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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.

Traveling is a joy for many, but also part of work for some. Frequent travelers are exposed to new cultures, and have the freedom to enjoy new cuisines, but also encounter a flipside. It leads to certain health disorders caused by continuously falling out of routine. This is especially true for international travel where the body gets exposed to different time zones. Some tips have been provided to ensure that frequent travelers do not miss out on a healthy lifestyle. Firstly, travel insurance is a must. One must ensure to wash hands regularly, as a lot of common travel terminals being most frequented tend to be amongst the dirtiest. While it is an essential part of travel, to try out new cuisines, one must try to go more on lean proteins, fruits, vegetables, whole grains and plenty of water. Excess carbs need to be avoided as that can lead to travel fatigue. One must work towards getting adequate sleep. One could make use of business innovations such as travel pillows or noise-cancelling headphones to this effect. Time must also be dedicated during the travel for relaxation.

https://www.tourism-review.com/maintaining-your-health-while-travel-news10523

Uploaded Date:17 May 2018

A book released recently titled Anti-tourism Manual written by famous sociologist Rodolphe Christin argues against any form of tourism. He feel that tourism itself and all tourist ought to be banned, including the considerably ethical ones. While tourism claims to promote culture, it lumps too many together, thus destroying a lot of micro ones. The history of tourism started about a century back in western European countries which are now the largest source markets for international travelers as well as top inbound tour markets. Christin further adds that since less than four percent of the world’s population has engaged in any tourism activity ever, thus it is highly exclusivist and a rich people’s club. Thus, while there are a good number of travel jobs, the revenues ultimately benefit only a few developed countries. He instead advocates for people to become travelers. This includes slow, leisurely activities which help in discovering oneself. Beyond travel or tourism, such ideas can also be inculcated into daily life, such as cycling to office.

Source:https://www.tourism-review.com/ethical-tourism-still-harms-the-planet-news10506

Uploaded Date:17 March 2018

Tourism is one of the most significant industries in Egypt bringing substantial amounts of foreign exchange. The inbound arrivals have reduced since the 2011 uprising against the then-president Hosni Mubarak, though signs of recovery have been witnessed in the last two years. Prior to the revolution, the number of inbound arrivals were pegged at about fifteen million. Tourism jobs were then aplenty. Now, the minister of tourism in Egypt wants to diversify the tourism offerings in order to expand on the so-far recovering base. She wants something for all categories of tourists, be they leisure, package, backpacker or a culture connoisseur. One key project to increase this windfall is expected to be the development of the town of El-Alamein, which is near Alexandria. Investments are also being sought for projects around Cairo and the Suez Canal.

Source:https://www.tourism-review.com/tourism-in-egypt-to-invest-more-news10508

Uploaded Date:17 March 2018

An increasing number of people want to travel with their pets tagging along. So, there is a massive demand for hotels and tourist lodges that allow pets especially cats and dogs. Business intelligence provided by Traber, revealed that about 7.4% of online room searches included a check on the pet policies at the hotel. For such travelers, Europe is a dream destination, especially some countries. Germany tops the chart with pet-friendly hotels and three of the other four in the top five are from Europe, namely- Italy, France and Austria. Canada is the exception. Among big cities too, it is Berlin that tops the charts. South America performs fairly poor with Chile and Peru’s establishments being in the single digits of pet acceptance. Usually coastal cities fare better in this than do inland or downtown ones.

Source:https://www.tourism-review.com/most-pet-friendly-hotels-are-in-europe-news10510

Uploaded Date:16 March 2018

The European tourism sector uniquely for seven years consecutive has outgrown the overall global growth in GDP terms. This is set to continue with the growth forecast looking good at just short of four percent for the next decade. Challenges remain such as terror threats, weather disasters, currency fluctuations and an uncertain political environment. Classic travel destinations such as London, Berlin, Paris and Amsterdam are doing solid business. Business intelligence received puts the growth in inbound travel to the UK at eight percent. The growth has partly been simulated due to the Brexit decision which lead to the fall of the Pound. Another growth engine has been the autonomous region of Portugal known as the Azores Islands. This has been possible due to direct flight connections with USA, UK, Spain, Germany and of course Portugal. According to an online travel company e-Dreams, some new destinations have sprung up as places of choice for Europeans to visit. This includes countries such as Cuba, India, Singapore, South Africa, Australia, Colombia and the Dominican Republic.

Source:https://www.tourism-review.com/european-tourism-is-steadily-growing-news10499

Uploaded Date:16 March 2018

Wedding tourism is proving to be the latest driver of growth in inbound travel numbers for Italy. Increasingly number of American travelers inspired by a famous TV series want to get married off in the town of Salento while Chinese tourists want to do likewise in Rome or Vincenza. The entire wedding tourism market has expanded in terms of scope with a revenue of three hundred and eighty-five million euros added to Italy’s coffers in 2017. The main source markets are proving to be in descending order, the UK, USA, Australia, Ireland and Germany. Tourism consulting firms are helping in this entire industry helping connect the travelers to wedding planners, hoteliers, florists, photographers and even cake decorators. The main regions where such weddings are being held are in descending order Tuscany, Lombardy, Campania, Veneto and Lazio. This impact has rubbed off on Italians too, with many wanting to get married off abroad. The Iberian Peninsula is particularly popular, followed by South Africa, Thailand or the city of Las Vegas in the USA.

Source:https://www.tourism-review.com/wedding-tourism-in-italy-is-booming-news10504

Uploaded Date:16 March 2018

The tourism industry has been one of the main reasons behind the recovery of the Greek economy. Since 2013, the number of foreign visitors has increased each year, with Germany being the largest source for inbound travelers. In spite of this centrality of the tourism industry to Greek economy, it is taxed heavily. Now in addition, a new “sleeping tax” for overnight stays is expected to further rise to the costs of travelers. Business intelligence provided by Grant Thornton has pegged the expected revenues from this new tax at around 160 million euros. While Greece has experienced a rise in tourism revenues, this is not something that can be taken for granted in the wake of the recovery in numbers at former giants Egypt and Turkey. Both these countries saw a dip due to security threats but are now bouncing back handsomely.

Source:https://www.tourism-review.com/high-taxes-threaten-greek-tourism-news10495

Uploaded Date: 12 March 2018

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