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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.

Forthcoming Book

The Wine Routes of the World

Released: October 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 (...). The book will be available soon. If you want to reserve it, please send an email to: [email protected]

Featured Content

UNWTO World Tourism Barometer and Statistical Annex, September 2021

Released: September 2021

International tourism shows slight recovery in June and July 2021 driven by vaccinations and border reopening. International tourist arrivals (overnight visitors) in the first seven months of 2021 were 40% below the levels of 2020, and still 80% down when compared to the same period of pre-pandemic year 2019. (...)

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. (...)

Guía de la OMT para una recuperación inclusiva – Impactos socioculturales de la COVID-19, Número 4: Comunidades indígenas

Released: May 2021

La OMT, la Alianza Mundial de Turismo Indígena (WINTA, por sus siglas en inglés), y la OECD, han aunado esfuerzos para contribuir a la "Guía de la OMT para una recuperación inclusiva -impactos socioculturales de la COVID-19, tema 4 -comunidades indígenas". Este juego de directrices ha sido desarrollado por el Departamento de Ética, Cultura y Responsabilidad Social de la OMT (...)

Accessibility and Inclusive Tourism Development in Nature Areas – Compendium of Best Practices

Released: May 2021

This publication addresses the relative lack of research carried out into the topic of accessibility in nature areas to date. Through multiple cases studies and examples of best practices drawn from UNWTO Affiliate Members and other organizations, it illustrates different ways of designing and implementing projects aimed at improving accessibility in nature and so enabling persons (...)

UNWTO Inclusive Recovery Guide – Sociocultural Impacts of Covid-19, Issue 4: Indigenous Communities

Released: May 2021

UNWTO, the World Indigenous Tourism Alliance (WINTA) and OECD have joined efforts to contribute to the "UNWTO Inclusive Recovery Guide – Sociocultural Impacts of Covid-19, Issue 4: Indigenous Communities", the fourth set of guidelines relating to the sociocultural impacts of COVID-19 on tourism. This set of guidelines has been developed by the UNWTO Ethics, Culture and Social Responsibility Department (...)

Boosting Tourism Development through Intellectual Property

Released: April 2021

This WIPO/UNWTO publication helps non-IP specialists understand the connection between IP, tourism and culture. Through multiple case studies, it illustrates how existing and potential IP tools, in particular branding and copyright, can add value to tourism services and products. It explains how to include IP in tourism policies, product development and destination branding, and shows how different IP rights can be leveraged for fundraising purposes.

Yearbook of Tourism Statistics, Data 2015 – 2019, 2021 Edition

Released: March 2021

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 (...)

Compendium of Tourism Statistics, Data 2015 – 2019, 2021 Edition

Released: February 2021

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 (...)

Sport Tourism and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)

Tourism can contribute to sustainable development and the achievement of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). This overview illustrates how sport tourism can contribute to the SDGs (...)

UNWTO Inclusive Recovery Guide – Sociocultural Impacts of Covid-19, Issue 3: Women in tourism

Released: March 2021

This set of guidelines has been developed by the UNWTO Ethics, Culture and Social Responsibility Department, in collaboration with UN Women. It is a response to the continuing crisis caused by COVID-19 and an update on the initial recommendations issued by UNWTO in May 2020. UNWTO extends special thanks to UN Women for contributing with their valuable technical input and expertise. (...)

UNWTO Inclusive Recovery Guide – Sociocultural Impacts of Covid-19, Issue 2: Cultural Tourism

Released: February 2021

(...)UNWTO and UNESCO have collaborated to produce a set of new guidelines focusing on the responsible restart of cultural tourism. UNWTO invited its sister agency, UNESCO to contribute to the UNWTO Inclusive Recovery Guide, Issue 2: Cultural Tourism. The publication draws on the insights and expertise of the two UN agencies to analyse the impact of the pandemic (...).

International Tourism Highlights, 2020 Edition

Released: January 2021

2019 was another year of strong growth, though international arrivals grew below the exceptional rates seen in 2017 (+7%) and 2018 (+6%). (...)

A Tour of African Gastronomy

Released: January 2021

So much of a nations’ culture is defined by food. UNWTO is proud to invite you to join our Tour of African Gastronomy. The rich and endlessly diverse flavours of the continent tell stories and rituals steeped in history. Explore the legacy of centuries of amazing culinary traditions hand in hand with some of the most prominent figures of African gastronomy. Over thirty Chefs will take you on a trip around the wonderful flavours and delicacies whose preparation alone is akin to a performance.

Conceptual Guidance on Tourism Statistics in the COVID-19 Context

Released: January 2021

With new situations emerging from the unprecedented COVID-19 pandemic, some clarifications need to be made to the UN statistical standards on tourism to ensure the consistency of the relevant data and keep them in line with international standards.This publication serves as a reminder of the main concepts and definitions used in tourism statistics. (...)

UNWTO/GTERC Asia Tourism Trends – 2020 Edition

Released: December 2020

The UNWTO/GTERC Asia Tourism Trends – 2020 Edition is the seventh report in this series. In light of the severe impacts that the COVID-19 pandemic has had on the tourism sector, the first chapter provides an analysis on the socioeconomic environment in Asia and the Pacific, supported by the latest international tourism trends for the region. The second chapter offers an overview of the recovery measures being taken in Asia and the Pacific (...)

UNWTO Inclusive Recovery Guide – Sociocultural Impacts of Covid-19, Issue I: Persons with Disabilities

Released: December 2020

These guides result from collaboration with relevant partners to help governments and businesses craft an inclusive response. Launched on the International Day of Persons with Disabilities, 3 December 2020, the first UNWTO Inclusive Recovery Guide - Sociocultural Impacts of COVID-19: Issue I Persons with Disabilities (...)

AlUla Framework for Inclusive Community Development through Tourism

Released: October 2020

Tourism is one of the fastest growing and most resilient socioeconomic sectors of our times. It accounts for 7% of global trade. Outpacing the global economy over the last decade, it generates millions of jobs both directly and indirectly. However, its benefits, including enhanced employment and gender opportunities, still need to be fully deployed. (...)

Buddhist Tourism in Asia: Towards Sustainable Development

Released: August 2020

Buddhist Tourism in Asia: Towards Sustainable Development draws attention to various aspects of Buddhist tourism development in Asia and its interlinkages with the UN 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and its Sustainable Development Goals. The study is built on case studies of Buddhist tourism from 16 countries across Asia. These countries are not only home to large numbers of Buddhists (...)

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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