Travel and tourism for Russia is up this year despite slow progress on the free visa issue. The EU’s apparent stalling of Russia on free travel is holding up what could be a boom for the industry worldwide. Business between the EU and the Russian Federation could take many countries out of the recession with expanded cooperation, so just why the EU is holding back makes little sense to many.
Macedonia is in full musical swing this month with the Autumn Music Festival at the capital Skopje. This year’s cultural event promises to be the best ever, with performances from artists of the Balkans and beyond. For those who have never visited Macedonia, this may be the ideal time to acquaint themselves with this small but wonder laden treasure of the Balkans.
This month, Poland will become the 11th EU member state to ban indoor smoking in public spaces and areas of work.
Latvia is best enjoyed at a slow pace, but it’s far from being slow when it comes to cultural events of all kinds. One of the most exciting attractions this year is the third Festival of light “Staro Rīga,” that will take place from 18 November to 21 November between 6:00 PM and 10 P.M. […]
Ryanair apparently knows something other airlines do not. With traffic to and from destinations like Lithuania growing exponentially, Ryanair’s overall strategy to help grow tourism seems to be paying off. Lithuania as an emerging economy has pretty much the same strategy with perhaps the lowest corporate tax rate in Europe. For travelers all this news spells “deal” basically.
The World Travel Awards reveal the leaders in the travel industry. This year’s winners actually represent the leading companies that are taking the industry through one of the most difficult times economically in history. Travel looks to lead the world out of recession, and Eastern Europe is significant among this year’s award winners.
Hungary is emerging as something of a conference tourism hub for Easter Europe. So far this year, the country’s conference attendees are up 76 percent, and growth in the segment is actually better than before the recession. Hungary tourism appears about ready to take off as maybe the first boom tourism economy out of the economic chaos.
The Cyladese Islands are well known Aegean getaways, but usually only day or weekend excursions for most travelers. This is why places like Andros Island are sometimes overlooked as holiday destinations. Andros has some of the most wonderful cultural and sightseeing opportunities of all the Islands, and hidden seaside treasures to compete with any in the world.
Marriott International announces three new Renaissance hotels in Europe. Two hotels in France, and one in Switzerland, bring Marriott’s projects total 27. Evidently the company’s promise to double their presence in Europe by 2015 is on track.
Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Thursday put Fatih Mosque, re-constructed by Turkish International Cooperation and Development Agency (TIKA), back in service in Kosovo.
A new type of hotel is emerging. Accomodations where renewable energy and cutting edge techology afford not only value for the guest, but people in general. Impact-Corti Company’s new Mosaic House in Prague is an example of taking Eco-friendly hospitality to the next level.
EU interior ministers are expected to lift visa requirements for Albanian and Bosnian citizens today, with a decision that will allow biometric passport-holders from the two countries to stay up to three months in any European state which is part of the Schengen zone. Britain and Ireland are not included, but non EU-states Switzerland, Iceland […]