Travel

Hawaii hotel industry showing robust growth

Monitoring Desk HAWAII: Hawaii’s hotel industry is showing robust growth. The Hawaii Hotel Performance Report, published by the Hawaii Tourism Authority (HTA), showed positive signs for the industry. Statewide RevPAR increased 5.2 percent to $260 with ADR of $305, which is up 3.9 percent. Occupancy rates reached 85.2 percent in the month of July. Room…

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Tourists enjoy Uchal festival in Kalash valley

F.P. Report CHITRAL: The foreign and domestic tourists and the local people enjoyed the three-day Uchal festival in the scenic Kalash valley in Chitral district. Kicked off on August 20, this year a great number of foreign and domestic tourists visited the Kalash valley to enjoy the Uchal festival. The tourists besides enjoying the cultural…

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What’s it like to live in an over-touristed city?

Monitoring Desk LONDON: Global travel and tourism continues to grow at breakneck speed, growing faster than the global GDP and contributing more than $8 trillion to the economy every year. Yet, in some cities seeing a record numbers of visitors, governments and residents alike are starting to question whether this growth of tourism might be…

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3-day Uchal festival kicks off in Kalash Valley

F.P. Report CHITRAL: The foreign and domestic tourists and the local people thronged the Rambur and Bamburet valleys as the three-day Uchal festival kicked off in the scenic Kalash valley in Chitral district on Tuesday. A great number of foreign and domestic tourists have already arrived the valley to enjoy the festival. The tourists also…

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Quintana Roo boasts Sargassum free beaches

Monitoring Desk MEXICO: Just days after experts in Quintana Roo, Mexico projected the region would be spared by nagging sargassum seaweed this month, the state’s governor has deemed beaches in places like Cancun clean and free of the smelly algae. Quintana Roo Governor Carlos Joaquin Gonzalez applauded President Lopez Obrador and recent efforts by the…

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Plan being devised for promotion of tourism

F.P. Report MULTAN: Commissioner Multan division Iftikhar Sahu has said that a plan is being devised for promotion of tourism as per the vision of Prime Minister. He directed the officials concerned to take steps for restoration of recreational places of the city for Multanites. The Commissioner expressed these views during his visit to Fort…

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Turkey: Tourism booms during Eid holidays

Monitoring Desk ISTANBUL: Turkey’s resort towns saw a 100 percent occupancy rate with the Eid al-Adha holiday, including the southern province of Antalya and Aegean province of Muğla, the top two favorite destinations of both domestic and foreign tourists. “We had a great Eid al-Adha holiday as a country. We projected 5.5 million citizens to…

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Turkey tourism revives since freedom from ISIL

Monitoring Desk ISTANBUL: Turkey’s government is encouraging tourists to visit an ancient city which was controlled by fighters of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL or ISIS) group, not so long ago. The ancient city of Karkamesh straddles the Turkey-Syria border. The extensive ruins on the Syrian side of the border were…

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Indonesia hopes to develop more tourism sites

Monitoring Desk YOGYAKARTA: Hundreds of tourists, many of them young Westerners, sat on gray stone steps atop the world’s largest Buddhist temple, occasionally checking cellphones or whispering to each other as they waited for daylight. Sunrise wasn’t spectacular on that recent summer day. But even an ordinary dawn at Borobudur Temple — nine stone tiers…

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HK protests: How badly has tourism been affected?

Monitoring Desk HONG KONG: Protesters in Hong Kong have begun a three-day sit-in at the city’s international airport – a day after the US warned citizens to “exercise increased caution” when travelling there. Several other nations – including Australia, the UK, Ireland, Singapore and Japan – have also issued heightened travel advisories over what the…

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