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The tourism industry has become the world’s preeminent industry, contributing to the global gross domestic product (GDP). It is also a fundamental contributor to the economic recovery by generating billions of dollars in exports and creating millions of jobs.

And today, the business volume of tourism equals or even surpasses that of oil exports, ‎food products or automobiles. Tourism has become one of the major players in ‎international commerce, and represents at the same time one of the main income ‎sources for many developing countries. This growth goes hand in hand with an ‎increasing diversification and competition among destinations.‎ Regardless of setbacks, global tourism has also remained on course & Asia is consistently the key growth driver. Global outbound travel growth this year was once again driven by Asia (+8%) and South America (+5%) as well as North America (+5%). Moreover for 2015 Asia with solid & stable economic growth is expected to outpace the rest of the globe again with 8% growth in outbound trips. Asia will continue to be one of the powerhouses of the world outbound travel market growing by 53%, which was twice as much as the overall global growth of 22% according to World Travel Monitor®.

But despite its notable economic power and apparent resiliency, tourism is highly vulnerable to internal and external shocks as diverse as economic downturns, natural disasters, epidemic disease & international conflicts.

Recent air, land & sea crisis in the region have caused a ripple effect in which tourism movements & travel itineraries are disrupted causing loss of significant tourism dollars. Even at the wake of these tragedies, it has continued to undermine the viability, reputation, marketability & perception of tourism destinations & associated enterprises.

WHAT THE CONGRESS SEEKS TO ANSWER?

  • Why did safety and security become so important in the Age of Global Tourism?
  • What are the main factors influencing security issues in the tourism space?
  • What are the security lead responsibilities of the stakeholders in the hospitality industry – including tourists – in reducing menaces against tourism, as well as against people working in the industry and tourism infrastructure?
  • What are the impacts of security incidents on to the tourists, the tourism industry, the destination & the community at large?
  • How do the tourism industry, the media & the community react to the crises caused by such incidents?
  • What effective recovery methods can be undertaken by the public & private sectors at the destination?
  • What methods of prevention or reduction of such incidents can be used by the destination in order to avoid or minimize the impacts of future security crises?
  • What are the effective approaches for developing strategies and policies for more sustainable tourism, and the tools that would make the policies work on the ground?

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