Argophilia Travel News brings the Baltic Sea closer to home with a view of some of the most wonderful Flickr images. For Eastern Europe travel, the Baltic Sea represents a treasure of immeasurable value for potential visitors. Not many people outside Europe are familiar with this fantastic wonderland of watery wildness.
A recent report shows Estonian tour companies hiring more out of country drivers because of cost variables. With qualified Estonian bus drivers have to look for work in Scandinavia, how long will it be before the government there imposes wage standardization to free up jobs?
A report on Baltic tourism for 2011 shows levels of traffic approaching per-recession levels in all three Baltic states.
Argophilia Travel News intends to literally astound its readers with the most breathtaking places, people, and hidden treasures anyone can imagine. In keeping with this our goal, we will showcase the photography so generously contributed to our Eastern European travel endeavor for our readers. This week, the almost unearthly art of Katarina Stefanovi – and Serbia.
In a transparent move to block yet another Google business move, Microsoft joins the scaredy cats at FairSearch. Like a ravenous whining hyena, Microsoft once again nips at the heels of the Internet’s most profitable and powerful company.
With Euro 2012 just around the corner Ukraine’s leaders have reshuffled the administrative deck and come out with new vigor to make the country a vision for visitors. New tourism initiative, infrastructure improvements, and online travel assistance and portals should help make 2012 a huge success for the country. That is if everything can be pulled off in a year. President Viktor Yanukovich seems determined to make it so.
Eastern Europe, like so many places, has its distinctive traditions. For Polish people the Wigilia Christmas Eve supper is one of the most important celebrations. For foreigners visiting Poland, Christmas Eve there will be familiar, and a bit extraordinary too. A look at the Wigilia traditional Polish Christmas Eve reveals something of the heart of Poland too.
Argophilia Travel News continues coverage of the Russian Federation’s initiatives to expand their travel and tourism industry. An interview with a top travel business executive reveals much about Russia’s road to parity in travel, as well as the nature of Russia’s industry. Expanded travel choices within Russia appear to be right around the corner.
Near record rainfall in India has already caused the deaths of over 170 and thousands have been affected. Homes flooded or underwater, and contaminated food and water supplied top the list of government concerns. The torrential rainfall is expected to continue into today, and officials expect the death toll to continue to rise. Crop failures have already caused commodities to climb in price.
Recent developments in online travel highlight the immense power the Internet has on traditional structures. Google’s ITA software deal is now the subject or power strokes in Washington. As Microsoft, Kayak, and Sabre vie for Senatorial support, Obama’s Attorney General select focus scrutiny on the deal.
Swedish hoteliers Rezidor Hotel Group announced their taking over of one of Poland’s top Baltic Sea resort accommodations Hotel Rezydent in Sopot. This fine accommodation in the heart of Poland’s Baltic Sea spa resort is a sure bet for Summer sandlappers.
A Latvian travel startup called Movolo may have hit on the future of online travel booking. Simplicity on top of trust will soon enable online travel companies to greatly simplify travel booking selections. With Google’s imminent entry into the online travel space, anyone should be asking; “How do we do this?” One answer may be to follow Movolo.
If you surf to Lithuania’s online country portal you will be enthralled with just how pretty and refined that country’s online presence is. As websites go, their portal is nearly perfect for engaging visitors and imparting crucial information. However, closer scrutiny reveals an all too common missing link between the tools of engagement, and the actual commitment needed.
If you thought Cyber Monday deals were just for online retails shops you were wrong. The online travel industry has hopped on the Cyber Monday bandwagon big time this year. Early bookings and other special arrangements equal huge savings for the cyber savvy traveler.
On Albania’s National Day news of last week’s UNWTO Conference provides a positive backdrop for one of Eastern Europe’s most interesting emerging economies. The culture and beauty of Albania and her neighbors have for too long been missed amid the world’s most visited places. The UNWTO findings and initiatives last week may lead Albania and her neighbors into a more cooperative and positive economic future.