Latest UNWTO World Tourism Barometer reveals that international tourism generates US$ 1.4 trillion in export earnings

Total export earnings generated by international tourism in 2013 reached US$ 1.4 trillion. Receipts earned by destinations from international visitors grew by 5% to reach US$ 1159 billion, while an additional US$ 218 billion was earned by international passenger transport.   According to the latest UNWTO World Tourism Barometer, receipts in destinations worldwide from expenditure by […]

UNWTO honours Hostelling International for innovation in tourism

Hostelling International‘s unique digital campaign – The Big Blog Exchange – was second runner-up at the 2013 United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) Award for Excellence and Innovation in Tourism in the category ‘Non-Governmental Organizations’. The awards ceremony was held on 22 January during the International Tourism Fair (FITUR) in Madrid, Spain. Every year since […]

The Power of Youth Travel – Infographic

The 1995 Clinton speech that should have changed the U.S. travel industry, but didn’t

On October 30th 1995, President Bill Clinton gave a speech at the White House that should have been the seminal defining moment for the travel industry in America, cementing the rise of U.S. as the pre-eminent destination, once and for all. This was the White House Conference on Travel and Tourism, the first ever event in […]

Europe’s Days as The Leader of Global Tourism are Numbered

Despite rising competition from tourism destinations in Asia and emerging economies, Europe welcomed more than half of all international tourist arrivals in 2012, or 535 million foreign visitors,according to the United Nations World Tourism Organization. Europe also earned the largest regional share of international tourism receipts, which reached an estimated total of $1075 billion in 2012. Tourism […]

SKIFT: Visa-on-arrival is the new currency in global travel

There is a quiet revolution going on in the world of visa policies, and it deserves a lot more attention for its remarkable effects on global business travel and indeed the business of travel. The world is moving towards visa on arrival, and how: Out of nearly 5,100 visa requirement changes globally over two-year period […]

12 Biggest Travel Stories Of 2012 – And Their Impact

From “superstorms” to mega disasters, 2012 was, by all accounts, an eventful year. The Chinese left their homeland in record numbers, and the United States opened its arms to catch them with its first-ever tourism campaign. All the while, we became a world of more than 1 billion travellers but questioned who would pay the price for […]

Global tourism defies numerous crises

The global financial and economic crisis clearly has not dampened people’s desire to travel. According to the consultancy IPK International and the World Tourism Organisation(UNWTO), despite economically difficult times, in 2013 international tourism arrivals will once again grow in the order of 2 to 4%. Speaking at the 20th World Travel Monitor Forum in Pisa, Rolf Freitag, CEO of IPK International, […]

2012 Trends Shaping the Travel Industry – Infographic

Despite the tough global economy, travel seems to be one of the industries still growing. Did you know almost 80 million foreigners visit France each year? That definitely dwarfs the 8000 visitors Turkmenistan gets every year. With fuel prices at an all time high, it is no surprise that most people spend their travel dollars […]

International tourism on track to hit one billion by end of 2012

With a record 467 million tourists traveling in the first half of 2012, international tourism remains firmly on track to reach one billion tourists by the end of the year. Despite concerns over the global economy, international tourism demand continues to show resilience. The number of international tourists worldwide grew by 5% between January and […]