tourism

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...

Faroe Islands to close for weekend of ‘maintenance’

If you were thinking of taking a meeting or incentive to the tiny Nordic nation of Faroe Islands in April, then think again, as the country is set on restricting tourism for one weekend because, according to visitfaroeislands.com, “The Faroese people are keen to keep their green islands unspoiled”. The 18-island archipelago in the North Atlantic, halfway between Iceland and Norway, welcomes around...

UK Tourism industry confident despite Brexit, says UKinbound research

UKinbound has released its latest Business Barometer Figures, which show confidence levels across the tourism industry are on the rise. The research, which was collected by Qa Research, found that 59% of UKinbound members stated they were confident about business in the upcoming 12 months. This was the highest rate recorded since October 2017. The increase in confidence was influenced by an influx...

Going Beyond Tourism 2020 in Australia

Consultations are now open on Australia’s next long-term national tourism strategy, with industry stakeholders being encouraged by the Minister of Trade, Tourism and Investment to have their say on a draft report developed by the Beyond Tourism 2020 Steering Committee. The Association of Australian Convention Bureaux (AACB) says it has ensured business events are front and centre in the draft repo...

Prague Convention Bureau honoured with national tourism award

The Prague Convention Bureau’s ‘Congress Prague’ website was awarded third place in the Digital Project category at the Czech Tourism Grand Prix. The awards ceremony took place on 17 January, 2019 at the GO and REGIONTOUR travel trade show in Brno, Czech Republic. The PCB website www.pragueconvention.cz was launched in April 2018 and marked the organisation’s 10th anniversary. First prize in the d...

L.A celebrates 50m visitors… with a hologram of Kobe Bryant

Los Angeles welcomed 50m visitors in 2018, according to the Los Angeles Tourism & Convention Board (LATCB). The Board celebrated the milestone, which was achieved two years ahead of target, by enlisting LA-based VNTANA to create a hologram of basketball superstar Kobe Bryant, delivering a message about LA being the ‘sports capital of the world’. A video of the hologram can be viewed above. Thi...

In pictures: IBTM World 2018

IBTM World wrapped up in Gran Via, Barcelona, at the end of 2018. The show saw more meetings than ever and destinations and venues brought colour and interaction to the show floor. A selection photographs from the event can be found below:

Overtourism: a case study in Prague

Overtourism is a problem for many popular meetings destinations to wrestle with. In this month’s cover feature, CMW presents an edited extract from research by Miroslav Rončák, Palacky University, Olomouc, on overtourism in the Czech capital.  The number of tourists arriving in Prague has been increasing steadily. Back in 1989 there were 1.6m tourists arriving in the Czech capital. In 2000 t...

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