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Articles from No. 2, April-June

2011 WEDF: Sustainable Tourism Development: The 2011 World Export Development Forum Focused on Ways to Develop Sustainable Tourism with the Announcement of Four Projects to Connect Small- and Medium-Sized Enterprises in Least Developed Countries to the Tourism Industry
Held on 10-11 May in Istanbul, Turkey within the framework of the Fourth United Nations Conference on the Least Developed Countries (LDC-IV-see box), the 2011 World Export Development Forum (WEDF) brought together high-level tourism experts from the...
A Natural Partnership: Tourism & Online Marketing: For Enterprises Operating in the Tourism and Hospitality Industries, Gaining an Understanding of the Expectations and Practices of Consumers Wanting to Use the Internet as a Medium to Seek Information and Arrange Online Travel Bookings Is Absolutely Vital
Tuning in to the online traffic about customer satisfaction with services is a key to addressing quality issues and responding swiftly and deftly to consumer perceptions and needs. 'When we upgraded our website, we only thought about having a nicer...
Bhutan: A Model for Sustainable Tourism Development
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Bhutan's long-term strategy of controlled tourism with a focus on sustainability and quality has secured the country's reputation as an exclusive and distinctive destination while ensuring the long-term sustainability of the...
Blueprint for New Tourism: A Partnership Model: In Its Blueprint for New Tourism, the World Travel & Tourism Council Promotes the Importance of Partnerships for Sustainable Tourism Development
With global travel and tourism forecast to grow at a rate of 4% per year over the next 10 years it is not surprising that governments in many least developed countries (LDCs) have identified tourism as a strategic priority for growing their economies....
Carnival Australia: Managing the Impact of Tourism: The Growth of Cruise Holidays Is Placing Increased Demand on Operators to Manage the Environmental and Social Impact on Remote Island Communities
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] The boom in popularity of cruise holidays to the Pacific Islands has seen a vast increase in the number of passengers arriving at remote island communities, With growth in tourism comes greater responsibility for cruise companies,...
Coaching for Export Success: Helping Mongolia and Other Developing Countries Build Sustainable Tourism Business
In Mongolia the Dutch Centre for the Promotion of Imports from developing countries, is assisting local businesses in taking advantage of the country's unique environmental and heritage assets to build profitable and sustainable tourism by delivering...
Collaboration Tourism: Tourism Development in Least Developed Countries-Economic Significance and Policy Priorities
Least developed countries (LDCs) continue to play only a minor role in global tourism, receiving a mere 1% of the world's travel exports. LDCs' tourism earnings have risen from US$ 3 billion in 2.000 to over US$10 billion in 2010, increasing an impressive...
Community-Based & Pro-Poor Tourism: Two Contemporary Approaches to Poverty Reduction in Developing and Least Developed Countries
The travel and tourism industry is the world's largest and fastest growing industry, with an average growth rate of 7% in the past decade. If forecasts prove correct, tourism's contribution to the global economy will rise to US$ 2 trillion by 2020...
Connectivity in the Food Supply Chain: Cooperative Partnerships and Long-Term Approaches Improve Connectivity within Supply Chains
JUAN HOYOS Adviser on Supply Chain and Value Chain Management Training Capacity Development, Division of Business and Institutional Support/Export Competitiveness ITC Connectivity within supply chains is not easy to achieve, especially as competitiveness...
Healing the Wounds of War: From Conflict to Commercial Conservation in Cambodia
A small miracle was recorded on Cambodia's northern plains in 2009. Deep in the forest, not too far from the m ancient temples of Angkor Wat, the number of giant ibis, a critically endangered species, had jumped. Nick Butler, coordinator of the Sam...
ITC Publications: Resources on Trade and Export Development for Exporters, Trade Support Institutions and Policymakers
ORDERING DETAILS ITC publications To order ITC books online Publications are listed online with prices and can be ordered at ITC's e-shop www.intracen.org/eshop To buy books by mail In Africa, Europe, Middle East: UN Publications Sales Section,...
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Tourism is an economic engine that has huge potential to drive sustainable growth in developing countries, especially least developed countries. Although its origins exist in the often unplanned practice of exploration and discovery, its future lies...
Opinion Piece Tourism as an Economic Tool: Shaping Strategic Positioning to Attract Tourists to Least Developed Countries
Strategic positioning is the first thing developing countries should do when considering tourism as an economic tool. It requires the development of a carefully constructed, unique proposition that frames the attractions offered to tourists from targeted...
Pro-Poor Tourism: Expanding Opportunities: Reducing Poverty in Developing Countries through Tourism
The World Travel & Tourism Council predicts that the travel and tourism industry will be one of the world's fastest growing sectors between 2011 and 2021, creating about 66 million jobs and accounting for 9.6% of GDP (up from 9.1%). According...
Sustainable Futures: Indigenous Tourism
With growing global interest in cultural and ecotourism, indigenous communities in developing countries are presented with opportunities to position their unique product within a global industry. Through strategic partnerships, capacity building and...
The Big Picture: Tourism & Sustainable Development: As a US$ 3 Billion a Day Global Business, the Tourism Sector Is One of the World's Fastest Growing Industries and an Important Driver for Economic Growth in Least Developed Countries
Since the 1950s, tourism has experienced continued expansion and diversification, becoming one of the largest and m fastest growing economic sectors in the world. As an export category, tourism currently ranks fourth globally after fuels, chemicals...
Tourism & Travel in the Green Economy: The Rapidly Evolving Green Growth Paradigm Shift That All Nations Are Embracing at a Policy Level, with the Buy-In of Industry and Civil Society, Provides an Unparalleled Opportunity to Leverage the Massive Socio-Economic Power of Travelism (Travel and Tourism) to Benefit Humanity and the Planet
We are at a tipping point where the past four decades of climate and poverty concern--the Stockholm Environment Conference, the Rio Earth Summit, the Kyoto Climate Summit, the Millennium Development Goals and the like must give way to shared solutions....
Travel & Tourism beyond the Downturn: Travel & Tourism as a Critical Competitiveness Driver for Developing Economies
Following a difficult period that recast much of the travel & tourism (T&T) industry's landscape, the sector is slowly recovering from the economic downturn, with emerging market economies leading the way and advanced economies, for the most...
UNCTAD Investment Trends: Shortage of Capital Is a Major Obstacle for Tourism Development, and Many Countries-Especially in the Developing World-Increasingly Look to Foreign Investors to Provide Capital That Will Help Develop Their Tourism Industries
EXCERPT FROM 'Promoting Foreign Investment in Tourism; UNCTAD Investment Advisory Series 2010 Attracting foreign direct investment (FDI) in the tourism sector is often difficult, and there is growing demand for support in this area among investment...
Unlocking Potential: Cambodia, Burundi, Turkey: The 2011 World Export Development Forum Explored How Least Developed Countries Can Make Tourism Work towards Poverty Reduction
At the 2011 World Export Development Forum (WEDF), high level leaders from Burundi, Cambodia and Turkey spoke about experiences in their countries. Grasping the opportunity--Burundi The small nation of Burundi made a big impression on the global...
UNWTO.TedQual's: Mentoring Programme for Africa
The UNWTO.TedQual Mentoring Programme for Africa is improving the competitiveness of the tourism sector through higher education programmes across six pilot countries: Angola, Algeria, Cape Verde, Mozambique, Tunisia and Uganda. The Programme was...