Celebrating, advancing and guiding  tourism's return

UN TOURISM NEWS #57: Celebrating, advancing and guiding tourism's return

UN Tourism News
Celebrating, advancing and guiding
tourism's return
Tourism's Potential
Tourism's Potential addressed at top UN Conference on Least Developed Countries

The "From Potential to Prosperity" conference in Doha came at the pivotal half-way point towards implementing the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and its 17 Global Goals.

Centre Stage
Women Take 'Centre Stage' in Tourism Development

Marking International Women's Day, UNWTO and UN Women together reaffirmed their commitment to keep women's empowerment at the centre of tourism development.

New Report to Support Climate Action in the Tourism Sector
New Report to Support Climate Action in the Tourism Sector

This new UNWTO report highlighting the progress of global tourism towards measuring greenhouse gas emissions and the challenges the sector still faces.

UNWTO World Tourism Barometer:

Tourism is set to return to pre-pandemic levels in some regions in 2023.

International Women's Day


Women in Tech Startup Competition: Middle East will further advance UNWTO's work to make tourism a pillar of women's empowerment. The initiative gives innovators the chance to compete for capacity building and visibility.
Applications by July 2023.

Centre Stage project: The UNWTO project 'Centre Stage: Women's empowerment during the COVID-19 recovery', coordinates efforts towards gender equality in tourism.

Snapshot of Gender Equality and Women's Empowerment in National Tourism Strategies: This is an overview of the study of 70 publicly available strategies and offers recommendations to policymakers for achieving 'gender-transformative' tourism policies.

Mark your calendars!

UN 2023 Water Conference – "Water and Tourism"
23 March New York, United States


Opening soon!
Applications for the 3rd edition of Best Tourism Villages by UNWTO


Sustainable Destinations Summit
30-31 March Mallorca, Spain


2nd World Sports Tourism Congress
26-27 April Zadar, Croatia


And the winner is.... UNWTO Startup Competition for Island Destinations
The 10 finalists went into a pitch battle at the UNWTO Tourism Tech Adventures innovation forum (Gran Canaria, Spain 15-16 March).


UNWTO appointed Vice Chair of ITU-T Focus Group on Metaverse
Established in December 2022, the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) Focus Group on metaverse will identify technologies in areas from multimedia and network optimization to digital currencies, Internet of Things, digital twins, amongst others.




Landmark agreement for tourism and skills development
On 7 March, UNWTO & the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia signed an agreement, 1st of its type, to promote global education and human development in tourism through the creation of training and quality certification programmes.

  • 10 Online MOOC Courses in 5 languages
  • Jobs Factory and Tourism Labor Market Observatory
  • UNWTO Ted.Qual Quality Certification
  • Innovation and Digital Transformation programmes


Joining the World Investment for Development Alliance (WIDA)
UNWTO is now collaborating with the World Investment for Development Alliance (WIDA) for the recovery of global tourism.

UNWTO in the media

Inflation isn't dampening people's desire to travel — but travel companies may be missing a trick


LDC5: World leaders back 'blueprint for recovery, renewal, resilience' in least developed countries


New report to support climate action in the tourism sector


UNWTO reaffirms commitment to women's empowerment in tourism development

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