UNWTO has been always a perfect source for all tourism students, experts and academic leaders of tourism management. I have been studying on tourism for 9 years and UNWTO (earlier known as (AKA) WTO) has been my first door to knock when I need the facts and figures concerning tourism industry.
So unwto has released Tourism Highlights 2010 and it is greater than the others. They have changed the reporting design and that is a good call I guess. It is now more clear to digest the report. But I wish that it should have cover more pages. 12 pages is not enough to abstract the whole year.
Here is the UNWTO explanation of Tourism Highlights 2010;
UNWTO has changed the reporting style and the new one is so much better...
Also some new tourism students might need to know what UNWTO is and how it serves. So here is so brief information about UNWTO
Quoted From UNWTO
The first impression on the report is that due to the financial crisis, international tourist arrivals declined by 4.2% in 2009 to 880 million. I qutoted the below abstract of Europe resurlts in 2009 from the report;
Quoted From UNWTO
UNWTO Tourism Highlights 2010 can be downloaded as PDF. There are two versions of the pdf file as it appears every year. One is Low resolution (759Kb) and the other is High resolution (3Mb). Here are the direct links;
- High resolution (3Mb) : http://www.unwto.org/facts/eng/pdf/highlights/UNWTO_Highlights10_en_HR.pdf
- Low resolution (759Kb) : http://www.unwto.org/facts/eng/pdf/highlights/UNWTO_Highlights10_en_LR.pdf
Enjoy the figures
[UNWTO Tourism Highlights, 2009 Edition Has Been Released on the 27th of September, 2009 !]
UNWTO (earlier known as WTO) annually publishes UNWTO Tourism Highlights and the latest edition has been realised on the 27th pf September which is the World Tourism Day.
Maybe some of you wonder what is UNWTO Tourism Highlights is and for those who wonder, here are a brief description and aims of UNWTO Tourism Highlights from UNWTO's official perspective;
Quoted from UNWTO Tourism Barometer September 2009 - Interim Update
UNWTO Tourism Highlights - 2009 has been published in 3 other languages as English, Spanish and French.
Also you do not need to pay for this useful resource ! It can be downloaded from UNWTO Web site as PDF file in 3 languages. To download UNWTO Tourism Highlights 2009 For Free, here is a direct link of English Version of the collection:
Low Resolution (928 KB) http://www.unwto.org/facts/eng/pdf/highlights/UNWTO_Highlights09_en_LR.pdf
High Resolution (3,34 Mb) http://www.unwto.org/facts/eng/pdf/highlights/UNWTO_Highlights09_en_HR.pdf
I also believe that every tourism student or expert needs the facts and figures of the tourism sector and UNWTO is a great resource for those. Here is the link that you can find bunch of resources which are worth digging in:
Who Is Tourist, Definition Of Tourist - 1
The person who is supposed to leave his/her hometown in order to visit a diffirent area for the purpose of leaving an experience of shopping, entertaining, visiting, cultural & historical attractives having fun and so on the condition that (subject to) she/he should return to his/her own place, stay no longer than 12 months, make use of a tourist activitiy and spend his/her on money.
Who Is Tourist, Definition Of Tourist - 2
A person who is supposed to leave his/her hometown (permanent placae) on temproray, basis fort he purpose of seaking new experiences, having fun & entertaining, doing sports, seeing cultural & historical places (attractives) etc. On the condition that she/he should stay no less than 1 day and no longer than 12 months, make use of a tourist facility for accomodation and spend her/his own Money trough their holiday.
The Definition of Tourism varies source by source, person by person. There is no consensus concerning the definition of tourism. Nearly every each institution define "Tourism" differently. But When it comes to explain it with the basic terms, we can sum it up as follows;
"Tourism is a collection of activities, services and industries which deliver a travel experience comprising transportation, accommodation, eating and drinking establishments, retail shops, entertainment businesses and othe hospitality services provided for individuals or groups traveling away from home"
"The sum of the phenomena and relationships arising from the interaction of tourists, business suppliers, host goverments and host communities in the process of attracting and hostin these tourists and other visitors"
Macintosh and Goeldner
First Definition for Tourism
The first definition of tourism was made by Guyer Feuler in 1905.
UNWTO Definition of Tourism
In order to prevent the disaccords to define "Tourism", UNWTO defined it as indicated below;
"Tourism comprises the activities of persons traveling to and staying in places outside their usual environment for not more than one consecutive year for leisure, business and other purposes."
Tourism is different from travel. In order for tourism to happen, there must be a displacement: an individual has to travel, using any type of means of transportation (he might even travel on foot: nowadays, it is often the case for poorer societies, and happens even in more developed ones, and concerns pilgrims, hikers …). But all travel is not tourism.
Three criteria are used simultaneously in order to characterize a trip as belonging to tourism. The displacement must be such that;
- It involves a displacement outside the usual environment: this term is of utmost importance and will be discussed later on;
- Type of purpose: the travel must occur for any purpose different from being remunerated from within the place visited: the previous limits, where tourism was restricted to recreation and visiting family and friends are now expanded to include a vast array of purposes;
- Duration: only a maximal duration is mentioned, not a minimal. Tourism displacement can be with or without an overnight stay. We shall discuss the particularity of in transit visits, from a conceptual and statistical point of view.