Happy New Year 2013
As we welcome the New Year, the crew would like to take one last glance at the year that had just passed. 2012 was a year of many challenges; economic uncertainty continued to be a major concern for people around the globe, and this has negatively affected the arts and culture scene. For many European countries struggling to keep budget deficits manageable, deep budget cuts on the arts and cultural sectors seem unavoidable. Despite its present usefulness, these cuts in turn will adversely affect the development of arts and culture for many years to come.
On the other hand, the travel industry painted a better picture. In 2012, a record number of one billion tourists travelled internationally around the globe. This figure does not include domestic tourists. The World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) who came up with the figure has expressed their confidence that the tourism industry is a main pillar of the world economy. In its infographic presentation titled ‘Turning One Billion Tourists into One Billion Opportunities’, UNWTO claimed that tourism industry represents up to 9% of world GDP and approximately 6% of world trade.
Moving into 2013, the crew believes that growth in the tourism industry will be a boon to any country currently facing economic recession, and that it will also have positive effects on local arts and cultural scene, providing some level of support even in times of economic difficulties.
Once again the Travcult crew wishes all readers a Happy New Year! May the New Year bring all readers and their loved ones great success and happiness!