Which are the best hotels, spas and resorts in Eastern Europe? The following list shows all the venues awarded gold at the 17th World Travel Awards.
An upcoming tour offering may present those in search of Bohemian Europe a rare opportunity. Departing Vienna, Insight Vacations offer a 9 day excursion through Prague and Budapest after a two day stay in Austria. These luxury tours of 2011 are surprisingly affordable without cutting corners. This may be the perfect way to be introduced to Eastern Europe’s charms.
Kazakhstan air carrier Air Astana extends its routes and online reach to include more of Eastern Europe and Central Asia. New routes to the Russian Federation, Uzbekistan, and Tajikistan round out an overall growth spurt for the award winning carrier. In other news, a deal with HRS.com and 3 other regional carriers allow customers added flexibility and convenience.
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.
Slovakia, Europe’s most centrally located and one of the world’s fastest growing countries just may be the real estate investment Mecca of 2011. Vast governmental infrastructure projects, a revamping of many dated industries, and an already vibrant economy spell profit. Will Slovakia’s boom real estate market return along with other economic recovery? Why not?
The Republic of Georgia is a hot spot for International direct investment in Eastern Europe. Despite an economic contraction after the spat with Russia in 2008, the country is on course for substantial growth this year. President Mikheil Saakashvili is approaching investors in the Middle East this week about accelerating the country’s recovery.
Welcome to Russia joins the elite list of travel companies belonging to the ASTA. According to this latest news, Russia’s leading conduit for travel support joins the world’s largest travel agent association. Russia is set to engage travel and tourism on an unprecedented level.
Jean-Pierre Nadir is CEO of one of Europe’s fastest growing online travel startups. With billions at stake in online travel revenues, Nadir is rapidly closing ground between his closest competitors TripAdvisor and Zoover. With acquisitions in the air, can Nadir overtake those beleaguered giants with a few swift buyouts?
Azerbaijan’s booming industry has spurred growth in ever sector of that country’s economy. With massive infrastructure projects ongoing, and progressive expansion across the board, tourism seems the next logical boom market for Azerbaijan.
Kiev prepares for the world and the Euro 2012 event. The Ukraine is one of the fastest growing and most progressive economies in the world. Despite early hurdles in getting 2012 off to a start, now International investment and Ukrainian business has spurred the needed emphasis and capital generation. Hotels to expanded transportation capability, the Ukraine appears ready to host the world – and its rightful place amongst world cities.
Croatia’s Prime Minister Jadranka Kosor speaks before the country’s hotel owners. The county’s travel industry is looking better than ever, but there is still so much more to do. Kosor met with US businesses in New York in other efforts to spur growth in one of Eastern Europe’s most important sectors, travel.