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CRUISE LINES STILL FAIL TO SHOW TRANSPARENCY

Cruise lines are apparently trying to improve their sustainability. However, not everything is as it seems, and data on the sustainability-oriented efforts of cruise companies is hard to dig up, leaving the situation up for speculation from the outsiders.

ITALIAN CITIES LIMIT TOURISM WITH QUOTAS

Many tourist resorts in Italy are forced to restrict the number of visitors because of their popularity this summer. While the tourism industry in some countries have suffered a setback in the recent times, Italy is being viewed as a safe destination by foreign travelers.

BOOKING PORTALS GAIN POWER

A recent study by Hotrec, the European association of hotels, restaurants and cafes, revealed the increasing dependence of the European hotel industry on the online travel agents (OTAs). Almost every fourth night in a hotel was booked via these sites in 2015. Three booking portals dominate the market and the strongest one is Booking.com with a share of 60 per cent of all OTA bookings.

SUMMER HOLIDAYS – FEAR REDESIGNS THE TOURISM MAP

After the recent massacre in French Nice and the attempted coup in Turkey, travelers seek new destinations for their summer holidays. Sicily and Spain benefit the most.

NATURE AND ADVENTURE TOURISM GROWS 15% IN BRAZIL

The percentage of foreigners travelling to Brazil because of the country’s natural attractions and adventure tourism activities increased from 12.8% in 2014 to 15.7% in 2015.

CAMPSITES IN EUROPE REPORT DECREASING SALES

June was not a successful month of campsites in Europe. A monthly report by Ctoutvert, a provider of reservation systems for nearly 4,000 European camps, revealed a 4% drop in reservations and sales.

MACHU PICCHU ATTRACTED 12% MORE VISITORS

The Machu Picchu Citadel celebrates a 12% increase in the number of visitors in the first half of 2016 which translated into $27.5 million revenue.

DOMESTIC TOURISM IN MEXICO GREW 10%

Domestic tourism in Mexico grew 10 per cent in the first five months of this year, with 24.3 million visitors being recorded in just 70 leading destinations in the country, according to the head of the Ministry of Tourism, Enrique de la Madrid.

SEE MORE OF NEW YORK'S GREATEST GREEN SPACE WITH CENTRAL PARK PEDICAB TOURS

Central Park is high on must-see list of many tourists to New York, but many visitors often underestimate the scale of the place. The park covers 843 acres, which includes 250 acres of lawn and a host of interesting area, buildings, landmarks. This is one of the largest city parks in the world and it is not a place that you can simply stroll through in an afternoon.

GROWING NUMBER OF TOURISTS SCARES SPANISH MUNICIPALITIES

Spain’s strategies to attract visitors and increase the number of tourists have caused the density per square meter in some areas of the country to exceed the limits of what is reasonable according to the critics.

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