UNWTO: The next quarter is the most optimistic in ten years

first_imgAccording to the Barometer of the World Tourism Organization, a publication that tracks trends in tourism, the highest growth is recorded in the countries of Asia and the Pacific, while Europe leads as the world’s largest tourist region.The World Tourism Organization (UNWTO), as a specialized agency of the United Nations that promotes responsible, sustainable and affordable tourism, currently includes 158 countries and numerous representatives in the private sector, educational institutions, tourism organizations and communities.Also, the UNWTO publishes the World Tourism Barometer six times a year, a publication that regularly monitors short-term trends in tourism to provide leading tourism “stakeholders” with relevant information and up-to-date analysis of developments within international tourism.According to the mentioned publication, in the first four months of 2018, trends within international tourism exceed expectations. Compared to the first quarter of 2017, this year the number of tourist visits in the same time period increased by 6%, which exceeded even the forecasts of the World Tourism Organization by 4 to 5% growth. Growth is led by the countries of Asia and the Pacific (8%), followed by Europe (7%), Africa (6%), the Middle East (4%) and both Americas (3%).For the second quarter of 2018, namely the period from May to August, the last panel of tourism experts organized by the UNWTO concluded that the same is the most optimistic tourist period in the last decade. Special attention was drawn to the return of Africa, the Middle East and parts of Europe, as attractive and desirable tourist destinations.From a financial point of view, revenues in the tourism industries grew by 5% in 2017 or in other words, reaching $ 1.332 billion globally, which is $ 94 billion more than in 2016. In the countries of the Middle East, revenues in 2017 increased by 13%, and in the countries of Africa and Europe, which are the strongest tourist centers after the Middle East, there was an increase of 8%. Finally, the most generous was Europe, which recorded a growth of 50 billion dollars in the tourism sector, which is a total of 512 billion dollars, or 38% of world international tourism revenues.”International tourism continues to record significant growth, and this in turn is reflected in job creation in many local markets. The growth we are witnessing reminds us that we must continue to work on capacity building so that we can develop and successfully manage tourism in a sustainable way, create smart destinations and exploit the potential of new technologies and innovations.”, Said UNWTO Secretary-General Zurab Pololikashvili.The period from January to April represents 28% of the total annual number of arrivals and overnight stays, and they include the winter games season in the northern hemisphere, the summer season in the southern hemisphere, then the Chinese New Year and the Easter holidays. However, the UNWTO warns, the first quarter of the year for most of the countries covered by this survey represents a lull in the season or some form of pre-season and is not necessarily an indicator of a year-round trend.The aforementioned analyzes are limited solely to available data, for example for France, the United Kingdom, the United States and China, relevant information for the first quarter of 2018 is missing. Also, data are limited for certain regions of Sub-Saharan Africa, the Middle East, Eastern and Central Europe.However, according to the available information, we can summarize that all regions covered by the Barometer have felt an increase in terms of international arrivals. In Asia and the Pacific, the most attractive are Southeast Asia with a 10% increase and South Asia with a 9% growth. Europe still remains the world’s largest tourist region, while the most attractive destinations are the areas of southern and western Europe and the Mediterranean with a growth of 8%. Despite the lack of relevant data for the US, the largest tourist region in both Americas, currently the best results are, logically, South America with 8% growth. After turbulent periods of unrest and conflict, Africa is determined to improve. The most attractive countries in Africa are in the Sub-Saharan region and recorded an increase of 6%, followed by North Africa with a growth of 4%.In the last four months, a decline in the segment of tourist visits and overnight stays has been recorded in the Caribbean, but this stagnation in performance can be attributed to last year’s hurricanes and recovery from the consequences of these devastating natural disasters.The next edition of the Barometer is scheduled for August 2018.last_img read more

In Brief

first_imgFollowing talks in Frankfurt, German Railway Chairman Heinz Dürr and Italian State Railways Managing Director Giancarlo Cimoli have announced plans to upgrade services between the two countries. Improved overnight trains could be joined by Frankfurt – Milano and München – Roma high-speed services before 2000. ScotRail has installed a touch-screen Traveller’s Information Point (Trip) at Glasgow Central, able to print out selected journey details. Users can choose displays in English, French, German or Italian.SNCF’sTGV Duplex double-deck trainsets are to be fitted with a semi-enclosed ’Point Accueil’ where passengers can find the head conductor should they require assistance. The prototype is located on the upper deck of the car next to the bar/buffet vehicle.German Railway has signed an agreement with banking group Reisebank AG for the installation of automated cash machines on four Intercity trainsets, working the Kiel – Hamburg – Stuttgart – Basel corridor. The machines will accept any Eurocheque-approved servicecard, and a range of international credit cards.Portuguese Railways has cut 60min off the timings of the Irún – Lisboa/Porto Sud Express and domestic trains following electrification of the Pampilhosa – Villar Formoso route as far as Guarda. Italian State Railways is to run Treno di Sole holiday charter trains from Torino, Milano, Verona, Bologna, Firenze and Roma to resorts in Calabria every Saturday from May 17 to October 11, except in August. The Palinuro Express (PP 11.96 p6) will leave Milano, Piacenza, Bologna and Firenze for Campania every Friday from May 30 to September 20. Iarnród éireann and Northern Ireland Railways will put their new push-pull inter-city trainsets into revenue service with the timetable change on June 1. Manufactured by De Dietrich (RG 6.96 p321), the four seven-car trains are part of an EU-funded upgrading of the Dublin – Belfast main line.last_img read more

How Cam Akers and the wildcat formation sliced up the Syracuse defense

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Syracuse expected Cam Akers to be good. It knew he could break tackles and cause problems in the open field. What the Orange didn’t know was that he could throw. And it most certainly didn’t expect him to play as quarterback repeatedly. “It was very interesting to have Cam Akers out there trying to throw the ball, playing quarterback,” Syracuse linebacker Lakiem Williams said. “I mean I’ve never seen that before.” Akers lined up at quarterback several times in Florida State’s 35-17 win over the Orange at Doak Campbell Stadium on Saturday. The Orange (3-5, 0-4 Atlantic Coast) said they hadn’t seen that many direct snaps to Akers at quarterback on film. Its lack of preparation from SU showed. Akers completed two passes for 26 yards on his first series at the position. He’d only throw once more but the threat opened up the ground game, where Akers finished with 144 yards and tied a school record with four touchdowns. “When you’ve got a first round draft pick and you’ve got 10 guys blocking, that’s a really really good formation,” Syracuse head coach Dino Babers said. “I would be very surprised if they don’t consider to use it throughout the year.” Babers explained the mismatch by saying that Akers now had less tackles to break than before. Instead of breaking three or four tackles, Akers had less players to go by to pick up big yardage. AdvertisementThis is placeholder textFSU created this predicament in part not only by using a direct snap to Akers but also through its blocking scheme. On many plays, the Seminoles sent one or two offensive linemen pulling out in front of the nation’s 12th leading rusher. Then came a crack-back block, meaning someone, who lined up outside the offensive tackle, would come back inside and seal the edge. “I got to find a way to get through the double team then I got to identify who’s trying to crack back on me and got over the top of him,” Williams said. “So it just makes it difficult…It was kind of like a push everybody down and let him bounce it and hit it in a way.”The plays often featured another back lined up next to Akers, whom he’d either handoff or at least fake the ball to. On one play in the second quarter, he kept the snap, ran wide right and with a block from quarterback Alex Hornibrook, dove into the end zone for a touchdown. The next play, Akers faked a pitch to the running back beside him and waltzed into the end zone untouched for a two-point conversion. Both Williams and defensive tackle Josh Black noted that the hardest part about defending the wildcat was that it was something the Orange hadn’t seen on film. Syracuse’s defense would’ve normally set rules to fall back on but those became murky as the quarterback was really a running back. Unsure of assignments at times, Syracuse failed to fill their run gap responsibilities. Akers hit repeatedly off tackle, frequently cutting up field between the tackle and slot receiver. Then, he often broke a tackle, sometimes two. It was a wrinkle Syracuse wasn’t prepared for, and it paid the price. “This game is like a game of chess whoever has the move ahead is going to get the advantage,” Black said. “And they were able to do that on us.”  Comments Published on October 26, 2019 at 10:23 pm Contact Josh: jlschafe@syr.edu | @Schafer_44last_img read more