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.
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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.
The Global Business Travel Association (GBTA) has released the results of its inaugural GBTA Business Travel Index (BTI) Outlook – Western Europe economic analysis, sponsored by Visa Inc., which forecasts worldwide business travel trends.
Britain’s somewhat moist summer may have been a disappointment to the majority of those living there, but for airline easyJet it has meant a 10.5-per-cent increase in third-quarter revenues, as Brits sick and tired of the endless rain have opted to jet off to Iberian destinations to soak up some sun.
Thailand remains a very popular tourist destination, with its Ministry of Tourism and Sports recording a 7.6-per-cent increase in foreign arrivals in the first six months of 2012 – a total of 10.49 million arrivals.
Australia is the most sought-after tourist destination in the world, according to a new poll by travel publication Virtuoso Life.
Figures from the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) show that between 2006 and 2011 more Australians died in Thailand than in any other country. Mandy Aitchison has more details