transport, Adina Vălean.

Winners of 2022 UNWTO Students’ League-Switzerland Announced

The first national edition of the UNWTO Students League concluded with a celebration of Swiss tourism talent with Team SHL from SHL Schweizerische Hotelfachschule Luzern, winning this edition

Setting Tourism's Recovery on a More Ethical Path
Setting Tourism's Recovery on a More Ethical Path

The World Committee on Tourism Ethics (WCTE) has met to advance the fair and responsible recovery of the sector.

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.

UNWTO World Tourism Barometer:

International tourism is on track to reach 65% of pre-pandemic levels by the end of 2022 as the sector continues to bounce back from the pandemic.
Mark your calendars!

18 – 23 January, Madrid, Spain


UNWTO Digital Futures for SMEs Programme

Morocco becomes the first Member State in making a pledge to accelerate the digitization process of 10,000 Small and Medium Enterprises through the UNWTO Digital Futures Programme, which aims to support the digital transformation process of 1,000,000 SMEs.


Open call: entrepreneurs from all over the world are encouraged to join by registering and taking the Diagnostic Tool which will help them know with digital path should they take.  

Launch of the UNWTO Startup Competition “Invest in the development of Moroccan tourism”

UNWTO and the Government of Morocco launched this programme to seek startups creating new experiences in any of the following categories:

  • Blue economies
  • Natural heritage
  • Cultural heritage
  • Urban tourism

Deadline for candidatures: March 2023

Gastronomy Tourism Startups

Gastronomy Tourism Startups

Pitch round of the 3rd UNWTO Gastronomy Tourism Startup Competition was carried out in the 7TH UNWTO World Forum on Gastronomy Tourism in Nara, Japan.

byFood from Japan has been selected as winner amongst all finalists from countries such as Armenia, Bulgaria, Colombia, Republic of Korea and Italy.


UNWTO Tourism Education Guidelines

 UNWTO released the 1st Tourism Education Guidelines led by its Technical Committee on Tourism Online Education.

This illustrates a 7-step roadmap to promote tourism as a catalyst for job creation and economic development.

UNWTO in the media
Interview to UNWTO Secretary-General

“In Saudi Arabia we will make clear the case for more and smarter investments into tourism so as to accelerate the shift to a more sustainable sector.”

Financial Times

Persistent challenges undermine Africa’s tourism revival


Middle Eastern Destinations Lead Global Travel Recovery


UNWTO and European Commission share joint vision for tourism’s future

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