UN Statistical Commission encourages Statistical Framework for Measuring Sustainable Tourism

The 48th Session of United Nations Statistical Commission has supported the UNWTO-led initiative of developing an international framework for Measuring Sustainable Tourism (MST). The initiative, being implemented in cooperation with the United Nations Statistics Division, aims to develop a new statistical framework for tourism — one that integrates the various dimensions of sustainable tourism (economic, environmental and social) and across relevant levels (global, national and subnational).

Overwhelming appreciation was expressed to the work of the UNWTO Committee on Statistics and TSA and the Working Group of Experts on Measuring Sustainable Tourism, which is leading the development of the new framework. The Commission encouraged the development of a Statistical Framework for Measuring Sustainable Tourism as a priority to support more integrated policy in the context of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and in response to requests from Member States and various stakeholders.

It also highlighted the importance of linking the TSA to the System of Environmental-Economic Accounting (SEEA), the elaboration of a TSA Compilation Guide, and the need to enhance capacity building for measuring sustainable tourism, notably in compiling TSA.

Established in 1947, the Commission gathers Chief Statisticians from Member States and is the highest decision making body for international statistical activities. The last time that the Statistical Commission discussed a UNWTO report was in 2008, when the Tourism Satellite Account (TSA) framework was approved.

Measuring Sustainable Tourism (MST) will be the central focus of the 6th International Conference on Tourism Statistics: Measuring Sustainable Tourism, to be held in Manila, the Philippines, 21-24 June 2017.

The Manila Conference is an Official Event of the International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development, 2017 and will be a landmark opportunity to discuss methodological advances, explore emerging issues and learn from pioneering country experiences. A Ministerial Roundtable will kick-start the Conference to underline the importance of measurement in better understanding the role that sustainable tourism plays in fostering economic growth, social inclusiveness, and the protection of cultural and natural assets.

 

Source: modernghana.com

Accra Marine Drive Project to start this year – Finance Minister

 

The Finance Minister, Ken Ofori Atta, has stated that government will commence the Marine Drive Tourism Investment Project covering the over 240 acres of land from Osu Christiansborg Castle to the Arts Center.

According to him, this project will transform the beach area into a tourism enclave to create jobs for the teeming youth.

The Minister made this statement during the 2017 budget presentation on March 2. He again noted that tourism and the creative arts industry remains one of the underdeveloped sectors in our country despite the immense growth potential and opportunities for job creation.

“When developed, the sector can positively impact the lives of many Ghanaians, communities and small enterprises in our country, providing needed jobs for our teeming youth”, he said.

As the Akufo-Addo led administration is keen on developing the country in partnership with the private sector, Ken Ofori Atta said the Efua Sutherland Park will be developed, in partnership with the private sector, into an ultra-modern world class Park and Information Technology will be a major contributor in promoting and marketing tourism.

He again assured that the Ministry will also undertake a food festival to showcase the diverse rich Ghanaian foods through cooking competition throughout the country.

 

Source: modernghana.com

Lagos Recognized as one of 100 Resilient Cities Great for Tourism, Ambode Says

 

 

Sometime in May of 2016, Lagos State , alongside EnuguState and hundreds of other cities around the world was nominated by the Rockefeller Foundation in the 100 Resilient Cities project. The project is dedicated to helping cities around the world become more resilient to the physical, social and economic challenges that are a growing part of the 21st century. And only two days ago, Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode received the Certificate of Admission of the State as one of the 100 Resilient Cities (100RC) in the world.

According to him, it was a starting point and a positive partnership that would help the State address the challenges of urban planning, transport gridlock, environment and modern infrastructure.

Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode speaking while receiving the certificate at the event which took place at Renaissance Hotel, GRAIkeja , Lagos said that this recognition was significant in showing the government’s efforts, coupled with that of relevant stakeholders, geared towards building and sustaining a globally competitive state is noticed and applauded on an international scale. “This is historic in the annals of the state,” he added.

The Governor said it was satisfying to see that in spite of the obstacles faced by the people of Lagos state in areas such as transportation, security, climate change, the surge of the Atlantic, flooding, unemployment, population density as well as pressure on physical and social infrastructure, growth of slums and a huge housing deficit, Lagos remained progressive, true to the spirit of excellence and resilience.

He said: “We acknowledge these challenges and needs; and now as a member of the 100 resilient Cities of the World, we have a platform to compare notes with cities who have similar experiences and create innovative and mitigating strategies.”

“Lagos is currently home to about 23 million inhabitants with an estimated 86 people moving into Lagos every hour. This creates challenges of managing a daily increase in human and vehicular movement,” he said.

Governor Ambode further said that resilience had always been part of the Lagos story, pointing that in spite of its small size geographically, its economic power and population size is staggering.

“We have initiated many interventions all over the State to shorten road travel time and we are in talks with the Japanese International Corporation Agency (JICA) to introduce rail transportation in the Ikoyi-Lekki corridor. We have also engaged in massive road construction and opening-up of our rural communities, continuous clearance of drainages and the upgrade and construction of Primary Health Care Centers (PHCs). Our objective is to make every community in Lags economically liveable and stem rural-urban flight.

“The ocean surge is a huge challenge and the Lagos State Government in partnership with notable investors have invested in the development of Eko Atlantic City to not only contain the ocean surge but to deliver a new city which will be a future financial, commercial and tourism centre,” he said.

President of 100 Resilient Cities, Mr. Michael Berkowitz said out of the over thousands of entries received and a tedious selection process, Lagos was chosen for its “innovative leadership, infrastructural strides and influential status not just in Africa but in the world”.

This award reflects the sentiments of Jumia Travel CEO Paul Midy, who only a while back reiterated that despite the recession Nigeria (Lagos) is still a great place to do business.

With this Resilience Award, it is believed that Lagos state has taken a giant stride in cementing its position as a global city of the future, attracting investment, bringing people from all over the world, and with it the blossoming of the hotel and hospitality industry which all players from hotel owners to tour guides would no doubt stand to benefit from.

 

Source: modernghana.com

International Year Of Sustainable Tourism For Development 2017 Kicks Off

Nearly 600 participants attended yesterday the Official Launch of the International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development 2017. The event took place in the International Tourism Fair of Spain, FITUR, and will be followed by 12 months of global actions aimed at advancing sustainable tourism contribution to the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

Co-presented by Max Forster, CNN, and Raquel Martínez, RTVE, the event underlined the immense socio-economic opportunities brought by the sector to all societies as well as its power to advocate for mutual understanding, peace and sustainable development worldwide.

“Every day, more than three million tourists cross international borders. Every year, almost 1.2 billion people travel abroad. Tourism has become a pillar of economies, a passport to prosperity, and a transformative force for improving millions of lives. The world can and must harness the power of tourism as we strive to carry out the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development“ said United Nations Secretary-General, Antonio Guterres, in his message on the occasion of the International Year.

“2017 is a unique opportunity for us to promote the contribution of tourism to achieving the future we want – and also to determine, together, the exact role we will have tourism play in the sustainable development agenda, to and beyond 2030. A unique opportunity to ensure that tourism is a pillar in achieving the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)”, said UNWTO Secretary General, Taleb Rifai, opening of the event.

“With the launch of the International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development we once again emphasize that our nations all face common global challenges, which can only be resolved through advancing relations and furthering partnerships. By introducing this initiative, we have highlighted that Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are the focal point for future development, and will guide us to create long-term assets, and prevent relevant liabilities.”, said the Prime Minister of Georgia, Giorgi Kvirikashvili.

“The International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development 2017 is an incentive to a foster social and political dialogue which can promote initiatives, investments and government actions leading to development and the fight against poverty” said the Vice-President of Honduras, Ricardo Alvarez Arias.

“The 2030 Agenda considers sustainable tourism as a vector of development, job creation and the promotion of local culture and products. Tourism is part of the Sustainable Development Goals and contributes decisively to almost all 17 Goals through its impacts on fighting poverty, promoting decent jobs, improving gender equality and the livelihoods of young people or the fight against climate change” said the Minister of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation of Spain, Alfonso María Dastis.

Addressing the Ceremony were also Nassir Abdulaziz Al-Nasser, High Representative for the United Nations Alliance of Civilizations, Francesco Bandarin, Assistant Director-General for Culture at UNESCO and Elzbieta Bienkowska, European Commissioner for Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs.

On the occasion, UNWTO announced the nomination of the Ambassadors of the International Year: HE Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, President of Liberia; HM King Simeon II; Huayong Ge, President, UnionPay; Dr Talal Abu Ghazaleh, Chairman, Talal Abu-Ghazaleh Organization and Dr Michael Frenzel, President, Federal Association of the German Tourism Industry

The event also marked the launch of the International Year campaign ‘Travel.Enjoy.Respect’, aimed at promoting sustainable tourism among travelers in partnership with CNN and RTVE.

Sponsors of the International Year:
Official Sponsors: ANA, Balearic Islands; Global Tourism Economy Research Centre; Minube; Amadeus; Chimelong; Ras Al Khaimah; Ministry of Tourism of Colombia; Ministry of Tourism of Morocco, IFEMA/FITUR

Diamond: Ministry of Tourism of Mexico, Georgian National Tourism Board, Ministry of Culture and Tourism of Azerbaijan, The Travel Corporation, Capital Airlines, Eventísimo, Mastercard

Gold: German National Tourism Board (DZT), Turismo de Portugal, Valencian Tourist Agency, Catalunya Tourist Board, Global Geoparks Network, University of Applied Sciences HTW Chur – Institute of Tourism and Leisure, Intercontinental Hotels Group

 

Source: mordenghana.com

Nzulezu community gets ultra-modern toilet facility

GNA Reporter
Nzulezu (W/R), Nov. 29, GNA – Mrs Elizabeth Ofosu-Adjare, the Minister of Tourism, Culture and Creative Arts, has inaugurated an ultra-modern toilet facility for the Nzulezu Community in the Western Region.

The 10-unit facility would allow the community which was built on stilts in water to use the toilet without contaminating the lagoon, which is a source of livelihood for the people.

The facility called, the Biofil Toilet System, the modern technology uses a digester with an aerobic decomposition system, which treats toilet waste and flush water in the chamber, breaking down the toilet waste completely with oxygen in a way that the odour is not generated.

Mr Caleb Kwaku Ansah, a Co-Production Manager of the project, said the chamber was a filter and when the water closet was flushed, the digester, filters the liquid through sand and porous concrete, allowing non-toxic water to drain out to their garden, leaving the toilet waste in a suspended environment, where oxygen gets to every part of it.

He said under those conditions, millions of environmentally friendly microorganisms and bacteria feed on the toilet waste till it disappear completely.

The project, which has been in the offing since 2013 was sponsored by the United Nations World Tourism Organisation through its STEP programme and government with additional support from the Minister of Petroleum, Emmanuel Armah Kofi Buah.

The event brought together members of the community, including traditional leaders, DCEs, Ministers and officials from the Ministry and the Ghana Tourism Authority.

Mrs Ofosu-Adjare said the project was in line with government’s policy of developing tourist’s destinations across the country and expressed the hope that the facility would tackle the longstanding problem of indiscriminate defecation and also address the complaints of tourists about the nonexistence of toilet facilities at the village.

The Minister, who used the occasion to also inaugurate a cultural group for the area, said her outfit was committed to making the village very inhabitable for the more than 400 inhabitants, while increasing its fortunes as one of the most visited tourists’ destinations in the country.

She said plans were far advanced to construct separate walkways for tourists and visitors in order to curb the situation, where tourists run into inhabitants’ in their homes and rooms.

Mrs Ofosu-Adjare said government would embark on a campaign to provide clean toilet facilities as well as visitor reception centres at all tourist destinations to boost tourism in the country.

Mr George Somiah, DCE for Jomoro, said the construction of the facility by government was a manifestation of government’s mission to collaborate with development partners to bring development to the people.

He said it was undeniable that the facility had come at an opportune time as sanitation remains one of government’ top priorities and more especially in the area which had become a tourism hot spot.

He expressed gratitude to the government and the United Nations World Tourism Organisation and the STEP Foundation for the project

Kwaku Kwao Amstrong, the Abusuapanyin of the Nzulezu Community said the project would improve the sanitary conditions in the area, while lessening sanitation-related illness.

 

Source: mordenghana.com

Urban Planning And City Tourism Need To Go “Hand In Hand”, Concludes UNWTO Summit

 

By: World Tourism Organization

The 5th UNWTO City Tourism Summit in Luxor, Egypt gathered around 400 experts from 40 countries to discuss the theme ‘Cities: Local culture for a global traveler’. The event, organized by the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) and the Ministry of Tourism of Egypt, concluded on the importance of ensuring urban planning and city tourism development are fully coordinated. Authenticity, local culture, the engagement of local communities and the use of technology were pointed out as key success factors for city tourism.

Participants discussed city tourism trends including new business models, such as the so-called “sharing economy”, the importance of millennials, emerging niche markets, how to build authentic cultural experiences and engage local communities, safety and security, and congestion management.

The Minister of Antiquities of Egypt, Khaled El-Enany, Minister of Tourism Mohamed Yehia Rashed, Governor of Luxor Mohamed Sayed Badr, the Assistant Minister of Foreign Affairs for International Organizations of Egypt, Hisham Badr, UNWTO Secretary-General Taleb Rifai and the President and CEO of the World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC), David Scowsill, addressed the meeting.

“Holding this event in Luxor shows how Egypt and its people are committed to tourism and is a very positive sign that Egypt will recover to be the leading tourism destination it has historically been,” said Minister Rashed.

UNWTO Secretary-General Taleb Rifai expressed the Organization’s full confidence in Egypt’s tourism recovery, recalling that holding such an important meeting in Luxor displays the trust of the international tourism community in the destination.

The High-Level Panel of the Summit, moderated by BBC Travel Show presenter Rajan Datar, stressed the importance of placing tourism high in the urban agenda and creating mechanisms of coordination and joint planning. Issues of congestion management, safety and security, and engagement with host communities were also discussed.

“We should never fear the growth of the tourism sector; it is the way we manage it that makes the difference,” said Mr. Rifai during the panel. He stressed that “a city that does not serve its citizens will not serve its visitors, thus the importance of engaging local communities and tourists”.

Participants also stressed the need to maximize the resources generated by tourism for heritage preservation and renovation, the roles of gastronomy and creative culture in attracting and engaging tourists; and how the 270 million young travelers of today demand new authentic products and connectivity twenty-four seven.

The closing keynote was delivered by Egyptian archaeologist Mr. Zahi Hawass, who shared his exemplary experience.

During the Summit, UNWTO presented its City Tourism Network Action Plan as well as a new initiative – ‘Mayors for Tourism’ – that will see mayors and cities’ decision-makers collaborate on tourism issues.

The 6th UNWTO Global Summit on City Tourism will take place in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, in December 2017.

Places To Be In Ghana Other Than Accra

By Kofi Baiden, Jumia Travel

Accra is not the most epic place to be in Ghana, at least as far as Tourist sites or Vacation destinations are concerned. If you have been to or lived in Accra, the thrill of the Capital City of Ghana is varied and exhilarating. In one trip outside Accra, a jimble jamble of ultimate holidaying locations and sites to see will be splashed at your feet. It is then that you will realise that Accra is only a speck in the beauty that Ghana is endowed with.

Northern Region
You have not visited Ghana until you visit the Mole National Park in the Northern region. Actually, if you begin sightseeing in the North with Daboya and the Larabranga mosque, you will too appreciative to visit anywhere else. Accommodation in these areas is easy to come by too. No stress and you are always good to go.

Ashanti Region
The Manhyia Palace is the Royalty-hub of the sub-region. For that, if for nothing else, the Ashanti region of Ghana is special. An array of time–tested hotels near Manhyia Palace is at your disposal to cater for your comfort. In the Ashanti Region, the Bonwire (Kente weaving village) is the place to be for art freaks and fashionistas. Long stay is no problem as you will find at least one wonderful hotel near Bonwire . Also, Bobiri Butterfly Sanctuary and the Lake Bosomtwi are also interesting sites with ready accommodation.

Western Region
Yet, the best is saved for the West; arguably! The Western Region is where you can find the majority of the wealth of Ghana. The Ankasa National Park, Nzulezu (village on stilts) and the Wassa Domama Rock Shrine are a few of the places you can visit.

There, you are assured of the most pleasant stay at a couple of the amazing hotels in Takoradi or Tarkwa. Maybe, you will have a cup of Crude oil, a hand full of gold dust or a sack of cocoa pods for exactly the right price by the time your stay in the Western Region is over.

 

Source: mordenghana.com