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International tourist arrivals grew six percent in 2018, totalling 1,4 billion according to the latest UNWTO World Tourism Barometer.

The World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) has partnered with one of its newest affiliate members, real-world games developer Niantic, to enhance global tourism through the use of mobile augmented reality game experiences.

Muslims are the world’s fastest-growing religious group and by 2030 (Source: www.pewrsr.ch/1hUQ1qG) will make up an estimated 25 percent of the world’s population.

The World Tourism Organization (UNWTO), the Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA) and the People’s Government of Guilin, China held the 12th UNWTO/PATA Forum on Tourism Trends and Outlook on October 25 -27. This year’s edition - ‘The Future of Tourism: Road to 2030´, aligns with the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Susana Martinez, governor, New Mexico, announced that in 2017, the tourism industry generated the largest economic impact in state history for the seventh consecutive year, injecting USD6.6 billion into New Mexico’s economy.

Elaf Group, a SEDCO Holding Group company and a leading provider of travel, tourism and hospitality services in the region through its diverse portfolio of world-class hotels, has played a key role in supporting the tourism sector in Saudi Arabia since its establishment.

Tourism Ireland has teamed up with dnata Travel, one of the Middle East’s biggest travel companies, to grow visitor numbers from the UAE to the island of Ireland.

The global cruise industry continues to grow rapidly with 27 million cruisers expected this year. By 2030 more than 40 million people worldwide are to travel on cruise ships annually. Dubai is well-placed to be a global cruise tourism hub.

Dubai’s Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing (Dubai Tourism) has published the first interactive, web-based, manual under the Dubai Sustainable Tourism (DST) initiative.

One of the fastest growing travel organisations in Oman, Majan International Agencies Travel and Tourism, has reaffirmed its trust in global distribution system Amadeus as a reliable partner to manage the expansion of its operations.