June 22 (TravelAndy): Misconceptions about the volcanic eruption situation in Hawaii is adversely affecting tourism on the island, Time reported.
Anxious tourists are cancelling reservations even if their destination is located a hundred miles away from the volcano, says a hotel’s representative.
“Once we assured them the lava wasn’t traveling 100 miles to our resort,” concerned visitors usually calm down and decide to keep their reservations, PR director of the Four Seasons Hualalai on Hawaii’s Big IslandSuzuki Morgan Suzuki told Time. Continue reading Hawaii volcano ‘misinformation’ hits tourism
June 20 (TravelAndy): Holidaymakers are returning to Tunisia three years after two terrorist attacks hit the industry hard.
Around 2.3 million tourists visited Tunisia between January 1 to May 20, 2018, an increase of 21.8 per cent from the same period last year, said The New Arab referring to government figures.
“We aim to receive eight million tourists this year with strong booking rates from European customers and other new customers,” tourism minister Salma Loumi had said in February. Continue reading Tunisia tourism industry in recovery mode
June 19 (TravelAndy): Thailand’s tourism growth slowed to 6.3 per cent in May as compared to around 10 per cent in the preceding months, Bangkok Post reported.
A representative of Thailand’s tourism ministry Pongpanu Svetarundra said the low season, Ramadan and World Cup were among the negative factors weighing on growth.
Of all visitors last month, a majority of 2 million hailed from East Asia, followed by Europe, South Asia, America, Oceania, Middle East and Africa, he said. Continue reading Thailand tourist arrivals slow in May
June 17 (TravelAndy): Egypt is promoting itself at the Football World Cup, currently on in Russia, to attract visitors to the North African country.
Egypt tourism minister Rania al-Mashat said the campaign, named “Egypt – Experience & Invest”, which will be prompted in the tournament’s 64 matches, will help attract tourists to Egypt, said reports.
The minister said the campaign also intended to encourage the Egyptian team. Continue reading Egypt promotes itself at Football World Cup
June 12 (TravelAndy): China’s tourism department organised a photo exhibition at Harvard University over the weekend to attract visitors to the country.
According to a Xinhua report, the exhibition — organised by the China National Tourist Office in New York as part of the 39th Boston Dragon Boat Festival on June 9 and 10 — displayed more than 30 photographs of tourist destinations across China.
The exhibition was part of the tourism department’s ‘Bringing China Tourism to American Universities’ campaign. Continue reading China woos US tourists with photo exhibition
June 11 (Notintown.net): The Uzbek government has approved the concept of development of the free tourist zone (FTZ) Charvak near capital Tashkent.
Experts note that the Tashkent region today has a significant tourist potential, which is primarily due to the unique natural conditions that allow for developing virtually all types of tourism.
In particular, the region has everything necessary for the development of mountain and extreme tourism, including mountaineering, snowboarding, aeronautics, cycling, motorsport, as well as environmental, rural, pilgrimage and gastronomic tourism. Continue reading Uzbekistan to develop free tourist zone at Charvak
June 10 (TravelAndy): Tourism Ireland aims to increase the number of the Chinese visitors to the island to 175,000 by the year 2025, Xinhua reported.
“China is the largest outbound travel market in the world and one that Tourism Ireland is committed to growing over the coming years,” the report quoted James Kenny, Tourism Ireland’s China manager, as saying.
Hainan Airlines will launch a direct Beijing-Dublin flight service starting on June 12. This is the first direct flight ever to be launched between the Chinese mainland and Ireland. Continue reading Ireland woos tourists from China
June 7 (TravelAndy): The Indian state of Jharkhand has banned the use of tobacco in all forms at its tourist attractions, accommodation facilities and eateries, said reports.
The government notification, which was issued on Tuesday, directs installation of signboards at all tourist sites within 10 days and warns of penal action if the no-tobacco rule is violated at any facility run by Jharkhand Tourism Development Corporation.
Offenders can be fined Rs 200 or jailed up to six months. Continue reading Tobacco ban at Jharkhand tourism sites, hotels
June 4 (TravelAndy): From brass band competitions, film screenings and poetry slams to music festivals, graphic novel exhibitions and carnival parades, a wealth of events, co-designed by Scotland’s young people, is set to celebrate the Year of Young People 2018, capturing the spirit of summertime, as well as the interest of parents for school-holiday inspiration throughout June and July.
Kicking off the events in June is the North-East’s largest food and drink showcase, Taste of Grampian which returns to the Thainstone Centre in Inverurie on 2 June. In addition to a wide range of high-quality food and drink produce from the area, masterclasses and cookery demonstrations by celebrity chefs, you will also be able to get a taste of Grampian’s best young bands, singers and musicians on the brand new Year of Young People Stage. Fun for your ears and taste buds is guaranteed!
On 3 June, Custom House Quay in Greenock will be transformed by Evolve Fest 2018, a vibrant summer festival with fun for all, planned by Inverclyde’s young people. Try your hands at arts, crafts and upcycling during pop-up workshops, see two unique films created by young filmmakers, dance along to brand-new music composed by young musicians working with ‘Love and Money’ frontman James Grant, enjoy specially choreographed performances by the Beacon Youth Dance Club and Clydeview Academy students and be inspired by a visual art exhibition created by local high school students from St Columba’s High School, Gourock. Continue reading Year of Young People events to kick-start Scottish summer
June 2 (TravelAndy): India’s tourism minister K. J. Alphons recently launched the government’s guidelines on adventure tourism.
These guidelines on Safety and Quality Norms for Adventure Tourism in India have been formulated along with the Adventure Tour Operators Association of India (ATOAI) in an effort to make adventure sports safer.
Releasing the guidelines, the Tourism Minister said India has immense potential for adventure tourism ranging from the Himalayas to the coastal regions. Shri. K. J. Alphons said that these guidelines are a beginning to building adventure tourism in India and extended whole support to all stakeholders for developing this niche sector so as to tap the whole potential offered. The Minister also added that for India to be a well sought after destination, the facilities and support staff should be developed to global standards. Continue reading India launches adventure tourism guidelines
March 4 (TravelAndy): The Tulip Garden in Srinagar has added 50 varieties of flowers and north India’s Jammu and Kashmir state government expects a boost in tourist inflow because of that, said The Kashmir Monitor.
February 26 (TravelAndy): The Association of Scottish Visitor Attractions (ASVA) has announced that visits to its member sites rose dramatically in 2017, the fourth year running that an increase in numbers has been recorded.
ASVA, which represents the interests of the key visitor attractions sector in Scotland, has over 450 members comprising some of Scotland’s most popular and iconic castles, galleries, museums, historic houses, heritage sites, wildlife parks, gardens and leisure attractions.
Analysis of statistics submitted by 232 of the organisation’s member sites for its annual ‘Visitor Trends Report’ confirms that over 30 million visits were made to those sites in Scotland in 2017, a rise of 9.7% over 2016 figures. The increase comes on top of a 6% rise in 2016, which itself followed a 3.4% rise in 2015, confirming once again that visitor attractions in Scotland are enjoying a period of sustained growth. Continue reading 2017: Great year for Scotland tourism