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THE LATEST ISSUE OF THE TOURISM REVIEW ONLINE MAGAZINE - NOVEMBER 2014

CONTENTS:

HERITAGE: Tours: In the Footsteps of Political Icons
PROFESSIONAL: Hotel Chains with Pet Friendly Policies
TRANSPORT: Some Like to Cruise
ETHICAL: Rural Tourism – A Genuine Vacation Trend
DESTINATION: Berlin – Living without the Wall

Announcement
BUSINESS TRAVEL TRENDS: EFFICIENCY REMAINS TOP PRIORITY

70 percent of German business travelers think that sustainability is one of the most important aspects of their booking. 84 percent think that the protection of the environment will become even more important in the following years. Until then however, efficiency still remains the top priority for business travel.

IBERIA AIRLINE LAUNCHES WEARABLE BOARDING PASS

Papers can be misplaced or lost with more ease than smartphones and smart watches. With that in mind, Samsung and Iberia entered a collaboration to bring passengers the wearable boarding pass. While at airport checkpoints, travelers can present their passes from the display of Gear Neo and Samsung Gear 2 smart watches.

CHILE LAUNCHES THE FIRST PET TRAVEL GUIDE

The National Tourism Service of Chile (Sernatur) sponsored a new guide for globetrotters traveling with pets. Compiled by the TrekkingChile and Bocalán Confiar foundations, “Guau Travel Tips” is full of recommendations to inform animal lovers about the different stages of travelling with pets from the hotel stay to outdoor activities, in a responsible, safe, and fun way.

IATA: CHINA TO BECOME WORLD’S LARGEST PASSENGER MARKET

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) released a new report forecasting passenger growth for the next 20 years. The new report is the first of its kind, and it predicts an average annual growth of 4.1%. Passenger numbers are expected to reach 7.3 billion by 2034, which more than doubles the 3.3 billion passengers who are expected to travel this year.

RUSSIAN HOTEL TURNS TO MUSLIM GUESTS TO BOOST PROFITS

Enjoy a Muslim breakfast, Quran at your bedside, and a prayer room just for you. These are some of the amenities of a hotel in Moscow that recently launched a 'halal' service as a way to attract Muslim clientele.

UK: A CAMPAIGN TO CUT THE TOURISM VAT LAUNCHED

In the UK several MPs from the Conservative Party and candidates from the West have asked the government to reduce the current VAT for the tourism industry. To boost the industry, they are calling for the reduction of VAT from 20 percent to 5 percent on attractions and accommodation. The reduction would generate GBP 4 billion and create 120,000 jobs.

CONFERENCE: FUTURE TRENDS OF TOURISM

For the second consecutive year, the WTM Vision Conference landed at Rimini Fiera during the days of TTG Incontri (Oct 9) to set out an overview of the sector and the challenges of the future. A game that will be played, in fact, on three basic grounds: personalization, social and new technologies.

THE MALDIVES ARE GROWING IN POPULARITY

Visitor numbers to the Maldives are on the rise and local travel companies, like recently established Secret Paradise, are convinced that not only do they fully understand the desires that are really drawing people to the islands; they are best equipped to help these tourists experience the real Maldives. Figures show that tourist numbers rose by an impressive 11.9% to half a million by the end of May.

BAROMETER: THE FRENCH DON’T TRAVEL FOR ALL SAINTS DAY

The 13th edition of the Mondial Assistance Barometer "The French and Their Holidays" reveals that only 13% of French people go on holiday around Halloween. This is the lowest rate of outbound travel on record since the establishment of the barometer.

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