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DOMINICAN REPUBLIC to sponsor visitor invitation tickets for OTDYKH 2015

DOMINICAN REPUBLIC to sponsor visitor invitation tickets for OTDYKH 2015

Ministry of Tourism of the Dominican Republic has become an official Sponsor of complimentary invitation tickets for OTDYKH International Russian Travel Market 2015, 15 – 18 September, Moscow, Russia. Since 12 years Ministry of Tourism of the Dominican … April 30, 2015
loop, the second: The tourism luxury fair created by the German company Lobster Experience will take place in Frankfurt from 9 to 11 March 2015 – Applications welcome

loop, the second: The tourism luxury fair created by the German company Lobster Experience will take place in Frankfurt from 9 to 11 March 2015 – Applications welcome

After drawing a successful balance of the first tourism luxury fair „loop – luxury on our planet“ in spring 2014, their founder Lobster Experience is currently preparing for the second round. In 2015, loop will take place from March 9 to 11 at the … October 13, 2014
International tourism receipts grew by 4 percent in 2012

International tourism receipts grew by 4 percent in 2012

Receipts from international tourism in destinations around the world grew by 4% in 2012 reaching US$1075 billion. This growth is equal to the 4% increase in international tourist arrivals which reached 1035 million in 2012. An additional US$219 billion … May 16, 2013
UNWTO & ATM Ministerial Forum welcomes over 25 ministers as second annual meeting emphasizes need for aviation and tourism sector synergy

UNWTO & ATM Ministerial Forum welcomes over 25 ministers as second annual meeting emphasizes need for aviation and tourism sector synergy

More than 25 ministers took part in the second annual UNWTO & Ministerial Forum at the Arabian Travel Market with delegates sharing their views on how to work together towards long-term aviation and tourism sector growth. Held under the patronage of … May 8, 2013
UNWTO/ATM Ministerial Forum

UNWTO/ATM Ministerial Forum

The development of tourism in the Middle East is the prime example of how tourism and aviation can act together as drivers of growth. With the region as a background, Ministers of Tourism and aviation leaders will gather at the UNWTO/ATM (UN World Tourism … April 24, 2013
NTA eyes adverse impacts of sequestration on travel

NTA eyes adverse impacts of sequestration on travel

LEXINGTON, Kentucky - Across-the-board sequestration cuts for an array of federal government functions are beginning to take a toll on travel to and within the United States. And that means trouble for tourism, an NTA leader warns. “NTA is very concerned … April 22, 2013
International tourism hits one billion

International tourism hits one billion

One billion tourists have traveled the world in 2012, marking a new record for international tourism – a sector that accounts for one in every 12 jobs and 30% of the world’s services exports. On the symbolic arrival date of the one-billionth tourist … December 13, 2012
UK government needs to step up to help Olympics tourism legacy

UK government needs to step up to help Olympics tourism legacy

London 2012 will have a positive impact on future UK tourism, but the government still needs to do more to help, said delegates at the latest World Travel Market (WTM) Meridian Club Think Tank. Senior buyers from WTM Meridian Club involved the hotel … December 11, 2012
Seychellois hospitality and tourism students in La Reunion meet with Ministers Adam and St.Ange

Seychellois hospitality and tourism students in La Reunion meet with Ministers Adam and St.Ange

Five young Seychellois students following hospitality and tourism studies on the island of La Reunion, this week met with Ministers Jean-Paul Adam and Alain St.Ange who were on an official working visit to La Reunion. Shabellah Bristol, Vanessa Savy, … November 14, 2012
Tourism and conservation need to work together – and other highlights from Day 3 of WTM 2012

Tourism and conservation need to work together – and other highlights from Day 3 of WTM 2012

Charlie Mayhew, Founder and Chief Executive of Tusk Trust, and Fiona Jeffery, Chairman, World Travel Market, launched the WTM World Responsible Tourism Day 2012 with a plea for the travel industry to work closely with the conservation sector to ensure … November 8, 2012
Tourism to provide development push to Haiti

Tourism to provide development push to Haiti

Haiti can capitalize on its natural and cultural resources to get the country back on the world tourism map, thereby contributing to its overall recovery and development. This was the main message of UN World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) Secretary-General, … November 2, 2012
Seychelles Minister for Tourism and Culture thanks PSE teachers for taking time and efforts to guide students in prospective career in the tourism industry

Seychelles Minister for Tourism and Culture thanks PSE teachers for taking time and efforts to guide students in prospective career in the tourism industry

Twenty-five PSE teachers from secondary schools are now better updated on the different courses being offered by the Seychelles Tourism Academy, the institution’s code of conduct, examination criteria, work attachment in the tourism industry, (locally … October 3, 2012
Seychelles and Rwanda to develop new areas of cooperation in the field of tourism and culture

Seychelles and Rwanda to develop new areas of cooperation in the field of tourism and culture

Seychelles and Rwanda are set to open up new ground for partnership in the tourism and culture arenas. Both countries agreed on the drafting of a proposed Memorandum of Understanding for tourism and cultural exchanges. The newly-designated Rwandan High … October 2, 2012
G20 recognizes travel and tourism as a driver of economic growth for the first time and commits to work on travel facilitation

G20 recognizes travel and tourism as a driver of economic growth for the first time and commits to work on travel facilitation

The G20 world leaders have, for the first time, recognized the importance of travel and tourism as a driver of jobs, growth, and economic recovery. The Leaders’ Declaration from the annual meeting of the G20 held in Los Cabos, Mexico, on June 18-19 … June 20, 2012
Seychelles keeps its visibility going in China with back-to-back tourism activities

Seychelles keeps its visibility going in China with back-to-back tourism activities

With Seychelles earnestly going after its share of the Chinese market, the Seychelles Tourism Board and its partners are participating in two tourism activities – the International Travel Expo (ITE) and a tourism workshop, so as to maintain and boost … June 18, 2012
Tourism deserves increased political recognition, says Prime Minister of Jamaica

Tourism deserves increased political recognition, says Prime Minister of Jamaica

“Tourism has grown over the years to become one of the world’s most powerful economic sectors – delivering jobs, income, and well-being around the globe,” said Prime Minister Miller. “Having served as Minister of Tourism and Sports of Jamaica … June 18, 2012
UNWTO and WTTC call on the G20 to use tourism's potential for job creation

UNWTO and WTTC call on the G20 to use tourism's potential for job creation

Ahead of the G20 world leaders’ meeting in Los Cabos, Mexico, next week, the UNWTO and WTTC call on the leaders to consider travel and tourism as an engine for economic growth and stimulating the global economy. Increasing travel and tourism demand … June 17, 2012
Madagascar Minister of Foreign Affairs receives the Seychelles Minister of Tourism and Culture at his Antananarivo offices

Madagascar Minister of Foreign Affairs receives the Seychelles Minister of Tourism and Culture at his Antananarivo offices

Minister Pierrot J. Rajaonarivelo, the Madagascar Minister of Foreign Affairs, welcomed Minister Alain St.Ange, the Seychelles Minister of Tourism and Culture, at his Antananarivo Offices at 36 Rue Andriamifidy for a one-to-one meeting to discuss cooperation … June 1, 2012
Routes Africa reports growing number of airlines for July Seychelles meeting

Routes Africa reports growing number of airlines for July Seychelles meeting

Routes Africa Secretariat has further updated the press with the growing number of airlines for the July meeting in Seychelles. The list of speakers for the conference is now being finalized, and the July airline and tourism meeting in Seychelles is set … May 30, 2012
Philadelphia bringing its brotherly love to .travel

Philadelphia bringing its brotherly love to .travel

One of the most historical cities in America and the nation’s first capital, Philadelphia serves as the centerpiece for American history. The City of Brotherly Love attained PhiladelphiaUSA.travel to join .travel as part of a campaign by the Philadelphia … May 28, 2012
The travel industry’s long-term prospects are good, WTM Vision Conference-Florence delegates told

The travel industry’s long-term prospects are good, WTM Vision Conference-Florence delegates told

The travel and tourism industry’s longer-term prospects are good, delegates were told last week at the World Travel Market (WTM )Vision Conference-Florence. Despite the global financial problems, which continue to impact the industry, Euromonitor … May 23, 2012
French press conference by Seychelles authorities takes place in Paris

French press conference by Seychelles authorities takes place in Paris

Two Seychelles Ministers, Alain St.Ange responsible for Tourism & Culture, and Joel Morgan, responsible for Internal Affairs & Transport, jointly led a tourism and aviation delegation to Paris, France, where they called a press conference following a … May 22, 2012
Travel and tourism in the Americas contributes more to GDP than automotive manufacturing

Travel and tourism in the Americas contributes more to GDP than automotive manufacturing

The travel and tourism industry in the Americas region is three times the size of automotive manufacturing and roughly one-third larger than chemicals manufacturing and mining. This is according to new research from the World Travel & Tourism Council … May 18, 2012
Routes Africa brochure set to increase number of delegates to Seychelles event this coming July

Routes Africa brochure set to increase number of delegates to Seychelles event this coming July

The official brochure for Routes Africa 2012 has been released, and it is set to increase the number of delegates to this aviation, airline, and tourism board meeting, which this year is set to take place in the much-sought-after, mid-ocean tourist destination … May 6, 2012
Tourism and the media join forces to support the sector in challenging times

Tourism and the media join forces to support the sector in challenging times

“What drives tourism is the perception the traveler has of a destination. Fair reporting of both the negative and the positive will play a vital role in the recovery of Egyptian tourism,” said Egypt’s Tourism Minister, Mounir Fakhry Abdel-Nour, … April 30, 2012
Tourism can stimulate trade and development, agrees UN Conference

Tourism can stimulate trade and development, agrees UN Conference

The theme of UNCTAD XIII, “Development-Centered Globalization: Towards Inclusive and Sustainable Growth and Development,” focuses on how the global economy can spread its benefits more inclusively and sustainably, creating jobs and raising living … April 24, 2012
China and Seychelles developing tourism in earnest

China and Seychelles developing tourism in earnest

Mr. Zhang Shigang, President of the China Travel Service (CTS), and Mr. Wayne Xu, his Assistant President, received Alain St.Ange, the Seychelles Minister for Tourism and Culture, and Elsia Grandcourt, the CEO of the Seychelles Tourism Board, at their … April 24, 2012
Travel and tourism larger industry than automotive manufacturing

Travel and tourism larger industry than automotive manufacturing

The global travel and tourism industry is double the size of automotive manufacturing and roughly one-third larger than chemicals manufacturing. This is according to new research from the World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC) sponsored by American Express, … April 18, 2012
WTTC and PATA Sendai Recovery and Asia Outlook Forum opens today

WTTC and PATA Sendai Recovery and Asia Outlook Forum opens today

The joint World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC) and the Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA) Sendai Recovery and Asia Outlook Forum opens today with almost 500 industry professionals and government leaders from around the world gathered at the Westin, … April 15, 2012
Top media representatives to join the debate at the UNWTO Conference on Tourism and the Media

Top media representatives to join the debate at the UNWTO Conference on Tourism and the Media

Time Magazine and The Huffington Post are among the top media outlets scheduled to take part in the 2nd UNWTO International Conference on Tourism and the Media. The event, which also counts on the presence of The Independent, Deutsche Welle TV, and Ogilvy … April 4, 2012
Opening report ITB Berlin 2012: taking the political pulse of the industry

Opening report ITB Berlin 2012: taking the political pulse of the industry

The 46th ITB Berlin, which takes place from March 7-11, 2012, is a more political event than ever before: the European debt crisis, turmoil in the Arab countries, climate protection and sustainability, as well as EU emissions trading. All these topics … March 9, 2012
Travel and tourism forecast to pass 100 million jobs and US$2 trillion GDP in 2012

Travel and tourism forecast to pass 100 million jobs and US$2 trillion GDP in 2012

Travel and tourism is set for a milestone year as the industry’s direct contribution to the global economy is expected to pass US$2 trillion in GDP and 100 million jobs. According to research by the World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC), the global … March 8, 2012
UNWTO and ETC advance cooperation on tourism issues

UNWTO and ETC advance cooperation on tourism issues

UNWTO and the European Travel Commission (ETC) have signed an agreement committing to advance their joint efforts to address major issues facing the tourism sector (Berlin, Germany, March 7, 2012). “Global challenges demand increased cooperation. … March 7, 2012
IIPT holds joint board meeting in New York

IIPT holds joint board meeting in New York

STOWE, Vermont – A joint meeting of the International Institute for Peace through Tourism (IIPT) Board of Directors and IIPT International Advisory Board was recently held at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel in New York City to discuss future plans for IIPT. … March 2, 2012
Microsoft and World Tourism Organization to drive innovation in the tourism sector

Microsoft and World Tourism Organization to drive innovation in the tourism sector

The World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) and Microsoft signed today an agreement aimed at bringing the benefits of the most advanced technologies to the tourism sector and driving the industry’s evolution towards the computing paradigm of the future. … February 29, 2012
Seychellois are working hand in hand with the island’s authorities to claim back their tourism industry

Seychellois are working hand in hand with the island’s authorities to claim back their tourism industry

Tourism as an industry is continuously battling to see local populations involve themselves for the long-term consolidation of that volatile industry. The Seychelles government is as aware of such a mission, and the island’s President, James Michel, … February 21, 2012
Seychelles tourism operators close ranks to surmount looming challenges

Seychelles tourism operators close ranks to surmount looming challenges

Officials of the Seychelles Hospitality and Tourism Association (SHTA) and the Seychelles Tourism Board (STB) waded into the lagoon at Au Cap on the main island of Mahe last Friday and used the occasion to underline concerns about challenges facing the … January 17, 2012
Seychelles tourism industry calls meeting of members

Seychelles tourism industry calls meeting of members

The umbrella group for the hospitality and tourism trade in the Seychelles has planned an important meeting for its members and invited guests, which will be held at the International Conference Centre on Friday, January 13, 2012, from 3:00 pm to 5:00 … January 7, 2012
Press takes its hat off to Seychelles for its work in 2011

Press takes its hat off to Seychelles for its work in 2011

Prof. Wolfgang H. Thome, the known East African eTurboNews correspondent and the journalist who also publishes his own online journal, “Tourism, Aviation and Conservation News from Eastern Africa and the Indian Ocean islands,” has congratulated the … January 3, 2012
ICTP presents first World Green Tourism Award to Maurice Strong

ICTP presents first World Green Tourism Award to Maurice Strong

HAWAII, BRUSSELS, ABU DHABI - The inaugural World Green Tourism Award was presented to Maurice Strong, former Secretary General of the Stockholm Environment Conference (1972) and of the Rio Earth Summit (1992). Strong is currently Senior Advisor to the … December 7, 2011
International Volunteer Day: UNWTO volunteers promote tourism’s contribution to development

International Volunteer Day: UNWTO volunteers promote tourism’s contribution to development

On International Volunteer Day (December 5), celebrated in 2011 under the theme “Volunteering Matters,” UNWTO is highlighting how tourism and volunteer work can make a difference through its UNWTO volunteers. UNWTO volunteers work on tourism projects … December 6, 2011
Slovenia becomes newest Ambassador for Hawaii Tourism Association

Slovenia becomes newest Ambassador for Hawaii Tourism Association

HONOLULU, Hawaii - The Hawaii Tourism Association (HiTA) announced that Adolf Gaischeg of Mags Tours in Slovenija – the Republic of Slovenia – has been named their newest Ambasador. “I am pleased to represent the Hawaii Tourism Association in … December 2, 2011
Code of Conduct for the protection of children from sexual exploitation in travel and tourism receives funding from SECO

Code of Conduct for the protection of children from sexual exploitation in travel and tourism receives funding from SECO

The Tourism Child-Protection Code of Conduct (TheCode.org) announced it is moving into a new stage of development, thanks to the financial support of the Swiss State Secretariat for Economic Affairs (SECO). SECO funding for the period 2012-2014 will allow … December 1, 2011
HiTA announces appointment of new Ambassador from Nepal

HiTA announces appointment of new Ambassador from Nepal

HONOLULU, Hawaii - The Hawaii Tourism Association (HiTA) is pleased to announce the appointment of its newest Ambassador, Mr. Pankaj Pradhananga, Director of Operations at Four Season Travel & Tours in Kathmandu, Nepal. On his appointment, Mr. Pradhananga … November 30, 2011
Seychelles islands latest e-newsletter as informative as ever

Seychelles islands latest e-newsletter as informative as ever

The tropical islands of the Seychelles have issued this week their latest e-Newsletter and it remains as informative as ever with up-to-date news of this mid-ocean tourist destination. Available on www.seychelles.travel , the island’s e-Newsletter … November 29, 2011
“The Gulf Today” takes up the opening of the new Seychelles Embassy in the UAE

“The Gulf Today” takes up the opening of the new Seychelles Embassy in the UAE

The newspaper, “The Gulf Today,” has taken up the story of the Seychelles islands opening their first diplomatic representation in the Middle East and Gulf nations. Seychelles last week opened their latest Embassy, and that was in Abu Dhabi in the … November 28, 2011
Tourism a priority for Azerbaijan says President Ilham Aliyev, joins UNWTO-WTTC campaign

Tourism a priority for Azerbaijan says President Ilham Aliyev, joins UNWTO-WTTC campaign

Tourism has the full support of the Azerbaijani government, said President Ilham Aliyev on becoming the latest head of state to join the UNWTO/WTTC Global Leaders for Tourism Campaign (Baku, Azerbaijan, November 15). Stressing that 2011 had been declared … November 24, 2011
A world of opportunities for tourism and investment unveiled

A world of opportunities for tourism and investment unveiled

Seychelles President James Michel has opened the doors to increased tourism cooperation and investment from the Middle East, with his symbolic unveiling of the plaque of the new Embassy of the Republic of Seychelles in the capital of the United Arab Emirates, … November 24, 2011
Driving force in sustainable development named as first recipient of World Green Tourism Award

Driving force in sustainable development named as first recipient of World Green Tourism Award

ABU DHABI & HONOLULU, Hawaii, November 23, 2011 - The Honorable Maurice F. Strong, Senior Advisor to the 2012 Rio+20 Summit, has been named as the first recipient of the inaugural World Green Tourism Award in recognition of his pivotal role in shaping … November 23, 2011
Seychelles Secretary of State and La Reunion Director of Tourism address Seychelles meeting

Seychelles Secretary of State and La Reunion Director of Tourism address Seychelles meeting

Barry Faure, the Seychelles Secretary of State in the President’s Office and Chairman of the Seychelles Tourism Board, delivered an address at the official opening ceremony of the Seychelles and La Reunion Island joint marketing meeting taking place … November 22, 2011
Seychelles joint tourism marketing meeting with La Reunion Island opens

Seychelles joint tourism marketing meeting with La Reunion Island opens

The Seychelles President, Mr. James Michel, and the President de la region La Reunion, Mr. Didier Robert, assisted the opening the opening of the 2011 Seychelles Tourism Board’s Annual Marketing Meeting, which this year was being held jointly with the … November 21, 2011
ITB Berlin Convention 2012: the compass of the international travel industry

ITB Berlin Convention 2012: the compass of the international travel industry

BERLIN, Germany – Ground-breaking topics will be on the agenda of tourism’s leading think tank. Next year, from March 7-9, the ITB Berlin Convention will once again be taking a look at the most important trends in the international travel industry. … November 17, 2011
Middle East and North African tourism to return stronger than before

Middle East and North African tourism to return stronger than before

LONDON, UK - Participants at the UNWTO/Arabian Travel Market (ATM) event on the Future of Tourism in the Middle East and North Africa held at the World Travel Market were unanimous in agreeing that tourism in the region, which has for long lived with … November 15, 2011
WTM 2011 sees Seychelles and Mauritius sign MOU for cooperation

WTM 2011 sees Seychelles and Mauritius sign MOU for cooperation

The Seychelles Tourism Board (STB) and the Mauritius Tourism Promotion Authority (MTPA) represented by Alain St.Ange, the CEO of the Seychelles Tourism Board, and Robert Desvaux, the Chairman of the Mauritius Tourism Promotional Authority, have signed … November 11, 2011
The International Council of Tourism Partners destination alliance launches at World Travel Market

The International Council of Tourism Partners destination alliance launches at World Travel Market

LONDON - “ICTP is an organization that we need to help advance quality and green growth – issues that are central to our tourism future,” said Alain St.Ange, CEO of the Seychelles Tourism Board, “Alone we can and will make a difference in our … November 9, 2011
Tourism an engine for development says President of Colombia - Global Leaders for Tourism Campaign

Tourism an engine for development says President of Colombia - Global Leaders for Tourism Campaign

MADRID, Spain & LONDON, UK - Tourism has been at the forefront of Colombia’s economic and social transformation over the last decade. On the back of this success, Colombian President, Juan Manuel Santos, joined the UNWTO/WTTC [UN World Tourism Organization/World … November 7, 2011
A meeting of great minds to reflect on global events of our future

A meeting of great minds to reflect on global events of our future

The EIBTM CEO Summit ( www.eibtm.com ), now in its 6th year, will take place on Wednesday, November 30, at Fira Gran Via, Barcelona. This global forum will bring together over 60 C-level executives from across the meetings and incentive industry to learn … November 1, 2011
Russia's MICE business continues to grow

Russia's MICE business continues to grow

According to Dmitry Smirnov of Events Magazine Russia, the meetings industry in Russia has experienced substantial growth in the last year with the leading 12 specialists recording International MICE business in excess of €.70 million and this figure … November 1, 2011
Tourism vital for achieving global development objectives, tourism ministers and UN says

Tourism vital for achieving global development objectives, tourism ministers and UN says

Tourism ministers and top United Nations (UN) officials have stressed the importance of tourism in reaching the social and economic development targets known as the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and contributing to a more sustainable future at the … October 11, 2011
Seychelles acknowledges press helped in their tourism industry's success

Seychelles acknowledges press helped in their tourism industry's success

Seychelles is not shy to say that the international press has played a big part in the recent successes of their tourism industry. Alain St.Ange, the CEO of the Seychelles Tourism Board, said in Paris as he was being interviewed by a series of French … October 7, 2011
Irish Prime Minister recognizes that tourism is critical for economic recovery

Irish Prime Minister recognizes that tourism is critical for economic recovery

"Tourism is playing a critical role in Ireland’s economic recovery. Government has recognized its potential, having made it integral to the design of our jobs initiative. There are very encouraging signs, based on recent data, which highlighted increased … October 7, 2011
WTTC announces Japan’s travel and tourism industry showing clear sign of recovery for 2012

WTTC announces Japan’s travel and tourism industry showing clear sign of recovery for 2012

Speaking today at the "Special International Symposium on the Revitalization of Japan’s Tourism Sector and Quake Affected Regions," David Scowsill, President and CEO of the World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC), announced the launch of the second … October 5, 2011
Seychelles Hospitality and Tourism Association meet for visioning exercise

Seychelles Hospitality and Tourism Association meet for visioning exercise

Louis D’Offay, the Chairman of the Seychelles Hospitality & Tourism Association, led members of his association in a visioning exercise last weekend. Members of the private sector body that represents the whole tourism industry met at Le Meridien Fisherman’s … September 25, 2011
Skål and PATA unite to promote Phuket tourism

Skål and PATA unite to promote Phuket tourism

PHUKET, Thailand - Skål International Phuket and South Thailand and the Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA) Thailand Chapter are launching a new era of tourism cooperation with local government and Phuket’s travel trade to aggressively promote the … September 21, 2011
Fourth E-Tourism Africa Summit – social media now playing a bigger role in tourism

Fourth E-Tourism Africa Summit – social media now playing a bigger role in tourism

The fourth annual E-Tourism Africa Summit, sponsored by South African Tourism and Cape Town Tourism, was a resounding success with approximately 300 people attending the two-day summit at the Cape Town International Convention Centre on September 15-16, … September 20, 2011
UNWTO conference forges closer relationship between tourism and the media

UNWTO conference forges closer relationship between tourism and the media

Focusing on the people behind the tourism numbers and maintaining an honest and open relationship with the media: these are among the main recommendations to emerge from discussions between media representatives and tourism officials attending the first … September 13, 2011
High-profile speakers confirmed for Congress on Ethics and Tourism

High-profile speakers confirmed for Congress on Ethics and Tourism

The United Nations High Representative for the Alliance of Civilizations, Jorge Sampaio; the Vice President of the European Commission, Antonio Tajani; and the Ministers of Tourism of Ecuador, Italy, South Africa, and Tanzania are among the speakers of … September 7, 2011
Joining UNWTO/WTTC global campaign, China reaffirms commitment to tourism

Joining UNWTO/WTTC global campaign, China reaffirms commitment to tourism

“The Chinese government is increasingly conscious of the role that tourism plays in socio-economic development and will double its efforts in tourism,” said Chinese Vice-Premier, Wang Qishan, on joining the UNWTO/WTTC Global Leaders for Tourism Campaign … September 6, 2011
Seychelles and Maldives tourism meet to discuss joint actions

Seychelles and Maldives tourism meet to discuss joint actions

Minister Thoyyib Mohamed, the Maldives Minister of State for Tourism, Arts and Culture, met with Mr. Alain St.Ange, the CEO of the Seychelles Tourism Board, in the presence of Mr. Lambert Bonne, the Maldives Consul based in Seychelles. The meeting, … August 7, 2011
Seychelles presents piracy experience at FCO Maritime Security Conference

Seychelles presents piracy experience at FCO Maritime Security Conference

A representatives of the Seychelles Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the High Level Committee on Piracy, Mr. Jacques Belle, has presented a comprehensive overview of Seychelles’ fight against piracy at a conference in the UK at Wilton Park, West Sussex, … July 18, 2011
Tourism a poverty reduction tool says President Guebuza of Mozambique – joins UNWTO-WTTC global campaign

Tourism a poverty reduction tool says President Guebuza of Mozambique – joins UNWTO-WTTC global campaign

MADRID, Spain & LONDON, UK - “We support tourism as an area of major importance in our agenda to fight poverty,” said Mozambique’s President, Armando Guebuza. The President was speaking after joining the UNWTO/WTTC Global Leaders for Tourism Campaign … July 8, 2011
UNWTO and Spain announce major conference on ethics and tourism

UNWTO and Spain announce major conference on ethics and tourism

UNWTO and Spain have come together to organize the First International Congress on Ethics and Tourism to address some of the most pressing ethical issues currently facing the tourism sector (September 15-16, Madrid, Spain). As one of the largest economic … July 7, 2011
Tourism in the headlines: UNWTO conference looks to place tourism in the news

Tourism in the headlines: UNWTO conference looks to place tourism in the news

The first international conference dedicated exclusively to the relationship between tourism and the media is to be held by the UN World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) and Croatia under the title Tourism in the Headlines (September 12-13, Zagreb, Croatia). … July 6, 2011
UNWTO Executive Council endorses efforts to better position tourism in the global agenda

UNWTO Executive Council endorses efforts to better position tourism in the global agenda

UNWTO Member States attending the 90th session of the UNWTO Executive Council have expressed their support for UNWTO's activities aimed at positing tourism higher in the global political and economic agenda (June 19-21, Mombasa, Kenya). Chaired by … June 22, 2011
Local communities to secure bigger benefits from tourism

Local communities to secure bigger benefits from tourism

Ensuring that the social and economic benefits of tourism reach local communities was at the heart of the first "UNWTO Seminar on Tourism Ethics for Asia and the Pacific: Responsible Tourism and its Socio-Economic Impact on Local Communities." The seminar … June 17, 2011
International conference to spotlight regional impact of tourism

International conference to spotlight regional impact of tourism

Issues of special importance to regional tourism, including how to analyze tourism flows and maximize their economic impact, will be presented at the 2nd International Conference on the Measurement and Economic Analysis of Regional Tourism (October 27-29, … June 15, 2011
Launch of Seychelles Tourism Sustainable Label Program

Launch of Seychelles Tourism Sustainable Label Program

Seychelles launched its Sustainable Tourism Label Program with the Chief Executive of the Seychelles Tourism Board Alain St.Ange and the government of Seychelles' UNDP-GEF Program Coordination Unit (PCU), who had the honor of launching the country's Sustainable … April 20, 2011
Open Invitation to visit STTIM in Riyadh from March 27-31, 2011

Open Invitation to visit STTIM in Riyadh from March 27-31, 2011

SAUDI TRAVEL AND TOURISM INVESTMENT MARKET Next week, between Sunday, March 27 up through Thursday, March 31, the city of Riyadh will host a very important market for the Saudi Travel & Tourism Investment Market (STTIM). More than 46 companies from … March 25, 2011
Tourism a vehicle for gender equality and women’s empowerment, UN reports

Tourism a vehicle for gender equality and women’s empowerment, UN reports

Women make up an important percentage of the tourism workforce, but more work must be done to close the wealth and skills gap between men and women employed in tourism, according to a new World Tourism Organization (UNWTO)/UN Women report launched at … March 11, 2011
Travel and tourism policymakers told to get smarter

Travel and tourism policymakers told to get smarter

While economic growth going forward faces many challenges, the travela nd tourism industry is still expected to be one of the world’s fastest-growing sectors, according to new Economic Impact Research for 2011 to 2021. Released today by the World Travel … March 3, 2011
Owner of Middle East Tours Sandra Veness passes away

Owner of Middle East Tours Sandra Veness passes away

Sandra Veness, eTurboNews Ambassador from Australia, unexpectedly passed away on February 16, 2011 from a brain hemorrhage. ETurboNews Publisher Juergen Thomas Steinmetz said, “Sandra was a great supporter of eTN and a good friend to all of us. She … February 28, 2011
Zagreb - the most promising new desitination

Zagreb - the most promising new desitination

ZAGREB, Croatia – The Zagreb Tourist Board presented Zagreb at the TTF & OTM (Travel Tourism Fair & Outbound Travel Mart, www.ttfotm.com ) fair, which was held in Mumbai (India) from February 18–20, and it's proud to announce that Zagreb won the "Award … February 25, 2011
PATA names Tomorrow’s Tourism finalists

PATA names Tomorrow’s Tourism finalists

BANGKOK, Thailand - The Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA) is pleased to announce the finalists of the 2011 "Tomorrow’s Tourism" competition. The competition, which was launched last September, challenged undergraduate students from PATA member … February 22, 2011
Positioning tourism on the climate change agenda

Positioning tourism on the climate change agenda

As negotiations at the United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP16) are held in Mexico, the role of tourism in combating global warming should once again be highlighted. A COP16 side-event, organized jointly by the Ministry of Tourism of Mexico and … December 8, 2010
Global governments should put tourism higher on the agenda

Global governments should put tourism higher on the agenda

Governments around the world should follow the Chinese approach to tourism, according to the UNWTO Ministers Summit which took place this morning at World Travel Market. Taleb Rifai, Secretary-General of the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO), said: … November 10, 2010
UNWTO supports advances of T.20 in positioning tourism in the global agenda

UNWTO supports advances of T.20 in positioning tourism in the global agenda

UNWTO welcomes the decision of the Second T.20 Ministers’ Meeting, held in Bueyo, Republic of Korea, (October 11-13), to convey to the President of the Republic of Korea in his capacity as chair of the forthcoming G-20 Seoul Summit, the message that: … November 8, 2010
SCTA president: Tourism job opportunities will reach out to citizens

SCTA president: Tourism job opportunities will reach out to citizens

His Royal Highness Prince Sultan bin Salman bin Abdul Aziz, president of SCTA, recently pointed out that job opportunities in the tourism sector will reach citizens each in his place and not vice versa. Prince Sultan stressed his emphasis that the tourism … November 1, 2010
International experts in Jordan to develop e-business for tourism

International experts in Jordan to develop e-business for tourism

AMMAN – To help prepare Jordan’s tourism sector to do business online and tap into the multi-billion-dollar global online tourism market, an e-business conference took place today, organized by the USAID/Jordan Tourism Development Project II in coordination … October 14, 2010
Asia's night of tourism triumph

Asia's night of tourism triumph

As the XIX Commonwealth Games drew to a close, India also stole the show at this year’s World Travel Awards Asia & Australasia Ceremony held in Delhi on Thursday, October 14. The industry’s elite – including CEOs and directors of leading travel … October 14, 2010

UNWTO supports advances of T.20 in positioning tourism in the global agenda

UNWTO (United Nations World Tourism Organization) welcomed the decision of the Second T.20 Ministers’ Meeting, held in Bueyo, Republic of Korea, (October 11-13), to convey to the President of the Republic of Korea in his capacity as Chair of the forthcoming … October 14, 2010
World Travel Market Global Trends Report 2009 correctly predicts the future

World Travel Market Global Trends Report 2009 correctly predicts the future

The World Travel Market (WTM) Global Trends Report, in association with Euromonitor International, has a history of being on the money when it comes to the latest trends to impact the travel and tourism industry. The launch of the 2010 WTM Global Trends … October 11, 2010
Another successful SUBIOS Seychelles underwater festival

Another successful SUBIOS Seychelles underwater festival

A new edition of the SUBIOS underwater festival has come and gone after a weekend filled with sea-related activities at Beau Vallon, on the island of Mahe in the Seychelles. The many aspects of the Seychelles unique marine heritage were once again showcased … October 8, 2010
World Travel and Tourism Council appoints David Scowsill president and CEO

World Travel and Tourism Council appoints David Scowsill president and CEO

NEW YORK, NY - The World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC) today announced the appointment of David Scowsill as its new president and CEO. Formally starting in the role on November 15, Scowsill will continue the organization’s work to raise awareness … October 5, 2010
Transat and Beyond Borders join forces to fight child sex tourism

Transat and Beyond Borders join forces to fight child sex tourism

MONTREAL - Transat A.T. Inc., one of the largest integrated tourism companies in the world and Canada's holiday travel leader, and Beyond Borders (Au-delà des frontières), a Canadian organization for the defense of children's rights and the representative … October 4, 2010
Saudi Commission for Tourism and Antiquities gets Award of Excellence

Saudi Commission for Tourism and Antiquities gets Award of Excellence

FOR E-GOVERNMENT TRANSACTIONS The Saudi Commission for Tourism and Antiquities (SCTA) received the Award of Excellence in e-government services as one of the most successful government agencies to apply the concept of e-government transactions in a … October 3, 2010
Europe's night of tourism triumph

Europe's night of tourism triumph

TURKEY - It was a night of elation – and some disappointment – at this year’s World Travel Awards Europe Ceremony held in Antalya, Turkey, on Friday, October 1. The industry’s top brass – including CEOs and directors of leading travel companies, … October 1, 2010
Seychelles successfully launched Singapore tourism office

Seychelles successfully launched Singapore tourism office

OFFICE RESPONSIBLE FOR ASIA AND AUSTRALASIA The Seychelles islands, supported by Four Seasons Hotel, successfully launched the opening of their Singapore-based office this week, responsible for Asia and Australasia inclusive of India. When welcoming … September 29, 2010
Tourism and biodiversity: the future of the Seychelles brand

Tourism and biodiversity: the future of the Seychelles brand

VICTORIA, Mahé - The President of Seychelles attended the opening of the Seychelles Tourism Expo 2010 earlier today at the International Conference Centre (ICCS), which was aimed at celebrating tourism and biodiversity during World Tourism Day, where … September 28, 2010
Vulnerabilities of small islands must be recognized

Vulnerabilities of small islands must be recognized

NEW YORK, NY - Seychelles Vice President Danny Faure has called for an urgent review of the UN system’s support to Small Island Developing States (SIDS), accompanied by the integration of SIDS issues in the work programs of all UN agencies. In his … September 28, 2010
Night of the Year for Europe's tourism industry

Night of the Year for Europe's tourism industry

Europe’s top destinations and leading travel companies will gather under one roof on Friday, October 1 at the Rixos Premium Belek, Antalya, Turkey. All will be hoping to walk away with the most sought-after achievement in the travel and tourism industry … September 27, 2010
Seychelles at Top Resa tourism trade fair 2010

Seychelles at Top Resa tourism trade fair 2010

The 32nd edition of Top Resa, the French tourism trade fair of Paris, closed its door on a very positive note. The Seychelles delegation returned home satisfied after accomplishing this mission. Top Resa is the turning point of the tourism season coinciding … September 27, 2010
Tourism Ball in Seychelles to become annual event for World Tourism Week

Tourism Ball in Seychelles to become annual event for World Tourism Week

Seychelles organized a succesful Tourism Ball as part of World Tourism Day (WTD), and it was the opportunity for government Officials to mix with the island's tourism industry players. World Tourism Day (WTD), which is marked annually on September … September 26, 2010
Seychelles promotional visit bolsters confidence in the Scandinavian market

Seychelles promotional visit bolsters confidence in the Scandinavian market

Seychelles' latest promotional visit in the Scandinavian countries has got the local tourism trade even more optimistic about this market, with it promising a growth in the number of bookings to the destination. The promotional visit, which took place … September 26, 2010
WTTC launches call for entries for the 2011 Tourism for Tomorrow Awards

WTTC launches call for entries for the 2011 Tourism for Tomorrow Awards

GUANGZHOU, China - On this World Tourism Day 2011, September 27, 2010, the World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC) is inviting tourism businesses and destinations worldwide to apply for the 2011 Tourism for Tomorrow Awards. Applicants may enter in one of … September 26, 2010
UNWTO sets recommendations on tourism and biodiversity ahead of World Tourism Day

UNWTO sets recommendations on tourism and biodiversity ahead of World Tourism Day

Defining the critical role of the tourism sector in protecting biodiversity and setting out clear recommendations on how to maximize this contribution is the aim of two new United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) reports. These recommendations … September 24, 2010
Malta Tourism Society calls for more positive action towards sustainability and responsibility in tourism

Malta Tourism Society calls for more positive action towards sustainability and responsibility in tourism

The protection and respect of biodiversity should be the very basic and rudimentary factors governing the travel and tourism industry today. We should not promote tourism simply to measure the quantitative and sometimes unsustainable levels that this … September 24, 2010
African leaders discuss raising profile of tourism on economic agenda

African leaders discuss raising profile of tourism on economic agenda

NEW YORK, NY - Ten African tourism leaders gathered at New York University on Wednesday to discuss the need to raise the profile of tourism on Africa’s economic agenda. The event was organized by the Africa Travel Association (ATA) and hosted by New … September 24, 2010
UNWTO advocates a global approach on tourism, aviation and climate change

UNWTO advocates a global approach on tourism, aviation and climate change

Tourism is estimated to be responsible for about 5 percent of global carbon emissions. Air passenger transport is the major, and a growing, contributor to global greenhouse gases (GHGs) generated by visitors, with an estimated 2 percent of tourism’s … September 24, 2010
South Africa 2010: Mega-FAM focused on delivering real destination growth

South Africa 2010: Mega-FAM focused on delivering real destination growth

In less than ten days, South Africa’s largest mega-FAM trip will kick off. A critical event for the tourism industry and 2010 FIFA World Cup host nation, the once-a-decade The Travel Corporation (TTC) International Sales Conference, which took place … September 24, 2010
New UK Tourism Minister to attend UNWTO Ministers’ Summit at World Travel Market

New UK Tourism Minister to attend UNWTO Ministers’ Summit at World Travel Market

UK Tourism Minister John Penrose will make his most high-profile appearance yet at the United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) Ministers’ Summit at World Travel Market, the premier global event for the travel industry. Penrose, who was … September 23, 2010
Seychelles President meets hospitality and tourism representatives

Seychelles President meets hospitality and tourism representatives

DISCUSSES FUTURE OF INDUSTRY AND SEYCHELLES BRANDVICTORIA, Mahe, Seychelles - President James A. Michel met with key leaders of the Seychelles Hospitality and Tourism Association (SHTA) and the Seychelles Tourism Board (STB) today at State house, following … September 23, 2010
Jamaica to host the Americas' tourism industry Night of the Year

Jamaica to host the Americas' tourism industry Night of the Year

Sandals Whitehouse European Village & Spa, located on Jamaica's beautiful south coast, is set to host travel and tourism’s biggest night of the year as the World Travel Awards brings The Americas Gala Ceremony to the Caribbean island resort on October … September 21, 2010
New UNWTO report highlights impact of demographic change on tourism

New UNWTO report highlights impact of demographic change on tourism

Demographic change will have major implications for the tourism sector over the coming decades but also presents important opportunities. This is among the central findings of the recently published UNWTO/European Travel Commission (ETC) report on "Demographic … September 21, 2010
New Shop and Dine London Tourism program provides added value to holiday shopping packages

New Shop and Dine London Tourism program provides added value to holiday shopping packages

The recently launched Shop & Dine London program is gearing up to assist travel trade and consumers with adding value to London travel packages this holiday season. The program features select shopping centers, retailers, and restaurants located in and … September 21, 2010
South African Tourism to sponsor World Travel Market’s Meridian Club

South African Tourism to sponsor World Travel Market’s Meridian Club

World Travel Market’s (WTM) buyers club Meridian Club is delighted to announce South African Tourism as its exclusive partner for WTM 2010. South African Tourism ( www.southafrica.net ) plans to use its sponsorship of Meridian Club, the leading club … September 20, 2010
Soca News covers 2011 Seychelles Carnival

Soca News covers 2011 Seychelles Carnival

SPECIALISTS COVER EVENTS AIMED AT SPREADING CULTURES AROUND THE WORLD The Seychelles Tourism Board (STB) is pleased to share an article from Soca News (SN) about the country's first grand-scale cultural carnival. Soca stands for "spreading our culture … September 19, 2010
Seychelles to open new tourism office in Spain

Seychelles to open new tourism office in Spain

It was announced during the Seychelles President's visit to Spain that the tropical islands of the Seychelles will be reopening a tourist office in Spain. The announcement was made by President Michel himself in a meeting with the Spanish Leader in the … September 19, 2010
Louis D'Offay heads Seychelles tourism delegation attending Iles Vanille meeting in Mauritius

Louis D'Offay heads Seychelles tourism delegation attending Iles Vanille meeting in Mauritius

A delegation from Seychelles’ tourism industry is in Mauritius to join with colleagues from Mauritius, La Reunion, and Madagascar to attend a meeting that is being held for tourism operators of the Indian Ocean islands destinations. The Seychelles … September 17, 2010
Tourism week 2010 to see interesting key events mark World Tourism Day in Seychelles

Tourism week 2010 to see interesting key events mark World Tourism Day in Seychelles

World Tourism Day (WTD), which is marked annually on September 27, is set to be an exciting moment for Seychelles and its Tourism Board this year, with two interesting events on program – a Tourism Ball and a Tourism Expo. These two activities are … September 17, 2010
Tourism related blog makes interesting reading

Tourism related blog makes interesting reading

TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO TAKE NOTICE OF 2011 SEYCHELLES CARNIVAL Derren Joseph from Trinidad wrote of his blog about the new drive behind the creole tropical islands of the Seychelles. These Indian Ocean Islands' tourism industry is the responsibility of … September 16, 2010
Spanish visit by Seychelles concludes with tourism, fisheries and investment discussions

Spanish visit by Seychelles concludes with tourism, fisheries and investment discussions

Seychelles President James Michel has met with the President, Vice Presidents, and members of the Confederation of Employers and Industries of Spain. The Seychelles President was accompanied by the Minister for Home Affairs, Environment and Transport … September 16, 2010
In Seychelles Praslin tourism partners primed for Heritage Route

In Seychelles Praslin tourism partners primed for Heritage Route

A group of thirty-five participants from Seychelles tourism on the island of Praslin attended a two-day training workshop, on September 1-2, in preparation for the island Heritage Route project that will be launched in January next year. The workshop … September 15, 2010
Seychelles and Spain: giving a new impetus to our relations

Seychelles and Spain: giving a new impetus to our relations

“Today marks a great step forward in the relations between Spain and Seychelles. It is my first visit to Spain, and I am convinced that this visit will open a new chapter in our cooperation,“ said Seychelles President Michel following a meeting with … September 15, 2010
Japanese member of parliament and visiting Chinese delegation call at Seychelles Tourism Board

Japanese member of parliament and visiting Chinese delegation call at Seychelles Tourism Board

The Honorable Yasutoshi Nishimura, a Japanese member of parliament who is undertaking a tour of the Seychelles region, called at the Seychelles Tourism Board (STB) this week and had meetings with chief executive officer, Alain St.Ange, to discuss the … September 14, 2010
Councilor Edwards to generate support for Seychelles Carnival in UK

Councilor Edwards to generate support for Seychelles Carnival in UK

The Seychelles Tourism Board, through its chief executive officer Alain St.Ange, used a meeting with Frida Edwards, the Seychellois-born British Councilor for Havant who was holidaying in Seychelles recently, to discuss support for the Seychelles International … September 14, 2010
Inbound tourism industry struggles to book hotel rooms during the London Olympics

Inbound tourism industry struggles to book hotel rooms during the London Olympics

The European Tour Operators Association (ETOA) has studied tourism effects in past Olympic cities and has identified several issues associated with previous Olympic Games, which have damaged inbound tourism to the host destination. The market for hotel … September 13, 2010
Seychelles President on official visit to Spain

Seychelles President on official visit to Spain

President James Michel traveled to Spain today to undertake a 2-day official visit at the invitation of HE Mr. José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero, President of the Government of the Kingdom of Spain. The President will be accompanied by the Minister … September 13, 2010
Seychelles Tourism Academy signs and extends cooperative agreements

Seychelles Tourism Academy signs and extends cooperative agreements

SEYCHELLES TOURISM ACADEMY AND UNIVERSITY OF SEYCHELLES SIGN AGREEMENT OF COOPERATION The University of Seychelles (UniSey) and the Seychelles Tourism Academy (STA) have signed an agreement that will further develop cooperation between the two institutions. … September 13, 2010
High Level Dialogue on Tourism and Biodiversity marks World Tourism Day celebrations

High Level Dialogue on Tourism and Biodiversity marks World Tourism Day celebrations

A panel of leading tourism and biodiversity experts will meet in China on World Tourism Day (WTD) to explore the synergies between tourism, biodiversity, and sustainable development in an event marking the official celebrations of WTD 2010 (September … September 13, 2010
Seychelles tourism industry chairman reflects on state of affairs

Seychelles tourism industry chairman reflects on state of affairs

SEYCHELLES - The editorial written by Mr. Louis D'Offay, chairman of the Seychelles Hotel and Tourism Association (SHTA) in the last issue of their publication, Tourism E-News, is a reflection of the Seychelles tourism industry on the current state of … September 12, 2010
Seychelles President says tourism board staff must be drivers of Seychelles brand

Seychelles President says tourism board staff must be drivers of Seychelles brand

SEYCHELLES - The Seychelles President, Mr. James Michel, has visited the Tourism Board offices in Victoria and Bel Ombre to see the existing facilities, to see how the staff are working, and to give them support for the development of the Seychelles Brand. … September 9, 2010
Japanese parliamentarian visits Seychelles President Michel

Japanese parliamentarian visits Seychelles President Michel

Seychelles President James Michel has met with the Honorable Yasutoshi Nishimura of Japan, who is undertaking a tour of the region. The Honorable Nishimura is the Deputy Chairman and Chief Secretary of Japan’s Liberal Democratic Party Policy Research … September 7, 2010
Seychelles tourism CEO meets with President Jacob Zuma of South Africa

Seychelles tourism CEO meets with President Jacob Zuma of South Africa

Alain St.Ange, the CEO of the Seychelles Tourism Board returned to Seychelles on Monday from a working visit to South Africa where he had the opportunity of meeting the South African President, Mr. Jacob Zuma, to discuss cooperation between Seychelles … September 6, 2010
Delhi hosts tourism's night of the year

Delhi hosts tourism's night of the year

World Travel Awards Asia and Australasia Ceremony is coming to The Claridges, Surajkund, Delhi, NCR, in October for what is expected to be the most keenly fought competition ever. The event, the most important night of the year for Asia and Australasia’s … September 2, 2010
International tourist arrivals up 7 percent in the first half of 2010: Asia leads growth

International tourist arrivals up 7 percent in the first half of 2010: Asia leads growth

The first six months of 2010 saw international tourist arrivals grow by 7 percent according to the August Interim Update of the UNWTO World Tourism Barometer. This result confirms the recovery trend beginning in the last quarter of 2009 and is expected … September 2, 2010
Foreign tourism to Düsseldorf region grows by 9.2 percent

Foreign tourism to Düsseldorf region grows by 9.2 percent

DUSSELDORF, Germany - German state North Rhine Westphalia and its capital Düsseldorf are becoming stronger magnets for leisure travel, according to a study released by the State Office of Statistics. More than 1.7 million foreign visitors traveled … August 31, 2010
Saudi Commission for Tourism and Antiquities executes 8 tourism projects in Tabuk

Saudi Commission for Tourism and Antiquities executes 8 tourism projects in Tabuk

The Saudi Commission for Tourism and Antiquities (SCTA) started the implementation of eight projects to develop tourist sites in Tabuk, in an effort to support other projects implemented by municipalities, investors, and businessmen in the province. Efforts … August 31, 2010
UNWTO and Uzbekistan will host 5th International Meeting on the Silk Road

UNWTO and Uzbekistan will host 5th International Meeting on the Silk Road

To mark the beginning of a new phase in its Silk Road Program, UNWTO, in collaboration with the government of Uzbekistan, will hold the 5th International Meeting on the Silk Road on October 8-9, 2010 in Samarkand, Uzbekistan. The meeting will introduce … August 30, 2010
The future of tourism in South Africa beyond 2010

The future of tourism in South Africa beyond 2010

The year 2010 represents a golden opportunity for South Africa as a nation to win not just on the football field as host nation of the 2010 FIFA WORLD CUP, but on the global tourism stage. The reality, however, is that the end of the 2010 Games do not … August 26, 2010
Seychelles President launches Seychelles brand tourism vision

Seychelles President launches Seychelles brand tourism vision

SEYCHELLES - Seychelles President James Michel has called upon the tourism industry to engage with the government to map out a new national tourism development plan and promote his vision of the Seychelles brand in the tourism sector. This took place … August 26, 2010
Croatian Prime Minister expresses full support for the tourism sector

Croatian Prime Minister expresses full support for the tourism sector

UNWTO Secretary-general, Mr. Taleb Rifai, met with the Croatian Prime Minister, Ms. Jadranka Kosor, and the Minister of Tourism, Mr. Damir Bajs, to discuss tourism development in the country during a visit to Croatia (August 20-21, 2010). The Prime Minister … August 25, 2010
Seychelles VP Faure calls on country CEOs to become agents of change

Seychelles VP Faure calls on country CEOs to become agents of change

Seychelles Vice President Danny Faure has called on government and parastatal chief executives to raise the bar in the way they run their organizations and provide a service to the Seychellois public. He told the CEOs that they should take the lead … August 25, 2010
Saudi Commission for Tourism and Antiquities approves classification of accommodation sector in Makkah Al-Mukharamah

Saudi Commission for Tourism and Antiquities approves classification of accommodation sector in Makkah Al-Mukharamah

The Saudi Commission for Tourism and Antiquities (SCTA), in collaboration with the Makkah Chamber of Commerce and Industry (MCCI), started classification of hotels, furnished flats, and residential units, in accordance with the directives of His Royal … August 18, 2010
Lombok, West Nusa Tenggara welcomes Tourism Indonesia Mart and Expo 2010

Lombok, West Nusa Tenggara welcomes Tourism Indonesia Mart and Expo 2010

JAKARTA - After successfully hosting the Indonesian annual travel mart, Tourism Indonesia Mart & Expo (TIME) or "Pasar Wisata Indonesia" last year, Lombok, West Nusa Tenggara, once again will be host of this year’s event. This Indonesian premier tourism … August 18, 2010
Saudi Commission for Tourism and Antiquities urges collaboration with accredited tourist guides

Saudi Commission for Tourism and Antiquities urges collaboration with accredited tourist guides

The Saudi Commission for Tourism and Antiquities (SCTA) has invited its counterparts in different government authorities to collaborate with tourist guides who are officially licensed by SCTA in their official tourism trips inside the Kingdom, either … August 18, 2010
South Africa 2010: Still scoring in tourism with TTC Global Conference

South Africa 2010: Still scoring in tourism with TTC Global Conference

Being host nation of a major international event is a massive investment. The 2010 FIFA World Cup staged in South Africa is no exception. The world’s largest sporting event in terms of global fan following and media coverage required unprecedented levels … August 17, 2010
Green Globe launches updated sustainability standard

Green Globe launches updated sustainability standard

LOS ANGELES, CA - Green Globe Certification has today launched its latest update to the Green Globe Standard for sustainable operation and management. The Green Globe International Advisory Group, which brings together the knowledge of travel and tourism … August 17, 2010
WTTC welcomes Prime Minister's plan on new tourism strategy

WTTC welcomes Prime Minister's plan on new tourism strategy

LONDON, UK - The organization representing the world’s foremost private-sector travel and tourism businesses, the World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC), welcomed British Prime Minister David Cameron's promise to establish a new tourism strategy by … August 12, 2010
Saudi Commission for Tourism and Antiquties and Al Hokair organize 10th bazaar in Riyadh

Saudi Commission for Tourism and Antiquties and Al Hokair organize 10th bazaar in Riyadh

In an attempt to continue the great success of the Saudi Commission for Tourism and Antiquities' (SCTA) initiative in providing marketing outlets to Saudi women artisans in collaboration with Abdul Mohsin Al Hokair Group for Tourism and Development, the … August 11, 2010
Marketing plan for tourism destinations of the Indian Ocean islands

Marketing plan for tourism destinations of the Indian Ocean islands

Directors of various tourism boards of the Indian Ocean islands have attended a meeting held on August 4 on Reunion Island, in order to develop a marketing plan for the region’s tourism industry. Present at the meeting were, Alain St.Ange from Seychelles, … August 9, 2010
Malaysia Airlines introduces Kota Kinabalu as eastern hub

Malaysia Airlines introduces Kota Kinabalu as eastern hub

KOTA KINABALU, Malaysia - Malaysia Airlines today announced Kota Kinabalu in Sabah as its Eastern hub, leveraging on the strategic location of the city as an ideal gateway to promote travels to and from China, Taiwan, North Asia, Indonesia, and Australia. The … August 9, 2010
Industry gets behind World Travel Market World Responsible Tourism Day

Industry gets behind World Travel Market World Responsible Tourism Day

More companies than ever before have applied to participate in World Travel Market (WTM) World Responsible Tourism Day (WRTD) – the only global campaign, in association with the United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO), to inspire and educate … August 5, 2010
Amadeus partners with TravelDaily to present 2010 China Travel Distribution Summit

Amadeus partners with TravelDaily to present 2010 China Travel Distribution Summit

TravelDaily ( www.traveldaily.cn ), China’s leading online publisher and event organizer with emphasis on the distribution, marketing, and technology trends in the travel and tourism industries, today announced that it has welcomed Amadeus as a diamond … August 4, 2010
Bit 2011: right on the market’s doorstep

Bit 2011: right on the market’s doorstep

MILAN, Italy – From February 17-20, 2011 the 31st edition of Bit–International Tourism Exchange will be held in Milan, which closed last February on a positive note regarding the future of the sector: over 5,000 exhibitors were present from 130 countries … August 1, 2010
Gallup poll names Costa Rica happiest country in The Americas

Gallup poll names Costa Rica happiest country in The Americas

SAN JOSE, Costa Rica – Costa Rica, the world’s foremost leader in sustainable tourism practices, has begun to reap the rewards for its commitment to social and environmental preservation alike. The country’s philosophy to being at peace with humanity … July 31, 2010
UNWTO expresses great concern over the change of status of the Spanish Tourism Secretariat

UNWTO expresses great concern over the change of status of the Spanish Tourism Secretariat

While the decision of the Spanish government to implement a series of austerity measures to address the public deficit is fully understandable, UNWTO expressed great concern that such measures have translated into the end of a separate Secretariat for … July 26, 2010
Travel and tourism criticizes short-sightedness and bad judgement of cuts to DCMS

Travel and tourism criticizes short-sightedness and bad judgement of cuts to DCMS

The organization representing the world’s foremost private-sector travel and tourism businesses has reacted with dismay to reports that up to half the staff at the Department for Culture, Media, and Sport could face redundancy under government austerity … July 22, 2010
SCTA launches tourism packages in cooperation with tour operators

SCTA launches tourism packages in cooperation with tour operators

During this summer, the Saudi Commission for Tourism and Antiquities (SCTA), in cooperation with tour organizing companies, is presenting a variety of tour packages to different provinces and cities in the Kingdom. The tour packages are aimed at attracting … July 21, 2010
Keeping the spirit of the 2010 games alive for tourism in South Africa

Keeping the spirit of the 2010 games alive for tourism in South Africa

2010 has created a golden opportunity for South Africa as a nation to win not just on the football field as host nation of the 2010 FIFA WORLD CUP, but on the global tourism stage. The reality, however, is that the end of the 2010 Games do not mark the … July 19, 2010
Green Globe Partner (China) Ltd. launches new website

Green Globe Partner (China) Ltd. launches new website

LOS ANGELES, California - Green Globe Partner (China) Ltd. has been established to encourage national parks, hotels, attractions, and travel agents, among other tourism-related businesses and organizations, to adopt an environmentally friendly and sustainable … July 19, 2010
Seychelles is back in the UK

Seychelles is back in the UK

A spectacular evening for UK travel agents and press was held in Chandos House in London to mark the reopening of the Seychelles Tourism Office in London. Seychelles High Commissioner Patrick Pillay, and members of the Seychelles National Assembly, … July 16, 2010
New phase of cooperation between UNWTO and Bosnia and Herzegovina

New phase of cooperation between UNWTO and Bosnia and Herzegovina

UNWTO secretary-general, Taleb Rifai, met with the chairman of the presidency of Bosnia and Herzegovina, Mr. Haris Silajdzic, to discuss tourism development in the country during an official visit (July 12-14, 2010), described as the start of a new phase … July 15, 2010
UNWTO strengthening ties with Australia

UNWTO strengthening ties with Australia

The combination of a dynamic private sector and strong political support of tourism has been instrumental in the way Australia has driven tourism as a motor of socio-economic development. This was the message taken by Taleb Rifai on his first visit as … July 13, 2010
Seychelles and Portugal intensify anti-piracy partnership

Seychelles and Portugal intensify anti-piracy partnership

Seychelles President James Michel has met for high-level talks with the Portuguese Minister of Defense Prof. Dr. Augusto Santos Silva at the State House this afternoon. “We are partners in the struggle against piracy. With the aid of Portugal and … July 9, 2010
Cape Town named Africa's Leading Destination at 17th World Travel Awards

Cape Town named Africa's Leading Destination at 17th World Travel Awards

Basking in the glow of hosting a successful 2010 FIFA World Cup™, the Mother City’s global reputation was given a further boost at the World Travel Award, held in Johannesburg last night, where Cape Town was named Africa’s Leading Destination. The … July 8, 2010
The Palace - The Old Town marks regional first with Green Globe Certification

The Palace - The Old Town marks regional first with Green Globe Certification

DUBAI, UAE - The Palace – The Old Town, the 5-star premium hotel operated by The Address Hotels + Resorts in downtown Dubai has marked a regional first by achieving the coveted Green Globe Certification, making it the city’s only sustainable and environment-friendly … July 8, 2010
Africa's night of tourism triumph

Africa's night of tourism triumph

South Africa swept the board at the World Travel Awards Africa & Indian Ocean Gala Ceremony in Johannesburg on Wednesday, July 7, attended by 1,200 senior industry leaders. It was a night of elation – and some disappointment – as the travel and … July 7, 2010
SCTA inaugurates new classification of furnished accommodation

SCTA inaugurates new classification of furnished accommodation

The Saudi Commission for Tourism and Antiquities (SCTA) recently inaugurated the classification of furnished apartments and units in line with its classification efforts for all the tourism accommodation facilities throughout the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. … July 7, 2010
SCTA expects SR 13 billion in revenues from domestic tourism during 2010 summer

SCTA expects SR 13 billion in revenues from domestic tourism during 2010 summer

According to a report issued by MAS, the Information & Research Center of the Saudi Commission for Tourism and Antiquities (SCTA), the revenues of national tourism for the summer of 2010 will reach SR 13 billion (US$61.5 billion). Mr. Abdullah Al … July 6, 2010
India and Seychelles discuss common security interests

India and Seychelles discuss common security interests

Seychelles President James Michel has met with the Indian External Affairs Minister S.M. Krishna for talks on bilateral cooperation on issues of security and economic development, during Minister Krishna’s one-day working visit to Seychelles. “We … July 6, 2010
Building recovery in Thailand – UNWTO and PATA join forces to support tourism in Thailand

Building recovery in Thailand – UNWTO and PATA join forces to support tourism in Thailand

BANGKOK, Thailand - The World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) and the Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA) have conveyed their strong support of Thailand and its tourism industry as the country returns to normalcy following political unrest earlier in … July 2, 2010
Tourism’s value recognized with the newly-created Argentinean Ministry of Tourism

Tourism’s value recognized with the newly-created Argentinean Ministry of Tourism

MADRID, Spain – UNWTO welcomes that several countries have recently placed tourism higher on their national political and economic agendas. Argentina is the most recent example with the establishment of the first Argentinean Ministry of Tourism. The … July 1, 2010
Seychelles tourism industry review

Seychelles tourism industry review

Seychelles has finally turned a new page in its tourism industry. The Seychelles Hospitality & Tourism Association (SHTA), the country's association regrouping all sectors of its tourism industry, congratulated President James Michel for having taken … July 1, 2010
BTC 2010 opens with minister for tourism cutting the ribbon

BTC 2010 opens with minister for tourism cutting the ribbon

The 26th BTC, the Italian trade show for the meetings, events, conferences, incentive travel, and business tourism industry, opens this morning at the Fiera di Rimini Exhibition Centre, for two days of business, education and professional networking. The … July 1, 2010
International tourism: recovery confirmed, but growth remains uneven

International tourism: recovery confirmed, but growth remains uneven

MADRID, Spain – International tourist arrivals grew by 7 percent in the first four months of 2010 according to the latest issue of the UNWTO World Tourism Barometer. This growth confirms the recovery trend beginning in the last quarter of 2009 and comes … June 29, 2010
18 tourism festivals brighten the Saudi summer

18 tourism festivals brighten the Saudi summer

Eighteen tourism festivals are set for the Saudi summer 2010 throughout the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. These festivals will include hundreds of entertainment, sports, culture, and heritage events designed to fulfill the expectations and aspirations of all … June 28, 2010
Bumper tourism season for Cape Town this winter could see new tourism patterns emerge

Bumper tourism season for Cape Town this winter could see new tourism patterns emerge

As the 2010 FIFA World Cup™ reaches its halfway mark, Cape Town Tourism evaluates the impact of the 2010 FIFA World Cup™ on Cape Town thus far, with predictions on how the rest of the event could play out – and what this might mean for future tourism … June 25, 2010
Tourism news: new website to advance sustainability within travel and tourism launched by WTTC

Tourism news: new website to advance sustainability within travel and tourism launched by WTTC

The home of the only British canal boat in North America; a more than 1,900-property strong Green Hotel Directory; an Earth Guest program by one of the biggest hospitality chains in the world; and an initiative to reduce building on China’s famous Mount … June 25, 2010
Alain StAnge appointed tourism industry CEO in major government restructure

Alain StAnge appointed tourism industry CEO in major government restructure

The recent Seychelles government restructure has seen the country's President, Mr. James Michel, take the tourism portfolio. This was seen as a clear sign that tourism remains the main pillar of the Seychelles economy, and the importance of that industry … June 24, 2010
Night of the Year for African tourism

Night of the Year for African tourism

Africa’s top destinations and leading travel operators will battle it out on Wednesday, July 7 at the Sandton Conventon Centre, Johannesburg, South Africa. Their prize - the World Travel Awards (WTA) Africa and Indian Ocean Ceremony - the most sought-after … June 24, 2010
Tourism contributes to the Millennium Development Goals

Tourism contributes to the Millennium Development Goals

MADRID, Spain - With only five years left until the target date for the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), the United Nations has launched the MDG Report 2010 calling for accelerated progress to reach the 2015 deadline. As the UN Specialized Agency … June 23, 2010
SCTA continues preparations for Roads of Arabia

SCTA continues preparations for Roads of Arabia

The Saudi Commission for Tourism and Antiquities is finalizing the preparations for "Roads of Arabia – The Archaeology and History of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia" exhibition, which will be held in the Louver Museum in Paris, France. His Royal Highness … June 23, 2010
World Travel Awards supports just a drop

World Travel Awards supports just a drop

World Travel Awards (WTA), the world’s only global organization dedicated to raising standards of customer service and business excellence in travel and tourism, has adopted Just a Drop, the international water-aid charity. The awards have been described … June 22, 2010
Saudi Summer 2010 to launch next week

Saudi Summer 2010 to launch next week

His Royal Highness Prince Sultan bin Salman bin Abdul Aziz, president of the Saudi Commission for Tourism and Antiquities (SCTA), will launch next week the "Saudi Summer 2010" activities. Concurrently, a press conference will be held in conjunction with … June 22, 2010
Seychelles tempts Monaco with its new publicity billboards

Seychelles tempts Monaco with its new publicity billboards

Following the Monaco Grand Prix on May 16, the Seychelles Tourism Board (STB) was given the opportunity to display its new, large-format posters (4m x 3m) along the streets of the city, allowing a high-end target audience to discover the beauty and magical … June 18, 2010
Seychelles tourism industry to learn about managing its environmental impact

Seychelles tourism industry to learn about managing its environmental impact

An innovative 2-day program organized by Nature Seychelles, with Empretec Mauritius as workshop facilitators, aims to introduce practices that will help hotels and others in the hospitality industry to reduce their impacts on the environment, as well … June 17, 2010
Indian Ocean tourism's greatest golden goals

Indian Ocean tourism's greatest golden goals

Twelve hundred key "movers and shakers" will attend the most important event of the year for the region’s travel and tourism industry on Wednesday, July 7 at the Sandton Conventon Centre, Johannesburg, South Africa. The gathering for the World Travel … June 16, 2010
SCTA launches the Saudi Voyager travel and tourism magazine

SCTA launches the Saudi Voyager travel and tourism magazine

The Saudi Commission for Tourism and Antiquities (SCTA) recently launched its first English language travel and tourism magazine the “Saudi Voyager.” The goal of this quarterly magazine, the newest publication of the SCTA, is to introduce tourism, … June 16, 2010
Seychelles appoints 35 more tourism ambassadors

Seychelles appoints 35 more tourism ambassadors

A new group of 35 Seychellois has been appointed as tourism ambassadors, bringing the total to 95 members in 30 countries worldwide now representing Seychelles. Seychelles is the first country to have taken the initiative of appointing its citizens … June 16, 2010
World renowned violist Yuri Bashmet arrives in Seychelles

World renowned violist Yuri Bashmet arrives in Seychelles

World-renowned Russian violist and conductor, Yuri Bashmet, arrived in Seychelles this morning for his grand concert to be held on Thursday, June 17 at the International Conference Centre in Victoria. He was met upon arrival by the Minister for Local … June 14, 2010
Last chance to join Russia's leading autumn tourism event 16th Otdykh LEISURE Moscow

Last chance to join Russia's leading autumn tourism event 16th Otdykh LEISURE Moscow

Russia's leading tourism and travel exhibition, Otdykh LEISURE, will be held September 21-24, 2010 in the International Exhibition Center "Crocus Expo" in Moscow, Russia. Having been granted the status of an "UFI-approved event," Otdykh LEISURE will again … June 14, 2010
Saudi Arabia to earn SR66 billion tourism revenues by the end of 2010

Saudi Arabia to earn SR66 billion tourism revenues by the end of 2010

The Saudi Commission for Tourism and Antiquities (SCTA) estimates that tourism revenues in the Kingdom will reach by the end of 2010 about SR66 billion (US$17.6 billion), which compromises a growth rate of 4.76 percent from 2009. The same is expected … June 14, 2010
SCTA president: emergence of Saudi Arabia is not an accident

SCTA president: emergence of Saudi Arabia is not an accident

His Royal Highness Prince Sultan bin Salman bin Abdul Aziz, president of the Saudi Commission for Tourism and Antiquities, head of the Al Turath Foundation, lectured at the Oxford Centre for Islamic Studies at Oxford University, UK, on "The dimensions … June 13, 2010
Kingdom participates in the 13th session of the Arab Ministerial Council for Tourism

Kingdom participates in the 13th session of the Arab Ministerial Council for Tourism

The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia represented by the Saudi Commission for Tourism and Antiquities (SCTA) participated in the 13th session of the Arab Ministerial Council for Tourism in Alexandria, Egypt, during the period June 2-3, 2010.The meeting, which was … June 13, 2010
Seychelles tourism is on the move with the La Reserve Hotel on Praslin welcoming iSurf to the island

Seychelles tourism is on the move with the La Reserve Hotel on Praslin welcoming iSurf to the island

The La Reserve Hotel on the island of Praslin is among the first group of hotels on Praslin to be connected with iSurf - the latest and fastest prepaid wireless Internet service in the Seychelles, introduced by Cable & Wireless Seychelles (CWS). In … June 11, 2010

Mega-events, sports and tourism – new knowledge portal announced

LONDON, June 8/9, 2010 - The DeHaan Institute at Nottingham University will construct a new portal for tourism, “Mega Events,” with a research grant from VISA and working closely with UNWTO and other key stakeholders. Its primary focus will be on … June 11, 2010
The framework for a stronger UNWTO focus of debate at the Executive Council

The framework for a stronger UNWTO focus of debate at the Executive Council

PUERTO IGUAZU, Argentina - Since the last meeting of the UNWTO Executive Council in October 2009, global economic prospects have improved steadily, with tourism demand also regaining momentum. Held directly following the UNWTO Commission for the Americas, … June 10, 2010
Cape Town welcomes the world with a celebration of color and sound

Cape Town welcomes the world with a celebration of color and sound

The planning, preparing, speculating, and strategizing is over and it’s finally here. Cape Town welcomes the world to the 2010 FIFA World Cup™! As the visitors and fans begin to arrive for the big event, Cape Town Tourism CEO Mariette du Toit-Helmbold … June 10, 2010
SCTA and Al-Hokair organize the 8th productive families market at Riyadh Gallery

SCTA and Al-Hokair organize the 8th productive families market at Riyadh Gallery

The Saudi Commission for Tourism and Antiquities (SCTA) is launching today as a part of the programs of the national project for Developing Human Resources (Takamul), the 8th market for productive families at Riyadh Gallery. This comes as a part of the … June 10, 2010
President of Uruguay highlights tourism’s role in economic growth and development in a meeting with UNWTO Secretary-General

President of Uruguay highlights tourism’s role in economic growth and development in a meeting with UNWTO Secretary-General

The President of Uruguay, HE José Mujica, has highlighted the enormous potential of the tourism sector to stimulate growth and development. Meeting during an official visit to the capital of Uruguay, Montevideo, the UNWTO Secretary-General Taleb Rifai … June 8, 2010
World Travel Awards grand final kicks off World Travel Market 2010

World Travel Awards grand final kicks off World Travel Market 2010

LONDON - The world’s only global "Oscars" for the travel and tourism industry – as described by the Wall Street Journal - finishes spectacularly in a grand final at the Grosvenor House, a JW Marriott Hotel, in London on Sunday, November 7, immediately … June 8, 2010
Tanzania's minister of natural resources and tourism announces 2010 tourism honorees

Tanzania's minister of natural resources and tourism announces 2010 tourism honorees

Celebrating its 10th aqnniversary, the 2010 honorees of the prestigious Tanzania Tourist Board's (TTB) annual awards were announced by the Hon. Shamsa S. Mwangunga, MP, Tanzania’s minister for natural resources and tourism, and out-going president of … June 8, 2010
Responsible Tourism Initiative champions safe sex in the Mother City

Responsible Tourism Initiative champions safe sex in the Mother City

“Responsible tourism is more than just a catchword. There also has to be action. If we plan to take Cape Town forward as a leader in tourism, the tourism industry needs ongoing manifestations of real initiatives, like the Responsible Tourism Initiative … June 3, 2010
Seychelles tourism industry chairman reports on state of affairs

Seychelles tourism industry chairman reports on state of affairs

The following statement has been released by Louis D'Offay, chairman of the Seychelles Hospitality and Tourism Association, on the state of affairs of the tourism industry in his country: "A new board of directors for the Seychelles Tourism Industry's … June 2, 2010
Africa tourism's greatest golden goals

Africa tourism's greatest golden goals

Twelve hundred of Africa’s key movers and shakers will attend the most important event of the year for the travel and tourism industry on Wednesday, July 7 at the Sandton Conventon Centre, Johannesburg, South Africa. The gathering for the Africa … June 1, 2010
Hail Amir announces a program to develop the historic city of Faid

Hail Amir announces a program to develop the historic city of Faid

Prince Saud bin Abdul Mohsin, Amir of Hail, president of the Supreme Commission for Hail Development, announced recently the preparation of a an action plan for the comprehensive development of the historical and archaeological city of Faid. This city … June 1, 2010
Saudi Commission for Tourism and Antiquities receives best electronic portal

Saudi Commission for Tourism and Antiquities receives best electronic portal

The Middle East Excellence Awards Institute granted the Saudi Commission for Tourism and Antiquities (SCTA) the award of the best electronic portal in the field of knowledge and information. His Royal Highness Prince Sultan bin Salman bin Abdul Aziz, … June 1, 2010
The Seychelles Chinese Week Festival 2010 declared a success

The Seychelles Chinese Week Festival 2010 declared a success

The first Chinese Week Festival in Seychelles was organized by Le Meridien Barbarons from May 17-22, 2010 with the support of the Chinese Embassy, the Seychelles Tourism Board, and Le Meridien Chongqing Nan’an in China. The main objectives of the festival … May 31, 2010
Asilia’s acclaimed Sayari Camp wins the Tanzania Tourism Board Sustainable Camp of the Year Award

Asilia’s acclaimed Sayari Camp wins the Tanzania Tourism Board Sustainable Camp of the Year Award

Asilia’s latest addition to its Tanzanian portfolio, Sayari Camp, not only offers the chance to witness the famous Great Migration crossing the Mara River but has also been awarded by the Tanzania Tourism Board for its service offering in regards to … May 31, 2010
Seychelles Tourism Board in Tanzania

Seychelles Tourism Board in Tanzania

Seychelles is telling the world that after a safari in Africa, “the land of the Big Five,” it is opportune to fly over to the Seychelles to enjoy, what the mid-ocean creole islands call “the Best Five.” This is the message aired on Monday in Uganda … May 31, 2010
Seychelles tourism industry elects new board of directors at 2010 Annual General Meeting

Seychelles tourism industry elects new board of directors at 2010 Annual General Meeting

SEYCHELLES - Seychelles veteran hotelier, Louis D’Offay, was re-elected chairman of the Seychelles Hospitality & Tourism Association at the 2010 Annual General Meeting (AGM) of the country’s tourism industry. Louis D’Offay is credited to have … May 28, 2010
Seychelles moves on Uganda to pursue concept that Africa must work in synergy to be a strong continent

Seychelles moves on Uganda to pursue concept that Africa must work in synergy to be a strong continent

TWIN-CENTER HOLIDAYSSeychelles’ main tourist markets are from Europe, but since last year, the destination has reviewed its strategy in order to also tackle emerging markets. Promotional works have been diversified to new markets and Africa – excluding … May 27, 2010
Seychelles first international investment forum

Seychelles first international investment forum

In late 2008, Seychelles embarked on a comprehensive reform program with the support of the IMF, World Bank, and the African Development Bank respectively. A little over one year into the reform program, the Seychelles has successfully liberalized … May 27, 2010
World Travel and Tourism Council announces the winners of the 2010 Tourism for Tomorrow Awards

World Travel and Tourism Council announces the winners of the 2010 Tourism for Tomorrow Awards

The four winners of the World Travel & Tourism Council’s 2010 Tourism for Tomorrow Awards were announced today during the 10th Global Travel & Tourism Summit at the National Centre for the Performing Arts in Beijing, China. Of the 12 finalists, Emirates … May 26, 2010
IMEX America - trade show's unique model to set new benchmark in US

IMEX America - trade show's unique model to set new benchmark in US

IMEX Group chairman, Ray Bloom, announced his delight at the way plans and partnerships were developing for the group's new show, IMEX America, during a press conference on day two of IMEX in Frankfurt today (Wednesday, May 26). He was joined by Bruce … May 26, 2010
Statement by Thai Prime Minister HE Mr. Abhisit Vejjajiva regarding political developments

Statement by Thai Prime Minister HE Mr. Abhisit Vejjajiva regarding political developments

Prime Minister HE Mr. Abhisit Vejjajiva, Prime Minister of Thailand, issued the following statement regarding the political developments in his country: Ladies and Gentleman, We have restored order in the capital of Bangkok and the provinces of … May 26, 2010
The Tourism Board rolls out its Seven Wonders of the Seychelles

The Tourism Board rolls out its Seven Wonders of the Seychelles

Following hard on the heels of its successful "From the Big Five to the Best Five" campaign, the Seychelles Tourism Board is moving to consolidate increasing public awareness of its unique selling propositions with a new campaign due to be rolled out … May 25, 2010
Seychelles tourism recognizes the importance of its home grown hotels

Seychelles tourism recognizes the importance of its home grown hotels

“Tourism Development and the continued progress in the Seychelles tourism industry has not meant that the ‘home grown’ establishments have been sidelined,” said Alain St. Ange, the Seychelles director of tourism marketing. The Seychelles has … May 25, 2010
Seychelles’ cultural tourism makes its mark in South Africa

Seychelles’ cultural tourism makes its mark in South Africa

South Africans recently had a feel of Seychelles’ flamboyant culture during a successful marketing promotion at the Canal Walk Shopping Centre in Cape Town. This promotional activity was initiated by the Canal Walk Shopping Centre, together with the … May 24, 2010
Seychelles Regata 2010 gets underway

Seychelles Regata 2010 gets underway

WORLD TOP SAILING PROFESSIONALS GATHERED FOR ANNUAL EVENT Sunday, May 23 saw the annual Seychelles Regatta get underway after the country's Vice President, Joseph Belmont, had officially launched this year's edition of the race. The 2009 title holder, … May 23, 2010

World Tourism Day 2010 to celebrate tourism and biodiversity

MADRID, Spain - As the world comes together to celebrate 2010 as the International Year of Biodiversity, UNWTO is happy to announce that the World Tourism Day (WTD) celebrations, hosted officially this year by China, will take place under the theme, "Tourism … May 21, 2010
Seychelles professionals are part of the change

Seychelles professionals are part of the change

The Seychelles "Equator Institute" has presented a report on strategic healthcare reform to President James Michel. The chairman of the "Equator Institute" Dr. Henry Thelemaque and the institute committee members presented their report during a meeting … May 21, 2010
Africa Travel Association Congress in Gambia ends with pledge to build new partnerships for tourism development

Africa Travel Association Congress in Gambia ends with pledge to build new partnerships for tourism development

BANJUL, Gambia - The Africa Travel Association's 35th Annual Congress ended today with a commitment among Africa's tourism stakeholders to boost efforts to develop new public-private partnerships devoted to advocating for and developing the tourism industry … May 20, 2010
United Nations World Tourism Organization attend Africa Travel Association Congress in the Gambia

United Nations World Tourism Organization attend Africa Travel Association Congress in the Gambia

BANJUL, Gambia - The United Nations Tourism Organization attended the Africa Travel Association's 35th Annual Congress at the Sheraton Hotel Spa and Resort in the Gambia from May 17-20, 2010. More than 300 participants from Africa, Europe, and North America, … May 20, 2010
Cape Town Tourism spearheads the Tourism Child Protection Code of Conduct in Cape Town

Cape Town Tourism spearheads the Tourism Child Protection Code of Conduct in Cape Town

Since its inception in 2004, Cape Town Tourism has proudly, and vocally, forged ahead with its commitment to responsible tourism development in Cape Town and, as a leader in the field, today hosted a workshop for member hospitality establishments on the … May 19, 2010
Tourism is a key component for sustainable development says President of the Dominican Republic at UNWTO visit

Tourism is a key component for sustainable development says President of the Dominican Republic at UNWTO visit

MADRID, Spain - The President of the Dominican Republic, HE Leonel Fernández, visited the United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) headquarters where he expressed his firm belief in the social and economic contribution of tourism to sustainable … May 19, 2010
Seychelles' new tourism policy based on public-private partnership earns them recognition as far away as China

Seychelles' new tourism policy based on public-private partnership earns them recognition as far away as China

ALAIN ST. ANGE NAMED THE NEW TOURISM GURU The Seychelles tourism performance of record tourist arrival numbers in 2010 is attributed to the success of the new tourism policy of the country, which is based on public-private partnerships and the strategy … May 18, 2010
World Travel Awards European nominees unveiled

World Travel Awards European nominees unveiled

London, May 18, 2010 - Race To Be The BestThe World Travel Awards (WTA) Europe Gala Ceremony is taking place in October - but the fight is just beginning to make it on to the coveted winners’ platform.Described as the ultimate achievement for any European … May 18, 2010
Harmony, jobs and productivity integrated at Port Launay

Harmony, jobs and productivity integrated at Port Launay

President James Michel has visited the newest and largest five-star tourism resort on Mahé, the Ephelia Resort at Port Launay. This visit forms part of a series of visits to workplaces, announced in the President’s State of the Nation Speech. President … May 14, 2010
Cape tourism agencies showcase small hospitality business owners at Indaba 2010

Cape tourism agencies showcase small hospitality business owners at Indaba 2010

In the lead up to the 2010 FIFA World Cup™, foreseeing the demand for tourism offerings increase, Cape Town tourism officials have been working in partnership with hospitality SMME members to prepare them for their “World Cup Peak Season.” Assistance … May 12, 2010
Cape Town scoops seven top TripAdvisor awards

Cape Town scoops seven top TripAdvisor awards

As Cape Town prepares to welcome the world to the 2010 FIFA World Cup™, the Mother City is still emerging as a global travel favorite, with a string of fresh accolades to boost its top destination reputation. Hot on the heels of an accolade from … May 12, 2010
New group tourism charter is widely welcomed

New group tourism charter is widely welcomed

The launch of the European Tour Operators Association’s (ETOA) Charter for Successful Tourism in conjunction with European Cities Marketing (ECM) and the International Road Transport Union (IRU) was warmly welcomed by the tourism industry and government … May 11, 2010
Benchmark eco-friendly tourism route for Cape Town launched at Indaba 2010

Benchmark eco-friendly tourism route for Cape Town launched at Indaba 2010

There are few cities in the world that can boast a scenic train ride along a magnificent stretch of coastline offering whale spotting from the carriage windows and easy access to major tourist attractions within a two-kilometer radius of train stations … May 10, 2010
Seychelles at INDABA Tourism Trade Fair in South Africa with biggest ever delegation

Seychelles at INDABA Tourism Trade Fair in South Africa with biggest ever delegation

The Seychelles Tourism Board has been joined by the largest number of Tourism Trade Representatives to promote Seychelles at the South African Tourism Trade Fair, INDABA, in Durban. Representatives of Air Seychelles, Banyan Tree Seychelles, Berjaya Beau … May 9, 2010
Gambia gears up to host the Africa Travel Association’s 35th Annual Congress

Gambia gears up to host the Africa Travel Association’s 35th Annual Congress

With a little less than two weeks until the Africa Travel Association’s (ATA) 35th Annual World Congress begins in Gambia, stakeholders across the tourism spectrum in the West African country are gearing up for ATA’s hallmark event. More than 200 … May 6, 2010
Arabian Travel Market tourism fair in Dubai gives Seychelles maximum press coverage

Arabian Travel Market tourism fair in Dubai gives Seychelles maximum press coverage

The Seychelles delegation participating at the 2010 Dubai Tourism Trade Fair, Arabian Travel Market (ATM), saw the interest for the Seychelles increase through the press interviews and reports. Alain St. Ange, the director of tourism marketing, who is … May 6, 2010
Cape Town Tourism tackles human trafficking

Cape Town Tourism tackles human trafficking

Cape Town Tourism CEO Mariëtte du Toit-Helmbold has thrown down the gauntlet to human traffickers in the final countdown to the World Cup in June. In a hard-hitting statement, Du Toit-Helmbold said this week: “Our message is very clear - we welcome … May 5, 2010
Abu Dhabi captures leading destination title from Dubai

Abu Dhabi captures leading destination title from Dubai

Abu Dhabi has walked off with the coveted title of Middle East’s Leading Destination in a shock announcement at this year’s prestigious World Travel Awards on Monday, May 3 at the luxurious The Address Dubai Marina.The news means that Abu Dhabi is … May 4, 2010
UNWTO secretary general calls for continued regional cooperation along the Silk Road

UNWTO secretary general calls for continued regional cooperation along the Silk Road

Meeting with the President of Tajikistan, HE Emomali Rahmon, UNWTO secretary-general, Taleb Rifai, underlined the importance of regional cooperation in the growth and development of national economies. Referring to the UNWTO Silk Road Project, a long-term … May 4, 2010
Lobster Experience defied the Icelandic volcano and its ash cloud over Europe and went on the successful “Around the Globe Roadshow” for the sevenths time in a row

Lobster Experience defied the Icelandic volcano and its ash cloud over Europe and went on the successful “Around the Globe Roadshow” for the sevenths time in a row

Lobster Experience, the renowned representation company for exclusive hotels & resorts and extraordinary tourism projects worldwide, presented their “Around the Globe Roadshow” again this spring, in the German speaking markets. With the realization … May 4, 2010
Seychelles-China relations accelerate with new momentum

Seychelles-China relations accelerate with new momentum

President James Michel has praised the continued growth and rejuvenation of Seychelles-China relations following bilateral talks with President Hu Jintao and members of the State Council in Shanghai. “We had a very good discussion. We have excellent … May 4, 2010
Seychelles tourism industry moves onto Middle East and South Africa

Seychelles tourism industry moves onto Middle East and South Africa

The first few weeks of May is set to be a busy time for the Seychelles tourism industry with its upcoming participation in the Arabian Travel Market 2010 (ATM) and INDABA in Dubai and South Africa, respectively. Seychelles will first be attending the … May 2, 2010
Seychelles makes its mark as a tourism destination as 2010 Shanghai Expo opens

Seychelles makes its mark as a tourism destination as 2010 Shanghai Expo opens

President James Michel of the Creole Tropical Islands of the Seychelles has attended the Opening Ceremony of the Shanghai Expo 2010, which was staged alongside the city's Huangpu River and watched by thousands of residents and tourists, as well as millions … May 2, 2010
Routes Europe coming soon

Routes Europe coming soon

The fifth annual Routes Europe event is just around the corner and the number of delegate registrations is continuing to grow. Routes would like to take this opportunity to remind those still interested in attending that time is running out to register! This … April 30, 2010
Jordanian tourism booms in the first quarter

Jordanian tourism booms in the first quarter

The first quarter of 2010 heralded good news for Jordan’s tourism sector in what could be another landmark year. Statistics by the ministry of tourism and antiquities and the by the Central Bank of Jordan have shown across-the-board increases in both … April 29, 2010
Arab Tourism Bourse – your global and tourism market place

Arab Tourism Bourse – your global and tourism market place

In its 8th successive year, Arab Tourism Bourse (ATB) is a must-attend annual event, which presents a diverse range of destinations to Syrian and international travelers. ATB provides an excellent opportunity for the global travel and tourism industry … April 29, 2010
Hawaii tourism representatives meet Chinese tour agent heads and officials

Hawaii tourism representatives meet Chinese tour agent heads and officials

During April 15-20, 2010, invited by News.cn and United PR Consulting Co., Ltd., Joann Erban, vice president of Roberts Hawaii; Glenn P. Vergara, manager of Waikiki Resort Hotel; Kayo Whitty, Asia sales president of Kuoloa Ranch; Mary Pa’ahana, international … April 29, 2010
Cape Town Tourism welcomes growth figures

Cape Town Tourism welcomes growth figures

Cape Town Tourism CEO Mariëtte du Toit-Helmbold said the latest international tourism statistics show that international tourism is steadily gaining momentum, following an extremely challenging 2009. She said according to information just released by … April 29, 2010
Elevating the happiness and love quotients in the hospitality industry

Elevating the happiness and love quotients in the hospitality industry

A unique, energizing, fun, playful, and meaningful workshop will take place at the Regal Hotel in Causeway Bay, Hong Kong, on May 4, 2010 by the two hilarious gentlemen who rocked the ITB convention (International Travel convention in Berlin, Germany) … April 28, 2010
First results of 2010 confirm upward trend in international tourism to US

First results of 2010 confirm upward trend in international tourism to US

International tourism is steadily gaining momentum in the US following an extremely challenging 2009. International tourist arrivals grew by 7 percent in the first two months of 2010 worldwide, according to the latest UNWTO World Tourism Barometer. Growth … April 28, 2010
Travel industry turns out in force for this year’s MITT exhibition

Travel industry turns out in force for this year’s MITT exhibition

MITT, one of the top five travel exhibitions in the world, welcomed a record number of trade visitors this year, beating last year’s figures by 17 percent. In total, 46,300 unique visitors came to the show, and an official attendance of 79,850 was recorded. … April 28, 2010
Takamul fuels national cadre to join tourism jobs through education and training

Takamul fuels national cadre to join tourism jobs through education and training

A study conducted by the Saudi Commission for Tourism and Antiquities (SCTA) revealed that there is a shortage of national manpower in the tourism sectors. It also revealed the dire need in the tourism sector for qualified national cadres for the management … April 28, 2010
Seychelles beaches again voted the best in the world

Seychelles beaches again voted the best in the world

Seychelles has again appeared top of the list of the world’s beaches, with the famous La Digue beach being voted top by www.strandbewertung.de from Germany. “Far from being the first time that a Seychelles’ beach makes it into top spot in world … April 27, 2010
HH Prince Bandar guest of honor at World Travel Awards ceremony

HH Prince Bandar guest of honor at World Travel Awards ceremony

As the Middle East continues to buck the trend in the world’s global downturn, the region prepares for travel and tourism’s most important evening of the year when HH Prince Bandar Bin Saud Bin Khalid is guest of honor. In addition to holding various … April 27, 2010
Saudi Commission for Tourism and Antiquities preparations afoot for the Arabian Travel Market 2010 in Dubai

Saudi Commission for Tourism and Antiquities preparations afoot for the Arabian Travel Market 2010 in Dubai

The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, represented by the Saudi Commission for Tourism and Antiquities (SCTA), will participate in the events of the 17th session of the Arabian Travel Market 2010 in Dubai. The event will be held at Dubai International Center for … April 25, 2010
TTG Incontri, an international quality trade fair

TTG Incontri, an international quality trade fair

TTG Incontri, the main international tourism trade fair scheduled for October 22-24, 2010 in Rimini (Italy), broadened its horizon by focusing on the quality of services. Already, numerous foreign tourist boards have confirmed their participation, regarding … April 23, 2010
Cape Town Tourism offers support to Rovos Rail passengers

Cape Town Tourism offers support to Rovos Rail passengers

It was with disbelief that Cape Town Tourism learned of the Rovos Rail accident just outside of Pretoria on Wednesday, April 21, 2010. Said Cape Town Tourism CEO, Mariette du Toit-Helmbold: “We would like to send our sincerest condolences to the families … April 22, 2010
Cape Town tourism sector uncertain as flights resume slowly

Cape Town tourism sector uncertain as flights resume slowly

As uncertainty about the resumption of flights to and from Europe continues, Cape Town Tourism has surveyed the tourism sector to assess the effect flight cancellations are having on the local industry. In approximately 60 phone interviews with businesses … April 21, 2010
Countdown to IMEX 2010 sees rise in new exhibitors

Countdown to IMEX 2010 sees rise in new exhibitors

A strong run-up to the opening of IMEX 2010 on May 25th has seen a significant number of new exhibitors deciding to take space at the Frankfurt trade show plus an upturn in stand increases from existing exhibitors. 62 exhibitors have increased the … April 21, 2010
World Travel Awards African Nominees Unveiled

World Travel Awards African Nominees Unveiled

London - 20 April 2010 Race to be the Best The World Travel Awards Africa and Indian Ocean Ceremony is taking place in July - but the fight is just beginning to make it on to the coveted winners’ platform. Described as the ultimate achievement for any … April 20, 2010
Cape Town's tourism sector assists stranded international travelers

Cape Town's tourism sector assists stranded international travelers

“The worldwide disruption of travel due to grounded flights in European centres threatened by the volcanic ash fallout has definitely had a ripple effect on Cape Town’s tourism sector”, so says Cape Town Tourism CEO, Mariette du Toit-Helmbold. “There … April 19, 2010
The French people's Sub Yu magazine looks at Seychelles tourism under its innovative new public-private sector management

The French people's Sub Yu magazine looks at Seychelles tourism under its innovative new public-private sector management

The Seychelles Islands have been credited for their innovative move to hand over the management of the pillar of their economy over to the private sector in the latest issue of the French people's magazine "Sub Yu." Their Issue 13, www.sub-yu.fr just … April 16, 2010
WTTC seeks informed policies not empty promises to benefit travel and tourism

WTTC seeks informed policies not empty promises to benefit travel and tourism

The World Travel & Tourism Council – the voice of the world’s 100 foremost travel and tourism leaders – has called for the next British government to commit to informed policies that create the environment in which travel and tourism thrives. The … April 16, 2010
UNWTO welcomes European Union commitment to strengthen tourism in its agenda

UNWTO welcomes European Union commitment to strengthen tourism in its agenda

Highlighting the importance of tourism in today’s global and national agendas is still an ongoing challenge. The United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) welcomes that tourism’s proven contribution to economic growth, job creation, and sustainable … April 15, 2010
India remains a promising country for Seychelles

India remains a promising country for Seychelles

The Seychelles delegation on a working visit to India last week has confirmed that India remains a potential country for the Seychelles Tourism Industry. Alain St. Ange, the island’s director of tourism marketing, accompanied by Myrna Michel, the board’s … April 15, 2010
UNWTO and Andorra to partner on major Global Tourism Forum in 2011

UNWTO and Andorra to partner on major Global Tourism Forum in 2011

UNWTO and the government of the principality of Andorra have agreed to organize a leading global tourism forum during the first quarter of 2011. The announcement was made jointly by UNWTO secretary-general, Taleb Rifai, and the minister of economy … April 14, 2010
Minister Meriton and tourism delegation return to Seychelles satisfied with working visit in La Reunion

Minister Meriton and tourism delegation return to Seychelles satisfied with working visit in La Reunion

A tourism delegation from the Seychelles islands traveled to La Reunion last weekend to help consolidate the work started last August when the Seychelles Tourism Board worked alongside Air Austral to launch a second weekly flight to Seychelles. This … April 14, 2010
Cape Town Tourism and The Big Issue invite Capetonians to help create visitor guide

Cape Town Tourism and The Big Issue invite Capetonians to help create visitor guide

Cape Town Tourism has partnered with The Big Issue to produce a “Your Guide to Cape Town A-Z” to be included in The Big Issue’s 2010 FIFA World Cup™ special edition, available for three weeks from June 11, 2010. The Big Issue plans a bumper print … April 13, 2010
Las Vegas to host the 11th Global Travel and Tourism Summit in 2011

Las Vegas to host the 11th Global Travel and Tourism Summit in 2011

The World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC) has announced that the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority (LVCVA) will host next year’s Global Travel & Tourism Summit in Las Vegas. “The support from members for Las Vegas has been overwhelming,” … April 13, 2010
World Travel Awards Asian nominees unveiled

World Travel Awards Asian nominees unveiled

A record number of Indian travel and tourism companies are in the running for the World Travel Awards in Asia. The World Travel Awards Asia and Australasia Ceremony is taking place in October - but the fight is just beginning to make it on to the coveted … April 13, 2010
Government to restore normalcy in the various areas of Bangkok

Government to restore normalcy in the various areas of Bangkok

Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva reaffirms that the government is duty bound to resolve the present situation. During a televised address, Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva informed the public of the Thai Cabinet’s decision to declare a severe emergency … April 12, 2010
Tourism and cultural delegation head for Reunion for Seychelles exposure

Tourism and cultural delegation head for Reunion for Seychelles exposure

A strong delegation comprised of tourism and cultural officials are heading to Reunion this weekend for a Seychelles promotional tour on the sister island. The delegation will comprise the Minister for Local Government, Sports, and Culture, Vincent Meriton; … April 8, 2010
6th World Congress on Snow and Mountain Tourism

6th World Congress on Snow and Mountain Tourism

Under the title, "Reinventing Snow and Mountain Tourism to Attract New Customers," tourism experts from around the world will analyze the present situation of the snow and mountain tourist segment and outline the main opportunities and challenges in the … April 8, 2010
ITE and MICE Hong Kong 2010 progresses on various fronts amid improving market sentiment

ITE and MICE Hong Kong 2010 progresses on various fronts amid improving market sentiment

UNWTO recently projected the world’s tourism industry this year will grow by 3 to 4 percent. In the first two months this year, outbound China and Hong Kong grew by double digits. China’s tourism institute forecasts outbound of the country this year … April 7, 2010
SR50 million deals at Saudi Travel and Tourism Investment Market 2010

SR50 million deals at Saudi Travel and Tourism Investment Market 2010

More than SR 50 Million (US$13.3 million) in deals concluded at the Saudi Travel and Tourism Investment Market (STTIM) 2010 marked the event's success in its third session. The majority of the deals were conducted in leisure projects, organizing tours, … April 6, 2010
Seychelles Tourism Board moves on India

Seychelles Tourism Board moves on India

The Seychelles Tourism Board director of tourism marketing, Alain St. Ange, accompanied by the board's tourism director for Asia and Australasia, Mrs. Myrna Michel, are joining Mr. Dick Esparon, the Seychelles high commissioner in India, for a series … April 2, 2010
Saudi Commission for Tourism and Antiquities announces Saudi Travel and Tourism Investment Market 2010

Saudi Commission for Tourism and Antiquities announces Saudi Travel and Tourism Investment Market 2010

The Saudi Commission for Tourism and Antiquities (SCTA) announced in a news conference the details of the Third Saudi Travel and Tourism Investment Market 2010 (STTIM 2010), which will be launched next Sunday, March 28, 2010 and run until the April 1, … March 26, 2010
Quebec tourism and travel industry says no to Child Sex Tourism

Quebec tourism and travel industry says no to Child Sex Tourism

After an information forum on Child Sex Tourism coordinated by the International Bureau for Children’s Rights (IBCR), Thomas Cook and SkyLink Voyages, agencies from the tourism and travel industry, on December 2, 2009 decided to act by forming a committee. … March 24, 2010
Cape Town Tourism and World Wildlife Fund join hands for Earth Hour

Cape Town Tourism and World Wildlife Fund join hands for Earth Hour

Cape Town Tourism, in partnership with the WWF (World Wildlife Fund) and the FBI (Fun Ball Initiative), are hosting a glow-in-the-dark Beach Soccer Tournament at Muizenberg Beach from 1400 hours on Saturday, March 27, as part of the FBI’s Beach Sport … March 17, 2010
Saudi Commission for Tourism and Antiquities signs a SR145 million contract to establish 4 provincial museums

Saudi Commission for Tourism and Antiquities signs a SR145 million contract to establish 4 provincial museums

The Saudi Commission for Tourism and Antiquities (SCTA), recently signed contracts worth 145 million Saudi riyals, to establish 4 new provincial museums in Saudi Arabia in Baha, Tabuk, Hail, and Dammam. The four museums are scheduled to be established … March 17, 2010
Cape tourism sector signs Code of Responsible Pricing for Cape Town ahead of 2010 FIFA World Cup

Cape tourism sector signs Code of Responsible Pricing for Cape Town ahead of 2010 FIFA World Cup

At midday on Tuesday, March 16, 2010, Cape Town’s major tourism role players will present a united front in the campaign against overpricing during the 2010 FIFA World Cup™ when they sign the Code of Responsible Pricing for Cape Town. Representatives … March 16, 2010
WTTC expects a year of zero growth for USA travel and tourism but longer term could be much brighter

WTTC expects a year of zero growth for USA travel and tourism but longer term could be much brighter

The launch of the World Travel Tourism Council's (WTTC's) annual economic impact research on Thursday, March 11 at ITB Berlin confirmed a 5 percent decline in global travel and tourism economy GDP in 2009. "And 2010 will be a flat year," said the council's … March 15, 2010
SCTA inaugurates e-licensing for travel and tourism agencies

SCTA inaugurates e-licensing for travel and tourism agencies

Prince Sultan bin Salman, president of the Saudi Commission for Tourism and Antiquities (SCTA), inaugurated the electronic licensing system travel and tourism agencies in the kingdom. The inauguration ceremony was recently held at the headquarters of … March 15, 2010
Political developments in Thailand

Political developments in Thailand

The Tourism Authority of Thailand issued the following information as of March 14, 2010, 1400 hours Bangkok time on the political development in Thailand relative the anti-government rallies as announced by the United Front for Democracy Against Dictatorship … March 14, 2010
17th Moscow International Travel and Tourism exhibition opens on March 17

17th Moscow International Travel and Tourism exhibition opens on March 17

MITT, the 17th Moscow International Travel & Tourism exhibition, opens on March 17 in Expocentre, in the heart of Moscow. MITT is Russia’s number one exhibition for the travel industry and one of the top five travel exhibitions in the world. It comes … March 12, 2010
STB appoints new tourism ambassadors

STB appoints new tourism ambassadors

It was under the catch phrase "Once a Seychellois, always a Seychellois" that the Seychelles Tourism Board this afternoon at the ITB trade fair in Berlin, Germany, announced a second group of Tourism Ambassadors. This now brings the number of Seychelles … March 12, 2010
WTTC forecasts subdued growth for 2010

WTTC forecasts subdued growth for 2010

Travel and tourism is one of the world’s most important sectors and has been one of the leading growth sectors since the World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC) first started measuring travel and tourism’s economic impact 20 years ago. “But, as … March 11, 2010
Seychelles reassesses the German market one year after launching its Affordable Seychelles campaign

Seychelles reassesses the German market one year after launching its Affordable Seychelles campaign

The 54-strong Seychelles delegation to the 2010 ITB Tourism Trade Fair in Berlin, led by Vice President Joseph Belmont, left for Berlin last Friday happy with the progress made by the country since the launching of the "Affordable Seychelles" campaigned … March 11, 2010
Seychelles, Western Cape and Mpumalanga sign agreement at ITB to cooperate with packaging of 3 destinations to tourism market

Seychelles, Western Cape and Mpumalanga sign agreement at ITB to cooperate with packaging of 3 destinations to tourism market

The combining of three iconic and very diverse destinations as a single tourism prospect will be formalized at the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding between the Seychelles Tourism Board, Cape Town Routes Unlimited, and Mpumalanga Parks and Tourism … March 11, 2010
Rijal Alma: a national heritage village

Rijal Alma: a national heritage village

HRH Prince Sultan Bin Salman, the president of the Saudi Commission for Tourism and Antiquities, launched the project for developing Rijal Alma as a heritage village. Rijal Alma, located in Aseer province 70 kilometers to Abha, was chosen as a part of … March 10, 2010
ETurbo News Group signs on to Live the Deal to help promote low carbon travel and tourism

ETurbo News Group signs on to Live the Deal to help promote low carbon travel and tourism

Thomas Steinmetz, chairman of the eTurbo News Group, today announced his group’s support for the Live The Deal campaign to help travel companies, communities, and travelers reduce their carbon impacts in line with government targets agreed upon in the … March 10, 2010
UNWTO secretary general calls upon tourism sector to speak with one voice

UNWTO secretary general calls upon tourism sector to speak with one voice

Working together to ensure that global policies are supportive of the sustainable growth of tourism and position travel and tourism as one industry speaking with one voice were some of the challenges highlighted by UNWTO secretary-general, Taleb Rifai, … March 9, 2010
Recovery momentum continues for Asia Pacific travel and tourism

Recovery momentum continues for Asia Pacific travel and tourism

Amid mounting optimism for a promising year ahead for the Asian travel industry, EyeforTravel’s 6th Travel Distribution Summit Asia in Singapore (April 28-29) will focus on the theme of economic recovery and how the industry can capitalize on the changed … March 9, 2010
TTG Incontri and TTI offers the whole world of tourism at the main B2B fair in Italy

TTG Incontri and TTI offers the whole world of tourism at the main B2B fair in Italy

The organization of TTG Incontri, main b2b tourism trade fair in Italy, and of TTI, the workshop targeted to the purchase of the Italian tourism product, scheduled for October 22 to 24, 2010 is proceeding at a fast pace. An international appointment, … March 8, 2010
SCTA and partners launch training program for small tourism projects

SCTA and partners launch training program for small tourism projects

The Saudi Commission for Tourism and Antiquities (SCTA) announced holding a program on "How to start your own tourism business." The training program is organized by the SCTA in cooperation with the National Commercial Bank's Social Responsibility department, … March 8, 2010
Cape Town ready for 2010 FIFA World Cup™

Cape Town ready for 2010 FIFA World Cup™

FIFA this week announced that Cape Town Stadium is “perfect” and is confident that the city will be 100 percent ready to host the 2010 FIFA World Cup™ by June 11. Cape Times, FIFA secretary general, Jerome Valcke, said Cape Town was currently … March 4, 2010
UNWTO activities at ITB 2010: challenges for the tourism sector in a year of transformation

UNWTO activities at ITB 2010: challenges for the tourism sector in a year of transformation

2010 is expected to be a year of transformation. The challenges facing the tourism sector in a post-crisis scenario set the framework for the activities and events organized by UNWTO during this year's ITB Travel Trade Show (Berlin, Germany, March 10-14, … March 4, 2010
Heritage tourism suppliers invited to exhibit at Travel Professionals of Color conference and tradeshow

Heritage tourism suppliers invited to exhibit at Travel Professionals of Color conference and tradeshow

Travel Professionals who sell heritage tourism products and have the ear of millions of African American and other Minority travelers, will convene in Nassau, Bahamas, on April 22-25, 2010 for their eighth annual conference and trade show. Statistics … March 2, 2010
Travel Professionals of Color meet in the Bahamas

Travel Professionals of Color meet in the Bahamas

The Travel Professionals of Color (TPOC) National Association is moving forward with exciting plans for its 8th annual conference and trade show to be held in Nassau, Bahamas, April 22–25, 2010. The TPOC Association will be meeting at the Sheraton Nassau … March 1, 2010
Tourism and mega-events joining forces to stimulate growth

Tourism and mega-events joining forces to stimulate growth

South Africa, as host of the 2010 FIFA World Cup, set the ideal stage for the UNWTO/South Africa inaugural Summit on Tourism, Sport, and Mega Events (Johannesburg, February 24-26). The summit, attended by some 450 delegates from 35 countries, provided … March 1, 2010
A lively 30th edition closes with Bit confirmed as leading expo

A lively 30th edition closes with Bit confirmed as leading expo

The best of Italian and world tourism was on offer. This was the impression received by all those who, for business or pleasure, between Thursday, February 18 and Sunday, February 21 in the fieramilano expo centre at Rho, visited the 30th edition of Bit … February 26, 2010
UNWTO welcomes the outcome of the first T.20 Ministers' Meeting in South Africa

UNWTO welcomes the outcome of the first T.20 Ministers' Meeting in South Africa

UNWTO welcomes the outcome of the First T.20 Ministers’ Meeting held in Johannesburg, South Africa (February 22-24) to debate the contribution of tourism to the global agenda, in particular to the ongoing process of supporting economic recovery and … February 24, 2010
Tourism's contribution to the global agenda - UNWTO address to the T20 ministers of tourism

Tourism's contribution to the global agenda - UNWTO address to the T20 ministers of tourism

“Global challenges, such as the recent economic crisis and the climate imperatives, can only be addressed in a global cooperative manner and in fora such as the UN or the G-20,” said UNWTO secretary-general, Taleb Rifai, in his opening remarks at … February 23, 2010
UNWTO international Summit on Tourism, Sport and Mega-events

UNWTO international Summit on Tourism, Sport and Mega-events

South Africa will host the first ever UNWTO Summit on Tourism, Sport and Mega-events at the Sandton Convention Centre in Johannesburg from February 24-26, 2010. This event will bring together the world's leading experts and create a platform for best … February 22, 2010
US commerce secretary appoints new members to Travel and Tourism Advisory Board

US commerce secretary appoints new members to Travel and Tourism Advisory Board

New members of the United States Travel and Tourism Advisory Board were appointed today by Gary Locke, US Commerce Secretary. Locke's objective in his appointments was to create a more diverse membership with representatives from the private sector. The … February 19, 2010
Join leading professional tourism event MATIW 2010 in Russia

Join leading professional tourism event MATIW 2010 in Russia

With a record number of 1,100 exhibitors from 56 countries of the world, Otdykh Leisure 2009 was a great success. It was rated as a number one professional autumn tourism event by national tourism offices, as well as Russian and international tour operators. … February 17, 2010
Bit celebrates its 30th anniversary: anticipating the future has made our history

Bit celebrates its 30th anniversary: anticipating the future has made our history

In thirty years of history the International Tourism Exchange (BIT) has shown constant growth and always anticipated trends. The same goes for the 2010 edition, with its wealth of new ideas, its attention to new market segments and niches for operators … February 17, 2010
At Bit 2010 the start of a journey through the flavors of Italy

At Bit 2010 the start of a journey through the flavors of Italy

A Journey through Taste – Flavors of Italy, the special new area at Bit dedicated to tourism of good eating habits, is a unique way to discover the heritage of Italian food and wine, exploring areas of origin and success. Set up is thanks to patronage … February 17, 2010
Bit Award and Bit Channel: a record number of online votes

Bit Award and Bit Channel: a record number of online votes

Record levels of participation occurred in the traditional Bit competition, thanks to totally online integrated voting on Bit Channel, the most popular travel photo and video-sharing community in Italy - a success that confirms Bit as state-of-the-art … February 17, 2010
In a golden year for sport, Bit launches Bit Sportland

In a golden year for sport, Bit launches Bit Sportland

A new themed area at Bit 2010 will be dedicated to three great outdoor sports: golf, cycling, and the mountains. Supply and demand for sport tourism will come together in 5,000 m², divided into an exhibition village and three fabulous environments for … February 17, 2010
Be Italian: Italian Style in the tourism business is popular all over the world

Be Italian: Italian Style in the tourism business is popular all over the world

Nine is the announced success of this film season, the musical on the (fictionalized) life of Federico Fellini. The main song from the film, Be Italian, has already become a sort of soundtrack for Made in Italy. Also in the tourism industry more and more … February 16, 2010
Cape tourism sector forms pricing code to address overpricing perceptions around 2010 FIFA World Cup

Cape tourism sector forms pricing code to address overpricing perceptions around 2010 FIFA World Cup

Cape Town’s tourism industry stakeholders are unified in their efforts to combat damaging international perceptions of South Africa as “an expensive destination,” ahead of the 2010 FIFA World Cup™. In a bid to translate commitment into action, … February 10, 2010
Travel Professionals of Color meet in the Bahamas

Travel Professionals of Color meet in the Bahamas

The Travel Professionals of Color (TPOC) National Association is moving forward with exciting plans for its 8th annual Conference and trade show to be held in Nassau, Bahamas, April 22 – 25, 2010. The TPOC Association will be meeting at the Sheraton … February 10, 2010
Mainstreaming the tourism industry in the global economic agenda

Mainstreaming the tourism industry in the global economic agenda

The Ministry of Tourism of the Republic of South Africa, with the support of UNWTO, will host a Tourism Ministers' Meeting (T20) under the theme "Travel and tourism: stimuli for the global economy" from February 22-24, 2010 in Johannesburg. Tourism … February 9, 2010
Bit 2010 is a driving force for tourism

Bit 2010 is a driving force for tourism

Bit has been referred to as “the” marketplace for the tourism system in Italy and one of the top 4 in the world. This fact is punctuated by its portfolio of technical workshops, which is one-of-a-kind in this market. This year, Bit will be held from … February 8, 2010
The secrets of the emarketing arts for tourism

The secrets of the emarketing arts for tourism

Today, e-marketing has become one of the essentials of business success. Every day, hundreds of million users (buyers) come to the Internet looking for services and products from all over the world creating the largest market in humanity. The E-Marketing … February 7, 2010
Just Help Haiti receives more support from travel and tourism industry

Just Help Haiti receives more support from travel and tourism industry

With the message that we must continue to support Haiti well after the emergency relief program is over by planning now to rebuild the country’s water and sanitation infrastructure, international water-aid charity, Just a Drop, launched its JUST HELP … February 4, 2010
TTG Incontri–TTI: the world of tourism sets the appointment for October 22-24 in Rimini, Italy

TTG Incontri–TTI: the world of tourism sets the appointment for October 22-24 in Rimini, Italy

The organizing machine of TTG Incontri TTI is already working full time, and it is Italy’s only true business-to-business tourism fair, which will take place on October 22-24, 2010. TTG Incontri is the major gateway to the Italian outbound market … February 3, 2010
WTTC announces shortlist of finalists for 2010 Tourism for Tomorrow Awards

WTTC announces shortlist of finalists for 2010 Tourism for Tomorrow Awards

The World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC) today announced the 12 finalists for the 2010 Tourism for Tomorrow Awards. Under WTTC’s stewardship since 2003, the prestigious awards recognize best practice in sustainable tourism in four different categories … February 3, 2010
IIPT and eTurboNews call for world travel and tourism industry support of Olympic Truce

IIPT and eTurboNews call for world travel and tourism industry support of Olympic Truce

The International Institute for Peace Through Tourism (IIPT), together with eTurboNews, is calling for all sectors of the world travel and tourism industry to join with both the International Olympic Committee (IOC) and the United Nations in a call for … January 31, 2010
SCTA developing new regulations for tourism accommodation in the Kingdom

SCTA developing new regulations for tourism accommodation in the Kingdom

The Saudi Commission for Tourism and Antiquities (SCTA), completed the re-evaluation of all Saudi Arabia hotels and more than 70 percent of furnished residential units in the Kingdom have been classified, except for Makka and Al Madina provinces. Hence … January 27, 2010
HRH Crown Prince officiates launch of ASEAN Tourism Forum 2010

HRH Crown Prince officiates launch of ASEAN Tourism Forum 2010

Tonight, His Royal Highness Prince Haji Al-Muhtadee Billah, the Crown Prince and Senior Minister at the Prime Minister's Office, Brunei Darussalam, launched the 29th ASEAN Tourism Forum (ATF) at the Grand Hall, Empire Hotel and Country Club.His Royal … January 26, 2010
Smile trains 3000 students in its third phase

Smile trains 3000 students in its third phase

The third phase of Smile - the School Tourism Education Program - will be launched during the next semester (February/March, 2010) in Al-Ahsa. The program will be implemented in collaboration between Al Ahsa municipality and Al Ahsa PTO. Yousef Al Khalfan, … January 25, 2010
E-Marketing Arts for Tourism seminar being held in Lebanon

E-Marketing Arts for Tourism seminar being held in Lebanon

Today, e-marketing has become one of the essentials of business success. Every day, hundreds of million users (buyers) come to the Internet looking for services and products from all over the world creating the largest market in humanity. The E-Marketing … January 24, 2010
Safety at the 2010 FIFA World Cup

Safety at the 2010 FIFA World Cup

Safety and security concerns remain the biggest reason for people not wanting to visit Cape Town, Africa. Cape Town Tourism, in conjunction with Provincial and City stakeholders, has developed a Cape Town Visitor Safety and Support plan with proactive … January 21, 2010
Dominican Republic Ministry of Tourism reassures they are receiving tourists

Dominican Republic Ministry of Tourism reassures they are receiving tourists

The Dominican Republic (DR) Ministry of Tourism assures visitors that all of its cities, tourism, and resort areas are conducting normal business operations. Also, the DR government, consulates, and embassies are working diligently with the international … January 21, 2010
SCTA one of the best among 10 e-government entities

SCTA one of the best among 10 e-government entities

According to the e-government program (Yesser), the Saudi Commission for Tourism and Antiquities won a leading position among the top ten government agencies that apply e-governance practices. Dr. Abdul Aziz Bin Mohammed Al-Sheikh, acting vice president … January 20, 2010
SCTA and Carrefour collaborate to market productive families handicrafts

SCTA and Carrefour collaborate to market productive families handicrafts

The National Project of Tourism Human Resources Development (Takamul) signed a memorandum of cooperation with Carrefour, the hypermarket chain, (KSA Group), to market the productive families' handicrafts. The memorandum comes within the framework of Takamul's … January 19, 2010
New BIT event dedicated to short breaks

New BIT event dedicated to short breaks

Bit4Cities is a new Bit 2010 initiative featuring the new travelers' trend in choosing shorter and more frequent holidays: city breaks, mid-haul trips, and stays for up to four nights to discover the most beautiful, lively, and attractive cities. The … January 18, 2010
International tourism on track for a rebound after an exceptionally challenging 2009

International tourism on track for a rebound after an exceptionally challenging 2009

Growth returned to international tourism in the last quarter of 2009 contributing to better than expected full-year results, according to the latest edition of the UNWTO World Tourism Barometer. International tourist arrivals fell by an estimated 4 percent … January 18, 2010
Qatar Tourism Authority hosts UNWTO session on tourism marketing planning

Qatar Tourism Authority hosts UNWTO session on tourism marketing planning

Qatar Tourism Authority (QTA) will host a training workshop on tourism marketing planning from January 26 to 28, 2010 at the Millennium Hotel in Doha. The workshop is organized in collaboration with the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO). The objective … January 17, 2010
UN World Tourism Organization statement on Haiti

UN World Tourism Organization statement on Haiti

The UNWTO is deeply saddened by the losses of lives and devastation caused by the earthquake that struck Haiti and expresses its support to its people and sincere condolences to those who lost their loved ones. The severity of yet another natural disaster … January 14, 2010
UNWTO activities at FITUR 2010

UNWTO activities at FITUR 2010

UNWTO activities will build around the challenges for global tourism in the current economic situation, without losing sight of long-term sustainability commitments outlined in the UNWTO Roadmap for Recovery. FITUR 2010 also sets the stage for two innovative … January 14, 2010
Cape Town Tourism manages the perception of the Mother City abroad

Cape Town Tourism manages the perception of the Mother City abroad

Cape Town Tourism has partnered with three international public relations agencies to proactively represent the Mother City abroad. The appointments are aimed at meeting the current demand for accurate information in the run up to the 2010 FIFA World … January 14, 2010
President of Skal Toronto inspired with the new year

President of Skal Toronto inspired with the new year

Frank Vismeg, president of Skål International, Toronto North for 2010, returned recently with fresh inspiration from the 70th Skål International World Congress, held in Budapest, Hungary. Thirty-one attendees from across Canada first met at the Canadian … January 13, 2010
SCTA compensates owners of archaeological sites

SCTA compensates owners of archaeological sites

The Saudi Commission for Tourism and Antiquities (SCTA) has allocated more than US$5 million to compensate the owners of archaeological sites. Dr. Ali bin Ibrahim Al Ghaban, vice president of Antiquities and Museums Affairs, stated that SCTA has already … January 13, 2010
ITB Business Travel Days offers top events on the future of the business travel market

ITB Business Travel Days offers top events on the future of the business travel market

In times dominated by the global economic and financial crisis, business travel represents a challenge to the entire tourism industry. According to the ITB World Travel Trends Report, commissioned by ITB and compiled by the consultancy IPK International, … January 11, 2010
Bahrain offers up travel and tourism events for 2010

Bahrain offers up travel and tourism events for 2010

The Bahrain International Exhibition & Convention Centre (BIECC) has a full program of events scheduled for 2010. Of interest to the travel and tourism sector are: FOOD & HOSPITALITY EXPO 2010 www.foodexpbh.com The Middle East’s second annual … January 4, 2010
Suraphon Svetasreni appointed new TAT governor

Suraphon Svetasreni appointed new TAT governor

A veteran of the travel and tourism industry, Mr. Suraphon Svetasreni, Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) deputy governor for marketing communications, has been appointed the new governor of the Tourism Authority of Thailand. Mr. Svetasreni, the … December 27, 2009
A new vision: science and tourism under the stars

A new vision: science and tourism under the stars

The StarLight Tourism Certification System (Starlight Certification) was presented yesterday, December 22, in a press conference held at UNWTO (World Tourism Organization) headquarters in Madrid. It aims at bringing closer two key components of contemporary … December 23, 2009
BECA launches new feature-packed website

BECA launches new feature-packed website

Bahrain Exhibition & Convention Authority (BECA), the Kingdom of Bahrain’s forerunner business tourism organization, has recently launched its revamped, simplified corporate website with a new and easier to remember URL at www.beca.bh . Its user-friendly … December 23, 2009
ATF 2010 TRAVEX sold out

ATF 2010 TRAVEX sold out

The 29th ASEAN Tourism Forum (ATF), the region’s foremost tourism and travel event, to be hosted by member-nation, Brunei Darussalam, in Bandar Seri Begawan, from January 21-28, 2010, has registered overwhelming response. All 373 exhibiting booths at … December 16, 2009
Advancing the response of tourism to climate change

Advancing the response of tourism to climate change

UNWTO has been working to raise awareness on climate change issues in the tourism sector for many years, and much has been achieved. The time is right for all those involved to forge ahead. Any further delay in action will result in consequences for the … December 16, 2009
Travel and tourism industry sets the standard on climate change

Travel and tourism industry sets the standard on climate change

Travel and tourism is one of the largest industries in the world providing a strong impetus to global economic development. In 2009, the travel and tourism economy is expected to account for 9.3 percent of global GDP and to generate over 210 million jobs, … December 16, 2009
Trend-setting themes and leading experts at largest global tourism convention

Trend-setting themes and leading experts at largest global tourism convention

Featuring an outstanding program of events and high-ranking speakers, the ITB Berlin Convention 2010 will highlight the effects of the financial and economic crisis on tourism, the structural changes in society, and shifts in travel patterns. From March … December 14, 2009
The travel and tourism industry sets the standard on climate change

The travel and tourism industry sets the standard on climate change

Travel and tourism is one of the largest industries in the world, providing a strong impetus to global economic development. In 2009, the travel and tourism economy is expected to account for 9.3 percent of the global GDP and to generate over 210 million … December 11, 2009
UNWTO and CNN International join forces

UNWTO and CNN International join forces

UNWTO and CNN International are moving ahead with their strategic partnership signed last month between the organization and CNN Tourism, Advertising Solutions, and Knowledge (TASK). The partnership sees UNWTO and TASK collaborate on industry events to … December 10, 2009
Cape Town Tourism offers membership to temporary accommodation providers during 2010 FIFA World Cup

Cape Town Tourism offers membership to temporary accommodation providers during 2010 FIFA World Cup

The FIFA Final Draw has determined the fixtures for the 2010 FIFA World Cup, and fans from across the world are rushing to book accommodation to be in the cities their teams will be playing in during June and July 2010. With many Cape Town residents … December 9, 2009
European travel industry cautiously optimistic in the wake of massive losses

European travel industry cautiously optimistic in the wake of massive losses

In the calendar year following the worldwide economic and financial crisis the international travel industry has experienced a serious decline but nonetheless has survived this period in better shape than was expected in the spring of 2009. With eight … December 7, 2009
SCTA restores the kingdom's historical palaces

SCTA restores the kingdom's historical palaces

The Saudi Commission for Tourism and Antiquities (SCTA) started a restoration and rehabilitation program for a number of historic and heritage palaces in several Saudi cities as a part of its "Rehabilitation of historic buildings of the Saudi State during … December 7, 2009
TAT Hotline Internet Call Centre another option to get tourism information

TAT Hotline Internet Call Centre another option to get tourism information

The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) has established an Internet Call Centre to help visitors get updated tourism information — or even lodge a complaint. The center has been set up at the TAT Head Office since October 1, 2009 and provides 24-hour … December 3, 2009
5th Exceltur tourism leadership forum presented as prime opportunity to debate new keys for tourism's future

5th Exceltur tourism leadership forum presented as prime opportunity to debate new keys for tourism's future

Taleb Rifai, secretary-general of the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO), and Sebastián Escarrer, chairman of Exceltur and vice president of Sol Meliá, presented today in Madrid the fifth edition of the EXCELTUR Tourism Leadership Forum, which the two … December 3, 2009
Unpredictable summer season lies ahead as 2010 FIFA World Cup nears

Unpredictable summer season lies ahead as 2010 FIFA World Cup nears

Predictions for the summer tourism season 2009/2010 are hard to call in a world where economic goalposts are constantly shifting and a peaked interest in the run-up to the 2010 FIFA World Cup has already catapulted Cape Town’s global profile into unprecedented … December 2, 2009
ASTA study examines trends in travel agency business

ASTA study examines trends in travel agency business

Whereas some travel agencies were able to weather the past year unscathed, the majority of agencies showed large drops in revenue and transactions, according to the recently-released ASTA Travel Agency Business Trends survey. The survey also shows that … December 1, 2009
Time to book your stand at UITT

Time to book your stand at UITT

UITT offers a valuable opportunity to meet tour operators and travel agencies throughout the Ukraine during two "trade only" days, as well as the traveling public. As such, it is ideal for increasing awareness and demonstrating your services in the best … December 1, 2009
American Tourism Society to hold historic first-ever tourism conference in Kosovo - world's newest country

American Tourism Society to hold historic first-ever tourism conference in Kosovo - world's newest country

Phil Otterson, president, American Tourism Society (ATS), announced that the ATS Fall 2010 Conference will be held in Pristina, Kosovo’s capital, from October 25-27, 2010. This ATS-organized event In Kosovo, which only gained its independence in February … December 1, 2009
ITB Berlin focuses on social media

ITB Berlin focuses on social media

As of now, ITB Berlin is to become more active on the social web, where it will discuss the latest trends and news from the tourism industry. Advance extracts from the annual ITB World Travel Trends Report will also be published online in order to provide … November 25, 2009
Marketing has changed and the tourism industry needs to embrace new ways

Marketing has changed and the tourism industry needs to embrace new ways

Gone are the days when putting an ad in the paper made the phone ring. Marketing has had a huge shift since the Internet became a household research tool. The Internet allows the average Joe to access a library of travel information 24/7 from the comfort … November 24, 2009
PolyU signed Memorandum of Understanding with Abu Dhabi Tourism Authority

PolyU signed Memorandum of Understanding with Abu Dhabi Tourism Authority

The Hong Kong Polytechnic University (PolyU) recently signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Abu Dhabi Tourism Authority (ADTA) to collaborate on the rolling out of educational strategies aimed at honing Abu Dhabi’s ability to engage the … November 20, 2009
ITB Berlin Convention 2010: leading think tank of the global travel industry

ITB Berlin Convention 2010: leading think tank of the global travel industry

As the world’s leading travel industry platform, ITB Berlin 2010 takes a first look at a future, which in the long term will be marked by the financial and economic crisis, as well as by structural changes and changing travel behavior. One of the highlights … November 16, 2009
UNWTO: tourism leaders call for supportive global policies

UNWTO: tourism leaders call for supportive global policies

Around 80 tourism ministers meeting at the UNWTO Ministers' Summit (November 10 at World Travel Market, London) called for global policies that are supportive of the travel and tourism industry. Ministers recalled that tourism is one of the world¹s top … November 11, 2009
WTTC maintains the longer-term outlook for travel and tourism is still bright

WTTC maintains the longer-term outlook for travel and tourism is still bright

2009 has seen the worst recession since the 1930s, with global GDP contracting by an estimated 1.3 percent. While there are tentative signs that the economic cycle is now turning, driven by unprecedented policy stimuli, reviving credit markets, and recovering … November 10, 2009
WTTC confirms increasing importance of travel and tourism to Trinidad & Tobago

WTTC confirms increasing importance of travel and tourism to Trinidad & Tobago

Travel and tourism is increasingly important to the Caribbean state of Trinidad and Tobago, generating an estimated 10.6 percent of the country’s gross domestic product (GDP) in 2009 – TTD14,116.9 million (US$2,262.3 million) - and 14.7 percent of … November 10, 2009
Santa Catarina: one of Brazil's and the world's best-kept tourism secrets

Santa Catarina: one of Brazil's and the world's best-kept tourism secrets

After hosting one of the most successful Global Travel & Tourism Summits ever, breaking records in both participation (1,448 delegates) and media coverage (close to 1,700 articles, broadcasts, etc.), the Brazilian state of Santa Catarina can look forward … November 9, 2009
Confidence in tourism sector gradually picking up

Confidence in tourism sector gradually picking up

The decline in international tourism may have started to bottom out, according to the latest edition of the UNWTO World Tourism Barometer. Worldwide, international tourist arrivals declined by 7 percent between January and August 2009, but the rate of … November 6, 2009
Olympics is a tourism problem

Olympics is a tourism problem

One of the benefits claimed for the Olympic Games is a boost in tourism to the host city. This boost, according to data obtained by the European Tour Operators Association (ETOA), is wholly illusory. Indeed there are indications that the impact of the … November 4, 2009
EMITT announces new partner country: Egypt

EMITT announces new partner country: Egypt

The organizers of EMITT, the East Mediterranean Travel & Tourism exhibition, have announced that Egypt will be the event’s partner country for 2010. In 2008, Egypt received 52,000 Turkish tourists – an increase of 18 percent over the previous two … November 4, 2009
World Travel Awards announces line up for London ceremonies

World Travel Awards announces line up for London ceremonies

The awards are described by the Wall Street Journal as the "Oscars" of the global travel and tourism industry. They are recognized as helping to raise levels of supreme customer service, innovation, and creativity, as well as encouraging high standards … November 4, 2009
Cape Town awarded seven Blue Flag beach awards

Cape Town awarded seven Blue Flag beach awards

The new season of Blue Flag South Africa was launched at Muizenberg beach on Thursday, October 29, 2009, with no less than 29 South African beaches (up from last year’s 19) being awarded Blue Flag status. Seven of these beaches are found in Cape Town. Commenting … November 2, 2009
South Africa to host UNWTO inaugural summit on tourism, sport, and mega-events in 2010

South Africa to host UNWTO inaugural summit on tourism, sport, and mega-events in 2010

At a global level, the Travel & Tourism (T&T) sector has emerged as one of the 21st century’s critical drivers of economic growth, job creation, and development of communities, regions, and nations. The "Tourism Economy," a vital source of employment, … October 30, 2009
SCTA and SCSB allocate over SR 6 million to finance tourism SMEs

SCTA and SCSB allocate over SR 6 million to finance tourism SMEs

The Saudi Commission for Tourism and Antiquities in cooperation with the Saudi Credit and Saving Bank (SCSB) recently funded several small- and medium-scale enterprises to operate tourism projects in several tourism sectors such as tourism trip operators, … October 25, 2009
Jordan “unveils” images of magnificent destinations

Jordan “unveils” images of magnificent destinations

The Jordan Tourism Board is “unveiling” a unique image of Jordan to coincide with the royal state visit to Italy by Their Majesties King Abdullah II and Queen Rania, which will start on Monday, October 19, 2009. The royal visit, upon the invitation … October 19, 2009
Cape Town Tourism rolls out Vision 2020

Cape Town Tourism rolls out Vision 2020

Cape Town Tourism’s 5th Annual General Meeting took place at the Cape Town International Convention Centre on Tuesday, October 13, 2009. A bright and cheerful team of soccer-kitted Cape Town Tourism team members welcomed guests, tourism businesses, … October 14, 2009
Call to world leaders to include tourism sector in economic, stimulus actions

Call to world leaders to include tourism sector in economic, stimulus actions

The 18th session of the UNWTO General Assembly concluded with unanimous endorsement of a Roadmap for Recovery to mainstream travel and tourism into economic stimulus packages being considered by global leaders. It underscored the enormous importance of … October 8, 2009
ATA hosts fourth annual Presidential Forum on Tourism in New York

ATA hosts fourth annual Presidential Forum on Tourism in New York

The Africa Travel Association (ATA) held its fourth annual Presidential Forum on Tourism at New York University’s Africa House on September 26. Co-sponsored by South African Airways (SAA) and Tanzania National Parks (TANAPA), the forum focused on how … October 6, 2009
Saudi Arabia participates in the 18th meeting of UNWTO in Kazakhstan

Saudi Arabia participates in the 18th meeting of UNWTO in Kazakhstan

The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia will participate in the 18th session of the General Assembly of the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) in Kazakastan. The meeting will be held today on Sunday, October 4, 2009 in the Independence Palace in Astana, the capital … October 4, 2009
Marketing sustainable tourism

Marketing sustainable tourism

World Travel Market is aiming to smash the myth that responsible tourism cannot contribute to the bottom line. A groundbreaking, one-day conference, "The Business Case for Responsible Tourism," will be held on Thursday, November 12 at ExCeL London, … October 1, 2009
5th Tourism Leadership Forum

5th Tourism Leadership Forum

To mark the fifth anniversary of the Tourism Leadership Forums held by EXCELTUR every two years, UNWTO is pleased to announce that as a result of the recent agreement between the UNWTO and EXCELTUR, "Alianza para la Excelencia Turística," the next forum … October 1, 2009
Gearing up for UNWTO General Assembly

Gearing up for UNWTO General Assembly

In the midst of economic, climate, social, and health challenges, the 18th session of the UNWTO General Assembly will convene in Astana, Kazakhstan from October 5-8. UNWTO itself is also undergoing significant changes with the election of a new Secretary-General … September 30, 2009
Bid to build Thai cuisine as a branding and tourism promotion initiative

Bid to build Thai cuisine as a branding and tourism promotion initiative

About 400 overseas participants, including operators and owners of Thai restaurants overseas, are expected to join the five-day project called "Amazing Tastes of Thailand" being organized between September 22-27, 2009 at Central World Bangkok and major … September 29, 2009
International conference to call for information to support tourism enterprises at the regional level

International conference to call for information to support tourism enterprises at the regional level

Understanding the economic contribution of tourism at the regional level is essential for more efficient destination management and the effective positioning of tourism. The 1st International Conference on the Measurement and Economic Analysis of Regional … September 29, 2009
Travel and tourism: unity through diversity in the age of globalization

Travel and tourism: unity through diversity in the age of globalization

Tourism’s role in preserving diversity and fostering international understanding were at the center of this year’s World Tourism Day Think Tank debates around the 2009 theme “Tourism – Celebrating Diversity.” The Think Tank was the climax of … September 28, 2009
Brunei to mark World Tourism Day

Brunei to mark World Tourism Day

On September 27, Brunei will join countries around the world in celebrating World Tourism Day under the theme: “Tourism – Celebrating Diversity.” Brunei, a member country of the UNWTO since 2007, has decided for the first time this year to mark … September 27, 2009
Travel and tourism’s support for UN’s climate change thrust

Travel and tourism’s support for UN’s climate change thrust

Participating at the UN Leadership Forum on Climate Change at the UN General Assembly this week, Secretary-General ad interim Taleb Rifai reinforced the potential of sustainable travel and tourism, particularly for the world’s poorest countries. The … September 24, 2009
TAT launches Ultimate Thailand Explorers competition

TAT launches Ultimate Thailand Explorers competition

The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) announced the Ultimate Thailand Explorers campaign www.ultimatethailandexplorers.com, an online marketing activity targeted at foreigners who have been invited to send original video auditions to become one of five … September 24, 2009
Support tourism, support your economy

Support tourism, support your economy

As world leaders meet to discuss a sustainable way out of the current economic crisis, many governments and decision makers still have some way to go before they recognize tourism as a sector which can be a relevant factor of the economic recovery. Raising … September 23, 2009
Weathering the storm of global recession: the challenge for destination management

Weathering the storm of global recession: the challenge for destination management

Analyzing the main challenges for tourism destinations in the face of the global economic downturn was the main objective of the 5th International Conference on Destination Management (Hangzhou, China, September 21-22). The conference, "Weathering the … September 22, 2009
California tourism launches user-generated content

California tourism launches user-generated content

California tourism is going the way of Yelp and Trip Advisor and has launched user-generated content through a program called California Fives www.CaliforniaFives.com. “Whether we’re traveling down the road or across the country, we all want recommendations … September 21, 2009
Relive the history and experience the passion with Gettysburg.travel

Relive the history and experience the passion with Gettysburg.travel

With endless possibilities, visitors to Gettysburg have the chance to choose from Civil War History, theater, winery tours, and fun for all ages. Although great as a way to learn about America’s history in the summer months, the winter is ideal for … September 17, 2009
Tourism and travel in a low-carbon economy

Tourism and travel in a low-carbon economy

The World Economic Forum on behalf of its travel and tourism community presented its report "Towards a Low Carbon Travel and Tourism Sector" to Yvo de Boer, director general of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), as a contribution … September 14, 2009
.Travel unveils its promotional video on www.travel.travel

.Travel unveils its promotional video on www.travel.travel

.Travel, the top-level domain for the travel and tourism industry, unveiled a promotional video highlighting its global appeal and community. Created as a specific channel on the web for all things travel related, .travel is an excellent marketing tool … September 7, 2009
Cape Town winter marketing campaign gets results

Cape Town winter marketing campaign gets results

Cape Town’s hospitality industry may have mixed reviews about winter 2009, but Cape Town Tourism has enjoyed positive results from the campaign it conducted on behalf of its members. In a joint marketing partnership with Cape Town Tourism, Thompsons … September 3, 2009
Cape Town celebrates diversity this Tourism Month

Cape Town celebrates diversity this Tourism Month

September is Tourism Month, and Cape Town Tourism – through their Live It! Love It! LOUDER! campaign – is encouraging all Capetonians to get ready to welcome the world in 2010 by experiencing for themselves the rich diversity of their city this month. For … September 1, 2009
Jazan PTO is offering investment opportunities in Fursan Islands

Jazan PTO is offering investment opportunities in Fursan Islands

Jazan province is planning major tourism investments in the Fursan Islands. The Jazan tourism development strategy aims at transforming Jazan into one of the most booming tourist destinations in the area of marine, coastal, and spa/health resorts tourism. … August 29, 2009
HVCB launches major Los Angeles campaign to boost fall & winter travel

HVCB launches major Los Angeles campaign to boost fall & winter travel

HONOLULU, HI – Hawaii’s largest source market for visitors – Los Angeles – is going to hear a lot about Hawaii’s multitude of charms in an intensive campaign blitz throughout September led by the Hawaii Visitors and Convention Bureau (HVCB) … August 27, 2009
World Travel Market predicts the next 30 years of technology innovations

World Travel Market predicts the next 30 years of technology innovations

World Travel Market, the premier global event for the travel industry, will predict future technological developments in the travel and tourism sector as part of its 30th anniversary celebrations. Since WTM launched in 1980, the travel industry has … August 27, 2009
Hawaii visitor spending drops 16 percent during first 7 months of 2009

Hawaii visitor spending drops 16 percent during first 7 months of 2009

HONOLULU, HI – Total spending by air visitors for the first seven months of 2009 decreased US$1.1 billion or 16 percent from year-to-date 2008, to US$5.8 billion. Total expenditures by air visitors in the month of July 2009 was US$893 million, down … August 26, 2009
In focus: CSR and sustainability in the tourism-supply chain

In focus: CSR and sustainability in the tourism-supply chain

A major new development took place during this year’s ITB Berlin Convention, at the world’s leading travel show, in the form of the first comprehensive study into corporate social responsibility (CSR) in the tourism sector. ITB Berlin is once again … August 26, 2009
How sustainable is your business?

How sustainable is your business?

The World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC) is now inviting tourism companies and organizations from around the world that can demonstrate best practice in sustainable tourism development to submit their applications for the 2010 Tourism for Tomorrow Awards. … August 24, 2009
Bid to capitalize on tourism marketing power of Thai cuisine

Bid to capitalize on tourism marketing power of Thai cuisine

Two major events are to be held in Bangkok at the end of September 2009 to capitalize on the global popularity of Thai cuisine, boost exports of Thai agricultural products, and help visitors enjoy a higher quality of culinary experience across the vast … August 22, 2009
Tourism professionals extend education

Tourism professionals extend education

Kathy Witt has completed the second portion of a three-year professional development program that will lead to certification as a Tourism Marketing Professional (TMP). Witt was one of 285 tourism professionals enrolled at the Southeast Tourism Society … August 17, 2009
Travel industry embraces .travel and reaps the benefits

Travel industry embraces .travel and reaps the benefits

More travel industry destinations and businesses are adopting the .travel domain and witnessing its clear benefits. With such key industry players as the Ministry of Tourism of Argentina with www.Argentina.travel http://www.Argentina.travel and the Colombian … August 10, 2009
New research confirms Mexico's tourism will remain strong over long term

New research confirms Mexico's tourism will remain strong over long term

As the first country in the world to experience an outbreak of the now widespread A(H1N1) influenza virus, Mexico has been really hard hit in terms of tourism demand over the past three months. Preliminary estimates from the Mexican government put the … August 10, 2009
New research confirms Mexico's tourism will remain strong over long term

New research confirms Mexico's tourism will remain strong over long term

As the first country in the world to experience an outbreak of the now widespread A(H1N1) influenza virus, Mexico has been really hard hit in terms of tourism demand over the past three months. Preliminary estimates from the Mexican government put the … August 10, 2009
Africa Travel Association announces 2010 World Congress

Africa Travel Association announces 2010 World Congress

The Honorable Nancy Seedy Njie, The Gambia’s Minister of Tourism and Culture, and Edward Bergman, executive director of the Africa Travel Association (ATA), today announced that the Republic of The Gambia will host ATA’s 35th Annual Congress in the … August 7, 2009
Dr. Omar Moufakkir becomes international advisor to TravelTalkMEDIA’s First Ladies of the World project

Dr. Omar Moufakkir becomes international advisor to TravelTalkMEDIA’s First Ladies of the World project

Celestialink LLC announced today that its media division, TravelTalkMEDIA Group, will be consulting with international peace and tourism expert, Dr. Omar Moufakkir, while developing the First Ladies of the World TV series. Dr. Moufakkir is currently the … August 4, 2009
Huge opportunities in tourism field: Al Medina

Huge opportunities in tourism field: Al Medina

Several studies go in support of Al Medina as one of the largest shopping areas in the kingdom, as well as its great investment opportunities in the sectors of trade, agriculture, animal husbandry, tourism, fisheries, light industry, and public services. … August 3, 2009
Travel And Tourism Professionals

Travel And Tourism Professionals

SKÅL International Asian area president Mr. Gerry Perez announced the launch of their new website www.skal-asia.org. The new website is designed to be especially helpful to members and non-members alike and includes details of how and where to join … July 24, 2009
Team Bahrain convenes for third meeting today

Team Bahrain convenes for third meeting today

Team Bahrain, the working group of the Kingdom of Bahrain’s Meetings, Incentives, Conventions, and Exhibitions (MICE) sector, convened for its third meeting at Bahrain International Exhibition & Convention Centre (BIECC) today with Mr. Shane Hannam, … July 21, 2009
Gliding of the highest peak in Saudi Arabia

Gliding of the highest peak in Saudi Arabia

Twenty-two kilometers was the distance between Abha city in Aseer (south of Saudi Arabia) and Al Soda, the highest point in Asir, west of Abha City, 3,000 meters above sea level, and 30 minutes from Abha airport. While preparing this report, the temperature … July 21, 2009
Travel agents taken on an unforgettable journey through Thailand

Travel agents taken on an unforgettable journey through Thailand

Tourism Authority of Thailand, New Delhi office, and Thai Airways International PCL, Kolkata organized an AET trip to Krabi and Bangkok for travel agents from north and east India from June 2-7, 2009. Krabi is one of southern Thailand's most attractive … July 20, 2009
Media Caravan tours Saudi Arabia

Media Caravan tours Saudi Arabia

Saudi Commission for Tourism and Antiquities (SCTA) will launch on next Friday, July 24, 2009, the 6th version of GCC Media Tourism Caravan to Riyadh, Al Madinah, Asir, Al Baha, Al Taif, Makkah, and Jeddah. The Tourism Caravan will have 32 participants … July 18, 2009
Best agers: force behind the future expansion of the tourism industry

Best agers: force behind the future expansion of the tourism industry

The German advertising industry has identified its major target group as consumers between the ages of 14 and 49 who wield significant purchasing power. However, in a few years time, the powerful travel industry will no longer conform to this pattern. … July 13, 2009
European journalists give Armenia the thumbs up

European journalists give Armenia the thumbs up

A group of nine prominent European journalists undertaking a 5-day trip to Armenia recently, as part of a UNWTO-supported familiarization trip, gave the country a big thumbs up. “People from the US and Europe are looking for something exotic, and … July 8, 2009
ROI drives EIBTM international hosted buyer program

ROI drives EIBTM international hosted buyer program

At a time when 96 percent of EIBTM hosted buyers surveyed believe trade events will be as important or more important in the next two years, the industry’s leading international event, EIBTM, has opened its hosted buyer registration for 2009 (www.eibtm.com). Having … July 8, 2009
Roadmap for recovery - sustainable tourism in challenging times

Roadmap for recovery - sustainable tourism in challenging times

More than a hundred tourism ministers and senior government officials are to meet at this year’s World Travel Market in London to address the most far-reaching and challenging global environment ever experienced by the travel and tourism industry. The … July 8, 2009
Bit 2010: a driving force for the tourism system

Bit 2010: a driving force for the tourism system

Tourism as a counter-cyclical resource: vision or reality? A reality, according to the snapshot of Italian feeling portrayed in the 18th edition of the Trademark report: Where Italians go on vacation. Interviews conducted between March 25 and April 9 … July 6, 2009
Testing times for international tourism

Testing times for international tourism

According to the June edition of the UNWTO World Tourism Barometer, international tourism declined by 8 percent between January and April compared to the same period last year. Destinations worldwide recorded a total of 247 million international tourist … July 2, 2009
Thai government extends visa fee waiving to one year

Thai government extends visa fee waiving to one year

Continuing its efforts to expedite the revival of the Thai travel and tourism industry, the Royal Thai Government has agreed to extend the exemption of the visa fee for tourist visa applications until March 4, 2010. The exemption will apply to all … July 2, 2009
Saudi Tourism Contact Center wins the Best Performance Award in the Middle East

Saudi Tourism Contact Center wins the Best Performance Award in the Middle East

The Tourism Contact Center at the Saudi Commission for Tourism and Antiquities (SCTA) received the Award for Best Tourism Communication Center Performance in the Middle East in 2009. The award was granted by Insights International Organization for the … June 30, 2009
Charity calendar with a tourism twist

Charity calendar with a tourism twist

Now in its third year, the annual Chiang Mai Charity Calendar has raised in its short lifespan Bt1,027,000 (US$30,057) for needy children in the north and, at the same time, presented a credible image of Chiang Mai as a tourist destination. While … June 18, 2009
Cape Town Tourism makes some noise as the one year countdown to the 2010 FIFA World Cup begins

Cape Town Tourism makes some noise as the one year countdown to the 2010 FIFA World Cup begins

Cape Town Tourism took to the streets of the city to celebrate one year until the 2010 FIFA World Cup. Guests, staff, a few invited Capetonians, and media gathered on a specially soccer-theme branded City Sightseeing Bus for a trip around the city to … June 12, 2009
Asian tourism boards choose Charming Asia Tours for partnerships

Asian tourism boards choose Charming Asia Tours for partnerships

Charming Asia Tours, the leading wholesale travel provider specializing in Asia, has partnered with multiple Asian tourism boards to highlight the region’s unique opportunities for business and vacation travel. Current partners include the tourism boards … June 11, 2009
9th annual Tanzania tourism awards

9th annual Tanzania tourism awards

Now in its ninth year, the prestigious Tanzania Tourist Board's (TTB) annual tourism awards were presented by the Hon. Shamsa S. Mwangunga, MP, Tanzania’s Minister for Natural Resources and Tourism, as part of the 34th Africa Travel Association (ATA) … May 27, 2009
New direct flight connecting Armenia and Italy

New direct flight connecting Armenia and Italy

Armenia’s efforts in targeting its tourism promotion at the Italian outbound market have paid off. MyAir company, in partnership with Festa Tour Avia will be commencing direct flights between Venice and Yerevan from June 5.Although the flights will … May 26, 2009
Sri Lanka benefits from using .travel

Sri Lanka benefits from using .travel

(Forimmediaterelease.net) The Sri Lanka Tourism Promotion Bureau is witnessing the benefits of using the .travel domain name with www.srilanka.travel . Since its launch in 2007, the srilanka.travel site has received over 1.6 million page views. Of those, … May 20, 2009
The Global Travel & Tourism Summit calls for closer collaboration between the world's leading public and private sector tourism bodies

The Global Travel & Tourism Summit calls for closer collaboration between the world's leading public and private sector tourism bodies

London, UK and Florianópolis, Brazil - "The worst virus is not that of swine flu - it's the virus of pessimism," HE Luiz Henrique da Silveira, Governor of the State of Santa Catarina, told assembled delegates at the Closing Session of the 9th Global … May 19, 2009
Santa Catarina's full travel and tourism potential is still waiting to be tapped

Santa Catarina's full travel and tourism potential is still waiting to be tapped

The importance of travel and tourism to Santa Catarina's economy is indisputable, yet much of the potential of this southern state of Brazil remains largely untapped. This was one of the main conclusions of an economic impact study conducted by the World … May 15, 2009
Ten percent growth in Armenian tourist arrivals expected in 2009

Ten percent growth in Armenian tourist arrivals expected in 2009

Despite the financial crisis and contrary to UNWTO global forecasts, Armenian tourist arrivals have experienced stable growth during the first quarter of 2009. According to the country’s National Statistical Service, 86,569 tourists visited Armenia … May 13, 2009
World Tourism in Face of the Global Economic Crisis and Influenza Threat

World Tourism in Face of the Global Economic Crisis and Influenza Threat

International tourism demand has deteriorated further due to the impact of the global economic recession. International tourist arrivals declined at a rate of 8 percent between January and February this year, leaving the overall volume at the same level … May 12, 2009
Panel on pandemics shapes up

Panel on pandemics shapes up

The World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC) has confirmed its line-up of panelists for the opening session of its 9th Global Travel & Tourism Summit on "Preparing for the Inevitable - Pandemics" on May 14 at 14:00. The panel will feature medical experts, … May 12, 2009
Africa’s travel

Africa’s travel "Oscars" announced

The World Travel Awards Africa ceremony took place at a star-studded event on May 11 held at the Durban ICC. More than 200 organizations were nominated in 75 categories for the Africa region, including airlines, airports, hotels, car hire, destinations, … May 12, 2009
WTTC to release new projections of the cost of swine flu to travel and tourism

WTTC to release new projections of the cost of swine flu to travel and tourism

Concerns about the recent outbreak of swine flu and the worldwide coverage it is receiving have caused the World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC), the forum for leaders of the travel and tourism industry, to revise its agenda for the 9th Global Travel … May 8, 2009
PolyU contributes to reviving tourism in Sichuan

PolyU contributes to reviving tourism in Sichuan

In memorial of the 5/12 Wenchuan earthquake, the School of Hotel and Tourism Management (SHTM) of The Hong Kong Polytechnic University (PolyU), the United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO), and the Sichuan Tourism Administration (STA) will jointly … May 8, 2009
PATA appoints CFO

PATA appoints CFO

Narawat (Nora) Khamsai is the new chief financial officer at PATA. Nora joins the association from a Bangkok-based architecture and design company where she was group accounting manager. Her accountancy experience embraces the hospitality and tourism … May 7, 2009
Kick-starting the recovery of the global economy

Kick-starting the recovery of the global economy

"Transforming Economies" and "Removing Barriers Towards Global Integration through Travel & Tourism" are two of the main themes of the 9th Global Travel and Tourism Summit, which is being organized under the patronage of His Excellency Luiz Inácio Lula … April 30, 2009
Swine flu: a serious concern, but no cause for panic

Swine flu: a serious concern, but no cause for panic

Outbreaks of communicable diseases, particularly those with the potential of becoming global pandemics, have important implications for all sectors of the travel and tourism industry. It is hardly surprising that the recent outbreak of swine flu has raised … April 29, 2009
Statement by the Hon. John Maginley, chairman, CTO Council of Ministers, on swine flu

Statement by the Hon. John Maginley, chairman, CTO Council of Ministers, on swine flu

Although there are currently no identifiable cases of swine flu among the 33 Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO) member countries, the region is taking a proactive effort related to this virus. As has been reported, regional health officials have … April 28, 2009
Sri Lanka Tourism gears up for post conflict strategies

Sri Lanka Tourism gears up for post conflict strategies

The conflict with the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE), a separatist group also known as the Tamil Tigers, which has affected the north of the country for over two decades, is rapidly nearing its end. When the President of Sri Lanka Mahinda … April 27, 2009
Skål International celebrates 75th anniversary

Skål International celebrates 75th anniversary

On the occasion of the 75th anniversary of Skål International, more than 250 tourism professionals from around the world have gathered in Paris. The celebrations started with a sumptuous gala dinner on April 27, 2009 in the Galerie des Fêtes in the … April 26, 2009
Political protests cause minor disruptions to Thailand tourism

Political protests cause minor disruptions to Thailand tourism

Only superficial disruption has been caused to the Thailand tourism industry, as most residents and visitors were unaffected. Meanwhile the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) provides up-to-date information to media and traders and reaffirms trade shows … April 24, 2009
China can lead tourism's support of the G20 program

China can lead tourism's support of the G20 program

Tourism and travel can support the G20 stimulation programs. It creates jobs, boosts development, and promotes open, two-way trade. It can also play a part in the transformation towards a new green economy. China’s vibrant tourism sector can become … April 22, 2009
The Saudi Travel and Tourism Investment Market 2009 launched

The Saudi Travel and Tourism Investment Market 2009 launched

Under the slogan, "Tourism for All – Partnership for sustainable development," The Saudi Travel and Tourism Investment Market 2009 (STTIM) was launched on Sunday, April 12, 2009 at Prince Sultan Bin Abdul Aziz Hall at Al Faisaliah hotel, Riyadh. The … April 14, 2009

Tourism: an engine for employment creation and economic stimulus

The tourism industry continues to be amongst the most dynamic economic sectors, generating a wide range of benefits including a growing contribution to GDP, in some cases over 10 percent, and substantial foreign exchange earnings. Tourism as a reliable … April 7, 2009

Cuba on their minds

Cuba's 29th International Tourism Fair will be held in Havana May 4-8 offering a unique comprehensive survey of opportunities for the US travel industry if legislation to end travel restrictions is adopted (HR 874, S 428), the Fund for Reconciliation … April 7, 2009

Armenia listens to international tourism community

In an effort to improve Armenia’s image within its target markets, the Armenian Tourism Development Agency (ADTA) has launched its first large-scale online survey to hear the views and perceptions of existing and potential tour operators. There … April 7, 2009
Journalist FAM trip to Greece

Journalist FAM trip to Greece

Hellenic American Chamber of Tourism (HACT) is cordially inviting two (2) journalists to Greece for the purpose of covering cultural and tourism events.Set to take place towards the 2nd part of July 2009 for the duration of approximately one (1) week.In … April 7, 2009
KSU conducts tourism marketing workshop

KSU conducts tourism marketing workshop

King Saud University, represented by the College of Tourism and Archeology and in collaboration with the Saudi Commission for Tourism and Antiquities, conducted a three-day workshop titled, "Tourism Marketing in The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia: Importance … April 5, 2009
Some cause for industry hope in new PATA Tourism Forecasts

Some cause for industry hope in new PATA Tourism Forecasts

There's some cause for cautious optimism in the tourism and travel industry across the Asia Pacific region, according to PATA's strategic intelligence director John Koldowski.The PATA Tourism Forecasts 2009-2011, to be published this month, suggest growth … April 2, 2009
World Travel Awards launches Prix D'Or

World Travel Awards launches Prix D'Or

World Travel Awards, the most prestigious, comprehensive, and sought-after awards program in the global travel and tourism industry, has announced the launch of the World Travel Awards Prix D’Or. The World Travel Awards Prix D’Or will be presented … April 2, 2009
European tourism active against the economic crisis

European tourism active against the economic crisis

Tourism is proving to be one of the most resilient sectors and can be a strategic vector in the way forward, as global economic conditions continue to deteriorate. This is among the main conclusions of UNWTO's European member states meeting held in Baku, … April 1, 2009
Placing tourism in global stimulus packages and the green economy

Placing tourism in global stimulus packages and the green economy

LONDON, UK - As a result of the challenges posed by the global economic crisis and the upcoming G20 meeting in London, UNWTO has stressed that tourism and travel can play an integral role in any stimulus package and the shift towards a green economy. … March 30, 2009
Colombia: the only risk is wanting to stay

Colombia: the only risk is wanting to stay

Earlier this year, Proexport, the official tourism promotion organization for Colombia, launched its new Internet portal, Colombia.travel. Seeing the inherent impact that .travel has as a marketing tool for the world tourism industry, it was a logical … March 27, 2009
Moving towards borderless Muslim tourism

Moving towards borderless Muslim tourism

The Malaysian Association of Tour and Travel Agents (MATTA) is pleased to inform members that they are organizing the 3rd International Conference on Muslim Tourism, Hajj and Umrah (InCoMTHU '09), scheduled to be held on Thursday, May 14, 2009 at the … March 26, 2009

Robust US$18 billion religious tourism market critical to short-term revenue generation

DUBAI, UAE - While deteriorating global economic conditions look certain to dent the Middle East’s immediate inbound tourism growth, the burgeoning religious tourism sector – valued at US$18 billion per year - can play a decisive role in driving the … March 24, 2009

Travel and tourism recruitment practices must evolve

DUBAI, UAE - Recruitment best practice and employment techniques should be further developed if the Middle East travel and tourism industry is to weather a predicted skills shortage, according to Reed Travel Exhibitions, organizer of Arabian Travel Market … March 24, 2009
Number of key destinations worldwide adopting .travel on the rise

Number of key destinations worldwide adopting .travel on the rise

.Travel, the travel and tourism industry’s exclusive Internet channel, reports an increase in adoption by major destinations worldwide. In its short history, the benefits of .travel have been highlighted by the significant number of conversions by destinations … March 23, 2009
ITB Berlin 2009 – stronger than ever

ITB Berlin 2009 – stronger than ever

“More market players visited the leading platform of the international travel industry than ever before. In times of rapid structural changes and highly-competitive markets, they focused on gaining a comprehensive market overview and on new business … March 16, 2009
WTTC results show no time for rhetoric

WTTC results show no time for rhetoric

The World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC) today revealed the results of its 2009 Economic Impact Research at its annual ITB Berlin press conference in the presence of industry leaders from different sectors of travel and tourism - high-level government … March 12, 2009
UNWTO calls on tourism stakeholders to join

UNWTO calls on tourism stakeholders to join "Roadmap for Recovery"

In opening this year's ITB Travel Trade Show (March 11-15, Berlin), Taleb Rifai, Secretary-General ad interim, underscored that "tourism means trade, jobs, development, cultural sustainability, peace, and the fulfilment of human aspirations. If ever there … March 11, 2009
Modest growth in 2008 - but Q4 arrivals numbers take tumble

Modest growth in 2008 - but Q4 arrivals numbers take tumble

There are some small crumbs of comfort for the travel industry in the latest PATA Quarterly Tourism Monitor. Although figures just released for Q4 2008 covering 37 destinations show a year-on-year drop of 2.8 percent in international arrivals, the dip … March 11, 2009
Saudi Events Industry Forum on Saturday

Saudi Events Industry Forum on Saturday

The Saudi Commission for Tourism and Antiquities is organizing the Saudi Events Industry Forum (SEIF) in the Saudi Capital, on Saturday, March 14, 2009 at the Intercontinental Hotel, King Faisal Hall. Mr. Hamad Al-Sheikh, head of the SCTA's tourism … March 10, 2009
Come and explore a kingdom of unexpected treasures at bruneitourism.travel

Come and explore a kingdom of unexpected treasures at bruneitourism.travel

Offering a unique blend of modern refinement, scenic allure, culture, and heritage, Brunei is a majestic kingdom of unexpected treasures. With such richness, it is no doubt that Brunei is a distinctive and exciting travel destination in southeast Asia. … March 10, 2009
China Travel Innovation Summit opens for registration

China Travel Innovation Summit opens for registration

TravelDaily (www.traveldaily.cn), China’s leading online publisher and event organizer with emphasis on trends in the distribution, marketing, and technology of the travel and tourism industries, today announced it will partner with PhoCusWright to … March 7, 2009
Tourism confronting the economic downturn

Tourism confronting the economic downturn

The tourism industry can play a relevant post-crisis role. The sector has been negatively affected by the economic downturn and in all likelihood will continue to be in the short to medium term. This is not, however, the first time that tourism has suffered … March 5, 2009
Bloggers’ Summit attracts increased interest at ITB Berlin

Bloggers’ Summit attracts increased interest at ITB Berlin

Now in its second year, the Bloggers Summit Workshops being organized in the context of the PhoCusWright@ITB conference (a highly successful part of the ITB Convention for the past three years) looks like it is becoming one of the most popular events … March 2, 2009
Leading the challenge on climate change

Leading the challenge on climate change

LONDON, UK - The World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC) today issued an official statement setting out the vision and commitment of travel and tourism industry leaders to tackle climate change. The report entitled, 'Leading the Challenge on Climate … February 19, 2009
Premiere at the ITB Berlin Convention: Corporate Social Responsibility Day for the tourism industry

Premiere at the ITB Berlin Convention: Corporate Social Responsibility Day for the tourism industry

BERLIN - This year, in addition to the ITB Aviation Day and the ITB Hospitality Day, the ITB Berlin Convention is for the first time organizing a Corporate Social Responsibility Day (CSR) for the tourism industry. The global travel industry’s leading … February 16, 2009
12 companies and organizations honored with sustainable tourism accolade

12 companies and organizations honored with sustainable tourism accolade

The World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC) announced the 12 finalists for the 2009 Tourism for Tomorrow Awards. Under WTTC’s stewardship since 2003, the prestigious awards recognize best practices in sustainable tourism in four different categories – … February 14, 2009
Thailand launches website to provide tourism updates of the kingdom

Thailand launches website to provide tourism updates of the kingdom

BANGKOK - Holidaymakers all over the world can now visit a new website that gives them the latest information about the tourism situation on the ground in Thailand. The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) has launched the "Thailand Tourism Update" website … February 13, 2009
Economic slump derails America’s tourism boom

Economic slump derails America’s tourism boom

BERLIN (eTN) - The global economic recession arrived on the US tourism scene in September 2008 like an abrupt cold-weather front. The big chill will continue to bite at US outbound travel harder than inbound travel throughout 2009. These are the conclusions … February 11, 2009
TourismROI tops US$50 billion of posted tourism investment opportunities

TourismROI tops US$50 billion of posted tourism investment opportunities

NEW YORK, NY - TourismROI LLC (www.TourismROI.com ), the world’s first global source of information for travel and tourism management and investment opportunities, announced today that it has exceeded US$50 billion of tourism investment opportunities … February 11, 2009
WTTC announces shortlist of finalists for 2009 Tourism for Tomorrow Awards

WTTC announces shortlist of finalists for 2009 Tourism for Tomorrow Awards

LONDON, UK - The World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC) today announced the 12 finalists for the 2009 Tourism for Tomorrow Awards. Under WTTC's stewardship since 2003, the prestigious awards recognize best practices in sustainable tourism in four different … February 3, 2009
Egyptian Minister of Tourism announces dramatic increase of tourists from American market in 2008

Egyptian Minister of Tourism announces dramatic increase of tourists from American market in 2008

NEW YORK, NY - American tourism to Egypt showed a dramatic increase of arrivals in 2008 over the previous year according to an announcement made by the Hon. Zoheir Garranah, Egypt’s Minister of Tourism. “We had 319,000 thousand visitors from the US … January 29, 2009
Tourism can play a key role in stimulus programs

Tourism can play a key role in stimulus programs

MADRID ­- UNWTO's Tourism Resilience Committee (TRC) met today for the first time in Madrid. The recently established TRC is one of the responses of the organization to provide the sector, and its members in particular, with the necessary support to … January 28, 2009
International Hotels and Restaurants Association will test UN energy program

International Hotels and Restaurants Association will test UN energy program

GENEVA, Switzerland - With climate change a growing concern and the economic crisis affecting their bottom line, European hoteliers are about to take part in a United Nations-backed program designed to reduce energy consumption and lead to significant … January 27, 2009
UNWTO calls on tourism leaders to join the green economy

UNWTO calls on tourism leaders to join the green economy

NEW YORK, USA / MADRID, Spain - Despite the evolving global recession, there is a real opportunity if world leaders succeed in aligning short-term response to the economic meltdown; medium-term response to the development agenda; and long-term response … January 26, 2009
Hawaii Tourism Authority awards US$1.7 million for 2009 Product Enrichment Programs

Hawaii Tourism Authority awards US$1.7 million for 2009 Product Enrichment Programs

HONOLULU, HI — The Hawaii Tourism Authority (HTA), the state’s tourism agency, along with the counties of Honolulu, Hawaii, Kauai, and Maui, have made their selection of over 100 events and projects statewide to receive County Product Enrichment Program … January 23, 2009
Industry submits travel and tourism stimulus plan to Obama

Industry submits travel and tourism stimulus plan to Obama

ALEXANDRIA, VA - Yesterday, on the heels of the submission to President-elect Obama's transition team of seven recommendations stemming from the recent travel and tourism sector economic summit, ASTA president and chair Chris Russo issued the following … January 16, 2009
UNWTO activities at FITUR 2009

UNWTO activities at FITUR 2009

MADRID, Spain -­ Providing the tourism sector with the necessary tools to help overcome the current economic situation is among UNWTO's increased response efforts. Short-term economic goals must be aligned with long-term commitments to sustainable development, … January 16, 2009
Africa Travel Association launches online registration for the 2nd US-Africa Tourism Seminar in Washington, DC - February 19-20

Africa Travel Association launches online registration for the 2nd US-Africa Tourism Seminar in Washington, DC - February 19-20

NEW YORK, NY - The Africa Travel Association (ATA) announced today that it has launched online registration for the Second Annual US-Africa Tourism Seminar, which will take place at the Washington Convention Center from February 19-20, two days prior … January 15, 2009
Aruba Tourism Authority returns as supporting sponsor for 2009 Boston Globe Travel Show

Aruba Tourism Authority returns as supporting sponsor for 2009 Boston Globe Travel Show

BOSTON, MA – For the third year in a row, the Aruba Tourism Authority has signed on as the supporting sponsor for The Boston Globe Travel Show, which will be held at the Seaport World Trade Center in Boston on February 20-22. The Aruba Tourism Authority … January 15, 2009
.Travel welcomes the Cruise Line International Association as strategic partner

.Travel welcomes the Cruise Line International Association as strategic partner

FORT LAUDERDALE, FL - .Travel is pleased to welcome the Cruise Line International Association (CLIA) to its family. .Travel, the Internet extension specifically for the travel and tourism industry, has over forty partner associations worldwide. CLIA adds … January 12, 2009
Africa Travel Association to host US-Africa tourism events in January and February

Africa Travel Association to host US-Africa tourism events in January and February

On Thursday, January 15, 2009, senior Africa Travel Association (ATA) representatives will be available to press for interviews either face-to-face or via a conference call at ATA Headquarters in Manhattan from 4:00-5:30 pm to discuss the global travel … January 10, 2009
HTA awards US$620,000 to 25 organizations that honor and perpetuate Hawaiian culture

HTA awards US$620,000 to 25 organizations that honor and perpetuate Hawaiian culture

HONOLULU, HI — The Hawaii Tourism Authority (HTA), the state agency for tourism, has announced the selection of 25 organizations that will receive funding through its Kūkulu Ola – Living Hawaiian Culture Program. “Hawaiian culture is what … January 7, 2009
PolyU hosted the fifth China Tourism Forum

PolyU hosted the fifth China Tourism Forum

Co-organized by the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO), School of Hotel and Tourism Management (SHTM) of The Hong Kong Polytechnic University (PolyU), and Tourism College of Huangshan University, the Fifth China Tourism Forum took place in picturesque … December 23, 2008
SCTA board approves joint tourism marketing program

SCTA board approves joint tourism marketing program

The board of directors of the Saudi Commission for Tourism & Antiquities (SCTA) held their 18th meeting in Riyadh, in which a number of important decisions to reinforce the Kingdom’s tourism industry were taken. The meeting tackled major issues such … December 23, 2008
Tourism will be a key factor in the global drive out of recession

Tourism will be a key factor in the global drive out of recession

GUILIN, China / MADRID, Spain -­ Tourism is facing increasingly difficult conditions as the global economy deteriorates and Asia and the Pacific, one of fastest-growing tourism regions in the world, is also strongly feeling the impact of the global slowdown. … December 22, 2008
PolyU’s School of Hotel and Tourism Management take part in Virtual College Fair in Second Life

PolyU’s School of Hotel and Tourism Management take part in Virtual College Fair in Second Life

The virtual world of Second Life was the venue for an international college fair, which attracted an estimated 9,000 - 12,000 visitors over the week-long event from November 16-21, 2008. The School of Hotel and Tourism Management (SHTM) of The Hong Kong … December 19, 2008
Poznan Climate Change Conference: tourism must be part of common climate solutions

Poznan Climate Change Conference: tourism must be part of common climate solutions

POZNAN, Poland / MADRID, Spain - The United Nations Climate Change Conference in Poznan, Poland (December 1-12, 2008) http://unfccc.int/meetings/cop_14/items/4481.php ended successfully with a clear commitment from governments to shift into full negotiating … December 17, 2008
HTA announces 2009 Natural Resources Program awards

HTA announces 2009 Natural Resources Program awards

HONOLULU, HI - The Hawaii Tourism Authority (HTA), the state’s tourism agency, with guidance from its Natural Resources Advisory Group (NRAG), has selected 25 community-based projects throughout the state to receive funding in 2009 through its Natural … December 15, 2008
PATA forms key partnership to identify CSR best practice

PATA forms key partnership to identify CSR best practice

PATA, the Pacific Asia Travel Association, is seeking examples of industry best practice in corporate social responsibility (CSR) for a new guide to be published in 2009. The association has teamed up with sustainable development experts SNV and GTZ … December 9, 2008
Thailand situation update

Thailand situation update

The Tourism Authority of Thailand issued the following updates as of December 5, 07:30 hours, Bangkok time: - Don Mueang Airport is back in service as of December 4, 06:00 hrs. (Bangkok time). - Airport operations to resume at Suvarnabhumi International … December 5, 2008
Tourism situation in Thailand - update as of December 3, 2008, 1200 hrs (Bangkok Time)

Tourism situation in Thailand - update as of December 3, 2008, 1200 hrs (Bangkok Time)

• The People’s Alliance for Democracy (PAD) anti-government protesters have ended their occupation at both Suvarnabhumi International Airport and Don Mueang Airport. • The Airport Authority of Thailand (AOT) announced that cargo flights at Suvarnabhumi … December 3, 2008
SolomonIslands-Hotels.travel geared towards responsible travelers

SolomonIslands-Hotels.travel geared towards responsible travelers

SolomonIslands-Hotels.travel is a new web portal that is opening the door to independent travelers wishing to book services with local tour operators and accommodations. “The portal is an important addition to our country’s tourism promotion channels,” … December 2, 2008
Update on Thailand tourism crisis

Update on Thailand tourism crisis

1. The stranded foreigners are staying in the hotels on list at the end of this article and have been at these hotels since the first day (November 25, 2008) of the disruption of air traffic at Suvarnabhumi International Airport. Stranded foreigners will … December 2, 2008
Tourism will experience downturn over the next six months

Tourism will experience downturn over the next six months

SHARM EL SHEIKH, Egypt / MADRID, Spain – In the face of the global economic downturn, international tourism will experience less and probably negative growth over the next six to nine months, alongside all major economic sectors. The challenges posed … December 1, 2008
PolyU to host Fifth China Tourism Forum

PolyU to host Fifth China Tourism Forum

The World Tourism Organization (UNWTO), School of Hotel and Tourism Management (SHTM) of The Hong Kong Polytechnic University (PolyU), and Tourism College Huangshan University will co-organize the Fifth China Tourism Forum in Huangshan, Anhui Province, … December 1, 2008
Brunei tourism helps to raise standards of tour guides in Brunei

Brunei tourism helps to raise standards of tour guides in Brunei

After two weeks each of intensive training, 39 tourism professionals received, during a ceremony officiated by YM Dato Paduka Hj Mohd Hamid bin Hj Mohd Jaafar, Permanent Secretary at the Ministry of Industry and Primary Resources and Deputy Chairman of … November 28, 2008
Revitalizing tourism and confronting crises

Revitalizing tourism and confronting crises

CHENGDU, China/ MADRID, Spain - Tourism stakeholders’ preparedness and effective and accurate communication are among the key factors to substantially mitigate potential negative impacts of crises on tourism. Effective crisis preparation was addressed … November 28, 2008
Attendance up at World Travel Market 2008

Attendance up at World Travel Market 2008

World Travel Market visitors increased by 12 percent, unaudited figures have revealed. Total participants were an unprecedented 50,246, an increase of 4 percent. Trade delegate attendance went up to 26,498, compared to 23,722 in 2007. There was also … November 25, 2008
SCTA launches Vision 2020 for tourism investment in KSA

SCTA launches Vision 2020 for tourism investment in KSA

The Saudi Commission for Tourism and Antiquities (SCTA) has announced the launch of its "Vision 2020" project - the futuristic vision for tourism investment in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. HRH Prince Sultan Bin Salman, SCTA secretary general explained … November 24, 2008
UNWTO Future Vision:  Tourism Towards 2030

UNWTO Future Vision: Tourism Towards 2030

MADRID, Spain – UNWTO launches its new long-term research program UNWTO Future Vision: Tourism Towards 2030. The study will forecast international tourism growth through the year 2030 and identify key actual and future trends and their impact on tourism … November 20, 2008
Climate change and tourism - Sri Lanka’s gift in song debuts to a world audience

Climate change and tourism - Sri Lanka’s gift in song debuts to a world audience

The United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) Ministers’ Summit, held during the World Travel Market (WTM) in London last week saw an exciting opening with Sri Lanka Tourism contributing a song/DVD "A land like no other; A Tourism EarthLung" … November 20, 2008
WTTC president & CEO calls for supportive policy framework to address challenges of current downturn for travel and tourism

WTTC president & CEO calls for supportive policy framework to address challenges of current downturn for travel and tourism

LONDON, UK - President & CEO of the World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC), Jean-Claude Baumgarten, today called on governments around the world to work in partnership with the private sector of travel and tourism for the long-term sustainability of the … November 13, 2008
Responding to economic downtown, UNWTO launches

Responding to economic downtown, UNWTO launches "Tourism Resilience Committee"

LONDON, UK – A new UNWTO Resilience Committee was announced at a Tourism Ministers Summit held to consider how to respond to the turbulent economy and stay on course with the climate and poverty agenda. Government and private sector representatives … November 12, 2008
Free is new F-word

Free is new F-word

The new 'f-word' pursed on the lips of UK holidaymakers has nothing to do with pent-up anger. It is F-R-E-E. Customers are in the driving seat during these squeezed market times and looking to be given something for nothing as they weigh up their … November 11, 2008
Samba on in!

Samba on in!

The doors to recession-hit UK are ready to spring open wide for samba-loving Latin Americans with increased disposable income and a lust for travel. The downturn, plus weakening Sterling, is the green, light signal for an upturn to the UK and also … November 10, 2008
Backpackers in the UK are poised to tramp around a whole new world

Backpackers in the UK are poised to tramp around a whole new world

They're re-writing their traditional itineraries, replacing them with locations more regularly associated with five- and even seven-star, sheer, unadulterated, luxury lodging. The demand for adventure and trekking packages is rocketing in Oman and … November 10, 2008
Slowdown in tourism growth reflects current uncertainties

Slowdown in tourism growth reflects current uncertainties

LONDON, UK/MADRID, Spain -­ The latest edition of the UNWTO World Tourism Barometer confirms the rapid slowdown of international tourism growth since mid-2008, reflecting the impact of rising oil prices at the beginning of the year and the deterioration … November 10, 2008
WTTC announces Florianopolis, Brazil as the venue for its 2009 Global Travel & Tourism Summit

WTTC announces Florianopolis, Brazil as the venue for its 2009 Global Travel & Tourism Summit

The World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC) today announced its agreement with the Government of Santa Catarina and the Government of Brazil to hold its forthcoming Global Travel & Tourism Summit in Florianopolis (the capital of Santa Catarina) from May … November 10, 2008
Protect children from exploitation in travel and tourism

Protect children from exploitation in travel and tourism

MADRID - As tourism and international travel across the globe reaches unprecedented levels, so does the need to combat child labor and sexual exploitation in the global travel industry - that is why the United Nations body for tourism is taking action … November 7, 2008
Industry praise for PATA's inaugural Tourism Strategy Forum

Industry praise for PATA's inaugural Tourism Strategy Forum

BANGKOK - The two-day PATA Tourism Strategy Forum hosted by the Kunming Municipal People's Government and the Yunnan Provincial Tourism Administration has received wide-ranging praise from delegates and speakers. The forum, titled 'Applying tourism … November 5, 2008
PATA partners with STCRC and EC3 Global to build tourism sustainability

PATA partners with STCRC and EC3 Global to build tourism sustainability

The Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA) has partnered with the Sustainable Tourism Cooperative Research Centre (STCRC) and its subsidiary arm, EC3 Global, in the drive to encourage sustainable tourism and increase awareness about climate change. A … October 31, 2008
Research key to travel industry tie-ups

Research key to travel industry tie-ups

Research is a key driver to improved partnerships between all stakeholders in the travel and tourism industry including, amongst others, airlines, hotels, tour operators, and national tourism authorities. That's the view that PATA's Strategic Intelligence … October 31, 2008
First World Tourism Investment Summit showcases major development projects in Busan, Korea

First World Tourism Investment Summit showcases major development projects in Busan, Korea

First World Tourism Investment Summit showcases major development projects in Busan, Korea CANADA - The first World Tourism Investment Summit, coordinated by the Canada-based World Trade University Global Secretariat (WTU), was hosted by the Busan … October 31, 2008
National Geographic Channel and Sky News sponsor WTM Ministers Lunch at World Travel Market

National Geographic Channel and Sky News sponsor WTM Ministers Lunch at World Travel Market

This is the second year that the National Geographic Channel, in association with Sky News, has supported the Ministers' Lunch, which invites international government tourism ministers and senior aides to discuss key issues in the travel industry. More … October 31, 2008
Lebanon back on the international tourism map with AWTTE 2008

Lebanon back on the international tourism map with AWTTE 2008

BEIRUT – The Arab World Travel and Tourism Exchange (AWTTE) was held on October 16-19, 2008 after 2 years of absence, putting Lebanon back on the international tourism map both as a tourism and MICE destination. Over 6,300 from 39 countries attended … October 30, 2008
WTM-ChinaContact forum on China's tourism industry

WTM-ChinaContact forum on China's tourism industry

LONDON, UK - Chinese tourism, both inbound and outbound, has been growing steadily for over 10 years and has overcome many challenges. This year has been particularly hard for the travel trade even before the credit-crunch. In each of the last two years, … October 29, 2008
Hawaii Tourism Authority seeks new marketing representation in Western Europe

Hawaii Tourism Authority seeks new marketing representation in Western Europe

HONOLULU, HI – The Hawaii Tourism Authority (HTA), the state agency for tourism, has announced that it will terminate its marketing management service contract with Aviareps Mangum effective December 31, 2008. Aviareps Mangum has managed Hawaii Tourism … October 17, 2008
SCTA starts licensing travel and tourism agencies

SCTA starts licensing travel and tourism agencies

The Saudi Commission for Tourism and Antiquities (SCTA) started on Wednesday, October 15, 2008 receiving investors' requests for licensing of travel and tourism agencies in the Kingdom. This step is the first stage of transferring the supervision of … October 16, 2008
Tourism and financial crisis - 84th session of the Executive Council of UNWTO

Tourism and financial crisis - 84th session of the Executive Council of UNWTO

MADRID - UNWTO's Executive Council met in Madrid from October 14-15 and agreed to create a "Resilience Committee" to support its members with accurate economic analysis and response mechanisms. The tourism sector is already suffering from reduced consumer … October 16, 2008
How did the Chinese outbound tourism sector fare in 2008?

How did the Chinese outbound tourism sector fare in 2008?

Without argument, 2008 had been the year China featured most prominently in the media all over the world. Much of this was not complimentary, it has to be said, as the year started with riots in Tibet and a largely embarrassing global torch relay. With … October 15, 2008
Insight into the largest tourism market and travel destination of the future

Insight into the largest tourism market and travel destination of the future

LONDON, UK - Over the past two years, the World Travel Market has been leading the pack in focusing on the biggest future market and destination for travel and tourism - China. In 2006 and 2007, the WTM-ChinaContact forum hosted delegates from Europe, … October 15, 2008
World of Hospitality Travel & Tourism invites you to visit Lebanon!

World of Hospitality Travel & Tourism invites you to visit Lebanon!

World of Hospitality Travel & Tourism, a travel and destination management company, opened in Beirut City in 2006. They are dedicated to providing luxury services with informed guidance for business and leisure travelers visiting Lebanon. "Our … October 15, 2008
WTM debate - the future of tourism

WTM debate - the future of tourism

International tourism is rapidly changing and a number of significant challenges and opportunities are emerging for both suppliers and destinations which require a rethink of both strategic and tactical tourism management. The Bournemouth University … October 9, 2008
19th TTG travel awards 2008

19th TTG travel awards 2008

The heavy weights of Asia-Pacific’s travel and tourism industry gathered for an evening of celebration at the 19th TTG Travel Awards 2008 Ceremony and Gala Dinner which honored 77 of Asia-Pacific’s travel trade organizations deemed the best by readers … October 9, 2008
Excellent award for Pattaya Marriott Resort & Spa!

Excellent award for Pattaya Marriott Resort & Spa!

Pattaya Marriott Resort & Spa has won a prestigious Award of Excellence in the Thailand Tourism Awards 2008. The resort was one of just 7 hotels to win this accolade out of the 26 possible accommodation categories under scrutiny in this year’s awards. … October 3, 2008
African Travel Association to host 2nd annual US-Africa Seminar

African Travel Association to host 2nd annual US-Africa Seminar

New York, NY — As part of its effort to build the premier Africa tourism seminar in the United States, the Africa Travel Association (ATA) announced today that it will host the second edition of its newest program, the US-Africa Seminar, in Washington, … October 3, 2008
Tourism will grow smartly - World Tourism Day 2008 Think Tank

Tourism will grow smartly - World Tourism Day 2008 Think Tank

MADRID/LIMA, Peru – Tourism growth must be pursued with increasing emphasis on ethics and local community involvement, as well as reducing carbon emissions systematically. This is the main conclusion of this year’s World Tourism Day (WTD) Think Tank … October 3, 2008
III international Conference on Tourism and Handcrafts

III international Conference on Tourism and Handcrafts

MADRID/LIMA, Peru (September 25, 2008) - The synergies between tourism and handcrafts must be fully recognized and developed to become economic opportunities for local artisans, tourism competitiveness and promotion of host destinations. Handcrafts, tourism … September 26, 2008
ATA's Third Annual Africa Presidential Forum on Tourism to be held on Friday, September 26, 2008

ATA's Third Annual Africa Presidential Forum on Tourism to be held on Friday, September 26, 2008

WHO: Heads of State from across Africa WHEN: Friday, September 26, 2008, 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m Doors open and Registration begins at 9:15 a.m. Program starts promptly at 10:00 a.m. WHERE: New York University Eisner and Lubin Auditorium Kimmel … September 22, 2008
AWTTE registers 30% first-time exhibitors with France, Poland, Sri Lanka and UAE as new national pavilions

AWTTE registers 30% first-time exhibitors with France, Poland, Sri Lanka and UAE as new national pavilions

BEIRUT (September 20, 2008) – Over 30% of Arab World Travel & Tourism Exchange (AWTTE) exhibitors are participating for the first time with France, Poland, Sri Lanka, UAE and Kurdistan region as new national pavilions. AWTTE 2008, that is scheduled … September 20, 2008
Dylan sings hard warning at WTM

Dylan sings hard warning at WTM

The sound of music will be beautiful but harrowing at WTM's World Responsible Tourism Day. Bob Dylan's iconic "Hard Rain" is to feature at the opening ceremony on Wednesday, November 12. Mark Edwards' dramatic presentation, which has enjoyed rave reviews … September 18, 2008
Facing competitiveness with destination management and marketing

Facing competitiveness with destination management and marketing

MADRID/BRODEAUX, France (September 17, 2008) -­ Constantly increasing global tourism competition in tourism has contributed to underscore the increasingly relevant role of destinations. Attractions, resorts, a city or a region are gaining relevance as … September 17, 2008
Exploring the effects of the global economy on the future of the travel industry

Exploring the effects of the global economy on the future of the travel industry

The future of the global economy is a significant topic for debate and discussion at World Travel Market 2008 (WTM). Thursday, November 13 will play host to the WTM Global Economic Forum providing senior travel and tourism executives with an in-depth … September 17, 2008
Andaman coast community tourism efforts win SEED Award for Entrepreneurship in Sustainable Development

Andaman coast community tourism efforts win SEED Award for Entrepreneurship in Sustainable Development

In the last two years, community tourism has generated over USD 20,000 income for villagers, while also generating funds to a children's center, orchid conservation and other community development projects."Community tourism goes beyond enjoying a new … September 17, 2008
WTTC hosts Human Resources Symposium in Delhi

WTTC hosts Human Resources Symposium in Delhi

NEW DELHI, India (September 9, 2008) - Following successful discussions in the conference organized in Shanghai in January, the World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC), in association with the WTTC India Initiative, brought together leaders in the field … September 9, 2008
SCTA reports increased Saudi tourism trips and jobs in 2007

SCTA reports increased Saudi tourism trips and jobs in 2007

The projects and programs that were implemented by the Saudi Commission for Tourism and Antiquities (SCTA) in 2007 achieved a remarkable growth in the tourism activities and sectors. The inbound tourism trips have grown by 23% compared to 2006, whereas … September 2, 2008
Loei Rajabhat University at forefront on GMS studies

Loei Rajabhat University at forefront on GMS studies

Already in the third year, Loei Rajabhat University organized an international conference on “Greater Mekong Sub-region (GMS) University Networks” at its campus in the northernmost part of Northeast Thailand (I-San). Funded by the Commission on Higher … September 2, 2008
Honey Festival in Baljurashi, KSA

Honey Festival in Baljurashi, KSA

HRH Prince Mohammed Bin Saud Amir of Baha opened the Honey Festival at the Traditional Square, Baljurashi, KSA. The festival is supported by the Saudi Commission for Tourism and Antiquities (SCTA) and organized by Tarfeeh Al-Khaleej establishment in collaboration … September 2, 2008
Asia Pacific-Africa travel and tourism industry cooperation strengthened

Asia Pacific-Africa travel and tourism industry cooperation strengthened

NEW YORK, NY - The Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA) and Africa Travel Association (ATA) have renewed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to further strengthen cooperation between the African and Asia Pacific travel and tourism industries. The … September 2, 2008
WTTC calls for entries for top sustainable tourism award

WTTC calls for entries for top sustainable tourism award

LONDON, UK (September 1, 2008) - The World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC) - the business leaders' forum for the Travel & Tourism industry - today announced its call for entries for the Tourism for Tomorrow Awards, WTTC's sustainable tourism accolade, … September 1, 2008
Alabama Bureau of Tourism and Travel rolling with .travel

Alabama Bureau of Tourism and Travel rolling with .travel

One of the many new faces in .travel is www.Alabama.travel. Alabama, known as “Sweet Home Alabama,” is one of the most beautiful areas in the Southern United States. With over 4.6 million people calling it home, Alabama is among the nation’s leaders … August 15, 2008
Alston Koch appointed as Sri Lanka tourism ambassador

Alston Koch appointed as Sri Lanka tourism ambassador

The well-known musician Alston Koch was appointed as an Ambassador for Tourism by Tourism Minister Milinda Moragoda this week in Colombo. With three Gold Records and 18 international releases, including musical videos and the now famous Murali Song, Alston … August 11, 2008
PolyU report focuses tourism forecasts for Mainland China and Taiwan

PolyU report focuses tourism forecasts for Mainland China and Taiwan

PolyU recently released the second issue of the Hong Kong Tourism Forecasting Report reviewing forecasts of the demand for Hong Kong tourism from Mainland China and Taiwan. The Report presents the forecasts from the Tourism Demand Forecasting System for … August 4, 2008
PolyU tourism experts prompt to offer assistance in Sichuan Province recovery efforts

PolyU tourism experts prompt to offer assistance in Sichuan Province recovery efforts

The School of Hotel and Tourism Management (SHTM) of The Hong Kong Polytechnic University was prompt to offer assistance in the tourism recovery and reconstruction efforts spearheaded by China National Tourism Administration (CNTA) and Sichuan Tourism … July 28, 2008
NTO Summit to be held at THETRADESHOW

NTO Summit to be held at THETRADESHOW

Alexandria, VA - Officials from the world's leading National Tourist Offices will have the opportunity at THE TRADESHOW (September 7-9, Orlando) to network and learn from one another at the third annual NTO Summit (September 8 from 3:15 pm-4:45 pm). Open … July 17, 2008
Busan, South Korea, to host First World Tourism Investment Summit October 6-9, 2008

Busan, South Korea, to host First World Tourism Investment Summit October 6-9, 2008

(July 17, 2008, Vancouver, Canada) - The First World Tourism Investment Summit will be hosted by South Korea’s cosmopolitan city of Busan, October 6 - 9, 2008. The ground-breaking Summit is being organized by the Canadian-based World Trade University … July 16, 2008
China Travel Distribution & Tech Summit opens for registration

China Travel Distribution & Tech Summit opens for registration

Guangzhou, China, July 7- Traveldaily (www.traveldaily.cn), China’s leading online publisher with emphasis on the distribution, marketing and technology trends in the travel and tourism industries, today announced that it will host the 2008 China Travel … July 7, 2008
First 2008 results from UNWTO show firm tourism demand

First 2008 results from UNWTO show firm tourism demand

ADVANCED RESULTS FROM THE UNWTO WORLD TOURISM BAROMETER JUNE 2008* International tourism grew at around 5% during the first four months of the year - one percentage point above the long-term trend.* All subregions had positive results - fastest growth … July 2, 2008
IIPT President Lou D’Amore invites Edmund Bartlett to lead IIPT Caribbean Community Tourism Delegation to European Conference

IIPT President Lou D’Amore invites Edmund Bartlett to lead IIPT Caribbean Community Tourism Delegation to European Conference

KINGSTON, JAMAICA, June 29, 2008 - The International Institute for Peace through Tourism's (IIPT) first International Community Tourism Retreat, recently held at the Jamaica Pegasus, was a shining example of sustainable tourism at work. The theme of tourism … June 30, 2008
Lobster Experience „Around the Globe“ road show

Lobster Experience „Around the Globe“ road show

For the fourth year in a row now, Astrid Oberhummer and her team will be hosting their famous “Around the Globe” road show. The success of the past years has shown to Lobster Experience that their own road show is one of the most important tourism … March 19, 2008

The internet can help during a recession. EnCirca recommends increasing advertising

Boston-USA - Like many of you, I am spending the first few weeks of the New Year assessing how EnCirca should react to the expected downturn in the economy. It may come as a surprise to many, that you should increase advertising during a recession-- … January 9, 2008
Dot-travel registrar reports surge in new domain name registrations.  Companies rushing to register ahead of December 21 land rush.

Dot-travel registrar reports surge in new domain name registrations. Companies rushing to register ahead of December 21 land rush.

Dot-travel registrar EnCirca (www.encirca.com) announces a surge in new .travel domain name registrations ahead of the travel registry rule changes scheduled to take effect on Friday, December 21 at 18:00 EST. “Companies are deciding to secure the … December 19, 2007
Dot-travel changes raises questions about destination management organizations.  Were tourism boards given enough time to register dot-travel?

Dot-travel changes raises questions about destination management organizations. Were tourism boards given enough time to register dot-travel?

This week, Tralliance, the registry for the dot-travel domain, will be relaxing the eligibility requirements for domain names. Tralliance has also decided to release the names of destinations that have not been claimed by governmental agencies: making … December 16, 2007

Multi-Million Dollar Retail Expansion Presents 16 New Retailers to Open at Ala Moana Center

HONOLULU – Ala Moana Center, the world’s largest outdoor shopping center, announced today the names of 16 new retailers that will join the mall as part of its multi-million dollar retail expansion project. The major expansion is projected to add approximately … September 20, 2007
The Gallery at Harborplace celebrated its 20th Anniversary as Baltimore’s downtown shopping destination

The Gallery at Harborplace celebrated its 20th Anniversary as Baltimore’s downtown shopping destination

The opening of The Gallery spurred the revitalization efforts of retail in the downtown area. Currently featuring more than 55 shops and national retailers, The Gallery celebrated 20 years of providing quality merchandise, the latest fashion trends and … September 12, 2007

Ala Moana Center Inspires Shoppers to Enjoy Aloha Festivals’ Celebrations and Shop Late in September

HONOLULU –This September, ease into fall with a cool, relaxing evening at Ala Moana Center’s Centerstage. Ala Moana Center takes part in Aloha Festivals’ celebrations this month by hosting the first annual Moonlight Mele Concert Series, a five-part … August 16, 2007

NATICK COLLECTION, NEW ENGLAND’S PREMIER TRENDSETTING MARKETPLACE, SET TO OPEN IN SEPTEMBER 2007

NATICK, Mass., Aug 13, 2007 — The heart of retail in New England is about to shift westward. General Growth Properties, Inc. (NYSE: GGP) today confirmed details concerning the Sept. 7 opening of its highly anticipated addition to Natick Collection.When … August 13, 2007

NEW RESEARCH INDICATES THAT AMERICA’S PREMIER SHOPPING PLACES’ DINING EXPERIENCES SUPPORT GROWING TREND IN CULINARY TOURISM

2007, Chicago, Ill.….America’s Premier Shopping Places, an unparalleled collection of tourism-oriented shopping centers located throughout the USA, recognizes the importance of dining to the overall travel experience of both group and leisure visitors. … August 9, 2007

Student Groups Welcomed at America’s Premier Shopping Places With Educational Activities, Performance Opportunities and Group Dining Options

2007, Chicago, Ill.,….America’s Premier Shopping Places, one of the nation’s largest collections of tourism-oriented retail and dining destinations located throughout the USA, are rapidly becoming favorite destinations for student and youth travel … July 26, 2007

GRENADA CELEBRATES ANNUAL CARNIVAL

St. George’s, Grenada, July 2007 - - Every year in August, Grenada brings out the music, dancing in the streets, masks, fun and pageantry for the island’s Carnival celebration. The annual affair, which features festivities like the “Parade of Bands,” … July 24, 2007

THREE NEW RESTAURANTS HEADLINING WORLD-CLASS DINING OFFERINGS AT THE GRAND CANAL SHOPPES AT THE VENETIAN

A luxurious 500,000 square-foot indoor shopping center located within The Venetian Resort-Hotel-Casino, The Grand Canal Shoppes at The Venetian is one of the most celebrated and popular landmarks on the Las Vegas Strip. Three new world-class, celebrity-chef … July 10, 2007

Creative Event And Meeting Venues Offered To Groups at America’s Premier Shopping Places

2007, Chicago, Ill.,…America’s Premier Shopping Places, a unique collection of tourism-oriented shopping and dining destinations located throughout the USA, are welcoming an increasing number of group travelers who are seeking an alternative to traditional … June 28, 2007

Ala Moana Center’s Tsukiji Fish Market Offers Guests an Innovative Foray into Japanese Cuisine

Ala Moana Center’s Tsukiji Fish Market Offers Guests an Innovative Foray into Japanese CuisineDive into one of Hawaii’s newest and most exciting dining optionsHONOLULU – The long-anticipated Tsukiji Fish Market and Restaurant is now open at Ala … May 24, 2007

Asia Transpacific Journeys Includes Calendar of Festivals In Small Group Trips and Custom Departures

BOULDER, CO, — Asia Transpacific Journeys is at the forefront of what’s new and hot in Asia and the Pacific, yet also includes centuries-old rites and celebrations in its Small Group Trips and Custom Journeys programs.“We map our trips … May 3, 2007

Austin-Lehman Adventures Returns to Oaxaca, Mexico with Cultural Departures For Active Travel Enthusiasts

Forbes Traveler Names Paul Lehman to its Panel of Mexico ExpertsBILLINGS, MT, April 2007 – Austin-Lehman Adventures announces two 2007 departures in Oaxaca, Mexico, featuring an insider’s cultural and culinary tour blended with an active … May 3, 2007

Indonesia — Bali and Beyond ...i n Search of the Komodo Dragon from $370 per person per day

Discover diverse cultural traditions, dance and arts, go sailing and snorkeling, and visit stunning UNESCO World Heritage sites on an adventure journey from Bali to Borneo. In Bali, hike through terraced rice paddies, visit local villages, and meet with … May 3, 2007



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