1 Global Report on Adventure Tourism world Tourism Organization (UNWTO). Secretary-General: Taleb Rifai Director-Executive Secretary of Member Relations: Carlos Vogeler UNWTO editorial team - CONTENTS. gramme The Adventure Travel Trade Association (ATTA) editorial team 6. Foreword by Taleb Rifai, UNWTO Secretary General Contributing authors: Christina Beckmann, Natasha Martin, Nicole Petrak, Keith Sproule Design and printing: Photos by UNWTO / ATTA / Dreamstime Introduction by Yolanda Perdomo 9. Cover photo: Dreamstime Copyright 2014, world Tourism Organization (UNWTO) Chapter 1. Introduction to Adventure Tourism 10.
2 AM Reports, Volume nine Global Report on Adventure Tourism Published by the world Tourism Organization (UNWTO), Madrid, Spain. Chapter 2. First printing: October 2014. Global Trends in Adventure Tourism 20. All rights reserved. Printed in Spain. world Tourism Organization (UNWTO) Chapter 3. Calle Capit n Haya, 42 The Current Structure of the Adventure Tourism 28. 28020 Madrid Spain Chapter 4. Tel.: (+34) 915 678 100. Fax: (+34) 915 713 733 Local Economies, Communities and the Environment 34. E-mail: Website: Chapter 5. Creating the Right Environment For Adventure Tourism 46. The designations employed and the presentation of material in this publication do not imply the expression of any opinions what- soever on the part of the Secretariat of the world Tourism Organization concerning the legal status of any country, territory, city or area, or of its authorities or concerning the delimitation of its frontiers or boundaries.
3 Chapter 6. Citation: world Tourism Organization (2014), AM Reports, Volume nine Global Report on Adventure Tourism , UNWTO, Madrid. 60. may be reproduced, stored in a retrieval system or utilized in any form or by any means, electronic or mechanical, including pho- Chapter 7. Managing Risk in Adventure Tourism 66. to consider permissions, licensing, and translation requests related to UNWTO publications. Permission to photocopy UNWTO material in Spain must be obtained through: Chapter 8. Sector Challenges, Opportunities and Initiatives 74. Calle Monte Esquinza, 14. 28010 Madrid Spain Summary from ATTA President, Shannon Stowell 82.
4 Tel.: (+34) 913 086 330. Fax: (+34) 913 086 327. E-mail: Website: For authorization of the reproduction of UNWTO works outside of Spain, please contact one of CEDRO's partner organizations, with which bilateral agreements are in place (see: ). For all remaining countries as well as for other permissions, requests should be addressed directly to the world Tourism Organi- zation. For applications see: Foreword, Taleb Rifai, UNWTO Secretary General For many of the world s billions of tourists - those seeking to Indeed, the expansion of Adventure Tourism creates im- - mense opportunities for development, particularly in remote ture travel has become a cornerstone of the Tourism experi- communities where Adventure travel fuels the local econo- ence.
5 Indeed, as we shift towards a more globalized world , my, as well as generates income and employment. consumers are increasingly seeking authentic experiences and Adventure Tourism is no doubt one of the segments in Yet the growth of this segment also brings about the critical high demand. challenge of sustainable development, calling for careful and responsible Tourism management. Against this backdrop, For travellers, Adventure Tourism means an experi- we trust that The Global Report on Adventure Tourism will ence-based holiday; it means added value as they learn make an important contribution to a better understanding and interact with local populations and connect with their of the value of this segment as well as a more sustainable core values.
6 Tourism sector. Over one billion international tourists travelled the For companies and destinations, Adventure travel attracts world in 2013, supporting jobs, generating income visitors outside of peak season, highlights the natural and Programme, was only possible due to the excellent con- and boosting development. cultural values of a destination, thereby promoting its pres- - strategies, priorities, and future outlook. We thank them sin- International Tourism currently accounts for 9% of tition, and creates resilient and committed travellers. These cerely for their contribution and engagement in this project.
7 Global GDP, 30% of services exports and 1 in every are just some of the reasons why it is fundamental for des- 11 jobs. tinations to understand and work with Adventure travel pro- fessionals. At the world Tourism Organization (UNWTO) we work to make this impact even greater. Finally, from a Global perspective, Adventure Tourism incor- porates and promotes the values of the Tourism that we Because every tourist counts. want a Tourism that respects cultural and natural assets and protects the most vulnerable. 6 UNWTO AM Report : Volume nine Introduction, Yolanda Perdomo, Adventure Tourism : Collaboration for a Competitive Advantage Adventure Tourism has grown exponentially worldwide over Its relevance lies in its examples of best practices, challeng- the past years with tourists visiting destinations previously undiscovered.
8 This allows for new destinations to market themselves as truly unique, appealing to those travellers Long-term competitiveness in Tourism calls for meaning- looking for rare, incomparable experiences. ful and appropriate management approaches where a multi-stakeholder partnership is an important element of Against this backdrop, The Global Report on Adventure promoting Tourism . and future Adventure travel sector, providing Global trends Inclusively, this piece of research provides further insight into the complexities of the Adventure travel sector and sheds which is rapidly expanding, particularly in these new desti- - nations.
9 Able, growing niche within the tremendous potential that is The Report highlights the importance of public-private sec- Cape Town Tourism , MAPFRE, the Mexico Travel Channel, tor collaboration initiatives within the Adventure Tourism Thomas Cooper, Tourism Kwazulu-Natal and WYSE Travel sector. In a sector that is not only innovative, it is resilient Confederation for their engaging and insightful commen- - an economy, it is necessary to put in place conditions that venture Travel Trade Association for their expertise, support make the country easy to visit as well as attractive to de- and contribution in this initiative.
10 Velop. - Furthermore, this Report takes a closer look at the links be- tween the proper management of Adventure travel and a cease here. We look forward to sharing new developments and initiatives in Adventure Travel. community development. UNWTO Global Report on Adventure Tourism 9. 1. Tourism is one of the most rapidly growing sectors in the Supports local economies: Direct income from Of each USD 100 spent on a vacation tour by a tourist from world , and Adventure Tourism is one of its fastest growing Tourism is the amount of tourist expenditure that remains a developed country, only around USD 5 actually stays in a categories.