UNWTO confidence index However, some large emerging markets, such as Brazil and Saudi Arabia, have reported reductions in tourism costs. China, the world’s largest outbound market, saw an 2019 percent increase in outbound travel in the first half of 14, although spending fell 4 percent. Responsible growth Predictions of international tourist arrivals Tourism provides “much needed opportunities” In 2019, 1,5 billion international tourist arrivals were recorded globally. This is an increase of 4 percent compared to the previous year, and the same is projected for 2020, which confirms tourism as the leading economic sector, especially given the current uncertainties. This growth must be managed responsibly to make the most of the opportunities that tourism can create for communities around the world. Source / photo: World Tourism Organization Presenting the results, UNWTO Secretary-General Zurab Pololikashvili stressed that “in times of uncertainty and instability, tourism remains a reliable economic sector“. In light of the recently declining global economic prospects, international trade tensions, social unrest and geopolitical insecurity, “our sector is constantly surpassing the world economy and invites us not only to grow, but to grow for the betterHe added. Given the position of tourism as a top export sector and job creator, the UNWTO advocates the need for responsible growth. Tourism, therefore, has a place at the heart of global development policies and an opportunity to gain additional political recognition and make a real impact. You can find more about the world’s latest tourist barometer HERE. In 2019, the Middle East became the fastest growing region in terms of international tourist arrivals, growing almost twice the global average (+ 8%). Growth in Asia and the Pacific is somewhat slower, but it still showed above-average growth with 5 percent more international arrivals. International tourist arrivals Europe, where growth has also been slower than in previous years (+ 4%), remains the leader in terms of international arrivals, recording 743 million international tourists last year (51% of the global market). The Americas (+ 2%) showed a mixed picture as many island destinations in the Caribbean accelerated their recovery after the 2017 hurricane, while arrivals in South America declined in part due to constant social and political turmoil. Limited data available for Africa (+ 4%) indicate a solid increase in North Africa (+ 9%), while arrivals in sub-Saharan Africa in 2019 grew somewhat more slowly (+ 1,5%). Spending in tourism remains high “The number of destinations earning a billion dollars or more from international tourism has almost doubled since 1998”, Adds Pololikashvili. “The challenge we face is to ensure that the benefits are shared as widely as possible and that no one is left behind. This year, the UNWTO is celebrating the Year of Tourism and Rural Development and we hope to witness positive changes in rural communities in our sector, job creation and opportunities, leading economic growth and preserving culture.” In the context of a global slowdown in economic growth, tourism consumption continued to grow, especially among the top ten consumers in the world. France reported the strongest increase in international tourism spending among the top ten world exit markets (+ 11%), while the United States (+ 6%) led in absolute growth, aided by a strong dollar. Looking ahead, growth is projected at 3 to 4 percent for 2020. This is a look that is reflected in the most current UNWTO confidence index, which shows cautious optimism: 47 percent of participants believe that tourism will achieve better results, and 43 percent believe that it will be at the same level as in 2019. Major sporting events, including the Tokyo Olympics, and cultural events, such as Expo 2020 in Dubai, are expected to have a positive impact on the sector. The Middle East is leading According to the first comprehensive report on global tourism figures and trends of the new decade, the latest tourism barometer of the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO), last year was the tenth year in a row that growth was recorded. All regions recorded an increase in international arrivals in 2019. However, uncertainty over Brexit, the collapse of Thomas Cook, geopolitical and social tensions, and a slowdown in the global economy have contributed to slower growth in 2019 compared to exceptional rates in 2017 and 2018. This slowdown has affected mainly more advanced economies, in particular Europe, Asia and the Pacific.
FPSO and marine vessel specialists, Marine Technical Limits (MTL), has expanded its team with the appointment of a new naval architect.The recruitment brings the company’s employee numbers to 42.Lead Naval Architect for MTL, Ian Stewart, said: “I am delighted to welcome Lewis to the company. His appointment will enable MTL to enhance our capabilities within the specialist FPSO inspection, repair and equipment market and to expand further our suite of MWS services.“Having worked with Lewis previously, I am looking forward to working with him again. I believe Lewis brings a great set of skills to the company, including his passion, commitment, and desire to provide the best possible support to clients in their operations.”Brown said: “I first became aware of MTL and their capabilities at Offshore Europe in 2013 where I watched an innovative presentation which generated interest around the room. I could see the desire of the company to grow expand their success into other areas of the industry.“I am proud to become part of the team given MTL’s success and reputation as a key leader within the FPSO asset integrity market with a strong company culture and values.“I am eager to help with the development of the MWS business unit and look forward to adding real value in this area as an MWS consultant.”
Olopade appealed to journalists that they will be required to stay within the designated area set aside for them for going forward. He assured that a world-class press centre will be put in place where runners will be brought to for interviews with the media after their recovery. Olopade noted that media accreditations are meant to make the work of journalists easier but he reiterated that accreditation remains the property of Access Bank Lagos City Marathon; meaning erring journalists can have their accreditation revoked. Read Also:Lagos City Marathon: Organisers insist on registration fees He, however, appealed for cooperation and understanding from members of the media to ensure the success of the 2020 edition of the Access Bank Lagos City Marathon billed to take place on February 8, 2020. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Promoted Content8 Most Beautiful Chinese Women2020 Tattoo Trends: Here’s What You’ll See This Year7 Worst Things To Do To Your Phone7 Ways To Understand Your Girlfriend BetterWhat Is A Black Hole And Is It Dangerous For Us All?The Highest Paid Football Players In The WorldWho Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?9 Facts You Should Know Before Getting A Tattoo10 Risky Jobs Some Women DoWhich Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?Did You Notice How Natural Simba’s Movements Looked In The Movie?6 Incredibly Strange Facts About Hurricanes In a statement signed by Olukayode Thomas, Head Communications and Media Access Bank Lagos City Marathon, Bukola Olopade, who is the consultant for the race which now has the prestigious IAAF Silver Label, said the aim is to encourage excellent performances at Africa’s biggest and best one-day event. According to the CEO of Nilayo Sports Management company, runners who run 2 hours.10 minutes and below will be entitled to a share of the $20,000 bonus. Said Olopade: “As we have earlier promised, the 2020 edition of the Access Bank Lagos City Marathon will witness a lot of innovations; one of which is the introduction of the $20,000 bonus for world-class performances.“We are already bringing in some of the best runners from across the globe and we are confident that this unique bonus will further spur them to give their very best,” Olopade added. As explained, the incentives range from $5,000 to $20,000, depending on the time recorded by the runners.Meanwhile, the organisers of the Access Bank Lagos City Marathon have again expressed their profound gratitude to journalists across the country for their immense support to the success story of the race and its new Silver Label status. Loading… Organisers of the Access Bank Lagos City Marathon have announced a $20,000 bonus for world-class performances at the 2020 edition of the race.
Former Wimbledon champion Jana Novotna has passed away at the age of 49 after she lost her battle with cancer.According to the Women’s Tennis Association Novotna “died peacefully, surrounded by her family”.The former Czech tennis star had lost in the Wimbledon final in 1993 and 1997 before beating Nathalie Tauziat to win the 1998 edition.On her painful exit, WTA chief executive Steve Simon said: “Jana was an inspiration both on and off court to anyone who had the opportunity to know her.”“Her star will always shine brightly in the history of the WTA. Our condolences and our thoughts are with Jana’s family.” she added.Apart from her Grand Slam win at Wimbledon, she also claimed 12 Grand Slam doubles titles and four in mixed doubles.Jana Novotna, who reached a career high no. 2 in the WTA rankings, was inducted into the Tennis Hall of Fame in 2005. RelatedBartoli Set To Return To WTA After Four-Year AbsenceDecember 20, 2017In “Sports”Tennis: Barty Battles To Beijing Semis, Osaka Halts Andreescu’s Win StreakOctober 5, 2019In “Tennis”Kim Clijsters To Return To WTA 2020 TourSeptember 12, 2019In “Tennis”