Fiji to release new tourism strategy

Cruise ship near the beach in the Caribbean

Tourism Minister Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum says some of the strategies put in place by Tourism Fiji have already shown results. However – he says – there is still more to be done to tap into the bigger tourism markets. “We have to look at our branding and tactical marketing. Is it hitting the right spots? Those…

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WTTC invites applications for “Tourism for Tomorrow” Awards

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World Travel & Tourism Council Recognizes Best Business Practices in Sustainable Tourism The World Travel & Tourism Council is inviting tourism businesses and destinations worldwide to apply for its 2012 Tourism for Tomorrow Awards. The Tourism for Tomorrow Awards, now in their seventh year under WTTC’s stewardship, are aimed at recognising best practice in sustainable tourism within…

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Tourism creates jobs – with more tourism!

Statistical data and charts about the overseas visitors in the US

In the US, the Labor Day holiday was this past Monday, a time to ponder the high unemployment rate and sigh over the sad fact that no jobs were added in August — zero! This summer, though, Fortune magazine, The Atlantic and the Washington Post pointed to tourism as a path to job growth. Hmm…more…

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India Tourism Plan Boosts Spending Fourfold

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While destinations around the world cut tourism budgets, India is moving in the opposite direction, reported the Indo-Asian News Service (IANS), one of India’s news agencies. New Delhi, Sep 9 (IANS) The tourism ministry proposes to use additional funds it has been allotted under the 12th Five Year Plan (2012-17) for developing tourism infrastructure to attract…

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UK lays out approach to “visitor economy”

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In August 2010, David Cameron gave a speech about tourism at the Serpentine Gallery in Hyde Park. It was, he said, a speech he wanted to give rather than one he had to, because the industry is an often overlooked giant within the UK economy. Devoting an entire speech to Tourism within the first 100 days of a…

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Egypt’s Politics and Tourism

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National Public Radio reported from Cairo this morning that the continued political uncertainly in Egypt is keeping visitors away. It is true that Egypt has lost visitors — as you will read in this report, but all is not lost. Some tourists are still visiting and more will come in the future. Egypt is a…

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$100 departure tax on every flight?

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This week, the Air Transport Association (ATA), the International Air Transport Association (IATA) and the World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC) came out against new taxes and fees proposed by the Transport Security Administration. Travel Agent Central reported that ATA opposed “the President’s proposals to impose a new $100 departure tax on every flight and…

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