The countdown has begun for the Games of the XXXI Olympiad. Yesterday at te Temple of Hera in Olympia, the eternal flame was lit, then passed from Greek gymnast Eleftherios Petrounias on to Giovane Gávio, Brazil’s double Olympic-medal-winning volleyball champion.
A bit of bad news for Poland and Slovakia, a referendum vote from the Polish city of Krakow carried out May 26 tells of citizens in the Polish city wanting to withdraw a bid for the Winter Olympic Games in 2022, part of which was to have taken place in Slovakia.
Before Miami Beach became a hotspot in the early 20th Century, when Tahiti was an as yet unheard of travel paradise, Borjomi in Georgia was a garden of delight for generations. As far back as the early 1800’s the tropical climate and crystal mineral waters of Borjomi were a prized commodity.
On Monday the WTM Vision Conference in Moscow kicked off and already tourism figures for Russia emerge as a big topic. According to new research, Russia’s poor image in the western world drastically affects inbound tourism form American and western Europe as well. If Sochi were Disney World Mickey would have already been whacked by the mob.
News from the Russia & CIS Hotel Investment Conference (RHIC) taking place October 21st – 23rd at the Radisson Blu Resort & Congress Hotel in Sochi, Russia, also heralds the coming of the much anticipated 2014 Olympic Winter Games there. The news from Bench Events and Questex Media Group LLC, the co-organizers of the event, promises yet another premier hotel investment event.
Sochi’s Mayor, Anatoliy Pakhomov, submitted a proposal recently to freeze all air and rail ticket prices to Sochi until after the Olympics. Fearing the negative impact of potentially skyrocketed prices for the games, the freeze is suggested simply for the times surrounding the 2014 Olympics.
As Sochi ramps up preparations for the Olympics of 2014, the Russian Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment has admitted to certain mistakes having been made in the early days of their preparations there. Now a so-called “rehabilitation plan” will be set in place to rectify some environmental mishaps.
London 2012 is coming up and MapsofWorld has decided to offer up a mapped out history of the Olympic Games. Cartography, technology and data research are applied to this informative from MapsofWorld with their launch of “The Olympics Saga.” The map plots not only the locations of each Summer games, but also points of particular interest bout specific events, including mascots.
An avalanche of tourists is expected to hit London this summer for the Olympic Games. Hotels and airports are expecting to be deluged by almost 9 million visitors eager to welcome the world famous Olympic Flame.
The upcoming Olympic Games in London, it should come as no surprise, will see a travel boom the likes of which has never before been seen. London, already the world’s top destination on many accounts, is looking like the toughest ticket in the world soon.
The Russian Federation faces some big challenges ahead. Not the least of these is transforming the country’s travel and tourism industry to be on a par with other developed nations. Prime Minister Vladimir Putin and some of his deputies seem tasked more with spurring an inept bureaucracy than tackling infrastructure problems. Roads can be built, but incompetence seems to last forever.