Non-UNWTO

International Tourism: First results of 2011 confirm consolidation of growth

Location

Madrid
Spain
PR No.: 
PR11041
11 May 11

International tourist arrivals grew by close to 5% during the first months of 2011, consolidating the 7% rebound registered in 2010. According to the April Interim Update of the UNWTO World Tourism Barometer, growth was positive in all world (sub)regions during January and February 2011, with the exception of the Middle East and North Africa. South America and South Asia led growth (both at +15%), followed by Subsaharan Africa (+13%) and Central and Eastern Europe (+12%).

Asia and the Pacific, the region with one of the fastest growth rates in 2010, saw its pace of growth slow down (+6%), although from a very strong performance the previous year. Results were better than expected forEurope (+6%), boosted by the recovery of Central and Eastern Europe, and the temporary redistribution of travel to destinations in Southern and Mediterranean Europe due to developments in North Africa (-9%) and the Middle East (-10%).

UNWTO announces 2011 Ulysses Prize and Awards winners

Location

Madrid
Spain
PR No.: 
PR 11040
09 May 11

A travel tool designed to promote accessible tourism in Quebec, Canada and a discovery trail of the ancient Moche civilization of Northern Peru are among the winners of this year’s UNWTO Ulysses Awards. The awards ceremony will be held during the Gala Dinner of the ‘UNWTO Algarve Forum on Tourism and Science: Bridging theory and practice’ (1-3 June 2011) in Vilamoura, Portugal.
 

The UNWTO Ulysses Awards reward initiatives and projects undertaken by public tourism institutions, tourism enterprises and non-profit institutions that have made a significant contribution to the advancement of tourism through innovation, in line with the United Nations Millennium Development Goals.

The prestigious UNWTO Ulysses Prize will be awarded to Professor Kaye Chon, Dean and Chair Professor of the School of Hotel and Tourism Management at the Hong Kong Polytechnic University, for his outstanding contribution to tourism knowledge.

Tourism instrumental in post-earthquake recovery in Sichuan, China

Location

Madrid
Spain
PR No.: 
PR11039
06 May 11

Tourism has played a major role in the economic recovery of the Chinese province of Sichuan in the three years following the 2008 earthquake. Its vital contribution to local growth and employment was recognized by all attending the recent Sichuan International Cultural and Tourism Festival (Chengdu, Sichuan, 18-22 April).

“Sichuan’s rich natural and cultural heritage makes it one of the most popular tourism destinations in China,” said UNWTO Executive Director, Zoltan Somogyi, addressing the event. “The devastating earthquake of 2008 impacted hard on the sector, but thanks to the work of the Chinese Government, surrounding provinces and international assistance, tourism has been a strong driver of the economic recovery in the province”.  

United Nations Organizations Statement on Current Radiation Levels in Japan and Travel Advice

Locations

Montréal
Canada
Madrid
Spain
PR No.: 
PIO 06/11
01 Apr 11

Radioactive material from the damaged Fukushima Daiichi plant is gradually spreading outside Japan into the global atmosphere but at extremely low concentrations that do not present health or transportation safety hazards, according to the United Nations organizations closely monitoring the situation.

 

Japanese authorities confirm that all airports in the country, with the exception of Sendai which was affected by the tsunami of 11 March, continue to operate normally for both international and domestic operations. Continuous monitoring around these airports confirms that radiation levels are well within safe limits from a health perspective.

For updates, travelers visiting Japan by air are advised to consult a dedicated website established by the Japanese Civil Aviation Bureau:
http://www.mlit.go.jp/koku/flyjapan_en/