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Friendly environment being ensured for tourism in GB

F.P. Report ASTORE: The Home Department of Gilgit Baltistan is taking effective measures to ensure congenial and friendly environment to promote tourism in the area. As part of such efforts, the department issued a notification the other day, wrapping up several check posts including Uchang, Haldi and Machlo in Ghanjay district and decided to open…

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Netherlands revolts against over-tourism as sites trampled by influx

Monitoring Desk AMSTERDAM: Its elegant canals, brightly-coloured tulip fields and world-class museums attract millions of tourists a year, but the Netherlands has decided that enough is enough. In the latest revolt against the over-tourism that is crushing the life out of popular destinations, from Venice and Santorini to Thailand and Kyoto, the Dutch government is…

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World baggage fee revenue climbs to £21.7 billion

Monitoring Desk DUBLIN: IdeaWorksCompany and CarTrawler recently estimated ancillary revenue at 83.5 billion euros worldwide for 2018 (£72.1 billion). This CarTrawler Global Estimate of Baggage Fee Revenue identifies baggage as a 25.2 billion euros (£21.7 billion) component and provides a worldwide summary of baggage fee policies for 20 top airlines.  Each year IdeaWorksCompany, through the…

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Sri Lanka tourism takes a hit after terrorist attack

COLOMBO (Reuters): Sri Lanka’s $4.4 billion tourism industry is reeling from cancellations as travelers shun the sun and sand Indian Ocean Island after multiple suicide bombings that killed over 250 people two weeks ago. Suspected suicide bombers from little-known Islamic groups in Sri Lanka attacked churches and luxury hotels in the country on Easter Sunday,…

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Tech initiative to revolutionize SA’s travel and tourism

Monitoring Desk JOHANNESBURG: Jurni, a first-of-its-kind Travel and Tourism Data Management Company, was launched at Africa’s Travel Indaba today. The initiative, hailed as an innovative collaboration between private sector and the National Department of Tourism, will seek to fill some of the gaps identified by the National Tourism Sector Strategy. Jurni will ensure that relevant…

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Turkey’s tourism income reaches $4.63 billion in first quarter of 2019

Monitoring Desk ANKARA: Turkey’s tourism income totaled $4.63 billion in the first quarter of this year, the country’s statistical authority announced on April 30. From January to March, quarterly tourism revenue surged 4.6 percent year-on-year, up from $4.42 billion in the same period last year, the Turkish Statistical Institute (TÜİK) reported. “While 80.3 percent of…

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Eid holiday likely to boost tourism in Turkey

Monitoring Desk ISTANBUL: The nine-day-long Eid al-Fitr holiday will cheer the tourism sector in Turkey, with tourism players expecting approximately 2 million local tourists to flood to resorts, creating a financial turnover of 3 billion Turkish Liras ($500 million). The holiday was planned to officially start on June 4 and end on June 6. But…

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Tourism police being raised to provide security

F.P. Report GILGIT: Inspector General Police Gilgit Baltistan, Sanullah Abbasi here Monday said that Giligit Balitistan was highly peaceful and beautiful region where tourism police was being raised to provide foolproof security to foreign and domestic tourists. Talking to media persons after visiting tourists’ police centre at zeropoint Chalas, the IGP said raising of tourists…

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Sri Lanka fears up to $1.5 billion tourism losses

COLOMBO (AFP): Sri Lanka fears its lucrative tourism industry could see arrivals drop up to 30 percent, with losses of $1.5 billion this year, after deadly Easter attacks, the finance minister said Friday. “Tourism will be the worst affected,” Finance Minister Mangala Samaraweera told reporters. “We expect a 30 percent drop in arrivals and that…

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