The World Tourism Organization (UNWTO), the World Trade Organization (WTO), the World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC), and the International Trade Center (ITC) have issued a joint communication “Tourism, Trade and the WTO” confirming this importance. Enhancing global cooperation on trade and tourism, and encouraging greater participation of the tourism sector in trade policy.
As the third largest sector in international trade, accounting for 10.4 percent of global gross domestic product (GDP) and supporting 313 million jobs worldwide, the tourism sector is a key driver of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). is playing a strong role in achieving
Issued on the sidelines of the 2018 WTO Public Forum, this Joint Communication aims to highlight the importance of tourism, as well as the important role of the WTO in ensuring the smooth and predictable functioning of trade, including in the tourism sector. To emphasize.
According to the WTTC, between 7 and 19 million new jobs could be created in G20 countries alone by investing in biometrics and new airport infrastructure to make existing terminal facilities and processes more passenger-friendly. Can be made more efficient, safer and smoother. In addition, travel and tourism-related GDP grew by 4.6 percent, one-and-a-half times the rate of the global economy in 2017, and projections indicate that the sector will continue to drive global economic growth.
Under the main theme of “Trade 2030”, the WTO Public Forum’s sub-themes for 2018 are sustainable trade, technology-enabled trade, and a more inclusive trading system. According to the UNWTO Long-Term Forecast Report, the tourism sector is expected to continue to grow rapidly until 2030, with international tourist arrivals worldwide expected to reach 1.8 billion by 2030 with an annual increase of 3.3%. It is expected. Currently, the market share of emerging economies, which has already increased from 30 percent in 1980 to 45 percent in 2016, is expected to reach 57 percent by 2030, equivalent to 1 billion international tourist arrivals. .
It is important to further emphasize that the international trade system has a huge impact on international tourism, not only in terms of the transport of tourists across borders, but also in terms of the purchase of many goods and services. Also from – from safari jeeps to restaurant chefs to hotel accounting. Software – essential for international tourism delivery
To shed more light on developments in the tourism sector, a dedicated session was organized at the WTO Public Forum 2018 on October 3 from 14:00 to 15:30 hrs. Organized by WTTC, UNWTO, ITC and WTO, “Innovation and Digital Transformation for Sustainable and Inclusive Tourism” featured a high-level panel of speakers exploring what Such obstacles should be prevented and the functioning of the global tourism industry should be ensured. They include Franck Mayo de Malela, Minister of Tourism, Democratic Republic of the Congo; Gloria Guevara Manzo, President and Chief Executive Officer, WTTC; Jaime Alberto Cabal Sanclemente, Deputy Secretary-General, UNWTO; Arancha González, Executive Director, ITC; and Torbjörn Fredriksson, Chief, ICT Policy Section, United Nations Conference on Trade and Development. The session was moderated by Dale Huneck, Senior Counselor of the WTO’s Trade-in Services and Investment Division.