Spain and France will be connected for the first time by a high- speed train starting on December 15. From then on Barcelona and Paris will be linked by the trains of Alta Velocidad Española (AVE), as agreed in a recent Franco-Spanish summit.
A new report by eMarketer has shown varying digital travel trends in different countries of Western Europe. Overall, European digital travel sales have been slowly and steadily increasing, but the report identified key differences in patterns of consumer behavior in each of the four major Western European markets, including France, Germany, Italy and Spain.
Maria Miller, the current Culture Secretary in UK, has announced a new initiative to make the kingdom the most popular European destination for Chinese visitors. The VisitBritain’s China campaign which is launching in spring 2014 is expected to develop and promote how the United Kingdom travel industry attends to the needs of Chinese visitors.
Tunisia and Egypt show signs of improvement with respect to their tourism industry. However, the governments need to be patient about recovery of the industry in the region. Experts anticipate that the vibrant tourist culture of these locations will be back once the effects of the Arab Spring settle.
Moscow and Sochi will forever be linked for having hosted the Olympic Games. Surprisingly, the fact that both these cities' Games have been the subject of bureaucratic machinations and highly-publicized scandals is one of the many things they have in common.
International tourists' spending in Spain reached EUR 52.551 million in the first ten months of the year, representing an improvement of 8.2% over the same period in 2012. Average daily spending rose 2.7%, up to EUR 109, while the average expenditure per tourist increased by 3.2% to EUR 970, according to a survey of tourist spending by the Spanish Ministry of Industry, Energy and Tourism.
In recent years, Mozambique has been enjoying a fruitful tourism industry in the shadow of its Civil War, with just over two million visitors coming to the shoreline from South Africa and beyond and the revenue making up 6% of the economy in 2012. Unfortunately, recent attacks by Renamo forces – an old opposition party and anti-communist group – and subsequent news reports on the threat to tourist safety have led some travelers to either postpone or completely reconsider their plans. There is sense that Mozambique is now unsafe and tourists are being scared away from the country as a whole, but is this viewpoint accurate?
Venice Town Hall announced 26 reforms regarding the transport on gondolas around the world known city. The measures are the result of a tragic accident that occurred last August in which a German tourist died after crashing a gondola with a vaporetto, or a waterbus.
Google's recent report, 'The 2013 Traveler', has revealed that digital devices play a very important role in the decision-making of U.S. leisure and business travelers, more than they have in the past.
A continuous growth in the demand and supply in the hotel market was observed in 2012 and 2013 across major Russian cities. A 10 percent increase in the number of overnight stays was recorded in 2012.
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