Sustainability was top of the agenda before Covid-19 arrived and it will now ultimately define its recovery, building a better environment for all

A better, more sustainable travel industry is likely to emerge once Covid-19 disruption recedes. It should be an industry continuously improving through competition. But it…..

The world is starting to open up as countries ease lockdowns – a positive move, but the change still remains negligible against a backdrop of travel restrictions

The world is slowly opening up again, new research from the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) indicates, with destinations cautiously easing travel restrictions introduced in response…..

Covid-19 closes down the world – international travel restrictions are now in place across all countries for first time ever

For the first time in history borders have been closed to international travel in all destinations worldwide. According to new research undertaken by the World…..

Coronavirus: We are in an unprecedented situation as the ‘best estimates’ for COVID-19 have been ‘overtaken by the changing reality’

UN World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) secretary general Zurab Pololikashvil describes the COVID-19 pandemic is an “unprecedented public health emergency” and what has already become an…..

International tourism growth continues to outpace the global economy; has UNWTO been too conservative with its industry forecast?

More than 1.5 billion international tourist arrivals were recorded globally in 2019, a 4% increase on the previous year, according to the latest United Nations…..

International visitor arrivals continue to rise, but spending is more important to cities than it is to countries

International tourist arrivals grew by a further +4% across the first nine months of 2019, the latest issue of the UNWTO World Tourism Barometer indicates……

The emissions debate – UNWTO calls for enhanced cooperation between the transport and tourism sectors to effectively transform tourism for climate action

As The Blue Swan Daily reported earlier this week, the anti-flying movement has gained greater momentum in the past year. This comes almost as a…..

Tourism is leading other global sectors in advancing gender equality, offering women more opportunities for leadership roles

A new study has revealed that tourism offers women more opportunities for leadership roles, has a larger female workforce and a smaller gender wage-gap. The…..

As UNTWO looks for better sustainable regulation of short term non-hotel accommodation – Airbnb enters the hotel market and hotel operators enter Airbnb’s market

It is always easy to tell that ‘disruption’ has turned into normality when organisations start to legislate for it. The travel and transport industries are…..

Regulation catches up with innovation – the case of short-term rentals

The World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) has published the first systematic overview of how both national governments and local authorities are addressing and managing new business…..