The theme of the Philoxenia Tourism Show in Thessaloniki this year focused on tapping into the burgeoning “silver tourism” market. The meetup brought into the limelight many key motivators for fast pacing a touristic campaign for older travelers.
According to a European Travel Commission’s latest report, “European Tourism – Trends & Prospects 2018”, 32 out of 34 reporting destinations showed growth for the summer season. In all, 1 in 4 destinations enjoyed double-digit increases in arrivals.
Long-term planning with communities at the centre; increasing resilience by preparing for crises; and transitioning to a seamless traveller journey through the use of technology have been highlighted during the World Travel & Tourism Council’s (WTTC) first Europe Leaders Forum as three critical areas for action in order to ensure Europe’s Travel & Tourism sector maintains competitiveness.
According to news from Eurostat, Slovenia and Croatia are two of three countries which saw the biggest tourist overnights increase in the European Union (EU) in 2017.
Serbia’s National Tourism Organisation estimates revenue to the country from tourism activities in 2017 amounted to about € 1.2 billion euro ($1.4 billion).
Prime Minister of Greece, Antonis Samaras has announced Greece will invest €500 million euru in tourism infrastructure per year over the next six years. Last month, at the 22nd annual general assembly of the Association of Greek Tourism Enterprises (SETE), Samaras outlined the funds from the National Strategic Reference Framework (NSRF), as well as private sector investment.
Here in Germany it’s cold, unseasonably cold. Spring has been and it almost gone and each morning we awake to a chill house, go to work in the cold rain, enter damp and cool offices. In France, just across the border, businesses from farming to tourism are feeling the pain of what may be the next Ice Age.
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.
Traveling to Europe, for many people, is a lifelong dream. For those of you out there who yearn to learn more about the so called “Old Continent”, we’ve devised a quiz to challenge the world traveler, and to inform the first time European adventurer out there.
A Memorandum of Understanding signed into being between the China National Tourism Administration and the Republic of Serbia this month is heralded by the arrival of first official visit by Chinese tourists last week. According to the news from the National Tourism Organization of Serbia not only projects increased visits by Chinese travelers to Serbia, but a liberalization of tourism relations for groups from China.
Rich in it’s varied people, complex cultures, breathtaking architecture and beautiful landscapes, Europe plays host to some of the most storied civilizations in the world, acting as a beacon to travelers from around the planet. Combining these unbeatable draws with its relatively small size and easy access to many countries in a single day, the European continent presents as the perfect region to tour on the open road.
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.
Travel blurbs from Argo News, Slovenia’s Travel Board rocks while most other European travel ministers must be asleep at the wheel of their tourism engagements. If a country of 2 million, about the size of New Hampshire can rock this hard online… It looks like some emulation is in order here in Europe.
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?
Largely unexploited Estonia offers huge opportunities for nature tourism devotees, it has been claimed. In particular, the country is a great place for birdwatchers, says Tim Appleton, chief organizer of the world’s largest eco-tourism trade fair, Birdfair. His comments yesterday were reported by the BBN news portal.