Category: Europe


Portugal to capitalise on surf record

  Tourism authorities in Portugal are capitalising on a recent surfing record that was set in the nation, in order to boost tourism. Portugal took the opportunity to promote its beaches when Hawaiian extreme surfer, Garrett McNamara, broke a world record this week by catching an, estimated, 100-foot wave off the Portuguese fishing village of Nazare. Tourism officials […]

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Ireland launches new tourism website

Tourism Ireland has announced the launch of its new international website to promote tourism to the country. The website, rolling out in 30 markets around the world is available in 11 different languages including English, French, German, Spanish, Italian and Dutch with a further five – Brazilian Portuguese, Arabic, Russian, Chinese and Japanese. The new […]

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Italy’s inbound tourist arrival numbers remained robust

Italy was ranked fifth by the United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) in terms of inbound tourist arrivals and international tourist receipts. While the country witnessed a slow decline in domestic tourism in 2011, inbound tourism continued to boom. Inbound tourism growth remained strong through the 2008 financial crisis and has remained robust even through […]

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Russia doubles presence at OTM 2013

On Day 2 of OTM Mumbai, the Federal Agency for Tourism along with World Without Borders drew large crowds of travel trade visitors and other OTM participants to its highly informative ‘Presentation of the Russian National Tourism Product’ event. Sharing the dais were central and regional government officials from Russia as well as private operators […]

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Switzerland woos Indian tourists

Switzerland is already a highly popular shooting location for Hindi films and is now concentrating on increasing tourist inflow from India. “India is presently one of the top 12 tourism traffic sources for Switzerland,” Ritu Sharma, deputy director, Switzerland Tourism India, said. “Though the largest volume of tourists still is domestic, and from other European […]

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Azerbaijan to foster tourism products reflecting flavor of regions

The Ministry of Culture & Tourism in Azerbaijan has stepped up effort to initiate the development of new tourism products. Deputy Culture & Tourism Minister Nazim Samedov emphasized that now the tourism sector needs training of professional personnel to render quality services at tourism facilities across the country. “The regional departments of culture & tourism […]

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Tourism committee to double domestic ads for Moscow

The Moscow Tourism Committee is to double investment in promoting Moscow as an attractive tourist destination in the Russian regions. Ads are to be placed in 25 major cities, including St. Petersburg, Yekaterinburg, Rostov-on-Don, Samara, Tyumen and others. Tourism officials are to increase advertising from 200 to 400 billboards following the success of previous campaigns. […]

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Turkish Airlines unveils promotional plans at Doha meet

Turkish Airlines, the national carrier of Turkey, announced its 2013 promotional campaigns at a meeting with Doha’s travel industry professionals. The airline, one of the world’s fastest growing with a massive 217-city global network, is planning huge expansion this year. The meeting was attended by travel agents who were presented an overview of Turkey’s destination highlights, […]

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Germany sees record number of tourists in 2012

  Germany has witnessed a renewed boom in tourism over the past 12 months. According to statistics from Federal Statistical Office, overnight stays by international visitors in accommodation establishments with more than ten beds totalled 64.2 million in the first eleven months of 2012. This is estimated to an increase of 8.1% compared with the […]

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France pushes for stronger tourism ties with UAE

The French president François Hollande expressed optimism on greater commercial cooperation with the UAE across a number of sectors including renewable energy, defence, transportation and tourism. The two countries are committed to enhance travel and trade between them by 50% in the coming five years, doubling the flow of tourists as well as initiating joint development […]

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