Thomas Cook Airlines have recently announced an expansion of their routes between the UK and US with increased flights to Las Vegas, New York JFK and Miami, a new daily service in the summer season to Orlando and some very exciting new routes to Boston and LA. The airline are looking to extend their role as leading service providers in transatlantic routes and the Boston and LA offerings are particularly big milestones for UK travellers.
Eleven per cent of all birds in the world can be found in Uganda. In fact, this East African country has more species of birds per square kilometer than anywhere else in the world. It is a bird's haven where bird enthusiasts can enjoy the endangered shoebill stork, African fishing eagle and the long legged African Jacana just to mention a few. Despite the potential being enormous, a lot more needs to be done when it comes to proper marketing and organization of birdwatching tourism.
European cruise market is growing fast. Record results have been announced. Last year the cruise industry generated EUR 40.2 billion in sales, which is 2.2 percent more compared to the previous year, according to the Association of International Cruise Lines CLIA.
For the past few years, Greece's summer tourism has seen explosive growth. The country saw more than a 20% increase in tourists from 2013 to 2014. Many experts and officials saw the spike in tourism as a sign that Greece could weather its financial crisis. Unfortunately, a looming bankruptcy and financial disaster have affected expected tourism numbers for the 2015 season. Turmoil in the country continues to make it a less desirable destination for the world's countless travel-happy tourists.
A new program was announced by the Israeli Tourism Ministry to speed up construction and build more hotel rooms, so that the high rates of hotels in the country can be reduced. Israel, as per the World Economic Forum, is the 19th costliest destination in the whole world, and in 2013, its average room rate was $201.30/night, which is costlier than United States or Japan.
In the past, Barcelona’s tourism industry suffered from low tourists’ turnout. However, in recent years, the city has shown signs of improvement. This year, about nine million visitors are expected to visit Barcelona which is home to 1.6 million inhabitants.
Following the recent attack on Tunisian beach, in the resort town of Sousse, that claimed 39 lives, the country expects to lose approximately $515 million. This amount is a quarter of the country’s annual earnings from tourism.
According to the statistics, the number of Russian visitors in Turkey has dropped by 30 percent. Experts forecast that the Turkish economy will suffer a cost of $ 2.5 billion. 20,000 people are also expected to lose their jobs in the Mediterranean province of Antalya.
According to the UNWTO 2014 report, the number of international visitors is expected to rise from an average of nearly 43 million tourists per year, to approximately 1.8 billion each year. In order to make this a reality, something has to be done. There is a dare need to enhance tourism sustainability.
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HERITAGE/ Hotels with Heritage at Heart
PROFESSIONAL/ The Boom of City Tourism
ETHICAL/ Safe Tourists Are Happy Tourists
TRANSPORT/ Best Glacier Cruise Destinations
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