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WTCF: Global tourism recorded over 12 billion tourists and revenues of $ 5,8 trillion

first_imgSource / photo: World Federation of Tourist Cities According to the report, the total number of tourists globally in 2019 (including domestic as well as incoming visits from abroad) reached the figure of 12,31 billion visitors, which is an increase of 4,6 place compared to the previous year; gross income of global tourism (including income from domestic as well as incoming visits from abroad) reached the figure of $ 5,8 trillion, what does it represent6,7 percent of global GDP, and a decrease of 0,1 percent compared to the previous year. The trend of fluctuations in global incoming and domestic tourism revenues has slowed and is expected to achieve five consecutive increases. Looking to 2020, global tourism will face uncertain elements and achieve a smaller increase. The growth rate of global tourism revenues is projected to be this year 3,6 place, and the growth rate of Chinese tourism revenue will reach 6,1 place. The WTCF is the world’s first international tourism organization to focus on cities. Since its founding in 2012, the WTCF has maintained the fundamental concept of better urban living through tourism, actively building multilateral world tourism exchange platforms, seeking to promote cooperation and exchange between international cities, comprehensively increasing the competitiveness and impact of world cities, to bring new vitality to development global tourism. Last week, the World Federation of Tourist Cities (WTCF), in collaboration with the Tourism Research Center of the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences (TRC-CASS), published a Report on World Tourism Economy Trends for 2020. You can find the complete report HERE.center_img The world today is in a state of unprecedented change. International trade, production and global energy structures, along with the global financial system, are subject to profound adjustments and rapid change. Especially in 2019, production and trade are quite inactive and slow, while trade and investment disputes intensified, affecting the industrial structure and financial stability. As a result, the world economy is struggling with multiple risks and challenges. The tourism industry, as an important carrier of cultural exchange, social communication and trade, affects the growing risk of global economic growth on the one hand, and on the other has an irreplaceable role in deepening cooperation and promoting development. The report provides a panoramic analysis of topics such as the development trend of the world tourism economy, changes in regional development structure, outstanding characteristics of key countries, fundamental supporting roles of cities from different perspectives at the global, regional, national and urban levels. Also, based on last year’s “T20” concept, it presents an in-depth interpretation of the “T20” countries on the characteristics of tourism development and trends in recent years. Since 2016, WTCF and TRC-CASS have jointly published an annual report on global tourism economy trends. Its goal is to overcome the development trend in all perspectives, giving an in-depth analysis of hot issues in the tourism market. It also aims to scientifically predict the future of global tourism, serving as a reference and intellectual support to governments, affiliated cities and the sector, to enable decision-making.last_img read more

Suspected drug dealer shot dead by North Sumatra Police following physical assault

first_imgA suspected drug dealer was shot dead by the North Sumatra Police’s narcotics unit after having physically assaulted an officer with a sharp weapon in Medan on Monday.North Sumatra Police chief Insp. Gen. Martuani Sormin Siregar said the suspect, identified as ST, was previously arrested in Kali Baru, North Jakarta on Saturday for his or her involvement in the distribution of illegal drugs in Jakarta and Medan under a syndicate.On the same day but at a different location in Jakarta, the police also apprehended another suspect, HW, he added. HW was also a member of the syndicate affiliated with ST.From the suspects, the police seized several bags of crystal methamphetamine weighing a total of 100 kilograms, as well as several bags of ecstasy containing a total of 50,000 pills as evidence, he said.Martuani went on to say ST had admitted that the illegal substances were due to be transported to a warehouse in Medan.Read also: Crystal meth now cheaper, ‘stronger’ in Indonesia as drug busts rise: UN reportAttempting to trace the syndicate, the police agreed to tail ST as he or she delivered the drugs to the Medan Industrial Zone on Monday, he said.“Our personnel were closely watching the drug transfer when ST decided to fight us back, assaulting and injuring one of the officers, Adj. First Insp. Partono, with a machete,” Martuani said on Tuesday. “In response to the attack, the rest of the officers shot ST, who died when he was taken to the hospital.”Martuani said the arrest of the two suspects was based on a tip-off provided by another alleged drug dealer, DEJ, who was apprehended two months ago along with his stash of 23 kg of crystal meth.“DEJ revealed the whereabouts of ST and HW in Jakarta. They are in the same syndicate, a Jakarta-Medan network,” he added. (rfa)Topics :last_img read more

Friday people roundup

first_imgSPF Beheer, PWRI, Eumedion, Shell, PFZW, European Commission, FCA, SPOA, PAOFarmacie, Zoetwaren, Deutsche AM, Invesco, Schroders, Finance Watch, Aegon, RobecoSAM, Vescore, Tikehau, BoAML, UK honours listSPF Beheer – Pauline Frens will start as SPF Beheer’s operational director on 1 February. She is the fourth member of the Dutch railways pension fund provider’s executive team, sitting alongside chief executive Edwin Kreikamp, Martin Mos (director of finance and risk management) and Justus van Halewijn (director of asset management).PWRI – Frans Prins has left his role as director of the €8bn Dutch pension fund. According to the scheme, Prins wished to change the balance between his job and private life and is now seeking positions as a trustee and internal supervisor. Annemarie Beun, a board adviser of PWRI, will act as director on a temporary basis.Eumedion – Garmt Louw, chairman of the €26bn Dutch pension fund for Shell, has been appointed chair of Eumedion, the platform on corporate governance and sustainability for institutional investors. Louw succeeds Peter Borgdorff, director of the €185bn healthcare scheme PFZW, who has completed his statutory six-year term. European Commission – Mette Toftdal Grolleman and Lee Foulger have left their positions within the office of the European Union’s commissioner for finance, Valdis Dombrovskis. The pair served under previous finance commissioner Lord Jonathan Hill. Grolleman is a former member of the Danish government’s permanent representation to the EU and is leaving to join communications firm Fleishman Hillard. Foulger was on the staff at the UK Treasury department until 2009 before joining the commission, and he is moving the UK’s Financial Conduct Authority.SPOA – The €1.5bn occupational pension fund for public pharmacists in the Netherlands has named Mariëtte van de Lustgraaf as its chair. She succeeds Mark Hagenzieker, who has stepped down after 15 years as chair and 21 years on the board. Van de Lustgraaf is chief executive of the Dutch Expertise Centre for Pharmacotherapy with Children and a board member of PAOFarmacie. Later this year, Marjolein Menheere, SPOA’s secretary, is to leave the pension fund after serving 11 years on its board.Zoetwaren – Jan Groen has been named as the employers’ chairman of Zoetwaren, the €2.2bn Dutch pension fund for the confectionery sector. He succeeds Fabio Bambang Oetomo, who had been chair since last April, after taking over from Leo Dekker. Groen is financial manager at Hellema en Fortuin, a cake and candy producer.Deutsche Asset Management – Petra Pflaum has been appointed to the newly created role of CIO for responsible investments. She will lead Deutsche AM’s dedicated environmental, social and governance team. She will also continue in her role as EMEA head of equities but share the position with Britta Weidenbach as co-head. Weidenbach is head of European equities. Pflaum is also to take a position on Deutsche AM’s board.Invesco – The UK asset management giant has hired Gareth Isaac as EMEA CIO for Invesco Fixed Income, a newly created position. He joins from Schroders, where he was a portfolio manager in its bond team. Invesco said Isaac would lead “portfolio management and strategic investment thinking” for the group’s global macro team.Finance Watch – Rainer Lenz has been named chairman of Finance Watch, a public interest body based in Brussels. He replaces Kurt Eliasson. Lenz is a professor of economics at Bielefeld Fachhochschule. Finance Watch was set up in 2011 to act as a counterweight to the industry group.Aegon – Wim Hekstra has started as director of corporate markets at insurance company Aegon, a role that includes responsibility for the company’s pensions business. He succeeds Maarten Edixhoven, who is to become chief executive of Aegon. Edixhoven in turn succeeds Marco Keim, who will become responsible for all of Aegon’s operations in Continental Europe. Aegon has also appointed Anke Schlichting as chief technology officer of Aegon Netherlands as of 1 March. She is currently IT director at APG.RobecoSAM – The specialist sustainable investment manager has hired Marius Dorfmeister as global head of clients and a member of the firm’s executive committee. He previously held similar roles at Vescore, another sustainable investment management specialist. He has also been in charge of institutional client relations at Notenstein Private Bank, Bank Sarasin & Cie and Falcon Private Bank, as well as holding senior positions at AIG in Austria and Merrill Lynch.Tikehau Investment Management – Gen Oba has been hired as director of marketing and international development. He joins the French asset manager from Bank of America Merrill Lynch, where he spent 18 years, most recently as managing director of investment banking. At Tikehau, Oba will be responsible for “marketing strategy and the development of the firm’s relationship with large international clients”, the company said.UK – Former UK pensions minister Steve Webb has been knighted in the country’s New Year’s Honours list. Webb was pensions minister from 2010 as part of the coalition government formed by his Liberal Democrat party and the Conservative party. He served for five years, making him the longest-serving pensions minister in recent history, before losing his seat in the 2015 election. He is now director of public policy for Royal London.Two staff from the Pensions Regulator were awarded OBEs: Charles Counsell, executive director of automatic enrolment, was recognised for his services to workplace pension reform, while Andrew Young, an actuary at the regulator who has also worked for the Pension Protection Fund, was rewarded for “services to pension policy and pensioners”. Sheila Nicoll, former director of conduct policy at the Financial Services Authority, was awarded an OBE for her work in financial services, as well as the voluntary sector. Nicoll is now head of public policy at Schroders.last_img read more

Arizona Law Leads to Fewer Abortions

first_imgCitizenLink 13 Oct 2011A newly enacted Arizona law appears to be having an immediate — and dramatic — effect on the number of abortions performed statewide. The Abortion Consent Act, passed by the Legislature in 2009, took effect shortly after the Arizona Court of Appeals ruled it constitutional in a 3-0 decision on Aug. 11. The law mandates that minors seeking abortions must provide a notarized parental signature; that women be provided with full, accurate information by a doctor in person at least 24 hours before the procedure takes place; that only doctors can perform surgical abortions; and that no medical professional can be forced to perform an abortion if doing so violates his or her religious or moral beliefs. The state reported Wednesday that only 729 abortions were performed statewide in September — about 30 percent less than in August.…Planned Parenthood of Arizona successfully sued to block the law shortly after Gov. Jan Brewer signed it in July 2009. In overturning that decision, the appellate court justices wrote: “We hold that the statutes at issue would withstand federal constitutional scrutiny, and that the Arizona Constitution — to the extent it protects abortion rights at all — offers no greater protection than the federal constitution with respect to the regulations at issue in this case.” Shortly afterward, Planned Parenthood was forced to stop offering abortions in three cities. read more

Medical experts confirm preborn children experience pain

first_imgTexas Right to Life 7 July 2013Three medical specialists discuss the science of preborn children experiencing pain during an abortion procedure.  House Bill 2 and Senate Bill 1, currently considered in the Special Session of the Legislature, establish the state’s interest in protecting the lives of preborn children who feel pain.Dr. Paul Liu, Dr. Ingrid Skop, and Dr. Greg Bonnen all speak to the behavioral and physiological evidence confirming that preborn children feel pain.last_img

Start of opening day at Super Nationals postponed to 3:30 p.m.

first_imgDue to the weather, we will have the following changes to today’s (Mon., Sept. 7) program:The Late Model portion of today’s show will be postponed to Thursday, Sept 10.Today’s racing program will begin at 3:30 p.m. It will be the same program minus Late Models.Pits will open at 10:30 a.m. today.Grandstands at 2 p.m.Pit pass $25.Grandstand Adult $15.Kids/Teens $7.We apologize for any inconvenience.last_img

Cricket News Need to start another life: Rangana Herath after international retirement

first_imgNew Delhi: Rangana Herath did not have the ultimate farewell that he desired in his final outing as a Sri Lankan international cricketer. England’s 211-run was their first-ever in Galle and with Herath’s retirement, Sri Lanka’s bowling stocks have been severely depleted as they aim to come back in the series.Read More | Kagiso Rabada in danger of ban after Chris Lynn send-off in AdelaideIn the post-match press conference, Herath, visibly emotional, thanked the support he had received from everyone following his comeback in the side in 2009. “The support from my wife, kids and my immediate family members has been amazing. I really appreciate the support and without that I don’t think I could have got to where I am right now,” Herath said.Read More | Pakistan snap ODI jinx against New Zealand, level series in styleWhen asked about his life after his retirement, the 40-year-old veteran said, “I need to start another life. I might go to my club and may play some first-class cricket.”Record-breaking machineHerath’s retirement leaves a massive void in the Sri Lankan set-up that has still not recovered from the retirement of legends like Kumar Sangakkara, Mahela Jayawardene, Muttiah Muralitharan and  Tillakaratne Dilshan.However, Herath’s records are staggering. His 433 wickets are not only the most by a left-arm spinner but also the most by a left-arm bowler ever. Herath is only the third player after Muralitharan and James Anderson to take 100 wickets in one venue. The left-armer achieved this feat in Galle during the England Test.Herath is the second Sri Lanka bowler after Nuwan Zoysa to take a hat-trick in Tests. He accomplished this in 2016 against Australia at Galle and his exploits in that series, 28 wickets in three Tests, helped Sri Lanka whitewash Australia 3-0.The 40-year-old is also the third bowler in Tests to have taken a five-wicket haul against nine Test playing nations, behind Muralitharan and South Africa’s Dale Steyn. The left-armer’s retirement marks an end to the list of active players who had debuted in the 90s. For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.last_img read more

Brown Ideye: Eye on Russia 2018

first_img“It’s not a must that everybody should play in Europe. Invitation to the Super Eagles should never be based on where the player is playing, but rather, the current form of the player. That is why a coach should be up and doing. A coach does not necessary have to travel abroad to monitor players. The world is now a global village and coaches can monitor the performance of their players even in the comfort of their homes.“The Chinese Super League is now on live on television for everybody to see. The fact that a player is playing in China should not be a limitation to his national team career. After all, there are a number of players in the main stream European League, yet could not play themselves into the national team,” Akani said. Barely four months to the 2018 World Cup in Russia, footballers across the globe are raring to go. Nigerian players are no exception. Two weeks ago, Brown Ideye made a loan move to Malaga from Chinese Super League side, Tianjin Teda. In this piece, Kunle Adewale examines how the move may revive his career and earn him a place in the Super Eagles line-up in RussiaSuper Eagles striker, Brown Ideye, last Monday completed a loan move from Chinese Super League side, Tianjin Teda, to Spanish LaLiga club Malaga and expressed delight at the move. The 29-year-old forward, who scored four goals in 14 appearances with Tianjin, said on Instagram:“So happy to have signed for Malaga on loan in one of the biggest leagues in the world. Ideye began his career at Bayelsa United in 2006. A year after, he moved to Swiss second tier side Neuchatel Xamax, where he played two seasons before joining French squad Sochaux.He then moved to Dynamo Kyiv in 2011, where his notable performances earned him a transfer to West Bromwich. After scoring only seven goals from 31 matches, Ideye moved to Greek side Olympiakos in 2015.The Nigerian moved to China in February 2017 after an impressive goalscoring run for the Greek side, with 23 goals in 43 matches.Ideye will hope that a bright performance with Los Boquerones will force his name in the Super Eagles World Cup squad.He last featured for the Nigeria national team on November 12, 2016, in a 3-1 World Cup qualifier home victory over Algeria.It, however, remains to be seen if Ideye can get his career back on track in Malaga to earn a national team recall. Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Also reacting to Rohr’s threat to blank out China-based players from the national team, Content Marketing Manager of StarTimes, Qasim Elegbede, urged the coach to have a rethink. He argued that Rohr cannot close his eyes to good Nigerian talents in the Chinese Super League because of the country where the league is holding.“That is a generalised statement that a person like Rohr should not make. The example of Patrick Mboma is apt here. When he came to Nigeria to help Cameroon win the Africa Cup of Nations in 2000, he was playing in the Japanese League, which at that time was nowhere near a top league.“It is not wise for Rohr to say that whoever plays in China is not fit to play for the Super Eagles. I believe that if Rohr sees a good Nigeria talent in the Chinese League, he would not shut him out of the national team.“The truth of the matter is that the Chinese Super League offers the best competition for our players to become better in their trade. What is the use of staying on the bench of a team in Europe, wasting away, when you can play alongside top stars like Oscar, Lavezzi, Gervinho and Kalcuta”, said Elegbede. Former Nigeria international, Waidi Akani, said the move to Malaga by Ideye was a smart idea at reviving his career after a turbulent time in China.“Yes, to make the World Cup team might be his primary aim for moving to Malaga, but what matters most is that he must be playing regularly and very well for the Spanish team to earn a recall to the national team. No doubt, he would be noticed faster in Spain than in China,” Akani said.He, however, admitted that no matter the league a player plays in if he’s enjoying a regular playing time, he would get the attention of his national team coach.center_img “I enjoyed my time at Tianjin Teda and I want to thank the management and fans. Now onto a new chapter in La Liga. Big thanks to everyone who made this possible for me; I’m grateful. I can’t wait to get started!”Speaking after he was certified fit by the club doctors, the former Dynamo Kyiv striker said he was looking forward to settling down at Malaga.“I am happy and looking forward to it. I am looking forward to playing here at Malaga right from the first day I played against the club in a friendly match. I like it here and I am happy to be here,” Ideye told MalagaTV.Tianjin Teda demoted Ideye to their second team to make way for new recruit Frank Acheampong after the latter joined the Chinese side on loan from Belgium outfit, Anderlecht. The German tactician at one time threatened that only three players from the Chinese league would eventually join the World Cup train, which he later rebutted. However, with no players invited from the Chinese League in the back-to-back international friendly matches against Senegal and Burkina Faso and the Africa Cup of Nations qualifier against South Africa last year lends credence to his threat.Revealing why he dropped China- based players for 2019 Nations Cup qualifier against South Africa, Rohr said: “It’s very difficult to monitor the players in China. Also, I was satisfied with the performances of the young players I have been working with for the past two weeks in France. That was why we decided to keep this group.” “My plan is to execute the World Cup with the players who are playing regularly with their clubs. How do you expect a coach to jet out to Russia with average players who lack playing time? I do take my time to visit various club sides in Europe to beg the coaches to build my players’ mind towards a great competition like the World Cup”, Rohr had said.At the height of Nigerian players moving to China, Rohr had stated that players based in Europe were going to be considered ahead of the Chinese-based ones for major tournaments.“The Chinese League is not as backward as many thought, but has moved forward from what it used to be. However, Europe is still where I feel is best for players as the level is very high. We have to consider the players in competitive leagues before looking at the players in less competitive leagues, maybe three players from China would be ideal for our squad”, Rohr  had said.last_img read more

Extra Innings: Trojan baseball must find consistency

first_imgSam Arslanian | Daily TrojanLosing sucks. And absolutely no one likes being blown out. The USC baseball team knows this all too well.This past weekend was exceptionally rough for the Trojans as they dropped three games by a margin of 6-42 to the No. 15 UCLA Bruins. Yes, UCLA is a great baseball team and USC is a young team that is still trying to recover from an abysmal 2017 season, but two blow out losses of this magnitude are unacceptable. Earlier this season, the rivals met at Dodger Stadium and the Trojans stole a victory with a 3-2 scoreline. This game gave me a lot of hope for USC baseball coming into this past weekend.The team has had an interesting season so far. It has been almost impossible to predict the outcome of any of their matchups. One day they are playing a tight nine innings with No. 5 Arkansas, only to be bested a couple weeks later by UC Santa Barbara. Baseball is a variable game, and a no-name team can upset the No. 1 seed on any given day. I wrote a column praising the unpredictability of baseball, but this is not the case for USC’s team. When they win, they overcome adversity to grind out tough games, but when they lose, the games are too often blowouts.Consistency is a difficult thing for a team to achieve in any sport — especially baseball. USC has yet to sweep a Pac-12 series and has won only two of six series. When the Trojans lose, it most often comes as a result of an early lead from their opposition. That lead then snowballs in to a bigger and bigger lead. Moreover, the Men of Troy have not won a single Pac-12 matchup in which they have trailed to start the game. Head coach Dan Hubbs and co. need to find a way to limit big innings because when the Trojans get down by a decent margin early, they are out. Freshman pitcher Kyle Hurt has taken a role in the starting rotation in his first season at USC. Emily Smith | Daily TrojanThe Trojans are a young team and there will naturally be some growing pains. Despite the large amount of rookies and second-years, a lot of young players have stepped up to the plate (no pun intended). Freshman pitcher Kyle Hurt has had a solid inaugural season. His 5.14 ERA isn’t particularly great, but eliminating his last two starts — which were blowouts — quickly drops his ERA to 2.81. He needs to work on limiting the amount of batters he grants base on balls as he has walked 36 batters in 49 innings pitched. As a freshman, he has a lot of time to develop and could become a lethal weapon for the Trojans in the future.The duo of catchers, sophomore Blake Sabol and redshirt sophomore Kaleb Murphy, have demonstrated their ability to come in clutch. Sabol had a great season in 2017 and has continued his success this season. Murphy, on the other hand, was a stranger to the field in 2017 but has contributed greatly in his first season as a starter, recording the third best batting average on the team with .294. The pair split time behind the plate; when Murphy is catching, Sabol has been taking reps in left field. Sabol’s versatility and five-tool playstyle make him a significant asset to the team.One of the things the Trojans are missing this year is the lack of bat presence from the veterans on the team. Junior outfielder Lars Nootbaar was a heavily influential bat in the 2017 season, recording a .313 average and .419 on base percentage. With a .225 batting average and .350  OBP in 2018, Nootbaar has yet to reach the level of production he exhibited last season. His talent is there and we have seen glimpses of his strong hitting capability, but much like the team as a whole, the consistency just isn’t there.When the Trojans win, they appear to be a solid team. The key is for USC to get on their opponents early and limit big innings. Walking batters leads to putting runners in scoring position, which ultimately leads to runs. By no means are these tasks easy to accomplish, but they will help make significant strides toward finding consistent play.Sam Arslanian is a freshman majoring in journalism. He is also the sports editor of the Daily Trojan. His column, “Extra Innings,” ran Mondays.last_img read more

EGBA praises European Commission’s commitment to digital single market

first_img Share Submit EGBA calls for enhanced collaboration on consumer rights August 11, 2020 Andrea Vota named director general of Jdigital July 24, 2020 StumbleUpon Share KSA issues ‘conduct warning’ following covid marketing breaches July 28, 2020 Related Articles Outlined in its 2020 work programme, the European Gaming and Betting Association (EGBA) has praised the European Commission’s strategy which focuses on improving the digital single market.In its work programme, the Commission outlined its plans to improve efficiency of the single market, particularly for online consumers.“EGBA welcomes the Commission’s commitment to making the single market work for online consumers. More than 16.5 million Europeans bet online but their rights are not protected by any EU rules. It is time to bring the EU’s approach to online gambling into the 21st century – the Commission should act,” said Maarten Haijer, Secretary General, EGBA.The EGBA placed particular emphasis upon the Commission’s commitment to publish in 2020 a new digital services act, a report on barriers to the single market and an action plan for enforcing single market rules.It has suggested, however, that the Commission should consider including a review of its approach to online gambling as part of its programme.In a statement on its website, the EGBA said: “With more than 16.5 million Europeans betting online, there is clearly a need for a more consistent EU policy towards this cross-border sector worth €22.2 billion and growing by 10% each year.“For instance, the Commission never followed up on its 2014 recommendation on consumer protection and responsible advertising for online gambling – which has been implemented fully by only one EU member state[1] – leaving many EU betting consumers exposed to inadequate levels of consumer protection online.”last_img read more