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BRAZIL ATTRACTS ECO-CONSCIOUS TOURISTS WITH SUSTAINABLE DESTINATIONS

Ecotourism is big part of Brazil’s global growth. The annual increase rates remain between 15-25 percent and according to the World Tourism Organization it outweighs conventional tourism growth.

CHILE FOCUSING ON SENIOR TRAVELERS TO BOOST TOURISM

The president of Chile, Michelle Bachelet, attended the launch of a new holiday season focusing on elderly people. The project that has been running for 14 years, is supposed to offer the Chilean people “traveling opportunities, continuing the adventure of life, meeting new friends and discovering landscapes."

ROME: HOTEL TAX INCREASE LIKELY TO HIT TOURIST NUMBERS

Rome is still in the eye of the storm after the controversy over warnings from abroad and recent increase of the tourist tax. The capital is under siege; operators and industry associations feel discomfort after the considerable tax rise.

MADAGASCAR PLANS TO ATTRACT 1M VISITORS BY 2020

After years of turmoil Madagascar has finally found political stability and the Ministry of Tourism announced a plan to attract 1 million tourists by 2020. In order to achieve the goal minister Ramarcel Benjamina Ramanantsoa has launched a project that includes a number of measures to prepare the island to accommodate this massive number of arrivals.

AUSTRALIAN TOURISTS SPEND MORE OVERSEAS THAN AT HOME

In recent years, the Australian tourism industry has struggled a lot to convince tourists to travel at home. Though domestic travel numbers have touched record highs, Australians are still more focused on overseas travel. Recently, Tourism Research Australia released the latest domestic visitor survey.

NORWAY LAUNCHES A MOBILE APP FOR THE NORTHERN LIGHTS

One of the biggest attractions of Norway is aurora borealis, commonly known as the Northern Lights. The local tourist board recently, Innovation Norway, announced a new mobile app that will help visitors to experience this natural phenomenon.

EUROPEAN AND U.S. TOURISTS AVOID RUSSIA

The current tensions between the West and Russia over Ukraine crises take its toll on the tourism sector. The Russian travel agencies reported that about 40-60% fewer US and European holiday makers travelled to Russia in the first six months of this year compared with the number that went there in 2013 during the same period and 3 times fewer Russian tourists traveled abroad.

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HOTEL OCCUPANCY IN ISRAEL DOWN BY 24%

The "Unlimited" cease-fire was signed on August 26 in Cairo between Israelis and Palestinians. One of the industries considerably hit by the 50-day military conflict is tourism.

GREECE: GOOGLE TO HELP LOCAL TOURISM BUSINESSES

Internet giant, Google, has done it again. This time, they have extended a helping hand to Greece's tourism industry, by initiating management courses for 3000 tourism related businesses. In an attempt to promote tourism in the dainty island of Crete, Google has made it a point to help small businesses flourish in the city.

OKTOBERFEST 2014: TRADITION AND NOVELTIES

At the turn of each October, all roads lead to Munich Oktoberfest which is one of the world’s most colorful funfair events. This is where six million people gathered in 2013 and consumed 6.7 million liters of Munich beer brands. They chomped over 100 oxen in a span of two weeks, danced and participated in multihued parades characterized by Bavarian cultural outfits.

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