[:en]WTTC Report: Travel & Tourism still expected to grow despite challenges[:]

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By eTN Editor

Created 22 Aug 2016 – 6:45pm

World tourism fights against terrorism and Brexit

The update of the World Travel & Tourism Council’s (WTTC’s) Economic Impact Reports 2016 shows that, despite the many challenges Travel & Tourism has faced in the first six months of 2016, the sector is still expected to grow by 3.1%, outpacing global economic growth forecast at 2.3%.

Global Travel & Tourism continues to register strong growth despite challenges from terrorism, political turmoil, global economic developments, and the Brexit decision, according to new research by the World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC).

The regional outlook for direct Travel & Tourism GDP in 2016 shows that:

  • South Asia leads the growth at 5.9%, driven by strong economic prospects in India.
  • Latin America will be the worst performer, with an anticipated decline of 0.9%, driven by weakness in Brazil.
  • Northeast Asia and Southeast Asia are expected to show solid growth at 4.7% and 4% respectively, stimulated by China growing at 6.3%.
  • North America will perform well, with forecast growth of 3.1%.
  • Europe will be challenged by lower visitor spend, but will still grow by 2.2%.

While the global picture remains positive, the outlook for some countries has deteriorated since WTTC’s last forecast in March 2016:

  • In France, the sector’s direct contribution to GDP is still growing, but the forecast has been reduced from 2.9% to 1.1%, due to macroeconomic downgrades in other European countries, and compounded by the recent incidents in the country, including the atrocity in Nice.
  • In Turkey, growth in Travel & Tourism’s direct contribution to GDP has been reduced further from -0.2% to -3.2%, due to the spate of terror attacks, the diplomatic dispute with Russia, the failed coup, and proximity to the Syrian conflict.
  • In Brazil, the sector is still expected to contract, despite the positive effect of the Olympics. Growth has been downgraded from -0.9% to -1.6%, as a result of the political turmoil and weak macroeconomic performance.

The report includes a focus on the impact of the Brexit decision. This shows that Travel & Tourism in the UK is expected to hold up well in 2016 with growth of 3.6%. Weaker domestic spending growth, and a projected drop in UK outbound holidays of 3%, will be offset by higher spending in the UK by international visitors as a result of the favorable exchange rate.

David Scowsill, President & CEO, WTTC, said: “Our update report highlights the resilience of travelers and the robustness of our sector, as tourism continues to outpace global economic growth by nearly 1%. Whilst we should not downplay the impact of incidents or turmoil at individual country level, on a macro-economic level we continue to register strong growth.

It is important to remember that tourism is a force for good. It brings tremendous social and economic benefits to countries and connects people from different cultures and backgrounds. We call on governments to continue to focus on the economic and social benefits of Travel & Tourism, and to work together with the private sector to combat some of the challenges we face.”

eTN is a media partner for WTTC.

Source: http://www.eturbonews.com/73919/wttc-report-travel-tourism-still-expected-grow-despite-challenge

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[:en]Tourism: The great “invisible industry” knows no crisis[:]

[:en]MARIO MASCIULLO, ETN ITALY CORRESPONDENT  JUN 07, 2016

ITALY (eTN) – Tourism in Italy reverted back from the regions to the state, and the Secretary to the Ministry of Tourism and Cultural Heritage and Activities, Dorina Bianchi, opened a debate by declaring: “The transfer of powers from the state to the regions for tourism did not work and the reform of Title V of the Constitution adopted by the Renzi government expects that the strategic tourism planning – together with foreign trade and foreign policy – to be again exclusive jurisdiction of the Italian state.”

This was reiterated by the Tourism Secretary when speaking to an audience from the Masters in Tourism Economics program at Bocconi University in Milan. She added that recognizing the “importance of tourism for the economic development of the country, Minister Dario Franceschini has allocated substantial resources for the ‘Strategic Plan for Culture’ – more than one billion euro.”

The centrality of the state, therefore, will aim to enhance the different local circumstances and new professionalism in the travel and tourism industry.

At the meeting at Bocconi, coordinated by Magda Antonioli Corigliano, Director of the Masters in Tourism Economics, Antonella Carù, Director of the Graduate School; Melissa Peretti, Country Manager of American Express; Francesca Lo Schiavo, Oscar winner; and Dante Ferretti (six nominations) for the sets of the Scorsese’s film, The Aviator, were among those that gathered.

The roundtable welcomed the participation of qualified professionals in the tourism sector: Lucio Attinà, CEO of Alitalia Loyalty; Jacopo Biondi Santi, member of the family of the producers of Brunello di Montalcinowine; Elisabetta Fabri, President of Starhotels; Fabio Galetto, Google Italy; and Leonardo Massa, Country Manager of MSC Cruises, who enhanced the recent purchase of an island in the Caribbean archipelago by MSC Cruises so that their passengers may continue their sea cruise on the ground.

From their interventions, news, and innovations, it was confirmed that there is a great Italian entrepreneurial capacity in the world, along with difficulties to overcome – the outstanding prospects for great Italian wine from the open Asian market (China in particular) along with the heavy duties of certain countries of South America – up to 300% – which bring the cost of a bottle of high quality up to $2,000; the rapid transformation taking place in the search for hotels, flights, and anything else through the Internet; and the impetuous development of the Italian cruise line, dominated by Anglo-American, which will lead to a doubling of passengers on domestic ships by 2027.

But there is a profound cultural change taking place in the global society to be taken into account – the progressive (relative) abandonment of the desire to possess material goods (with a consequent reduction of attachment to the land) to the desire for new experiences and new knowledge that travel guarantees.

For this, tourism – the great “invisible industry” in the world – knows no crisis.

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[:en]Sustainable tourism initiatives recognized by the UNWTO Awards[:]

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By ThomasSteinmetz

Created 21 Jan 2016 – 8:45pm

Sustainable tourism initiatives recognized by the UNWTO Awards

The Itaipu Technological Park (Brazil), the Treetop Walking Path (Lithuania), the Sisterhood of Survivors Program (Nepal) and Re-Inventing the Government in Tourism (Indonesia) were the winners of the 12th UNWTO Awards for Excellence and Innovation in Tourism. The projects were selected among more than 100 candidatures from 30 countries (Madrid, Spain, 20 January 2016).

The Awards, recognizing innovation in four categories – Public Policy and Governance, Enterprises, NGOs and Research and Technology –, were announced last night at the UNWTO Awards Ceremony in the Spanish Tourism Fair (FITUR).

“The UNWTO Awards aim to honor those that everyday work for the benefit of host communities, supporting the livelihoods of local people and protecting our environment and our culture for future generations. All 16 finalists are an example to all of us of how the principles of the UNWTO Global Code of Ethics for Tourism and the objectives set in the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) can inspire sustainable tourism” said UNWTO Secretary-General Taleb Rifai, opening the Ceremony.

The UNWTO Ulysses Awardees for Innovation, distinguished in the four categories, were:

UNWTO Award for Innovation in Public Policy and Governance

Winner:

Re-Inventing the Government in Tourism, Pemkab Banyuwangi, Indonesia

First Runner-up:

East Africa Tourism Platform, Kenya

Second Runner-up:

Green Certifications Program, Puerto Rico Tourism Company, Puerto Rico

Responsible Tourism and Free of Crime in Medellín, Alcaldía de Medellín, Colombia

UNWTO Awards for Innovation in Enterprises

Winner:

Treetop Walking Path, Anykščiai Regional Park Direction, Lithuania

First Runner-up:

Bali Beach Clean-Up, Garuda Indonesia, Indonesia

World´S First 100% Electric Tour Bus, Switzerland Explorer Tours, Switzerland

Second Runner-up:

Plentifulness Project, Projeto Fartura, Brazil

First Professional Experience Project, Meliá Hotels International, Spain

Innovation in Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs)

Winner:

Sisterhood of Survivors (SOS) Program, Samrakshak Samuha Nepal (Sasane), Nepal

First Runner-up:

Coral Reef Reborn, Yayasan Karang Lestari, Indonesia

Second Runner-up:

The Child safe Movement, Friends-International, Cambodia

Children in the Wilderness, South Africa

UNWTO Award for Innovation in Research and Technology

Winner:

Itaipu Touristic Complex, Fundação Parque Tecnológico, Brazil

First Runner-up:

Mobile Application Bike Rijeka, Rijeka Tourist Board, Croatia

Korea Medical Tourism Online Platform, Korea Tourism Organization, Republic of Korea

On the occasion UNWTO has also conferred the UNWTO Award for Lifetime Achievement to the late Arthur Haulot, founder of the International Social Tourism Organization for his contribution in promoting social tourism and the right to tourism for all and the UNWTO Ulysses Prize for Excellence in the Creation and Dissemination of Knowledge in Tourism to Dr. Richard Butler, author of one of the most influential theories about tourism – the Tourism Area Life Cycle (TALC).

The 12 UNWTO Awards Ceremony and Gala Dinner was organized by UNWTO and FITUR with the support of the Government of Macao (China), Tourism Board of Galicia (Spain), PortAventura, Amadeus, Hilton Worldwide, Etihad Airways, MAPFRE Asistencia, and the Government of Paraguay, as well as the news agency EFE and the trade media HOSTELTUR (Spain) as media partners.

The UNWTO Awards for Excellence and Innovation in Tourism are the flagship awards for the global tourism sector, recognizing knowledge creation, dissemination and innovative solutions. The annual Awards Ceremony takes place at the International Tourism Trade Fair (FITUR) in Madrid, Spain.

Source: http://www.eturbonews.com/67780/sustainable-tourism-initiatives-recognized-unwto-awards

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[:en]Indonesia lures more foreign visitors at FITUR Madrid 2016 [:]

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By ThomasSteinmetz

Created 23 Jan 2016 – 9:58am

Indonesia lures more foreign visitors at FITUR Madrid 2016

Indonesia gears up to lure more foreign visitors as 2016 commences. Taking part in one of the recognized expositions in the European market, especially in Spain, Indonesia is back at the IFEMA Madrid Hall 4, stand F30. During these three business days and two consumer days of the travel bourse starting from January 20-24, 2016, the Ministry of Tourism with 11 tourism practitioners across Indonesia will give visitors more of destinations and attractions to discover within the country. As many as 5 travel agent/tour operators and 6 hotels/resorts will promote “Wonderful Indonesia” along with a series of cultural performances and a taste of Indonesian coffee.

“We have big plans for the Indonesian tourism industry,” said Arief Yahya, Minister of Tourism of Republic of Indonesia. “During this year, our tourism sector is expected to attract 12 million foreign visitors, bringing in more than US$ 12.7 billion in revenues for the country. And we target to increase the visitors to become 20 million by the year 2019.”

Wonderful Indonesia explores further as a tagline to expose the country’s beautiful nature, unique arts and crafts, music, various culinary treasures, travel destinations, and most importantly its diverse yet hospitable people.

The Ministry of Tourism Indonesia anticipates growing the number of tourists visiting Indonesia, from 9.5 million in 2014, to 20 million visitors five years from now. To accelerate achievement of this ambitious goal, Indonesia recently waived visa requirements for 90 countries, including the Spain. Also, Indonesia recently issued a new Presidential Regulation No. 105 – 2015 to support maritime tourism. This new regulation does away with the process of Clearance Approval for Indonesia Territory (CAIT). Thus, it is predicted that visit by yachts to Indonesia will reach 5,000 yachts in 2019, contributing USD 500 million in tourism-related revenue.

Another breakthrough by the Indonesian government to reach its goal is by no longer implementing full cabotage principles for sea tourists. With this withdrawal of cabotage principles, passengers may embark and disembark in 5 (five) ports in Indonesia, namely: Belawan – Medan (North Sumatera), Tanjung Priok – Jakarta, Tanjung Perak – Surabaya (East Java), Benoa – Bali, Soekarno–Hatta, dan Makassar. In other words, people can fly and cruise with in the country. By having this new regulation is expected to increase the number of foreign cruise visits in Indonesia to 1,000 in 2019, with USD 300 million in associated revenues.

Indonesia’s position in international tourism is getting more established. In May 2015, it was announced by the World Economic Forum (WEF) Travel and Tourism Competitiveness Index 2015 that Indonesia has succeeded in rising 23 rungs to 47th place overall from its previous position at no. 70 from among 141 countries evaluated.

At the recent “World Halal Travel Summit & Exhibition” in Abu Dhabi, Lombok in the West Nusa Tenggara Province – lying next to the island of Bali – successfully outranked many other destinations across the globe. It won two awards simultaneously: the World’s Best Halal Tourism Destination and the World’s Best Halal Honeymoon Destination. Along with Lombok, Indonesia’s Sofyan Hotel Group was also successful in winning the World’s Best Family-friendly Hotel award.
Bali Island in Indonesia also has been awarded as Travel+Leisure’s World Best Award 2015 in Asia and it is a Hall of Fame because it has been in the list for 10 (ten) years in a row! Furthermore, Raja Ampat in West Papua Province and Komodo National Park in Flores are in the top two of The CNN’s World’s Best Snorkelling Destinations!

The Indonesian government will focus on the development of 10 emerging tourist destinations in a bid to double the number of foreign tourist arrivals within the next five years. The selected priority destinations include Lake Toba in North Sumatera, Bromo in East Java, Mandalika in West Nusa Tenggara, Tanjung Lesung in Banten and Morotai in Maluku. Thousand Islands off the coast of Jakarta and Yogyakarta were also among the emerging destinations to be developed. The other destinations to be prioritize are Labuan Bajo in East Nusa Tenggara, Wakatobi in Southeast Sulawesi, and Belitung Island.

During this year’s UNWTO Awards, Indonesia is nominated into three categories, which are: Karang Lestari Organization: UNWTO Awards for Excellence and Innovation in Non-Government Organization, Garuda Indonesia: UNWTO Awards for Excellence and Innovation in Enterprises, Banyuwangi Regency Office of Culture and Tourism: UNWTO Awards for Excellence and Innovation in Public Policies & Governance.

Need more excuse to travel to Indonesia? March 9’s total eclipse of the sun is about as good as it gets. This rare event is expected to be at its best on the beautiful island of Sulawesi, near Borneo. Rich in wildlife and with postcard-perfect beaches, it is the ideal spot for some amateur stargazing. And to complete the awesomeness, the Eclipse Festival, 25 minutes south of Palu, Sulawesi, features DJs, live music and even a secret cinema area.

Some key data:
– Tourists from Spain to Indonesia:
o 2011: 30.131
o 2012: 33.502
o 2013: 38.516
o 2014: 46.669

Source: http://www.eturbonews.com/67835/indonesia-lures-more-foreign-visitors-fitur-madrid-2016

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[:en]Southeast Asian Tourism: 10-year plan to market region as a single destination [:]

[:en]By eTN Global Editor

Created 23 Jan 2016 – 7:27pm

Southeast Asian Tourism 10-year plan to market region as a single destination

MANILA, Philippines — Southeast Asian tourism ministers on Friday launched a 10-year plan to ramp up marketing of their region as a single destination to raise tourism’s share of the regional economy to 15 percent by 2025.

The ministers from the 10-member Association of Southeast Asian Nations also announced that they will begin a “Visit ASEAN@50” campaign to mark the 50th anniversary of the regional group next year. The campaign, to be launched in March at a travel convention in Berlin, will showcase hundreds of ASEAN tourism products, events and experiences and target people within and outside the region.

Tourism accounted for 12.3 percent of ASEAN’s GDP in 2013 with 102.2 million tourist arrivals. ASEAN says the number of tourists rose to 105 million in 2014.

ASEAN formally established a unified economic community in December, and officials said tourism is a major pillar of integration for the region of more than 600 million people.

As part of common branding, the tourism ministers unveiled an ASEAN cruise brand with a logo of linked, colorful waves.

Philippine Tourism Secretary Ramon Jimenez Jr. said a goal of having a common ASEAN visa may become a reality within the next five years. He said everyone is in agreement on having one visa but technical hurdles are delaying its implementation.

“As ASEAN turns 50 it is an incredible opportunity for us to launch the whole idea that ASEAN is a single destination, not 10,” added Jimenez, who chaired the ministers’ annual meeting in Manila.

In a statement, the ministers offered their condolences to Indonesia over bombings last week in Jakarta. They expressed appreciation for Indonesia’s rapid response to the attack to avert any impact on tourism.

Indonesian Tourism Minister Arief Yahya said there have been no travel cancelations since the bombings, which killed eight people, and appealed to ASEAN members for their continued support.

The 10-year tourism plan calls for intensified promotion and marketing, diversification of tourism products including development of sub-regional destinations, attraction of tourism investment, promotion of an ASEAN tourism standards certification system, expansion of connectivity and infrastructure, and increased participation of local communities in tourism.

If the projects are fully implemented, ASEAN said it anticipates that tourism’s share of total employment could rise from 3.7 percent to 7 percent by 2025 and per capita spending by international tourists could increase from $877 to $1,500. Tourist arrivals in ASEAN are expected to increase to 152 million by 2025.

Jimenez said by 2030, ASEAN is forecast to account for 25 percent of 1.8 billion world tourist arrivals.

Source: http://www.eturbonews.com/67845/southeast-asian-tourism-10-year-plan-market-region-single-destin[:]

[:en]UNWTO: Shopping Tourism – key for destination marketing[:]

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By eTN Global Editor

Created 25 Jan 2016 – 3:45pm

MADRID, Spain – “One of the most used tools in the promotion of destinations” this is how Shopping Tourism was described at the opening of the 2nd Conference on this segment, organized by the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) on the occasion of the Spanish Tourism Fair (FITUR) (22 January 2016).

Shopping Tourism “is a highly relevant component for travelers when choosing and preparing their trip” underlined Yolanda Perdomo, Director of the Affiliate Members Programme at UNWTO.

The event included the presentation of the latest figures, trends and strategies on shopping tourism and of how this segment is transforming the promotion of destinations worldwide. Jörn Gieschen, Researcher at the Instituto de Empresa (IE) and the MasterCard Observatory on Premium Markets and Prestige Products underlined that “shopping tourism is intimately related to city travel which constitutes 58% of the total”.

“There is an additional concept about shopping tourism: that of small and local shopping experiences which according to our research is much more attractive for travelers than the big global brands” he added. One of the trends shared was the so-called ‘Bleisure’ – the combination of Business and Leisure. “58% of business travelers add a day or even a weekend to their business trip” he said.

Maria José Pérez, from ‘Madrid 7 stars’, an initiative that engages 300 brands, commented that 80% of Chinese tourists who travel to Madrid position shopping as a major motivation.

Eva Ruiz Cendon, Director of Marketing at Mastercard indicated that “despite the fact that 80% of payments worldwide are done in cash, electronic and mobile payments offer excellent opportunities for businesses.” She also shared the company’s
Priceless Cities Programme, that engages cities such as Madrid and New York. The initiative facilitates leisure activities in relevant destinations in cooperation with brands and shops.

One of the most awaited interventions of the 2nd Conference on Shopping Tourism was Michel Durrieu, Director of Tourism at the Ministry of Foreign affairs and International Development in France, who introduced the issue of sustainability linked to shopping tourism, mentioning a recent innovation: the digital certificate.

Speaking about the most visited city in the world, Paris, Durrieu added that shopping and gastronomy are major criteria to decide on destinations, and therefore should be included in any strategy. Diversity, price and quality, opening hours, customer orientation in shops, handicrafts and souvenirs quality were mentioned by the Director of Tourism in France, as key aspects to advance in shopping tourism.

Source: http://www.eturbonews.com/67879/unwto-shopping-tourism-key-destination-marketing

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