Confidence in global tourism has started to pick up again after slowing down at the end of 2018, according to the latest UNWTO Confidence Index survey.
With international arrivals reaching 1.4 billion in 2018, the UNWTO Secretary-General underscored how tourism “keeps growing ahead of the world economy, which we almost doubled last year”.
The report examines the fast-growing outbound market of the GCC countries – Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, and the United Arab Emirates .
At the beginning of 2018, Jordanian Economist Taleb Rifai, who held the position of Secretary-General to the United Nations World Tourism Organization since 2010, was replaced by Georgian Ambassador Zurab Pololikashvili. Discussing the role tourism plays and the organization’s focus he said, “The UNWTO’s new vision is about making tourism...
The country’s visa facilitation improvements including allow nationals of 88 countries to enter visa-free and free-of-charge.
Finalists will be notified in December 2018, with the award winners to be announced in January 2019.