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Ecuador to limit the number of visitors to the Galapagos

London/Quito - Starting on 1 February 2012 there will be new rules and regulations in regard to cruise routes and frequencies to and around the Galapagos Islands in Ecuador.

Fewer Arab tourists come to Egypt

The number of Arab tourists who visited Egypt in the first half of 2011 dropped by 15.3 percent compared to the previous year, a tourism official said Monday.

Cuba: Tourist numbers up, revenue not

Cuba says it is receiving more visitors each year, but tourism income has yet to return to what it was before the global financial crisis caused a sharp downturn in the sector.

Number of Canadian tourists to Jamaica hits record high

For the seventh consecutive year, Jamaica recorded an increase in Canadian visitors in 2010, making a jump of approximately 34% over 2009.

Japanese tourism to Indonesia drops 7.45 percent in March

The number of Japanese tourists in Indonesia dropped 7.45 percent in March 2011 due to the 9-magnitude earthquake and subsequent tsunami in Japan, the Central Bureau of Statistics (BPS) reports.

UN: Asylum-seeker numbers drop 50 percent

The number of asylum-seekers seeking to live in the industrialized world continues to fall and is now almost half the level it was a decade ago, the United Nations refugee agency reported today as it

Dominican Republic tourism reports record visitor numbers

DOMINICAN REPUBLIC - The Dominican Republic (DR) Ministry of Tourism announced that the country welcomed over four million visitors in 2010, a new record for the DR and a 3.3 percent increase over 200

Lufthansa posts vastly improved traffic figures in 2010

Deutsche Lufthansa AG significantly improved its traffic performance in 2010 compared with the previous year.

Fewer tourists than expected may come to Delhi

New Delhi - Until two months ago, India's tourism ministry was confident that 100,000 foreign tourists would visit the national capital during the Oct 3-14 Commonwealth Games.

Tourism news: D.C. tourist numbers up but stays are shorter

More tourists have been visiting the Washington area this summer, but they’re cutting their stays short, according to the Federal Reserve’s monthly Beige Book report.

Kenya’s 2010 tourist arrivals to set record

NAIROBI - Kenya's tourist arrivals rose to 483,000 in the first half of 2010, officials said on Monday, putting east Africa's largest economy on track to beat record foreign visitor numbers set in 200

Number of Israeli tourists to Turkey plummets

The number of Israeli tourists visiting Turkey plunged by 90 percent in June this year after the deadly Israeli raid on Gaza-bound aid ships shattered bilateral ties, official data showed Thursday.

Officials: Hawaii visitor arrivals climb in June

HONOLULU — The Hawaii Tourism Authority reports the state hosted 13.6 percent more visitors in June than it did in the same month last year.

Numbers of US-based airline employees continue to shrink

The number of employees at U.S-based airlines as of March, 2010, was the lowest since 1990 according to a Department of Transportation (DOT) report.

Increase in passenger traffic reported by US Airways

U.S. Airways Group Inc. reported an 1.8 percent year-over-year increase in traffic last month and passenger traffic was up close to 1 percent.

Cyprus tourism revenue plunge 17.1%

NICOSIA — Revenue from Cyprus's key tourism sector plunged 17.1 percent in April when the eruption of the Icelandic volcano severely disrupted flights across Europe, official figures showed on Thurs

Tibet tourist numbers up 28%

LHASA - Tibet hosted 279,886 tourists in the first four months of 2010, up 28 percent year on year, after the southwest China region held a series of tourism promotion activities.

California sees double-digit growth in Chinese tourist numbers

The statistics released by the California Travel and Tourism Commission (CTTC) shows the number of tourists to California from Chinese mainland has witnessed a rapid increase in recent years and they

Hong Kong tourist numbers soar

For the first three months of the year, traveller numbers to the harbour city of Hong Kong jumped by 16.5%, following a strong rebound from international and long-haul markets, as well as continued st

Medical tourism to Jordan surges 10% in 2009

AMMAN - The number of foreigners seeking medical treatment in Jordan rose by 10 percent in 2009 compared to the year 2008, showed figures released on Sunday.

Malta inbound tourist numbers up

Malta's number of inbound tourist increased 3.6% on an annual basis to 53,074 in February from 51,244 a year ago, the National Statistics Office said on Monday.

Cuban tourist numbers down 3.4% due to weak Canadian market

HAVANA - The number of tourists coming to Cuba during the first two months of 2010 fell 3.4 percent from last year due to a decline in visitors from Canada, Cuba's top tourist provider, the government

Saudi Arabia aims at 11.4 million foreign visitors in 2010

DUBAI - Saudi Arabia aims to attract more than 11.4 million foreign tourists, including pilgrims, in 2010, according to a tourism official.

Sri Lanka welcomes record numbers of tourists

Sri Lanka is welcoming record numbers of visitors as it recovers from decades of conflict. Last month tourism arrivals surged to a record high of 48% ahead of the previous year.

Israel wants more tourists, lacks hotel rooms

The Israel Minister of Tourism aims to increase both the number of tourists and the length of their stay but industry leaders worry that Israel lacks rooms.

Dubai tourist numbers drop 5.7%

DUBAI - The number of tourists to Dubai fell in the first nine months of last year as the global economic slowdown resulted in fewer travellers from Europe, the country’s Department of Tourism and C

Costa Rica: More European tourists wanted

Every day more and more Europeans make Costa Rican their vacation destination.

KTO aims to double the number of health tourists

Korea’s state tourism agency said yesterday that it is aiming to attract 70,000 health tourists this year, more than double the number from 2009.

Morocco aims to up tourist numbers by 10% in 2010

MARRAKESH, Morocco - Morocco aims to draw 10 percent more visitors this year to help fill fast-growing hotel capacity and bolster tourism income after it slipped in 2009, industry and government offic