Archive for October, 2006
By Satish Gupta | eTN Asia Major policy initiatives such as liberalization in aviation sector; pricing policy for aviation turbine fuel which influences internal airfares, tourist police etc highlight the diligence with which India has approached development of tourism industry in the last few years. India is positioning tourism as a major engine of economic [...]
By Satish Gupta | eTN Asia International chains such as Hyatt Group and Hilton Group are soon expected to finalize their investments in Philippines' retirement sector. Retirement villages as a concept is gaining momentum in Philippines. Such villages are being referred as the next tourism hotspot and a major potential source of steady dollar inflows.
By Hazel Heyer, eTN Egyptian antiquities authorities revealed early last week they caught ancient tomb raiders red-handed, leading them to ancient remains never thought to have existed in the area. The grave robbers launched their dig one summer night two months ago but were apprehended. Unaware of their finds, they helped authorities uncover the first [...]
A brand-new fossil gallery! CanadianMuseumof Nature- Travel back to a time when dinosaurs ruled the Earth in the exciting Talisman Energy Fossil Gallery. Discover the dramatic events that led to the dinosaurs' extinction, which paved the way for the "Age of Mammals". Experience the asteroid impact in the sensory "Extinction Theatre". More than 300 specimens [...]
Hilton Hotels Corporation Expects Unprecedented $2.5 Billion in Revenue from Website Bookings in 2006
BEVERLY HILLS, Calif.—-Hilton Hotels Corporation expects more than $2.5 billion in revenues generated from bookings on its proprietary websites for the full-year 2006 compared to $709 million five years ago, in 2002. The company further reports that bookings through its websites have increased at a steady 30 percent year over year since 2002, and accelerated [...]
By Yusof Sulaiman l eTN Asia The Chinese government is to build an international airport in Dunhuang, located in northeast China's Gansu province, to accommodate the increasing number of overseas tourists. The number of overseas visitors coming to see the ancient Buddhist cave paintings in the province has grown by 30 percent annually.
By Satish Gupta l eTN Asia/Pacific New Zealand's Wanganui region, located on the lower west coast of the North Island, south of Taranaki and the Taupo and Ruapehu regions, is set to have an $85 million makeover, in a bid to establish the city as a cultural center. Wanganui area is known for maori culture, [...]
By Aftab H. Kola l eTN Middle East All these years the bustling capital of Saudi Arabia, Riyadh, has been a dull place as far as tourism is concerned. Realizing this, the Supreme Commission for Tourism (SCT) announced it is seeking to promote the Saudi capital as a tourist destination, rather than just a commercial [...]
By Nelson Alcantara QUITO, Ecuador (eTN) – About 90 incentive and meeting hosted buyers from 18 countries met here with 88 travel and tourism suppliers from 10 Latin America countries last Friday at this year's Meetings and Incentives Travel Market (MITM) edition. According to MITM organizer GSAR, a total of 2,340 pre-scheduled meetings were made [...]
KEY WEST, Florida Keys — Scurvy pirates and winsome wenches are to kick off Key West’s Pirates in Paradise Festival with the “Official End of America’s Hurricane Season Party” set for Thursday, Nov. 30. The buccaneering bash celebrates the day the National Hurricane Center has designated the end of the 2006 Atlantic basin hurricane season.