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) provided its support at the inauguration in Argentina of the first specialised hub for tourism in the Americas: Unidigital, with which a collaboration agreement was signed to promote innovation in tourism.
Unidigital is the result of the collaboration between the public and private sectors to promote innovation in tourism. It will offer services, products and training in digital transformation in order to allow the most disruptive entrepreneurs in tourism in the Americas to develop their projects.
The Hub was presented as part of the UNWTO Tourism Tech Adventure Forum, held on 11-13 December 11 - 13 in Buenos Aires, Argentina.
“Today is a historic day because we have brought together many tourism authorities of the Americas to inaugurate this place, which is open to any entrepreneur, and where together we will do very interesting things and achieve excellent results,” said Zurab Pololikashvili, secretary-general, UNWTO. He added, "We are committed to helping them find investors and give them the opportunity to internationalise not only in the Americas, but also beyond the continent.”
The Unidigital Hub opened in the context of the UNWTO Tourism Adventure Tech Forum, the tourism and technology forum organised by the UNWTO and the Ministry of Tourism of Argentina. The winner of the UNWTO Data Challenge 2018 was also announced at the event, Diego Turconi. This project is organised in collaboration with the ieXL of IE University, whose objective is to demonstrate the ability to generate data-driven solutions.
A new report from the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) and the European Travel Commission (ETC) shows that outbound tourism from the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) – comprising six countries of the Arabian peninsula – has grown strongly in recent years, with international tourism expenditure surpassing USD60 billion in 2017.
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.
The 2018 edition of World Travel Market (WTM) saw the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) continue its operational focus on investing in innovation and digital advances for a tourism sector that can deliver opportunities for all. UNWTO co-hosted a Ministerial Summit and launched a white paper on the relationship between music and tourism at the UK tourism trade fair on November 06 - 07.
The World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) concluded its 109th Executive Council session in Manama, Bahrain with members showing appreciation both for progress made under the 2018 institutional priorities and for the organisation’s financial stability and restructuring process.
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).
According to the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO)’s latest barometer, international tourist arrivals grew six percent in the first half of this year after a record year of growth in 2017.
Seeking to advance use of innovation and cutting-edge technologies into cultural tourism practices, destinations and products, the International Seminar on Harnessing Cultural Tourism through Innovation and Technology will be held in Hamedan, Iran alongside the 40th UNWTO Affiliate Members Plenary Session.
Middle Eastern country tourism ministers recently considered the importance of tourism’s labour market performance.