The Asia Pacific region has maintained impressive tourism growth despite the global economic slowdown, with an eight-per-cent rise in tourist arrivals in the first half of this year.
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According to the International Air Transport Association (IATA), the outlook for the global airline industry is looking generally positive – apart from in the European region, which is bucking the upward trend.
Uganda has assumed top position in terms of tourist industry growth in Africa, according to Kenya’s secretary of tourism, Dr Nelson Githinji.
The Korea Tourism Organization has noted a slowdown in the number of tourists visiting South Korea from Japan.
Mohamed Nasheed, the former president of the Maldives, has suggested that moves towards a more traditionally Islamic lifestyle in the country could seriously affect its tourism industry, as hardliners within the new coalition government push for a ban on alcohol, spas and same-sex beaches.
The first half of 2012 saw a 6.4-per-cent increase in revenue for Kenya’s tourism industry – Sh38.7 billion – compared with the same period in 2011 – Sh36.4 billion.
The Qatar Tourism Authority (QTA) has recorded a 22-per-cent rise in tourist arrivals to Qatar from Gulf Co-operation Council (GCC) countries in the first quarter of this year compared with the same period in 2011.
Figures from the Tunisian National Tourism Office (TNTO) have shown that the number of British tourists visiting the country was 53.8-per-cent higher in July this year than in July 2011, while visitor numbers from Ireland increased by 83.9 per cent during the same period.
Figures from Australia-based economic advisor Deloitte Access Economics have suggested that tourism from emerging Asian economies such as Indonesia and Malaysia is set to rise rapidly by 2015, with an anticipated knock-on effect for the Australian tourism industry.
Nombulelo Mfeka, director of tourism for Cape Town, South Africa, has said that the country’s membership of the Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa (BRICS) collection of countries has led to a significant boost for both tourism and business travel.