African Tourism Destinations in the 21st Century

Written by  |  Monday, 25 March 2019 00:00  |  Published in GLOBAL TOURISM NEWS

By 2030 consumer spending on tourism, hospitality, and recreation in Africa is projected to reach nearly $261.77 billion per year—this represents a near 53 percent increase over the $137.87 billion generated by tourism in 2015.

The Brookings Institute’s Africa Growth Initiative recently highlighted this promising information along with the increasingly important role the tourism industry is playing in the global economy. According to the report, world tourism contributes five percent of gross domestic product, 30 percent of service exports, and 235 million jobs world-wide.

African Nations Harp on Regional Integration at WTM Berlin

Written by  |  Monday, 11 March 2019 00:00  |  Published in GLOBAL TOURISM NEWS

Projected growth in tourism traffic into Africa has exposed the need for regional integration that will assist to effectively position African products on the international market.

This is the sentiment agreed by African nations who participated at the International Tourism Bourse (ITB) in Berlin, Germany.

Africa is pushing to maximise its visibility on the international arena and events such as the ITB provide a critical plinth to effectively market the continent’s products.

UNWTO: International Tourists Arrivals Grows to 1.4 bn in 2018

Written by  |  Monday, 21 January 2019 00:00  |  Published in GLOBAL TOURISM NEWS

The number of international tourist arrivals rose by 6 percent last year to 1.4 billion, according to an estimate published Monday by the World Tourism Organization.

The increase was driven by travel to southern Europe, the Middle East and Africa, said the Madrid-based UN body, citing economic growth and technological advances as boosting factors.

Although arrivals to the Americas grew only by a modest three percent -- four for North America -- Europe, Africa and Asia-Pacific performed strongly, with respective rises of six, seven and six percent.

Cultural Tourism Sustains Communities and Living Heritage - UNWTO/UNESCO

Written by  |  Thursday, 06 December 2018 00:00  |  Published in GLOBAL TOURISM NEWS

The third cultural tourism conference (3-5 December) organized jointly between the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) and the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) concluded today in Istanbul, Turkey. Participants declared their support for cultural tourism as a driver for safeguarding living heritage, catalyzing creativity in cities, and spreading tourism’s socioeconomic benefits to all.

A key conclusion from the conference was the need for a clear and strong link between tourism, culture and local community stakeholders. Cultural tourism policies and strategies must consider the perspectives and interests of local communities, who can also assist governance bodies in balancing tourism

UNWTO Calls for Community Participation in Cultural Tourism Development

Written by  |  Wednesday, 14 November 2018 00:00  |  Published in GLOBAL TOURISM NEWS

Cultural and heritage attractions are key to tourism development in many countries around the world, and innovation and technology can make these attractions more accessible while preserving their essence, the seminar concluded. It also stressed that innovation and technology should empower, rather than disenfranchise, host populations and communities and can assist them in retaining their authenticity, while cultural heritage development and preservation should be a part of local and national plans for socioeconomic development through tourism and technology.

African Tourism Board to Launch at WTM London 2018

Written by  |  Tuesday, 30 October 2018 00:00  |  Published in GLOBAL TOURISM NEWS

The African Tourism Board is set to be launched at the World Travel Market on Monday, November 5, 14:00,  Excel London World Travel Market North Gallery Room 4. Already a number of African travel and tourism companies have joined the ATB including Holiday Nigeria™, the leading inbound and domestic tour operating franchise company in Nigeria.

The idea of an African Tourism Board was created by the International Coalition of Tourism Partners (ICTP) based in Seychelles, Brussels, Bali, and Hawaii. 

WTTC Launches Awards Against Illegal Wildlife Trade

Written by  |  Monday, 15 October 2018 00:00  |  Published in GLOBAL TOURISM NEWS

Last April the World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC) led the global tourism industry leaders and stakeholders to champion Sustainable Tourism in the areas of international wildlife preservation and conservation. WTTC's sustained campaign led over 40 global tourism industry and allied partners to sign the Buenos Aires Declaration on illegal wildlife trade.

Africa: Measuring the Impact of Tourism on Regional Economies

Written by  |  Tuesday, 09 October 2018 00:00  |  Published in GLOBAL TOURISM NEWS

In compliance and activation of a United Nations mandate, one of her specialized agencies, the World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO) has since 2017 held several workshops, conferences, seminars and presentations, on economic tourism statistical measurement to national tourism organisations and regional tourism groups, particularly in Africa. 

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