This is one of important contents in the 29th joint meeting of the UNWTO Commissions for East Asia - Pacific and South Asia held by World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) in collaboration with Bangladesh Ministry of Civil Aviation and Tourism on 17 May 2017 in Chittagong City, Bangladesh.
The event had the attendances of Secretary General of UNWTO - Mr. Taleb Rifai, Regional Director for Asia and the Pacific of UNWTO – Mr. Xu Jing; officials of UNWTO, Bangladesh Ministry of Civil Aviation and Tourism, national tourism organizations of UNWTO member countries; and representatives of international organizations.
At the meeting, Mr. Taleb Rifai confirmed tourism has become an essential demand of the human lifestyle. The world tourism has 7 consecutive growth years. In 2016, international visitors all over the world amount to more than 1.2 billion arrivals, increasing of nearly 4% over 2015. Tourism contributes about 10% global GDP, 30% of trade and service value; each 10 jobs generated in the world, 1 job is for tourism industry. Nowadays, tourism has become the third largest economic industry in the world.
Today world tourism has 3 priorities and 3 challenges in need of addressed: (1) Security and safety; (2) capture the development of digital technology – the factor can change the behavior of visitors; (3) Ensure long-term sustainable development.