Monday, February 13, 2012

Coup in Maldives? Tourists relax; Passports for a price

Coup in Maldives? Tourists relax amid political fray
ONE ISLAND, ONE RESORT Tourism officially accounts for 30 percent of the Maldives' $2.1 billion economy, but Sim Mohamed Ibrahim, secretary-general of the Maldives Association of TourismIndustry, said it was closer to 75-80 percent.

Special Report: Passports . . . for a price
Demand for a second passport is "way up," says David Lesperance, a Canadian immigration lawyer. Among his recent clients: an Egyptian pro-democracy activist who worries about instability in his country, and a Chicago businessman who is convinced that ... 

How a Spanish resort created its own tourism crisis (blog)
Fearing that the news might leak to the media and ruin the forthcoming tourismseason the mayor and the authorities still tried to cover up the whole mess until finally –under pressure from the tour operator Saga Holidays-they were forced to carry out ... (blog)

The ski resort paradox
The Pump House Indoor Water Park at Jay Peak Resort is an oasis away from the cold ski conditions at Jay Peak. The resort opened the water park this year to provide year-round resortoptions for skiers and nonskiers. / EMILY McMANAMY, Free Press JAY ...

Bangkok Post
As Thailand's tourism industry gets set to soar again, a regional meeting on the global AIDS pandemic organised here last week has refocused attention on a rarely discussed subject: the extent to which Thailand's nightlife and entertainment industry ...

Kuwait to double tourist arrivals to 1 million
Kuwaiti is aiming to double its tourist arrivals to one million by 2015 as it seeks to boost its tourism infrastructure to attract more leisure travelers, said the organisers of an upcoming travel expo in Dubai. Arabian Travel Market (ATM) 2012 will ...


Panel reviews tourism investment potentials
Oman Daily Observer
MUSCAT — The Oman Chamber of Commerce and Industry (OCCI) Tourism Committee yesterday reviewed the difficulties and problems facing the tourism sector in the Sultanate and hinder its development. The committee attendees stressed that the governorates ...

Snowmobile tourism hit hard by lack of early snow
Kennebec Journal
Jim Murton, who owns North Country Rivers resort in Bingham, had to put off some of his early season snowmobile reservations because of poor snow conditions that lasted into mid-January. He transferred them to dates in February and March, including the ...

Kennebec Journal

Australian jailed in Beirut over terrorist group links
The Australian
AN Australian man has had his passport cancelled by ASIO and been convicted in a Lebanese court on terrorism-related offences after he allegedly travelled to Pakistan to train with an extremist group. The Australian understands Wiam Chaouk, 23, ...

HO HO! Delhi's showpiece tourist bus is a flop show
Hindustan Times
Delhi Tourism's 'Hop On Hop Off' (HOHO) tourist bus facility — rolled out just ahead of Commonwealth Games — gets not more than 100-odd passengers on any working day. On weekends, the number barely touches 175. While HOHO buses are extremely popular ...

India needs to streamline visa, infrastructure to tap tourism
Economic Times
NEW DELHI: As tourism becomes a key driver of the Indian economy with its growing foreign exchange earnings and income generating potential, the government has to streamline infrastructure and visa procedures to tap the segment's full potential, ...

Domestic tourism thrives
Fraser Coast Chronicle
INTERNATIONAL visitor numbers to the Fraser Coast continue to plummet, but those for business travellers and visiting relatives are soaring, the latest Tourism Queensland report has shown. The Regional Snapshots September 2011 report released this week ...

Antigua and Barbuda Tourism Summit: “Forging the Future of Tourism Together”
South Florida Caribbean News
JOHN'S, Antigua - The Ministry of Tourism and the Antigua and Barbuda Tourism Authority will host the Antigua and Barbuda Tourism Summit on Monday February 13th at Sandals Resorts International. The Ministry of Tourism recognized that there have been ...

Illinois' tourism website launches new lesbian and gay section
by News Staff Springfield, Ill. — The State of Illinois' tourism website now has a new section that caters directly to gay and lesbian tourists. The section is called "Pride Illinois" and goes beyond the usual calendar of LGBT Pride events.

Software release copes well in busy tourism season
New and improved functionality in the ibisNx tourism specific software is making life easier for users the length and breadth of the country. The latest release of the software developed by Queenstown's Ibis Technology improves the fully integrated, ...

Washington takes different path for its tourism promotion (blog)
With its wealth of diversity for visitors and a $15.2 billion economic impact on the state, the Evergreen State's tourism industry is working to stanch bleeding from a self-inflicted wound while maintaining momentum behind a marketing brand recognized ...

Businesswoman was pioneer in tourism industry
Middle East North Africa Financial Network
She was too busy running Island Holidays Tours and Amfac Resorts Hawaii and focusing on trying to turn Hawaii tourism into the state's economic driver to acknowledge conventional obstacles. Hawaii of the 1970s might have been a man's world, ...

Maldives new president assures tourist safety
China Daily
MALE - Ending a week of political turmoil, the Maldives Saturday invited tourists to its world's top luxury resort destinations assuring complete safety and protection, according to a senior official. Maldivian president Mohamed Waheed Hassan who was ...

Wabasha ski resort chairlift breaks; 3 hurt in fall
Pioneer Press
Three men were injured Saturday afternoon after a chairlift fell about 30 feet at a ski resort in Wabasha, Minn. KSTP-TV reported that the chair, carrying two of the men, came loose from its cable and fell to the ground just before 1 pm at Coffee Mill ...

Michigan's Recreation Passport is a great deal
Detroit Free Press
Use a Recreation Passport to get to state park scenes like Tahquamenon Falls, photographed unfrozen on Feb. 5. / ELLEN CREAGER/Detroit Free Press By Ellen Creager Here's an amazing sight: a totally unfrozen Tahquamenon Falls in Michigan's Upper ...

Mississippi Gulf Resort Classic's field shaping up as strong one
Mississippi Press (blog)
By Tommy Hicks, Press-Register Golfer Tom Lehman kisses his trophy after winning the Mississippi Gulf Resort Classic on April 3, 2011. (Mississippi Press/Chip English) The list of golfers who have committed to play in this year's Mississippi Gulf ...

Mississippi Press (blog)

Ritzville taps roots to cultivate tourism
Mid Columbia Tri City Herald
The goal is simple, they say: boost tourism and make Ritzville more than a potty stop. In Ritzville, as in many rural towns across the Northwest, the population is shrinking, local businesses are closing, and the farm economy that fueled growth in the ...

Coach home building under way at Players Cove in Lely Resort
Naples Daily News
Stock Construction has begun construction of a coach home building at Players Cove, a private neighborhood of coach homes within Lely Resort. According to Tim Clark, Lely Resort's vice president of sales, each coach home building at Player's Cove ...

Montana group aims to raise awareness of tourism benefits to the state | The ...
The Republic
A group representing Montana's travel and tourism industry has started an initiative to raise awareness about how tourism benefits the state's economy. Voices of Montana says its ultimate goal is persuading state lawmakers to make money available to ...

Grand Hyatt Kauai Resort & Spa in Hawaii
Grand Hyatt Kauai Resort & Spa comes with a plethora of relaxation options for travelers looking to relax and enjoy themselves in a natural setting. Located in Koloa, Hawaii, this diverse resort is perfect for trying out reviving Spa treatments, ...

$150million Cessnock resort debate
Newcastle Herald
IT is a $150million world-class development that will provide hundreds of jobs and an annual injection of $6.5million to the local economy, but Cessnock City Council is not interested in the Jack Nicklaus Golden Bear Resort. After 10 years planning the ...

Tourism in Vancouver up post Olympics
VANCOUVER (NEWS1130) - We saw a boost in tourism during and following the 2010 Games, but was it worth it? It's been exactly two years since we hosted the world and the folks at TourismVancouver say it was well worth it.

New Director appointed for Tourism Authority of Thailand Middle ...
The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) Middle East Office Directorship changeover was officially celebrated today, February 9th, 2012, at the Dusit Thani Hotel Dubai.

Foreign bloggers and tweeters to boost tourism in Japan | Majirox ...
By majiroxnews
TOKYO (majirox news) -- Japan plans to increase tourism to the country by inviting influential bloggers and Twitter users from around the world to visit ar...
Majirox News

UKM vs passport : UK Visas and Immigration
By ShayM
I will be applying for UKM (as soon as I can find suitable referees) and would naturally like a UKpassport as well. Do I ...
CanuckAbroad - News

Grooming Update 2/12/12 | Heavenly Mountain Resort Blog
By MeganH
There's some snow on the way, so we should have some nice fresh conditions to report, very soon. In the meantime, our groomers are holding it down and smooth.
Heavenly Mountain Resort Blog

best luxury resort for family in maldives. | Asia Forum | Fodor's Travel ...
By liketotravelwell
we are thinking of going to maldives in october. whats the best luxury resort for families and which are the bigger islands.thanks Posted in the Asia forum.

World Travel Awards issues call for nominations | Rus Tourism News
By Nadezda Basyrova
Main sponsors include Qatar Tourism Authority, BBC World News, the Jamaica Tourist Board,Tourism Authority of Thailand, Cornelia Diamond Golf Resort & Spa, Mauritius Tourism Promotion Authority, Conrad Hotels,, Armani Hotel ... Trav Talk, Trade Arabia, TTN, Travel Daily News International, Focus on Travel News, Vox Africa, New Focus Travel Magazine, Tourism Review, JAX FAX, Passport Magazine, Travel & Leisure China and National Geographic Traveller.
Rus Tourism News

How Quickly Can I Get An American Passport |
Although travelers are often afraid of the answer when they ask “how quickly can I get a United States passport”, the time frame is really much quicker than they might assume. Whether one needs an emergency passport or a traditional one, ...

Just Back from Grand Geneva Resort & Spa in Lake Geneva - Blog ...
By ftginspector
Expert Hotel, Restaurant, Spa and Destination Reviews.
Blog - Startle

Carry Companies in Greater toronto area Improve Tourism
By jordan
Carry Companies in Greater toronto area Improve Tourism. Posted on ... The Eaton Facility is the biggest tourist fascination in Toronto. ... To give the tourism marketplace an additional improve, Toronto boasts specialist public take companies.
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Relax - Chinese tourist attacked at famous Chiang Mai temple
He also urged Thai authorities to provide more security at tourist attractions. Panadda said the attack and subsequent warning had negatively affected Chiang Mai tourism hence the province would urge the Tourism Authority of Thailand to ...
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MATR News: Initiative to educate Montanans on tourism benefits
Along with raising awareness of the economic benefits of tourism, Voices of Montana Tourism also wants to spread the word on the need for funding to market Montana as a tourist destination, said Mary Paoli, the public relations manager ...
IRIN Africa | SOUTH AFRICA: Asylum-seekers resort to border ...
SOUTH AFRICA: Asylum-seekers resort to border jumping. Photo: Mujahid Safodien/IRIN. A group of migrants find easy access through an open gate in the ...

North Korea's Diamond Resort – A business worth doing?
North Korea's Diamond Resort – A business worth doing? by robert neff on February 12, 2012. According to Bloomberg (February 10, 2012), a New York- based ...

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