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Mexico’s top tourism destinations deemed safe

Scenic view of Puerto Vallarta.

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The United States Department of State issued an update for its travel advisory to Mexico by deeming all major tourism destinations safe.
The Mexico Tourism Board revealed that more than 40 of the country’s major international tourist destinations have no travel restrictions and exist in states where there are no special travel advisories for tourists.
Mexican officials cite the updated travel advisory to prove the vast majority of crimes in the country do not occur in areas frequented by international tourists. Even some of the areas with remaining warnings have resort areas free of the travel restrictions, including Guadalajara and Puerto Vallarta.
In total, Mexico is the sixth-most visited country in the world, registering 39.3 million international visitors in 2017. The tourism industry in the country has also experienced a growth rate above industry-average levels for the last five years, thanks in part to the government’s focus on the safety of tourists.
Mexico’s tourism industry and the MexicoTourism Board continue to work together to make the country safe for travelers.

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Scenic view of Puerto Vallarta.

Tourism Correspondent

The United States Department of State issued an update for its travel advisory to Mexico by deeming all major tourism destinations safe.
The Mexico Tourism Board revealed that more than 40 of the country’s major international tourist destinations have no travel restrictions and exist in states where there are no special travel advisories for tourists.
Mexican officials cite the updated travel advisory to prove the vast majority of crimes in the country do not occur in areas frequented by international tourists. Even some of the areas with remaining warnings have resort areas free of the travel restrictions, including Guadalajara and Puerto Vallarta.
In total, Mexico is the sixth-most visited country in the world, registering 39.3 million international visitors in 2017. The tourism industry in the country has also experienced a growth rate above industry-average levels for the last five years, thanks in part to the government’s focus on the safety of tourists.
Mexico’s tourism industry and the MexicoTourism Board continue to work together to make the country safe for travelers.


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World Tourism Day to focus on innovation and digital transformation

World Tourism Day will be celebrated September 27.

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Digital technology and the important role it plays in creating an opportunity for innovation in the tourism industry is to be the focus of World Tourism Day 2018.
The event, which will be celebrated on September 27 in Budapest, (as well as around the world), is designed to raise awareness regarding tourism’s actualand potential contributions to sustainable development.
In particular, this year’s World Tourism (WTD) day will shed light on how technological advances including big data, artificial intelligence and digital platforms, can be used to benefit sustainable development, the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) said in a statement.
UNWTO said it “sees digital advances and innovation as part of the solution to the challenge of marrying continued growth with a more sustainable and responsible tourism sector.”
“Harnessing innovation and digital advances provides tourism with opportunities to improve inclusiveness, local community empowerment and efficient resource management, amongst other objectives within the wider sustainable development agenda,” UNWTO Secretary-General Zurab Pololikashvili said in a statement.
The event website goes on to note that digital advances are transforming how we connect and inform ourselves, transforming our behavior, and encouraging innovation and sustainable, responsible growth strategies.
“We must better understand the growing economic, societal and environmental impacts of technology and innovation in tourism if our sector is to sustain continuous and inclusive growth in line with the Sustainable Development Goals of the United Nations,” states the WTD website.
The official WTD celebration will also include the announcement of the semi-finalists of the first UNWTO Tourism Startup Competition, launched by UNWTO and Globalia to provide visibility to startups with innovative ideas capable of revolutionizing the way people travel and enjoy tourism.

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World Tourism Day will be celebrated September 27.

Tourism Report

Digital technology and the important role it plays in creating an opportunity for innovation in the tourism industry is to be the focus of World Tourism Day 2018.
The event, which will be celebrated on September 27 in Budapest, (as well as around the world), is designed to raise awareness regarding tourism’s actualand potential contributions to sustainable development.
In particular, this year’s World Tourism (WTD) day will shed light on how technological advances including big data, artificial intelligence and digital platforms, can be used to benefit sustainable development, the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) said in a statement.
UNWTO said it “sees digital advances and innovation as part of the solution to the challenge of marrying continued growth with a more sustainable and responsible tourism sector.”
“Harnessing innovation and digital advances provides tourism with opportunities to improve inclusiveness, local community empowerment and efficient resource management, amongst other objectives within the wider sustainable development agenda,” UNWTO Secretary-General Zurab Pololikashvili said in a statement.
The event website goes on to note that digital advances are transforming how we connect and inform ourselves, transforming our behavior, and encouraging innovation and sustainable, responsible growth strategies.
“We must better understand the growing economic, societal and environmental impacts of technology and innovation in tourism if our sector is to sustain continuous and inclusive growth in line with the Sustainable Development Goals of the United Nations,” states the WTD website.
The official WTD celebration will also include the announcement of the semi-finalists of the first UNWTO Tourism Startup Competition, launched by UNWTO and Globalia to provide visibility to startups with innovative ideas capable of revolutionizing the way people travel and enjoy tourism.


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Air passenger demand continues strong growth

Passenger demand for air travel remains strong around the world, with travel in the Asia-Pacific region leading the pack.

Aviation report

Global air passenger traffic reached record levels in May despite rising airline costs tied to jet fuel prices.
Data recently released by the International Air Transport Association (IATA)shows that demand (measured in revenue passenger kilometers or RPKs) rose 6.1 percent in May compared to the same month in 2017.
The new numbers also represent a slight uptick from the six percent year-over-year growth for April 2018.
“May was another solid month in terms of demand growth. As had been expected, we saw some moderation, as rising airline costs are reducing the stimulus from lower airfares. In particular, jet fuel prices are expected to be up nearly 26 percent this year compared to 2017. Nevertheless, the record load factor for the month signifies that demand for air connectivity is strong,” Alexandre de Juniac, IATA’s director general and CEO, said in a statement.
International passenger traffic demand in May rose 5.8 percent, up from 4.6 percent growth in April, according to IATA.
When broken down by region, Asia-Pacific airlines are leading the pack. Their traffic increased 8 percent in May compared to one year ago. Capacity meanwhile increased 7.6 percent.
“Passenger traffic has continued to trend strongly upwards in seasonally-adjusted terms, buoyed by a combination of robust regional economic growth and increases in the number of route options for travelers,” IATA said of the Asia-Pacific growth.
In Europe meanwhile, May demand climbed 6.2 percent over May 2017, well above the 3.4 percent year-over-year growth recorded in April. Capacity rose 5.1 percent and load factor was up 0.8 percentage point to 83.5 percent, which was the highest among regions. Despite the impact of strikes in Europe and mixed signals regarding the economic backdrop, traffic growth remains healthy, said IATA.
In the Middle East, May demand growth slowed to 0.8 percent compared to a year ago. The figure also represents a drop from the 2.9 percent annual growth recorded in April.
“The earlier timing of Ramadan this year may have affected the result, but more broadly, the upward trend in traffic has slowed compared to last year,” said IATA. May capacity increased 3.7 percent, and load factor fell 1.9 percentage points to 67.5 percent.
North American airlines are also faring well thus far in 2018. Traffic increased 4.9 percent in May compared to the same month last year. That’s also a significant rebound from the 0.9 percent growth in April, which was a 36-month low. Capacity climbed 3.4 percent and load factor increased 1.2 percentage points to 82.0 percent.
In Latin America, there was a 7.5 percent increase in traffic in May compared to the same month last year, which was up from 6.5 percent growth in April. Capacity climbed 7.0% and load factor rose 0.4 percentage points to 81.6%.
“Economic disruption in Brazil may be contributing to a slight slowdown in demand growth in recent months, but this is not expected to have a long-term impact on the healthy traffic trend,” IATA said.
Finally, in Africa traffic rose 3.8 percent in May compared to one year ago, which was an eight-month low. Capacity rose 3.2 percent and load factor edged up 0.4 percentage point to 66.4 percent.
The region’s two largest economies, Nigeria and South Africa, may be moving in opposite directions again, with higher oil prices bolstering the Nigerian economy, while business confidence in South Africa has weakened again, said IATA.
While IATA said the airline industry is experiencing solid performance and net profits overall, the organization also cautioned that storm clouds are on the horizon including rising cost inputs, growing protectionist sentiment and the risk of trade wars, as well as geopolitical tensions.
“Aviation is the business of freedom, liberating people to lead better lives. Governments that recognize this will take steps to ensure aviation is economically sustainable. And aviation works best when borders are open to trade and people,” said de Juniac.

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Passenger demand for air travel remains strong around the world, with travel in the Asia-Pacific region leading the pack.

Aviation report

Global air passenger traffic reached record levels in May despite rising airline costs tied to jet fuel prices.
Data recently released by the International Air Transport Association (IATA)shows that demand (measured in revenue passenger kilometers or RPKs) rose 6.1 percent in May compared to the same month in 2017.
The new numbers also represent a slight uptick from the six percent year-over-year growth for April 2018.
“May was another solid month in terms of demand growth. As had been expected, we saw some moderation, as rising airline costs are reducing the stimulus from lower airfares. In particular, jet fuel prices are expected to be up nearly 26 percent this year compared to 2017. Nevertheless, the record load factor for the month signifies that demand for air connectivity is strong,” Alexandre de Juniac, IATA’s director general and CEO, said in a statement.
International passenger traffic demand in May rose 5.8 percent, up from 4.6 percent growth in April, according to IATA.
When broken down by region, Asia-Pacific airlines are leading the pack. Their traffic increased 8 percent in May compared to one year ago. Capacity meanwhile increased 7.6 percent.
“Passenger traffic has continued to trend strongly upwards in seasonally-adjusted terms, buoyed by a combination of robust regional economic growth and increases in the number of route options for travelers,” IATA said of the Asia-Pacific growth.
In Europe meanwhile, May demand climbed 6.2 percent over May 2017, well above the 3.4 percent year-over-year growth recorded in April. Capacity rose 5.1 percent and load factor was up 0.8 percentage point to 83.5 percent, which was the highest among regions. Despite the impact of strikes in Europe and mixed signals regarding the economic backdrop, traffic growth remains healthy, said IATA.
In the Middle East, May demand growth slowed to 0.8 percent compared to a year ago. The figure also represents a drop from the 2.9 percent annual growth recorded in April.
“The earlier timing of Ramadan this year may have affected the result, but more broadly, the upward trend in traffic has slowed compared to last year,” said IATA. May capacity increased 3.7 percent, and load factor fell 1.9 percentage points to 67.5 percent.
North American airlines are also faring well thus far in 2018. Traffic increased 4.9 percent in May compared to the same month last year. That’s also a significant rebound from the 0.9 percent growth in April, which was a 36-month low. Capacity climbed 3.4 percent and load factor increased 1.2 percentage points to 82.0 percent.
In Latin America, there was a 7.5 percent increase in traffic in May compared to the same month last year, which was up from 6.5 percent growth in April. Capacity climbed 7.0% and load factor rose 0.4 percentage points to 81.6%.
“Economic disruption in Brazil may be contributing to a slight slowdown in demand growth in recent months, but this is not expected to have a long-term impact on the healthy traffic trend,” IATA said.
Finally, in Africa traffic rose 3.8 percent in May compared to one year ago, which was an eight-month low. Capacity rose 3.2 percent and load factor edged up 0.4 percentage point to 66.4 percent.
The region’s two largest economies, Nigeria and South Africa, may be moving in opposite directions again, with higher oil prices bolstering the Nigerian economy, while business confidence in South Africa has weakened again, said IATA.
While IATA said the airline industry is experiencing solid performance and net profits overall, the organization also cautioned that storm clouds are on the horizon including rising cost inputs, growing protectionist sentiment and the risk of trade wars, as well as geopolitical tensions.
“Aviation is the business of freedom, liberating people to lead better lives. Governments that recognize this will take steps to ensure aviation is economically sustainable. And aviation works best when borders are open to trade and people,” said de Juniac.


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Underwater museums becoming a new trend  in recent years.

Tourism Report

Cancun opened its first underwater museum in 2010, the Museo Subacuatico de Arte, known as MUSA, and now the resort destination is developing a new underwater attraction.
The development was announced by Ferrat Mancera, president of the Nautical Associates of Cancun, in February and development is now underway, according to a report in Riviera Maya News.
The environmental aspects of El Meco Underwater Museum are being led by oceanologist Pablo Pantoja, and “meets the requirements set by the authorities regarding the type of material,” according to Mancera.
The museum will be made up of three areas. The first is a Mayan city with replicas of ruins approved by the National Institute of Anthropology and History.
Another part of the museum will be made up of sculptures, including 90 molds of angels, and the third part will include a submarine snake constructed by a company based in Monterrey, Mexico.
This will be Cancun’s second underwater museum. El Meco was, at one point, discussed as an extension of MUSA but is now underway as a separate project, according to Mancera.
As Cancun creates its second underwater museum, the U.S. just opened its first. The Underwater Museum of Art, which is located off the coast of northwest Florida officially opened to the public with art under the sea.
Those headed to Grayton Beach State Park in South Walton, Florida, may want to add it to their list.
There are seven prominent structures, including a skull by Vince Tatum and an octopus by Allison Wickey, who created the museum.

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Tourism Report

Cancun opened its first underwater museum in 2010, the Museo Subacuatico de Arte, known as MUSA, and now the resort destination is developing a new underwater attraction.
The development was announced by Ferrat Mancera, president of the Nautical Associates of Cancun, in February and development is now underway, according to a report in Riviera Maya News.
The environmental aspects of El Meco Underwater Museum are being led by oceanologist Pablo Pantoja, and “meets the requirements set by the authorities regarding the type of material,” according to Mancera.
The museum will be made up of three areas. The first is a Mayan city with replicas of ruins approved by the National Institute of Anthropology and History.
Another part of the museum will be made up of sculptures, including 90 molds of angels, and the third part will include a submarine snake constructed by a company based in Monterrey, Mexico.
This will be Cancun’s second underwater museum. El Meco was, at one point, discussed as an extension of MUSA but is now underway as a separate project, according to Mancera.
As Cancun creates its second underwater museum, the U.S. just opened its first. The Underwater Museum of Art, which is located off the coast of northwest Florida officially opened to the public with art under the sea.
Those headed to Grayton Beach State Park in South Walton, Florida, may want to add it to their list.
There are seven prominent structures, including a skull by Vince Tatum and an octopus by Allison Wickey, who created the museum.


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Solomon Islands tourism rebrands

Tourism Correpondent

In what represents a “seismic shift” in direction for the Solomon Islands destination marketing, the Solomon Islands Visitors Bureau has today unveiled its new look ‘Solomon Is.’ branding.
A key component of the new branding sees the Solomon Islands Visitors Bureau being renamed ‘Tourism Solomons’ with the NTO’s familiar sun, island and sea logo replaced with a new logo featuring an iconic Solomon Islands’ dugout canoe.
Underlining the importance tourismholds as a key economic driver for the country, Solomon Islands prime minister, the Hon. Rick Hou personally stepped in to unveil the new look branding and logo at an event held in Honiara’s Solomon Kitano Mendana Hotel.
Describing the initiative as a “seismic shift” in the destination’s international marketing direction, Tourism Solomons CEO, Josefa ‘Jo’ Tuamoto said the ‘Solomon Is’ branding has been purposely created to be versatile, covering every niche the multi-faceted destination offers and which set these Hapi Isles apart from its South Pacific neighbours.
“We are confident the new branding truly characterizes the destination’s identity, message, image, and positioning and will provide the platform for the Solomon Islands to optimally market itself in the international arena for the next decade or more,” Mr. Tuamoto said.
“The beauty of this new brand is it allows us to attach the ‘Solomons Is.’ tagline to just about anything—be that an emotion, an action, a noun or adjective—and we can also readily combine it to target specific demographics such as couples, honeymooners, families, etc.
“Our new branding is unique. It allows every visitor to target or tag their own travel experience, exactly as they want it to be, in the process making it uniquely theirs and uniquely Solomon Islands.
“This branding is also about touching—touching the past through a multitude of traditional lifestyles and cultural icons that have yielded little to urbanization and commercialized mass-tourism.
“It is logical, nationalistic, unique, easy-to-follow and cost-effective.
“More to the point It checks every mark at this stage of the Solomon Islands tourism evolution and this branding is intended to evolve as the industry evolves.
“No matter how the destination matures and marketing emphasis evolves, ‘Solomon Is.’ is now the brand.
“We’ve made the move to change and it’s the right move.”
Developed by Suva (Fiji) based Webmedia South Pacific, the new look identity replaces the former ‘So Solomons—So Different’ branding which has formed the mainbrace of the NTO’s marketing for the last five years.
The strategy for the new direction has received a 100 percent of approval from the Solomon Islands Government cabinet which was given a sneak peek of the new branding last week.

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Tourism Correpondent

In what represents a “seismic shift” in direction for the Solomon Islands destination marketing, the Solomon Islands Visitors Bureau has today unveiled its new look ‘Solomon Is.’ branding.
A key component of the new branding sees the Solomon Islands Visitors Bureau being renamed ‘Tourism Solomons’ with the NTO’s familiar sun, island and sea logo replaced with a new logo featuring an iconic Solomon Islands’ dugout canoe.
Underlining the importance tourismholds as a key economic driver for the country, Solomon Islands prime minister, the Hon. Rick Hou personally stepped in to unveil the new look branding and logo at an event held in Honiara’s Solomon Kitano Mendana Hotel.
Describing the initiative as a “seismic shift” in the destination’s international marketing direction, Tourism Solomons CEO, Josefa ‘Jo’ Tuamoto said the ‘Solomon Is’ branding has been purposely created to be versatile, covering every niche the multi-faceted destination offers and which set these Hapi Isles apart from its South Pacific neighbours.
“We are confident the new branding truly characterizes the destination’s identity, message, image, and positioning and will provide the platform for the Solomon Islands to optimally market itself in the international arena for the next decade or more,” Mr. Tuamoto said.
“The beauty of this new brand is it allows us to attach the ‘Solomons Is.’ tagline to just about anything—be that an emotion, an action, a noun or adjective—and we can also readily combine it to target specific demographics such as couples, honeymooners, families, etc.
“Our new branding is unique. It allows every visitor to target or tag their own travel experience, exactly as they want it to be, in the process making it uniquely theirs and uniquely Solomon Islands.
“This branding is also about touching—touching the past through a multitude of traditional lifestyles and cultural icons that have yielded little to urbanization and commercialized mass-tourism.
“It is logical, nationalistic, unique, easy-to-follow and cost-effective.
“More to the point It checks every mark at this stage of the Solomon Islands tourism evolution and this branding is intended to evolve as the industry evolves.
“No matter how the destination matures and marketing emphasis evolves, ‘Solomon Is.’ is now the brand.
“We’ve made the move to change and it’s the right move.”
Developed by Suva (Fiji) based Webmedia South Pacific, the new look identity replaces the former ‘So Solomons—So Different’ branding which has formed the mainbrace of the NTO’s marketing for the last five years.
The strategy for the new direction has received a 100 percent of approval from the Solomon Islands Government cabinet which was given a sneak peek of the new branding last week.


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