H.R.H. Mishaal bin Majed bin Abdul Aziz, governor, Jeddah, attended the official opening of The Hotel Galleria By Elaf, in the presence of a number of dignitaries.
Opportunities in the tourism industry, as well as the need to accelerate procedures related to developing and promoting sustainable tourism, were the focus of a meeting between DP World Limassol and Savvas Perdios, deputy minister of tourism, Cyprus.
Robot butlers, mega-cities, midge haggis and the return of mammoth airships are just some of the novelties to expect in the future of Scottish tourism.
The global travel and tourism sector grew at 3,9 percent to contribute a record USD8,8 trillion and 319 million jobs to the world economy in 2018. For the eighth consecutive year, this was above the growth rate of world GDP.
On the basis of the results of the Cyprus Passengers Survey, arrivals of tourists reached 81,970 in January compared to 75,867 in January 2018, recording an increase of eight percent.
Ras Al Khaimah Tourism Development Authority announced its consolidated results for the full year of 2018.
The World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC) and the International Border Management & Technologies Association (IBMATA) announced a partnership to promote safe, secure and seamless travel across international borders making best use of new and emerging technology, while enhancing border security.
The World Tourism Association for Culture and Heritage (WTACH) has been formed to protect local cultures, heritage and historical sites that are in peril from overtourism.
The new association will promote ethical practices and better management relating to culture and heritage destinations that are now buckling due to unrestricted visitor growth. WTACH will also encourage the implementation of sustainable practices at locations that are still in a honeymoon phase of tourism development.
The creation of WTACH comes at a time when the UNWTO reports that international tourism arrivals hit 1,4 billion in 2018, two years ahead of its previous forecast of 2020. The global economy grew 3,7 percent in 2018, according to UNWTO, propelling international tourism arrivals growth to six percent for the year.
To advance its agenda, WTACH has been launched with 15 specialist advisors from diverse backgrounds relating to the culture and heritage tourism sector. They will work with destinations that need help now or want to put plans in place before running into trouble.
WTACH is the brainchild of its founder and CEO, Chris Flynn, a former director for the Pacific region at the Pacific Asia Travel Association, a role he held for 15 years.
Flynn said that emerging tourism destinations need more help. While there are overtourism abuses in economically developed, highly regulated destinations, Flynn argues that it is in lesser economically developed destinations where overtourism has disproportionately greater negative impact.
WTACH works with destinations to provide development strategies and policy framework recommendations to avoid the kind of tourism meltdown we are seeing at Angkor Wat, Phi Phi Island and Mt Everest, according to Flynn.
WTACH’s position is that tourism needs to respect host communities and their cultural and heritage assets by adhering to a framework that has the host community at its heart.
Social media and mobile devices are not helping. Carolyn Childs, CEO, MyTravelResearch.com, and a member of the WTACH advisory specialising in analysing data and trends, said that it is no coincidence that WTACH is being born at a time when a selfie culture and the promotion of Instagramable travel is sweeping the world.
VR-Helsinki aims to become the service platform for sustainable tourism. The unique virtual city experience has been developed by the City of Helsinki together with its partner VR-studio ZOAN. Virtual Helsinki was presented at Slush, the world’s leading startup event, on December 04 -05.
Muslims are the world’s fastest-growing religious group and by 2030 (Source: www.pewrsr.ch/1hUQ1qG) will make up an estimated 25 percent of the world’s population.