Travel News Wrap Up Feb 2015

TOP 7 HOTELS WHERE GUESTS FORAGE FOR THEIR FOOD

Numerous hotels are taking their guests out to play hunters looking out for food outdoors. The amazing places to forage may include everything ranging from huge mountains for picking berries to lovely woodlands to pick blossoms. The guests are usually accompanied by local foragers who also assist the hotel chefs in the culinary styling. Tourism-Review.com brings 7 hotels featuring wonderful foraging packages.
AFRICAN TOURISM FIGHTING EBOLA AND MEDIA COVERAGE

After years of low sales from the US market largely due to the great recession, business has over the recent past been remarkable good for Alluring Africa a leading tour operator in East & South Africa. Then came the Ebola outbreak in West Africa.

ONLY THREE AIRLINES OFFER FREE WIFI

Norwegian, Turkish Airlines and Hong Kong Airlines are the only airlines in the world offering free WiFi on board, according to a study by the company Rumbo.

INFOGRAPHICS: THE 2014 FORMULA 1 RUSSIAN GRAND PRIX

The first Formula 1 Russian Grand Prix in history took place in the Olympic Sochi and exceeded all expectations. The main race on Sunday provided the near 60 000 excited visitors. Exciting race also gave the drivers a proper challenge that they all seemed to enjoy.

MOBILE BOOKINGS GROWING IMMENSELY IN POPULARITY

The recent “Travel Flash Report,” by Criterio, highlighted the importance of the mobile gadgets in the travel and tourism industry. The report was based on 2014 first half data, showing how the consumers made 300 million bookings, worth more than USD 150 billion within the period. The data was retrieved from online travel agencies and online travel suppliers in all the holiday marketplaces.

THE AZORES NAMED NO. 1 SUSTAINABLE DESTINATION AGAIN

And the Award for Platinum Quality Coast, 2014-2015 goes to the Portuguese archipelago of nine islands – Azores. The award from Quality Coast, the largest certification programme in the world, identifies destinations that standout in regard to sustainable tourism. This is the first time such an award is being presented.

SPAIN: NUMBER OF MEDICAL TOURISTS TO DOUBLE WITHIN 5 YEARS

The number of medical tourists coming to Spain is expected to double in the next five years. A new public-private partnership ‘SpainCares’ has been proposed to boost the segment and to achieve 200,000 travelers seeking medical care in the country in 2019

EURO DISNEY LOSES 800.000 VISITORS IN ONE YEAR

Euro Disney announces a recapitalization of EUR 1 billion by its American head office, Walt Disney Company. This proposal aims to improve the financial situation of the European subsidiary and allow it to pursue its investments.

BUSINESS TRIP 2030 – ALL HANDLED BY A BUSINESS TRAVEL AGENCY

The business trip of the future will be set up by a consulting travel agency. It will be planned, accompanied and evaluated by a single tool. The entire trip will be green, respect the travelers’ ages and families; use alternative transportation and conveniently get the traveler from point A to point B on time.

RESEARCH: CRUISE INDUSTRY CONTINUES GROWING GLOBALLY

A decade ago, only 12 million people cruised across the globe. However, the amount has grown to an amazing 21.3 million passengers which is a 77% increase.

KASHMIR FLOODS CAUSING A MAJOR BLOW TO THE TOURISM INDUSTRY

What looked like a place straight from the heaven now seems a dirty swamp. This has been going in the mind of every person who has ever been to the city of Srinagar in Kashmir, and visited the iconic Boulevard Road or the Dal Lake.

BIG HOTEL BRANDS DISCOVER LESS KNOWN CHINA

According to a recent report of Knight Frank, the international property consultant, lower-tier Chinese cities are yet to experience international hotel big brand’s expansion. The report explained that the movement to smaller markets is due to high competition in the mainland China, a market dominated by both international and local hotel brands.

TUNISIA LAUNCHES NEW TOURISM TAX

Next month, Tunisia is introducing their new tourism tax. Starting on 1st October, every tourist who comes to the country will be charged a departure tax of 30 dinars (about 13 euros).

HOUSTON IS GROWING AS A MEDICAL TOURISM DESTINATION

According to a recent study initiated by the Texas Medical Center, Houston is attracting a growing number of medical insurance tourists – 20,000 per year.

 

SPANISH HOTELS ARE THE MOST POPULAR BUT NOT THE CHEAPEST

In September Spain has been the most searched travel destination in Europe. This is the finding of a study by the online travel company Kayak.es. But Cyprus, Malta and Portugal offer better hotel room prices.

TOURISM IN CENTRAL AMERICA HELPS THE ECONOMY AND REDUCES POVERTY

According to the Nicaraguan head of the Ministry of Tourism Integration (SICA), Anasha Campbell, tourism in Central America has had a positive and steady growth for over 10 years and it became the primary sector reducing poverty in the region.

PRICES OF FLIGHT TICKETS EXPECTED TO REMAIN STABLE

According to the travel industry forecast for 2015 by a consulting firm Advito, the flight demand will grow next year due to the improvement of the world economic situation.

5 PLACES TO VISIT WHEN IN CHINA

China is a huge country offering myriad of attractions. Choosing the top destinations for the tourists is essentially impossible. Still, Tourism-Review.com invites you to visit the must-sees of the Chinese world.
Always ensure you have good travel insurance over 90 when you visit Asia.

EUROPEAN AND U.S. TOURISTS AVOID RUSSIA

The current tensions between the West and Russia over Ukraine crises take its toll on the tourism sector. The Russian travel agencies reported that about 40-60% fewer US and European holiday makers travelled to Russia in the first six months of this year compared with the number that went there in 2013 during the same period and 3 times fewer Russian tourists traveled abroad.

ROME: HOTEL TAX INCREASE LIKELY TO HIT TOURIST NUMBERS

Rome is still in the eye of the storm after the controversy over warnings from abroad and recent increase of the tourist tax. The capital is under siege; operators and industry associations feel discomfort after the considerable tax rise.

NORWAY LAUNCHES A MOBILE APP FOR THE NORTHERN LIGHTS

One of the biggest attractions of Norway is aurora borealis, commonly known as the Northern Lights. The local tourist board recently, Innovation Norway, announced a new mobile app that will help visitors to experience this natural phenomenon.

CHILE FOCUSING ON SENIOR TRAVELERS TO BOOST TOURISM

The president of Chile, Michelle Bachelet, attended the launch of a new holiday season focusing on elderly people. The project that has been running for 14 years, is supposed to offer the Chilean people “traveling opportunities, continuing the adventure of life, meeting new friends and discovering landscapes.”

AUSTRALIAN TOURISTS SPEND MORE OVERSEAS THAN AT HOME

In recent years, the Australian tourism industry has struggled a lot to convince tourists to travel at home. Though domestic travel numbers have touched record highs, Australians are still more focused on overseas travel. Recently, Tourism Research Australia released the latest domestic visitor survey.

MADAGASCAR PLANS TO ATTRACT 1M VISITORS BY 2020

After years of turmoil Madagascar has finally found political stability and the Ministry of Tourism announced a plan to attract 1 million tourists by 2020. In order to achieve the goal minister Ramarcel Benjamina Ramanantsoa has launched a project that includes a number of measures to prepare the island to accommodate this massive number of arrivals.

BRAZIL ATTRACTS ECO-CONSCIOUS TOURISTS WITH SUSTAINABLE DESTINATIONS

Ecotourism is big part of Brazil’s global growth. The annual increase rates remain between 15-25 percent and according to the World Tourism Organization it outweighs conventional tourism growth.

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