Category: Europe

Britain’s tallest building opens to public

The tallest building in Britain, the Shard greeted public visitors on February 1.

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Georgia tour guide features ‘Walking Dead’ city

  In order to give a significant boost to tourism activities, a Georgia city well-known as a filming location in the TV show “The Walking Dead” was featured on the cover of the state’s new tourism guide. State tourism officials emphasized that the city of Senoia has appeared in more than 25 movies and television […]

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Fáilte Ireland unveils tourism plans for 2013

Fáilte Ireland, the country’s National Tourism Development Authority, announced that a number of schemes will be rolled out over the next 12 months which intends to boost the domestic tourism industry. The state body will take over responsibility for tourism in the Shannon region that is the Mid-West region of Ireland once Shannon Development is […]

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Tourists to the Vatican now have to pay for everything in cash

  Willing to visit Vatican City any time soon? Make sure you have enough cash in your kitty. The tiny state is cash only now meaning you’ll have to pay for everything in cash, including museum tickets, souvenirs and other services. This comes after the central bank of Italy stopped accepting electronic payments and credit […]

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Europe launches ‘Whenever You’re Ready’ campaign

  In a drive to attract tourists from Brazil, Russia, India, China, Chile and Argentina, Europe has launched its ‘Whenever You’re Ready’ campaign, highlighting the cultural and historical heritage of the continent. The campaign is financed by the European Commission and organised in partnership with the European Travel Commission (ETC). Renowned travel writers, journalists and […]

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UNWTO: France top tourist destination

European countries dominated the list of most popular destinations, according to the United Nation’s World Trade Organisation (UNWTO)’s latest tourism report, with France topping the lot and five other European countries in the list. According to the report, 983 million international overnight tourist arrivals were recorded in 2011, with tourism receipts surpassing $1 trillion. Europe received […]

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Britain hits record number of tourists in 2012

  Britain has set a record with around 12 million arrivals of international visitors over the past 12 months. The Queen’s Jubilee celebrations and the 2012 London Olympic Games are credited for the tourism boom, which has contributed some £19 billion to the British economy. According to VisitBritain, inbound tourism has contributed £18.7 billion to […]

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Sistine Chapel mulls limiting visitor numbers

  The Sistine Chapel, which sees some 5 million tourists a year and up to 20,000 in one day in summer, may put a ceiling on visitor numbers in the furture. The move comes after an open letter by literary critic Pietro Citati became the latest severe criticism over the behaviour of crowds at the […]

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Czech tourist numbers up

  Czech tourism is booming, with foreign guests staying in local hotels rising 13% and domestic tourists up  4.1% on year. Germany remained the strongest source market, with a 5% increase in visits from this country in the July to September period. As in years past, Germans are still the demographic group with the highest […]

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Portugal Tourism up despite crisis

  Portugal tourism saw a total of €8.1 billion in revenues in 2011, and is expecting an increase this year despite the ongoing economic crisis. With two-thirds of tourism activity in the country coming from foreign markets, tourism officials are targeting new customers with a range of new products. Director of marketing at Portugal’s Tourism […]

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