Wellington, New Zealand - Less than a month before world leaders meet at a major environmental summit, a new report warns that New Zealand is failing to protect some of its iconic species and habitats following a series of broken promises made at the Earth Summit 20 years ago.
Visa facilitation is central to stimulating economic growth and job creation through tourism. The G20 can have a particularly important role to play in this respect. G20 economies could boost their international tourist numbers by an additional 122 million, generate an extra US$ 206 billion in tourism exports and create over five million additional jobs by 2015 by improving visa processes, according to preliminary research by UNWTO and the World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC) presented on the occasion of the T20 Ministers’ Meeting.
The two-day meeting, Partnering with the Media in Challenging Times, is the second in UNWTO’s series of conferences on the relationship between tourism and the media. Organized in collaboration with the Egyptian Tourism Authority (ETA), and with CNN as media partner, the conferences aim to increase awareness of tourism among the mainstream media and forge closer relations between the two.
The UK will only welcome an additional 330,000 international visitors as a direct result of hosting the London 2012 Olympics, reveals research at WTM Vision Conference London. Euromonitor International Head of Travel and Tourism Research Caroline Bremner told senior travel industry delegates, at the event organised by Reed Travel Exhibition’s World Travel Market, the UK will welcome 29.4m international visitors this year, a 2% increase on 2011, or 588,000.
UNWTO/’s over 400 Affiliate Members, including some of the world’s leading tourism organizations and companies, have elected their new Board and Chairman for the period 2012-2013. In line with a new electoral process, 23 members were elected to the UNWTO Board of Affiliate Members. The Association of Greek Tourist Enterprises (SETE), represented by its Director General, George Drakopoulos, was elected to Chair the Board.
The Global Coalition of Cruise Ports Associations was created during the recently ended 2012 Cruise Shipping Miami Trade Show and Conference, after one year of conversations about this initiative that started during last year’s show.
Ideally situated, the Royal Penthouse Suite of The President Wilson hotel offers 1680 sqms with a unique panoramic view overlooking the Geneva Lake and the Alps. Internationally reputed to be the largest and most luxurious of hotel suites, the Royal Penthouse Suite retains its mystic…Occupying the entire eighth floor of the reknowned Geneva palace, this immense setting has been superbly rethought new private Fitness area, equipped with state of art fitness machines. Sumptuous decor, luxurious comfort, each detail of the Royal Penthouse Suite reveals a treasure. No matter where one looks, an oeuvre d'art is for contemplation. Should it be an art deco vase; a prestigious painting, or a Persian carpet, each object has been chosen for its unique value. It is the exigency of the hotel's director and owner, Charles Tamman, that works of art are loved and appreciated by the hotel's guests. But even more than the luxurious surroundings, or the avant-garde audiovisual equipment, the exclusive service proposed by the hotel far surpasses the standard Swiss norm. A subtle perfume emanating from the wardrobes of the master dressing room pervades the area as if by magic. And as for the magnificent floral arrangements, these are created especially to bring a harmony to the environment.
A new report published today by CAPA - Centre for Aviation and air transport IT specialist SITA forecasts that India will become the world's third largest aviation market by 2020 and examines whether the country has the right investment, infrastructure and regulatory system to enable this growth. Technology and innovative practices will play a key role in meeting the challenge of growth but the report finds that IT is not always considered a tool of strategic importance.
The 2012 official World Tourism Day (WTD) celebrations will be held in Maspalomas, Gran Canaria, Spain (27 September 2012). Under the theme “Tourism and Sustainable Energy: Powering Sustainable Development”, WTD 2012 highlights the need to bring the tourism sector and energy stakeholders closer together to spur tourism’s contribution to sustainability.
UNWTO and the European Travel Commission (ETC) have signed an agreement committing to advance their joint efforts to address major issues facing the tourism sector (Berlin, Germany, 7 March 2012). “Global challenges demand increased cooperation. Today’s agreement emphasizes the strong synergy between the work of our two organizations and is a step forward towards maximizing our efforts,” said UNWTO Secretary-General, Mr. Taleb Rifai. “Since 2001, UNWTO and ETC have been working closely together to monitor trends in the ever changing tourism marketplace and help their Member countries to be more competitive. Under this new agreement, I am confident we can better respond to the needs of our Members and the tourism sector at large.”
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