UN agency spotlights role of Governments in preventing child exploitation in tourism

The United Nations-backed meeting on tourism has spotlighted the leading role of Governments in preventing all forms of child exploitation in the leisure travel industry.

Nearly one billion travel abroad in first nine months of 2016 – UN agency

Recording an almost four per cent increase over the same period last year, the first nine months of 2016 witnessed 956 million international tourists travelling to different parts of the world, the United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) said today.

Head of UN tourism agency advocates for safer, easier travel in 2016

The promotion of safe and seamless travel should be one of the key priorities for the tourism industry this year, says the head of the United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO).

Global tourism grew by more than 4 per cent this year, UN tourism barometer shows

The number of tourists travelling the world during the first eight months of this year reached 810 million, a more than 4 per cent increase from the same period in 2014, thanks to “robust” travel to Europe, according to the United Nations World Tourism Barometer.

Rise in global tourism fueling economic recovery, UN reports

International tourism rose five per cent in the first nine months of the year to reach a record 845 million worldwide, new figures out today from the United Nations reveal.

World tourism must play full part in sustainable development, says Ban

With tourism accounting for 45 per cent of the foreign income of developing countries, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today called on the industry to play its full role in facing the three interdependent challenges of promoting sustained economic growth, ensuring social development and safeguarding the global environment.

UN agencies announce campaign to better inform tourists about funding of illicit goods

Tourists can help reduce demand for illicit goods and services that fund organized criminal activity, the United Nations agencies working on tourism and on crime said today, announcing plans for a new public information campaign.

Chinese tourists spent more money than any other nationality last year – UN

Thanks to rapid urbanization and rising disposable incomes in their country, Chinese tourists spent $102 billion during their travels in 2012, more than any other nationality, making the Asian nation the world’s number one tourism source market, the United Nations said today.

International tourism rebounding from global economic crisis, says UN

Despite lingering economic instability due to the global financial crisis, international tourism increased robustly over the last year with continuing growth expected throughout 2013, the United Nations today announced.

Tourism can be ‘major generator’ of jobs after economic crisis – UN agency

While the international tourism industry was negatively affected by the global economic crisis, the sector is expected to grow in the coming years and provide millions of new jobs, according to the United Nations labour agency.