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TOURISM IS GROWING IN THE DOMINICAN REPUBLIC

The Caribbean country has reached 10 million tourists in 2013, an increase of 3.6%. Strong campaigning would advertise technological and infrastructure innovations. This increase in the Dominican tourism industry is owed to the new Tourism Incentive Law that has allowed 34 touristic projects, from all over the national territory, to count on an investment of 2,300 million dollars to move forward.

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DISAPPOINTING FIRST QUARTER FIGURES FOR EGYPT'S TOURISM REVENUE

The state of the Egyptian tourism industry has been poor ever since the political unrest, violence and riots surrounding the overthrow of president Hosni Mubarak in 2011, as the country deals with the aftermath and tourists are deterred from travelling because of uncertainty over the country's stability and threats of violence. While some will have hoped for an improvement in 2013, there was, however, a dramatic drop in revenue and visitor numbers, with the country taking just $5.9 billion, 41% less than the last annual figure.

CHINESE DUTY-FREE OPPORTUNITIES ON THE RISE IN HAINAN

Duty-free shopping is as commonplace an airport experiences for most travellers these days as checking in: sometimes passengers can happily occupy their time browsing the deals before boarding their flight; sometimes they can pass it by without a second glance. In Hainan, a small island province in Southern China, the concept is relatively new, with duty-free shopping having only started on a trial basis in April 2011; however, developers are about to take it to a whole new level.

NEW GOOGLE STUDY HIGHLIGHTS TRENDS IN THE CONSUMER JOURNEY

More and more of us are dealing with the travel industry online, in one way or another, with online bookings and web-based purchases becoming more common. Now a study by Google has shown that our interactions with these travel agents and other business may be more complex than first thought as we deal with them through multiple platforms and channels with different purposes.

SPAIN A WORLDWIDE LEADER IN ACCESSIBLE TOURISM PROMOTION

There are lots of things that will make a city and its particular holidaymaker destinations available to people with physical disabilities. First of all factor is really a barrier free airport and transport system that is certainly suitable for people who have movement disabilities. In pursuit of advertising accessible tourism, several major cities already went through a plenty of tweaks and changes.

BAREFOOT WALKING – SPECIAL TOURS TO BENEFIT THE BODY

It's lovely to steer barefoot around the beach or on the grassy portion of the park, don't you think? However, besides feeling good and comfy, there's also certain benefits that the body can get with barefoot walking that you've never heard of before. There's a feeling of natural healing that nature can provide to our body when walking without running shoes, slippers, or any foot apparel.

A NEW ONLINE TREND IN SENIOR TRAVEL BOOKINGS

Online and mobile travel booking is often perceived as being a young man's game, with some companies understandably targeting the more youthful demographic that seems to be constantly attached to their smartphones; however, research shows that 23% of the total internet population is over 55, a sizeable portion of users that shows that senior travellers are heading online more readily than the tourism industry may have suspected.

GERMAN OCCUPANCY DATA SHOWS GROWING TREND IN WEEKEND BREAKS

There is a new trend emerging in Germany of visitors spending the night in hotels over the weekend rather than during weekdays. Data for room occupancy in German hotels from the MKG European Hospitality Report shows that rates rose to 67.6%, putting the country only marginally behind the European average of 67.9%.

5.4% GROWTH IN THE GLOBAL TRAVEL INDUSTRY

The travel company Amadeus was recently commissioned to carry out a study into future growth within the industry and the results have been published by Oxford Economics. Shaping the Future of Travel: Macro Trends Driving Industry Growth Until 2023, as the title suggests, it is a report on the factors that will contribute to growth in the global travel industry and the issues faced. The key finding is that growth is estimated at an impressive 5.4% a year. This would be faster than world GDP, which is only predicted to be 3.4% over the same ten year period, and in line with global trade flows of 5.8%.

CRUISES: AUSTRIA GROWS IN RECORD PACE

The number of the booked cruises in Europe reached its all-time high of 6.4 million in 2013. That corresponds to an increase of 4 percent as opposed to 2012 and a doubling of the European cruise ship market in only eight years. The source market Austria – with an absolute emergence of more than 134,000 passengers in the previous, not at all considered a giant – evolved even stronger.

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