In 2011, Ctrip, one of China’s popular online travel services companies, launched an “Around the World in 60 Days” package for 660,000 Yuan. Within 30 seconds of launch, the packages were completely sold out. Following its success in 2012, Ctrip launched another “Around the World” package—1.01 million Yuan for 80 days. It sold out within 17 seconds.
In early January 2013, Chinese news media Xinhua published an article claiming that “donkey friends”, or 驴友 in Chinese, will be the next disruptive wave of travelers.
"Turkey's medium-term goal for 2023 is to draw 50 million foreign visitors and $50 billion in revenues. To achieve this, revenue per tourist must increase to $1,000 from $800 now. However this is not possible by not selling drinks or restrictions on leisure." said Timur Bayindir, head of Turkey's TUROB tourism industry association.
A Chinese teenager who defaced an ancient temple in Egypt with graffiti has come under fire at home where his vandalism prompted public fretting about how to cultivate a good image overseas as m...
Chinese travelers, many of whom join tour groups, are frequently criticized for rude behavior. Deputy Premier Wang Yang earlier this month during the passage of a tourism law urged Chinese travelers to mind their manners.
"They make a racket in public places, carve words at scenic spots, cross the road when the light is red, spit, and do other uncivilized things," Wang was quoted as saying. "This is detrimental to the image of the country's people and leaves a bad impression."
The tourism industry has outperformed the global economy in 2012 - growing faster than manufacturing, retail, financial services and communications.
Despite many economic difficulties, last year, for the first time, we saw more than one billion international travellers pass through the world’s ports, airports, roads and railway stations for the first time.
" Her documentary film “农家乐 Peasant Family Happiness” explores the impact of tourism in China, from the perspective of residents of two rural villages where urbanites go to seek a “country” experience. The film, which won ...
As the 2014 World Cup nears, social workers anticipate the number of child sex workers will soar in Sao Paulo, but the Brazilian government hasn't done anything.
The Brazilian government has pledged for the past decade that it will eradicate child prostitution. In 2001, 100,000 children were found to be working in the sex trade, according to estimates by Unicef. In 2012, that number had swelled to an estimated half a million, says a non-governmental organization, the National Forum for the Prevention of Child Labor.
With the growing influence of Trip Advisor and other online portals, travelers can be an effective lobby for better services or identifying poor quality and value. But this development has had a far more important,and most probably unintended,consequence when considering the global and local environment. In relation to the negative impacts of tourism,it allows a person to be something of an armchair activist regarding the exposure of abuse, malpractice or plain greed-induced violations on the island and wider.
Car bombs and shootings make Dagestan the leader in political violence in Russia’s troubled North Caucasus.
After Dagestan became known as the ancestral home of the two suspected Bosto...
“The people that live in Derbent are really proud of our fortress. And we are waiting for tourists. Bring on the tourists. We’re all for it,” said Shakmarda Mardonov, who works in the fruit market below the fortress.
Tourism explodes with globalization, enriching lives but destroying nature and culture
WASHINGTON: The world has serious concerns over fiscal crises, security crises and environmental crises including climate change.
And then there are vacations. Yes, vacations – the getaways when we can put aside lofty concerns and remember what living is all about: seeing friends, hosting family reunions, discovering a new artist at a provincial festival and running barefoot on the beach with salt air stinging our cheeks.
Antarctic tourism has grown from fewer than 2,000 visitors a year in the 1980s to more than 46,000 in 2007-08. Then the numbers plummeted, bottoming out at fewer than 27,000 in 2011-12. Tour operators predict 35,000 visitors for the 2012-2013 season, which runs November to March.
The downturn triggered by the economic meltdown created an opportunity for the 50 countries that share responsibility through the Antarctic Treaty to set rules to manage tourism, but little has been done.