Friday, February 17, 2012

Florida tourism: record number of visitors in 2011

Florida's tourism agency says state hosted record number of visitors in 2011
Washington Post
Florida's tourism agency says a record 85.9 million people visited the state last year. Visit Florida said Thursday that the estimated total was a 4.4 percent increase over 2010 and the highest number since 2007. The number shows Florida tourism — the ...

Visitors From Brazil, Canada Boost Tourism Numbers « CBS Miami
By cbs4maclauchlan
From the sun soaked beaches of South Florida and the Gulf to the House of the Mouse near Orlando, Florida posted record tourism numbers in 2011.
CBS Miami

Caribbean News Now!: Caribbean tourism recorded growth in 2011 ...
“The Caribbean tourism industry is holding its own, remaining afloat and resilient amidst turbulence in the marketplace. Tourist arrivals to the Caribbean region remained buoyant in 2011, continuing the recovery process which began in 2010,” ...
Caribbean News Now! Daily Headlines

Tourism Rakes in Sh98 Billion, 2012 Seen As Tough Year
By Lola Okulo, 16 February 2012 Tourism continued on a growth path with 2011 earnings rising to Sh98 billion an increase of 18.6 per cent compared to 2010 and total tourist arrivals standing at 1785382 the latest industry report shows.

Northern Virginia Pet Resort To Be Featured on MSNBC's Your Business Show
Sacramento Bee
By Olde Towne Pet Resort SPRINGFIELD, Va., Feb. 16, 2012 -- /PRNewswire/ -- Northern Virginia-based Olde Towne Pet Resort (OTPR) will be featured in an upcoming episode of MSNBC's Your Business show, a program exclusively focused on issues affecting ...

Maldives Journal: Hardliners May Thwart Push for 'Affordable' Tourism
Wall Street Journal (blog)
In the weeks leading up to Mr. Nasheed's ouster, Islamist leaders staged daily street protests which painted his government as un-Islamic, focusing on its plans for tourism. His political adversaries, including some big resort owners, ...

Cofresi Palm Beach & Spa Resort, Dominican Republic, Names Stephane Culillas ...
MarketWatch (press release)
PUERTO PLATA, Dominican Republic, Feb 16, 2012 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- The 463-room Cofresi Palm Beach & Spa Resort which opened just four months ago in Puerto Plata on the North Coast of the Dominican Republic, has appointed Stephane Culillas as its new ...

York County tourism officials banking on DNC boost
Lake Wylie Pilot
But York County tourism officials are hoping that those who are housed here will be staying longer and spending as much, if not more, than convention delegates. Rock Hill hotels will be used to house convention guests, said Joanne Peters, ...

Tourism can save wetlands
The world's fragile wetlands can be protected by sustainable tourism, but not without certain risks, said the head of the United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO), the UN agency responsible for the promotion of responsible, sustainable, ...

The 'New' Ghana Tourism Authority
At long last the Ghana Tourist Board has been transmuted [transmogrified] and upgraded by Parliament into a national Tourism Authority and a lot of us who have worked towards the preparation of the bill that made the change possible are happy with just ...

Tourism hit as Westcountry jobless figures soar
This is Cornwall
Devon and Cornwall recorded a sharp rise in joblessness in the aftermath of the Christmas upturn and as the squeeze on consumer spending hit the key tourism and leisure industries. Across the two counties, 32565 people claimed Jobseeker's Allowance in ...

Tourism body urges Qantas to reform
Australia's peak tourism body has urged Qantas to get on with its reforms and cost cutting to ensure Australia has a reliable and viable national airline. Tourism and Transport Forum chief executive officer John Lee said on Thursday no one wanted to ...

Explore Charlottesville Area Historical Attractions With the Presidents ...
MarketWatch (press release)
The Presidents Passport is a cooperative marketing program designed to encourage tourism to the greater Charlottesville area cosponsored by the Charlottesville Albemarle Convention and Visitors Bureau (CACVB), Monticello and Montpelier.

Maldives Turmoil Threatens 'Affordable' Tourism
Wall Street Journal (blog)
By Tom Wright The Maldives, known for $2000-a-night white-sand-and-turquoise-ocean atoll retreats, is hoping to build a more affordable tourism industry. But it's facing a challenge from the country's more religiously conservative population.

Florida posts record year for tourism
Palm Beach Post
latest money news » From The Post and AP According to estimates released today by Visit Florida – the state's official tourism marketing corporation – 85.9 million visitors came to Florida in 2011, an increase of 4.4 percent over 2010.

I&B, Tourism Ministries to promote India as film hub
Hindu Business Line
In a bid to give a fillip to the 'Incredible India' campaign and cinema as a sub-brand of Incredible India at various international film festivals and markets abroad, the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting and Ministry of Tourism on Thursday ...

Victoria Beckham: 'GREAT' Britain's New Tourism Ambassador Photographed at NYC...
International Business Times
The tourism organization will invite iconic Britons in the fields of film, fashion, music, design and more to be a part of delivering GREAT British content to the masses via Facebook and Twitter. As a "GREAT" ambassador, Beckham will play a leading ...

International Business Times

Hidden Valley ski resort announces $2 million expansion
St. Louis Business Journal
Construction will begin this spring on a $2 million expansion at Hidden Valley ski resort in Wildwood that will add 30 percent more skiable terrain and a new four-person ski lift. It will also include a $500000 revamping the food and beverage operation ...

Optimism over Viceroy resort in Maldives despite unrest
The National
Despite the distance, some authorities are concerned about the impact on the tourism industry. But the operator believes that its resort, which charges up to US$17500 (Dh64,281) a night for a three-bedroom villa, will not be affected.

tourist bitten 'down under' by deadly snake
Herald Sun
Man relieves himself in garden after night at pub Highly poisonous tiger snake bites his testicle Lucky - US man has a terrifying brush with death A BRITISH tourist is lucky to be alive after a painful and embarrassing encounter with one of the ...

Resort and conference center joins growing portfolio of hotels and resorts
Travel Daily News International
Destination Hotels & Resorts, the 3rd largest hospitality management company in the United States, announced it will manage Lansdowne Resort in Leesburg, VA. Situated on the bluffs of the Potomac River, this 296 room resort is ideally located in the ...

Taiwanese travel agents push 'Linsanity' tourism |
By Zoe Li, Hong Kong Editor
Taiwanese travel agents have gotten their mitts on some New York Knicks tickets and are offering them as part of a group tour to the U.S..
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OutServe plans summit at Army's Disney resort - Marine Corps News ...
ORLANDO, Fla. — A national convention of gay military personnel on active duty will be held at an Army-operated resort on Walt Disney World property next fall.
Marine Corps Times - News

Hobbit brings increased tourism to New Zealand
By johnsnyder
Peter Jackson, native of New Zealand, turned his homeland into the magical world of Middle-Earth for the Lord of the Rings trilogy. This created a destination for tourists who are arriving in large-masses like never-before. The Hobbit is already ...
The Hobbit Movie

OutServe 2012: Gay Troops Going To Disney World Army Resort
By The Huffington Post News Editors
Gay and lesbian military members will hold their second ever conference next fall at a Florida vacation resort operated by the U.S. Army. In the latest sign that openly gay service members have continued to move into the military mainstream ...
The Huffington Post | Full News Feed
By Editor
According to the U.S. Travel Association, the tourist industry has sufficiently recovered that tourism to the U.S. is now where it was before the Great Recession started in 2008. However, overall tourismis still less that it was ten years ago when ...
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