Press Releases

  • Canary Islands Joins Observatory Network as Members Unite to Provide Data for Tourism’s Recovery

    The Canary Islands has been confirmed as the latest member of the growing International Network of Sustainable Tourism Observatories (INSTO), overseeing the responsible development of tourism worldwide. The announcement came as INSTO, an initiative of the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) held its annual meeting, bringing together key stakeholders from both the public and private sectors.

    25 October, 2020
  • UNWTO Observatories hold annual meeting & welcome 5 new members

    The UNWTO International Network of Sustainable Tourism Observatories held its annual global meeting on 22/23 October 2019, welcoming more than 100 experts to discuss the latest advances in tourism impact monitoring at the destination level. During the meeting, the five new INSTO members of 2019 were welcomed: The Navarre Tourism Observatory (Spain), The Antigua Guatemala Sustainable Tourism Observatory (Guatemala), the Tourism Observatory of the City of Buenos Aires (Argentina), the Thompson Okanagan Tourism Observatory (BC, Canada), and Australia's South West Tourism Observatory (Australia).

    24 October, 2019
  • Australia’s South West Sustainable Tourism Observatory Joins the UNWTO Observatory NETWORK (INSTO)

    Australia’s South West Sustainable Tourism Observatory, has officially become the latest member of the World Tourism Organization’s International Network of Sustainable Tourism Observatories (INSTO). The Observatory will work to monitor tourism in the south-west region of Australia and help guide its sustainable development.

    7 October, 2019
  • Buenos Aires joins the UNWTO International Network of Sustainable Tourism Observatories (INSTO)

    Buenos Aires has become the latest city to join the International Network of Sustainable Tourism Observatories (INSTO), bringing the total number of observatories in the global network to 30.

    21 August, 2019
  • Guatemala Partners with UNWTO to Launch Sustainable Tourism Observatory

    UNWTO welcomes the Observatory of the city of La Antigua Guatemala into its International Network of Sustainable Tourism Observatories (INSTO). The Observatory is the 26th member of the global network which is committed to the systematic collection of data on the impacts of tourism at the destination level.

    20 May, 2019
  • The Tourism Observatory of Navarre joins the UNWTO International Network of Sustainable Tourism Observatories (INSTO)

    UNWTO's International Network of Sustainable Tourism Observatories (INSTO) welcomes the Navarre Tourism Observatory as its 25th member. Navarre’s observatory is the first tourism observatory in Spain to join INSTO,  aiming to further strengthen its commitment for tourism monitoring at the local level.  

    21 February, 2019
  • Spatial Data the Focus of UNWTO Sustainable Tourism Observatories Meeting

    The World Tourism Organization’s (UNWTO) International Network of Sustainable Tourism Observatories (INSTO) concluded its global annual meeting today in Madrid, welcoming observatories and other tourism stakeholders to share experiences of measuring and monitoring the impact tourism has on destinations, and explore the opportunities provided to tourism by innovation in location services.

    24 October, 2018
  • Portugal’s first Sustainable Tourism Observatory becomes member of UNWTO’s Observatory Network (INSTO)

    The Alentejo Sustainable Tourism Observatory (ASTO), Portugal’s first Tourism Observatory, was officially welcomed today by UNWTO as the newest member of the organization's International Network of Sustainable Tourism Observatories (INSTO). See the news also on Twitter  

    23 January, 2018
  • UNWTO International Network of Sustainable Tourism Observatories annual meeting discusses how to measure tourism impacts at the local level

    UNWTO convened observatories from around the world to discuss advances in effectively monitoring sustainability in tourism at destination level. The 2017 Global International Network of Sustainable Tourism Observatories (INSTO) Meeting was held on the 13th  and 14th of December at UNWTO Headquarters in Madrid.

    19 December, 2017
  • UNWTO welcomes the Waikato Tourism Monitoring Observatory in New Zealand to its INSTO Network

    The Waikato Tourism Monitoring Observatory, New Zealand’s first tourism observatory, has joined the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) International Network of Sustainable Tourism Observatories (INSTO).

    11 April, 2017
  • The Sustainable Tourism Observatory of Sonoma, California, becomes the 17th member of the UNWTO International Network

    Located in California (USA), the Sonoma County Sustainable Tourism Observatory is the latest member having successfully joined the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) International Network of Sustainable Tourism Observatories (INSTO).

    4 April, 2017
  • The University of South Florida’s Patel College of Global Sustainability – the newest member of the UNWTO International Network of Sustainable Tourism Observatories (INSTO)

    The Blue Community Observatory hosted by the USF Patel College of Global Sustainability (PCGs) of the University of South Florida, USA, has become the latest member of the UNWTO International Network of Sustainable Tourism Observatories.

    9 December, 2016