UNWTO: Residents are aware of the positive impact of tourism on their cities

first_imgWe can conclude that, according to a global survey by the World Tourism Organization, most residents believe that tourism has a positive impact on the economy, but that it is still necessary to take certain measures to better manage it. You can find all the results of the research in the presentation HERE. Of all respondents, more than 70 percent think these measures should focus on improving infrastructure and facilities, as well as creating attractions for tourists and residents. Twelve percent of them believe that these measures should include a limit on the number of visitors, while only 12 percent believe that the promotion of tourism should be suspended. Question: How to react to the increase in the number of tourists in your city? / UNWTO Question: How does tourism affect your city? / UNWTO An online survey was conducted in 15 countries and targeted 12.000 people to better understand residents ’perceptions of urban tourism and its impacts and management strategies. “Today, adequate tourism management for the benefit of visitors and residents, while ensuring that local communities benefit from tourism, is becoming more important than ever”, Said Zurab Pololikashvili, UNWTO Secretary-General. “It is important to set up a plan for urban tourism as soon as possible that is fully in line with the urban agenda.”center_img For many urban destinations around the world, addressing the challenges of growing tourism demand and adequately managing tourism flows have become priorities. The results show that 49 percent of respondents believe that measures should be taken to better manage tourism. But again, values ​​vary from country to country – from 75 percent in Argentina to just 24 percent in Japan. Almost half of the respondents (47%) believe that they live in a “city with a large number of visitors”. Yet the results vary significantly from country to country, ranging from 68 percent in Australia to just 33 percent in France. Over 50 percent of them believe that tourism has a positive impact on the budget and the promotion of cultural exchange, and 49 percent of respondents believe that measures should be taken to improve tourism management. Only 12 percent of respondents prefer to limit the number of visitors, reports the UNWTO. Wealth and income generation as well as intercultural exchanges and new offers of activities have the greatest impact on cities. The perception of the positive impacts of tourism is particularly strong in Argentina, Australia, the Republic of Korea, Spain and Sweden. According to the first global survey by the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) and the Ipsos agency, 47 percent of respondents believe that they “live in a city with a large number of tourists.” last_img

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