Carlos Canales, head of Peru’s National Chamber of Tourism, has expressed the country’s desire to attract six million tourists by 2016. Peru welcomed 2.9 million tourists in 2012, generating $3.3 billion in revenue
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A new record was set for international tourism on the symbolic date of 13 December, as the number of tourists travelling the world in 2012 reached one billion, according to United Nations World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO) statistics.
Authorities in Shanghai, with approval from China’s State Council, have announced plans to offer tourists from 45 different countries the chance to visit the city for up to 72 hours without a visa, beginning on 1 January 2013.
Official figures from Northern Ireland’s Department for Enterprise have shown a dramatic fall in the number of tourist arrivals to the country.
According to Tanzania’s recently released International Tourism Marketing Strategy, several European countries are being targeted as primary tourism source markets in the coming five years.
Mexico’s secretary of tourism Gloria Guevara recently released the Sixth Government Report on Tourism, which details a period of very healthy growth for the country’s domestic and international tourism industries, including a record 23.4 million international air arrivals in 2011, and a 53-per-cent rise in public and private investment in the sector over the past six years.
The Sri Lanka Tourism Development Authority (SLTDA) carried out an airport survey of foreign tourists departing from Sri Lanka between January and June 2011, and the results have recently been published.
August saw tourist arrivals in Chile reach record highs since 1988, after a steady 16-per-cent increase in arrivals over the preceding eight months, according to Chilean under-secretary for tourism Jacqueline Plass.
According to Tourism Research Australia’s most recent International Visitor Survey, the average number of nights that overseas tourists are spending in Australia has increased by four per cent, although the overall number of international visitors in the last financial year rose by a mere one per cent to around 5.5 million.
US-based Carnival Corporation, the parent company of the Costa Concordia, has released its third quarter financial results, and against expectations the company seems to be faring well.
The Australian Tourism and Transport Forum’s (TTF) latest national study has indicated that the country’s tourism industry will find it difficult competing with its Asian rivals, as despite record numbers of tourists visiting Australia, the country is facing a dangerous shortage of workers – there are an estimated 36,000 job vacancies nationally for positions such as bar staff and restaurant workers, largely due to inadequate wages – and financial support for the tourism industry is unforthcoming.