Almotamar.net - The value of tourism resulting from spending by tourists visiting Yemen from different parts of the world during the year 2009, in addition to one-day visitors raised to $903 million, achieving by that an increase by 6% compared to 2008.
Depending on recent official Yemeni statistics the volume of tourism coming to Yemen in the last year amounted to 1.028.127 tourists, the Yemenis living abroad formed 57% of the number of tourists of the last year.
General indicators of the tourist movement in Yemen in 2009 revealed an increase in the volume of tourists by 7%, compared to 2008 and a slight drop in the number of visits of the Yemenis living abroad amounted to 4%.
According to the Tourist Statistic book, Almotamar.net got a copy of it; tourists to Yemen from the Middle East amounted to 296.906, forming 68% of the total number of foreign tourists.
The number of tourists from Asia amounted to 50.171 tourists, forming 12% of the total number of tourists to Yemen, recording an increase by 31% compared to 208.
According to the book on tourist statistics 43.493 European tourists visited Yemen registering 10% of the total number of tourists in 2009 with an increase by 23% compared to 208.
The number of African tourists visited Yemen in 2009 amounted to 16.418 tourists, i.e. by 4% of the total number of tourists last year, with an increase of 52% compared to 2008.
Tourists visited Yemen from the two Americas in 2009 mounted to 25.493 tourists, with an increase by 41% compared to 2008. Visitors for tourism in Yemen from the United States of America came in the first place in number registering 77% of the total number of tourists from this region.
The United Nations has warned of the accelerating collapse of basic services in Yemen due to the aggression, siege and fighting which was described as “devastating.”
The UN Humanitarian Coordinator for Yemen Johannes van der Klaauw said in a press conference in Cairo that the current estimations indicate that more than 14 million people in Yemen cannot get sufficient health care.
He noted that 20 governorates, out of 22 governorates, are affected and that about 2.3 million people were forced to leave their homes which created a deteriorating and desperate humanitarian situation over the past seven months, stressing the importance of promptly finding out a political solution before it is over.
The UN official said that 3 million children and women are in need for medication because of malnutrition while 1.8 million children are deprived of schooling since March.
Klaauw pointed out the increasing deterioration of the basic services as a direct result of the dispute and the lack of necessary supplies to pay salaries or to cover maintenance costs.
Oxfam welcomed on Friday the changing of the British policy on exporting weapons to Saudi Arabia which is used in its aggression against Yemen.
The Oxfam emphasized citizens are in the fire line not only because of weapons, but also of the siege imposed on Yemen which affected its main services and economy.
Josephine Hatton, director of the Middle East program at Oxfam, said in a statement the organization welcomed the alteration of the British attitude towards the denial of Saudi Arabia in targeting citizens in its airstrikes against Yemen, and insisting to conduct serious investigations in that regard.
Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs Philip Hammond called on Thursday to carry out a serious investigation on the Saudi air raids against Yemen.
In an interview with the BBC, Hammond said the denial of Saudi in targeting citizens by its airstrikes against Yemen since March is not enough, serious investigations must been conducted in that regard.
A suicide bomber blew himself up on Tuesday in front of the Faculty of Agriculture in Ibb University, a security source said.
"The explosion did not cause any casualties," the source said, noting that the suicide bomber detonated himself before he was arrested by the security men, who noticed he was wearing an explosive belt.
The Médecins Sans Frontiers (MSF) organization said on Monday that thousands of Yemeni people still incapable to receive medical care because of the absence of transportation means and closing the health facilities.
In its statement, the MSF said many of health facilities have totally or partly been destroyed as a result of the airstrikes and war in the country.
MOSCOW– Russia affirmed on Saturday its support to the exerted efforts to hold a new talks' round on the Yemeni crisis and with the participation of the various sides.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation said, in its statement issued Saturday, it is important to do all the possible efforts in order to end violence in Yemen and reach peace all over the country via implementing dialogue gathering all the Yemeni political powers.