The Mamanuca Islands located just off the West coast of Fiji is home to a variety of marine life including four of the seven species of sea turtles that exist in the world. These are the critically endangered Hawksbill turtles, the endangered Green and Loggerhead turtles and the vulnerable Olive Ridleys as listed in the International Union for Conservation of Nature Red List of Threatened Species. Continue reading
The number of international tourist arrivals grew by 4% in the first half of 2015 according to the latest UNWTO World Tourism Barometer. Destinations worldwide received some 538 million international tourists between January and June 2015, an increase of 21 million compared to the same period of 2014.
Are you a passionate traveler who knows lots about tourism and it’s economic, social and environmental impact and happen to have your own blog? Then why not participate in UNWTO’s Blogger Competition on this year’s WTD theme “Tourism and Community Development”? Continue reading
The UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) and the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) have joined forces to promote a global campaign urging travellers to support the fight against a number of forms of trafficking. The Campaign was presented to the tourism sector at the International Tourism Bourse (ITB) in Berlin. Continue reading
Over the past decades, tourism has become a major source of growth and employment around the world and a key driver of poverty reduction. These trends are expected to accelerate during the next decade. According to the latest ILO data, published in a working paper titled International Perspectives on Women and Work in Hotels, Catering and Tourism, the HCT sector accounts for more than 260 million jobs worldwide. Continue reading
Climate change is an issue of growing importance for the global tourism sector. Though its impacts vary across regions and individual destinations, recent years have shown that changes in climate can create a myriad of environmental, social and economic challenges for destinations. The tourism sector´s response – the way it adapts to and mitigates these Continue reading
On the occasion of this year’s World Tourism Day celebrations, UNWTO is organizing its first ever WTD Essay Competition, while the 2013 World Tourism Day photo & twitter competition will be launched shortly. Celebrated globally on 27 September, the day represents a unique opportunity to raise awareness of tourism’s role in water access and shine a spotlight on the sector’s contribution to Continue reading
With tourism accounting for 45 per cent of the foreign income of developing countries Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today called on the industry to play its full role in facing the three interdependent challenges of promoting sustained economic growth, ensuring social development and safeguarding the global environment.