Tourist destinations around the world hosted 1,1 billion international tourists, from January to October 2017, according to the latest UNWTO World Tourism Barometer. This represents an increase of 7% compared to the same period last year, or 70 million more arrivals from abroad.Thus, destinations around the world in the first ten months achieved a total of 1,127 million (+ 7%) arrivals of international tourists, 70 million more than in the same period in 2016.Destinations in Southern and Mediterranean Europe, North Africa and the Middle East have shown extraordinary strength, with international arrivals exceeding 7% in all Southern and Mediterranean European destinations, and Turkey is recovering rapidly as well as double-digit increases for most other destinations in the region. In North Africa and the Middle East, Egypt, Tunisia and Palestine have recovered strongly from previous years, while Morocco, Bahrain, Jordan, Lebanon, Oman and Dubai continue to grow.”These robust results, the best we’ve seen in many years, reflect ongoing demand for travel around the world, in line with the improved global economy and the recovery of destinations that have suffered declines in previous years”, Said UNWTO Secretary-General Taleb Rifai at the 2nd UNWTO / UNESCO Conference on Tourism and Culture held on 11 and 12 December in Oman.Regional resultsEuropean growth (+ 8%) led to an increase in international arrivals in the first ten months of 2017, thanks to significant results in southern and Mediterranean Europe (+ 13%). Western Europe (+ 7%) recovered from weaker results last year, while Northern Europe (+ 6%) had solid growth. Arrivals in Central and Eastern Europe increased by 4% between January and October 2017.Africa and Africa (+ 8%) are the fastest growing regions in international tourism. Africa (+ 8%) was the second fastest growing region during this period thanks to a strong recovery in North Africa (+ 13%) and sub-Saharan Africa (+ 5%).In Asia and the Pacific (+ 5%), results were led by South Asia (+ 10%), while Southeast Asia (+ 8%) and Oceania (+ 7%) also enjoyed a strong increase in arrivals. Northeast Asia (+ 3%) recorded more mixed results, with some destinations reporting double-digit increases and others rejected.South America (+ 7%) continues to lead growth in America, where total arrivals rose 3%. Central America and the Caribbean rose 4%, with the last signs of clear signs of recovery in October after Hurricanes Irma and Maria.Results in the Middle East (+ 5%) were mixed until October, with some destinations recovering strongly and others continuing to report sustainable growth, but the regional average was partly reduced by a few that declined.Strong recovery of tourist demand from Brazil and RussiaIn 2017, there was a strong growth in demand for international tourism, so demand in Brazil grew by 33%, and in Russia by 27%, which is indicative because the growth was recorded after several years of decline.Tourist spending Among the 10 leading markets, China (+ 19%), the Republic of Korea (+ 11%), the United States and Canada (+ 9%) and Italy (+ 7%) recorded the fastest growth in tourism consumption. Thus, tourist consumption from Germany, Great Britain, Australia, Hong Kong (China) and France increased between 2% and 5%.
Ørsted has officially opened the Hornsea Two Offshore Construction Base (HTOCB) at Humberside Airport in Lincolnshire.The building, formerly a police station at the airport, will now house around 30 Ørsted employees who will be working around the clock to construct the 1.4GW wind farm.Hornsea Two, located 89 kilometres off the Yorkshire Coast, will be able to power over 1.3 million homes when complete in 2022 taking the title as the world’s biggest offshore wind farm from the neighbouring 1,214MW Hornsea One offshore wind farm which is currently under construction.“The new offshore construction management office is the ideal location for our logistical project planning, and means we can move people and equipment offshore efficiently and safely using the heliport at Humberside airport,” Jason Ledden, leading the construction team as Senior Project Manager, said.”Not only have we been able to repurpose and redevelop a building that had fallen empty on the airport estate, we’ve also been able to utilise equipment and furniture from some of our previous projects in the region to ensure the build is sustainable and continue Ørsted’s green ethos.”Construction progress updateOnshore cable works have begun, undertaken by Preston-based VolkerInfra, and construction of the onshore substation is progressing. Most of the major contracts have now been awarded and offshore construction is due to begin 2020.All 165 turbines are being supplied by Siemens Gamesa, with the majority of blades being manufactured at their facility in Hull.Despite having fewer turbines than sister project Hornsea One, the project will use a newly manufactured larger blade to generate more power. The blades have been specifically developed for the site by the Siemens Gamesa site in Hull and are around the same length as ten busses.Ørsted’s East Coast Hub – the world’s largest operations and maintenance base, located in Grimsby, is expected to open later this month.