Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Blue Mountain Ski Resort

Blue Mountain Ski Resort: A Huffington Post Travel Ski Resort Guide
Huffington Post
Blue Mountain Ski Resort in Ontario is a popular destination for skiers and snowboarders. As part of a series on ski resorts, Huffington Post Travel offers our guide to Blue Mountain Ski Resort, featuring all the key information snow lovers need to ...

Mexican charged in vicious beating of Calgary tourist Sheila Nabb denied bail
National Post (blog)
CALGARY — A Mexican man charged with attempted murder in the beating of Calgary woman in a five-star Mazatlan resort has been denied bail. Jose Ramon Acosta Quintero told Mexico reporters this weekend he was drunk and high on cocaine when Sheila Nabb ...

National Post (blog)

19-year-old woman dies in fall from Canyons Ski Resort chairlift in Park City ...
Washington Post
PARK CITY, Utah — A 19-year-old University of Utah student has died after falling about 30 feet from a Park City ski resort's chairlift. Canyons Ski Resort spokesman Steve Pastorino says the woman may have been suffering a medical episode when she ...

Resort province bashed for overcharging tourists
30 (Xinhua) -- Over 1 million tourists swarmed to south China's Hainan province for the Chinese New Year holiday, pouring millions of dollars into the tropical resort island. But many of them say they spent too much. According to Hainan's tourism ...

Interval International Adds the Resort Group Vacation Club in the Cape Verde ...
MarketWatch (press release)
The first resort to be included in the multi-site club is the Tortuga Beach Resort & Spa on Sal, one of the islands in the Cape Verde archipelago. Two other resorts are currently under construction, both on Sal Island. The Resort Group Vacation Club ...

Cashing in on the 'end of the world' tourism
Fox News
In the most prominent countries of the Mundo Maya – Mexico, Belize, Guatemala, and parts of Honduras and El Salvador – the tourism industry is gearing up for a record year, with dozens of Maya-themed offerings designed to lure visitors.

Fox News

Operators claim UK tourism affected by reserved Olympic rooms
VisitBritain rejects predictions of decline saying it expects inbound tourism to be the same as last year, with 30.7 million overseas visitors. The organistion has asked MPs across the country to nominate an attraction in their constituency that ...

Frenchman killed in armed robbery in Red Sea resort
| CAIRO (Reuters) - A Frenchman was killed when armed men raided a currency exchange office on Saturday in the Egyptian tourist resort of Sharm el-Sheikh on the Red Sea, security officials and the French embassy said. South Sinai Governor General ...

Hop-on Ships Thousands of World Tourism Phones into Cancun, Mexico and ...
MarketWatch (press release)
Building on solid tourism numbers in 2011, the Mexico Tourism Board predicts 52 million tourists will visit Mexico in 2012. TEMECULA, Calif., Jan. 30, 2012 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ -- Hop-on, Inc. (pinksheets:HPNN) today announced through Hop-on's ...

Report: Twitter Joke Gets Irish Tourist Barred From US
PC Magazine
But a recent incident in which an Irish tourist was barred access to the US due to an alleged Twitter joke has put the service in a new light. According to a report in the UK Daily Mail, Leigh Van Bryan, a 26-year-old Irish citizen, had one of his ...

Apply For A Passport? IRS Will Know
If you apply for a passport, the IRS will know. It's not clear how the IRS uses this data, although my guess is for data verification plus perhaps information gathering for later collection efforts. The IRS has released proposed regulations to ramp up ...


Tourism institute, more coop in farm sector proposed
Financial Express Bangladesh
Bangladesh at the Fifth SAARC Finance Ministers meeting has put forward proposals for setting up atourism institute and enhancing cooperation in agriculture sector among South Asian countries. "We (Bangladesh) have proposed to set up a SAARC Tourism ...

Farmers resort to lost sheep posters
ABC Online
Some farmers are putting up lost sheep posters as they suffer heavy stock losses across South Australia. Authorities say hundreds of sheep are being reported stolen. Bill Nosworthy, a farmer at Sheringa, south-east of Elliston, says he has lost more ...

Promoting tourism in KP
PESHAWAR: The recently launched 'tourism growth strategy' has asked for replacing army checkposts with that of police and withdrawal of security forces from civil installations for developing tourism in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. The 'vision document for...


Tourism revenue grew by one-tenth to $23 billion last year
Today's Zaman
According to the Turkish Statistics Institute (TurkStat), the country's tourism revenue was at $23 billion in 2011, up from $20.8 billion two years ago. It also said more than 36 million foreign nationals visited Turkey last year.

Eco-Tourism Growing on Kodiak Island
KMXT Public Radio News
Around the world eco-tourism is an increasingly popular niche market in the travel industry. A well-heeled traveler can limit their carbon footprint while seeking out unique experiences in some of the world's most exotic and remote locations.

No tourism tax-for now
The Democrat
Senatobia will not be adopting a tourism tax as an effort to increase revenue, but that doesn't mean that one will not be adopted in the future. At the Senatobia Board of Aldermen's meeting last week, Mayor Alan Callicott presented the idea of a ...

Toronto tourism up 2.8% in 2011 as city breaks hotel booking record
THE CANADIAN PRESS/Boris Spremo Toronto reached an important tourism milestone in 2011 — hotel room bookings surpassed the nine million mark for the first time. Tourism Toronto released the encouraging figures this week and outlined where the visitor ...

Tourism panel begins work
The Register-Guard
“We're so excited,” said Kari Westlund, CEO of the tourism agency. The new commission — Eugene, Cascades & Coast Sports — hopes to bring together dozens of businesses, organizations and individuals interested in sports, recreation and tourism, ...

S. Africa Tourism flags off TV, outdoor ad campaign in India
Hindu Business Line
On the back of a spurt in the outbound tourist figures from India, South Africa Tourism has started a television and outdoor campaign to woo more Indian tourists to the country. The 20- and 30-second advertisements feature an Indian couple who share ...

Chinese tourist numbers set Lunar New Year record
Focus Taiwan News Channel
30 (CNA) A record 45000 Chinese tourists visited Taiwan during the Lunar New Year vacation thanks to a longer-than-usual holiday period that allowed more flexible travel arrangements, the Tourism Bureau said Monday. An average of 5600 Chinese nationals ...

Focus Taiwan News Channel

Walt Disney World Resort Update
USA TODAY (blog)
Just hours after we published last week that the Disney Cruise Line announcement of its 2013 destinations for the Disney Magic and Disney Wonder had been postponed with no word on when the information would be released, DCL announced that, as expected, ...

Four-year govt-private tourism plan eyed
The Nation
The government will work with the private sector on forging a four-year tourism strategy to restore confidence in Thailand and prepare the country for the Asean Economic Community in 2015. Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra said yesterday that although...

The Nation

Tourism promotion drive in full swing
Natural Resources and Tourism minister Ezekiel Maige revealed to editors from various media outlets that “internal talks” were going on to transform the TanzaniaTourist Board into an autonomous and therefore self-financing agency similar to the ...


Tourism Investment in Yemen Islands
Yemen Observer
Sheba Center for Strategic Studies issued in 2011 a study on “Tourism Investment In Yemeni Islands”. The author of this study is Lubna Al-Mussaibili. The study confirmed that Yemen has a strategic location in the southwestern corner of the Arabic ...

Oceanfront Resort Offers Four Easy Tips for Nature-Inspired Weddings
DigitalJournal.com (press release)
The Cliff House Resort & Spa is poised to help brides experience one of 2012's top wedding trends: stunning nature-inspired décor. The historic oceanfront property has been helping brides plan romantic events for 140 years – using Maine's picturesque ...

Foreign language can be your passport
Times of India
Sixteen-year-old Kriti can fluently converse in French and has already visited France twice, in student exchange programmes organized by her school. "Knowledge of an additional language comes in handy for studying abroad. It's very scoring too.

Global Travel and Leisure Industry Drive Home Substantial Revenues, as Tourism ...
San Francisco Chronicle (press release)
The worldwide travel and tourism industry is growing steadily with increasing number of international visitors along with a steady rise in domestic travel trips. The global travel sector pulverized by the recent economic recession rebounded quickly, ...

Florida Keys Tourism Reviews PR
By nospam@example.com (Greg Hazley)
The tourism entity for the Florida Keys is reviewing its PR account via RFP through early March. Read the full story (sub req'd) | Subscribe to O'Dwyer's. Posted by Greg Hazley in RFP at 09:31 | Comments (0) | Trackbacks (0). Trackbacks ...
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MoMA | This Week at Print Studio: IRWIN, NSK Passport Office, New ...
By Janelle Grace
MoMA | This Week at Print Studio: IRWIN, NSK Passport Office, New York.

Despite economy, Spanish tourism prospers | SmartPlanet
By Jennifer Riggins
MADRID — Spanish tourism grew 10-percent in 2011, due to consumer confidence, innovation and the Arab Spring, and the future looks bright. ... It also sees increasing competition from even less expensive, new tourist destinations around the eastern Mediterranean, as well as the growing tourismindustries of developing nations. Tourism, which accounts for about 10-percent of the Spanish GDP, is one of the only bright spots in the dim economy. As it appears Spain is heading into ...
Global Observer | SmartPlanet

New series: Our past in peril, Greek tourism faces the economic ...
By Sean McLachlan
Greek tourism, Greek This is a sculpture of a fallen Greek warrior from the temple of Aphaia on the Greek island of Aigina. Made in the 5th century BC, it's an important example of Early Classical Greek art. This was a time when Greek artists ...

86 Liberation Procedure Completed by Surgical Tourism Canada in ...
By admin
The majority of the patients have undergone successful Liberation procedure at these world class facilities and are making considerable progress, said Yasmeen Sayeed, president and CEO of Surgical Tourism Canada, based in Vancouver, ...
StrawBurries Blog

President Ramotar pledges support for tourism sector : Kaieteur News
By KNews
The event was held at the Princess International Hotel and attracted hoteliers, resort operators and other key players in the tourism sector. Mr. Yesu Persaud receives Recognition of Patrons of THAG award from President of THAG Paul Stephenson. He asserted that persons with established touristoperations and those now entering the market are at an advantageous position to enhance their entities at this early stage in the industry's growth. Ramotar expressed confidence that there ...
Kaieteur News

Dedicated Clerk at Peoria Passport Office | immigration-news
By Bettina
Extended hours at a Peoria passport office will make it easier for students to fill out The topic of immigration is often highly contentious and polarizing, as demonstrated by the recent Republican primary debates and the partisan responses to ...

Where at the Disneyland Resort Are We? - Magical Mystery ...
By Days In The Park
Mondays are typically seen as the little brat of the week, which means that we enjoy starting out on a fun note and challenging you, our readers, to once again guess where at the Disneyland Resort we took this week's photo. We took this ...
Days in the Park - A Disneyland...

Water fun theme of Va tourism's new sweepstakes | Washington ...
By The Associated Press
Fun on the water is the theme of the Virginia Tourism Corporation's new travel sweepstakes. The LOVE Aquatic sweepstakes announced Monday offers four grand prize packages for a family of four. They include tall ships in Norfolk, pontoon ...
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The Juvet Hotel on Norway's National Tourist Routes | NewNowNext
By Katherine Spiers
Eighteen stretches of road across the country have been designated National Tourist Routes, roads that go through the very prettiest parts of the country, with lots of interesting architecture along the way. But because these people are so ...

Lizard Island – A Magnificent Tropical Island Holiday Resort on ...
By admin
Lizard Island situated on the Great Barrier Reef and it's the most northern island found on the Reef, and it would probably always be a great alternative for a seaside escape or maybe a sultry honeymoon travel vacation resort. Lizard is located ...

Word Spy - black-hole resort
A resort that blocks all incoming and outgoing Internet signals. ... The deal is this: You check into this resort to get away from the Internet, television and the ...

Monday, January 30, 2012

Club Med Lindeman Island resort closure a blow for tourism

Club Med Lindeman Island resort closure a blow for tourism
Courier Mail
Club Med's Lindeman Island resort will become the seventh island resort in Queensland to close in recent years. The best job in the world advertising campaign, millions of dollars in taxpayer funds for marketing and a visit from Oprah Winfrey to ...

Egypt tourism minister voices regret over slain Frenchman
Ahram Online
The killing of a French tourist on Saturday in the Red Sea resort city of Sharm El-Sheikh was a “random act” and not directed against foreigners, Egyptian Minister of Tourism Mounir Fakhry Abdel-Nour declared in a Sunday press statement.

Tourism initiative gives Falls hope
Buffalo News
“To have these visa restrictions lightened or less restrictive is a welcome for us, because that opens more doors for international travel.” The national plan has drawn others to take stock of the Falls' tourism industry, which many view as an untapped ...

Buffalo News

Tourist boating proposed
The Hindu
At their recent gram sabha meeting, fisherfolk belonging to Kottaikuppam panchayat near the Pulicat lake decided to write to the Tiruvallur Collector staking their rights to be included in the government's proposed tourist boating services.

The Hindu

Bahrain launches tourism hotline
Trade Arabia
As part of its efforts to provide better services and strengthen partnerships with the private sector, the Bahrain Ministry of Culture- Tourism Sector has launched its own call centre in co-operation with Silah Gulf (Silah).

Master plan for Atlantic City Tourism District expected to be approved this week
Press of Atlantic City
ATLANTIC CITY - Steel security doors fronting most stores along the resort's busiest streets will be a thing of the past if the local business community joins the initiative that is part of the Atlantic CityTourism District master plan.

Himachal Pradesh: Rural Tourism given big boost-Prem Kumar Dhumal
He said that tourism potential was being explored in rural areas as well besides developing famous tourist destinations. He said that Home Stay Scheme had been launched in rural areas to apprise the tourists of the rich cultural traditions of the State...


Country club and resort's new owners plan changes
Brownsville Herald
By STEVE CLARK/The Brownsville Herald Returning Rancho Viejo Resort & Country Club to its prime and building up flagging membership will take a significant investment, but that's just what the new owners say they intend to do. Ted and Margaret Trapp, ...

Opportunities abound for health tourism
Bangkok Post
The Thai tourism industry's efforts to promote more niche-market visitors is set to take a step forward when the Global Alcohol Policy Conference convenes in Bangkok between Feb 13-15 this year. Jointly organised by the Ministry of Public Health, ...

Tourist bureau wins top award
Opelousas Daily World
The St. Landry Parish Tourist Commission has been named the recipient of the 2011 Louey Award, presented to the state's outstanding convention and visitors bureaus and tourists commissions. The parish received its Louey Thursday at the Louisiana Travel ...

Mexican man admits beating Canadian tourist while intoxicated
Globe and Mail
A Mexican man charged in the brutal beating of a Calgary woman has admitted his guilt in the resort town where the incident took place. Jose Ramon Acosta Quintero says he tried to hold Sheila Nabb in a hotel elevator and punched her several times when ...

Globe and Mail

Colorado tourism tax in eye of storm
Denver Post
By Margaret Jackson and David Migoya Aurora: Gaylord Resort - The plan: Aurora wants 95 percent of the state sales-tax increment generated by the Gaylord project because of the high proportion of out-of-state visitors attending conferences.

Tourism entrepreneurs ask govt to end NTB dispute
Himalayan Times
KATHMANDU: Tourism entrepreneurs today asked the government to make the member selection process in Nepal Tourism Board (NTB) transparent. During a meeting with the minister Lokendra Bista Magar representatives from tourism associations including HAN, ...

Promotion of domestic tourism stressed
The Hindu
Prof Sreekumar was delivering the keynote address at the seminar on 'Tourism – Heritage and Industry' organised by the Tourism Club at Christian College, Chengannur on Saturday. He said connoisseurs of art across the globe were very much after India's...

The Hindu

China's Tourism Revenue up 24 Pct for Spring Festival Holiday
China's tourism revenue rose 23.6 percent during the Spring Festival holiday from the same period last year, the National Tourism Administration said on Sunday. The revenue reached 101.4 billion yuan (15.6 billion US dollars) during the week-long ...

S Asia propels tourism growth
Himalayan Times
South Asia was the star growth performer, followed by Southeast Asia, Northeast Asia and the Pacific, all of which saw tourism demand improve albeit at different rates of growth, according to Pacific Asia Travel Association, for the first eleven months ...

'Make Kengohozho a tourist destination'
(Morung Photo) Thenyizu | January 29: Thenyizu village on January 28, Saturday made plea to the parliamentary secretary for tourism and law & justice Yitachu to make Kengohozho as the touristdestination. Yitachu, during the brief programme appreciated ...

Tourist arrivals in PH hit record 3.9m in 2011
Manila Standard Today
While the Tourism Department has not released the final tourist count for 2011, President Benigno Aquino III cited in a speech before foreign investors that last year's number represented a growth of 11.2 percent from 3.52 million arrivals in 2010.

US woman advised to bring husband or adopt surrogate baby
The Hindu
Five days after she left her infant at the passport office here, an American woman has been asked by officials to produce her husband to take a DNA test to confirm their parenthood or legally adopt the child born through surrogacy.

The Hindu

Local tourism officials tout overnight stays
Parkersburg News
By PAMELA BRUST (pbrust@newsandsentinel.com) , Parkersburg News and Sentinel PARKERSBURG - Tourism officials on both sides of the Ohio River are touting programs and packages to draw out-of-town visitors and hopefully provide enough activities and ...

Redevelopment project aims to create tourist-friendly attraction
Downtown Memphis
MEMPHIS, TN-(WMC-TV) - The Triangle Noir Redevelopment Project could turn a historic area of Memphis into a major tourist attraction. On any given week, the National Civil Rights Museum attracts thousands of tourists to Memphis.

Tourism falls off at Texas parks hit hard by drought, wildfires, funding woes
By Kelley Shannon, Special to the Reporter-News AUSTIN — Texas parks and nature-basedtourism suffered in numerous ways because of drought and wildfires, adding to an already difficult financial picture, the state parks leader is warning legislators.

Tourism Developments Support 'Fun' Campaign
Manila Bulletin
By JACKY LYNNE A. OIGA MANILA, Philippines — Weeks after its unveiling, the Department ofTourism's (DoT) new campaign, 'It's more fun in the Philippines' has reached meme status, piquing the interest of netizens worldwide. Now that the campaign has ...

Tourism website boss asks Irish to 'Occupy Ireland' rather than travel abroad
Irish Central
Mike Webster of GoIreland.ie claims that were this to happen, 40000 jobs would be created in the Irish tourism industry. According to the Irish Times, Webster went on to say that people from the Emerald Isle spend more on their foreign jaunts that in ...

Miracle Thailand to the rescue
Bangkok Post
The Tourism and Sports Ministry will kick off its "Miracle Thailand Year" campaign in April after postponing it from last month due to the massive flooding. (From left) Yukimoto Ito, deputy mayor of Sendai; Sansern Ngaorungsi, TAT's deputy governor for...

Bangkok Post

Govt urged to promote tourism, forget mining in Palawan
GMA News
Now that the Puerto Princesa Underground River (PPUR) is officially part of the New Seven Wonders of Nature, the government should consider dropping mining in Palawan in favor of promoting tourismthere. The suggestion came Sunday from Puerto Princesa ...

African tourism investment urged
Summit County Citizens Voice
“Africa has been one of the fastest growing tourism regions of the last decade,”Rifai said, urging continued support for tourism efforts. “With the right investment, tourist arrivals will continue to grow, investors will see excellent returns, ...

Como Shambhala Resort in Bali | Let me be inspired - Interior ...
By Daniel
Let me be inspired - Interior Design, Interior Decorating Ideas, Architecture.
Let me be inspired - Interior...

CARPHA to collaborate with CTO on Quality Tourism : Kaieteur News
By KNews
It was disclosed that after receiving a presentation by Dr. Edward Greene, Coordinator of the CARPHA Resource Mobilization Committee on its vision, mission and developments, the CaribbeanTourist Organization (CTO) Council agreed that ...
Kaieteur News

The Art & Tourism fair making its debut in Florence | Rus Tourism ...
By Nadezda Basyrova
Art & Tourism will be the ideal showcase for destinations to display and promote all their cultural heritage, and so encourage an increase in tourist flows from all over the world to their destinations. Exhibitions, shows, conventions, open spaces ...
Rus Tourism News

Como Shambhala Resort in Bali » Design You Trust – Design and ...
By letmebeinspired
Happy Sunday! Check out this wonderful place in Bali. More info and pictures! More info and pictures!
Design You Trust - Design and Beyond!

USPS says get your passport now in advance of spring vacations ...
By Stephanie Claytor
Adult passport books cost $110 plus the $25 processing fee.
Heartland Connection - KTVO News

FAITH TOURISM: One of the Fastest Growing Industries | World ...
By World Footprints Media
Faith tourism may seem a minor branch of the industry, yet numbers suggest it is one of the most expansive segments which have significant potential. Visiting religious sites has long been a priority for believers; no matter what religion, those ...
World Footprints Travel Radio

Tourism in Cuba Photo Essay - Havana Times.org
By Circles Robinson
Despite the world economic crisis, which has contributed to a contraction of tourism worldwide, Cuba has already experienced eight years of welcoming more than two million tourists annually. Actually, the figure here is now approaching three ...
Havana Times.org

Jan 31 booking deadline for Hilton Resort Escapes Free Night ...
By Ric Garrido
Recent Entries. Jan 31 booking deadline for Hilton Resort Escapes Free Night Promo · The Inn at Spanish Bay in the Pebble Beach dunes · Westin Charlotte Facebook 250 points sign-up bonus: act fast! Club Carlson 2-for-1 Gold elite rates ...
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French tourist killed in Egypt
French tourist killed in Egypt...The masked gunmen robbed the shop and exchanged fi...Two others, a German tourist and an Egyptian citiz...The French man was shot in his stomach and legs....Sharm El-Sheikh, one of the most famous tourist re.. . ... A 42-year-old French tourist was killed by robbers at a currency exchange shop in the Egyptian Red Sea resort of Sharm el-Sheikh, Xinhua reported. The masked gunmen robbed the shop and exchanged fire with the security forces.
Daily News Headlines | Today's...

Mexican accused in Canadian tourist beating shown to media ...
Nabb, 37, was found unconscious last weekend in an elevator at the resort, where she ... The accused was known, according to police, to visit tourist establishments and become .... Is this arrest to stop the bad publicty affecting tourism here?

Mexican suspect admits to brutal beating of Canadian tourist at resort
Mexican suspect admits to brutal beating of Canadian tourist at resort .... People in any touristy location should realize they benefit from tourism at the least ...

Saturday, January 28, 2012

International tourism to reach one billion in 2012

International tourism to reach one billion in 2012 | World Tourism ...
International tourist arrivals grew by over 4% in 2011 to 980 million, according to the latest UNWTO World Tourism Barometer. With growth expected to continue ...

Nashville resort gardener in charge of maintaining 50000 plants covering 9 acres
Washington Post
Malone is in charge of maintaining 50000 tropical plants, rare international blooms and Southern species at the sprawling Gaylord Opryland Resort & Convention Center. His garden covers nine acres of lavish landscape inside soaring, glistening glass ...

US Virgin Islands Tourist Bus Accident Injures 13
ABC News
A tourist bus collided with a parked vehicle in the US Virgin Islands on Friday, injuring 13 cruise ship passengers after it went down an embankment, authorities said. One female passenger was hospitalized for a hip fracture while 12 others were ...

Tourism industry protests poll circular
Times of India
PANAJI: Hit hard by the circular issued by poll authorities restricting their timing, the tourismindustry has struck back and pressed the officials concerned to do a re-think on the same. The circular stipulates that all hotels, restaurants and ...

Rural Kansas a tourist lure for offbeat travelers
Chicago Tribune
Few small towns have conventional tourist attractions. The Explorers Club finds something to like. Hornbaker is hitting dirt roads partly because he is intrigued by old farmsteads, some with weathered, collapsed barns and houses.

New tourism campaign for Winston-Salem unveiled
Winston-Salem Journal
The tourism bureau unveiled Friday a campaign aimed at attracting the leisure traveler. It plans to release the strategy, which targets business, convention and sports guests, at its June meeting. The campaign – titled "Winston-Salem, Your Southern ...

Canadian woman beaten at Mexican resort returns home to Calgary
Winnipeg Free Press
CALGARY - The uncle of a Canadian woman found battered and bleeding in the elevator of a posh Mexican resort says she has returned home to Alberta. Sheila Nabb was on vacation with her husband when she was badly beaten last weekend at the five-star ...

Tourism Minister Calls for Strengthening of Linkages
Government of Jamaica, Jamaica Information Service
Minister of Tourism and Entertainment, Hon. Dr. Wykeham McNeill, is imploring the business community and other stakeholders in the tourism industry to assist the Government in improving linkages between the industry and other sectors.

Mexico Poised to Break Tourism Records in 2012
MarketWatch (press release)
27, 2012 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ -- Building on solid tourism numbers in 2011, the MexicoTourism Board predicts 52 million tourists will visit Mexico in 2012. This follows a strong winter break season with hotels in many of the top tourist ...

'Downton Abbey' creates tourism boom
CNN International
"It has been amazing," said Lady Fiona Carnarvon, describing the effect "Downton Abbey" has had on the family's life and the tourist demand to see the castle. "We have so many e-mails now saying 'We love your home.'" More than e-mails are pouring in.

New Medical Tourism Hub Being Built in Abu Dhabi
“You will feel like you're on your own private island—the hotel has that resort feel to it,” says Luigi Romaniello, managing director of Rosewood Abu Dhabi. “We are not a flashy hotel; we are inspired by the natural beauty of what the region offers.


Rebranding 'Hotel Rwanda' into tourist destination
Christian Science Monitor
Eighteen years after a genocide that killed 800000, symbolized in the movie 'Hotel Rwanda,' major hotel chains are moving in to take advantage of growing touristbusiness. By Patrick Adams, Correspondent / January 27, 2012 Hotel guests splash in the ...

Christian Science Monitor

US aims to ease tourism, business visa norms
“Combining B1, B2, the business tourist visas, it allows visiting relatives on one visit and to do business on another visit without applying for another visa.” Obama's executive order, posted on the White House website, said a task force would explore ...

Tourism initiative titled 'Rediscover Home” la...
NCN Guyana
Minister of Housing and Water Irfaan Ali, acting in the capacity of Minister of Tourism, Industry and Commerce, on Wednesday at the Ministry of Housing launched the first of a series of tourismpackages to be unleashed under the 'Rediscover Home' ...

Nashville resort gardener tends to 50000 plants
Click here Nashville resort gardener tends to 50000 plants Published: January 27, 2012 10:23 AM By The Associated Press JOE EDWARDS (Associated Press) (AP) -- Hollis Malone's garden is gigantic and enjoyed by many. Malone is in charge of maintaining...


Alabama's tourism director expects big impact on Space Camp from Hallmark Hall ...
al.com (blog)
(The Huntsville Times/Robin Conn) HUNTSVILLE, Alabama -- Alabama TourismDirector Lee Sentell, who on Wednesday attended the Los Angeles premiere of the new Hallmark Hall of Fame movie, "A Smile as Big as the Moon," has high expectations for the film's ...

al.com (blog)

Man with suspicious passport arrested at Detroit Metro Airport
Detroit Free Press
By Tresa Baldas The Department of Homeland Security arrested an airline passenger from India who arrived at Detroit Metro Airport Monday with a suspicious passport: His Saudi Arabian visa had been burned and torn out of the booklet.

Florida tourism funding untouched amid budget cuts
Florida Trend
Rick Scott's proposal to spend $35 million on Visit Florida, the state's public-private tourism agency. It's the same amount the Legislature appropriated last year, a 31 percent increase over the prior year. "It's all about jobs," Maryann Ferenc said.

DISNEYLAND: Resort tempts fans Cars Land preview
BY FIELDING BUCK The spotlight will be on Disney California Adventure throughout 2012, according to a press release from Disneyland Resort previewing the year. In addition to the eagerly anticipated Cars Land and the redesigned Buena Vista Street ...


Honua Kai Resort & Spa Closes More Than $54 Million in Real Estate Sales in 2011
Business Wire (press release)
MAUI, Hawaii--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Honua Kai Resort & Spa, the only new, whole ownership opportunity on Kaanapali Beach in more than 25 years, has closed more than $54 million in real estate sales with 75 new home transactions in 2011.

Business Wire (press release)

A tourist in Zabadani
Moreover, the call to resort to the UN for assistance, and for the UN Security Council to discuss the issue after everything that has happened, demonstrates that there is no serious desire – even now – on the part of the majority of Arab countries, ...


Resort in Curacao Welcomes Starbucks and New Okeanos Spa
MarketWatch (press release)
WILLEMSTAD, CURACAO, Jan 26, 2012 (MARKETWIRE via COMTEX) -- Continuing to set the standard for the ultimate in relaxation and hospitality, the Renaissance Curacao Resort and Casino, a premier resort in Curacao, welcomes the island's first Starbucks ...

Tourism bounces back in Valley
New Philadelphia Times Reporter
The $90000 increase also will help tourism officials spread the word about what's available in the county. With the December numbers just in, the total revenue for 2011 was $404200, according to Dee Grossman, executive director of the county Convention ...

Yoga has Become a Multi-Billion Dollar Business and Anamaya Resort is Becoming ...
San Francisco Chronicle (press release)
Anamaya Resort and Retreat Center in Costa Rica is also prospering from the huge demand and have had to dedicate half the year to Yoga Teacher Trainings. They have created a very dedicated following of Yogi's and feel like they are contributing to a ...

Tortured freedom: Libya's new rulers resort to old tactics
Despite the changes sweeping Libya, violence and bloodshed have not stopped. In shocking revelations, military and security forces stand accused of torturing detainees to death. Rights groups say Libya's new rulers have not addressed the problem.

LBL slates Sustainable Tourism Small Business Seminar
Business Clarksville
By Turner McCullough, Jr. | January 27, 2012 | LBL announces its 2nd sustainable tourism business seminar. Focusing on aiding businesses enhance their tourism appeal thru LBL connected promotions, the seminar will feature business development ...

Wilmington wins tourism awards, elects new officers
Greater Wilmington Business Journal
Hufham also announced the Tourism Development Authority's new board officers for 2012. They were elected at the regular TDA board meeting on January 25. Chairman John Andrews is the owner of South Beach Grill in Wrightsville Beach.

G'Day LA: Tourism Soars With Help From Australia
NBC Bay Area
By SHIRAH MATSUZAWA LA tourism numbers have been released, and once again Australia has hopped in as the front-runner in generating the most overseas visitors in Los Angeles. In 2011, approximately 26.9 million people visited Los Angeles, ...

Gay Tourism Takes Off In India [Headlines] @PSFK
India becoming a popular get-away for the homosexual population.

Snowmaking and Grooming Update 1/27/12 | Heavenly Mountain ...
By Ashley Smith
Heavenly Mountain Resort Blog · Snowmaking and Grooming Update 1/27/12. IMG_0631. Good morning skiers and riders! Our snowmakers had a chance to blast snow on Canyon and California Trail last night! They will try and blow more ...
Heavenly Mountain Resort Blog

Brazil a replacement for Euro-Tourism? | The Disney Blog
By John Frost
A spokesman for Disney World said 2011 has been “one of our best-ever years for Brazilian attendance and resort-hotel room-nights.” According ... With Europe on the ropes, this should ease Disney's concerns about weak international travel.
The Disney Blog

Subsea World News - USA: Barton Creek Resort and Spa to Host ...
By Subsea World News
On 7-9 February 2012, the Barton Creek Resort and Spa in Texas will be host to a 65-strong consortium of CEOs and Senior Corporate Officers from small, mid and large cap oil and gas producers attending the latest Next Generation Oil and ...
Subsea World News

Nashville resort gardener tends to 50000 plants | Washington ...
By The Associated Press
... big garden? Then consider Hollis Malone, who's in charge of maintaining 50000 tropical plants, rare international blooms and Southern species at the sprawling Gaylord Opryland Resort & Convention Center. ... But for Malone, his considerable passion has been on the plants dominating the 2881-room hotel, which is the cornerstone of Nashville's tourism industry with 1 million overnight guests annually. "I like all phases of .... US Virgin Islands tourist bus accident injures 13 · Yeas & ...
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US Virgin Islands tourist bus accident injures 13 | Washington ...
By The Associated Press
Authorities say a tourist bus has collided with a parked vehicle in the U.S. Virgin Islands, injuring at least 13 cruise ship passengers. Tourist Department spokeswoman Allegra Kean-Moorehead says one female passenger was hospitalized for ...
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Joe. My. God.: Gay Tourism Rises For Tel Aviv
By Joe
Gay Tourism Rises For Tel Aviv. Some website somewhere named Tel Aviv as "the best gay city in the world." That may be the result of Israel's recent campaign to promote LGBT tourism, something detractors say they are doing to dampen ...
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Belize Tourism Expo Readies to Host International Travel Sellers ...
By Travel World News Editor
The Belize Tourism Expo (BETEX) is a business-to-business event showcasing Belize travel destinations, hotels, tour operators, and other tourism service providers. It is an exclusive opportunity for international travel resellers (trade visitors) to ...
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Getting a Second US Passport | Life Listed
By Danny Dover
Last week the Minimalist in me had a battle with the James-Bond-Wannabe in me. The subject was getting a second US Passport. I have mentioned here before that I own less than 100 possessions (99 as of last week) and.
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Belize's Cruise Tourism In Serious Danger - The Belize Times
By cwilliams
[caption id="attachment_11819" align="alignleft" width="300" caption="Minister of Tourism, Manuel Heredia, has failed to provide leadership in the Cruise Tourism Industry"] [/caption] Royal Caribbean and Carnival “fed up” with Belize GOB Belize ... by taking the bold and visionary step of working with the private sector to develop the Belize Tourism Village, Cruise Tourism soared from 43000 to almost a 1000000 tourist coming to our shores to spend and buy our goods and services.
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Special Phagwah tourist package to encourage Diaspora to ...
By Stabroek staff
Acting Minister of Tourism Irfaan Ali yesterday launched the 'Rediscover Home' special package for Holi, the Festival of Colours, in an effort to encourage.
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2012 WI Ag Tourism Board Announced | Wisconsin Farm Bureau ...
By lsiekmann
The Wisconsin Agricultural Tourism Association (WATA) 2012 Board members were announced during the annual Membership Meeting, held Jan. 16th during the Wisconsin Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Conference held at the Wilderness Resort Conference Center. Board of Director officers were elected at the Board Meeting held later that day. Don Schuster of Schuster's Playtime Farm at Deerfield was elected president of the WATA. The Schuster's Playtime Farm experience include ...
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Hotel/ Tourism Attraction Locator - Developing Caribbean
By App@Work
Lack of technology to improve customer service, efficiency and reduce cost in Tourism. Solution : Hotel/ Tourism attraction desktop and mobile application for tourist, small businesses and hotel. Technologies used: The apps created using the ...
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Friday, January 27, 2012

Universal Orlando Resort Announces Multiple All-New Experiences in 2012

Universal Orlando Resort Announces Multiple All-New Experiences in 2012
Monsters and Critics.com
By April MacIntyre Jan 26, 2012, 18:05 GMT The year 2012 may be portentous for Mayans, but for lovers of fun, fun, fun in the sunny skies of Orlando, Florida, it's an awesome time to visit Universal Orlando Resort. The resort invited M&C to participate...

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Year of the Dragon Boosts Chinese Tourism to US
This year, however, a growing number are opting to travel abroad, bringing in new streams of tourism revenue to destinations in the Bay Area and across the country. Qiquan Shao operates Classic Tours in San Francisco. Catering primarily to visitors ...


Russian tourism organization joins efforts of HiTA
Russia may seem as far away and different from Hawaii as could be possible, but that is where the visionary efforts of the Hawaii Tourism Association sees this dichotomy as pure opportunity. Why wouldn't Russians want to travel from their mostly cold ...

Tourism saved from state budget ax
By Tom Scherberger, Times Staff Writer TAMPA — While executives at Florida hospitals are reeling from $2 billion in proposed spending cuts, local tourism officials couldn't be happier with the reception they are receiving in Tallahassee.

Louisiana tourism trending upward despite setbacks
Jay Dardenne, the state's chief tourism booster, said Wednesday that the number of tourists and the money they spend "are trending in the right direction" this year despite a struggling national economy and lingering effects from hurricanes and the ...


North Shore officials worry proposed MBTA commuter rail cuts will hurt tourism
"This is a huge hub for tourism for the Commonwealth, all you have to do is look at this city, cutting any service during weekends would be disastrous for the City of Salem during Halloween and Beverly in the summer and fall," State Representative Brad ...

Tourist centre makes budget list
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EMC News - Arnprior Council gave a lukewarm reception Monday to the idea of paying for a touristinformation centre, but agreed to consider it during next week's budget deliberations. A committee made up of members of the Greater Arnprior Chamber of ...

Cantor Gaming Gains Final Licensing Approval for Sports Wagering at Palms ...
MarketWatch (press release)
... technology and pre-eminent race and sports book operator in Nevada, announced today that it has received final licensing approval by the Nevada Gaming Commission and Gaming Control Board to operate the race and sports book at Palms Casino Resort.

16 NJ tourism boosters to share over $1.4M in state aid
16 New Jersey tourism organization will share more than $1.4 million in state marketing grants, the state Division of Travel and Tourism announced Thursday. The organizations work with entertainment venues, restaurants, retail outlets, and hotels to ...

Man facing more serious charges in Sands Casino Resort Bethlehem hotel assault
The Express Times - LehighValleyLive.com
By Sara K. Satullo | The Express-Times Courtesy PhotoNicholas Aaron Mullins is accused of trying to suffocate his girlfriend with a pillow at the the Sands CasinoResort in Bethlehem Hotel, police say. A Lock Haven, Pa., man is accused of trying to ...

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Mexico Tourist Arrivals at Airports Rise 13% to December Record
Mexico received 1.07 million foreign visitors at its airports in December, 13 percent more than a year earlier and a record for the last month of the year, the Ministry of Tourism said. It was the fifth consecutive month of increased visitor numbers, ...

Sierra Nevada brewery will bring tourism, big economic bump to Western North ...
Asheville Citizen-Times
MILLS RIVER — Look for an economic boost and increase in tourism in Western North Carolina from Sierra Nevada's new East Coast expansion brewery in Henderson County, local officials and economic developers said Wednesday.

Teresa Mitchell, NY tourism promoter, dies at 59
Wall Street Journal
AP CLAYTON, NY — Teresa Mitchell, the first executive director of the organization that promotes tourism along the Pennsylvania and upstate New York stretches of the Great Lakes Seaway Trail, has died at age 59. Mitchell died of cancer Tuesday at her ...

Tanzania: Tourism Industry Wary of Minimum Wage
The chairman of the Zanzibar Association of Tourist Investors (Zati), Mr Abdulsalmad Said, told BusinessWeek by telephone that paying such inordinately high salaries would be possible if jobs were reduced. Mr Mabrouk Omari Mohamed, who is also the ...

Tourism record for New York City
New York Daily News
By Tina Moore / NEW YORK DAILY NEWS The city reached a record high for tourismin 2011 — and unusually warm weather was part of the draw. New figures released Wednesday show 50.5 million tourists visited the city last year. The number is slightly more ...

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State tourism leaders detail Effingham plan tonight
Savannah Morning News
Eight state tourism experts met with leaders of Effingham County at the old courthouse in November. They will present a detailed plan to attract more tourists to Effingham County at 6:30 pm tonight in Springfield. The public is invited.

New tourism centre hopes to attract 70000 visitors a year
The Kerryman
By SIMON BROUDER TRALEE'S newest tourist attraction, the multi million euro Wetlands Centre close to Ballyard, is on track to opens its doors to the public on March 31. All major building and construction work is now complete and workers on site are ...

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Key gov's initiative, to start classes before Labor Day, killed by tourism ...
Washington Post
Bob McDonnell's public education improvement package that would allow local schools to open before Labor Day has failed a major Senate panel vote, a victim of Virginia's monied business andtourism lobbies. The Senate Education and Health Committee ...

Snyder to Detroit tourism: Don't forget to emphasize positive
Detroit Free Press
But the positive side of the message is an important one to keep the tourism industry thriving. He celebrated the good: the recent auto show that had record number of visitors, the Detroit Institute of Arts and the city's winning sports teams.

Seychelles Tourism Ambassadors meet in Tanzania
Forimmediaterelease.net (press release)
(Forimmediaterelease.net) Melton Ernesta, based in Jamaica, and Maryvonne Pool, who is based in Tanzania, met this week in Dar es Salam, Tanzania, to strategize together plans for supporting actions by the island's Tourism Ambassadors based in the four ...

Tulare County websites boost business, tourism
Visalia Times-Delta
ª To get information about locating or expanding a business in Tulare County, go online to www.tularecoun®tyeconomicdevelop®ment.org. ª Information about tourism in the county and a digital copy of the Sequoia Tourism Council's visitor guide is ...

Delaware sees rise in tourism
The News Journal
NEWS JOURNAL FILE Tourism in Delaware increased from 2008 to 2010, and experts say the recession may have actually helped the upswing, according to a report released by the state tourismboard Wednesday. The study found that most of Delaware's visitors ...

Our Voice: Tourism boost could be great for our valley
The Desert Sun
(Richard Lui The Desert Sun) / Ricahrd Lui The Desert Sun If President Obama comes through with his plans to boost tourism, the Coachella Valley could benefit greatly. The industry is already looking good around here. December's Smith Travel Research ...

Snowboarder Dies At Heavenly Mountain Resort « CBS Sacramento
By Lisa
Authorities have confirmed a 34-year-old British man was killed while snowboarding last week at Lake Tahoe's Heavenly Mountain Resort.
CBS Sacramento

Study: Drilling could hurt tourism - Gulfport - SunHerald.com
“The opening of state waters to oil and gas drilling could have a huge negative impact on billion-dollar industries like coastal tourism, and the public should be given the time and the information they need to (review) this complex proposal,” said ... name-calling or attacking others for their views. Read moreRead less. Do not resort to personal abuse. You may disagree with the content of an article, with the reporter or with other readers' comments, but do not attack anyone personally.
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Tourism to Orange County slightly increased in 2011 - Around ...
Tweet Spending by tourists crept up last year after dips during the economic downturn, according to new figures released Wednesday. About 42.9 million visitors flocked to Orange County in 2011,...
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Japan quake drives tourist numbers to rock bottom | CNNGo.com
Japan quake drives tourist numbers to rock bottom. Final data for 2011 shows overseas visitors saw sharpest drop on record. 26 January, 2012. Tweet. Japan tourism And on that side, you'll find pretty much all of Japan. Make yourselves at ...
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Romantic Getaway at Foxwoods Resort, Connecticut — The ...
By GoBigGal
A romantic getaway at Foxwoods Resort in Connectiucut includes gaming, dining, and spa visits, great for a couple's weekend vacation.
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Optimism in north Sweden´s tourism industry - Stockholm News
This in turn is expected to draw large number of tourists who hope to see a glimpse of the phenomenon. One example is the tourist station run by the Swedish Tourist Association (STF) in Abisko (see map) where the northern lights bookings for ...
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www.windaction.org | Wind farm threat to Eden's tourism future
By Windaction
"Properties near the Toora wind farm (12 turbines) devalued by up to 35 per cent. That location is spectacular but the Twofold Bay location is even more spectacular. Wind farms create deep divides in communities. If you don't look after your ...
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NYC Revises 2011 Tourism Number... Upwards! « CBS New York
By ebindelglass
Mayor Michael Bloomberg and NYC & Company CEO George Fertitta had projected a record 50.2 million visitors to New York City in 2011. But it turns out another 300000 showed up at the end of the year.
CBS New York

Daily Snow Report 1/26/12 | Heavenly Mountain Resort Blog
By Ashley Smith
Thanks to our recent storm that brought 4 feet of snowand thanks to our high elevation, conditions are great and we now have 64 open trails! You can now.
Heavenly Mountain Resort Blog

Kirkwood Mountain Resort first in Tahoe to open 100% of terrain ...
By Jerry Heinzer
KIRKWOOD — The almost five feet of snow that slammed Kirkwood Mountain Resort this past weekend has transformed the resort, allowing it to open 100 percent of terrain and lifts and move to full operations by the weekend. Throughout the ...
Mountain Democrat

Bing Plan to boost U.S. tourism - Travel blog - Site Blogs - Bing ...
Plan to boost U.S. tourism. Bing Travel. 1/20/2012 4:23 PM. Comments (1). After 9/11, foreign travel to the U.S. dropped sharply in the wake of sweeping security ...

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