October 10 (TravelAndy): International tourist arrivals grew 6% in the first six months of 2018 after a record year of growth in 2017, reveals the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO)’s latest barometer.
All world regions enjoyed robust growth in tourist arrivals in January-June 2018. The increase was fuelled by strong demand from major source markets, supported by an upswing in the global economy. It comes after record year-round growth of 7% in 2017.
“Today’s release of international tourism data for the first half of 2018 serves as further proof of the sector’s resilience and relentless growth trajectory. We continue to work with our many partners to translate this growth into better jobs, more benefits to societies, and more opportunities for sustainable livelihoods and destinations”, said UNWTO Secretary-General Zurab Pololikashvili. Continue reading International tourism maintains strong momentum
October 6 (TravelAndy): Some of Scotland’s most iconic, rural tourist sites will receive funding for new facilities to further enhance the visitor experience, VisitScotland, the country’s national tourism organisation, said.
Around £3 million from the first round of the Rural Tourism Infrastructure Fund (RTIF) will be shared among 18 projects across Scotland to help meet the demand of growing visitor numbers.
These include the following: Continue reading Funds for rural tourism infrastructure in Scotland
September 29 (TravelAndy): World Tourism Day 2018 was observed in Budapest, Hungary on September 27 with the official celebration focusing on the digital transformation in tourism, a World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) priority. The event examined how investment in new technology provides the sector with opportunities for innovation.
Introducing a new seminar-based format, the official celebration provided crucial insights into the actors and initiatives leading the digital transformation of the tourism sector and aimed at providing participants with concrete and actionable objectives to take away. Continue reading Digital transformation, innovation in focus on Tourism Day
September 23 (TravelAndy): The old Croatian town of Dubrovnik is bursting at its seams with swarms of tourists visiting the place every day to see the shooting locations of popular TV series Game of Thrones.
Several cruise ships anchor at the Unesco World Heritage Site on a daily basis and empty thousands of tourists on the streets of the town of 2,500 residents.
“It’s like living in the middle of Disneyland,” AP quotes a town resident. “We feel sorry for ourselves, but also for them (the tourists) because they can’t feel the town anymore because they are knocking into other tourists.” Continue reading Tourist deluge inundates Dubrovnik in Croatia
September 19 (TravelAndy): United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNTWO) has come up with a repot that examines ways to manage urban tourism to the benefit of both visitors and residents.
The report, ‘Overtourism’? Understanding and managing urban tourism growth beyond perceptions’, was launched on Tuesday during the 7th UNWTO Global Summit on Urban Tourism, in Seoul (16-19 September 2018).
The report proposes eleven strategies and 68 measures to help understand and manage visitor growth. The report is the result of collaboration between UNWTO, the Centre of Expertise Leisure, Tourism & Hospitality (CELTH), Breda University of Applied Sciencesm and the European Tourism Futures Institute (ETFI) of NHL Stenden University of Applied sciences. Continue reading UN report to help cities manage impact of tourism
September 16 (TravelAndy): A chartered flight from Australia, the first this season, landed at the airport here on Saturday, reports said.
Forty-six tourists came on the flight.
The tourists received a traditonal local welcome on their arrival at the airport.
The state’s tourism industry is optimistic about this development as they believe this marks the revival of tourism in Kerala following the devastating floods recently that claims hundreds of lives and severely damaged tourism hotspots.
September 16 (TravelAndy): A marathon will be held to revive tourism in the Lombok island of Indonesia, which experienced a series of earthquakes recently, Xinhua reported.
Indonesia’s sports minister Imam Nahravi said at least 2,000 runners would take part in the event, named Mekaki Marathon.
“The event is expected to restore international trust on tourism in Lombok,” the minister said. Continue reading Marathon to revive Lombok tourism
September 13 (TravelAndy): United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) called for wine tourism to be made part of national tourism and rural development policies at the 3rd UNWTO Wine Tourism Conference in Chisinau, Republic of Moldova, held during 6-7 September, 2018. The two days of discussions engaged experts from 30 countries and addressed UNWTO’s priority of enhancing tourism’s socioeconomic benefits, looking at specific segments like wine tourism.
The third edition of this UNWTO conference, held in partnership with the Moldovan government, came to the conclusion that to make wine tourism a tool for rural development local communities must be engaged in and benefit from the entire tourism value chain. It also called for governance models that could help destination managers offer wine tourism as part of a holistic rural and cultural tourism approach.
Among the main findings of the conference was the conviction of all participants that, if wine tourism is bolstered by partnerships, skills development, data-driven research and support to small businesses and entrepreneurs, it could be an area for job creation, innovation and new collaboration models. Continue reading UN agency push for wine tourism
September 10 (TravelAndy): A remote village is Alaska is seeing a boom in tourism because of the spurt in the number of polar bears in the area.
With the Arctic sea ice vanishing from over the Beaufort sea, an increasing number of polar bears are starting to spend more time on the shore at the village of Kaktovik, Alaska’s Energy Desk reported.
Jennifer Reed of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge said before 2011, the number of annual visitors who came to Kaktovik for polar bear viewing was less than 50. In 2017, more than 2,000 people visited the village. Continue reading Vanishing ice boost to polar bear tourism
September 8 (TravelAndy): Vietnam has recorded the biggest increase in tourist arrival in Asia as compared to the previous year, reports citing United Nations World Tourism Organization figures said.
Vietnam’s tourist arrival numbers climbed by 29.1 per cent. The country stands third on the list after Egypt (56.1 per cent) and Togo (49.7 per cent).
A major chunk of tourist arrivals in Vietnam are from Japan and representative of the both the countries’ tourism bodies discussed how to sustain and increase tourist flow between the two countries at the ongoing international travel expo on at Ho Chi Minh City. Continue reading Tourist arrival numbers soar in Vietnam
September 7 (TravelAndy): Qatar has become the most open country in the Middle East and the 8th most open in the world in terms of visa facilitation. The World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) recently updated its visa openness rankings, confirming Qatar’s recent visa facilitation improvements including allowing nationals of 88 countries to enter Qatar visa-free and free-of-charge.
Actions Qatar has taken to improve visa facilitation include introducing an online platform for efficient and transparent visa processing and e-visas, as well as a free 96-hour transit visa doubling the time stopover passengers can remain in the country.
As a result of these measures, Qatar’s visa openness ranking has leapt to 8th in the world from 177th back in 2014. Since the introduction of these changes, year-on-year arrivals from India have grown 18%, from China 43% and from Russia a huge 366%. None of these markets now need a visa to visit Qatar. Continue reading Qatar in top 10 open visa countries: UN World Tourism Org
September 7 (TravelAndy): Japan is looking to strengthen tourism ties with Goa.
Consul-general of Japan Ryoji Noda met Goa tourism director Menino D’souza on Thursday to discuss tourism development initiatives, reports said.
Around 250 Japanese nationals visit Goa every year.
Increasing the number of tourists from Goa to Japan was also discussed. Continue reading Japan looks to develop stronger tourism ties with Goa