Cyprus might be struggling to come to terms with the prevailing economic woes around Europe, but you wouldn’t know it if you worked in the country’s tourism sector, which saw foreign tourist arrivals hit a seven-year high last year thanks to an influx of Russian visitors.
Could visa-free travel to Russia finally become a reality? According to Russia’s top immigration official, such a move could happen sooner than many had hoped, with visa requirements for EU citizens being lifted by 2014 a ‘distinct possibility’.
Turkey as a travel destination offers dozens of hair-raising attractions for the adventurous traveler, but recently the country has seen an influx of visitors looking for an altogether different experience – men in search of facial hair implants.
Last weekend saw thousands of Turkish ungulate fans turn out to witness the annual Camel Wrestling Championships in Selcuk, an event which saw more than a hundred camels decked out in fluorescent pompoms and veiled headdresses as they fought for the affections of waiting females.
Ask anyone where you’re most likely to bump into the legendary Yeti and they’ll more than likely tell you that your best bet is somewhere around Mount Everest, in the Himalayas. But few people realize that the infamous ‘abominable snowman’ is just as likely to be found lurking further north, in Siberian Russia.
On Friday, WorldVentures announced their latest empowerment of members with their DreamTrips™ Reward Program. According to their announcement, new members who join before April 30 will receive points redeemable toward costs of curated vacations.
A Brazilian travel operator has just announced a rather novel concept ahead of next year’s FIFA World Cup 2014 – it’s planning to open a resort especially geared towards fans of the beautiful game.
The Slovakian city of Kosice has kicked off the beginning of its year as “European Capital of Culture 2013” with a host of activities taking place to mark the occasion this weekend.
Russian tourist chiefs have announced the launch of a new “Moscow Pass” in a bid to make the capital more accessible to foreign visitors. Tourists in Moscow can buy the new pass online in order to benefit from significant discounts on a range of attractions and activities in the city.
Master Baker Buddy Valastro, renown baker and television baking star, will open a new branch of his family business on the 8th deck of the Norwegian cruise ship “Breakaway” when it reaches New York in May this year. All of Buddy’s repertoire of decadent delights will be available to customers, as well as for custom orders too. And, a neat surprise will be Carlo’s offering passengers cupcake decorating classes.
Travel to Poland just got a little bit easier, and a darn sight more comfortable too, with the news that Emirates Airline will soon begin providing direct services to the capital Warsaw.
The next few months hold great promise for the tourist scene in Russia, with numerous events to look forward to as the year progresses. Among the highlights of these will be the long-awaited completion of facilities in Sochi ahead of Winter Olympics 2014, the Year of Chinese Tourism in Russia, and the 2013 Summer Universiade in Kazan.
There are numerous abandoned settlements around the world today, from vast deserted cities and bizarre holiday resorts, to former colonial capitals and war zones left behind by terrorized populations. Some of the most notorious, such as Pripyat in Ukraine, have become a symbol of manmade disasters, while others have fallen prey to volcanic eruptions or economic decline.
For new hotels, establishing an online footprint before they open their doors has never been so important. It’s vital that hotel operators generate buzz ahead of the big day, not only to ensure a house full of guests, but also so they can escape from the clutches of expensive OTAs garnishing their profits.
TUI Travel PLC, one of the largest tour operators in Europe, has just made an official statement regarding recent speculation over a proposed merger that would see it join forces with parent company TUI AG.