he global spa industry growth from $60 billion in 2007 to $94 billion in 2013 - 7.7% annual growth rate. Europe remains the world’s largest market of SPA services due to its quite a high average revenues per spa. Thermal and mineral springs for bathing, healing, are enjoying renewed consumer interest.
Early this year, UAE introduced a multiple entry visa system for their cruise tourists. According to one of the senior executives at the Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing, the system will help boost the ship calls by 16 percent while passenger numbers will increase by at least 7 percent.
During the third quarter of 2014, tourism authorities reported a 70 percent increase in the number of foreign tourist arrivals in Egypt. Cairo recorded a 50 percent rise in hotel occupancy regarding foreign tourists.
Ethical Traveler, a non for profit California based organization has just released their list of the top 10 ethical travel destinations for 2015. These countries have made significant changes to protect the rights of their citizens and to safeguard the environment.
According to a recent report assessing international tourism in Argentina, 51.2% of outbound travelers left the country by air, a decline of 6.4% when compared to the last year. The main countries where Argentinians headed were Chile, Brazil and Uruguay, which together accounted for 53.3% of the total outbound tourism.
For people traveling to a new destination it is quite common not be fully aware of the local customs and cultural differences in many situations. In many parts of North America, a 15 to 20 per cent extra is expected in restaurants and porters carrying your baggage expect one or two dollars per bag, depending on an accommodation category. However, travelers to Japan and China aren't expected to tip services provided.
China boasts of having the fastest growing aviation industry in the world. The country however fights a considerable shortfall of about 10,000 pilots.
On December 9 the first direct freight train between Spain and China arrived at the ADIF logistics facilities in Madrid-Abroñigal, making it the longest freight train journey in history.
The inflow of visitors to the Tequila Trail grew by 20 percent in 2014, amounting to 945,000 tourists, who spent 560 million pesos in the eight municipalities that make up this corridor in the Valles region of Mexican state of Jalisco.
Tourism in Tuscany is back to the record levels of 2011. According to recent statistics, this year 43.4 million tourists visited the Italian region, which is the second highest result ever.