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CHINA'S 2014 SILK ROAD EXPO EXPANDS WITH THE ANNOUNCEMENT OF A NEW PARTNER

The 2014 China Xi'an Silk Road International Tourism Expo is gradually building into the high-scale exhibition and full programme that was intended when the idea was proposed – with 75% of the spaces now booked and 21 countries and 20 travel agencies and corporations now signed up to sell their packages and discuss proposals – and the grand welcoming ceremony is now less than two months away. What makes these ongoing developments even more exciting is the fact that the UNWTO's Silk Road Program is now on-board too.

THE PROBLEMS IN FINDING A TRULY GREEN HOTEL

Green tourism is an area that many hotels want to cash in on because more and more travellers are becoming environmentally conscious and willing to spend their money on business that they feel share their principles. A TripAdvisor survey from 2012 showed that 71% of those asked aimed to make green choices in the following year. The trouble is that these travellers are struggling to find the information they need to choose the right accommodation and hotels aren't helping in the way they represent themselves.

SPACE TOURISM IN EUROPE COULD BE CLOSER TO REALITY

Space tourism is on the rise as the potential for space flights is further explored by the UK government and by Virgin Galactic, a company that is already working on having its first commercial space flight available for launch as soon as the end of the year. It is hoped that the creation of a British spaceport will help the country continue to ride the wave of prestige brought on by the 2012 Olympics and there are a lot of wealthy travellers and space-lovers anticipating the chance to reach their dream destination.

SPAIN EXPECTS 300,000 CHINESE TOURISTS IN 2014

The Iberian country will have more than 300,000 Chinese tourists this year, a market that is growing at a rhythm of between 20 and 25 percent. This tendency is holding.

THE EXTINCTION OF CORAL REEFS OF CENTRAL AMERICA

Recent studies from the United Nations estimate that since the 1970s, 50 percent of the Caribbean coral reefs have disappeared.

CHINESE TRAVELLERS TURNING AWAY FROM TRADITIONAL TOURS

In the past, it has been common for groups of Chinese travellers to choose to travel together on specially structured, highly-organised tours via a tour group but it seems that more and more are turning away from this trend and deciding to make their own, independent travel arrangements. Research from Hotels.com and its Chinese International Travel Monitor shows that the stereotypical image of fast-paced coach loads of Chinese tourists seeing the sights is dying out ...

A STRONG SUMMER START CAN BE SEEN FOR AUSTRIA TOURISM, … DESPITE OF NEGATIVE FIGURES

The late Easter of 2014 (Easter Sunday was on April 20th) haven’t had as much influence on Austria’s tourism in May as was expected. That is what the recently published numbers regarding the month May by the Austrian Statistics Bureau show. For both pre-season months, May and June, together, a new record high is expected.

RUSSIAN TOUR OPERATOR BANKRUPTCY CAUSES SIGNIFICANT PROBLEMS FOR TRAVELLERS

Neva may be one of most well-known names in travel agencies in Russia, having a number of offices across European Russia, but, since last week, they have ceased operations after officially declaring themselves bankrupt. According to Neva's chairman, the decision to end the agency's long reign was due to the combination of increased competition and a bad season brought on by the economic situation, which made the business unprofitable.

THE CURRENT THREAT TO CULTURAL HERITAGE IN IRAQ

A set of photographs showing the destruction of priceless statues recently shocked the world with their depictions of violence and hatred at the hands of extremists in Syria. These images are being seen as a dire warning by many historians who fear the same will soon happen in Iraq; the violence is spreading across the country and those responsible appear to have no regard for the history of the land around them.

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PRICING DISAGREEMENT PROVES TO BE A HURDLE FOR NEW RUSSIAN BUDGET AIRLINE

Dobrolyot emerged as a new low-cost airline in Russia only last month, but now they are facing a hurdle with establishing flights to St Petersburg as a result of a pricing disagreement. A news revealed that Dobrolyot was unable to get the low priced servicing charge they needed from St Petersburg's only airport, Pulkovo.

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