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Malaysia attracts 13.35 million international tourists in first half of 2019

Malaysia welcomed a whopping 13.35 million international tourists and recorded a 6.8% growth in tourist receipts, thus contributing RM41.69 billion to the country’s revenue during the first half of 2019. Tourism performance also saw growth in terms of per capita …

Tourism Australia named as Most Engaged Tourist Board in US & Canada

Tourism Australia has been recognised as the Most Engaged Tourist Board in the US and Canada by Virtuoso. The honor was awarded at Virtuoso Travel Week in Las Vegas with an attendance of more than 6,000 people.   During the …

NSW tourism attractions, foodie hot spots to feature on popular TV show

Giving a boost to New South Wales tourism, some of the State’s tourism attractions and foodie hot spots are set to feature on television in a special episode of Channel Seven’s popular travel show Sydney Weekender, Minister for Tourism Stuart …

Portugal tourism grows with growth in domestic tourists

Portugal continues to be a preferred choice for travellers due to the central and southern regions of the country witnessing continued growth, especially among domestic tourists.   In the first half of this year, tourism activity in the Algarve region …

China issues guidelines to boost tourism further

China has issued a guideline to optimise the cultural and tourism consumption potential of the country, calling for efforts to deepen supply-side reform in cultural and tourism industries.   The guideline, issued by the State Council General Office, states the …

  • Australian dual national passport holders to be able to enter US despite immigration ban

    Published on : Tuesday, January 31, 2017

    Despite President Donald Trump’s executive order banning entry from seven Muslim-majority nations, Australian dual national passport holders will be able to enter the US, Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull confirmed on Tuesday.   Trump ordered the 90-day travel ban for Iran, …

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  • Space Coast tourism executive director voices tourism concerns

    Published on : Tuesday, January 31, 2017

    Eric Garvey, Space Coast Office of Tourism Executive Director reacted to President Trump’s directive on travel and said that anything which affects travel might be a matter of concern.   But Garvey said that any impact to tourism on the …

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  • Chinese tourists constitute majority of tourists for Vietnam

    Published on : Tuesday, January 31, 2017

    Following a strong year in 2016, number of international arrivals swelled 23.6% in January this year. Compared to a year ago, arrival of Chinese tourists in Vietnam increased 67.9% in January. In the first month, i.e. in January 2017, Vietnam …

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  • UNWTO Statement on US Travel Ban

    Published on : Tuesday, January 31, 2017

    The World Tourism Organization (UNWTO), the United Nations Specialized Agency for Tourism, expresses its deep concern and strong condemnation over the recently announced travel ban by the United States of America (USA) to nationals of seven countries (Iraq, Syria, Iran, …

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  • New Scottish tourism campaign encourages adventure seekers to go ‘Wild About Arg

    Published on : Tuesday, January 31, 2017

    More than 250 members from across the country’s tourism community are set to gather in Glasgow tonight (Tuesday, January 31) for the unveiling of ‘Wild About Argyll’ – an exciting new marketing campaign aimed at encouraging more visitors to take …

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  • Funding for WA’s premier fishing tournament

    Published on : Tuesday, January 31, 2017

    The State Government has signed a three-year deal to sponsor Western Australia’s premier game fishing tournament, GAMEX, in Exmouth.     GAMEX will be sponsored from 2017 until 2019 through Tourism WA’s Regional Events Program, made possible by Royalties for …

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  • Russian visitors soon to get visas on arrival at UAE!

    Published on : Tuesday, January 31, 2017

    Russian citizens will be given entry visa at any point on arrival in UAE in the near future. Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid, Vice President, Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, approved Cabinet Decree No 24 for 2017. This decree signifies that …

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  • Dubai College is all prepared to boost tourism via new initiative!

    Published on : Tuesday, January 31, 2017

    In order to attract young UAE nationals to become part of Dubai’s fast growing tourism industry, the Dubai College of Tourism is all focused to launch its ‘‘Industry Nationalization initiative’’ which is also known as Emiratisation initiative. The recruitment, training …

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  • A road show in Jaipur from J&K Tourism

    Published on : Tuesday, January 31, 2017

    A road show and a seminar were organized in Jaipur today by the Department of Tourism in collaboration with J&K Hoteliers’ Club. The chief guest at this event was Mr. Arun Chaturvedi, Minister of Social Welfare, Minority Affairs and Wakf …

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  • Fiji tourism depends a lot on climate change adaptability

    Published on : Monday, January 30, 2017

    The sustainable development of Fiji and the tourism sector of the Pacific depend heavily on their ability to adapt to climate change. During an event hosted by the UNWTO, this was said by Minister for Industry, Trade, Tourism, Lands and …

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  • 2016 saw a 3.9% growth in global tourists

    Published on : Monday, January 30, 2017

    Although plagued by challenges, international tourism remained robust in 2016, according to the UNWTO. The UNWTO said that international tourist arrivals grew by 3.9%, reaching a total of 1.2 billion. Last year, some 46 million more tourists, with overnight visitors …

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  • Dr. Mzembi is a worthy contender for UNWTO Secretary-General

    Published on : Monday, January 30, 2017

    Dr. Walter Mzembi is one of the top contenders for the new UNWTO Secretary-General’s position. He is competing for the same with other top contenders for the position.   However, he is quite optimistic for winning the title. He has …

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  • UNWTO welcomes 5-day visa-free policy by Belarus to citizens of 80 states

    Published on : Monday, January 30, 2017

    UNWTO has expressed its full support to the decision of the Government of Belarus to launch the 5-day visa-free policy that will be applicable to travelers from 80 countries. The measure aims at advancing seamless travel and attracting visitors, particularly …

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  • Tokyo Wonderland on January 30, 2017

    Published on : Monday, January 30, 2017

    With the relaxation of short-term visa requirements, the number of Indian tourists to Japan is growing steadily, finally topping 100,000 in 2015.   Looking ahead to the 2020 Olympics/Paralympics and beyond, Tokyo, the Gateway to Japan, is playing an increasingly …

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  • Hampi – Where the past encourages exploration!

    Published on : Monday, January 30, 2017

    Hampi has been attracting considerable attention over the years. It even has been declared as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. But does a village located in the Northern part of Karnataka have to gradually capture the interest of travelers India and …

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  • UNWTO states tourism witnessed 3.9% growth in 2016

    Published on : Monday, January 30, 2017

    The United Nations World Tourism Organisation , UNWTO said in its last report that the demand for international tourism continued to remain quite strong in the year 2016 though there have been several challenges.   This organization said that the …

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  • “GSTC Industry Criteria” Formally Released

    Published on : Monday, January 30, 2017

    The Global Sustainable Tourism Council (GSTC) is pleased to announce the release of the GSTC Industry Criteria, which had been under development for most of 2016.   The GSTC Industry Criteria serve as the 3rd revision to GSTC Hotel & …

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  • Holiday Like A Local In New Zealand

    Published on : Monday, January 30, 2017

    Gardens made of driftwood and shells, beaches by the front door and bush-enclosed backyards, the Kiwi bach (holiday house) captures the spirit of New Zealand.     New Zealanders have always been drawn to out-of-the way places, where barrel waves …

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  • The Year of the Rooster off to a great start as the largest-ever erformance line-up made the 2017

    Published on : Monday, January 30, 2017

    The Hong Kong Tourism Board (HKTB) celebrated the first evening of the Year of the Rooster (28 January) with the splendid 2017 Cathay Pacific International Chinese New Year Night Parade in Tsim Sha Tsui. Themed “Best Fortune. World Party.”, the …

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  • Lights at Rio de Janeiro’s Olympics stadium disconnected due to unpaid bills

    Published on : Saturday, January 28, 2017

    Due to a row over unpaid power bills, the lights have gone out at Rio de Janeiro’s crumbling Maracana stadium, the Brazilian news portal O Globo reported.   The football stadium, which played host to the opening and closing ceremonies …

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