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International travel-related news all in one place – travel trends, traveller statistics, and worldwide issues affecting travel patterns.

09 January 2013

Carlos Canales, head of Peru’s National Chamber of Tourism, has expressed the country’s desire to attract six million tourists by 2016. Peru welcomed 2.9 million tourists in 2012, generating $3.3 billion in revenue

13 December 2012

UNA new record was set for international tourism on the symbolic date of 13 December, as the number of tourists travelling the world in 2012 reached one billion, according to United Nations World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO) statistics.

11 December 2012

ShanghaiAuthorities in Shanghai, with approval from China’s State Council, have announced plans to offer tourists from 45 different countries the chance to visit the city for up to 72 hours without a visa, beginning on 1 January 2013.

29 November 2012

Giant's CausewayOfficial figures from Northern Ireland’s Department for Enterprise have shown a dramatic fall in the number of tourist arrivals to the country.

23 November 2012

TanzaniaAccording to Tanzania’s recently released International Tourism Marketing Strategy, several European countries are being targeted as primary tourism source markets in the coming five years.

29 October 2012

MexicoMexico’s secretary of tourism Gloria Guevara recently released the Sixth Government Report on Tourism, which details a period of very healthy growth for the country’s domestic and international tourism industries, including a record 23.4 million international air arrivals in 2011, and a 53-per-cent rise in public and private investment in the sector over the past six years.

29 October 2012

Elephants in Sri LankaThe Sri Lanka Tourism Development Authority (SLTDA) carried out an airport survey of foreign tourists departing from Sri Lanka between January and June 2011, and the results have recently been published.

29 October 2012

ChileAugust saw tourist arrivals in Chile reach record highs since 1988, after a steady 16-per-cent increase in arrivals over the preceding eight months, according to Chilean under-secretary for tourism Jacqueline Plass.

29 October 2012

AustraliaAccording to Tourism Research Australia’s most recent International Visitor Survey, the average number of nights that overseas tourists are spending in Australia has increased by four per cent, although the overall number of international visitors in the last financial year rose by a mere one per cent to around 5.5 million.

29 October 2012

CruisingUS-based Carnival Corporation, the parent company of the Costa Concordia, has released its third quarter financial results, and against expectations the company seems to be faring well.

18 October 2012

Australian ladyThe Australian Tourism and Transport Forum’s (TTF) latest national study has indicated that the country’s tourism industry will find it difficult competing with its Asian rivals, as despite record numbers of tourists visiting Australia, the country is facing a dangerous shortage of workers – there are an estimated 36,000 job vacancies nationally for positions such as bar staff and restaurant workers, largely due to inadequate wages – and financial support for the tourism industry is unforthcoming.