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With interest in traveling to Brazil at an all time high due to the Rio Olympics, it is pertinent now to look at some crucial eco-tourism facts before heading out. Around five hundred thousand travelers are expected to travel to Brazil during the extravaganza. The average visitor stay would be around nineteen days per person meaning that at present about 170,000 travelers are present in Rio de Janeiro. Overall global tourism is increasing at four percent a year with more than a billion international tourists in 2015. The tourism industry in New Zealand aims to expand from just above thirteen million US dollars in 2015 to three times that figure this year, thus generating substantial number of tourism jobs. New Zealanders themselves made more than two million foreign trips last year with thousands expected to travel to Rio for the Olympics. The UNWTO has a global code of conduct which travelers must adhere to in order to maintain sustainability and social responsibility. For ethical reasons, it is advisable to travel to smaller centres or communities. About five percent of global carbon di oxide release can be attributed to tourism with the greatest single sub-component being transport. For environmental reasons, it is better that individuals take fewer but longer trips. While the Olympics are a massive tourism windfall, they will only last for two weeks and the legacy value of the same is under question. So instead of such icon events, it is better to host hallmark events that bring value annually.

Source: http://www.listener.co.nz/lifestyle/travel/11-eco-tourism-facts-rio-olympics/

Source: http://www.themalaymailonline.com/travel/article/myanmar-tourism-boom-set-to-bring-7.5m-visitors-a-year

Source: http://www.ttgasia.com/article.php?article_id=27445

In order to gain an upper hand over its rivals, Uber China has forayed into the world of travel by integrating the same as part of its services. Uber China as well as its main local rival Didi Chuxing have prioritized gaining market share over making money. Also fund raising has been an issue but heavy competition exists in that sphere as well. Didi Chuxing has been backed up with funds by Apple and Alibaba while Baidu is supporting Uber China. Rising income levels in China has meant that outbound tourism for the middle class is more feasible now. Expenditure on the same has risen by more than fifty percent according to tourism consultingprovided by the World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC). Uber China aims to integrate all travel aspects within a single app to ensure travel becomes hassle-free. The eventual aim is that every Uber driver can in essence double up as a local guide.

Source:  http://www.forbes.com/sites/rebeccafeng/2016/06/22/uber-china-hopes-to-gain-market-share-by-entering-travel-industry/#1d2198f91a7e

China is set to be the top source for tourists across the Asia Pacific region this year. This was revealed postbusiness research conducted by MasterCard. More than fifty million tourists are expected to leave the shores of China this year to travel across the region. South Korea occupies the second spot followed by Taiwan. Japan is in fifth spot, surprisingly bettered by the USA at rank 4. USA remains the highest ranked non-APAC member in this list with UK at ninth being the only other such country in the top ten. Japan’s influence in this region though continues to wobble.

Source:  http://www.ttgasia.com/article.php?article_id=27452

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