Turkey’s medical tourism industry isn’t remotely what it used to be, due to the social, political and civil unrest that plagues the country and damages its image internationally. Medical tourism in Turkey, as well as tourism at large, have in fact suffered from a notable decline in arrivals as of late.
The president of Argentina, Mauricio Macri, announced and a new tourism development plan for the period between 2016 and 2019. The main goal is to boost domestic as well as international tourism. The initiative will be coordinated on all levels of the national government through the Inter-Ministerial Committee for Tourism Facilitation and the Federal Tourism Council.
Sustainable tourism might become unsustainable for Spain soon, as a decision to launch a new tourists tax on visitor arrivals, allegedly with the sustainability of the industry in mind, is angering those with plans to visit places like Ibiza and Majorca in the summer.
Every year, up to 40,000 tourists – most of whom have already been everywhere else – visit Antarctica. Now, the tourism experience is going to get significantly enhanced.
The tourism sector of the German capital is heading for another record year. The number of guests visiting Berlin in January and February 2016 increased by 6.1 percent to 1.6 million compared to last year’s data.
Cambodia tourism industry faces a worldwide criticism of animal rights groups. Last week, Sambo, a 40-year-old Asian female elephant died outside Angkor Wat after it gave rides in the scorching heat. The elephant that has been carrying tourists around the temple for the last 15 years died because of overworking in temperatures over 100 degrees Fahrenheit. Critics point out that this is one more reason as to why the elephant riding tours should be regulated.
For the sixth consecutive year, the Global Muslim Travel Index (GMTI) has been published ranking 130 countries to benchmark how destinations are catering to the Muslim travel market. Malaysia once again leads the list of countries best for halal travel.
This year’s drop in the number of visitors from the Chinese mainland has made the Hong Kong tourism authorities less optimistic about the likelihood of things improving during the coming May holiday season.
Colombia medical tourism slightly increased last year. 10,423 health tourists visited the country, indicating an increase of 6.4 percent from 9,792 in 2014, according to government tourism authorities and ProColombia, a foreign investment agency.
Spain expects a record year regarding its summer tourism. The growing demand for tours in the country is driven by the continuing instability in competitive destinations such as Tunisia, Egypt or Turkey. The insecurity affects the travel behavior of many loyal visitors.