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Mining boom killing Western Australia’s leisure tourism

The mining boom in Western Australia is proving to be a double-edged sword for tourism, with leisure visitors competing against the fly-in, fly-out workforce for limited accommodation and flights, acc

National Tourism Day? Never heard of it

BEIJING, China - Yue Zhongbin is a lover of travel, yet he was surprised to learn that Thursday is China's first National Tourism Day.

Breezes Rio Bueno is a re-creation of a Jamaican seaside village

Sandy lives vicariously through her guest, Greg Baxter's work at the all-inclusive resorts called SuperClub.

Hotels rethink approach to leisure business in response to corporate cost-cutting

Leisure guests will become increasingly important for hotels in the post-recession years, according to a high-level think tank in London this week.

Destination news: Mega retail complex coming to Doha

DUBAI, UAE - Qatar's largest multipurpose complex will located on the northern highway linking Doha International Airport with the proposed Bahrain Causeway and will include a full retail center, an e

Foreign tourism to Düsseldorf region grows by 9.2 percent

DUSSELDORF, Germany - German state North Rhine Westphalia and its capital Düsseldorf are becoming stronger magnets for leisure travel, according to a study released by the State Office of Statistics.

First official Chinese leisure tourists arrive to Canada

Canada has welcomed its first official leisure tourists from China this week, after Asia's economic powerhouse granted approved destination status to Canada earlier this summer.

Rwanda tourism receipts improve

Ahead of the annual celebrations of the gorilla naming "Kwita Izina" later this week, figures have been released by the Rwanda Development Board-Tourism and Conservation, speaking of a 5 percent incre

Otdykh Leisure in CROCUS Expo is ON

Two events with the same name were being held in the autumn in Moscow – Otdykh Leisure in the exhibition center of Crocus Expo and Otdykh Leisure in exhibition center of Expo Center.

Otdykh LEISURE in Crocus wins competition with Expo Center event

Otdykh LEISURE in Crocus Expo is now again the only tourism exhibition held in the autumn in Moscow. A copy event in Expo Center was cancelled by its organizer ITE Group.

Television for the travel industry

Resort and Residence explores the world’s best vacation destinations, resorts, entertainment and leisure activities, as well as the best of home décor, design, and captivating homes, as well as coo

Sri Lanka enjoys cruise tourism revivial

The Sri Lanka Ports Authority said the cruise ship Discovery of the Voyages of Discovery cruise line called at Colombo port as part of a cruise tourism revival with the end of the island’s ethnic wa

Travelers resilient amidst spate of bad economic news

SAN FRANCISCO, CA - Despite a recent deluge of bad economic news, American travelers are surprisingly optimistic about their future leisure travel and spending, according to the findings of a special

Tralliance Corporation and .travel featured at 25th Annual Travel Leisure Conference

FORT LAUDERDALE, FL - Tralliance Corporation and .travel have been invited as featured participants at the Travel Leisure Conference on November 15-17, 2008.

Golden Beach Hotels promotes leisure and golf in Ghana

The management of Golden Beach Hotels, parent company of La Palm Royal Beach Hotel in Accra, Elmina Beach Resort in Elmina near Cape Coast and Busua Beach Resort as part of its policy of promoting lei

Crystal Cruises voted world’s best of any cruise ships

Hong Kong - With its highest score in five years, Crystal Cruises has been voted the “World’s Best Large-Ship Cruise Line” by the readers of Travel + Leisure magazine for a 13th consecutive year

Lapland Tourist Boom Sparks Crisis in Finnish Elf Labor Market

(eTN) - ``Christmas Star'' can't let grueling hours wipe away her smile as she escorts a group of about 45 tourists through the Lapland forest. ``Sometimes I work from 8 in the morning to 10 at night,'' says the 21-year-old ``elf,'' whose real name is Riikka Niukkala. She's an employee of Arctic Safaris Oy, a tour company in Rovaniemi, a town on the Arctic Circle.

HK’s Ngong Ping 360 tourism project to reopen on New Year’s...

HONG KONG (eTN) - Hong Kong's new tourism landmark, the Ngong Ping 360 Cable Car system, has won the go-ahead from the Electrical and Mechanical Services Department here Tuesday and will be reopened to the public on Dec. 31 after a series of accidents.

Tourism: History and beauty provide a compelling mix

(eTN) - Most weekends Lan Visnar can be found pottering around the steep hills of the Soca Valley in western Slovenia, carefully surveying the ground and giving the occasional prod. Master Visnar – he has just turned 13 – is a budding archaeologist who seeks out, not classical artefacts, but the remnants of war.

Brooklyn’s Williamsburg Neighborhood Becoming Hotspot for NYC Visitors

NEW YORK (eTN) - With a thriving arts community, diverse ethnic enclaves and some of the City's most distinct shopping and dining experiences, Brooklyn's Williamsburg neighborhood has in recent years become one of New York City's hippest areas.

Night watchman is star of medieval German town, popular tourist site

ROTHENBURG OB DER TAUBER, Germany (eTN) - Cloaked in black and brandishing a deadly medieval weapon, Hans-Georg Baumgartner strides purposefully into Market Square at dusk. The crowd parts - not out of fear, but fascination. Cameras flash.

Low-Cost Carrier Begins the Only Non-Stop Service between Albuquerque and Puerto...

DENVER (TVLW) - Southwestern travelers needing a tropical getaway at a premier resort destination will have a quick, comfortable and affordable way to get there beginning today as Frontier Airlines (NASDAQ:FRNT) begins service between Albuquerque's Sunport International Airport (ABQ) and Puerto Vallarta's Gustavo Diaz Ordaz International Airport (PVR).

Holiday-travel survival guide

(eTN) - Taking a flight at Christmas-New Year? It's the second-busiest travel period of the year after Thanksgiving. Here are some tips on everything from making flight connections to coping with lost luggage.

Italy, Eastern Europe Named Top Destinations for Packaged Travel

NEW YORK (eTN) - Americans' love affair with Italy continued unabated through 2007 despite the record-high Euro, according to the U.S. Tour Operators Association, whose members send 11 million people yearly on vacation.

Portugal to tout “West Coast” cool to tourists

LISBON (eTN) - They both boast renowned wine regions, sandy beaches and year-round mild and dry weather, but can old Europe re-brand itself with a new world image? Former colonial power Portugal has decided to try and it's counting on luring the tourists with a "West Coast" campaign.

Launch of Singapore Tourist Pass to make visitor travel easier

SINGAPORE (eTN) - Using the Singapore Tourist Pass, tourists can now have an unlimited number of rides on buses and trains here. Some 30,000 of these cards have been printed and are on sale at TransitLink Ticket Offices, and the following MRT stations: Changi Airport, Orchard, Chinatown, City Hall, Raffles Place, Ang Mo Kio, Harbour Front and Bugis.

Country to Add Cave Tourism to Her Menu

(eTN) - Following the successful launch of Bird watching earlier in September this year, Rwanda is adding cave tourism to its menu of offerings. According to Ms. Rosette Rugamba, the director general of ORTPN, Rwanda's national tourism body, cave tourism will be launched by year end to tap more revenue from tourists. Tourism is the third biggest foreign exchange earner in Rwanda.

Sun-kissed in St. Kitts

(eTN) - Imagine reclining in a softly cushioned rattan chair on a private balcony, sipping a cocktail and breathing in the fresh tropical air while looking out over swaying palm trees and fields of sugar cane to the turquoise waters of the Caribbean… Such scene from a page of a romance novel is now just one flight away to the lovely island of St. Kitts.

More airlines offer a good night’s sleep, flat-bed seats

NEW YORK (eTN) — In some ways, Andy Abramson's morning routine is typical: He shaves, brushes his teeth and combs his hair before slipping on some nice slacks and a shirt for a meeting with a client.

NY Philharmonic to perform in N. Korea

NEW YORK (eTN) - The New York Philharmonic has decided to perform in North Korea, a cultural breakthrough as tense relations between the United States and the reclusive Communist nation ease, the orchestra's president said Monday.