A Selection Of Germany’s Top Tourist Destinations

Berlin

Everyone wants to see the German capital: Berlin tops the rankings of Tripadviser, the world’s largest portal for travel reviews. And the incredibly multi-faceted 3.4-million city deserves it, too. Great German monuments like the BRANDENBURG Gate and the BERLIN Cathedral, structures like Alexanderplatz and the East Side Gallery, art treasures like the Pergamon Altar, but also the subculture and scene make the city on the Spree worth a visit.

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Dresden

It just missed out on a medal, but managed an excellent fourth place behind Munich and Hamburg: Dresden, city on the Elbe, has more to offer than the Church of Our Lady and the Semper Opera House. Although large sections of the city were destroyed in the Second World War, it still showcases Renaissance and Baroque ARCHITECTURE in its historical centre. Some of Germany’s best restaurants and hotels are to be found there.

You can read more about other German destinations here.

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Pre-Loaded Sim Card For Tourists Arriving In India On E-Visa

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Dr. Mahesh Sharma, Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Tourism and Culture, has  launched the initiative of the Ministry of Tourism, Government of India for providing pre-loaded Sim Card to foreign tourists arriving in India on e-Visa in New Delhi.

Addressing on the occasion, he said that this unique initiative will facilitate the foreign tourists in communicating with their acquaintances immediately after their arrival in India. Earlier, the Ministry of Tourism had also launched a 24 x 7 Tourist Helpline 1800111363 in Twelve foreign languages so that the foreign tourists can get the required information in their own language. The minister presented the First Kit containing Sim to a representative of Travel and Tourism sector. Shri Vinod Zutshi, Secretary, Ministry of Tourism, Shri J.S. Deepak, Secretary, Ministry of Communications and senior officers were present on the occasion.

You can read more about the press release here.

IATA Forecasts Passenger Demand to Double Over 20 Years

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The International Air Transport Association (IATA) expects 7.2 billion passengers to travel in 2035, a near doubling of the 3.8 billion air travelers in 2016. The prediction is based on a 3.7% annual Compound Average Growth Rate (CAGR) noted in the release of the latest update to the association’s 20-Year Air Passenger Forecast.

“People want to fly. Demand for air travel over the next two decades is set to double. Enabling people and nations to trade, explore, and share the benefits of innovation and economic prosperity makes our world a better place,” said Alexandre de Juniac, IATA’s Director General and CEO.

You can read more about this article here.

Saint Petersburg – Europe's Best Destination

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Russian city Saint Petersburg has been recently voted Europe’s best destination in the annual World Travel Awards (WTA), dubbed the ‘the Oscars of the travel industry’.

Similarly, Titanic Belfast in Northern Island has been recognized as Europe’s best tourist attraction.

In the aviation sector, the award for Europe’s Leading Airline went to Lufthansa.

You can read the whole winners list here.

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More Indian Tourists Visiting South Korea

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Indian Tourist Arrivals to South Korea Increased by 47.9% in 2016 !

* 88, 917 Indians visited South Korea by the end of July 2016.
* Frequency of 12 flights per week from Delhi by December 2016.

South Korea welcomed 88,917 visitors from India by the end of July 2016, an increase of 47.9% relative to the same period of the previous year.
The persistent efforts made by the Korea Tourism Organisation, New Delhi office can be accredited for the positive growth. The Tourism Board’s effort on educating the travel trade partners to promote the destination in the best possible manner, the proactive business approach from the destination management companies and connecting with the end traveler through tactical media platforms have been the key factors in the result.
As the interest of the Indian traveler grows, the increase in the airline connectivity has been introduced at the right time. Asiana Airline has increased its operations from three to five times a week from Delhi and plans to operate daily in the near future. Korean air will be launching its Delhi operations in the month of December with five times a week frequency.

According to Mr. Byungsun Lee, Director Korea Tourism Organization: “Over 1,50,000 Indians visited South Korea last year and we have almost 90,000 within seven months. So we are confident of surpassing the last year’s numbers by the end of 2016.  As we approach the festival season and the winter holiday season, we plan to widen our efforts and establish South Korea as a preferred leisure destination amongst various traveler segments including families, honeymooners and adventure lovers.”

For More details on the same or if you want to schedule an interview, please contact:

Vanshika Kapoor

Assistant Marketing Manager, Korea Tourism Organization
e-mail: vanshika@knto.or.kr; vanshika.kpr6@gmail.com
web: http://www.visitkorea.or.kr
Ph: +91 9582274475

Press Release – Discussion on Sustainable Tourism

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UNWTO Network of Observatories meets to discuss the measurement of sustainable tourism at destination level.

Under the title ‘Advancing the Measurement of Sustainable Tourism Development’, UNWTO Member States, NGOs, academic institutions and other public and private sector entities discussed approaches to effectively measure, monitor and assess tourism performance and impacts at destination level. This consultative process takes place at a time in which the international tourism community embraces the Sustainable Development Goals.

You can read more about the event here.

Good News For Everyone

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Exports from international tourism rise 4% in 2015

International tourism receipts in destinations around the world grew by 3.6% in 2015, in line with the 4.4% increase in international arrivals. For the fourth consecutive year, international tourism grew faster than world merchandise trade, raising tourism’s share in world’s exports to 7% in 2015. The total export value from international tourism amounted to US$ 1.4 trillion.

Income generated by international visitors on accommodation, food and drink, entertainment, shopping and other services and goods reached an estimated US$ 1,232 billion (euro 1,110 billion) in 2015, an increase of 3.6% accounting for exchange rate fluctuations and inflation. International tourist arrivals (overnight visitors) increased by 4.4% in 2015, reaching a total of 1,184 million.

You can read more about the Press Release here.

Tourism Demand Exceeds Expectations

Great news for tourism industry.  🙂

International tourist arrivals grew by 5% during the first half of 2013 compared to the same period of 2012, reaching almost 500 million, according to data just released by UNWTO. Growth was above the projection made at the beginning of the year (+3% to +4%) and is also exceeding the trend of the UNWTO long-term outlook Tourism Towards 2030 (+3.8% a year).

Destinations around the world welcomed an estimated 494 million overnight visitors in the first six months of 2013, according to the Advance Edition of the UNWTO World Tourism Barometer released on the occasion of the UNWTO 20th General Assembly. This represents an increase of 5% or an additional 25 million international tourists compared to the same period of 2012. Growth was stronger in emerging economy destinations (+6%) than in advanced economies (+4%), a trend which has marked the sector for many years now.

“The fact that international tourism grew above expectations confirms that travelling is now part of consumer patterns for an increasing number of people in both emerging and advanced economies” said UNWTO Secretary-General, Taleb Rifai. “This underlines the need to rightly place tourism as one of the key pillars of socio-economic development, being a leading contributor to economic growth, exports and jobs.”

In a still uneven global economic environment, results were positive in all regions and subregions, though the overall picture was mixed. Europe (+5%) performed surprisingly stronger than expected, driven by Central and Eastern Europe (+10%) and Southern and Mediterranean Europe (+6%). Asia and the Pacific (+6%) also exceeded expectations, boosted by South-East Asia (+12%) and South Asia (+7%). On the other hand, results were weaker than anticipated in the Americas (+2%), as South America and the Caribbean lagged behind.

The first semester normally accounts for some 45% of the total arrivals count of the year (the Northern hemisphere high season months of July and August fall into the second semester). Growth is expected to continue in the second half of 2013 but at a gradually slower pace. UNWTO forecasts 2013 to end at 4% or slightly above, thus exceeding the initial estimate for the year.

Asia and the Pacific and Europe lead

Asia and the Pacific (+6%) saw robust growth boosted by the increase in arrivals to South-East Asia (+12%), a subregion which is maintaining the extraordinary momentum of recent years, and South Asia (+7%).

In Europe, international tourist arrivals were up 5% despite the lingering economic difficulties. Growth was led by Central and Eastern Europe (+10%) and Southern and Mediterranean Europe (+6%).

The Americas (+2%) reported a rather weaker first half of 2013 compared to the strong growth of previous years. Central America (+4%) performed above the region’s average, while arrival numbers were flat in the Caribbean and in South America.

In Africa (+4%), the growth of recent years was sustained during the first half of 2013 due to the continued recovery of North Africa (+4%) and the positive results of Sub-Saharan destinations (+4%).

The Middle East rebounded after two years of negative growth with an estimated increase in international arrivals of 13%. Yet, results should be taken with caution as growth is rather uneven across destinations and this assessment is based on still limited available data and reflects data up to June only.

Tourism expenditure growth driven by emerging economies

Emerging economy outbound markets continue to drive growth both to emerging and advanced economy destinations.

China (+31%) and Russia (+22%) led the growth in expenditure on travel abroad among the top ten most important source markets in the world during the first half of 2013. Outside the top ten, Brazil is back with a 15% increase after a more moderate 2012.

Expenditure from traditional markets, on the other hand, was more modest. Canada (+3%) and France (+2%) led the group, followed by the flat results of the United States, Germany and the United Kingdom, and negative figures from Japan, Australia and Italy.

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