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tourism Youth tourism ‘neglected’

Governments and businesses in the travel industry need to spend more on develop- ing youth travel to benefit from its potential accord- ing to the World Youth Student & Education Travel Confederation and World Tourism Organisation. The recommendation is

part of a special declaration by more than 700 delegates at the World Youth & Student Travel Conference in San Diego, USA, this month, attended by youth travel professionals and government officials. Te aim of the declaration is to provide tourism groups with a platform to lobby governments to fund and help boost youth travel and tourism. Te declaration, tweeted and blogged by

many of the delegates, also calls for policy and decision-makers to act on issues includ- ing promoting principles of fair trade, inclusive

More initiatives should be implemented to encourage youth travel

economic development and protection of human rights for the economically poor. It asks that social and economic pro-

grammes for young people be highlighted and that authorities develop strategies that bene- fit from the positive impacts of youth travel. Details:

Global tourism to reach 1 billion landmark

With a record 467 million tourists traveling in the first half of 2012, the global tourism industry is set to reach one billion interna- tional travellers by the end of the year - for the first time ever. Te figures, from the United Nations’ World Tourism Organisation, suggest

that despite ongoing concerns over the global economy, international tourism demand con- tinues to show resilience. Te number of international tourists world-

wide grew by 5 per cent during the six months to 2012. Details:

Visits to the UK fell during Olympic month

Overseas residents made three million visits to the UK dur- ing August – a 5 per cent fall from the number of visitors in August 2011. However, figures from the

Office for National Statistics (ONS) also show that UK earnings from the visits were 9 per cent higher than in August 2011. The Olympic Games ran from 27 July to 12 August while the Paralympics began on 29 August. Te ONS figures are taken from inter- views with people leaving the UK during the month of August, so exclude visitors who did not leave the country until aſter the end of the month. Te fall in the number of visits in August is

a continuation of a recent trend. In the period June to August 2012 the number of visits to


Despite the fall in visitor numbers, spend by tourists has increased

the UK by overseas residents was 8.8 million, 7 per cent lower than the total 9.4 million in the same period in 2011. E a rnings dur in g that p er io d

remained broadly unchanged from 2011. Details:

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