Europe’s tourism grows 8%

November 16, 2017 by  
Filed under EUROPE, News, trends

BRUSSELS, 16 November  2017: European tourism remained buoyant over the summer season in 2017, according to the latest European Travel Commission’s  ‘European Tourism 2017-Trends & Prospects’ report.

ETC said international tourist arrivals to Europe grew 8% in the first eight months of the year compared to the same period in 2016.

Despite lingering security concerns, most destinations (32 out of 34) saw increases in tourist arrivals with over half enjoying double-digit growth. Read more

India tourism brainstorms ideas

November 10, 2017 by  
Filed under News, South Asia

NEW DELHI, 10 November 2017: India will improve its tourism through adopting innovative solutions as the Ministry of Tourism, Government of India takes onboard ideas and feedback from a recent top-level workshop.

Titled ‘Innovation in Tourism’ the workshop, held late last month, was chaired by the Minister of State for Tourism, Shri K J Alphons, and attended by approximately 50 leading stakeholders from the country’s tourism industry.

They represented hotels, tour operators, travel agents, adventure tour operators, tourism professionals, media representatives and trade associations. Read more

UNWTO Barometer: Global tourism on the rises

November 9, 2017 by  
Filed under EUROPE, News

MADRID, 9 November 2017: Where are the fastest growing markets for international tourism expenditure?

The latest UNWTO global tourism data released, earlier this week to coincide with the World Travel Market, identifies the markets that are growing the fastest in terms of cash spent on booking travel.

The UNWTO Tourism Barometer claims among the top 10 source markets, international tourism expenditure grew the fastest in China (+19%) followed by the Republic of Korea (+12%), the United States (+8%) and Canada (+7%). Read more

Minister rolls out Amazing Year

November 8, 2017 by  
Filed under Events, News, Thailand

LONDON, 8 November 2017: Thailand’s travel trade introduced the government’s backed  “Amazing Thailand Tourism Year 2018” campaign during the World Travel Market earlier this week

Thailand’s Minister of Tourism and Sports, Kobkarn Wattanavrangkul, unveiled the campaign at a presentation lunch for 100 WTM attendees.

The  1 November, 2017 to 1 January, 2019, the “Amazing Thailand Tourism Year 2018” officially launched 1 November and covers mainly special events and festivals. Read more

UNWTO: Plague outbreak no need to worry

November 8, 2017 by  
Filed under AFRICA, News

LONDON, 8 November 2017: UNWTO expressed confidence in Madagascar’s measures to combat an outbreak of plague that threatens to stall the island nation’s tourism industry.

During WTM, earlier this week, UNWTO convened a meeting of tourism ministers to express solidarity and present a common message of confidence for the measures taken by Madagascar to overcome the outbreak.

Minister of Tourism of Madagascar, Roland Ratsiraka, the Minister of Tourism of Mauritius, Anil Kumarsingh Gayan, SC and the Minister for Tourism, Civil Aviation, Ports and Marine of the Seychelles, Maurice Loustau-Lalanne met at the sidelines of the World Travel Market in London. Read more

Peru richest in the world?

November 8, 2017 by  
Filed under AMERICAS, News

LONDON, 8 November 2017: From backpacking in the Andes to luxury Amazon river cruises, Peru has positioned itself as one of the most attractive tourist destinations in the world. Peru has enjoyed a growing tourism industry with more and more people visiting the country year on year.

Now, the Peruvian government intends to build on this increase by launching a campaign to double the number of tourists visiting the country by 2021. The campaign focuses on illustrating Peru’s cultural, natural and culinary riches, revolving around the idea that “Peru is the richest country in the world”.

The campaign was launched this week at the World Travel Market event in London. “When you come to Peru, you will become more enriched by experiences” says Elisabeth Hakim, PromPeru´s UK and North American markets coordinator. Read more

WTTC bullish on London’s tourism

November 7, 2017 by  
Filed under EUROPE, News

London, 7 November 2017: London generates more spend from international visitors than any other city in Europe, according to a new report released Monday by the World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC).

In 2016, international visitors spent around UKP11.2billion (€18.9billion) in London, more than in any other city in Europe.  Visitors from within the UK spent a further UKP1.74 billion (€2.94bn). Overall Travel & Tourism directly employs 228,000 jobs in the capital and in terms of Travel & Tourism GDP contribution, London accounts for nearly 19% of the UK’s total.

Other cities which make up the top five for international spend in Europe are Istanbul (€17.5bn), Barcelona (€13.6bn), Amsterdam (€11.8bn) and Paris (€10.4bn). Read more

Vegas style tourism arrives in Danang

November 3, 2017 by  
Filed under News, Vietnam

HONG KONG, 3 November 2017: A massive so-called integrated resort project will transform the tourism landscape of central Vietnam when it opens in 2019.

Located between Danang, Vietnam’s third-largest city, the HOIANA project is destined to become the nation’s largest integrated resort appealing to family leisure travellers golfers and gamblers.

Described as mega-tourism, entertainment and leisure developments that combine hotels, restaurants, convention centres, casinos, theme parks, and shopping centres, integrated resorts are established economic winners in Singapore, Macau and the Philippines. Read more

Whales the stars of Iceland tourism

November 2, 2017 by  
Filed under EUROPE, News

FAXAFLOI, Iceland, 2 November 2017: Iceland’s whales have traditionally ended up as steaks on a plate. But times are changing, and as tourists stream to the North Atlantic island, whales are now the stars of a flourishing ecotourism scene.

“Minke whale at two o’clock, about 200 metres out!” shouts Spanish tour guide Alberto Alejandro, microphone in hand as a boat of whale watchers cruises slowly up the coast.

The sighting is fleeting: only the tail fin is visible when the whale resurfaces for air, but it’s enough to take the 60 passengers’ breath away, as they “oooh” and “ahhh” in delight. Read more

Bali lowers volcano alert

October 31, 2017 by  
Filed under Indonesia, News

DENPASAR, 31 October 2017: The alert level for a rumbling volcano on the Indonesian resort island of Bali that forced more than 100,000 to flee has been lowered, authorities said Sunday, but there is still a chance it could erupt.

Volcanic activity in Mount Agung is slowing and the volcano’s status has been lowered from level four “danger” to level three “alert” by Indonesia’s volcanology centre.

The agency said villagers whose homes are located further than six kilometres from the crater could return home, but warned that the mountain, which has been shaking for months, had not quite come to a standstill. Read more

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