Google is tackling challenges which have been introduced by the large spread of Smartphones. Recently the company has launched a new redesign that makes it easier for travelers to search and book their holiday all within a few clicks. The main difference now when googling some destination tips includes flight and hotel information as well as nearby restaurants, top sites, and weather.
For several years, the world’s perception of Iran has been tinged by President Ahmadinejad’s hostile rhetoric. Since the switch to Ruhani however and the reduction of sanctions, more and more international tourists are drawn to the Islamic republic.
Mali tourism reported significant drop in the amount of visitors due to last year’s terrorist attacks. The number of European tourists coming to Mali decreased from 71,000 in 2014 to 36,000 in 2015, after the Radisson Blu Bamako attacks in November and the attacks on a hotel in Sévaré in August 2015.
Last November Mexico received 7.6 million international visitors, representing an increase of 6.6% over the same month in 2014, with foreign exchange earnings being $1.386 billion, according to the Ministry of Tourism (SECTUR).
Tahiti and Bora Bora still have their appeal but tourism, which is at the center of Polynesian economics, is struggling. To entice travelers to the archipelago the local authorities are focusing on more than just the stunning landscapes and exotic beauty of these islands. The upcoming promotional campaign will focus rather on the cultural richness of the area.
Brazil’s Chief of Staff, Jaques Wagner, said that there is no way that the Rio Olympic Games to be held this August will be cancelled due to the outbreak of the Zika virus. The virus is spreading rapidly throughout the South American country.
Among Spanish, English, and French speakers, Spanish speakers are by far the most motivated in terms of getting more holidays in 2016. Indeed, 65% of Spanish speakers would like more holidays whereas only 52% of English speakers and 39% of French speakers have voiced the same desire, according to the results of a recent survey.
The relationship between Turkey and Russia is not what you would call "rosy" lately. The multiple incidents involving Russian military airplanes allegedly violating Turkish airspace have increased the tension between the two countries. Besides, tourism was also badly hit by regional uncertainties and the Russian crisis, which might lead to Turkey losing as many as 4.5 million Russian tourists this year. But one country's loss is another's opportunity, as it seems.
Over the last two decades, a number of terrorist attacks hit various regions, often popular holiday spots. While many of them aimed at hitting western tourists in exotic countries, other sensational events, like the World Trade Center, London Underground and Madrid attack, impacted the daily lives of many Americans and Europeans at home. Naturally, all these events have affected the way people travel.
Despite the crisis, the data on tourism in Sicily over the last two years show a firm upturn. In 2014 it was registered almost 15 million visitors (+6.1%) and 4.5 million arrivals (+8.8% compared to 2013).