World Tourism Barometer: In 2019, there was a solid increase in international arrivals of 4 percent

first_imgUNWTO 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.center_img 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.last_img read more

Resilient Fruits Festival added to World Rivers Day celebration

first_img Share FaithLifestyleLocalNews Resilient Fruits Festival added to World Rivers Day celebration by: – May 11, 2018 Tweet Share Sharing is caring!center_img Share 275 Views   no discussions Fr Franklyn Cuffy (file photo)News Release {-May 9 2018} –As Catholics observe the third Anniversary of Pope Francis Encyclical “Laudato Si” – care of our common home (Earth) is our responsibility, on 24 May, 2018. Here in Dominica plans are well on the way for the next World Rivers Day.Resilient Fruits Festival will now be one of the major attractions of the 13 Anniversary of World Rivers Day, carded for the last Sunday of September (30), 2018. As designated by the United Nations.Spearheading this Anniversary is The Dominica World Rivers Day Committee, in partnership with the Healthy Islanders, The Discover Dominica, DHTA, City Council, DOWASCO, Forestry Division, The Dominica Fire and Ambulance Division, the Signman, among others.Donmnitjen Fo Roseau River Endurance Competition will be the focus.The day’s event will be begin with a Church celebration at 9:00 am at the Cathedral Chapel, followed with parade of uniform groups to the Roseau Market, where breakfast will be available.A Hula Hoop Endurance competition will also be an attraction for the Youth. And will be coordination by the Girl Guides Movement.In the aftermath of Hurricane Maria this year’s theme is: No Forest, No Water, No RIVER, No Food, No Life!last_img read more

Lady Raiders Roll On With ‘W’ Over Lady Twisters

first_imgThe South Ripley Varsity Volleyball team beat Oldenburg Academy tonight in three sets, 25-21, 25-17, 25-16.SR Stats:  Mercedes Bowling: 5/8 attacks 2 kills, 3 blocks (1 solo 2 assisted), 2 digs, 19/20 serving 2 aces 15 points;  Kiley Sparks: 12/14 attacks 7 kills, 5 blocks (2 solo 3 assisted), 5 digs, 16/17 serving 2 aces 12 points, 4/4 serve receive; Morgan Peetz: 3/3 attacks 1 kill, 1 assisted block, 6/6 serve receive;  Tori Tucker: 11/11 attacks 4 kills, 3 blocks (1 solo, 2 assisted), 8/9 serving 1 ace 3 points, 6/7 serve receive;  Laken Farrell: 9/10 attacks 5 kills, 9/9 serving 5 points, 7/8 serve receive;  Mariah Gentile (libero): 4 digs, 10/13 serve receive;  Elizabeth Bodenberg: 19/19 sets 6 assists, 7/7 serving 1 ace;  Kayla King: 23/24 sets 12 assists, 12/12 serving 6 points;  and Julia Rea: 3/4 attacks 1 kill, 4/5 serve receive.“With so much excitement from the Ripley County Tourney over the weekend, I was worried about how we would play tonight.” “Some of the girls aren’t feeling well, I just wanted to get through tonight with a win, and let the girls get some rest and try to get to feeling better before we play Batesville again on Thursday”. “We played well enough to win, but it was very slow.” “I was proud of the girls for pushing through tonight in three sets.”  Lady Raiders Coach Robyn Greiwe.last_img read more

Rayo Vallecano win second half in bizarre return for Spanish football

first_imgRayo Vallecano beat Albacete 1-0 on Wednesday as Spanish football returned in bizarre circumstances from its COVID-19 hiatus.They won the second half of a match which first kicked off six months ago but was suspended due to offensive chanting. The second division encounter, played without fans in attendance, was the first Spanish football match to take place since March after all football was halted due to the COVID-19 pandemic.Only 45 minutes were played and Albacete lined up with 10 players as midfielder Eddy Silvestre had been sent off when the first half of the match was staged on December 15.That game’s first half, played at the Vallecas Stadium, was abandoned at half-time as the home fans had accused Albacete forward Roman Zozulya of being a Nazi.It was the first time a Spanish football match had been called off due to offensive chanting.Zozulya had little impact on this second half of the match, however, which was settled by a brilliant strike from Rayo Vallecano’s Peruvian right-back Luis Advincula. The defender found the net on the hour mark with a superb curling strike from outside the area.The win kept up Rayo Vallecano’s hopes of earning a play-off spot and lifted them up to seventh in the standings.It also left struggling Albacete 18th, level on points with the final spot in the relegation zone.Spain’s top flight La Liga resumes on Thursday with a local derby between Sevilla and Real Betis, with the second division starting up again properly on Friday.A minute’s silence was held before kickoff in memory of the 27,000 people in Spain who have died from COVID-19. Flags displayed across the empty stands also honoured the victims, reading: “We’ll never forget you” and “Always in our memory”.The other seats stood bare, save for a handful of journalists, substitutes and reserve players.But a father and his young daughter, both clad in Rayo Vallecano shirts, could be seen watching the match from their balcony above the stadium.“It was very strange to play without fans. That’s what was missing the most – the support and noise of our people,” said Rayo Vallecano’s coach Paco Jemez.RelatedPosts Bale completes Tottenham return from Real Madrid Live stream Premier League, La Liga, Serie A on Showmax Pro this weekend Premier League, La Liga back on DStv, GOtv Ukrainian forward Zozulya has had a long-running dispute with Rayo Vallecano ever since he signed for the club in January 2017.But he left after fans turned up at his first training session and accused him of belonging to far-right groups in his home country.Zozulya has repeatedly denied belonging to the far-right movement.Even though fans could not enter the stadium due to safety reasons, Rayo Vallecano’s hardcore supporters hung up a banner outside the ground bearing an offensive message about Zozulya.Reuters/NAN.Tags: AlbaceteEddy SilvestreLa LigaRayo VallecanoRoman Zozulvalast_img read more