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.
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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.
Inbound statistics from Hong Kong’s Tourism Board have shown impressive growth in visitor arrivals from Russia, which now ranks fourth among European countries for tourists travelling to the city, with arrivals increasing by 54.7 per cent compared with other countries.
Los Angeles tourism is set to have a record-breaking 2012, according to figures from its Tourism and Convention Board (LA Tourism).
Italy recently hosted a conference entitled ‘The air transport market in Italy – which outlook?’, attended by 11 national airlines with a combined turnover of US$5.5 billion.
A new report from the US Federal Reserve has shown that business travel in certain areas of the US is slowing down, with weakened results expected for Boston by the end of the year, and a drop in incoming European travellers already recorded in Atlanta and Florida (although this drop was apparently ‘offset by an increase in business from Central and South America’).