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The Mountain Travel Symposium which is now in its forty second year in its home territory of the USA, has now added a European leg to it. The foundation for this was laid down in 2014 when the symposium was taken over by tourism consulting firm Northstar Travel Group. The idea behind adding the European leg is obviously to facilitate networking to eventually expand business in the continent where winter tourism was first born. In the first year, the event will be held in the Swiss town of Crans-Montana. Senior leaders will here discuss critical issues and challenges pertaining to the mountain travel sector.

Source: http://www.travelweekly.com/North-America-Travel/Mountain-Travel-Symposium-expands-with-European-event

Luxury tourism consulting network Virtuoso has confirmed that Kenya has seen the greatest spurt in travel bookings. The East African country has grown by fifty nine percent. Only Iceland comes close in this category while the other top growth markets are China, Japan, Ecuador, South Africa, Croatia, Tanzania and Jamaica. The Kenya Tourism Federation (KTF) has also linked up with British Airways to incentivize greater travel to the country. Kenya is also marketing heavily in the USA and Canada now. Virtuoso has further added that Kenya along with Tanzania and South Africa have also experienced favourable investor confidence lately.

Source: http://www.nation.co.ke/news/Kenya-top-tourist-bookings/1056-3344210-d9wk3x/

Some startups have been identified within the travel and tourism industry which are helping travelers to keep up with their health and fitness targets. The first of these is Medi-Route which connects patients with doctors and helps set up accommodation and travel arrangements with accredited hospitals. Then there is TraveDoc allows scheduling for doctors or dentists living abroad. It also connects the user to specialists speaking their language. The third important one is Medigo. This provides broad medical tourism consulting services by building a network of more than three hundred professionals across fifteen countries and also helps with bookings. The next one is Get-Treated helps medical travelers in arranging their travel itineraries while also providing advise on travel procedures. And finally there is Globo MD. This one is a marketplace comparing price ranges of various medical procedures across the globe. It also helps with concierge services when overseas.

Source: https://skift.com/2016/08/15/5-new-travel-startups-helping-travelers-with-their-health-and-wellness-goals/#1

Source: http://www.dailynewsegypt.com/2016/08/16/visa-hopes-tourism-will-increase-35-globally-2025/

In order to boost tourism in the country, the authorities in Taiwan have decided to promote the rural areas next to six of the thirteen designated national scenic areas. In Nanjhuang town for example, visitors can watch traditional Hakka style slow cooking. Then there is Jhungpu township where the traditional model was growing of betel nuts but now the economy has incorporated eco-tourism within those properties. The ministry in Taiwan feels that instead of purely focusing on increasing the number of inbound tourists, the aim must be to enhance the overall travel experience of the visitors. In order to create more number of travel jobs, the authorities seek to diversify the visitor profile to include greater number of backpackers as well. 

Source: http://www.taipeitimes.com/News/taiwan/archives/2016/08/16/2003653235

Source: https://yourstory.com/2016/08/deyor-camp/

Tourism consulting provided by the Survey of International Air Travelers has confirmed that a record number of inbound foreign tourists visited the USA in the year 2015. The number has now crossed seventy seven million, half of whom are from within the region including Canada and Mexico. The numbers have steadily been on the rise since 2009. Maximum travelers to the US visited for the purpose of leisure followed by visiting relatives and then business purposes. New York was the most visited state in the USA followed by Florida and California. Rounding off the rest of the top ten included states such as Nevada, Hawaii, Texas, Illinois, Massachusetts and Arizona. Meanwhile the most visited cities were New York City, Los Angeles, Honolulu, Chicago, Orlando, San Francisco, Washington DC and Boston. The overseas countries which proved to be top sources for inbound travel were- UK, Germany, China, India, Brazil, South Korea, Italy, Australia and France.

Source: http://www.breitbart.com/big-government/2016/08/03/record-number-foreign-travelers-visited-u-s-2015/

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