The Salaj family in Grabovnica brings light for a unique representation of the Croatian Christmas Story.
More news of Greek – Russian cooperation where visas and travel are concerned. Greece’s Deputy Minister of Culture and Tourism announces new visa centers in Russia and fast track visa approval there. More Russian’s visited Greece this year than in any year since the economic crisis began.
Russia and Latvia presidents discussed the possibility of establishing a visa-free regime for the citizens of the two countries. So far, only an intergovernmental agreement on cooperation in the field of tourism has been signed.
From the cold ice fields of Siberia, to stunning Moscow, Russia celebrates today the shortest day of the year – the Winter Solstice 2010.
Some 10 million international tourists visited Greece so far this year. This number shows slight losses over 2009’s downward trend, giving pause to market experts and officials. 2009 was a very bad year for the industry in Greece, and the news that things are not progressing despite great prices and incentives is not good.
Montenegro has been selected as a finalist for their stewardship in sustainable tourism by the WTTC. But as far as digital engagement and branding, their online presence is scarely even felt. A wonderfully simple and useful tourism website goes almost to waste without social media or continual outreach of any kind. What is the Ministry of Tourism thinking?
The Russian Winter Festival in Moscow will open its gates this December 25, to last till January 9, 2011
The door for visa-free travel between Russia and Finland was opened on Sunday as Prime Minister Vladimir Putin and Finnish President Tarja Halonen officially opened a high speed rail service between St. Petersburg and Helsinki. The two leaders seemed positive about at least limited free-visa travel between the two countries. A positive outcome for rail between the two could well speed EU and Russian Federation talks to open up travel to Russia.
With the Christmas Village at the Estonian Open Air Museum the organizers hope to revive some of the Christmas celebrations of Estonia’s ancestors.
Greece has just brought into effect new rules that will benefit the travel industry there. For cruise lines, new fee schedules will allow businesses greater profit margins, and create new incentives for travelers. Government officials expect increased air traffic, as well as better sale of Greek made goods.
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?