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Welcome to the UNWTO Elibrary

The UNWTO Elibrary is an online service from the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) with a broad coverage of tourism and related subject areas.

The UNWTO Elibrary is an information source offering an unparalleled coverage of research and information in the area of tourism and available to our Member States, Affiliate Members, subscribers and general public.

The subject areas reflect all important themes moving the tourism sector and include, among others, ecotourism and sustainable development, tourism statistics, market research, innovation and new technologies and tourism policies. The UNWTO Elibrary contains books, journals and statistical reports by country and by indicator.

Featured Content

UNWTO World Tourism Barometer and Statistical Annex, May 2022

Released: May 2022

Tourism recovery gains momentum as restrictions ease and confidence returns. International tourism continued to recover from the COVID-19 crisis at a strong pace in January-March 2022. Destinations welcomed almost three times as many international tourist arrivals (overnight visitors) as in the same period of 2021, with Europe leading the rebound. (...)

Compendium of Tourism Statistics, Data 2016 – 2020, 2022 Edition

Released: June 2022

Understanding, for each country, where its inbound tourism is generated is essential for analysing international tourism flows and devising marketing strategies, such as those related to the positioning of national markets abroad. Deriving from the most comprehensive statistical database available on the tourism sector, the Compendium of Tourism Statistics provides statistical data and indicators on inbound, outbound and domestic tourism (...)

Yearbook of Tourism Statistics, Data 2016 – 2020, 2022 Edition

Released: June 2022

Understanding, for each country, where its inbound tourism is generated is essential for analysing international tourism flows and devising marketing strategies, such as those related to the positioning of national markets abroad. Deriving from the most comprehensive statistical database available on the tourism sector, the Yearbook of Tourism Statistics focusses on data related to inbound tourism (total arrivals and overnight stays), broken down by country of origin (...)

The Impact of COVID-19 on Youth – Focus on Asia and Italy

Released: June 2022

What impact has COVID-19 had on those in younger generations at the time of this ‘once-in-a-century’ crisis? And how has it shaped the outlook of young people, particularly in relation to their personal and professional aspirations? The answer to these questions will arguably have important implications for the global economy and society in future years and, by extension, the future development of global travel too. (...)

Código Internacional para la Protección de los Turistas

Released: May 2022

La crisis de la COVID-19 ha puesto de manifiesto la ausencia de un marco legal internacional para asistir a los turistas internacionales en situaciones de emergencia y la falta de uniformidad a nivel internacional en cuanto a los derechos de protección del consumidor turístico. (...)

International Code for the Protection of Tourists (Arabic version)

Released: April 2022

The COVID-19 crisis has revealed the absence of an international legal framework to assist international tourists in emergency situations and the lack of uniformity at the international level regarding tourism consumer protection rights. During the crisis, the closure of borders with little notice left hundreds of thousands of tourists (...)

游客保护国际守则 –International Code for the Protection of Tourists (Chinese version)

Released: March 2022

The COVID-19 crisis has revealed the absence of an international legal framework to assist international tourists in emergency situations and the lack of uniformity at the international level regarding tourism consumer protection rights. During the crisis, the closure of borders with little notice left hundreds of thousands of tourists (...)

COVID-19 and the Future of Tourism in Asia and the Pacific

Released: March 2022

Tourism in Asia and the Pacific has transformed dramatically over the last 2 decades due to the impacts of globalization, digitalization, rising disposable incomes, and shifting consumer preferences. The coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic stands out as a pivotal moment in the trajectory of tourism development. (...)

Gender Mainstreaming Guidelines for the Public Sector in Tourism

Released: March 2022

The Gender Mainstreaming Guidelines for the Public Sector in Tourism contain 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.

Gender-inclusive Strategy for Tourism Businesses

Released: March 2022

The business case for advancing gender equality are well documented. In tourism, the benefits are further amplified due to the high proportion of women working in the sector. The Gender Inclusive Strategy for Tourism Businesses contains tools to support private sector tourism enterprises of all types and sizes achieve effective and consistent strategies and programmes for gender equality across their operations

The Wine Routes of the World

Released: February 2021

The Wine Routes of the World takes the reader through the wine routes of top ten wine producer destinations - Argentina, Chile, France, Georgia, Germany, Italy, Portugal, South Africa, Spain and United States of America (...)

International Code for the Protection of Tourists

Released: February 2022

The COVID-19 crisis has revealed the absence of an international legal framework to assist international tourists in emergency situations and the lack of uniformity at the international level regarding tourism consumer protection rights. (...)

Big Data for Better Tourism Policy, Management, and Sustainable Recovery from COVID-19

Released: December 2021

Big data is already being used to measure, monitor, and manage tourism development, but its potential remains to be fully exploited. This report discusses the trends, opportunities, and challenges in using big data and digitalization in the tourism sector. It highlights how big data is being leveraged for COVID-19 recovery and examines its relationship with statistical frameworks to better measure the economic, social, and environmental impact of tourism. (...)

Mountain tourism – Towards a more sustainable path

Released: December 2021

With their soaring peaks, remote locations and majestic beauty, mountains have long been a powerful attraction for visitors from all walks of life, who are drawn by the often colourful traditions of local communities, the opportunities for sporting activities, and the spiritual solace to be found in highland landscapes. (...)

Livre Blanc : Sécurité et sûreté dans le secteur du tourisme Volume 1: Des liens étroits entre tourisme, sécurité, sûreté et développement

Released: December 2021

Ce volume 1 se veut une introduction théorique aux liens étroits qui unissent le tourisme, le développement, la sûreté et la sécurité. Il s’attache ainsi dans sa première partie à étudier les relations entre ces concepts tout en les incluant dans une perspective plus générale (...)

Livre Blanc : Sécurité et sûreté dans le secteur du tourisme Volume 2 : Recueil de fiches techniques – risques de fiches techniques – initiatives

Released: December 2021

Ce volume 2 est un recueil de fiches techniques, divisé en deux parties, les fiches techniques – risques et initiatives. Il se veut aussi facile d’accès et pratique que possible afin de permettre au lecteur de rapidement se familiariser avec un risque ou une initiative et lui permettre soit de combattre efficacement le risque en question (...)

Livre Blanc : Sécurité et sûreté dans le secteur du tourisme Volume 3 : Études de cas et témoignages

Released: December 2021

Ce volume 3 est le dernier du Livre blanc sur la sûreté et la sécurité comme éléments clés dans le développement du secteur du tourisme. Il couvre des exemples d’initiatives et de réussites tirées des expériences de nombreux professionnels qui ont souhaité contribuer à partager leurs bonnes pratiques, leurs idées et leur savoir-faire. (...)

The Economic Contribution of Tourism and the Impact of COVID-19

Released: November 2021

The contribution of tourism to the world economy amounted to USD 3.5 trillion in 2019, or 4% of world GDP, measured in tourism direct gross domestic product (TDGDP). The COVID-19 pandemic cut tourism direct GDP by more than half in 2020, reducing it by USD 2.0 trillion, to 1.8% of world GDP. (...)

Cultural Affinity and Screen Tourism – The Case of Internet Entertainment Services

Released: September 2021

Cultural Affinity and Screen Tourism – The Case of Internet Entertainment Services, has been produced by the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) in partnership with Netflix. It goes beyond the traditional concept of screen tourism and explores how the online distribution of films and TV series can strengthen cultural ties between countries and build bridges between communities while at the same time fostering tourism (...)

Brand Africa – A Guidebook to Strengthen the Competitiveness of African Tourism

Released: September 2021

Africa is a diverse continent, with each of its countries endowed with unique features. This offers visitors a wide variety of opportunities to connect with different people, traditions and cultures, making for an unequaled tourism experience. The present book offers guidance on possible strategies and actions that African countries can adopt and implement (...)

UNWTO Investment Guidelines – Strategies to Safeguard Tourism Investments during COVID-19

Released: July 2021

The COVID-19 pandemic has hit investments in tourism hard. While global FDI dropped by 35% in the first half of 2020, within the tourism sector the fall in announced foreign investment was 73.2%. As a result, the sector lost USD 1.3 trillion in export revenues in 2020. In this context, the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) identified investments as one of four key areas to be prioritized as the sector restarts and recovers (...)

Big Data in Cultural Tourism – Building Sustainability and Enhancing Competitiveness

Released: July 2021

The use of big data is becoming increasingly important across the tourism sector and the value chain. With this publication, UNWTO intends to provide a baseline research on using big data by tourism and culture stakeholders, in order to improve the competitiveness of cultural tourism and reinforce its sustainability. The study sets the basis to connect tourism, culture and new technologies for mutual benefits (...)

UNWTO Investment Guidelines – Enabling Frameworks for Tourism Investment

Released: June 2021

The COVID-19 pandemic has made clear that sustainable tourism should no longer be considered a niche part of the tourism sector. Instead, its principles should guide everything the sector does. All stakeholders have now the opportunity to develop global partnerships and initiatives to effectively rethink investment frameworks and to develop solutions related to destinations. (...)

UNWTO / IATA Travel Tracker

The first global dashboard on Air Travel Restrictions and Health-related Travel Requirements at the destination.

COVID-19 response

Learn how World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) is facing the COVID-19 response.

COVID-19 publications

Consult our books and reports about the impact of the COVID-19 on tourism.

Tourism Statistics

Get the latest and most up-to-date tourism statistics for all the countries and regions around the world.

Data inbound, domestic and outbound tourism is available, as well as on tourism industries, employment and complementary indicators.

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