The global tourism body predicts the sector will grow its GDP contribution to USD 15.5 trillion by 2033 representing 11.6 percent of the global economy and will employ 430 million people around the world, with almost 12 percent of the working population employed in the sector. Spending from overseas visitors also grew by a record 82 percent to reach USD 1.1 trillion in 2022.
In 2023, the sector is forecasted to reach USD 9.5 trillion, just five percent below 2019 pre-pandemic levels when travel was at its highest, the research stated further.
Thebody is also eyeing the sector to grow its to USD 15.5 trillion by 2033 representing 11.6 percent of the global economy and will employ 430 million people around the world, with almost 12 percent of the working population employed in the sector.
It is also revealed that 34 of the 185 countries have now recovered to pre-pandemic levels in terms ofGDP contributionand have already exceeded 2019 levels.
WTTC also forecasted that by the end of 2023, nearly half of the 185 countries will have either fully recovered to pre-pandemic levels or be within 95 percent of full recovery.
According to the 2023 Economic Impact Research (EIR) conducted by WTTC in collaboration with global tourism body predicted that the sector will recover to 95 percent of the 2019 job level. The travel and tourism sector provides 300 million jobs worldwide., the
From a pre-pandemic high of more than 334 million, the Covid-19 pandemic ravaged employment in the sector which saw losses of more than 70 million to bring the total number employed in 2020 to just 264 million.
Following the recovery of 11 million jobs in 2021, the sector created 21.6 million new jobs in 2022 to reach more than 295 million globally – one in 11 jobs worldwide.
Last year, despite the economic and geopolitical difficulties, the travel and tourism sector’s recovery continued at pace, growing 22 percent year-on-year to reach USD 7.7 trillion. In 2021, the global sector grew 24.7 percent year-on-year.This recovery represented 7.6 percent of the global economy in 2022, the highest sector contribution since 2019, although its global GDP is still 22.9 percent behind its 2019 peak.
“The travel and tourism sector continues to recover at pace, demonstrating the resilience of the sector and the enduring desire to travel. By the end of the year, the sector’s contribution will be within touching distance of the 2019 peak. We expect 2024 to exceed 2019.will be a growth sector over the next ten years,” said , President & CEO, WTTC.
“The recovery will speed up this year asre-enter the market,” she added.
The research shows that the ongoing conflict in Ukraine and prolonged travel restrictions imposed by a number of countries such as China had a significant impact on the global recovery.
But the recent decision by the Chinese government to reopen its borders from January will propel the sector and see it recover to pre-pandemic levels next year.
Spending from overseas visitors grew by a record 82 percent to reach USD 1.1 trillion in 2022, showing that international travel is firmly back on track.
UNWTO’s 2nd World Sports Tourism Congress focuses on sustainability
Besides assessing the impacts of sports tourism, the Congress also explored the potential benefits of the growing sector, including its links to health and wellbeing and its importance for promoting destinations to bigger and more diverse audiences. The Congress was held under the theme “Tourism and Sports United for Sustainability” from April 26-27 in Zadar.
Besides assessing the impacts of sports tourism, the Congress explored the potential benefits of the growing sector, including its links to health and wellbeing and its importance for promoting destinations to bigger and more diverse audiences.
Organised byWorld Sports Tourism Congress(WSTC), brought together experts and leaders from across the sports and tourism sectors, alongside representatives of destinations and businesses.Leaders from both established and emerging sports tourism destinations shared their insights and best practices to produce recommendations for growing the sector in size and influence., Government of Croatia through its Ministry of Tourism and Sport and the Affiliate Member Croatian National Tourist Board, the
“The Congress provided an opportunity to hear from various international and Croatian speakers and showcase the opportunities for sustainable development of sports tourism in the country,” said Nikolina Brnjac, the Minister of Tourism and Sport in Croatia.
Brnjac also mentioned that the Croatian government has secured ample funds for building active tourism infrastructure, in line with their goal of making Croatia a competitive sports tourism destination on a global scale.
In order to maximise the potential of sports tourism, public and private sector actors must collaborate and that’s where UNWTO steps in, Secretary-General of UNWTO Zurab Pololikashvili said.
Arabian Travel Market set to open in Dubai on May 1
Held in collaboration with the emirate’s Department of Economy and Tourism (DET), the four-day mega event will host over 2,000 exhibitors, representatives from more than 150 countries and an anticipated 34,000 attendees. In its 30th edition, the show sees 27% YoY rise in exhibitors, with growth across all show sectors.
“ATM 2023 will provide a platform for a diverse array of public and private-sector speakers, all of whom will offer expert insights into trends, responsible tourism and a host of other industry-critical issues,” said Danielle Curtis, Exhibition Director ME, Arabian Travel Market.
Other than the theme, the highlight of this year’s ATM is the return of the Chinese traveller. For the first time after the country lifted its Covid-related travel restrictions earlier this year, Chinese exhibitors and travel professionals are making a return to ATM 2023, an official release by the exhibitor shared. China became the world’s top source market in 2019, with 155 million tourists spending more than USD 250 billion overseas. Based on predictions, the nation’s outbound market is expected to recover to around six million travellers per month by the summer of 2023.”We’ve seen a robust increase in exhibitor growth across all show areas and it’s exciting to be able to welcome back our Chinese colleagues after remaining covid restrictions were lifted in the region,” said Vasyl Zhygalo, Managing Director of RX Middle East and Portfolio Director of WTM, IBTM and RX.
“With sustainability an ever-increasing consideration for the travel industry, and indeed across the WTM and IBTM event portfolios, it’s never been more important for the sector to interact with ATM 2023’s theme, ‘Working Towards Net Zero’ and explore the vast array of business trends and opportunities showcased around this topic at the show,” added Zhygalo.
As in previous years, Southeast Asia and India will feature prominently at this year’s event as well. According to a Reserve Bank of India (RBI) report, Indian nationals spent a record USD 10 billion on overseas travel during the first nine months of 2022, an increase of nearly 43% compared to pre-Covid figures. Other estimates indicate the number of annual outbound journeys will reach more than 27 million by 2024, with a total value of over USD 42 billion.
To mark its 30th edition, ATM will be unveiling a dedicated sustainability pledge that has been designed to reinforce RX’s commitment to the delivery of sustainable events through the use of environmentally friendly materials, the elimination of single-use plastics and other forward-thinking initiatives. In addition to setting out the show’s journey towards net zero, this pledge will be accompanied by a new playbook, which offers participants a framework within which to mitigate their environmental impact before, during and after the event, the exhibitor shared.
“It is indeed fitting that this year’s ATM theme focusses on sustainability to build a better future for tourism. For us, this theme assumes even greater significance as 2023 is UAE‘s Year of Sustainability and Dubai will be hosting COP28, the UN Climate Change Conference,” said , CEO, Dubai Corporation for Tourism and Commerce Marketing.
“Dubai has made significant strides in this area, with strategies to reduce carbon footprint and create a more environmentally conscious tourism industry, aligned with the ambition of our visionary leadership to make Dubai the best city in the world to visit, live, and work in. As momentum continues to accelerate across the global tourism andsegments, we welcome the pursuit of a more evolved, collaborative, inclusive and long-term approach to sustainable growth and practices for the industry,” Kazim added.
In addition to sustainability, the ATM Global Stage will host a variety of sessions focused on pivotal industry issues, including, but not limited to: hotels and hospitality; aviation and transport; meetings, incentives, conferences and exhibitions (MICE); business travel; investment; responsible tourism; workforce diversification; and emerging segments such as attractions, cruises, wellness and cultural tourism.
The upcoming edition will see the return of the ATM Travel Tech Stage, which will host discussions on how factors such as artificial intelligence, the metaverse, cryptocurrency and big data are impacting the travel sector, while showcasing cutting-edge innovations and solutions with the potential to drive the next generation of sustainable tourism.
ATM 2023 will also feature a Sustainability Hub for the first time in the show’s history. This space will offer a venue for sessions dedicated to the latestsustainable traveltrends and innovations, while providing the backdrop for the ATM 2023 Start-up Competition.
This year’s show will see the return of International Luxury Travel Market (ILTM) Arabia, which will explore trends and opportunities within the burgeoning field of high-end tourism. There will also be sessions from the International Tourism & Investment Conference (ITIC), the International Congress and Convention Association (ICCA) and the Global Business Travel Association (GBTA).
“As we celebrate 30 years of partnership and commitment at ATM, it’s remarkable to see this event’s evolution and growing prominence on the global stage,” said Adnan Kazim, Chief Commercial Officer at Emirates. “We are proud of the role we have played in the growth of ATM and strengthening its mindshare as an industry event, as well as the growth of our home city Dubai, which is at the forefront of global tourism,” he shared.
The 30th edition of ATM will take place as part of Arabian Travel Week, a festival of events dedicated to enabling industry professionals from all over the world to collaborate and capitalise on market opportunities through exhibitions, conferences, breakfast briefings, awards, product launches and networking events.
ATM 2023’s strategic partners include Dubai’s Department of Economy and Tourism (DET) as the Destination Partner, Emirates as the Official Airline Partner, IHG Hotels & Resorts as the Official Hotel Partner and Al Rais Travel as the Official DMC Partner.
MoT to expand Yuva Tourism Clubs to 50,000; foster sustainability among members
To mark the 100th Episode of ‘Mann ki Baat’ airing today, the Ministry of Tourism plans to celebrate through its Yuva Tourism Clubs. The MoT will kick-off the celebration with special initiatives, such as launching a design challenge to create substitutes for single-use plastic items, promoting climate resilience in buildings, endorsing the Life Mission, and more.
In a recent statement, the Ministry of Tourism has proposed to increase the number of Yuva Tourism Clubs to 50,000, in the next 100 days, starting from May 1, 2023. To date, around 30,000 Yuva Tourism Clubs have been constituted by the Ministry of Tourism.
The introduction of Yuva Tourism Clubs was launched in schools, colleges, andinstitutions as part of the Azadi Ka Amrut Mahotsav celebrations. According to , the goal of Yuva Tourism Clubs is to cultivate and empower young advocates for Indian tourism who can recognise the potential of tourism in India, value our diverse cultural heritage, and foster a keen interest and enthusiasm for tourism.
Additionally, they aim to teach students the importance of responsible tourism and encourage them to become skilled professionals and entrepreneurs in the hospitality and tourism sectors.
Going forward, to make future Hotel and Tourism Managers aware about, all IHMs will conduct a design challenge for designing substitutes of items of cutlery and crockery made of single use plastic.
They would also incorporate climate resilience in their buildings for which the Ministry of Tourism will coordinate with thefor Rooftop Solar Panels, Ministry of Water Resources for Rain Water Harvesting and other such interventions.
All this and more is a part of a special initiative that the Ministry of Tourism intends to celebrate the “100 Episodes of– 100 Days of Action” through the Yuva Tourism Clubs, which is to be aired today.
Some of the other activities include hosting a live event via video conferencing with Yuva Tourism Clubs to promote the Life Mission, organising visits of Yuva Tourism Clubs to coastal areas and 71 lighthouses, and more.
“The Ministry of Tourism proposes to organise several initiatives and activities through the Yuva Tourism Clubs, as the students of today would be the entrepreneurs and citizens of tomorrow,” it stated.
Driving sustainability: Strategies for hotels to achieve environmental, social goals
According to the World Tourism Organization, the tourism industry is responsible for around five percent of global CO2 emissions due to its high dependence on carbon-based fuel, food, and water. The hotel industry, in particular, has a significant part to play given its role on consumer consumption and local communities.
Theindustry are a significant contributor to greenhouse gas emissions and climate change. According to the , the industry is responsible for around five percent of global CO2 emissions due to its high dependence on carbon-based fuel, food, and water. The , in particular, has a significant part to play given its role on consumer consumption and .
There is reason for optimism that a solution to the problem exists in the form of the circular economy model, which prioritises the creation of a closed loop where waste is minimised, and all resources are either reused or recycled. This creates an opportunity for the hotel sector to be at the forefront of the movement towards sustainable tourism practices and set an example for the rest of the industry.
Benefits of the circular economy model for the hotel industryThe circular economy model can help hotels achieve sustainability in three key areas, primarily in cost saving, reputation, and opening up new revenue opportunities. Waste reduction and material reuse can result in significant cost savings on procurement and waste disposal. It can enhance hotels’ reputation as options, potentially attracting more business. Lastly, the model can stimulate innovation and new revenue streams for hotels.
Sustainability risks to the hotel industryWhen considering the circular economy model for hotels, we must keep in mind the present sustainability risks facing the sector too.
Over-reliance on food imports increases the industry’s carbon footprint and negatively impacts the countries they operate in. According to a report by the World Wildlife Fund, the food and drink sector accounts for nearly a third of global greenhouse gas emissions, and the transportation of food accounts for a significant portion of these emissions. Reducing reliance on food imports will be critical for hotels to achieve sustainability goals.
Additionally, the industry’s dependence on a dedicated workforce limits their ability to adapt to changing market conditions in sync with their sustainability goals. This is because hotels can find it difficult to quickly train and retrain people on new sustainability practices and procedures, especially if a hotel is understaffed or if there is high turnover, which is common in the industry.
It is also challenging for hotels to influence guest behaviour towards pro-sustainability practices, which can impede their ability to fully realise and uphold their sustainability commitments. According to a survey by Booking.com, while 82 percent of travellers believe that sustainable travel is vital, only 43 percent said they often or always manage to travel sustainably. These risks create an opportunity for innovation to address sustainable practices.
Sustainable local food sourcing for hotelsOne way for hotels to address sustainability risks is by rethinking their food sourcing practices. Food imports can increase a hotel’s carbon footprint, and over reliance on large-scale industrial agriculture can contribute to environmental degradation. On the other hand, sourcing food locally can support small and medium-sized enterprises, and smallholder farmers while promoting sustainability.
The Natural Step sustainable design framework is an excellent tool for hotels to align their food sourcing practices with sustainable principles. The framework emphasises reducing dependence on non-renewable fuels and synthetic chemicals, minimising destruction of nature, and ensuring no hindrance to local people from meeting their needs.
Even procuring 50 percent food locally can have numerous benefits for hotels, including cost savings on imported food, improved brand reputation, and being a local community champion. While there may be challenges such as inadequate quantity and inconsistent quality of produce, educating staff and customers and increasing the procurement team’s bandwidth can help overcome these issues.
by hiring local talent
Hotels can truly make a difference in their communities by prioritising local hiring practices. It’s not only a smart business move, but it can also lead to a long-term positive impact on the environment and society. Hiring from the local community can also help hotels build stronger relationships with their workforce while building a positive image in the local community. A local team can also create elevated customer experiences through a better understanding of local culture and customs.
Furthermore, by hiring locally, hotels can benefit from financial incentives offered by the local governments and reduce their carbon footprint by minimising staff commuting. Of course, challenges such as finding the right talent pool may arise, but with a little effort and investment in training and education, hotels can create a situation where everyone comes out on top, from the guests to the planet.
Influencing pro-sustainability behaviours of guestsEncouraging guests to adopt pro-sustainability behaviours can be a win-win for both hotels and the environment. One effective strategy is to offer sustainable toiletries and accessories only on request. This not only reduces costs in the short term but also nudges guests to be more mindful of their consumption levels. Another way hotels can promote sustainability is by providing guests with a “Guest Sustainability Report” at check-out. This can make guests feel good by letting them witness the positive impact of their eco-friendly choices, which would encourage them to continue making sustainable choices in the future.
Furthermore, adopting a sustainable philosophy, will allow hotels to tap into a growing segment of guests who value ethical and eco-friendly practices. A survey by TripAdvisor found that 62 percent of travellers would choose one hotel over another because it had more environmentally friendly practices.
In a world where environmental concerns are becoming more pressing, hotels that prioritise sustainable growth have the opportunity to set a positive example and make a meaningful impact. By taking responsibility for their ecological footprint and demonstrating their commitment to ethical and environmentally conscious practices, hotels can not only appeal to a growing segment of eco-conscious consumers but also drive progress towards a more sustainable future.
Norwegian sets new gas emission targets, revamps Climate Action Strategy
With these actions, the cruise company underscores its robust commitment to decarbonisation as part of its global sustainability program, Sail & Sustain. While the land-based infrastructure expansion is underway, the company is also equipping its ships with the technology needed to plug-in, targeting to have approximately 70 percent of its fleet equipped by 2025.
With these actions, the company, which operatesLine, and Regent Seven Seas Cruises, underscores its robust commitment to decarbonisation as part of its global sustainability program, .
Key components of the company’s new interim GHG reduction targets include reduction of GHG intensity by 10 percent by 2026 and 25 percent by 2030, compared to a 2019 baseline with intensity measured on a per Capacity Day1 basis.
The targets also cover the company’s emissions from its fleet of ships, islands and facilities as well as upstream fuel- and energy-related activities, including well-to-tank emissions. As such, the targets will capture the full well-to-wake emissions impact of the Company’s fuel consumption.
Interim targets provide a roadmap to support the company’s existing net zero by 2050 ambition. The scope of this commitment expands to the Company’s entire greenhouse gas footprint, including its vast network of suppliers and partners across its value chain.
“We are proud to further refine and strengthen our climate action strategy and commitments including by setting milestone GHG intensity reduction targets which will guide us on our ambitious pursuit of net zero by 2050,” said, president and chief executive officer-elect of
“Every aspect of our business from shoreside to shipboard is responsible for doing their part to design, deliver and demonstrate results for decarbonisation and our Board of Directors has reinforced this expectation by establishing shared accountability and tying incentives for our entire management team to this critical effort. We also recently took an important step forward on our pursuit of net zero by announcing the modification of two of our future Prima Class newbuilds to accommodate the use of green methanol in the future.”
“We are also activating and mobilising our full network of team members, ports and destinations, suppliers and partners, and guests to act now and join us on this transformative journey, further amplifying the efforts we could achieve on our own,” Sommer continued.
Additionally, the company’s revamped climate action strategy is centered around three pillars: Efficiency, Innovation and Collaboration.
The company said that it is focused on optimising efficiency for its existing fleet which can have an immediate impact on onboard power consumption and GHG emissions as well as generate fuel savings.
This includes both ongoing investments in systems and technologies, such as HVAC system upgrades and waste heat recovery systems, as well as operational enhancements, such as smart itinerary and voyage planning and optimisation of hotel operations. The Company is also building and investing in internal systems and processes to enable its team members, and even guests, to operate its ships with optimal efficiency.
The cruise company is also innovating for long-term solutions and technologies, including those that support the ability to operate on green fuels. Since 2022, the Company has successfully completed tests of biofuel blends on multiple ships, in which a blend of approximately 30 percent biofuel and 70 percent marine gas oil has been used. The company believes biodiesel is a viable transition fuel that can support the decarbonisation journey as long-term solutions are tested and scaled.
The Company sees green methanol as a promising solution for the long term and has announced the modification of the final two Prima Class ships to accommodate its use as an alternative fuel source. This move reinforces the Company’s commitment to decarbonisation and would result in a significant reduction in emissions, including up to 95 percent reduction in CO2. The use of green methanol would also require fewer modifications compared to other emerging fuels in the market.
Moving ahead, the pathway to net zero will be complex and will require significant collaboration across the Company’s network of stakeholders including suppliers, communities, governments and NGOs to collectively partner and find solutions to combat climate change. The Company is also exploring partnerships to champion efforts surrounding the development of green fuels along with the global infrastructure to produce, store and distribute these fuels.
NCLH also saw cross-sector collaboration as a catalyst for effective and accelerated change and is an active member in industry associations, such as the , and regional forums.
In addition, the company continues to actively partner with key ports to accelerate the use of shore power technology which allows cruise ships to connect to onshore electrical power grids to supply much of the power needed while docked. While the land-based infrastructure expansion is underway, the Company is also equipping its ships with the technology needed to plug-in, targeting to have approximately 70 percent of its fleet equipped by 2025.
Jessica John, Vice President of Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings Ltd., acknowledged the progress made across sectors towards decarbonisation but stated that the cruise industry still faces significant challenges in achieving full decarbonisation by 2050., Investor Relations and Corporate Communications at
Rather than waiting for these challenges to resolve, the company’s strategy involves taking immediate action to implement efficient solutions, innovate for future solutions and collaborate with stakeholders, she added. Good governance and effective risk management support this strategy as the company works towards advancing climate action efforts and building resilience.
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