Friday, April 28, 2017
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A morning roundup of the latest tourism news from around the world, updated every weekday at 8am. Click the link to go to the source.

Friday, 28 April 2017

World-changing benefits of travel touted at tourism summit World leaders, globalisation scholars and advocates for sustainable tourism urged the business world to conduct longer-term thinking in a bid to tackle global issues at the two-day World Travel and Tourism Council Global Summit. The Nation

South Africa: Tourism Prospects Look Golden for South Africa and China China and South Africa have pledged mutual support for each other’s tourism ventures as the two countries deepen cooperation on all fronts of their development. All Africa

The U.S. has the world’s largest travel industry — but these are the countries most dependent on tourism Tourism is such a huge industry in Iceland that it actually sees more tourists per year than the entire population of the country. Market Watch

United Airlines to offer up to US$10,000 for forfeiting seat The airline says it will offer up to US$10,000 to passengers who give up seats. BBC

The world’s first Star Wars-themed hotel to open at Walt Disney World Orlando Have you sensed a great disturbance in The Force of late? Telegraph

Does Thailand have too many tourists? Thailand is experiencing a tourism boom: great news for the ruling military junta. Newsweek

Philippine Extremists Are Losing Ground In Islands Favored By Tourists After Philippine government troops foiled an attack by the violent Islamic State-linked rebel group Abu Sayyaf this month in a spot popular with foreign travelers, about 400 Japanese tourists cancelled a trip to a nearby island. Forbes

South Korea losing Chinese, Japanese tourists South Korea is bracing itself for leaner returns during the May Day holiday next week, with less than rosy projections of visitor numbers from China and Japan. Straits Times

Cooks gets good tourism report card The Cook Islands has been declared one of the most satisfying destinations for tourists in the South Pacific region, with research showing 95 per cent of visitors are satisfied with their visit. Radio NZ

Thursday, 27 April 2017

Egypt’s tourism officials insist popular sites are safe Egypt’s tourism levels are still around a third of what they once were and, despite security concerns, Egypt’s tourism minister on Monday (Tuesday NZT) insisted the country’s popular Red Sea resorts and Ancient Egyptian sites are a safe choice for travellers. AP

China is crushing South Korea’s tourism industry Pro tip for countries looking to keep their tourism numbers up: Don’t annoy China. CNN

Chernobyl and the strange world of ‘dark’ tourism The once obscure and unassuming area of Chernobyl in a remote northern corner of Ukraine has become synonymous with the worst case scenario in a nuclear accident. Euronews

After decline in Paris tourism, hotels offer discounts Data from show that the price of plane tickets to Paris has dropped 30 percent from Los Angeles, 60 percent from Chicago and 65 percent from New York City, compared with last spring and spring 2015. NY Times

Hawaii reassures tourists after brain parasite cases Tourists in Hawaii are falling ill with a potentially deadly brain parasite. Stuff

How a windy airport ruined tourism plans The St. Helena airport was supposed to boost the island’s economy, but has proved to be a big failure. Newsweek

Ultimate 5-star destinations for budget travellers The destinations where travellers can get five-star hotel luxury for $200 or less. Travel Weekly

‘Samurai’ cave in Tak draws Japanese tourists A “Samurai cave” in Mae Ramat district are luring Japanese tourists who take a trip to visit the place used by soldiers during World War II. Bangkok Post

Uber takes to the skies with next ride-hailing project Uber is taking to the skies with its next project ” “flying cars” ” even as all eyes are on its problems on the ground. AP

Wednesday, 26 April 2017

How an alcohol-hating English preacher founded global tourism Thomas Cook’s tours set the stage for today’s tourism industry. Smithsonian

South-East Asia’s most tourism-friendly destinations With over 104 million international arrivals in 2015 and an average growth of 8%, South-East Asia’s travel and tourism industry has incredible potential. World Economic Forum

Call for fewer Tonga whale watching licences A woman with a long involvement in whale watching in Tonga’s Vava’u is hoping there will be fewer boats licenced to provide the service this year. Radio NZ

Homing in on alternative accommodation for tourists The Tourism Ministry is working on new guidelines for home-stays to create more quality rooms for travellers. The Hindu

Recharge, which lets users book hotels by the minute, just launched in New York A San Francisco-based company whose app enables users to book a stay in a hotel for just 66 cents a minute, is opening in select New York hotels today. TechCrunch

Barcelona cracks down on tourism and bans new hotels The city’s mayor follows on from a ban to stop any new hotels from opening. Daily Mail

Towards quality tourism development Thailand has one of the world’s fastest-growing tourism industries. The Nation

Don’t carry on camping Theresa May mixes up ‘tourism’ and ‘terrorism’ in hilarious speech slip-up. The Sun

Arabian Travel Market: Diversification drives tourism investment ATM in Dubai will show the changing face of the industry as entertainment and mid-market hotels become more attractive. Arabian Business

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Monday, 24 April 2017

Saudi Arabia is gearing up to become a tourism destination The conservative kingdom may not be top of Western holidaymakers’ lists but it’s home to archaeological sites, pristine beaches and ancient desert culture. Independent

Chinese tourism company invests heavily in Indonesia Jababeka chairman Darmono has signed a memorandum of understanding with one of Chana’s biggest travel and tourism players. The Jakarta Post

How Nepal’s tourism industry is bouncing back April 25 marks two years since an earthquake left Nepal in ruins – but tourism is slowly recovering. Independent

Beyond Yellowstone: Lawmakers Want Tourists to See Native America Little of the money spent by tourists ends up in the business tills of reservation’s communities. Voice of America

What Trump’s First 100 Days Tell Us About Travel’s Next Four Years Confusion and uncertainty have become the new reality for the U.S. travel industry, and travelers around the world. Skift

Tourists Flock To Canada For Iceberg Season Tourists are flocking in droves to the town of Ferryland, Newfoundland, Canada to see a mammoth natural wonder. Travel Pulse

Malaysia is seeking 31.8 million tourists and offering 2017 tourism products Malaysian Minister of Tourism and Culture Dato Mohammad Nazari Abdul Aziz will lead a Malaysian delegation consisting of 142 participants representing 71 Malaysian tourism organizations at the Arab Travel and Tourism Market. Independent Recorder

Unwary tourists getting bogged on pink lake at Lochiel Tourists chasing a unique selfie on Lochiel’s pink lake are ignoring warnings from locals and getting bogged on the salt pan. The Advertiser

Could Your Messy Hotel Room Save the Planet? An increasing number of hotels boast of being eco-friendly. NBC

Friday, 21 April 2017

US could end visa-free travel for Europeans, Donald Trump’s Secretary of Homeland Security says Move could affect around 14 million European citizens who visit the US without a visa each year. Independent

Welcome to the Russian Far East: visa rules eased for 18 countries Aim is to boost tourism and development as country shows its Pacific face, with list including China and Japan. Siberian Times

Tourism is new investment avenue for citizens: SCTH Tourism has become a new source of investment for citizens, said Prince Sultan bin Salman, president of the Saudi Commission for Tourism and National Heritage (SCTH), the Saudi Press Agency reported. Arab News

Ancient Egyptian tomb discovery ‘positive news’ for tourism Egyptian tourism officials have been buoyed after the unearthing of a nobleman’s 3,000-year-old tomb – the latest in a series of major discoveries of ancient artifacts. TTG

Tourism Board launches digital campaign Make New Memories The Slovenian Tourist Board launched its digital campaign titled Slovenia. Make New Memories. Slovenia Times

Why Dior’s Tokyo store doesn’t target Chinese tourists House of Dior Ginza occupies five floors and is neighbour to Celine, Saint Laurent and Valentino. South China Morning Post

Tourism trends in Africa: mobile is the game-changer Travel into Africa is on the rise, with 39 million inbound trips expected annually by 2020. News24

Asia attracts health tourism with low prices and high quality Asia is seeing large numbers of medical tourists due to cheaper costs. Market Research

Will Transformers movie lure more tourists to Dark Hedges? Fears grow over impact of visitors as the site’s popularity soars. Belfast Telegraph

Thursday, 20 April 2017

Switzerland Tourism fights rivals for Chinese travellers Switzerland Tourism is employing “precision marketing” to attract Chinese tourists. Skift

Iceberg tourists flock to Newfoundland town A small town has become a sudden tourist spot thanks to a new visitor. BBC

Hoteliers furious at tourists’ fake poisoning scam Resort compensation claims soar as holidaymakers blame hotels for upset stomachs. Irish Times

India bus crash kills at least 44 At least 44 people died when a passenger bus fell into a river in India’s northern mountainous state of Himachal Pradesh. Radio NZ

Holidays see record tourists Cambodia’s top tourist destinations recorded a record number of visitors this Khmer New Year, with 2.5 million locals and foreigners traveling to celebrate the festival around the country. Khmer Times

Vienna Tourist Board: 90% of Viennese Residents Say: “We Benefit from Tourism.” The Vienna Tourist Board carried out its most extensive survey to date of attitudes to tourism among Vienna’s residents – with highly satisfactory results. Yahoo

Wednesday, 19 April 2017

L.A. responds to Trump travel ban with ‘Everyone is welcome’ campaign The campaign features people of various ethnic backgrounds. LA Times

How Iceland is managing its sudden tourism boom Visitor board aims to promote lesser-known locales. Adweek

Inside the hotel industry’s plan to combat Airbnb Last year, Airbnb underwent a rough regulatory patch. NY Times

UAE ranked top economy for tourism in Mena The UAE has been named the most competitive economy for travel and tourism in the Middle East and North Africa. MEA

Crisis in tourism In this peak season for tourism, the travel industry is hurting badly. The Philippine Star

Trump’s travel policies hurting ‘U.S. brand’ and discouraging tourists Experts say his policies are discouraging tourists and threatening the American travel business. CNN

Mayor of Italian town devastated by earthquake declares war on tourists taking selfies The mayor has threatened to use a witch doctor’s wand to ward off tourists who take selfies of each other amid the rubble of the devastated community. Daily Telegraph (UK)

Tuesday, 18 April 2017

Tourists to hunt crocodiles proposal Katter’s Australian Party has a controversial plan to boost tourism — hunting crocodiles.

Taiwan sees more tourists as arrivals from China drop Efforts to wean itself off dependence on Chinese tourists appear to be paying off. Straight Times

Opinion: Tourism is vital for this city’s future prosperity London is enjoying an Easter tourism boom. Evening Standard

Tourists ‘wrecking Highland spots’ The Scottish Highlands is being destroyed by hordes of tourists whose desire to capture stunning scenery on camera is damaging the environment, a leading landscape photographer has warned. The Times (subscription)

Residents in luxury Southbank flats sue Tate Modern over ‘nosy tourists peering into windows from balcony‘ Five claimants are now pursuing legal action. Evening Standard

2017 on track to be Israel’s best-ever year for tourism The number of foreign tourists visiting Israel reached an all-time high of 739,000 in the first quarter of 2017. Jewish News Service

Paris tourism has recovered from 2015 attacks Tourism in Paris, which plunged after a series of terrorist attacks in 2015, has recovered strongly, according to new national data. New York Times

Visit Belfast plans for £1bn tourism industry by 2020 Visit Belfast has unveiled ambitious plans to create a billion-pound tourism industry by 2020. The Irish News

Tourists creating chaos, destroying culture Goa tourism minister Manohar Ajgaonkar on Friday accused tourists of creating chaos and destroying Goan culture and called for a crackdown against such nuisance. Hindustan Times

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