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tourism 3 2Tourism sector has yet to realise its potential in India,especially,when it has so much to offer which is uniquely Indian.The Govt. is also receptive to public private partnership in strengthening and building state of the art infrastructure. and professional cadre to service the tourist. The recent initiative of visa on arrival for 43 countries is indicative of the Govt.’s resolve to move in the direction of Tourism promotion.Segments like Business,Leisure and special categories of tourism like Medical tourism,Sports tourism,Hallmark events,heritage destinations & attractions,ethnic tourismetc. are now being looked at separately with due emphasis on each category. While Hospitality sector always had large groups/MNCs players,the Tourism sector essentially has fragmented participants or smaller scale operators.Large groups,only of late have shown keen interest in multi destination presence and investing in developing virgin spots as product development initiative,Even large projects like huge convention centre at Hyderabad are drawing interest from large groups. The promotional aspect such as large special events generating huge foreign tourist on the lines of Dubai shopping festival could be distinct possibility in near future.On the domestic side Kumbh Mela is a regular feature.. The potential for development of Tourist spots like Beaches,Mountainside,Village tourism,Hallmark sports events like Olympics,Ski Resorts,Disney like Destination,Medicities,Yoga & meditation centers deserves attention from all stakeholders and realisation is there now.The intent needs to be operationalised now.

The turbulent economy and the currency crisis in Argentina is bad news not only for the country itself, but indeed for the entire region. The currency has been devalued, leading to fears in neighbouring Chile and Uruguay. Inflation too is now very high. Uruguay is particular is extremely dependent on inbound travelers from Argentina, with nearly a third of the cumulative source first half this year. In Chile too, Argentinians make up more than half the inbound travelers. Business intelligence provided by the Chilean Federation of Tourism Companies confirmed that tourism revenues for this year are expected to come down by more than six percent. Thus the country’s board will now focus on other markets such as Brazil, USA, France, Germany and even Asian countries.

Source:https://www.tourism-review.com/crisis-in-argentina-to-hit-tourism-in-neighboring-countries-news10672

Uploaded Date:20 July 2018

In popular folklore France is the world’s most visited country in terms of international arrivals. Indeed, going by stats, it is having received eighty-nine million inbound travelers last year, significantly ahead of both Spain and USA in second and third spots respectively. Yet, further business analysis clearly reveals that this is only half the story. While number of travelers may be high in France, it all boils down to lower average spending per capita. As a result of which, the tourism revenues earned in France was only fifty-four billion euros, which is a six billion less than that of Spain. USA is a different story with a whopping one-hundred and ninety billion euros in inbound tourism revenues. The contribution of tourism to the overall GDP is also lower at 2.3% in France compared to the 5.2% in neighbouring Spain.

Source:https://www.tourism-review.com/france-is-hardly-number-one-in-tourism-news10668

Uploaded Date:20 July 2018

Tourism is one of the highest growth sectors in Portugal with total overnight stays crossing fifty-seven million for 2017. In the process tourism generated revenues worth upwards of two and a half billion euros for the hotels. The room occupancy rate remains among the highest in Europe, second only to Amsterdam, but above traditional giants such as London, Paris and Barcelona. Another source generating travel jobs and consequently revenues is cruise tourism. In spite of such obvious advances, there are several critics who feel that all this is forcing massive strain on the city’s resources. Due to the presence of Airbnb for example, resident homeowners are facing dilemmas about their place in the city. Costs are constantly rising. The old heritage parts of the town are under attack by hordes of tourists, many of whom do not appreciate the art and culture. The authorities will now need to step in to stem the tide.

Source:https://www.tourism-review.com/lisbon-tourism-boom-is-problematic-news10676

Uploaded Date:18 July 2018

The Cuban tourism industry has been growing thanks mainly due to the windfall generated post the policies of former US President Barack Obama. The present President Donald Trump had threatened to rollback the gains of improved relations with Cuba, bur fortunately for this Caribbean island nation, that has not come to fruition. Long distance stays still remain the dominant mode for tourism revenues in comparison to cruise tourism, but the country is committed to promoting the latter. Head taxes at each port, services there and inland expenses for the passengers and crew members remain the key modes of earning. Numerous tourism jobs have been created as a result of this largesse. The rate of growth in inbound tourists has remained steady at between fourteen and seventeen percent.

Source:https://www.tourism-review.com/cruise-tourism-reports-positive-numbers-news10667

Uploaded Date:18 July 2018

A UK market watchdog has alerted several online booking platforms to mend their ways or else face corresponding charges. The UK’s Competition and Market Authority (CMA) has identified some of these portals as centres of misleading information being doled out to users. Apparently, the hotels listed on them are not as a result of customer preferences but determined by which clients pay higher commissions. Similarly, customers are misled regarding room availability to create a false sense of shortage or urgency. Hidden charges were also exposed. Even the discount claims violate fair-trade practices. Such are their unscrupulous digital marketing methods. All this has led to a lack of trust on the part of users towards such portals. These now need to review their practices to be more in line with compliances.

Source:https://www.tourism-review.com/some-booking-platforms-mislead-the-users-news10664

Uploaded Date:18 July 2018

The Latin American region has long been starved of genuine growth in its tourism sector. Barring some beach areas and the biggest of cities, capital has been slow to arrive or grow. Now, demand has peaked as hoteliers seek to leverage on gains made over the past few decades, where the growth has been better. It has partially been fueled by the craze following the Olympic Games held in Rio de Janeiro, 2016. French Group Accor and Spain’s NH are amongst those joining in with plans to invest heavy. A lack of transparency and growing crime are two of the major reasons keeping investors away. Chinese investors for example have pumped in money elsewhere but staying away form entire Latin America region due to high income taxes, long gestation period and most crucially the violence sweeping across the big cities. This is denying thousands of tourism jobs on the continent.

Source:https://www.tourism-review.com/brazilian-hotel-sector-needs-investment-news10657

Uploaded Date:10 July 2018

The happiest and angriest travelers have been revealed post marketing research conducted by Reward Expert. They held their study across thirteen-thousand hotels in seventy countries, while pooling in reviewers from eighty-three countries. Russians seem to have the highest satisfaction rates with more than four-fifths of reviewers rating less than four or five stars. Other Slavic nations such as Serbia and Belarus too are high on the list at second and fifth respectively. From the Middle-East region Lebanon, Jordan and Israel fare amongst the most positive. Travelers from Spain seem most finicky. They are most likely to give one or two-star ratings. Ireland comes second and fellow southerners Italy fourth. Surprisingly, African country Zimbabwe ranks sixty on the finicky scale.

Source:https://www.tourism-review.com/travelers-reviews-show-the-happiest-nation-news10655

Uploaded Date:10 July 2018

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