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08 Jul 11

“We support tourism as an area of major importance in our agenda to fight poverty,” said Mozambique’s President, Armando Guebuza. The President was speaking after joining the UNWTO / WTTC Global Leaders for Tourism Campaign (Maputo, Mozambique, 28 June 2011). 

“Given its impact in terms of jobs and income and considering its multiplier effects in other areas of the economy, tourism has proven to be a sector of high relevance in the socio-economic development of our country,” said President Guebuza.

President Guebuza received an Open Letter from UNWTO Secretary-General, Taleb Rifai, and World Travel &Tourism Council (WTTC) President & CEO, David Scowsill, highlighting Travel & Tourism as one of the most effective solutions to today’s global challenges.   

During his official visit to Mozambique, Mr. Rifai also met Prime Minister Aires Ali, who reiterated the Government’s commitment to tourism. “We are fully committed to the development of tourism in Mozambique, as the Government has recognized the sector as strategic for the overall development of the country,” he said.

“Mozambique has unique resources to advance tourism and make of it a real driver to improve the lives of its people. Moreover, it has the political will to do so. This is confirmed by President Guebuza joining our campaign, but also by the fact that tourism is extensively featured in the Government Plan for the coming years,” said Mr. Rifai. “The Plan identifies tourism as a strategic sector in the socio-economic development of the country, contributing to job creation, income generation and the strengthening of national unity”. 

Mr. Scowsill said, “The tourism potential of Mozambique speaks for itself, with 2700 km of tropical coastline, a variety of ecological systems that are rich in species and a rich historic cultural heritage, but most significantly, the Mozambican Government has recognized the opportunities for economic growth and job creation through tourism”.

“The total contribution of Travel &Tourism to Mozambique’s GDP, including its wider economic impacts, is forecast to rise by 6.4% each year over the next ten years. By 2021 Travel & Tourism will support over 700,000 jobs in Mozambique,” Mr. Scowsill continued.

With over 2 million international tourist arrivals in 2010, Mozambique is becoming one of the most important destinations in Sub-Saharan Africa. International tourism revenues of US$ 1 billion represent 9% of Mozambique’s total exports. 

Note to Editors:

Through the Global Leaders for Tourism Campaign, UNWTO and WTTC are jointly presenting heads of state and government around the world an Open Letter which calls on them to acknowledge tourism’s key role in delivering more sustained and balanced growth and to prioritize the sector high in national policies in order to maximize its potential. The Open Letter outlines Travel & Tourism’s value as one of the world’s largest generators of jobs, a powerful driver of socio-economic growth and development and a key player in the transformation to the Green Economy.

The Campaign has already received the support of the Presidents of Mexico, South Africa, Kazakhstan, Hungary, Burkina Faso, Indonesia, and Kenya.

Relevant links:

Open Letter to Heads of State and Government

Further Information on the Joint Campaign

Media contacts:

UNWTO Principal Media Officer: Marcelo Risi
Tel: ( 34) 91 567 81 60

WTTC Communications Executive: Anja Eckervogt
Tel: ( 44) 20 7481 6484


Tourism Industry Growth

New Opportunities

Tourism Project Feasibility Guide

Mentoring for Growth

Local Government Investment in Tourism

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Tourism Industry Growth

Tourism is a key driver of economic growth in Queensland, contributing $9.2 billion to the State’s economy and accounting for 4.3% of Queensland’s Gross State Product (GSP) in 2009. Tourism Facts and Figures 2010

Queensland attracts just over 18 million domestic and international overnight visitors annually with a collective spend of over $15 billion.

Over the past decade, tourism has emerged as one of Queensland’s fastest growing export industries, one which is making an increasing contribution to the economic development of the State and improving the quality of life for all Queenslanders. Tourism is the State’s second largest export earner, generating $9.2 billion annually for the economy and indirectly contributes an additional $6.4 billion.

Tourism is a significant employer for Queenslanders, directly employing over 122,000 jobs or 4.5% of all persons employed in the State. Tourism indirectly creates an additional 100,000 jobs for Queenslanders.


For more information on Queensland’s dynamic economy, contact the Department of Employment, Economic Development and Innovation, Invest Queensland or visit the Queensland Government Office of Economic and Statistical Research .

For more information about the Australian economy, visit Invest Australia.

New Opportunities

The tourism industry encompasses a wide range of market segments with their breadth of motivations and needs. There is considerable scope for more tourism investment in accommodation, attractions, transport and tour operations.

To keep you in touch with the latest in destination/regional research, information on visitor markets and development issues and opportunities, links and contacts refer to Queensland’s Destination Management Plans (DMPs). These plans are a ‘one stop’ source of information designed to provide clear and consistent direction for the marketing and development of each destination.


Mentoring for Growth

Mentoring For Growth is a Department of Employment, Economic Development and Innovation initiative for tourism operators to address their growth challenges. Bob Cobavie, a convenor of the program discusses the benefits of Mentoring For Growth for tourism operators. Professionals and business specialists in different disciplines provide advice to business operators to overcome problematic obstacles to their growth. Hidden Valley Cabins have identified key development issues and the necessary actions to address them.

–> Video - Your Business Success Part 9 - Mentoring for Growth

Your Business Success Part 9 – Mentoring for Growth –>


Tourism Project Feasibility Guide

The Tourism Project Feasibility Guide is targeted at tourism operators (particularly small-medium sized), potential investors and local communities to help turn tourism concepts and ideas into commercial reality. It is a valuable tool that offers a step-by-step guide to planning and determining the viability of new tourism ventures.

It includes information on project development and eight case studies that highlight the elements of successful tourism venture planning. While there is no model to fit all situations, the case studies provide prospective operators with the opportunity to learn from the successes and challenges others have encountered.

Together with the Regional Tourism Infrastructure and Investment plans (RTIIPs), the Guide is a comprehensive tool available to facilitate tourism development across the state.

Case studies of successful tourism ventures contained in the Guide include:

  • RiverLife adventure and activity operation in Brisbane
  • Lagoon at Airlie Beach in the Whitsundays
  • Outback@Isa underground mine experience and fossil centre at Mount Isa
  • Gold Coast Convention Centre
  • Lark Quarry Dinosaur Trackways at Winton
  • Cosmos Centre at Charleville
  • Kronosaurus Korner Richmond Marine Fossil Museum at Richmond
  • Cape York Turtle Rescue Project at Mapoon.

Download the –> Tourism Project Feasibility Guide –>.

Local Government Investment in Tourism

Tourism provides many benefits and helps to generate community support and involvement. It is a many layered, complex and diverse service industry made up of a wide variety of stakeholders who must work together to service the needs of visitors.

Local government in Queensland is in a unique position to initiate, facilitate and support the development and promotion of local tourism.

Find out about what tourism is all about, the benefits and how it works in Queensland with this simple and comprehensive overview, –> Tourism works for Queensland –>.

Tourism Queensland has produced a number of resources to assist local governments in the development of a sustainable tourism industry, view an overview of –> Tourism resources –>.


Need more information, support or advice?

The Queensland Government (particularly through Tourism Queensland and the Department of Tourism, Regional Development and Industry) strongly supports the development and marketing of the industry.

The Queensland Tourism Strategy exemplifies the Government’s commitment to keeping Queensland at the forefront of Australian tourism. The Strategy gives direction, clear targets and actions for completion by government and industry to address the challenges and opportunities facing the industry while reflecting government, industry and community priorities.

Invest Queensland provides a wealth of information, advice and assistance on investing in Queensland.

AusIndustry is the Australian government’s business program delivery division of the Department of Resources, Energy and Tourism and provides a range of incentives to support business innovation.

Austrade provides export and investment services to Australian companies and international buyers and investors. Austrade has offices location both internationally and in Australia offering practical advice, market intelligence, and ongoing support.

la suba de precios internos, sumado a la vigencia de medidas que restringen el ingreso de algunos artículos importados y a la decisión oficial de promover el consumo de tecnología ensamblada en Tierra del Fuego, ha vuelto a colocar el valor de productos como televisores de pantalla plana, computadoras portátiles, y videocámaras a valores más altos que los que se exhiben fronteras afuera.

Despite a drop for obvious reasons in recent years, tourism is set to grow at a rate of 3% per annum in the years to come as long as the relevant governments play their cards right.


The World Travel and Tourism Council is confident that tourism on a global scale is on the rise. Whereas many countries are still struggling to come to terms with difficult economic times and many areas of the economy are fighting with each other, tourism is making great progress. As travel industry provides so many jobs, governments should be more than willing to support such a growth. Much of it is happening thanks to the emergence of nations such as China and India, where the newfound freedom of citizens to travel is finally bearing fruits.

Tourism is contributing to a higher GDP in most countries on a global scale. The emergence of BRIC countries and the tendency for the citizens of established developed nations to travel to new destinations are the main reasons. If improvements and growth continue at the current rate, then one in ten people should be employed in some field of tourism by 2021. There are, however, certain requirements for this to be achieved.

Firstly, odd events such as Icelandic volcanic ash clouds and tsunamis should be as rare as they were before the events of recent times. Avoiding an economic meltdown on a global scale would also be a good idea. On more simple terms, governments need to act upon reducing the burden of visas and other bureaucratically annoying obstacles when encouraging tourists to visit their country. For example, it is generally agreed that more travelers would arrive in Russia if it were not for a very time-consuming and expensive process of applying for the visa. India and China need to make sure that their policies towards inbound and outbound tourism remain lenient, within possibility.


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Argentina has doubled its influence on the global tourism market since 2003. The attempts to host more conferences, attract more people and get them to spend more money have done wonders for the country’s reputation.


In the last decade, Argentina has been trying to move away from being a relatively unknown South American giant with good beef, horsemeat and footballers. It is fast becoming the leader in South American tourism. Not only are many Argentineans traveling abroad, but a large number of tourists have been visiting Argentina itself. The figures prove it: in 2003, Argentina hosted a total of 17 conferences and was ranked 40th in world tourism. Last year the country hosted 145 conferences and climbed up to 19th place.

This meant that a total of 2 million tourists arrived to Argentina last year, leaving revenue in the region of $2.7 billion. Many of the visitors have been coming from neighboring Brazil, with the big spenders arriving also from North America. People are starting to realize that Argentina has the best educated population in South America, thus leaving them most prepared for the influx of new tourists. Argentina is also relatively safe, in comparison to many countries nearby.

The airline industry has reacted to the surge in Argentinean tourism by arranging more flights to and from the South American country. For example, there are going to be non-stop flights between London and Buenos Aires starting in 2011. As Argentina becomes more popular, other cities are certain to come into play.

Alerta climática y turismo depredador
El fracaso de Copenhague, la peligrosa inutilidad de las iniciativas sobre protección climática y el turismo como nueva forma de colonialismo y promoción de subdesarrollo. via

El turismo que viene de lejos, en aviones, con paquetes todo incluido, es insostenible por motivos climáticos. Es por eso – explicó el investigador de ALBA SUD – que algunos países como el Reino Unido y Alemania, están pensando de crear tasas aéreas por motivos climáticos. Esta medida va a encarecer notablemente los paquetes turísticos y los vuelos intercontinentales. Como climáticamente ya no puede crecer el volumen de tráfico aéreo hacia estas zonas, apostar por el turismo masivo desde Norteamérica y Europa no tiene realismo económico”. La realidad es que países del Sur que en los últimos 25 años se han turistizado muy rápidamente, hoy son zona con índices de desarrollo humano bajísimo. Hay un informe del PNUD para República Dominicana que, por ejemplo, demuestra que las provincias turísticas son las que menos desarrollo social y humano tienen. Lo mismo ocurre en Jamaica y Costa Rica. El dinero que manejan las grandes transnacionales turísticas no se queda en el país, sino que se fuga. Se calcula que no menos del 75 por ciento del dinero que circula por estos Resorts vuelve a los países ricos vía paraísos fiscales. En las comunidades locales queda no más del 15-20 por ciento.