Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Tourism industry to use digital media to boost visitor numbers

Tourism industry to use digital media to boost visitor numbers
ABC Online
Hunter Wine Country Tourism is developing digital applications for smart phones and tablets to encourage more people to visit the region. With the popularity of social media continuing to skyrocket, Hunter Wine Country Tourism is hoping the use of ...

Canadian beaten at Mexican resort lives in Calgary
The Hotel Riu Emerald Bay in the Mexican resort town of Mazatlan has several five-star ratings on travel websites. (riu.com) Police statements say another tourist was trying to enter the elevator and discovered the woman lying on the floor in a pool of ...


Haiti dreams of tourism revival
Washington Post
The arrivals lounge at the Port-au-Prince airport is filled with Baptist missionaries, UN bureaucrats, and American nurses, not a bona fide tourist in sight. Tourist dollars Yet across the Caribbean, revenues from tourism represent about 16 percent of ...

Great Rates and Rewards Abound at Vail Resort
MarketWatch (press release)
VAIL, CO, Jan 23, 2012 (MARKETWIRE via COMTEX) -- The Vail Marriott Mountain Resort is the perfect location for daredevils, daydreamers and dynamic meetings -- offering hospitality at the height of perfection just steps from North America's number one ...

Travel Hiring Is on the Rise, Cautiously
New York Times
As the economy has begun to improve from its darkest days in late 2008 and 2009, hiring in the travel and tourism industry has become one of the bright spots. The industry — which includes hotels, rental cars, airlines and entertainment — shed jobs ...

Interagency tourism council takes its maiden voyage
By Charles S. Clark cclark@govexec.com January 23, 2012 The day after President Obama appeared at Florida's Disney World to tout the economic impact of tourism, the new Federal Interagency Council on Outdoor Recreation held its inaugural meeting Friday ...

Tourist Trapped: Candlestick Park
SFGate.com (blog)
To be a bandwagoner is to be a tourist. And so it is for this column that I end up at things like the San Francisco 49ers playoff game against the New York Giants. I love sporting events in the way I love a good party. I like talking with strangers, ...

SFGate.com (blog)

NTA: Tourism reaches peak visibility in US
Breaking Travel News
Citing the power of travel to fuel economic recovery and create jobs, President Barack Obama today ordered a series of initiatives targeted at increasing travel and tourism in the United States. More than ever before, the US travel and tourism industry ...

Breaking Travel News

Costa Concordia turns into morbid tourist spectacle
The wreck of the cruise ship Costa Concordia has become a tourist attraction. Hundreds of tourists have been heading for the tiny Italian island of Giglio off the coast of Tuscany. Even though the rescue work is not over, trippers have arrived to see ...


Year of the Dragon Boosts Chinese Tourism to US
New America Media
Agents that cater to Chinese tourists still lump clients into one of two groups, said Chen, the business traveler or the group tourist. “Today's Chinese tourist is more diverse,” he added, “ranging from the millionaire to the backpacker.

Sands Casino Resort Bethlehem prostitution investigation yields arrests of ...
The Express Times - LehighValleyLive.com
By Express-Times staff Five women and one man ages 24 to 50 from three states were arrested on prostitution and other charges Friday night at Sands Casino Resort Bethlehem, city police announced today. Bethlehem police say they conducted a criminal ...

Online passport card test program to begin
23 (UPI) -- The US State Department will begin a pilot program allowing US citizens in the United States and Canada to apply online for a passport card, officials said. The program, which begins Tuesday, allows customers to avoid mailing their current ...

Cool dip in new tourism waters
Mackay Daily Mercury
No sir, very dangerous,'' the resort staffer exclaims as he runs across the beach, waving his arms wildly. The ocean was rough and there was not a soul on the beach on what was a wet and windy day. But after testing the waters of the vast swimming ...

ADTA eyes leveraging big ticket events to increase tourist inflow to emirate
By Gautam Bhattacharyya, Sports Editor Dubai: It will be a hectic weekend for Faisal Shaikh, Events Manager for Abu Dhabi Tourism Authority, the organisers of the Abu Dhabi HSBC Golf Championships. Even though the tournament tees off on Thursday, ...


One billionth tourist to arrive in 2012: UN
According to the latest statistics released by the UN World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO), tourist arrivals have increased from about 674 million in 2000 to 939 million in 2010 and 980 million in 2011. And with growth expected to continue in 2012 - at a ...


Delta Suit Says Greenbrier Must Pay Minimum for Flying Guests to Resort
Delta Air Lines Inc. (DAL) sued the Greenbrier luxury resort accusing it of failing to pay the airline a guaranteed minimum to fly visitors to a nearby airport. Greenbrier had the case moved to federal court Jan. 18 after Delta sued on Dec.

Derry tourist office reopened after bomb attack
BBC News
"These are setbacks but we will continue to work tirelessly to drive the tourism sector because it offers great potential for this city to create wealth and jobs." Services at Derry City Council also returned to normal after another device exploded on ...

Poland aims to boost tourism at Hitler's WWII lair
WARSAW — Polish authorities said Monday they plan to boost tourism at Nazi German dictator Adolf Hitler's "Wolfsschanze" (Wolf's Lair), which ended up on their territory after post-war border changes. Artur Kurek, a senior official of the Polish ...


Monaco's New Tourism Chief Reveals Plans
Travel Agent
The new head of Monaco's Tourism office, Guillaume Rose, and Cindy Hoddeson, Monaco's Director for Meetings and Incentives, came by Travel Agent's New York offices recently to bring us up to speed on what's happening with the Principality.

Travel Agent

JK sans Tourism Policy: KHARA
Srinagar, Jan 23: Kashmir Hotel and Restaurant Association (KHARA) today said that J&K sansTourism Policy. The association at a meeting of Tourism Advisory Committee at Jammu today said the lack of tourism policy in the state had put the tourism ...

State has passport backlog of 60000
Deccan Chronicle
The backlog and subsequent delay in clearing the passport applications might hit the plans of the Regional Passport Office in Bengaluru which is expected to increase the number of online applications issued on a daily basis.

PH share in tourism in Asia Pacific is 1.1%
They spent $15.102 billion with each of them leaving in the Philippines slightly more than $80 million during each tourist stay in the country, according to figures of the Department of Tourism (DOT).Tourist arrivals appear erratic although in 2010, ...

Ali's passport to freedom
Newcastle Herald
In November 2007 he was one of three members of the Iraqi under-23 team who fled the MantraResort in Ettalong seeking political asylum after losing to the Olyroos in an Olympic qualifier at Gosford. ''It was such a big risk I took,'' Abbas said.

Ethiopia rebels blame troops for Afar tourist deaths
BBC News
At least two other members of the tourist group were injured. The violence is the worst involving visitors to the region in recent years. Eritrea has strongly denied Ethiopia's accusation that it trained and armed the rebels. ARDUF seeks autonomy for ...

BBC News

Poland aims to boost tourism at Hitler's WWII lair | The Raw Story
By Agence France-Presse
Polish authorities said Monday they plan to boost tourism at Nazi German dictator Adolf Hitler's “Wolfsschanze” (Wolf's Lair), which ended up on their territory after post-war border changes. Artur Kurek, a senior official of the Polish forestry ...
The Raw Story

Jill Fergus: Utah's Canyons: The Next Great Ski Resort? (PHOTOS)
By Jill Fergus
I'm told repeatedly that this zip line, a brand new feature at Utah's Canyons Resort, can hold an airplane, but as I was being hooked onto the line on a platform perched precariously on the mountain's edge, all I could think was, why the heck ...
The Huffington Post Full Blog Feed

Resort Accused Of Polluting Sleeping Bear Dunes
Environmentalists say the Homestead Resort harms wildlife there.
WILX - HomePage - Headlines

Crete Promoted as Hot Tourist Destination for Dutch Visitors | Greek ...
By Fani Toli
According to the Chamber of Commerce of Rethymno, the promotion of Crete as a tourist destination began during the Dutch Tourism Fair “Vakantiebeurs 2012” (11-15 January 2012) held in Utrecht, where Crete and Greece have been ...
Greek Reporter Europe

Preparations on stream for regional tourism conference - Stabroek ...
By Stabroek staff
Preparations are moving apace for the 13th Annual Caribbean Conference on Sustainable TourismDevelopment that which will be used to showcase Guyana's nature.
Stabroek News

ekathimerini.com | On tax dodgers, PSI, politicians, tourism ...
A tourist's view. As a non-Greek who has spent two months a year in your country for the last five years, last year was possibly the last time. I am weary of constant strikes and dirty and broken streets. Every other day someone was on strike and ...
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Seychelles Tourism Delegation visits UNWTO | MaritimeSecurity.Asia
By MaritimeSecurity.Asia
A delegation from Seychelles Tourism Board comprising of the CEO, Alain St.Ange; director for Europe, Bernadette Willemin; head of International Cooperation, Ralph Hissen-Lee paid a courtesy call on UNWTO head, Talib Rifai, on Friday 20 ...

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