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From Diplomat Artist Buzz: Tourism is the better looking part of globalization, constituting 10% of the global GDP and 6% of world trade. –More–


Diplomat Artist Buzz on Cinco de Mayo
The day has historical significance for Mexico, the United States, & France and is a source of pride for Mexico whose army on 5 May, 1862, under General Ignacio Zaragoza Seguin defeated the French at the Battle of Puebla.

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New UN-led Anti-trafficking Campaign to Help Raise Tourists' Awareness

As global citizens w/ over 1 Billion travelling world yearly, new campaign is supported by 2 major tourism companies — Marriott Intl & Sabre holdings, to combat trafficking in persons, wildlife, cultural artifacts & illegal drugs.

Rise in Global Tourism Forecast to Continue in 2014

strongest for destinations in Asia & the Pacific (up 6%), Africa (up 6 %) & Europe (up 5 %). Russia & China stand out as most important source markets.


Last June, at the G20 (Group of 20) leaders summit in Los Cabos, Mexico, tourism was recognized as “a vehicle for job creation, economic growth and development” and commitments were made to “work towards developing travel facilitation initiatives in support of job creation, quality work, poverty reduction and global growth.”

This week’s publicized reports from the UNWTO and the World Tourism Council are most encouraging. Despite the global financial crisis, austerity measures throughout much of the world, panacea re the fiscal cliff, and lingering economic fears and instability, the United Nations projected tourism growth in 2013 following a robust increase in 2012.

535 Million tourists arrived in Europe to position Europe as the top destination last year, despite Eurozone volatility. Emerging markets experienced stronger growth; tourism in Asia and the Pacific grew 7%; Africa and the Americas reported 6 and 4% respectively.

The Americas, along with Asia and the Pacific, have capitalized on economic opportunities resulting from being the most open in terms of visa requirements, while Europe had more travel restrictions. According to UNWTO Secretary-General Taleb Rifai,  “An overall restrictive visa policy means lost opportunities for economic growth and jobs, which tourism could bring to destinations. Travelers regard visas as a formality, which entails a cost. This can be a deterrent to travel if costs – whether monetary or indirect – including distance, wait times and service, exceed a certain threshold.”

UN News Centre Source

In a report released yesterday, however, the UNWTO urged European nations to relax their visa restrictions in order to promote a greater circulation of tourists and assist in the region’s economic rebound.

Underscoring the necessity of less stringent visa requirements as well as the facility of an electronic visa system, Mr. Rifai warned yesterday that “an overall restrictive visa policy means lost opportunities for economic growth and jobs, which tourism could bring to destinations.”

“Travelers regard visas as a formality which entails a cost. This can be a deterrent to travel if costs – whether monetary or indirect – including distance, wait times and service, exceed a certain threshold.”

In its latest forecast, the UN agency has predicted tourist arrivals to increase by 3 to 4 per cent in 2013, in line with its expectations as detailed by its Confidence Index, a report compiled from statistical analyses by over 300 international experts.

As a result, Mr. Rifai once again urged Member States to do more in sustaining tourism, adding that financial assistance for the tourism sector would also help in promoting economic recovery for regions hard hit by the recession. “Tourism is thus one of the pillars that should be supported by governments around the world as part of the solution to stimulating economic growth,” he said.

“Important strides have been made in recent times in terms of visa facilitation as more and more countries understand its implicit economic benefits,” Mr. Rifai said. “We welcome moves by the United States, the European Union and many other countries which have implemented or are looking into implementing more open visa policies, but we cannot ignore that visa procedures still represent an obstacle to tourism growth and we hope that these good examples can be followed by others.”

According to joint research conducted by UNWTO and the World Travel and Tourism Council, improving visa processes could generate an extra $206 billion in tourism receipts and create as many as 5.1 million additional jobs by 2015 in economies that are part of the Group of 20 (G20) alone.

All of this information provides encouraging news for job opportunities in the hotel, car rental, package tours, travel agent, airline, cruise, and souvenir sectors. Seize the moment and pack those bags!

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With conflict still ongoing, difficult travel & political uncertainty, what is potential for tourism becoming a significant contributor to the Afghanistan economy? This film report from UNTV provides a glimpse to both natural beauty & cultural treasures. It evidences how both international community & domestic officials are seeking to change image, travel options & perceived economic opportunity.

The Palestinians are determined to prod ahead with full membership in the United Nations. They have already achieved full UNESCO status, & developed this Visit Palestine” tourist video, which is more than just about tourists. Palestine wants to define itself, its image & its borders rather than leave it up to others – including Israel to determine its status/borders. –MORE–

Birding plays a significant & growing part in the tourism industry, & creates direct & indirect economic benefits for many countries & communities, also amongst developing countries,” according to Elizabeth Maruma Mrema, of the Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals (CMS). –More–