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Zambia Launches New Tourism Policy Soon: A Destination on the Rise

Zambia Launches New Tourism Policy Soon: A Destination on the Rise

October 14th, 2015 Last week, Zambia’s Ministry of Tourism and Arts unveiled its new national Tourism Policy. The Policy provides a strategic framework for the sustainable development of tourism in Zambia. It also specifies roles for a cross-section of public and private sector stakeholders. And most importantly, the Policy positions the tourism sector as one […]

KPMG Financing Study cautiously optimistic on future of tourism in the Caribbean

KPMG Financing Study cautiously optimistic on future of tourism in the Caribbean

For the last several months, I have been helping to research and analyze tourism trends, especially investment, in the Caribbean for the International Finance Corproation. As many of you are no doubt aware, much of the Caribbean has been hit hard by the economic downturns in the US and Europe — the main generating markets […]

Obama Administration Tourism Strategy is Working

Obama Administration Tourism Strategy is Working

The US Department of Commerce announced today that the President’s January Executive Order and May release of the country’s National Travel and Tourism Strategy, international tourism and spending have increased substantially. In a White House press release issued today, the Administration said the following: “The Obama Administration’s number one priority is to strengthen our economy, […]

Rwanda’s Proactive Tourism Policy: New National Park

Rwanda’s Proactive Tourism Policy: New National Park

Rwanda is actively working to grow its tourism sector in as sustainable a way as possible and the efforts are succeeding. Gishwati Forest is known as the Forest of Hope, a forest that epitomizes Rwanda’s commitment to conservation, reforestation and community development through ecotourism. HIGHLIGHTS Over several decades, Gishwati Forest became nearly completely depleted due […]

Tanzania’s Untapped Tourism Potential

Tanzania’s Untapped Tourism Potential

Today, AllAfrica.com published an excellent mini-report on Tanzanian tourism, which rightfully questions why, given the richness of the country’s tourism resources and attractions, has the country’s economy has not benefited more.Policy may change with World Bank support, which will make the tourism sector even more competitive. According to AllAfrica.com, “Tanzania is said to have defied […]

Cleveland – Heart of Rock & Roll – Tries to Kill Music & Tourism Tax

Cleveland – Heart of Rock & Roll – Tries to Kill Music & Tourism Tax

For city governments flailing for tax revenue, take note of Cleveland – an example of what not to do and then an example of how to undo the mistakes. Cleveland, like many destinations, depends on music to draw visitors and generates millions in spending and revenue as a result. So when the City decided to […]

Egypt’s Ministry of Tourism establishes Green Tourism Department

Egypt’s Ministry of Tourism establishes Green Tourism Department

Egypt’s Ahram News just reported that the Ministry of Tourism is planning to emphasize and promote green tourism, particularly around Sharm el Sheikh. “Music” to this author’s ears – 23 years ago I was finishing the second edition of Lonely Planet’s Egypt and Sudan guide and had just gone scuba diving at Sharm and other […]

OECD and UNEP Publish Report for Policymakers on Climate Change and Tourism

OECD and UNEP Publish Report for Policymakers on Climate Change and Tourism

The OECD and UNEP have just published “Climate Change and Tourism Policy in OECD Countries.” The Report estimates that global greenhouse gas emissions from tourism could double in 25 years. They conclude that “Policy-makers must now develop effective strategies, regulations and incentives that focus on its main sources of current and future emissions.” Is it […]

New Tourism Law in Azerbaijan may expand Ministry’s Authority

New Tourism Law in Azerbaijan may expand Ministry’s Authority

14 October 2011, 13:26 (GMT+05:00) Azerbaijan, Baku, Oct.14 /T.Hajiyev / According to the Baku-based Trend News Agency, the Azerbaijani Culture and Tourism Ministry’s authority may be expanded with the adoption of a new law “On Tourism” in Azerbaijan, MP, Parliamentary Social Policy Committee Chairman Hadi Rajabli told Trend. He said the Culture and Tourism Ministry […]