National & International Policy
UNWTO’s Middle East Members Meet in Jordan
The 49th meeting of the UNWTO Regional Commission for the Middle East brought high-level delegations from 12 countries together at the Dead Sea, in the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan, to assess the current state of tourism in the region and advance sha...
Leveraging the Abraham Accords to Stimulate Tourism Growth
In this report, HVS explores ways in which the Abraham Accords can be leveraged to stimulate tourism growth in Israel. It outlines tourism goals for 2025 and gives country overviews for each of the member states.
Easier Visas Lead to Tourism Growth and Increased GDP
HVS and the Abraham Accords Peace Institute analyse the affects of easier visa procedures on tourism growth and the subsequent increase in a country’s GDP.
IACC eyes up membership growth with launch of enhanced Global Standards of Brilliance
IACC has updated and relaunched its Global Standards of Brilliance as part of a drive to redefine excellence in the events industry and grow membership through greater engagement with small and medium-sized business event venues operating within the...
UNWTO and MSC Foundation to Deliver Sustainable Tourism Education at Sea
The initiative builds on the success of the first Global Youth Tourism Summit, held in Sorrento, Italy, in 2022, and will see the creation of the MSC Foundation Youth Lab, a specially-equipped venue on the advanced new eco-ship. One of the core prog...
February 2023 Total International Travel Volume To and From the United States
International Visitor Arrivals to the United States Totaled 4,116,450, an Increase of 82.6% Compared to February 2022. Outbound Travel Departures from the United States by U.S. Citizens Totaled 6,169,371 in February 2023, an Increase of 46% Compared...
82% of surveyed hotels report staffing shortages
As over 80% of hotels experience staffing shortages, hoteliers are offering potential hires a host of incentives to fill vacancies, according to a new survey of hoteliers conducted by the American Hotel & Lodging Association (AHLA).
Airbnb Hosts share their vision for future EU STR rules
Short-term rental Hosts — who host on a range of channels, including Airbnb — make up nearly one-quarter of all EU tourist accommodation supply. Hosting is an integral part of the EU’s tourism offer and is an economic lifeline for everyday Europeans...
Congressional Letters Highlight Pitfalls of Overtime Rule Changes
In a pair of letters to the Department of Labor, U.S. senators and representatives are cautioning against raising the salary exemption threshold for executive, administrative, and professional employees under the Fair Labor Standards Act.
Summer Travel Expectations Still Strong but Economic Pressure and Poor Travel Experience May Weaken Future Demand
This summer, air travel demand is expected to be the strongest since pre-pandemic—and potentially the strongest ever. Over a quarter of Americans plan to increase the amount they are spending on leisure travel in the next three months (26%) up from ...