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Chernobyl nuclear site to become ‘official tourist attraction’

Ukraine’s new President has signed a decree that sets out plans to turn the Chernobyl reactor site into an official tourist attraction.

Theresa May outlines ambitious new Tourism Sector Deal for the UK

Theresa May has announced an ambitious new tourism sector deal for the UK, designed to ensure the country’s future as a global player in the international tourism market.

Industry reacts to Theresa May’s Tourism Sector Deal

EIB chairman Michael Hirst and UKinbound chair James Aitken react to today's big news from 10 Downing Street.

Asian visitors enable Brisbane to post record figures

A record number of Asian visitors has been a big factor in Brisbane, Australia, claiming all-time highs in terms of international visitation and expenditure. Lord Mayor of the Queensland capital, Adrian Schrinner said the latest International Visitor Survey from Tourism Research Australia revealed visitor numbers from Asia to Brisbane had climbed 5.5% to a record 605,000 in the year to March 2019....

South Korea launches new meetings package PLUS SEOUL

The South Korean city of Seoul is offering new meetings and incentives packages, with the aim of attracting more international delegates. PLUS SEOUL will include a range of expanded options to customise locally-hosted events with more personal branding and experiences. The added incentives reflect Seoul’s strong government-level commitment to boosting the Korean capital’s meetings industry, in res...

$5.8bn tourism plan to transform tourism in the Ivory Coast

The Ivory Coast is intent on securing major investment to see the country become Africa’s fifth biggest tourism destination by 2025. Minister of Tourism Siandou Fofana last month sent a strategy document to the African Development Bank, seeking its support to implement a US$5.8bn plan. The document, entitled ‘Sublime Côte d’Ivoire’, was presented to the Bank’s Vice-President responsible for Privat...

Record tourism boost for L.A.

Los Angeles has been celebrating some tourism industry milestones during the USA’s National Travel & Tourism Week, as new figures reveal visitors pumped an all-time high US$23.9bn directly into the L.A. economy in 2018, generating a record $36.6bn in total economic impact. The fresh statistics come from the new economic impact report released by Los Angeles Tourism & Convention Board. Tour...

Abu Dhabi welcomed more than 10 million international visitors in 2018

Abu Dhabi welcomed more than 10 million international visitors in 2018, with the emirate also posting figures showing incredible growth over the last three years. These figures were powered by the addition of a host of world-class events and enhancements to all of its specialised tourism sectors, as well as massive improvements to its infrastructure and significant development of its cultural asse...

Bed tax: funding stream or destination nightmare?

Phillip Cooke (pictured below left) investigates the contentious issue of bed tax, which has sprung up in many destinations around the globe. But is it a solution, or a further problem?   Many countries and cities are able to  devote large sums of money to promoting and developing their tourism industries via a system that taxes the visitor, not the host. These competing regions, most notably...

Belfast launches its largest ever dedicated business tourism campaign

Belfast’s official tourism marketing agency, Visit Belfast, has launched a brand new marketing campaign designed to rapidly accelerate the volume of inbound business conferences and events taking place in the city. Emphasising the importance of business tourism to Belfast and Northern Ireland, and developed by Visit Belfast with 13 major partners from the city’s thriving tourism industry – Belfast...

International adventure tourism experts to converge on Queenstown

Queenstown, New Zealand has won a bid to host the 2020 International Adventure Conference, which will bring leading tourism researchers to the Southern Hemisphere for the first time, in December next year. The winning bid was presented by Dr Susan Houge Mackenzie on behalf of her team from the University of Otago, Queenstown Resort College, and the Otago Polytechnic Institute of Sport and Adventur...

Tour de France to start in Copenhagen in 2021

The greatest cycling race in the world will meet the best cycling city in the world, as Copenhagen has won its bid to host the Grand Départ of the 2021 edition of the Tour de France. Almost half of the city’s locals cycle to work and school via 379km of designated cycling paths. Race director Christian Prudhomme is excited about Denmark being elected as host for the Grand Depart predicts 198 top a...

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