Positive indicators mirror outbound travel growth forecasts around the celebration of the Chinese New Year, one of the key periods when Chinese take holidays. According to the latest results of the Long-Haul Travel Sentiment Survey and Index Chinese willingness to travel overseas remains positive in the first months of 2018.
According to figures from the Romanian National Institute of Statistics (Institutul National de Statistica) arrivals and overnight stays increased by 6.1 % and by 5.7 %, respectively over the last year.
The “boomerang effect” of US and EU sanctions Russian President Vladimir Putin foretold of may be about to hit Europe travel businesses hard. The newly launched Russian low-cost Russian airline, has been forced to suspend its operations after the European Union (EU) sanctioned the airline over the Ukraine crisis.
According to Eurostat, Bulgarian travelers are in fourth place when it comes to spending while traveling. In 2011 the average expenditure of a Bulgarian tourist stood at €2,100.
For most travelers Western Europe has been at the top of their destinations list since when, this is especially true for Americans. The Summer Olympics in London promise to bolster the decades long trend too, but according to Gate 1 Travel, river cruises in Eastern Europe show vacationers heading Eastward too.
According to the news from Azerbaijan, Polish President Bronislaw Komorowski met with Azerbaijani Parliament Speaker Oktay Asadov today to further strengthen those nations’ ties. The meeting in Baku, Komorowski’s first stop on a trou that covers Azerbaijan, Armenia, and Georgia, was primarily focused toward Poland’s interests in Azerbeijan’s energy sector.
The Eurozone is in deep trouble. The piling up of debt for member states now affects every country, every industry, all Europe is reeling at the ultimate realization economic chaos is no longer a distant danger. Italy’s Ecomomy Minister Giulio Tremonti said it all in an address on Thursday; “We move forward or we sink” – stressing the EU desperately needs a political solution to its money woes.
The European Travel Commission recently announced a travel contest via their Facebook engagement to attract US tourists to the continent. In what could be classified as either symbolic, or simply Europe’s latest and greatest online misfire, the pronounced Facebook engagement is nowhere to be found. The so called “I Wish I Were There” contest, is so far only a dream?
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.