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KPMG Financing Study cautiously optimistic on future of tourism in the Caribbean

For the last several months, I have been helping to research and analyze tourism trends, especially investment, in the Caribbean for the International Finance Corproation. As many of you are no doubt aware, much of the Caribbean has been hit hard by the economic downturns in the US and Europe — the main generating markets…

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Kitabi Cultural Village Reported in AllAfrica.com

Jean Pierre Bucyensenge of AllAfrica.com published a helpful article today about the Kitabi Cultural Village initiative, which is supported by the USAID-sponsored Nyungwe Nziza and the Rwanda Development Board. He wrote that “The place is named “Kitabi Cultural Village” and was developed by a local cooperative, the Friends of Nyungwe, under the support of the…

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Obama Administration Tourism Strategy is Working

The US Department of Commerce announced today that the President’s January Executive Order and May release of the country’s National Travel and Tourism Strategy, international tourism and spending have increased substantially. In a White House press release issued today, the Administration said the following: “The Obama Administration’s number one priority is to strengthen our economy,…

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Nyungwe Nziza Project voted one of best tourism development projects by the British Guild of Travel Writers

On Wednesday, September 12th, the British Guild of Travel Writers conducted a first round of voting for their annual Tourism Awards. The USAID-sponsored Nyungwe Nziza Project, for which SW Associates has been a sub-contractor for the past two years, was voted as one of the three best “Overseas Projects/Attractions” by BGTW members. The overall winner…

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Chinese Tourism — “Always on My Mind”

Over the past couple of years, after working on tourism development projects around the globe, for nearly every destination without exception from tiny St Lucia to India, China is on everyone’s minds in the tourism world. I couldn’t help but think of the song “Always on My Mind,” which has been bouncing around the charts…

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What motivates a Government to triple VAT on tourism?

This morning the following story from eTurbo News caught my attention: “Iceland tourism braces for huge VAT increase.” VAT is going from 7% to a whopping 25.5%, although a decrease in tourism taxation in 2007 resulted in a 2008 increase of 6% in tourism receipts. The story does not explain the Government’s rationale for proposing this,…

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Rwanda featured in Selling Long Haul

Melissa Shales, the former chair of the British Guild of Travel Writers, just published a feature on “How to Sell Rwanda” in the UK-based Selling Long Haul publication and website. For Rwanda, especially Nyungwe National Park, which is highlighted in the article, this is potentially very helpful positioning with the UK market. Selling Long Haul…

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Mauritius Tourism — Public-Private Partnerships key to Success

The World Trade Organization recently published a case study on Mauritius as part of their series on “Managing the Challenges of WTO Participation.” The problems and solutions highlighted in this case study, especially in regards to tourism, are lessons for island-nations around the world. In 2004, the Director-General of WTO asked “one can quite reasonably…

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New markets for Caribbean tourism?

In an editorial published Sunday August 5th by the New York Amsterdam News, Columnist Bevan Springer calls for increased recognition in the Caribbean for tourism as the sector with the most growth potential. However, there’s lots of competition rapidly appearing around the world, so some significant improvements are needed if the region is going to…

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White House blogs benefits of tourism on public lands

Last week, the White House blog highlighted the benefits of tourism on public lands. The blog cited the annual visitor survey of the US Department of Agriculture which showed that “Forest Service lands attracted 166 million visitors in 2011, and, as a result, visitor spending in nearby communities sustained more than 200,000 full- and part-time…

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