The World Tourism Association for Culture and Heritage (
The United World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO) has reported that international tourism arrivals hit 1.4 billion in 2018, two years ahead of its previous forecast of 2020. Global economy grew 3.7% last year propelling international tourism arrivals growth to 6% for the year.
WTACH has launched with 15 specialist advisors from diverse backgrounds relating to the culture and heritage tourism sector. They will work with destinations that need help now or are working on preventing overtourism.
The founder and CEO of
Areas of Tourism meltdown include Angkor Wat, Phi Phi Island and Mt Everest. Tourism needs to respect host communities and their cultural and heritage assets by adhering to a framework that has the host community at its heart.
“It’s time for the tourism industry to takeChris Flynn, Founder and CEO of WTACH
stepback and look at the long term impact of its decision making”
The desire for ‘authenticity’ in travel is problematic. An
WTACH believes that destinations should not make arrival numbers the main objective every year. It is concerned that Turkey has decided to expand tourism arrivals from 40 million in 2018 to 70 million by 2023.