Tuesday, January 17, 2012

World tourist numbers grow despite crisis

World tourist numbers grow despite crisis: UN
The number of international tourist arrivals grew by 4.4 percent to 980 million in 2011, up from 940 million in 2010, the Madrid-based United Nations World TourismOrganization said in an annual survey. But while the number of visitors to Europe surged ...


Syrian hill resort now embattled rebel stronghold
By Erika Solomon | BEIRUT (Reuters) - Masked gunmen prowl the rain-swept streets of a once-relaxed Syrian hill resort, which they have transformed into a hub of revolt against President Bashar al-Assad's rule. Zabadani, hugging the foothills of the ...

Passport for Life
New York Times (blog)
All of these operations and many more require a valid internal passport, a peculiar document that may be the most significant vestige of the USSR in modern Russian society. Back when we lived behind the Iron Curtain, these passports entitled us to ...

New York Times (blog)

Tourist's brothers in arms
New York Post
By LAURA ITALIANO Marines across the country are rushing to the rescue of former fellow leatherneck Ryan Jerome, who is facing prison time after trying to check his Indiana-registered handgun at the Empire State Building on Sept. 27. ...

New York Post

Ski resort execs join Reno-Tahoe Olympic board
Two top ski resort executives have joined the board trying to lure the 2022 Winter Olympics to the Reno-Lake Tahoe area. Squaw Valley and Alpine Meadows CEO Andy Wirth and Vail Resorts co-president Blaise T. Carrig have been elected to the Reno Tahoe ...

Resort fined for staff sham
Sydney Morning Herald
THE Fair Work Ombudsman has won a court case against a Tasmanian resort owner, just months after warning it would crack down on sham contracts. The owners of Diamond Island resort have been ordered to pay $37500 compensation to six casual employees ...

Sydney Morning Herald

Nigeria Oil Shutdown Would Be 'Last Resort' as Strike Enters Second Week
Oil union Pengassan said it will only shut down oil output as “a last resort” in Africa's top crude producer to give more time for negotiations with the government to end the strike, which has slowed trading in stocks and the naira, closed ports and ...


Political Tourism Comes to South Carolina
New York Times (blog)
By KATHARINE Q. SEELYE MYRTLE BEACH, SC — Political tourists are a familiar breed in Iowa and New Hampshire. People in the rest of the country understand that voters in those two states have unparalleled access to presidential candidates, and they ...

Egypt tourist sector doubts govt figures on visitor numbers
Ahram Online
"The figures don't reflect reality," Reda Dawood, owner of the Lucky Tours touristagency told Ahram Online. "The ministry does not aggregate figures from the industry but from the border authority." Egypt's minister of tourism announced on Sunday that...

Ahram Online

Tourist numbers from new markets look up
The Standard
[PHOTO: MAARUFU MOHA By Macharia Kamau Kenya's diversification efforts in marketing the country as a tourism destination seem to be yielding fruits. The country has witnessed growth in chartered flights as well as increased tourist numbers from new and ...

Li Na bigger than Oprah for tourism
Herald Sun
THE success of Chinese tennis star Li Na in Australia has started a boom in Asian visitors that could be "more valuable than Oprah" for tourism. Australian Open officials confirmed yesterday that fifth seed Li has been the driving force behind a 30 per ...

Belfry golf and hotel resort put up for sale
Irish Examiner
The prestigious Belfry golf and hotel resort which formed part of the Quinn empire is for sale, it has been confirmed. Considered the spiritual home of the Ryder Cup after hosting the competition four times since 1985, the complex is believed to be ...

The Jet Setter Show Provides Simple Steps for Getting Your First Passport
San Francisco Chronicle (press release)
A passport in hand permits travel almost anywhere in the world. Our world is quickly becoming a global neighborhood and international travel is quite commonplace. The Jet Setter Show encourages aspiring travelers to get ready to pursue those long-held ...

Forged Irish passport linked to gold scam in Africa
Belfast Telegraph
By Ralph Riegel and Tom Brady A forged Irish passport is at the centre of a €100m gold scam in West Africa being investigated by the FBI and Interpol. The passport -- in the name of a John Recketts -- was used in an elaborate ruse to dupe US investors ...

FJP: Next parliament will not restrict tourism
Ahram Online
The Muslim Brotherhood's Freedom and Justice Party (FJP) member Ahmed Soliman said on Sunday that tourism, particularly beach tourism, would not be restricted within the next five years by the coming parliament. Speaking at a conference organised by ...

Ahram Online

Cruise Tourism, USA - January 2005
Journeyman Pictures
The town has a new lease of life and has been revived by tourism. In summer, tourists out number residents here by nine to one. While locals welcome the tourist dollars, there's growing concern about the environmental pollution they bring. ...

Tourism chief urges focus on history
Nassau Guardian
The director general and CEO of the Caribbean Hotel and Tourism Association says the region has to address serious problems with competitiveness. And to do that, more consideration must be given to history. Citing a $5 billion loss in tourism spend ...

Gleneagles: the last big resort plan
The Adirondack Daily Enterprise
Developers of the huge resort planned to reopen a local ski hill and put hundreds of units of housing, a hotel and various luxury amenities on a little-used property. They faced a challenge to get approval from the state Adirondack Park Agency. ...

Agnes resort rights on the market
Bundaberg NewsMail
Resort Brokers Australia representative Glenn Millar said the company that previously owned the management rights to the Agnes Water Beach Club had gone into receivership. "The property is running extremely well, but the company hit financial trouble," ...

Himachal Pradesh Tourism Department sign MoU with IRCTC
Shimla: Department of Tourism and Civil Aviation Himachal Pradesh here today has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Indian Railway Catering andTourism Corporation Limited (IRCTC) for management of restaurants located at the State ...


Downgrade set to dent tourism
The downgrade of several European economies' credit ratings, including France and Austria, is unwelcome news for New Zealand's exporters and tourism operators. Standard & Poor's downgrade of France and Austria's AAA credit ratings to AA+ after the ...

Corps delays decision on resort
Baxter Bulletin
If the site is preserved, trails are built and the Monte Ne marketed, it could be a tourist attraction, Lord said. "It might be something visitors to Crystal Bridges would want to add to their 'to do' list while they are here," Lord said, referring to ...

Tourism ambassador promotes Vietnam's image in Taiwan
VietNamNet Bridge
Vietnam's tourism ambassador Ly Nha Ky has left for Taiwan, China, to advertise the national culture and call for foreign investment into the country. Vietnam's distinctive and high-quality tourismproducts are being showcased at an ASEAN international ...

BBVA and Google team up for tourism data
Financial Times
By Miles Johnson in Madrid BBVA, Spain's second-largest bank by assets, is teaming up with Google to use its search engine results to provide advanced forecasts of hotel and tourism demand in the country, part of a plan to market real-time economic ...

Man has passport tattooed onto his back
Wandsworth - Richard Ashton from the UK always carries his passport on his back. In fact his passport has become a permanent part of his body since he had it tattooed on his back. A passport is a suitable means of identification for a person that ...


2012 at Disneyland Resort: Cars Land and Buena Vista Street Will Complete the ...
(January 13, 2012) The year 2012 promises even more fun and adventure across the DisneylandResort, with new experiences highlighted by the unveiling this summer of Cars Land, Carthay Circle Theatre and the Buena Vista Street entry into Disney ...

Cebuano returns tourist's cellphone
By Rebelander S. Basilan AMERICAN tourist MJ Gregory was back in her hotel room after watching the Sinulog Festival Queen contest last Friday night when she found out her smartphone was missing. A few minutes later, her husband Maurice received a text ...

Staycationers drive tourism revenue for Corpus Christi, CVB CEO says
Corpus Christi Caller Times
To gain the attention of the average budget-conscious household, the bureau spends a little more than half of its annual $1.1 million advertising budget on spots scheduled to publish, run or air in the peak tourist months of May, June and July, ...

Tourist Trapped: SkyMall Catalog
SFGate.com (blog)
I've been flying a lot lately, discovering that the one and only highlight of domestic coach air travel is the SkyMall catalog. SkyMall is like Lillian Vernon for employed nerds. On my recent flight, I freaked out the old lady next to me by taking ...

SFGate.com (blog)

Zabadani, Former Syria Resort, Now Rebel Stronghold
By The Huffington Post News Editors
By Erika Solomon BEIRUT, Jan 16 (Reuters) - Masked gunmen prowl the rain-swept streets of a once-relaxed Syrian hill resort, which they have transformed into a hub of revolt against President Bashar al-Assad's rule. Zabadani, hugging the ...
The Huffington Post | Full News Feed

Egypt tourism revenues tumble 30% in 2011 | Tourism and ...
Egypt's tourism minister has said revenues from the country's lucrative tourist industry fell by 30% last year, due to unrest that rocked the country following the ouster of president Hosni...
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Tourism Is a Great Opportunity for Montenegro - Daily News ...
By maja
According to the WTTC (World Travel and Tourism Council), Montenegro has made a great success: “The country is expected to be among the fastest-growing tourism-based economies in the next decade.” Tourism Is a Great Opportunity for Montenegro 300x247 Tourism Is a Great Opportunity for... The Government of Montenegro is very committed to promoting the country as a touristdestination. Reduced taxation, simplified procedures, and better legislation are making the country ...
Daily News Montenegro
Ski resort execs join Reno-Tahoe Olympic board - KansasCity.com
Two top ski resort executives have joined the board trying to lure the 2022 Winter Olympics to the Reno-Lake Tahoe area.
KansasCity.com: Front Page

International Tourism to Reach One Billion in 2012 | Adventure ...
By Nicole Petrak
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.
Adventure Travel News

By Samit
A Sharjah tourist will experience the Arabian lifestyle and Islamic culture first hand because Sharjah is renowned throughout the Arab world for its commitment in preservation of art, local heritage and culture. A Sharjah tourist will experience ...

Sharjah Tourism to be promoted in Madrid | Arab Turkish Travel ...
By admin
The SCTDA is heading a high profile delegation of Sharjah government departments and entities, including the Sharjah Media Center, and representatives of hospitality and tourism industry that includes Coral Beach Resort and Sharjah ...
Arab Turkish Travel Gazette

Eurozone Downgrade to Dent New Zealand Tourism | Stuff.co.nz
By Tamlyn Stewart and Michael Berry
The downgrade of several European economies' credit ratings, including France and Austria, is unwelcome news for New Zealand's exporters and tourism operators.
Stuff.co.nz - Business

Some Joplin residents outraged at 'tornado tourism' efforts (AUDIO)
By Jessica Machetta
Some Joplin residents outraged at 'tornado tourism' efforts (AUDIO). January 16, 2012 By Jessica Machetta. Tornado tourists and gawkers in Joplin have filtered through the city since the May 22 storm … and now a bus tour is proposed. ...

Ghana Tourist Authority Partners FOFA | News One Newspaper
By Nicholas
The Government of Ghana, under the auspices of the Ghana Tourist Authority, has partnered with the organizers of Festival Of Films, Africa, (FOFA) to make the first international film festival in Ghana a success. FOFA has selected Ghana for ...
News One Newspape

Coffee Tourism in Latin America | Fox News Latino
Many people travel to learn about the food and drink they consume at home. Coffee lovers can do the same.

World tourist numbers grow despite crisis: U.N. | The Raw Story
International tourist numbers expanded in 2011 despite the economic crisis, the ... up from 940 million in 2010, the Madrid-based United Nations World Tourism ...

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