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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 Tourism to Launch Congo Nile Trail

Rwanda Tourism to Launch Congo Nile Trail

UPDATE: According to Wolfgang Thome, one of the most active travel industry bloggers in East Africa, the Trail will now be launched on November 25th. He said in a recent blog posting that tour operators have begun to market the trail. With the launch of the Congo Nile Trail on November 4th, Rwandan tourism is […]

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 […]

$200 mn available for economic development, including tourism, in Central NY

$200 mn available for economic development, including tourism, in Central NY

The Central New York Regional Economic Development Council is competing for $200 million of funding for a five-county region in New York State. The funding is for economic development based on community priorities and interests, which could include tourism development. Yesterday, the Council met with community members to decide on investment targets for the funding. […]

New Tourism Strategy Coming for Northern Territory, Australia

New Tourism Strategy Coming for Northern Territory, Australia

The Government of the Northern Territory in Australia has just launched the development of a new tourism strategy for the State. The new Five Year Tourism Strategic Plan is expected to be implemented starting in early 2013. According to the Government, the strategic plan will: • Articulate our vision for where the Northern Territory should […]

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 […]

Tourism Australia Targets India with New 2020 Strategy

Tourism Australia Targets India with New 2020 Strategy

Tourism Australia reported today at the Australian Tourism Directions Conference in Canberra that the industry’s vision to double annual overnight tourist visitor spending to A$140 billion by 2020 remains firmly on track but with clear scope to further improve Australia’s global competitiveness in the sector. Last week Tourism Research Australia set out the full extent […]

Japan Giving Away 10,000 Air Tickets to Woo Travelers Back?

Japan Giving Away 10,000 Air Tickets to Woo Travelers Back?

The Japanese has proposed (emphasis on proposed!) an interesting marketing strategy to attract visitors back to the country — give away 10,000 tickets to prospective tourists. The story has gone viral. Major media such as Time Magazine, The Guardian, USA Today, Wall Street Journal and many others have circulated the story. When clicking to the Japan […]

Canada Launches New Federal Tourism Strategy

Canada Launches New Federal Tourism Strategy

Canada has launched a new approach to developing tourism all across the country. The Government intends to implement a whole-of-government approach to enhance the federal government’s role as an effective partner with industry and other levels of government in support of an internationally competitive tourism sector. Guiding Principles Under a new whole-of-government approach, federal departments and agencies will be […]