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Cambodia tourist arrivals by sea rise 46 percent in first half

The number of foreign visitors to Cambodia by sea rose by 46 percent in the first six months of 2009 compared with the first half of last year, local media reported on Monday.

Numbers were up to 14,636, the Phnom Penh Post quoted Kong Sophearak, the director of the Ministry of Tourism’s statistics department as saying, a rise he ascribed to the industry’s strategy to link coastal and eco-tourism areas with Angkor Wat.

Kong Sophearak said the increase marked the beginning of the country’s efforts to improve the number of arrivals by sea, with key infrastructure upgrades planned.

“The government has already decided to build a tourist port in Kep province and other centers in the country in an attempt to woo more tourists by sea,” he said. Ministry statistics showed that 15 cruise ships arrived at Preah Sihanouk port via Thailand in the first six months of this year. Continue Reading

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Indonesia’s tourism industry expected to recover in December

Indonesia’s tourism is expected to recover in December from the bomb attacks in two Jarkarta hotels last Friday, the chairwoman of Indonesia Hotel and Restaurant Association Yanti Sukamdani said on Friday.

“We will conduct programs to rescue our tourism industry. Hopefully, we will recover in December and in January next year situation will be back to normal,” Yanti told reporters.

The programs consist of rehabilitation, consolidation and road shows, which will be conducted until October, she said.

bali_tanah-lot-bali-indonesiaYanti said Indonesia would experience drop in traveling activities in August due to fasting month of Ramadhan and in September due to Muslim festivity of Lebaran.

“But in October onward we hope that we will be busy again. We expect the ITTF could bring buyers from foreign countries. We hope that government will sponsor this event because that time would be the last chance to get many tourists this year,” said Yanti. Continue Reading

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New York City : Spectacular Views and Good Food Go Hand in Hand This Summer

NYC & Company, New York City’s marketing, tourism and partnership organization, is touting a new trend in town this summer: high-altitude brunches. From Manhattan to Brooklyn to Queens, rooftops are catering to people seeking more than just a meal. In the vertical city of New York, good food and good views go hand in hand. From 230 Fifth, Hudson Terrace and the Gansevoort in Manhattan to the Ravel in Queens and Alma in Brooklyn, the City offers some excellent options for those lazy summer weekends.

“This summer, visitors and residents can retreat to the rooftops to not only take in spectacular views of our City from many different vantage points, but also enjoy some excellent food and drink,” said George Fertitta, CEO of NYC & Company.

Manhattan’s largest rooftop bar, 230 Fifth, offers its Champagne Party Brunch on Saturdays and Sundays from 11am to 5pm year-round, rain or shine, on its 14,000-square-foot palm-decorated roof deck and 8,000-square-foot fully enclosed lounge.

More than 40 dishes are offered, the majority priced between $8 and $12, including such signatures as “Liquored Up” French toast and matzah brei. Along with a number of specialty cocktails, six champagnes are served by the bottle and the magnum. “Bigger is better” is the theme at this rooftop retreat, which offers stunning views of New York City including head-on views of the Empire State Building. (230-fifth.com) Continue Reading

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2 Nights Free Every Week for 15 Weeks in 50 Antigua Properties

Antiguanice.com the online destination guide for Antigua has today launched a phenomenal promotion offering 2 nights free for bookings of a week or longer in over 50 properties island wide. The promotion includes resorts, hotels, villas, apartments and guest rooms and includes over 900 rooms, the majority being ocean view or beach front.

Desirable hotels on the list include Carlisle Bay, Cocobay Resort and Coconut Beach Club along with superb private villas such as the Carib House, Villa Sariel and Arca Villa. For families wishing to book a last minute summer vacation with the kids there are some great deals. Couples and groups of friends have a huge choice of retreats, party houses and all inclusive properties.

The promotion is valid for bookings of a week or more for vacations take by 31st October 2009. To view the list of properties visit www.antiguanice.com. Antigua Nice Ltd is an Antiguan owned and managed business located in Falmouth, Antigua.

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Mainland China tourists to Taiwan expected to reach 600,000

The Chinese mainland and Taiwan expected cross-Strait tourism to attract at least 600,000 mainland tourists this year, Monday’s China Daily reported.

The ambitious target comes one year after the island was opened up to mainland tourists.

About 383,300 mainland tourists visited the island in the past year, according to the Cross-Straits Tourism Association (CSTA) in Beijing.

Both sides want to grow the figure to at least 600,000 this year.

taiwan beachDuring a round table conference in Beijing on Saturday, CSTA President Shao Qiwei and Taiwan Strait Tourism Association (TSTA) Chairwoman Janice Lai declared the past year’s achievement “a good start”.

TSTA statistics suggested that 85 percent of mainland tourists were satisfied with their trips to Taiwan.

Fewer than 10 percent were not satisfied with the tight schedules and long hours on the road.

In the peak season of March and April, mainland tourists flock to the same scenic spots and restaurants at the same time, resulting in lower service standards. Continue Reading

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Grado, the island queen of hospitality: Albergo Diffuso Project

The Albergo Diffuso is actually sustainable tourism’s “third way”, a form of hospitality in which Italy is a pioneer and in which the Italian regions most attentive to the environment and niche demand are showing great interest. A new form of tourist hospitality that brings into play the local public administration and residents. Albergo Diffuso hospitality offers Grado’s guests the opportunity of being for a few days a fully-fledged honorary citizen of the Lagoon of Grado.

Grado is a little gem chosen for the beauty of its architecture and surrounding environment, where life still follows the pace and traditions of yesteryear. An Albergo Diffuso plays an instrumental role in saving major heritages (environments, buildings and connected systems) which bring about an improvement in the quality of life and the product in the short and long terms while also offering a new source of income, especially for the private residents involved.

The Grado Lagoon is an area of outstanding natural beauty, a rich environment of magic and tranquillity. The lagoon has many qualities, as many as the memorable sensations it evokes. The ruins of times gone by blend into the landscape as a testament to a past built on great works and hard struggle; they speak to people of today, encouraging them to continue along their chosen path to enable Grado and its lagoon to establish itself as the destination of choice of another slice of international tourism. Continue Reading

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Are GDS and IDS the right distribution channels for my hotel?

Understanding GDS and IDS

The term GDS stands for Global Distribution Systems. Originally they were created for the airline industry as a tool for travel agents to make flight bookings. Over time more types of reservations have been added including hotel reservations. The term IDS stands for Internet Distribution Services, this simply refers to the Internet portals that offer hotel reservations. Representation for hotels on one or both of these channels can be highly beneficial when used appropriately for suitable hotels.

Over the past 3 years hotel bookings through both GDS and IDS channels have grown considerably attributing to around sixty percent of online room reservations. The increased number of hotels using GDS has resulted in greater choice for travel agents and greater visibility for hotels.

Is GDS relevant for your hotel? Continue Reading

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African Safaris : Tanzania tourist destinations

Tanzania is one of the unique destinations on the African continent that has yet to be discovered by many.

It is a land of many wonders hubbing an un-paralleled diversity of fauna and flora. Kilimanjaro, the highest permanently snow-capped free standing mountain in Africa, the exotic Islands of Zanzibar, the finest game sanctuaries of Serengeti, Tarangire, Lake Manyara, Ngorongoro Crater, Ruaha, Selous and the Marine Park of Mafia Island are only but a few of the living examples.

The scenery, topography and very friendly people harbour the growth of excellent cultural tourism beach holidays, game hunting, historical and archaeological ventures – and certainly the best wildlife photographic safaris on the continent.

kilimanjaro giraffe wild safariBesides cultural attributes, the other tourism attractions in the country include the rich game to view in National Parks, Game Controlled Areas and Games Reserves.

Wildlife safari trip in Tanzania Northern Circuit

Moderate Luxury Tented, lodges, campsites are accommodation safari for maximum wildlife safaris in Tanzania and comfortable trip for all tourists. Northern Circuit Tour consists of Mount Kilimanjaro, Arusha, Lake Manyara, Tarangire, Ngorongoro and Serengeti National Park. There are other attractive natural scenery like Lake Eyasi, Lake Natron, Rift valley and Olduvai Gorge.

This wildlife safari tour features scenic tourist destinations, wilderness camps, balloon safaris, Maasai tour, unlimited wildlife viewing and much more… Continue Reading

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Cebu Pacific offers seats sale to four tourist destinations

Cebu Pacific (CEB), Asia’s third largest low-cost carrier, on Thursday said it is offering seats for as low as P499 from Manila to established adventure destinations Naga (Cam Sur) and Kalibo (Boracay), as well as from Davao to Cagayan de Oro.

The P499 ‘Go Lite’ fare also extends to flights from Manila to Tuguegarao, Catarman, and Calbayog, and Cebu to Iloilo.

Passengers can avail of the one-way P499 ‘Go Lite’ fare to all three adventure destinations. The seat sale is from July 17-19, 2009 and is valid for travel from August 16 to September 30, 2009.

Passengers with check-in luggage will just add P200.

“Naga and the Cam Sur Watersports Complex can now be accessible to thousands of wakeboarding enthusiasts.

The same goes for kiteboarding and windsurfing in Boracay, and white water rafting in Cagayan de Oro,” Candice Iyog, VP for Marketing and Distribution said.

“We hope to continuously boost tourism and economy in these places with our great value low fares,” she added.

Cebu Pacific serves 32 domestic destinations and flies to 14 cities in Asia using the youngest aircraft fleet in the country.

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Swine Flu Influenza A H1N1 spread to affect tourism, says top economist

The spread of Swine Flu which is also known as influenza type A (H1N1) will definitely affect tourism this year if the government fails to contain the pandemic in an appropriate manner, according to a leading economist.

Anusorn Tamajai, dean of the Rangsit University’s economics faculty, admitted the spread of the new virus strain was worrying people around the country because they are confused by what the government has attempted to contain the disease.

He said the government seemed unable to control the spread of the influenza, causing some people and tourists to panic.

Because of this, the government must consider ways to improve information to the public to keep people informed of what is really happening and how to manage the spread of the influenza.

“Now, the government is busy reporting the number of patients and the pandemic. It fails to tell about preventive measures,” he said, warning that “the spread of the virus strain, if allowed to go unabated, will definitely impact tourism this year.”

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Sipadan Island in Malaysia set to become one of the world’s New Seven Wonders Of Nature

Sipadan island, one of the best diving spots in the world, is set to qualify for the final round of the New Seven Wonders of Nature search.

State Tourism, Culture and Environment Minister Datuk Masidi Manjun said that based on the unofficial result of the search, which ended yesterday, Sipadan was said to be in fourth place under the island category.

“I hope we get through and qualify for the next round,” he told reporters after launching orientation week for new students of the Kota Kinabalu Polytechnic near here Wednesday.

siapadan-malaysia-dive-siteMasidi said the ministry, through the Sabah Tourism Board (STB), had embarked on an all-out “Vote for Sipadan” campaign to promote the island as one of the world’s New Seven Wonders of Nature since December last year.

It went through the first stage — the National Qualification — on Dec. 31 last year. The second stage of the search via an Internet online voting system was conducted from January to July 7 this year. Sipadan must be in the top 11 to go to the next round.

Sipadan is one of the 261 national and multinational nominees from 222 countries which participated in the search.

Sipadan is the only oceanic island in Malaysia, rising 600m from the seabed, and is located in the Celebes Sea east of the major town of Tawau and off the coast of East Malaysia on the Island of Borneo.

It is located at the heart of the Indo-Pacific basin, the centre of one of the richest marine habitats in the world and more than 3,000 species of fish and hundreds of coral species have been classified in this ecosystem.

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Number of tourists in Thailand dropped in first quarter of 2009

The political instability and street demonstrations early this year have adversely affected Thailand’s lucrative tourism industry as visitor arrivals in the first four months totalled 4.7 million, down 14.7 percent compared to the same period last year.

The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) said that while most markets showed varying rates of decline, arrivals from the Middle East grew by almost 11.5 percent and arrivals from South Asia were up 3.6 percent.

In 2008, Thailand welcomed about 14.59 million international visitors, a growth of only 0.88 per cent, and for 2009, it has scaled down its target to 13.3 million and 14 million in 2010.

thailand-tourist-arrivalsIn a statement today, TAT said as part of efforts to expedite the revival of the Thai travel and tourism industry, the Thai government had agreed to extend the exemption of the fee for tourist visa applications until March 4, 2010.

Thailand presently gives a visa on arrival for citizens of 20 countries for a stay not exceeding 15 days, while citizens of another 42 countries are allowed visa-free stay of not more than 30 days.

TAT chairman Weerasak Kowsurat said as a result of the global economic downturn, the worldwide travel and tourism sector had declined as people became more cautious about spending on leisure and business travel. Continue Reading

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