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  • Queensland and Flight Centre announce $6 million partnership

    Published on : Monday, September 1, 2014

    Tourism and Events Queensland and Flight Centre Travel Group have announced a new $6 million commercial partnership to promote Queensland globally as a premier tourism and events destination. Minister for Tourism and Major Events Jann Stuckey joined with Flight Centre’s …

  • Thailand listed in the world’s top 10 tourism destinations by UNWTO

    Published on : Monday, September 1, 2014

    Thailand’s record-breaking visitor arrivals in 2013 helped it move into the list of the world’s top 10 tourism destinations in terms of both visitor numbers and visitor expenditure, according to a report by the Madrid-based UN World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO). …

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  • Prestige Venues & Events Race to Display Scotland’s Finest Produ

    Published on : Monday, September 1, 2014

    Cookery demos, an interactive cook-off and plenty of tasting sessions will all be on the menu at the annual Scotland Food and Drink Race Day at the racecourse, set in the grounds of historic Scone Palace.   A highlight of the day …

  • Commercial space tourism to soon become a reality

    Published on : Monday, September 1, 2014

    If you are still stuck on the new trends of tourism on earth like medical tourism, eco tourism or sustainable tourism, then it is very likely that you are missing on the bigger picture, SPACE TOURISM! Yes, you read it right. XCOR …

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  • Mexico receiving record number of foreign visitors

    Published on : Monday, September 1, 2014

    After last year’s tensed situation in Mexico like the lack of safety on the streets and the economic situation of the Mexican family, the climate of uncertainty arose in some tourism destinations.   But the situation has changed dramatically as the season …

  • Kenya’s tourism woes boosting Tanzania’s tourism industry

    Published on : Monday, September 1, 2014

    Tanzania state tourist board have ample reasons to celebrate as the country expects tourists’ numbers to double to two million by 2017. And all this, at the cost of Islamist attacks on Kenya where visitors are being scared away.   It has …

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    EUROPE

  • London Mayor opposes third Heathrow runway

    Published on : Monday, September 1, 2014

    The London Mayor, Boris Johnson has completely rebuffed the plan of the Heathrow runway calling it a disaster. He feels that it is a barbaric attempt at expansion that will put the health of the population at stake.   The …

  • Rome doubles tourist tax

    Published on : Saturday, August 30, 2014

    A family of four staying at a 4* Rome hotel for four nights must now pay €96 in local hotel tax; last week it would have been €48. The City of Rome originally introduced the tourist tax (the ‘tassa di …

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    AMERICA

  • British Columbia attracts tourists to their agro tourism farms

    Published on : Monday, September 1, 2014

    In celebration of 100 years of preparing young British Columbians with agriculture learning and leadership, the B.C. government is presenting B.C. 4-H with $87, 000 in funding and a Century Farm Award. Agriculture Minister Norm Letnick made the announcement today …

  • Hilton Worldwide expands presence in Texas

    Published on : Saturday, August 30, 2014

    Hilton Worldwide announced the opening of Hilton Dallas/Plano Granite Park, a 299-room newly-built Hilton Hotels & Resorts property in the prestigious master planned community of Granite Park in Plano, Texas located just north of Dallas.     “We are delighted …

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    MIDDLE EAST

  • Saudi Arabia is an important market for Malaysia tourism industry

    Published on : Monday, September 1, 2014

    Malaysia, on August 31, celebrated its 57th year as a free and sovereign state. During the occasion, Malaysian consul-general, made a statement expressing heartfelt gratitude to Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah, the government and the people of Saudi Arabia for …

  • Dubai hotel rooms getting booked up fast for New Year’s eve

    Published on : Monday, September 1, 2014

    With only four months to go for New Year celebrations, bookings for Dubai hotels have already touched the sky. Visitors are booking five-star accommodation across Dubai, from the Jumeirah Zabeel Saray hotel on The Palm Jumeirah to the Armani hotel in the Burj …

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    ASIA

  • Saudi Arabia is an important market for Malaysia tourism industry

    Published on : Monday, September 1, 2014

    Malaysia, on August 31, celebrated its 57th year as a free and sovereign state. During the occasion, Malaysian consul-general, made a statement expressing heartfelt gratitude to Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah, the government and the people of Saudi Arabia for …

  • Starwood’s Sheraton Changde Wuling Hotel opens in the historical

    Published on : Monday, September 1, 2014

    Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc. announced the opening of Sheraton Changde Wuling Hotel. Owned by Hunan Tianji Real Estate Co., Ltd, the opening marks the debut of the iconic Sheraton brand and the entry of the first international branded …

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  • Ethiopian Starts New Services to Bale Robe and Kombolcha

    Published on : Tuesday, September 2, 2014

    Ethiopian Airlines, the largest airline in Africa, is pleased to announce that it will start new services to Bale Robe, located in the South-Central part of the country and Kombolcha in North-Central Ethiopia effective 1 and 10 September 2014 respectively. …

  • Emirates strikes the right note with Arab Idol sponsorship

    Published on : Monday, September 1, 2014

    Emirates has raised the curtain on its latest sponsorship – Arab Idol, the reality show watched by Arab audiences all around the world.   The airline will take to the stage with a sponsorship agreement for Arab Idol Season 3, …

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    CRUISE NEWS

  • Goa cruise tourism in danger due to inadequate infrastructure

    Published on : Monday, September 1, 2014

    Ever since the first cruise boat docked at MPT three tourist seasons ago, cruise tourism arrivals in Goa have been on a descending path. Suring the 2011-12 season, 25 cruise vessels had docked at MPT, which reduced to 24 cruise vessels in …

  • Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines is named one of the Top 3 cruise lines in the

    Published on : Saturday, August 30, 2014

    Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines has been awarded Which? Travel’s prestigious ‘Recommended Provider’ accolade, and been named second-best cruise line, in its first-ever dedicated cruise survey. The influential independent consumer body conducted an online poll of 1,327 Which? members in April …

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    HOTEL NEWS

  • New Restaurant At The K Club – K Thai

    Published on : Tuesday, September 2, 2014

    The 5 AA Red Star, K Club has just launched K Thai, a brand new Thai & South East Asian restaurant situated in The Smurfit Clubhouse. The restaurant blends the very finest of Irish produce with spices and flavours of …

  • The Wedding of One’s Dreams Comes True at Four Seasons Hotel Bak

    Published on : Tuesday, September 2, 2014

    The Maiden’s Tower of Baku has been a beloved landmark to Azeris, who know it as Giz Galasy, since its origins in the 8th century BC. Legends and stories abound, and today it’s considered a national treasure – in fact, …

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    TOURISM NEWS

  • Panel situation review: Tourism in Seychelles

    Published on : Tuesday, September 2, 2014

    Tourism in Seychelles was discussed with the press as part of a review of the region’s tourism industry.   Alain St.Ange, the Seychelles Minister responsible for Tourism and Culture, took part in a conference call discussion panel as part of …

  • Jean-Louis Dugasse the man who grows and pollinates the unique coco-de

    Published on : Tuesday, September 2, 2014

    The Vallee de Mai reserve on Praslin, has always been preached about as the Garden of Eden or the lost paradise, with its uniqueness for being the home of our famous coco-de-mer, the black parrot and of its pristine lush …

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IN CONVERSATION WITH

Izabela Helbin – Director of the Krakow Festival Office which operates the ICE Kraków Congress Centre. Her former positions include those of the Deputy Director for Marketing and the Krakow Promotion Director, as well as the Head of the Press Office of the Mayor of the City of Krakow. She shares interesting information with us on ICE Kraków Congress Centre

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