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UNWTO 2013 charts development of world tourism figures; unveils Ulysses Awards finalists

According to the latest United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) World Tourism Barometer international tourism, with strong results in the first nine months of the year in Europe and the Asia / Pacific region, increased by 5 per cent above the initial forecast in January and September, with some 41 million increase in the number of international tourists to destinations around the world.
Last year a record 845 million worldwide in the first nine months increased by 5 % to almost 41 million more than in the same period , international tourist arrivals in 2012 .Growth in Europe and Asia and the Pacific, 6 per cent, driven by growth in both the number of tourists, are seeing .UNWTO Secretary-General Taleb Rifai,”International tourism is slightly above expectations for developed and developing countries, gross domestic product and in many places due to the support of both economic growth and job creation, with much-needed support, said.” This is, undoubtedly, the economic recovery, which is encouraging to see strong results in many European destinations, especially the tourism sector is one of the engine.”
Europe, Central and Eastern Europe (+7 per cent), South and Central Europe (+6 per cent) and the average international tourist arrivals increased by 6 per cent. The initial high growth in 2013 (+2.7 per cent a year between 2000 and 2012 ) in Europe since 2000, double the average growth rate of international tourism .Asia and the Pacific (+6 per cent ) , Southeast Asia (+12 per cent ) , had continued to show strong results .But the United States (+3 per cent ) , North America (+4 per cent ) and Central America with the best performance (+3 % ) , relatively weak indicators.
Africa (+5 per cent ), increased by a marginal increase in the Middle East (+0.3 per cent ), saw, North Africa (+6 per cent ), fuelled by recovery .In the first six to ten months of the year , international tourist arrivals worldwide destinations registered to the report reflects a positive trend in international tourism receipts.
The finalists of the 2013 United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) Ulysses Awards for Innovation in Tourism were Tuesday announced in Madrid, Spain.
Every year since 2003, the UNWTO Ulysses Awards for Excellence and Innovation in Tourism have honored tourism initiatives contribute to advance tourism through knowledge and innovation, in line with the principles of the UNWTO Global Code of Ethics for Tourism and the United Nations Millennium Development Goals.
The following is the list of finalists of the 2013 UNWTO Ulysses Awards for Innovation: UNWTO Ulysses Award for Innovation in Public Policy and Governance
1.Interactive System of Tourist Information, Office of the Marshal of the Pomorskie Voivodeship (Poland)
2.Kwita Izina, Rwanda Development Board (Rwanda)
3.Responsible Tourism Project at Kumarakom, Department of Tourism, Government of Kerala (India)
UNWTO Ulysses Award for Innovation in Enterprises
1.Arromanches 1944, Biplan (France)
2.Icon Hotel Limited, ICON Hotel (Hong Kong, China)
3.International Quality Brand for Hospitality for All, Village for All SRL (Italy)
4.Talasoplaya Spa Project, Aqua Maris Foundation and Summum Design Global Projects (Spain)
UNWTO Ulysses Award for Innovation in Non-Governmental Organizations
1.Alqueva Dark Sky Programme, Genuineland (Portugal)
2.Big Blog Exchange, Hostelling International (United Kingdom)
3.From Charity to Social Entrepreneurship, Borneo Ecotourism Solutions and Technologies (BEST) Society (Malaysia)
UNWTO Ulysses Award for Innovation in Research and Technology
1.3D AR Virtual Portal “Juraj Dalmatinac”, DSP Studio & Momentum Studio (Croatia)
2.Smart Tour Guide, KTO (Republic of Korea)
3.V4A Inside, Village for All SRL (Italy)
The winners will be unveiled during the UNWTO Awards Ceremony to be held January 22, next year. The Ceremony organized, for the first time, in collaboration with the International Tourism Trade Fair (FITUR) in Madrid, Spain, is one of the several events organized by UNWTO within the framework of FITUR.
The UNWTO Awards Ceremony will be followed by the UNWTO Knowledge Network Symposium on 23 January 2014. The Symposium will showcase the projects of the winners of the UNWTO Awards in the different categories.
It will further include keynote speeches by the 2013 UNWTO Ulysses Prize and Lifetime Achievement laureates (awardees to be announced shortly) and a high level panel on knowledge management in tourism and on how to improve knowledge flows within the tourism.

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