Let’s go to Mexico

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Mexico raises the flag for us!

You’ve heard of the G20? Well there is also a T20, a group of twenty tourism ministers and yesterday they met in Paris to discuss you and me. Or eighteen of them did including our minister, John Penrose.
Why?
To discuss the social and economic effects of world tourism. But why should that interest readers of CD-Traveller? Because of the impact you and I make and every holidaymaker and traveller in the world. We generate 9% of the entire world’s GNP by flying, taking holidays, cruising and generally travelling to see places other than our own area.
The eighteen, under the presidency of Frédéric Lefebvre, the French Tourism State Secretary, met with Taleb Rifai, UNWTO Secretary-General, and Antonio Tajani, Vice-President of European Commission, Commissioner in charge of Tourism. Gloria Guevara Manzo, the Mexican Minister of Tourism, joined them since the next meeting will be in her country.
Antonio Tajani, who has been the most active EU commissioner for years about tourism said what we have mentioned before, that international tourism is a strong driving force for economic growth and social development.
How?
It can spread wealth around; it isn’t limited to big cities, it can bring sustainable development if the will is there and it is one of the best ways to develop and maintain a better knowledge of other cultures and peoples, and so, to help to stabilise international relationships. But just as importantly is that tourism is one of the first – and fastest – activities that comes back to growth after an economic downturn. In 2010 the number of international tourists, increased by 7%, 940 million people. In the first ten months of 2011, this number has grown by another 40 million. The objective of 1 billion tourists in a single year cannot be far away.
That is why politicians love tourism and the EU will help them. Antonio Tajani, insists that the commission will actively encourage visitors from the emerging markets such as the BRIC countries, the Fare East and other South America countries like Chile and Argentina. Mexico is also on this list of countries for which the European Union is trying to built a new policy about visas

Announcing how important we are!

Talef Rifai, on behalf of UNWTO, forecast that tourism will grow on a permanent basis and will reach 1.8 billion travellers by the year 2030. And the staycation will grow as well, they estimate.
So according to Talef Rifai, you and I are important. We – and the millions of other travellers – bring good news to countries by continuing to holiday and travel. And like G20 ministers, they will meet again to discuss the impact you and I have. In Mexico at Merida next year.
If we are so important shouldn’t we have had an invitation? Pleeease…
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