Countries affected by the Ebola virus must start exit screening immediately of all the passengers who are leaving the international airports, major ground crossings and sea ports – stated the recent report from the United Nations health agency.
The Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO) received the tourism statistics for the first half of 2014, from most Caribbean countries. The results show that the Caribbean in general recorded a mean growth rate of 5.2% in tourist arrivals. Moreover, the cruise ship arrivals increased slightly at the rate of 4.6%.
The tourism increase expected at the beginning of the year for the largest Balearic Island Mallorca has not occurred yet. After the record of 2013 with 9.488 million arrivals (+ 3.4%), it was expected the increase will continue this year. However, the first six months of 2014 show that tourist numbers are going down.
International tourists who visit Italy during the summer increasingly seek the beach resorts for shopping.
The choice of Rio de Janeiro as the 2016 Olympics host is viewed as the extension of the World Cup success. The city tourism expects a significant boost of the industry thanks to the Olympics.
The number of international travelers who practice water sports during their holiday in Spain increased significantly by 20%. The summer season, which represents 60% of the total annual income of the tourism industry, however did not bring an increase in turnover. The reason is that tourists opt mostly for the most economic water sports.
How many people have darkly joked about the officials eventually imposing a surcharge on the air we breathe? Folks may jest no more. Those travel authorities who arrange for the sometimes questionable surcharges imposed on air travel have added yet another: a breathing tax.
HERITAGE: Remarkable Sport Museums
PROFESSIONAL: Tourist Police – Protecting and Serving
TRANSPORT: Cruising with Less Known and Small Lines
ADVENTURE: Have Fun! World’s Top Amusement Parks
DESTINATION: Panama – The Land of Ethnic Diversity
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.
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.
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