China is one of the most successful examples of where prioritisation of tourism in government policy leads to higher income and more jobs, according to the World Travel & Tourism Council. Speaking at the Global Tourism Economy Forum in Macau, WTTC president David Scowsill emphasised the power of tourism to drive economic growth and create jobs and highlighted the government of the People’s Republic of China’s recognition of this.
One in ten of all tourism investment dollars will go into ASEAN countries over the next ten years, according to new research by the World Travel & Tourism Council. According to the research, Travel & Tourism Investment in ASEAN, over the years 2016 – 2026, 9.7 per cent (nearly one in ten dollars) of global investment in tourism will be in ASEAN. Travel investment in ASEAN over the next decade will total US$782 billion, which is 7.4 per cent of all investment in the region.
David Scowsill has called for the tourism sector to be more accessible, during a speech at World Tourism Day celebrations in Bangkok, Thailand. The president and chief executive of the World Travel & Tourism Council said: “Tourism needs to take accessibility requirements seriously.”
The World Travel & Tourism Council has issued a challenge to tourism organisations to show how sustainable they are by entering their sustainable business initiatives for the Tourism for Tomorrow Awards 2017. WTTC president David Scowsill said: “I am pleased to announce that the twenty-eighth annual Tourism for Tomorrow Awards programme is now open for entries.”
Global tourism continues to register strong growth despite challenges from terrorism, political turmoil, global economic developments, and the Brexit decision, according to new research by the World Travel & Tourism Council. The update of WTTC’s Economic Impact Reports 2016 shows that, despite the many challenges tourism has faced in the first six months of 2016, the sector is still expected to grow by 3.1 per cent, outpacing global economic growth forecast at 2.3 per cent.
The China Outbound Tourism Research Institute has been awarded Knowledge Partner status with the World Travel & Tourism Council. The decision sees the organisation join an exclusive group of six global research organisations participating in the WTTC’s research on the economic and social contribution of travel and tourism.
With terror and security scares against tourists filling many headlines in the past few months, the World Travel & Tourism Council has launched a new report quantifying for the first time the links between tourism and peace. While tourism has often been recognised for its ability to drive peace, security and understanding, to date, there has been little empirical evidence to support this link.
Gerald Lawless, Chief Executive, World Travel & Tourism Council speaks to Breaking Travel News at AHIC 2016.
The World Travel & Tourism Council has announced the election of Gerald Lawless to the role of chairman. Lawless, former group chief executive officer of Jumeirah Group and now Head of tourism and hospitality at Dubai Holding, is a leading figure in the world of tourism and hospitality. In his 18 years as chief executive of Jumeirah Group, he spearheaded the growth of the hotel chain to one of the best-known luxury hospitality brands in the world, expanding the company’s portfolio to 22 hotels in 11 destinations and establishing Burj Al Arab Jumeirah as the most luxurious hotel in the world.
The World Travel & Tourism Council has revealed the annual Global Summit will be hosted by Bangkok, Thailand on April 26th-27th 2017. WTTC president David Scowsill said: “The WTTC Global Summit is the most influential tourism event of the year, bringing together hundreds of leaders from public sector organisations and private sector companies to discuss and tackle the most important issues in our sector.”
The World Travel & Tourism Council has launched its annual Economic Impact Report 2016, revealing tourism added 7.2 million jobs to the global economy and contributed over USD$ 7.2 trillion in GDP. The Economic Impact Reports, WTTC’s flagship annual research, provide economic data on the contribution of the tourism sector on a global level as well as for 184 countries and 24 regions.
The World Travel & Tourism Council has sought to reassure travellers no movement restrictions are currently in place following the spread of the Zika virus. The announcement follows a decision by the World Health Organisation to brand the outbreak as a public health emergency of international concern.