Be A Part Of UNWTO’s ‘Travel.Enjoy.Respect’ Campaign

In the framework of the International Year on Sustainable Tourism for Development, 2017, the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) is launching a consumer-oriented campaign aimed at raising awareness of the value and contribution that sustainable tourism can make towards development. The ‘Travel.Enjoy.Respect’ campaign wants to engage tourists in making the sector a catalyst for positive change.

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The main message of the campaign is summarized by the UNWTO Secretary-General, Taleb Rifai: “Whenever you travel, wherever you travel, remember to: respect nature, respect culture, and respect your host. You can be the change you want to see in the world. You can be an ambassador for a better future. TRAVEL, ENJOY AND RESPECT.

You can read more about the press release here.

You can be part of the campaign. Simply click here

A Selection Of Germany’s Top Tourist Destinations

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Everyone wants to see the German capital: Berlin tops the rankings of Tripadviser, the world’s largest portal for travel reviews. And the incredibly multi-faceted 3.4-million city deserves it, too. Great German monuments like the BRANDENBURG Gate and the BERLIN Cathedral, structures like Alexanderplatz and the East Side Gallery, art treasures like the Pergamon Altar, but also the subculture and scene make the city on the Spree worth a visit.

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Image courtesy: By Jürgen Matern – Own work (JMatern_071104_8454-8458_WC.jpg), CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=3064083 

Dresden

It just missed out on a medal, but managed an excellent fourth place behind Munich and Hamburg: Dresden, city on the Elbe, has more to offer than the Church of Our Lady and the Semper Opera House. Although large sections of the city were destroyed in the Second World War, it still showcases Renaissance and Baroque ARCHITECTURE in its historical centre. Some of Germany’s best restaurants and hotels are to be found there.

You can read more about other German destinations here.

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Pre-Loaded Sim Card For Tourists Arriving In India On E-Visa

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Dr. Mahesh Sharma, Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Tourism and Culture, has  launched the initiative of the Ministry of Tourism, Government of India for providing pre-loaded Sim Card to foreign tourists arriving in India on e-Visa in New Delhi.

Addressing on the occasion, he said that this unique initiative will facilitate the foreign tourists in communicating with their acquaintances immediately after their arrival in India. Earlier, the Ministry of Tourism had also launched a 24 x 7 Tourist Helpline 1800111363 in Twelve foreign languages so that the foreign tourists can get the required information in their own language. The minister presented the First Kit containing Sim to a representative of Travel and Tourism sector. Shri Vinod Zutshi, Secretary, Ministry of Tourism, Shri J.S. Deepak, Secretary, Ministry of Communications and senior officers were present on the occasion.

You can read more about the press release here.

IATA Forecasts Passenger Demand to Double Over 20 Years

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The International Air Transport Association (IATA) expects 7.2 billion passengers to travel in 2035, a near doubling of the 3.8 billion air travelers in 2016. The prediction is based on a 3.7% annual Compound Average Growth Rate (CAGR) noted in the release of the latest update to the association’s 20-Year Air Passenger Forecast.

“People want to fly. Demand for air travel over the next two decades is set to double. Enabling people and nations to trade, explore, and share the benefits of innovation and economic prosperity makes our world a better place,” said Alexandre de Juniac, IATA’s Director General and CEO.

You can read more about this article here.

Saint Petersburg – Europe's Best Destination

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Russian city Saint Petersburg has been recently voted Europe’s best destination in the annual World Travel Awards (WTA), dubbed the ‘the Oscars of the travel industry’.

Similarly, Titanic Belfast in Northern Island has been recognized as Europe’s best tourist attraction.

In the aviation sector, the award for Europe’s Leading Airline went to Lufthansa.

You can read the whole winners list here.

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More Indian Tourists Visiting South Korea

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Indian Tourist Arrivals to South Korea Increased by 47.9% in 2016 !

* 88, 917 Indians visited South Korea by the end of July 2016.
* Frequency of 12 flights per week from Delhi by December 2016.

South Korea welcomed 88,917 visitors from India by the end of July 2016, an increase of 47.9% relative to the same period of the previous year.
The persistent efforts made by the Korea Tourism Organisation, New Delhi office can be accredited for the positive growth. The Tourism Board’s effort on educating the travel trade partners to promote the destination in the best possible manner, the proactive business approach from the destination management companies and connecting with the end traveler through tactical media platforms have been the key factors in the result.
As the interest of the Indian traveler grows, the increase in the airline connectivity has been introduced at the right time. Asiana Airline has increased its operations from three to five times a week from Delhi and plans to operate daily in the near future. Korean air will be launching its Delhi operations in the month of December with five times a week frequency.

According to Mr. Byungsun Lee, Director Korea Tourism Organization: “Over 1,50,000 Indians visited South Korea last year and we have almost 90,000 within seven months. So we are confident of surpassing the last year’s numbers by the end of 2016.  As we approach the festival season and the winter holiday season, we plan to widen our efforts and establish South Korea as a preferred leisure destination amongst various traveler segments including families, honeymooners and adventure lovers.”

For More details on the same or if you want to schedule an interview, please contact:

Vanshika Kapoor

Assistant Marketing Manager, Korea Tourism Organization
e-mail: vanshika@knto.or.kr; vanshika.kpr6@gmail.com
web: http://www.visitkorea.or.kr
Ph: +91 9582274475

Press Release – Discussion on Sustainable Tourism

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UNWTO Network of Observatories meets to discuss the measurement of sustainable tourism at destination level.

Under the title ‘Advancing the Measurement of Sustainable Tourism Development’, UNWTO Member States, NGOs, academic institutions and other public and private sector entities discussed approaches to effectively measure, monitor and assess tourism performance and impacts at destination level. This consultative process takes place at a time in which the international tourism community embraces the Sustainable Development Goals.

You can read more about the event here.

Good News For Everyone

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Exports from international tourism rise 4% in 2015

International tourism receipts in destinations around the world grew by 3.6% in 2015, in line with the 4.4% increase in international arrivals. For the fourth consecutive year, international tourism grew faster than world merchandise trade, raising tourism’s share in world’s exports to 7% in 2015. The total export value from international tourism amounted to US$ 1.4 trillion.

Income generated by international visitors on accommodation, food and drink, entertainment, shopping and other services and goods reached an estimated US$ 1,232 billion (euro 1,110 billion) in 2015, an increase of 3.6% accounting for exchange rate fluctuations and inflation. International tourist arrivals (overnight visitors) increased by 4.4% in 2015, reaching a total of 1,184 million.

You can read more about the Press Release here.