Travel

Fewer Canadians planning travel to the US

Monitoring Desk TORONTO: Has the “Trump slump” hit Canadian travelers? New data suggests fewer Canadians are traveling to the U.S. these days. According to new research from Global Data, the number of outbound travelers departing from Canada to the U.S. is set for a continuous decline from 23.3 million visitors in 2013 to 14.9 million…

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Travel influencer invasion as Pakistan launches tourism push

Monitoring Desk ISLAMABAD: They are young, Western, and full of praise for Pakistan: Travel influencers have moved in on the “land of the pure,” but critics warn their rose-tinted filters are irresponsible and sell an inaccurate picture of the conservative, militancy-scarred country. As security improves, cricketer-turned-prime-minister Imran Khan is keen to promote the nation’s tourism…

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Sri Lankan travel industry faces uncertainty after terror attack

Monitoring Desk COLOMBO: Tourists are scrambling to flee Sri Lanka and cancelling holidays after a string of deadly suicide blasts that have sparked concerns the lucrative tourism industry could be sent into a tailspin. The attacks on hotels and churches came as Sri Lanka was emerging as a leading tourist hot-spot, named the world’s top…

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Extended Ramadan holiday could boost the Turkish tourism industry

Monitoring Desk ISTANBUL: Local hoteliers and tourism associations have welcomed the Turkish government’s decision to extend the Ramadan holiday in early June to nine days, saying this could prove a boon to the industry and generate an additional 3 billion Turkish Lira income for the sector. The Ramadan holiday was initially scheduled for June 3…

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Tunisia tourism sector makes flying start to 2019

Monitoring Desk LONDON: Tunisia wooed more tourists in the first quarter of this year, which saw a 17.4 percent increase in arrivals compared to the same period in 2018, according to Tunisian Ministry of Tourism data quoted by Asharq Al-Awsat. The tourism sector saw an influx of up to 787.8 million dinars ($262.6 million) of…

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EU-China Tourism Year boosts tourism sector in Europe

Monitoring Desk BRUSSELS: While the EU-China Tourism Year 2018 (ECTY 2018) has officially come to an end, the success of the initiative continues to be felt, with growing numbers of Chinese tourists putting European destinations at the top of their tourism agendas throughout 2018 and beyond. Agreed in 2016 by the Chinese Prime Minister and…

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The 7 most fascinating mosques in China

Monitoring Desk BEIJING: China has an ambiguous stance in regards to institutionalized faith. On the one hand, the People’s Republic recognizes five religions — Buddhism, Catholicism, Daoism, Islam, and Protestantism — and protects freedom of religious belief under its constitution, but on the other, the Council on Foreign Relations reports that “China is home to…

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Giant’s Causeway tourism impact examined by National Trust

Monitoring Desk LONDON: A year-long study will assess the impact of more than one million tourists a year on the Antrim coast. It was commissioned by the National Trust, which manages two main sites that attracted 1.5m visitors in 2019. With the projected growth in tourism, the trust says numbers visiting the Giant’s Causeway and…

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