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NICOSIA, Cyprus – Cyprus’ hopes that the economy could receive an extra boost from tourism next year are vanishing as promising news from the UK, the country’s largest market, have been tempered by developments affecting Russia, the second largest.

More positive was news for the 2015 winter programmes was that traditional partners from the UK such as TUI and Thomas Cook, the two largest UK tour operators, were increasing their flights to Cyprus.

Britain’s economy is expected to grow next year at a slower rate of 2.6 percent, compared to 3 percent this year, according to a September survey carried out by the UK treasury among banking and other business organisations.

Since January 1, the British pound gained more than 6.0 percent on the euro, which makes holidaying cheaper in euro area countries for Brits.

The London based World Travel and Tourism Council, estimates that directly or indirectly, the Cypriot travel and tourism industry, which contributed one fifth to the economy last year, will see its contribution rise to around one quarter this year.

Tourists from the UK make up more than 35 per cent of total arrivals to the island. It reached its peak in the early 2000s at more than 50 percent of all arrivals to Cyprus but the market has slackened off, and according to some in the industry, has been ignored by Cyprus in favour of pumping up numbers from Russia.

While the bankruptcy of two Russian tour operators this year has caused concern within the Cypriot tourism industry, it is not expected to greatly affect the flow of Russian tourists to Cyprus, according to Maratheftis. “Luckily, these were not the leading Russian tour operators for Cyprus or indeed in general,” he said.

Still, other factors affecting Russia may impact the performance of the tourist sector next year, according to the chairman of the Association of Cyprus Tourist Enterprises (ACTE), Akis Vavlitis.

The chairman of ACTE, which represents mainly four and five stars hotels, said that he expects for the rest of 2014 arrivals will continue to increase compared to 2013.

Tourists from Russia accounted for 28 percent of total arrivals in the first eight months of this year. Russia, whose oil sector was the target of economic sanctions by the European Union and the United States in recent months over its role in the crisis in Ukraine, saw its currency, the rouble, devaluate by as much as 10 percent against the euro, according to the European Central Bank.

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Government meetings have been forbidden at 21 popular destinations as part of an ongoing frugality campaign by China’s central authorities.

The General Office of the Communist Party of China (CPC) Central Committee and the General Office of the State Council issued a circular banning Party and government authorities at all levels from holding meetings at Huangshan Mountain in Anhui Province, Lushan Mountain in Jiangxi Province and 19 other popular tourist destinations, including the Badaling Section of the Great Wall and the Ming Tombs in Beijing.

The circular said that a 1998 ban did not stop government meetings in the listed sites and meetings have been held in other popular spots from time to time, damaging the image of the Party and the government.

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Number of tourists visiting Turkey up by 11 percent

Turkey witnessed a 7 percent rise in the number of tourists visiting the country in the first eight months of 2014, the Turkish tourism minister has reported.

Minister Ömer Çelik said Sept. 27 that nearly 25.7 million tourists came to Turkey between January and August, compared to 23.7 million over the same period last year.

Germans topped the list of foreign visitors to Turkey, followed by Russians and Britons, according to figures provided by the minister.

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On the occasion of World Tourism Day, Rwanda gave the clearest signal yet that tourism will remain at the very core of the country’s economic development in coming years.

Already the number one foreign exchange earner, this year, revenues of over US$300 million are expected to be raked in, as plans are now afoot to triple the revenues over the next couple of years. This follows record earnings in 2013 of US$293 million after several years of sustained double-digit growth, making the ambitious target a distinct possibility.

Key to this success were the diversification of tourism attractions from what used to be an exclusively gorilla-tracking destination to more versatile offerings through the revitalization of the Akagera National Park and the launch some years ago of the Nyungwe Forest National Park, with East Africa’s only elevated walkway through the treetops and above. Eight hiking trails into and through the forest have pulled in adventure tourists, and the launch of the Congo Nile Trail 3 years ago has also helped to put Rwanda on the map as a safe destination with awe-inspiring scenery along the shores of Lake Kivu.

Cultural sites from the kingdom of old were spruced up, the National Museum in Huye offers insights into the past and present of Rwanda’s culture and history, and an extensive cave system at Musanze, also the springboard for gorilla tracking, has been opened for tourists.

Finally, the success of Rwanda’s tourism industry has been attributed to the national airline, RwandAir, which has grown in leaps and bounds over the past years. Given the full support of government, the airline renewed the fleet with brand-new jets and state-of-the-art turbojet aircraft and a network now spanning over 16 destinations in Africa and the Gulf.

No doubt Rwanda is one of East Africa’ most vibrant economies, and with Kigali regularly getting rave reviews for its cleanliness, the security which allows walking at night without any problems and free Wi-Fi connections across the city, the country will benefit from such a reputation and pull in ever more visitors.

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Hugh Riley, secretary general and CEO, Caribbean Tourism Organization ...

The Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO) joins the world in commemorating September 27 as World Tourism Day 2014.

We welcome this year’s theme of ‘Tourism and Community Development’ with great enthusiasm as it shines a much-needed spotlight on the importance of community involvement in tourism planning; a tenet of sustainable tourism and the core of the CTO’s mandate.

As the most tourism-dependent region in the world, the Caribbean relies upon its tourism decision makers to lead the industry to profitability and sustainability, understanding fully the extent to which the citizens of this Region rely upon the sector for their economic well-being. An estimated one in every ten jobs in the Caribbean, as well as one of every five dollars of foreign exchange earnings is directly attributed to tourism. More than anywhere else in the world, the Caribbean turns to its communities of stakeholders to deliver the hospitality and the superb vacation experience our Region needs in order to be truly competitive.

However, much more can be done to ensure that the visitor experience includes – and is shaped in collaboration with – local communities. Only when revenue sharing and developmental opportunities redound to the benefit of the community, can we truly claim success in tourism.
Regional examples abound; and we are heartened by the increasing discourse on mixed-use tourism developments that incorporate commercial and cultural facilities and experiences. We anticipate that ultimately, this trend will find mainstream adoption.

Each year, as part of its Caribbean Excellence in Sustainable Tourism Awards, the CTO partners with TravelMole to issue a Community Benefit Award to entities that proactively protect, sustain and incorporate communities in the delivery of their tourism product. These awards help to deliver a competitive advantage for our Region and act as sign posts for visitors seeking sustainable, responsible tourism experiences in this rapidly growing sector.

We stand ready to partner with key public, private and non-governmental organizations to illuminate tourism’s impact on Caribbean communities and to inspire increasing focus on tourism development that empowers our people and guarantees the success of our Region for generations to come.

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2014 GWANGJU ACE FAIR STARTED | Budget uganda safari

Gwangju ACE Fair is a wonderland of fun and entertainment for children ...

“2014 Gwangju ACE Fair” has been celebrating its 9th inviting 424 companies from 40 different countries at Kimdaejung Convention Center on Sep. 25th, the largest ACE Fair ever in size. ACE Fair, which stands for Asia Content & Entertainment Fair in Gwangju, has been organized and managed by both government and private institutions: Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism (MCST) and Gwangju City organize the whole Fair; and Kimdaejung Convention Center, *KOTRA, *KOCCA, *KCTA, *GITCT, and *GDC take the role of management. At “2014 Gwangju ACE Fair,” 400 companies including 220 foreign buyers from the U.S.A., France, Poland, and China plan to participate to proceed 1,700 consultations for export license.

Moreover, as the East Asian Cultural City 2014, Gwangju City in South Korea, Quanzhou in China, and Yokohama in Japan were voted by the ministries of three countries: South Korea, China, and Japan. At the Fair, Gwangju City prepared Asian Culture Complex promotion booth for advertising the opening of three culture complexes in all three selected cities within this month

Major domestic media participants are KBS N, MBC+ Media, SBS Medianet, and CJ E&M, and Ocon famous for “Pororo the Little Penguin” and INTERSAVE famous for producing games are major game and animation participants. In total, 424 companies fill up the booths at the Fair.

As for domestic business hall, many collective stands are in the current schedule: KOCCA Culture and Technology Collective Stands, Korea Animation Producer Association Collective Stands, Gwangju City & GITCT Collective Stands, GDC Collective Stands, and *KOCLA Genuine Product Certification Promotion Booth.

In addition to many events, “Cartoon Special Exhibition” is the first event ever in the history of ACE Fair held under the management of The Korea Cartoonists Association Gwangju-Jeonnam Branch. This special exhibition invites about 20 cartoonists to show their real-time-on-the-spot drawing at Webtoon Show, Three Kingdoms Original Drawing Show, and G20 Summit Caricature Show.

Besides, not only “Trendy Contents Experience Hall,” cherishes the variety of the whole Fair: “Board Game Experience Hall” provides a face-to-face group enjoyment; “Speed Stacks Experience Hall” offers players to stack 12 cups as fast as they can; “e-Sports tournament” distinguishes the best gamer; “Cutting-Edge Movie Special Show” provides 3D movies free; “National Youth Media and Broadcasting Contents Contest” is on the schedule; “Cospre Event” provides super-scale suit “Gundam”; “Photo Zone” provides a popular cartoon character experience; “3D Trick Art Experience” offers fun and cutting-edge technology atmosphere; and “Culture Industry Job Fair” provides opportunities to get jobs for those hoping to work in this industry.

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WORLD TOURISM DAY THAILAND | Uganda National Parksations

... Authority of Thailand (TAT) on 27 September, 2013, World Tourism Day

In celebration of the World Tourism Day 2014, the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) and Google Thailand are inviting everyone in the kingdom to take part in an epic event, #ThailandOnly 77-Province Photowalk project, held within one day on 27 September.

The grand opening ceremony, presided over by the Minister of Tourism and Sports, Mrs. Kobkarn Wattanavrangkul, took place from 09.00-12.00 hrs. at Wat Pho or the Temple of the Reclining Buddha in Bangkok. Highlights included Thai and English broadcasts and VDO call sessions through Google+ Hangouts On Air at 10.00 hrs.

Thailand Only_08-450x300Mrs. Kobkarn said, “Today marks a proud moment for Thailand’s tourism. Thai people nationwide are joining hands to create history for the kingdom’s tourism. We would like to invite everyone, both the Thai people and foreign expatriates, to ‘shoot and share’ their memorable experiences and impressions of Thailand, to be a part of helping to promote our beloved country to the world.”

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Alaska Airlines sponsors environmental entrepreneurship competition at ...

Today, the University of Washington Foster School of Business announced Alaska Airlines as the naming sponsor of its annual Environmental Innovation Challenge.

In the Environmental Innovation Challenge, approaching its seventh year, student teams must define an environmental problem, develop a solution, produce a prototype, and create a business summary that demonstrates the commercial viability of their product, process or service. Teams are judged on their prototypes, the market opportunity, and their pitch to an audience of nearly 200 industry experts from the Seattle environmental and entrepreneurship communities.

Alaska’s 10-year sponsorship commitment includes a reduced travel rate for out-of-state teams to Seattle to participate in the April competition and flying guest faculty instructors from other universities in the Pacific Northwest to observe or judge the challenge. The airline will also host the challenge at the Seattle Center House next April.

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Wildlife in Green Spain

Andalusia, Europe and Latin America have a lot to offer in these specialized segments of nature tourism, with well-organized services, and experiencies always respectful of the environment.

October, with its still mild climate in Europe, is the ideal season to explore the countrysides and all their interesting discoveries and surprises. Seasonal cuisine includes wild boar, hare, partridge, mushrooms, and the beginning of the raisin collection for wine and champagne production. A very enjoyable season to explore, taste and relax in other countries.

This is to be discussed at the ‘euroal travel market’ on a yearly basis. The event brings together international tour operators and suppliers, encouraging and promoting mutual ties between Spain, Europe, Latin America and the rest of the world; and, in turn, drives economic and social development through the largest peace industry that exists: tourism.

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In a move that could have a profound impact on the professional basketball landscape in Japan, Turkish Airlines has agreed to become the title

Turkish Airlines has agreed to become the title sponsor of the Japanese Professional Basketball League, BJ-League.

Turkish Airlines decided to support the league in line with the importance given to the Japanese market and to find common grounds with Japanese people. Turkish Airlines will be widely visible due to its logo appearance in all matches. Along with the professional league name sponsorship, Turkish Airlines becomes the title sponsor of all other leagues organized by the Japanese Basketball Federation such as the All–Star Game, Playoffs, and Finals.

This important collaboration, which will last 2 years, including 2014-2016 seasons, has started with a signing ceremony that took place in Tokyo yesterday. A new composite logo has been unveiled and at the end of the ceremony Turkish Airlines model airplanes were presented to each Japanese basketball player.

After the sponsorships of important soccer teams in Japan, Omiya Ardija and Cerezo Osaka, Turkish Airlines starts to support a new sports area and takes an important step in basketball. Turkish Airlines is the title sponsor for the Euroleague, with a deal in place until 2020. After European basketball, Turkish Airlines contributes to the worldwide recognition of Japanese basketball by becoming the first name sponsor of BJ League.

Besides becoming by far the biggest company to become affiliated with a league featuring teams in 22 of Japan’s 47 prefectures and entering its 10th season that tips off on Oct. 4., Turkish Airlines will be seen on the jerseys of each team with its logo which will be highly contributing its brand awareness.

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