Although the current situation of tourism in Europe appears to be below historical average, stalled by the lack of proper joint efforts and infrastructure to facilitate sector growth, the future looks better because average consumers begin to feel more confident about their assets, in the afterglow of global financial crisis.
Spending on business travel is set to rise globally for the following few years, according to the most recent GBTA BTI™ Outlook- the Annual Global Report and Forecast. It is expected to go up to $1.12 trillion this year, an increase of 5.4 percent from 2012. Travel expenditure will also stabilize after the political uncertainty and economic instability faced in recent times.
Plans are underway to construct a tourist attraction on the location that formerly hosted Japan's Fukushima nuclear plant that was adversely affected by the disastrous tsunami. This is despite the presence of excessive levels of radiation in the area and the waters adjacent to it.
The major international terminal in Cuban Havana Airport, is set for a big boost following a $10.2 million project aimed at renovating the facility. This development has been confirmed by state-run media. The facility has had to deal with increased traffic over the years and is largely congested.
Capitals around Europe are winning the battle to transform polluted rivers to clean and green havens of leisure. After neglecting them for years, many city authorities are paying special attention to their rivers as tourist attraction. Their efforts are bringing back tourism and boosting the economies of many urban cities as well as rejuvenating Europe's urban rivers.
According to a report of the Brazilian government and the country’s tourist board Embratur, hotel rooms in Rio de Janeiro will cost USD 460 on average during the World Cup 2014, twice the amount for hotel rooms in Johannesburg during the World Cup and 50 percent more than the price of hotel room in Berlin which also hosted the popular championship.
Haiti Tourism Ministry presented the first touristic development project in the Cotes de Fer area which could get finished by 2015 and sees the construction of an airport with a 2,400 meter airstrip, a mall, 18-holes golf field, and 1,000 hotel rooms with an estimated investment of USD 230 million.
A low-cost subsidiary of Russian Aeroflot will start flying in 2014 according to Aeroflot’s Board of Directors that approved the creation of the new low-cost carrier.
Greek tourism officials announced positive tourism numbers in the 2013 season. Holidaymakers have returned in hundreds to the islands and to the capital Athens after a difficult summer of 2012.
On the 24th of November, Swiss voters will vote on the price increase of their motorway vignettes. At the end of July, twice as many signatures as needed were submitted for the referendum.
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