Global tourism organizations say travel is central to stimulating jobs
Ahead of the G20 world leaders’ meeting in Los Cabos, Mexico, next week, the UNWTO and WTTC call on the leaders to consider travel and tourism as an engine for economic growth and stimulating the global economy. Increasing travel and tourism demand through visa facilitation can be central to stimulating job creation, a priority, given the high current unemployment levels.
Chinese visitors dominate tourist market
The number of visitors from China has been increasing sharply, placing them as the second largest foreign arrivals to Bali after Australian tourists.
Ida Bagus Kade Subhiksu, head of the Bali Tourism Agency, said that such a significant rise in Chinese tourists had brought fresh air to the island’s tourist industry.
In 2011, the number of Chinese tourists increased by 20.32 percent to 236,868 from 196,863 recorded in 2010. Around 77 percent of the Chinese tourists were new comers.
The most contaminated surfaces in hotel rooms
An experiment of surfaces in hotel rooms finds television remotes to be among the most heavily contaminated with bacteria and items on housekeeping carts carry the potential to cross-contaminate rooms. Researchers from the University of Houston report the findings today at the 2012 General Meeting of the American Society for Microbiology.
“Hoteliers have an obligation to provide their guests with a safe and secure environment. Currently, housekeeping practices vary across brands and properties with little or no standardization industry wide. The current validation method for hotel room cleanliness is a visual assessment, which has been shown to be ineffective in measuring levels of sanitation,” says Katie Kirsch an undergraduate student at the University of Houston who presented the study.
Airline service quality declines
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Passenger satisfaction with North America’s airlines has declined slightly from a year ago, a new J.D. Power and Associates survey released last week indicates.
After two consecutive years in which passengers said they were increasingly pleased with many aspects of service, their satisfaction with U.S. and Canadian airlines dropped this year to an average of 681 on a 1,000-point scale — two points lower than last year.