UNWTO welcomes Tourism Competitiveness Report

Travel News Asia Friday, 9 March 2007

The UNWTO has welcomed the World Economic Forums (WEF) focus on Travel & Tourism competitiveness as a valuable new research process. It is a timely reference for states participating in the final stages of the Doha Development Round to provide proactive support for developing countries to help increase their tourism competitiveness to reduce poverty and advance sustainability.

International tourism represents more than a third of all trade in services and it is the services sector which will provide the economic growth and jobs in the decades ahead. It is here that the real returns and potential can be seen for the poorer countries and Least Developed Countries (LDCs), where there is significant potential to create wealth and employment in rural areas, which concentrate the highest poverty rates.

Emerging destinations in developing countries have registered significant advances over the last years. In 2005, foreign exchange earnings generated by international tourism in developing countries exceeded 200 billion US$, four times the amount earned in 1990.

According to UNWTO estimates:

- between 1990 and 2005 developing states market share of international arrivals grew from 28.6% to 40.3%;

- tourism can generate up to 40% of the GDP and jobs of small island states;

- for LDCs, (the 50 poorest countries - mostly in Africa) the rate of growth in arrivals from 2000 to 2005 was 48% which almost tripled the global growth rate; and

- during the same period LDC international tourism receipts grew by 76% compared to worldwide growth of 41%.

The index provides a useful strategic tool for measuring those aspects that promote the development of the Travel & Tourism sector in different countries. The specific rankings reflect the overall competitiveness activity of the WEF itself over three decades. UNWTO is concerned about all states improving competitiveness, which is a means to an end rather than an end in itself and must ultimately contribute to the kind of socioeconomic goals sought in the Millennium Declaration and defined in our Global Code of Ethics As the Doha Round moves into its final stages, there may be an important opportunity to increase tourism benefits from this process, turning the attention to the contribution of Tourism Services to reduce poverty and increase sustainability, even ahead of other sectors, said UNWTO Assistant Secretary-General Geoffrey Lipman.

See other recent news regarding: UNWTO, Tourism, Research, Survey

Receive our Latest Travel News Daily Email free of charge by entering your email address and name in the boxes to the right and clicking subscribe. By subscribing, you agree with Revue's Terms of Service and Privacy Policy. You can also receive the news by WhatsApp, stay updated with our RSS Feed Travel Industry News by, and even Add the Headlines to Your Website free of charge. Have questions? Please read our travel news FAQ.



Copyright © 1997-2022