Travel

Greek Tourism Trade Bodies Sign Labor Deal for 2019 Wages

Monitoring Desk ATHENS: Approximately 25,000 individuals employed in room /apartment rentals and in the food and beverages (F&B) sector, will be receiving monthly wages of up to 771 euros, following the approval of the latest sectoral labor agreement. In efforts to ensure transparency and fair play, the Panhellenic Federation of Catering and Tourist Industry Employees…

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China postpones New Zealand tourism event amid concerns of a diplomatic rift

WELLINGTON (Reuters): China has postponed a major tourism campaign in New Zealand days before its launch and Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern’s visit to Beijing has been further delayed as concerns mount of strained ties over China’s growing influence in the Pacific. Ardern on Tuesday acknowledged there were ‘complexities’ in the relationship with China, but dismissed…

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Egypt’s tourism eyeing more Chinese visitors

MINYA (Xinhua): Egypt’s tourism is in constant improvement with a growing number of tourists from Western, Arab and Asian states, expecting more Chinese visitors in the coming seasons, Egyptian Tourism Minister Rania al-Mashat said. “We had a leap in tourism in 2017 and a large boom in 2018, when Egypt was visited by renowned foreign…

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Outcry after Uganda uses ‘curvy women’ to boost tourism

Monitoring Desk KAMPALA: Female Ugandan activists have slammed a government campaign to use “curvy women” as a tourism “product”, which has sparked a furore in the east African nation. Tourism Minister Godfrey Kiwanda unveiled the campaign on Wednesday at a press conference attended by a bevy of curvaceous women. “Uganda is endowed with beautiful women.…

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British tourist jailed for slapping immigration officer in Bali

Monitoring Desk DENPASAR: A British woman was handed a six-month jail term Wednesday (Feb 6) for slapping an immigration officer in Bali after she missed her flight because of an expired tourist visa. A court on the Indonesian holiday island found Auj-e Taqaddas, 43, guilty of assaulting the officer at Ngurah Rai international airport in…

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Indonesian ministry promotes wonderful Indonesia in Australian cities

Monitoring Desk JAKARTA: The Tourism Ministry is currently participating in the Flight Centre World Travel Expo, a travel exhibition hosted by Flight Centre, one of the largest retail travel outlets in Australia. The travel expo is being held in various cities across Australia, including Adelaide, Canberra, Newcastle, Sydney and Melbourne. According to kompas.com, the ministry…

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Turkey: Domestic tourism expenditure up 18.9%

ANKARA (AA): Turkey’s domestic tourism expenditure surged 18.9 percent year-on-year in the third quarter of 2018, the country’s statistical authority reported on Wednesday. From July to September last year, residents spent some 21.1 billion Turkish liras on domestic trips, including individual and package tour expenditures. “In this quarter, while 88.7 percent of domestic tourism expenditure…

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January tourism to Israel jumps by 11% compared to 2018

Monitoring Desk TAL AVIV: “The rise in the number of tourists over several years is proof of the quality of the Israeli tourism industry,” said Tourism Minister Yariv Levin. The number of tourists who entered Israel in January of this year represented an 11% increase in relation to January 2018, and a 35% increase from…

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