Jena, the German town located on the river Saale in the federal state of Thuringia, will go through this year with the prestigious title of the ‘City of Science 2008’. Jena is famous for its Friedrich Schiller University and it is often referred to as the most modern city in the Thuringia.
Canadian tourism industry is an important cash and job generator for the economy. The inconvenient truth however is that the tourism sector is very fragile. Even minor changes in political relationships between countries or e.g. terrorist attacks can have devastating impact on the industry. Economy is also among the reasons why the tourist’s behavior can change. Canadians for instance make much more same-day car trips to the US than they did before. The reason is the cheaper USD. On the other hand number of US citizens traveling to Canada is dropping for the same reason.
Eco tourism is one of the fastest developing sectors of the tourism industry and Costa Rica is among the leading players in this business. The country has a lot too offer to eco tourists. There are beautiful beaches, wildlife reserves as well as both active and dormant volcanoes. A visitor can admire local rain forest, tropical canals and lagoons or e.g. mountain ranges. All this things make the country extremely popular with ecotourists who can watch wildlife in national parks and protected areas around the country.
Recent years have seen Texas grow rapidly in terms of domestic and international tourism. This year has been somewhat of a disappointment with torrential rain and subsequent flooding drowning out many campsites and tourist areas. Many hiking trails have been left waterlogged and paths deemed impassable.
Peru is very popular among wildlife lovers. The country is home to more than 10% of the planet's plant and animal species. The country has rich sea, practically unexplored Amazon forests and the world's highest tropical mountain range. The possibilities for nature tourism are huge in the country. The government is aware of that and they are making steps to make more money from the natural beauties Peru offers.
Japan can witness a serious slow down in its tourism industry growth due to its new anti terrorism measures. Japanese government has introduced a new anti terrorism law, under which every foreigner entering the country has to provide their fingerprints.
Accessible tourism is not only about the absence of physical barriers but it is also about the well trained staff. It is universally agreed that tourism facilities should be accessible for all tourists. The tourists need to have the possibility to access a facility and they need to be treated properly by the personnel regardless of their handicaps. The industry’s players however found out that this is good business as well.
A recent study has shown Egypt as the Country Brand for History. It is important for Egypt because as Rina Plapler, Executive Director for FutureBrand claims: “A strong brand presents enormous business opportunities as it helps build investor confidence...” Egypt has successfully advertised its ancient sites and mystical structures, which makes the country really a paradise for history lovers.
France is the world’s number one tourist destination, topping all lists for its number of visitors. Perhaps surprisingly, the statistics concerning the country’s hotels do not comply with the country’s popularity as it has been recently revealed that one quarter of France’s 18.000 hotels are in disrepair , 24% of hotel customers complain about the rude and incompetent service and 38% of hotel restaurant customers add to the number of complaints.
Spain’s tourism industry is of extreme importance to the Spanish. It represents 12% of the country’s gross domestic product and Spain is almost the number one tourist destination on the planet. It rates only second to neighbouring France in terms of number of visitors and second to the Americans in terms of the volume of sales.
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