With a net worth of USD 494 billion, wellness tourism is one of the fastest growing industries in the world according to the last Sri report for Global Wellness Institute. The European market, with 216 million travels in 2013, is in the front of the wellness industry.
Cancun, the popular destination in southeastern Mexico, is expecting the arrival of between 70,000 and 80,000 US students during the six-week spring break season that has already started in this tourist resort, according to Laura Fernández Piña, head of Quintana Roo’s Ministry of Tourism (SEDETUR).
On the first anniversary of the Michelle Bachelet government, tourism undersecretary, Javiera Montes, noted that the sector "is a strategic priority of this government."
Statistics show that 42% of all trips are booked online today. Those looking for a hotel generally look for the best offer. Hotel comparison websites promise just that. Vergleich.org has checked which of these websites can actually meet the expectation.
The government of Indonesia has announced new measures designed to help boost the number of tourists visiting the South East Asian country. Beginning in April, visa requirements will be waived for nationals from additional 30 countries, making a total of 45, allowing them to visit Indonesia for short-term stay without visas. However, once again, Australia has been omitted from that list.
The USA is the leading private jet market in the world, according to NetJets, a provider of private aviation. This market is so dominant that it accounts for about sixty percent of private jet traffic. Europe is ranked just behind the US and it accounts for about a quarter of all private jet travel. Russia is a major destination for private jet travelers from Europe and Moscow is counted among the ten best routes and has the highest number of hours flown.
In the current year Spain has ambitions to beat its cruise record by hosting more than 8.1 million passengers per year. The prediction is based on the estimates of various Spanish port authorities who received 7.67 million cruise passengers in 2014.
Some estimate forecasts that the youth, student and educational travel market by 2020 will approach 300 million arrivals and value about US$320 billion. It is important to emphasize that youth travelers stay longer, in average 53 days, spend more - up to US$6,000 per trip. They also travel more frequently – about 1.5 trip per year.
Chile’s National Tourism Service (SERNATUR) is planning to stimulate tourism on the Easter Island, with work on the ground and the support of local organizations in both marketing and tourist services.
In its February 2015 edition, the economic observatory of Parisian tourism reported a decrease of foreign visits in the capital and its surroundings in 2014. However, the French clientele remains stable.