8602.0 - Tourism Newsletter, Nov 2008  
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General Assembly: Strong Support for World Tourism Day Themes for 2008 & 2009

Following the successful World Tourism Day (WTD) 2007 theme 'Tourism opens doors for women', the General Assembly underscored the importance of WTD to be conceived as a yearly campaign to raise awareness on the constructive social role of Tourism. WTD 2008 will be hosted in Peru and carry a theme around the tourism sector's response to the challenges of climate change.

The 2009 theme will celebrate tourism diversity and implement a campaign to highlight the importance of tourism and globalization. This will mark the 30th celebration of World Tourism Day, which will be hosted in Ghana. This campaign will highlight tourism’s role dual as a catalyst for globalization on the one hand, and as an opportunity to reaffirm and preserve the identity at the destination level, on the other.
(source: www.unwto.org)

Melbourne Food and Wine Festival
13 - 23 March 2009
At the Melbourne Food and Wine Festival, Victoria’s famous chefs, restaurateurs, winemakers, growers and producers showcase the region’s best culinary fare.

Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race
26 December 2008
Over 60 years old, the Rolex Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race is an icon of Australia's summer sport and one of the world's great ocean racing classics. Thousands of spectators line the shores of Sydney Harbour each Boxing Day to cheer the crews as they begin the gruelling 628 nautical mile journey to Hobart.

Falls Festival
30 December 2008 – 1 January 2009
The Tasmanian Falls Festival overlooks stunning Marion Bay and out over Maria Island. The festival features around 50 acts of first class pedigree from home and abroad. Tickets entitle patrons to two nights of free camping onsite and two huge days and nights of entertainment on two stages. Acts include a diverse range of top bands, DJs and comedians. The Falls Festival is also held in Lorne, Victoria.

Hobart Summer Festival
December 2008 – January 2009
The waterfront around Salamanca Place buzzes with activity as yachts come and go, buskers, musicians and performers entertain the crowds. The Hobart Summer Festival celebrates what Tasmania is all about - an open community where people come together to toast the arrival of summer, welcome friends and visitors, take part in arts events, share good food, wine and conversation.

Image: Surf lifesavers
International Workshop on Tourism Statistics
The joint United Nations Statistics Dvision (UNSD)/ United Nations World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO)
workshop on tourism statistics was conducted in July 2006 in Madrid. The workshop focussed on the revision
of the Recommendations on Tourism Statistics (770.34 KB pdf) approved by the 27th session of the
United Nations Statistical Commission (March 2008) for approval. At the same session, the Commission
is expected to have before it the revised text of Tourism Satellite Account: Recommended Methodological Framework (752.73 KB pdf)
(Source: http://unstats.un.org/unsd/default.htm)