Category: Europe

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Rural tourism in Romania expected to grow by 15% this year

The number of Romanian people seeking to explore rural tourism in 2013 should grow by 15% year-on-year while that of foreigners coming to Romania for this type of tourism is expected increase by 5% – 7%, according to the National Association for Rural, Ecological and Cultural Tourism (ANTREC) in Romania. This will happen in the […]

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Croatia reports 3.2% increase in tourism revenues

Croatia’s revenues from tourism in 2012 amounted to GBP 6.83 billion, 3.2% more than in 2011, the Ministry of Tourism in Croatia said in a statement, citing figures from the Croatian National Bank. After a rise in tourism revenues in the first nine months of 2012, the positive trend continued in the final quarter of the […]

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Russia kicks off the Chinese Year of Tourism

Russia recently held the opening ceremony for the ‘Tourism Year of China’ attended by China President Xi Jinping and his Russian counterpart, Vladimir Putin. The ‘China-Russia Tourism Year’ programme, which started last year with the ‘Tourism Year of Russia’ in China, intends to boost tourism cooperation and exchanges between the two countries. Earlier the two […]

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UK government vows to put end of benefit tourism

Britain has received support from Germany, Netherlands and Austria to put pressure on Brussels to allow EU member states to limit access to basic social benefits for foreign nationals. The four countries agreed recently to send a joint letter to the European Commission, the EU’s executive arm, demanding it address their shared concerns over potential […]

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Spain aims to boost medical tourism

In a bid to give oxygen to Spain’s ailing economy, authorities in the country’s health industry encourage foreigners to come to Spain for cheaper medical treatment. Medical tourism is now worth around €75 billion worldwide, according to the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD). Spain’s tour operators, business leaders, private hospitals, and state health […]

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Switzerland and Austria best country for tourists: WEF

Switzerland, Germany, and Austria lead the world in terms of their travel and tourism industry competitiveness along with Spain and the United Kingdom, according to a World Economic Forum (WEF) report. Apart from Switzerland and Germany, the United States and Singapore maintained their positions, in sixth and 10th places, respectively. “Industry resilience has been driven […]

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Portugal minister visits London to promote residential tourism

Portugal’s Economy Minister Álvaro Santos Pereira recently visited London to introduce the government’s new strategy to promote holiday homes in this country, the ‘Residential Tourism’ campaign. “Residential Tourism is a strategic tourist product for Portugal, with an across-the-board impact on national economy and employment – especially at a regional and local level – which will […]

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National Geographic deal set to boost Scottish tourism

Scottish Tourism will soon get a major boost following VisitScotland’s plan to seal a deal with National Geographic to promote the country’s natural beauty. The deal between the Scottish national tourism organisation and National Geographic is a part of the Year of Natural Scotland 2013 celebrations.  The deal will get the advantage of National Geographic’s […]

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Indian market a consistent growth story for destination Germany

The German National Tourist Office (GNTO) in India, which is responsible for promoting destination Germany for leisure and business, announced a continued focus on growth in India. The new 2013 marketing theme is “Germany for young people” aimed at increasing the number of visitors to Germany. The five German cities that stand out as the […]

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Greece, Serbia to develop joint tourism packages

Greek Tourism Minister Olga Kefaloyianni was in Serbian capital Belgrade to meet her Serb counterpart Goran Petkovic in order to develop great possibilities of tourism cooperation between Greece and Serbia. Kefaloyianni was carrying out a two-day visit to the Serbian capital, in the framework of which she also attended the inauguration of the 35th International […]

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