UN TOURISM NEWS #54: Sustainability and People at the Heart of Tourism in 2023

UN Tourism News
Sustainability and People at the
Heart of Tourism in 2023
G20 addresses Tourism for Rural Development
G20 Addresses Tourism for Rural Development

The first meeting of the G20 Tourism Working Group to be held under the Indian Presidency placed the focus on the sector's role in in advancing the 2030 Agenda, specifically looking at rural tourism for community empowerment.

Awake Tourism Challenge
UNWTO Announces Winning Start-Ups for "Awake Tourism Challenge"

UNWTO has announced the winners of its Awake Tourism Challenge, celebrating the start-ups that are reshaping the sector in every global region.

UNWTO World Tourism Barometer:

Tourism is set to return to pre-pandemic levels in some regions in 2023.
Mark your calendars!

UNWTO at ITB Berlin
7 – 9 March

UNWTO Regional Workshop on Measuring Tourism in Asia and the Pacific
15 – 17 March

II World Congress on Sports Tourism
26 – 27 April


118 UNWTO Executive Council
16 - 18 May

Your how-to guides for a better tourism

Gender Mainstreaming Guidelines for the Public Sector in Tourism

It contains tools to support national, regional, local and other tourism institutions apply an approach to tourism planning, programming and implementation that integrates gender equality and women's economic empowerment.


Global Tourism Plastics Initiative

This set of guidelines enables businesses, governments, and other tourism stakeholders to take concerted action, leading by example in the shift towards circularity in the use of plastics.


Measuring the Sustainability of Tourism (MST)

The statistical framework from the MST provides an integrated information base to better inform on sustainable tourism, to facilitate dialogue between different sectors and to encourage integrated, locally relevant decision making.


UNWTO Startup Competition for Island Destinations

This new programme seeks for startups from all walks of life and from across the globe that can offer innovative and smart solutions for island destinations.

  • Deep Tech: New technologies applied to sustainability
  • Innovation & Digitalization for Island Destinations
  • Opportunity to Pitch at the event UNWTO Tourism Tech Adventures in Gran Canaria, Spain on 15-16 March 2023
  • Mentorships by UNWTO and top partners
  • Tailored support
  • Scholarship opportunities for the UNWTO Tourism Online Academy

Deadline: 27 February!


Winners of the UNWTO Awake Tourism Challenge announced!

The global call for innovators to accelerate the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) announced its 15 winners from 13 countries out of 2,000 participants from 120 countries covering all global regions.

Amongst the benefits that they will enjoy are:

  • Incubation services in Les Roches Spark Innovation Center, including 3 months accommodation in Crans-Montana, provided by the Sommet Education group.
  • Sponsorship provided by Wakalua to pitch at the UNWTO Demo Day (venue and country tbc).

Tourism Tech Adventures forum in Qatar

UNWTO will host the forum Tourism Tech Adventure - Harnessing Innovation and Entrepreneurship in Tourism as Tools for Sustainable Development in LDCs within the Framework of the 5th United Nations Conference on the Least Developed Countries (LDC5).

Top startups from the UNWTO SDGs Global Startup Competition will pitch:

  • Nathalie Dijkman, Founder, SEMA (Uganda)
  • Shiva Dhakal, Chairperson & Founder, Community Homestay Network (Nepal)
  • Nsibambi Ashirafu Kyabainze, Founder and CEO, At hause Ltd. (Uganda)


New entry! UNWTO Tourism Online Academy blog

This article highlights skills development as the key for the future of tourism, featuring programmes the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has set to battle unemployment and boost talent acquisition through education.



Partnerhip on investments with the Development Bank of Latin America (CAF)

The new cooperation agreement with CAF was announced against the backdrop of the FITUR trade fair in Madrid.

The joint plans will see the two organizations work together to develop a set of comprehensive tourism investment guidelines. The guidelines will be focused on five countries, namely Ecuador, Uruguay, Panama and El Salvador in the Latin American region, as well as and Barbados in the Caribbean region.



UNWTO Investment Guidelines - Paraguay

The latest UNWTO Tourism Doing Business – Investment Guidelines was launched in FITUR. This time, for Paraguay highlighting its economic,  investments and competitiveness outlook, including a portfolio of projects in the country.

UNWTO in the media

UNWTO Secretary-General interview: China's reopening provides much-needed jolt to global tourism: UNWTO


Council Post: Finding Opportunity In Chaos: How Short-Term Rental Investors Can Navigate A Recession

BNN Bloomberg

Chinese Tourism Rebound Is Good News for Global Markets

BNN Bloomberg

A Short-Lived Revenge: Travelers Are Back But Will Be Spending Less

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