Russia and Latvia presidents discussed the possibility of establishing a visa-free regime for the citizens of the two countries. So far, only an intergovernmental agreement on cooperation in the field of tourism has been signed.
Some 10 million international tourists visited Greece so far this year. This number shows slight losses over 2009’s downward trend, giving pause to market experts and officials. 2009 was a very bad year for the industry in Greece, and the news that things are not progressing despite great prices and incentives is not good.
With Euro 2012 just around the corner Ukraine’s leaders have reshuffled the administrative deck and come out with new vigor to make the country a vision for visitors. New tourism initiative, infrastructure improvements, and online travel assistance and portals should help make 2012 a huge success for the country. That is if everything can be pulled off in a year. President Viktor Yanukovich seems determined to make it so.
Recently discovered relics supposedly bones from John the Baptist could start a pilgrim tail leading directly to Bulgaria’s capital of Sophia. The fist public showing of these ancient relics saw tens of thousands flock to Alexander Nevsky Cathedral. Russian Federation Premier Vladimir Putin and many other dignitaries paid their respects. Bulgaria’s tourism industry is their main source of outside investment and spending.
India’s Chhath Puja Festival this year promises to be the biggest celebration ever. As river banks across India are decorate for the celebration’s finale this weekend, local authorities plan for handling the massive crowds. For tourists visiting India during this time, a real treat lays in store – and some possible wait time too.
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.
The World Travel Awards reveal the leaders in the travel industry. This year’s winners actually represent the leading companies that are taking the industry through one of the most difficult times economically in history. Travel looks to lead the world out of recession, and Eastern Europe is significant among this year’s award winners.
Hungary is emerging as something of a conference tourism hub for Easter Europe. So far this year, the country’s conference attendees are up 76 percent, and growth in the segment is actually better than before the recession. Hungary tourism appears about ready to take off as maybe the first boom tourism economy out of the economic chaos.
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?
EU Ambassasors and Moldova official begin hammering out free-visa rules. Meetings in Luxembourg today may signal a new era of travel to and from one of Eastern Europe’s most difficult countries to travel to. European Commission authoring of a new protocol will be needed, but it is expected Moldova’s new tourism goals match those of the Russian Federation.
A trip to the secluded Tajpur Beach remedies what ails Kolkata dwellers. Someone once said; “salt water will cure almost anything,” and Anglophilia’s India correspondent Sharmistha Ray explains how. West Bengal holds thrills and relaxation for visitors to India.
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.