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The World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC), the global body that represents the private sector of the travel and tourism industry, commended the Portuguese government for recognising the importance of the sector to the overall economy, and making it a priority which has resulted in the travel and tourism sector growing 8,1 percent in 2018, contributing USD45,5 billion to the nation’s economy.

In 2018, wildlife tourism directly contributed USD120,1 billion to global GDP, versus the USD23 billion in revenue attributed to the illegal trade in wildlife, or 5,2 times more, according to new research from the World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC).

The global travel and tourism sector grew at 3,9 percent to contribute a record USD8,8 trillion and 319 million jobs to the world economy in 2018. For the eighth consecutive year, this was above the growth rate of world GDP.

The World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC) and the International Border Management & Technologies Association (IBMATA) announced a partnership to promote safe, secure and seamless travel across international borders making best use of new and emerging technology, while enhancing border security.

WTTC represents the global private sector of Travel & Tourism, and IBMATA is a global non-profit organisation promoting communication and collaboration between border agencies and technology providers worldwide.

WTTC’s Seamless Traveller Journey programme envisages a future where the traveller will not need to provide the same information or passport multiple times. Instead, their experience will be seamless, faster and more enjoyable throughout their entire journey. Biometrics will work at every touchpoint of the journey to make travelling easier for the passenger while providing border services with greater security.

IBMATA works with Border Agencies worldwide to help them facilitate the genuine movement of passengers swiftly and easily across international borders making best use of new and emerging technologies, without compromising border security and border control.

Together, both organisations commit to making the best use of new and emerging technology and established border management principles with their respective members to deliver an improved international passenger experience globally across borders.

Gloria Guevara, CEO, WTTC, said, “Travel & Tourism employs one in 10 people on the planet today and over the course of the next 20 years we will witness a doubling of the number of travellers and the creation of as many as 100 million jobs around the world. We have a responsibility to prepare for the future by transforming the traveller experience while increasing security by working together and with governments. Our relationship with IBMATA will help to promote the concept of safe and secure travel across international borders and improved passenger experience.”

 

Germany has retained its position as Europe’s largest travel and tourism economy, according to new research released by World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC).

Regardless of the ongoing challenges and the recent Brexit referendum in the UK, the international travel and tourism industry continues to deliver

Governments that adopt a fully coordinated approach to developing travel and tourism policies are the