If foreign relations and anti-terror tactics across Europe get any worse, tourism dependent businesses already hit by west versus Russia tensions could finally go belly up. All across the EU soldiers and other security personnel are fanning out in a frantic hunt for suspected radicals. However real or perceived Jihadists or other extremists may be, the danger posed to Europe’s economy. That “recovery” Europe was promised, it’s clear it’s not happening now.
For Americans interested in a European vacation, the recent plunge in euro value spells trip. The exchange rate today is worth just over 1.18 dollars, so travel and hospitality priced in euro offers a built in bargain.
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Paris and Venice are wonderful, but such popular European cities are often thronged with crowds of tourists. If you want a more authentic experience, without feeling like you’re surrounded by a horde of visitors, check out these secret European hot spots. You’ll feel like you’ve discovered a hidden gem.
Fall and winter shed a different light on the European continent and every destination. From the changing colors, to the famous Christmas markets, Eurail destinations are often best observed from a train. For customers of Eurail that are searching for warm weather destintation to get away from the snow, the company also offers discounted passes to the south of Europe.
Berlin-based travel platform GoEuro has just raised a $27 million investment round led by New Enterprise Associates (NEA). Led by existing investors Battery Ventures, Hasso Plattner Ventures, and Lakestar, the funding is intended to push forward faster the startup launched last May.
It’s time for that anniversary. You’ve thought about places to go for weeks and months. Special places like London, Paris, Shanghai, even Bali. But those places are become cliche, now haven’t they? Just what sort of place is special enough in the Fall?
In the latest news on the Iceland volcano emergency, the area around the Bardarbunga volcano is being evacuated and all tourism activity inside the national park surrounding the volcano have been suspended.
According to a report via Breaking Travel News, Enterprise Rent-A-Car branches are now open at major airport and city locations in Poland, Turkey, Israel and Switzerland. As the rental car in Europe space heats up, partnerships with key players now receives its just due.
A recently released IATA assessment of premium and economy travel for June reveals air traffic slowing over a confidence dip and other factors.
Eurail has just announced free travel days on the company’s “Global Pass Continuous” passes from August 1 to September 30, 2014. The rail company also announced the added bonus days on 4-Country Select Passes as well.
Gay traveler “go to” entity, Out Traveler has announced having partnered with Gay Europe, Inside & OUT for The Out Traveler Ambassador Contest. According to the news the contest is set to run from May 12 to May 18, 2014.
A move by China’s Fujian Provincial Tourism Bureau and the Xiamen Tourism Bureau to bump up travel to and from the coastal China city shows great promise. Launched as “Go to Amoy” in conjunction with Netherlands airline company KLM, the campaign pushes the direct 12 hour flight between cities.
Already the conflict between west and east over Ukraine is having its negative effect on travel. 2014 was shaping up as a very positive year for Europe travel, but with fewer Russians planning trips abroad, the upcoming May holidays will be the first tourism casualties of a new Cold War detentes. A just now emerging travel industry, can ill afford a slippage of bookings.
Key people and analytical indicators predict a very positive Europe Hotel market going forward. With the European bond market ramping upward, and big hotel players making huge investments, most analysts agree Europe travel may be coming out of the recessive woods. Despite the positive signals though, price cramping and other considerations will continue to prove problematic for some hoteliers.