The United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) Wednesday took advantage of the Ibero-American Summit held in Andorra in a dual-mode with some leaders present and the others delivering speeches online to highlight its new Destination Tracker, an app produced jointly with the International Air Transport Association (IATA), as a tool to guarantee safe international travel throughout the coronavirus pandemic.
The Secretary-General of the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) has concluded his official visit to the Americas with a series of high-level meetings in Uruguay.
According to the first comprehensive report on global tourism numbers and trends of the new decade, the latest UNWTO World Tourism Barometer, this represents the tenth consecutive year of growth.
Official Message by UNWTO Secretary-General Zurab Pololikashvili. Tourism can help us build a better future for everyone. Around the world, the tourism sector is leading source of employment, supporting many millions of jobs and driving economies forward, both at the local and the national level.
Some figures from the UNWTO International tourism highlights will help to underscore the significance of this industry for the global economy. International tourist arrivals grew 5% in 2018, to reach the 1.4 billion mark, two years ahead of the World Tourism Organization’s long-term forecasts, according to the Highlights, 2019 Edition.
According to the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO)’s latest barometer, international tourist arrivals grew 6% in the first six months of 2018 after a record year of growth in 2017. All world regions enjoyed robust growth in tourist arrivals in January-June 2018. The increase was fueled 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.
The importance of digital technologies in tourism, providing opportunities for innovation and preparing the sector for the future of work, is at the centre of World Tourims Day 2018, to be celebrated in Budapest, Hungary this Thursday 27 September.
In line with its vision of advancing sustainability through tourism, the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) released its flagship publication ‘Tourism for Development’ in Brussels on 6 June during the European Development Days (EDD), and called for greater awareness of sustainability in tourism policies and business practices as well as in tourist behavior.