The first half of 2012 saw a 6.4-per-cent increase in revenue for Kenya’s tourism industry – Sh38.7 billion – compared with the same period in 2011 – Sh36.4 billion.
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The Qatar Tourism Authority (QTA) has recorded a 22-per-cent rise in tourist arrivals to Qatar from Gulf Co-operation Council (GCC) countries in the first quarter of this year compared with the same period in 2011.
Figures from the Tunisian National Tourism Office (TNTO) have shown that the number of British tourists visiting the country was 53.8-per-cent higher in July this year than in July 2011, while visitor numbers from Ireland increased by 83.9 per cent during the same period.
Figures from Australia-based economic advisor Deloitte Access Economics have suggested that tourism from emerging Asian economies such as Indonesia and Malaysia is set to rise rapidly by 2015, with an anticipated knock-on effect for the Australian tourism industry.
Nombulelo Mfeka, director of tourism for Cape Town, South Africa, has said that the country’s membership of the Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa (BRICS) collection of countries has led to a significant boost for both tourism and business travel.
Figures from Tourism Research Australia have shown a worrying fall in the number of backpackers coming to the country, leaving many tour operators in a very difficult position.
The United Nations World Tourism Organization’s (UNWTO) latest report shows that Turkey’s already healthy tourist sector is set for a bright future, as the country recorded an 8.7-per-cent increase in incoming visitors between 2010 (27 million) and 2011 (29.3 million).
The ongoing fallout from the eurozone crisis contributed to an 11-per-cent drop in visitor numbers to Greece in the first five months of 2012 compared with the same period last year, according to the Bank of Greece.
US-based United Airlines holds the worst record for mishandled luggage, according to NBC News, having lost between three and four bags per 1,000 passengers in April this year, compared with 0.86 bags per 1,000 for Virgin America.
For the first time since Japan’s devastating earthquake and tsunami on 11 March last year, visitor numbers to the country have exceeded pre-disaster levels.