To better understand eastern Europe, one has to understand how the whole continent of Europe developed over the centuries. As the world watches events in Crimea and Ukraine develop today, it’s important that we understand the nature of conflict and society, and of borders.
Coming next week, the Ukraine International Travel & Tourism Exhibition (UITT) is the country’s biggest and most crucial travel industry event. Scheduled to run from March 27th through March 29th, this year’s exhibition targets exhibitors from farther afield than ever.
In business news, a group of travel retail companies have formally united to create a so called Central and Eastern Europe Travel Retail Association (CEETRA).
Luxuriant, unique, and just downright fascinating, aren’t these ideas you would love to enjoy for end Summer 2012? Argo Travel News sought out three gems for your beach getaway to end all beach getaways. It’ll be Fall again in a bit, time to jet off to “the other Europe” East of the all too familiar. Turkey to the Austrian border lands and back to Montenegro, here are some five star spots you HAVE to visit.
As the European Capital of Culture (ECOC) is a European initiative, the Košice project aims to foster though creative cultural and economic initiatives. The Košice staff motto is: “We support creativity.” Košice, a city already known for its rich history and developed industry, plans to “also become the centre of creativity and a new future for young, creative people who wish to live and work in our city, which is their home.” The city established the non-profit organization, Košice – European Capital of Culture 2013.
In airline news from the Balkans, low cost airline Wizz Air is set to launch will launch their flights between London Luton Airport and Brussels South Charleroi to the Slovenia’s capital this Winter.
The European Travel Commission has just released the latest trend analysis for the first quarter of 2012. According to the report, a degree of resiliency and even growing demand are revealed for certain sectors including rising trends in travel for Central and Eastern Europe. Meanwhile, Western Europe shows signs of of strain from ailing economies there. Russia, inbound China traffic, and some destinations are the clear superstars of Europe travel so far this year.
As Western Europe struggles under the weight of its debt and the Arab Spring continues to rumble on to an uncertain future, travel groups are turning to Eastern Europe and the Far East as they look to bring some cheer into 2012.
Rivers across Eastern Europe remain frozen as a record cold snap covers much of the continent. Reports that the Danube froze over, disrupting shipping and river traffic, reveal one of the most bitter Winter weather situations in modern history. Hundreds of deaths and literally thousands of cases of frostbite and hypothermia have also been reported.
From all of us at Argophila, to all of you we report for, Merry Christmas. This year, and in the new year to come, our hope is for you and the world. May all the dreams of a lifetime come true worldwide. This is a big wish, yes, but not a sincere one from all our staff and collaborators.
In news from Research and Markets, the Croatia Tourism Report for quarter one 2012 is out. According to the leading research firm, Croatia’s recovering tourism market is still on the mend since beginning to climb out of a disasterous 2008 – 2009.