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Number of tourist arrivals in Africa increased by 7% in 2018 – UN report

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According to UN World Tourism Organisation, data from Africa points to a 7% increase in tourist arrivals in 2018.
North Africa registered the biggest increase; 10% and Sub-Saharan recorded 6% reaching an estimated 67 million arrivals altogether.
Globally, international tourist arrivals (overnight visitors) increased 6% to 1.4 billion in 2018, clearly above the 3.7% growth registered in the global economy.
“The growth of tourism in recent years confirms that the sector is today one of the most powerful drivers of economic growth and development. It is our responsibility to manage it in a sustainable manner and translate this expansion into real benefits for all countries, and particularly, to all local communities, creating opportunities for jobs and entrepreneurship and leaving no one behind,” said UNWTO Secretary-General Zurab Pololikashvili.
“This is why UNWTO is focussing 2019 on education, skills and job creation,” he added.
UNWTO’s long-term forecast published in 2010 predicted the 1.4 billion mark of international tourist arrivals for 2020.
Yet stronger economic growth, more affordable air travel, technological changes, new businesses models and greater visa facilitation around the word have accelerated growth in recent years.
Based on current trends, economic prospects and the UNWTO Confidence Index, UNWTO forecasts international arrivals to grow 3% to 4% next year, more in line with historic growth trends.
As a general backdrop, the stability of fuel prices tends to translate into affordable air travel while air connectivity continues to improve in many destinations, facilitating the diversification of source markets.
Trends also show strong outbound travel from emerging markets, especially India and Russia but also from smaller Asian and Arab source markets.
At the same time, the global economic slowdown, the uncertainty related to the Brexit, as well as geopolitical and trade tensions may prompt a “wait and see” attitude among investors and travellers.
Overall, 2019 is expected to see the  consolidation among consumers of emerging trends such as the quest for ‘travel to change and to show’, ‘the pursuit of healthy options’ such as walking, wellness and sports tourism, ‘multigenerational travel’ as a result of demographic changes and more responsible travel.
“Digitalisation, new business models, more affordable travel and societal changes are expected to continue shaping our sector, so both destination and companies need to adapt if they want to remain competitive,” added Pololikashvili.

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According to UN World Tourism Organisation, data from Africa points to a 7% increase in tourist arrivals in 2018.
North Africa registered the biggest increase; 10% and Sub-Saharan recorded 6% reaching an estimated 67 million arrivals altogether.
Globally, international tourist arrivals (overnight visitors) increased 6% to 1.4 billion in 2018, clearly above the 3.7% growth registered in the global economy.
“The growth of tourism in recent years confirms that the sector is today one of the most powerful drivers of economic growth and development. It is our responsibility to manage it in a sustainable manner and translate this expansion into real benefits for all countries, and particularly, to all local communities, creating opportunities for jobs and entrepreneurship and leaving no one behind,” said UNWTO Secretary-General Zurab Pololikashvili.
“This is why UNWTO is focussing 2019 on education, skills and job creation,” he added.
UNWTO’s long-term forecast published in 2010 predicted the 1.4 billion mark of international tourist arrivals for 2020.
Yet stronger economic growth, more affordable air travel, technological changes, new businesses models and greater visa facilitation around the word have accelerated growth in recent years.
Based on current trends, economic prospects and the UNWTO Confidence Index, UNWTO forecasts international arrivals to grow 3% to 4% next year, more in line with historic growth trends.
As a general backdrop, the stability of fuel prices tends to translate into affordable air travel while air connectivity continues to improve in many destinations, facilitating the diversification of source markets.
Trends also show strong outbound travel from emerging markets, especially India and Russia but also from smaller Asian and Arab source markets.
At the same time, the global economic slowdown, the uncertainty related to the Brexit, as well as geopolitical and trade tensions may prompt a “wait and see” attitude among investors and travellers.
Overall, 2019 is expected to see the  consolidation among consumers of emerging trends such as the quest for ‘travel to change and to show’, ‘the pursuit of healthy options’ such as walking, wellness and sports tourism, ‘multigenerational travel’ as a result of demographic changes and more responsible travel.
“Digitalisation, new business models, more affordable travel and societal changes are expected to continue shaping our sector, so both destination and companies need to adapt if they want to remain competitive,” added Pololikashvili.

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Iran’s Tourism Industry Booming

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Some 6 million foreign tourists have visited Iran in the first 3 quarters of the current Iranian calendar year (March 21-Decemeber 21), Deputy Head of Cultural Heritage, Tourism and Handicrafts Organization Mohammad Khayyatian said, adding that the country intends to pay more attention to tourism.
Addressing inauguration ceremony of the new director general of Kermanshah Cultural Heritage, Tourism and Handicrafts Department, Mohammad Khayyatian added that this number of tourists arrived in Iran while the country was under sanctions.
The prevalent conditions in Iran as well as the unmanly attitude of the international community towards the establishment have prompted the officials to pay a special attention to the tourism as one of the job-generating and foreign exchange-earning sectors, he said.
Noting that future of the country’s economy will be based on tourism, the official said that today, countries such as India have focused their attention on tourism.
Khayyatian also referred to Turkey’s planning for promoting tourism industry, “The country’s tourism incomes are sometimes more than that of our oil exports.”
“We are lagging behind in the sector, as Iran boasts a sum of 32,000 registered historic monuments,” he said, noting that however given the suitable statistics, the situation is promising.
He also described Kermanshah’s 371 kilometers of common border with Iraq as an appropriate opportunity for boosting health, pilgrimage and recreational tourism.
In a related front, on December 18, Secretary General of the World Tourism Organization (WTO) Zurab Pololikashvili, in a meeting with Iranian Ambassador to Madrid Hassan Qashqavi, highlighted the capacities of the tourism industry in Iran, and called for further expansion of cooperation between the organization and Tehran.
Pololikashvili stressed the need for cooperation with Iran to help promote tourism industry. Qashqavi elaborated on Iran’s strategic policies in the field of tourism and creating facilities for attracting and easing visit of tourists to Iran.
Referring to the measure taken to boost tourism cooperation between Iran and Spain, he said that holding cultural and civilizational exhibitions and Iranian companies’ active presence in the Tourism Exhibition Fitur in Madrid were among them. 
WTO chief, for his part, hailed Iran’s tourism attractions, saying that the entity is ready for contributing to development of the industry.
Earlier in a meeting with the head of Iran Cultural Heritage, Handicrafts and Tourism Organization, the issue of establishing handicrafts academy as the first in the world was discussed.
In a related front, Head of Iran’s Cultural Heritage and Handicrafts and Tourism Organization Ali Asqar Mounesan announced in late October that the country’s tourism industry has shown a 51% growth in the first six months of the current (Iranian) year (started on March 21).
He added that the arrival of foreign tourists in the first six months of the year rose 51% compared to the same period last year, despite the US embargoes against the country.
Mounesan said that a total of 5,100,000 foreign tourists arrived in the country last year, and if this year’s trend continues, it will reach to about seven million foreign tourists.
Iran is one of the most beautiful countries in the world with a 2500-year-old civilization, a country that is the destination of millions of foreign tourists each year.
Tourist attractions, legendary towns, recreational centers and a delicious cuisine are only a small part portion of the great features of this country. 
The most visited cities of Iran include Kish Island, Isfahan, Shiraz, Mashhad and northern cities. Due to the popularity of these cities, tourists have numerous tourist attractions and various entertainment venues, delicious food and rich culture in Iran.
Many tourists from different countries have admitted in many sites and books that Iranian cuisine surprises them and are ready to come back to Iran only to repeat the pleasure of eating. From barbecue and various types of sours and soups and dishes from different cities to various Iranian desserts, all are so famous to the world that the telegraph magazine as well as FOOD REPUBLIC have published a list of several delicious and popular Iranian food.
The most delicious Iranian dishes include: Ghormeh Sabzi, Dizi, Zereshk Polo Morgh, Kabab, Pottage and Gheimeh. 
Iran working to prevent sanctions affecting tourism industry
Meanwhile, Vice-President and Head of the Cultural Heritage, Handicrafts and Tourism Organization (CHTO) Ali-Asghar Mounesan says the CHTO does its best to prevent Iranian tourism industry from getting affected by the anti-Iran US sanctions.
Mounesan made the announcement in a meeting with Iran’s Ambassador to Spain Hassan Qashqavi and Iranian tourism entrepreneurs and tour leaders, who attended  the annual 39th International Tourism Exhibition “FITUR 2019”  held in Madrid last week.
He said the CHTO and Iranian Foreign Ministry have been in joint efforts to facilitate visit of more tourists to Iran.
Leaving no stamps on passports and issuing e-visas are among the measures taken in that connection, said Mounesan, hoping that they will serve as incentives for promotion of tourism and generating higher incomes.
Qashqavi in turn advised Iranian tour leaders and tourism entrepreneurs to use the Spanish party’s rich experience in tourism and build strong and purposeful link with the Spanish tourism officials and activists.
He also highlighted importance of the visits of Spanish King Felipe VI and Queen Letizia, of Spanish President of the Congress of Deputies and Spanish Minister of Industry, Trade and Tourism, Reyes Maroto as well as Secretary-General of the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) Zurab Pololikashvili and other local officials to Iranian pavilion in FITUR 2019 in that connection.

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Some 6 million foreign tourists have visited Iran in the first 3 quarters of the current Iranian calendar year (March 21-Decemeber 21), Deputy Head of Cultural Heritage, Tourism and Handicrafts Organization Mohammad Khayyatian said, adding that the country intends to pay more attention to tourism.
Addressing inauguration ceremony of the new director general of Kermanshah Cultural Heritage, Tourism and Handicrafts Department, Mohammad Khayyatian added that this number of tourists arrived in Iran while the country was under sanctions.
The prevalent conditions in Iran as well as the unmanly attitude of the international community towards the establishment have prompted the officials to pay a special attention to the tourism as one of the job-generating and foreign exchange-earning sectors, he said.
Noting that future of the country’s economy will be based on tourism, the official said that today, countries such as India have focused their attention on tourism.
Khayyatian also referred to Turkey’s planning for promoting tourism industry, “The country’s tourism incomes are sometimes more than that of our oil exports.”
“We are lagging behind in the sector, as Iran boasts a sum of 32,000 registered historic monuments,” he said, noting that however given the suitable statistics, the situation is promising.
He also described Kermanshah’s 371 kilometers of common border with Iraq as an appropriate opportunity for boosting health, pilgrimage and recreational tourism.
In a related front, on December 18, Secretary General of the World Tourism Organization (WTO) Zurab Pololikashvili, in a meeting with Iranian Ambassador to Madrid Hassan Qashqavi, highlighted the capacities of the tourism industry in Iran, and called for further expansion of cooperation between the organization and Tehran.
Pololikashvili stressed the need for cooperation with Iran to help promote tourism industry. Qashqavi elaborated on Iran’s strategic policies in the field of tourism and creating facilities for attracting and easing visit of tourists to Iran.
Referring to the measure taken to boost tourism cooperation between Iran and Spain, he said that holding cultural and civilizational exhibitions and Iranian companies’ active presence in the Tourism Exhibition Fitur in Madrid were among them. 
WTO chief, for his part, hailed Iran’s tourism attractions, saying that the entity is ready for contributing to development of the industry.
Earlier in a meeting with the head of Iran Cultural Heritage, Handicrafts and Tourism Organization, the issue of establishing handicrafts academy as the first in the world was discussed.
In a related front, Head of Iran’s Cultural Heritage and Handicrafts and Tourism Organization Ali Asqar Mounesan announced in late October that the country’s tourism industry has shown a 51% growth in the first six months of the current (Iranian) year (started on March 21).
He added that the arrival of foreign tourists in the first six months of the year rose 51% compared to the same period last year, despite the US embargoes against the country.
Mounesan said that a total of 5,100,000 foreign tourists arrived in the country last year, and if this year’s trend continues, it will reach to about seven million foreign tourists.
Iran is one of the most beautiful countries in the world with a 2500-year-old civilization, a country that is the destination of millions of foreign tourists each year.
Tourist attractions, legendary towns, recreational centers and a delicious cuisine are only a small part portion of the great features of this country. 
The most visited cities of Iran include Kish Island, Isfahan, Shiraz, Mashhad and northern cities. Due to the popularity of these cities, tourists have numerous tourist attractions and various entertainment venues, delicious food and rich culture in Iran.
Many tourists from different countries have admitted in many sites and books that Iranian cuisine surprises them and are ready to come back to Iran only to repeat the pleasure of eating. From barbecue and various types of sours and soups and dishes from different cities to various Iranian desserts, all are so famous to the world that the telegraph magazine as well as FOOD REPUBLIC have published a list of several delicious and popular Iranian food.
The most delicious Iranian dishes include: Ghormeh Sabzi, Dizi, Zereshk Polo Morgh, Kabab, Pottage and Gheimeh. 
Iran working to prevent sanctions affecting tourism industry
Meanwhile, Vice-President and Head of the Cultural Heritage, Handicrafts and Tourism Organization (CHTO) Ali-Asghar Mounesan says the CHTO does its best to prevent Iranian tourism industry from getting affected by the anti-Iran US sanctions.
Mounesan made the announcement in a meeting with Iran’s Ambassador to Spain Hassan Qashqavi and Iranian tourism entrepreneurs and tour leaders, who attended  the annual 39th International Tourism Exhibition “FITUR 2019”  held in Madrid last week.
He said the CHTO and Iranian Foreign Ministry have been in joint efforts to facilitate visit of more tourists to Iran.
Leaving no stamps on passports and issuing e-visas are among the measures taken in that connection, said Mounesan, hoping that they will serve as incentives for promotion of tourism and generating higher incomes.
Qashqavi in turn advised Iranian tour leaders and tourism entrepreneurs to use the Spanish party’s rich experience in tourism and build strong and purposeful link with the Spanish tourism officials and activists.
He also highlighted importance of the visits of Spanish King Felipe VI and Queen Letizia, of Spanish President of the Congress of Deputies and Spanish Minister of Industry, Trade and Tourism, Reyes Maroto as well as Secretary-General of the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) Zurab Pololikashvili and other local officials to Iranian pavilion in FITUR 2019 in that connection.

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Uganda to hire more Public Relations firms to market tourism abroad

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The Ugandan state minister for tourism, Godfrey Kiwanda has revealed that part of country’s marketing strategy this year is to hire more public relations firms to market Uganda abroad.
The new firms will be tasked with marketing Uganda’s tourism potential in China, Japan and the Middle East.
The new firms will join three other PR firms that were hired in 2016 to market the country’s tourism potential in the United Kingdom and Ireland, USA and German, each at a fee of US$500,000 per annum.
The three firms are PHG Consulting headquartered in USA, Kamageo of UK and KPRN of German.
Uganda now joins Tanzania who entered Asia and Middle East last year.
The Tanzania Tourism Board held its first road show in Guangzhou – China in December, where key Tanzanian officials attended and lobbied for Chinese tourists (and investors) to tour the country.
The officials also visited several other target markets across Asia. Next month will see Tanzania’s national carrier, Air Tanzania start direct flights to China and Thailand.
Over 4 million Chinese are expected to travel to Africa for tourism in the course of 2019.

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The Ugandan state minister for tourism, Godfrey Kiwanda has revealed that part of country’s marketing strategy this year is to hire more public relations firms to market Uganda abroad.
The new firms will be tasked with marketing Uganda’s tourism potential in China, Japan and the Middle East.
The new firms will join three other PR firms that were hired in 2016 to market the country’s tourism potential in the United Kingdom and Ireland, USA and German, each at a fee of US$500,000 per annum.
The three firms are PHG Consulting headquartered in USA, Kamageo of UK and KPRN of German.
Uganda now joins Tanzania who entered Asia and Middle East last year.
The Tanzania Tourism Board held its first road show in Guangzhou – China in December, where key Tanzanian officials attended and lobbied for Chinese tourists (and investors) to tour the country.
The officials also visited several other target markets across Asia. Next month will see Tanzania’s national carrier, Air Tanzania start direct flights to China and Thailand.
Over 4 million Chinese are expected to travel to Africa for tourism in the course of 2019.

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