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Archive for October, 2016 -Turkey tourism receives another setback as US urges citizens to avoid travel

The U.S Department of State has updated its travel warning for Turkey post the political turmoil and attacks by Islamic State and the PKK (the Kurdish Worker’s Party).

“U.S. citizens should avoid travel to southeast Turkey and carefully consider the risks of travel to and throughout the country,” the most recent travel advisor says.

“Foreign and U.S. tourists have been explicitly targeted by international and indigenous organizations in Turkey.”

Already battered tourism which declined by 80% over the past 16 months in Turkey has received another blow with the latest travel advisory.

According to Mehmet Nuri Osden, incoming manager of Argeus, a tourist agency in Turkey, foreign tourism has dropped some 80% with a 90% drop in American tourists.

At its peak, the country saw roughly 37 million tourists in 2014, according to the Ministry of Culture and Tourism in Turkey.

According to the Turkish Statistical Institute, as of July 2016, income from tourism decreased by almost 36% and the number of departing visitors shrank by one third.

The country has been embroiled in a bloody five year civil war since 2015. In June 2016, ISIS terrorists attacked Istanbul Ataturk Airport, Turkey’s busiest international hub, killing some 45 people followed by a coup to overthrow President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and the Turkish government organized under the Peace at Home Council and said to be followers of the self-exiled, US-based cleric, Fetullah Gulen.

In August, a teenage suicide bomber killed some 53 people at a wedding party near the Syrian border. Most recently, on October 9, a car bomb killed roughly 18 people in southeastern Turkey.

All these has had a tumultuous effect on the once booming tourism sector in Turkey. – New restaurants unveiled at Silversea Cruises

The themes and names of the Silversea Cruises will be added to its new fleet Silver Muse which will be delivered next year.

The new ship will feature 8 restaurants, many of which are new to the line. Silversea says this ship will have “more dining options than any other ultra-luxury cruise ship,” showcasing line’s commitment to great food onboard.

The four are La Dame, a French restaurant; Kabuki, a Japanese restaurant; the pan-Asian Indochine; and Silver Note, a jazz club that will serve tapas-style dishes.

La Dame’s menu will be created by Relais & Chateaux and feature locally sourced ingredients and wine pairings.

Previously announced dining venues include Atlantide, a European-style seafood grill that also serves steak; La Terrazza, buffet by day and Italian, Slow Food-inspired restaurant by night; Hot Rocks, an alfresco restaurant by the pool where passengers grill their own seafood and meats; and Regina Margherita, an outdoor, all-day pizzeria, also found near the pool.

The 596-passenger, all-suite Silver Muse will debut in Monaco next year as the largest ship in the Silversea fleet. Suites are available in all sizes – the smallest veranda suite is a roomy 387 square feet – and include one- and two-bedroom versions of Owner’s, Grand and Royal Suites. – Airbnb gets new regulatory rules on New York City hosts

Beginning November 1, individuals in New York City who rent out multiple homes will be assigned to follow a new rule where they will be allowed to list one apartment for rent to Airbnb.

Airbnb is a peer-to-peer online marketplace and home-stay network that enables people to list or rent short-term lodging in residential properties. The company faced pressures from politicians and tenants’ rights groups saying the company has worsened affordable housing issues in the city. The company also said, in a proposal to city officials, that it was willing to create a registry of hosts to make it easier for the state to enforce housing rules and that it would create a hotline for neighbours’ complaints.

According to the new rules, the short-term rentals in public housing will also be prohibited.

In rent-controlled units, tenants would only be able to rent up to the level of their rents, or a portion of the income would be re­invested into upkeep of their building. A “three strikes” policy will be instituted which will permanently ban the rule breakers. The online system will be set up for the hosts to register the rentals.

Airbnb has cast the rules as aiming to make sure New Yorkers who are sharing their homes occasionally to make ends meet should be protected as to those who commercial operators who run illegal hotels and take the housing off the market. New York lawmakers called the proposal “a Hail Mary” attempt to get around a bill that went to New York Governor Andrew Cuomo. The bill would fine illegal Airbnb operators in the state.

New York state senator Liz Krueger said that the proposal is an attempt to do the same thing in New York which has failed in San Francisco.  Registration and taxation has not worked in any city where Airbnb as nobody actually registered.

The San Francisco-based company’s money doesn’t come from people living in their own homes renting out a room or a bed while they’re there, which is legal, said New York Assembly Member Linda Rosenthal.

The 2010 New York law was written prior to their platform’s wide scale use and represented “horse and buggy laws” in an age of automobiles. But it focused on the fact that the middle class hosts using the platform to make ends meet in a legal way during a time of growing income inequality.

New York is not the only place where regulators are attempting to change Airbnb’s business practices. In the company’s hometown of San Francisco, there were new discussions on legislation would limit short-term rentals to no more than 60 days a year.  Hosts who had complied with the city’s registration requirements, who the city believes are in the minority, would continue to be able to offer 90 days of unhosted rentals a year and unlimited hosted ones. – Chinese investors join hands with Russian tour operator for tourism cluster

Grand Baikal, the Russian tour operator, has entered into a deal with Chinese investors to create a “world-class tourism cluster” on the shores of the world’s deepest lake in Siberia.

A consortium of Chinese firms headed by Chungjingxin will invest $11 billion in the project that will include tourist attractions, transport and logistics infrastructure.

A memorandum of cooperation, backed by the governor of Siberia’s Irkutsk region, Sergei Levchenko, was signed last week. A feasibility study is underway before the final agreement is signed.

“We are planning to build not only up-to-date tourist attractions, but to create an accompanying transport and far-reaching logistic infrastructure around Lake Baikal to attract a significant number of tourists to the region,” Grand Baikal said.

The initiative may jump start social and economic development of the region, according to the statement.

According to the company, an important condition for the project is observing basic ecological standards and environmental laws to protect one of the world’s natural wonders.

The new tourist hub is expected to be built on the site of a former paper mill in the town of Zabaykalsk. The mill was shut down three years ago, and was the lake’s biggest source of pollution. – Gay tourism in Spain increases over 28% in 2016

Spain’s gay tourism growth trajectory is on the upward with recorded figures showing that 28% increase over 2015 and 34% higher than the average figures recorded in previous summers.

The average spending of gay tourists is more than 30% higher than spending by tourists generally, a recent study conducted by Cromosomax reveals. The study has been conducted in collaboration with a group of party promoters, owners of gay bars, accommodation managers focusing on the LGBT community and specialized travel agencies.

The study helps to explain why every year more destinations try to attract more gay travelers.

It is estimated that the gay tourist spends about 130 euros a day on entertainment and dining, beating the average tourist by, among other factors, their greater presence and social activity.

Gay tourism contributes more than 9 billion euros a year to the Spanish economy, which is 18% of total tourism revenue.

The gay tourists came mostly from the UK, Germany and the US and visited already established Gran Canaria, Ibiza, Sitges, Torremolinos and Benidorm. Barcelona joins this list which turned out to be the big attraction for summer 2016. – CNR Emlak – Real Estate Investment Projects and Financing Fair which will be held between the dates of 17 – 20 November 2016, at CNR Expo Center, Istanbul.

CNR Emlak – Real Estate Investment Projects and Financing Fair which will be held between the dates of 17 – 20 November 2016, at CNR Expo Center, Istanbul.

Buy2Greece – Spain becomes medical tourism hub, expects to attract 2 lakh annual medical tourists

Spain is becoming a hotspot for medical tourism. Contributing 500 million Euros annually to the state exchequer, the Spanish medical tourism is expected to hit an astounding figure of around 2 lakh annual medical tourists.


Spain being an already popular tourist destination has helped its medical tourism domain to strengthen its ground and emerge as a leading global medical tourism destination as well.

To further boost this tourism sector the Spanish Government signed a collaboration agreement with other interested proponents under the brand name of ‘Spaincares’ in 2014 to make the country one of the prime global leaders offering top quality medical facilities and treatments.

‘Spaincares’ is a strategic consortium of the leading Spanish tourism companies and healthcare providers.

What gives Spain medical tourism an extra edge is the fact that there is no need to have a special medical visa as medical tourists can have a tourist visa alone to meet their health care objectives in Spain. However, they need to have a valid passport and a bonafide visa.

Affordable medical treatment in Spain has furthered its popularity. When compared to other countries in Europe and the US, the cost savings range from 30 % – 70 % in this country.

The Spanish healthcare system is highly advanced. According to the World Health Organization (WHO) ranking, Spain enjoys the distinguished status of having the 7th best health care system in the world.

Buy2Greece- Computer system meltdown causes worldwide flight delays

Dozens of United Airlines flight has been delayed worldwide after  a “systems issue” has cropped up.

A spokesman for United told the media that, they are aware of an issue with their systems that is resulting in flight delays. They are working to resolve the issue and get the customers to their destination as soon as possible. They have apologized for the inconvenience caused.

More than 60 flights are known to have been delayed. The first flight from the UK was due out from Heathrow at 7.30am, to Washington DC, but left an hour late. Passengers were told it was “delayed due to operational difficulties”.

United is the world’s third-biggest airline, after Delta and American.

United Airlines later announced on its Twitter that the issue was resolved at 8.15am UK time, and all flights have resumed.

In August, Delta Airlines – the world’s biggest carrier – experienced a worldwide systems failure which led to the cancellation of hundreds of flights and delays to thousands more. The airline blamed a power problem, and denied that its system had been breached, but cyber-security experts were skeptical.

Passengers expressed their frustration for the delay through various social media platforms.

Buy2Greece – Space tourism to become a reality by 2020

If you are still stuck on the new trends of tourism on earth like medical tourism, eco tourism or sustainable tourism, then it is very likely that you are missing on
the bigger picture, SPACE TOURISM! Yes, you read it right. If two private space companies are to be believed, by 2020 you can go on vacation somewhere in Earth’s orbit.

Bigelow Aerospace and Axiom Space say they’ll have commercial facilities available by 2020. They announced their intentions this week at the 2016 International Symposium for Personal and Commercial Spaceflight.

Bigelow, which produces compressed habitat modules that expand when they reach their destination, already has a test module attached to the International Space Station.

Private spaceflight will allow NASA to turn its attention to Mars exploration while enabling more people than ever to experience space, the companies say.

“Hopefully, if we’re successful in the private-sector community, NASA’s going to save a boatload of money, on multiple locations [in orbit] – not just one – with more volume than they’ve ever had before,” Bigelow founder and chief executive Robert Bigelow said.

The comany is planning to connect its forthcoming B330 modules together to create enough spac for four guests at a time, accompanied by three Bigelow employees.

Axiom Space intends to attach its seven-person habitat by 2020 and leave it connected until the end of the ISS’s life.

Dennis Tito was the first self-funded “space tourist” in 2001.

Cruise tourists book more often with travel agencies and spend more money

In recent years cruises have become a boom segment of the travel industry. In 2015, around 22 million cruises were undertaken worldwide, so that compared to the previous year the cruise market grew by around three per cent. These are findings of a special survey by the World Travel Monitor, carried out by IPK International and commissioned by ITB Berlin.

Europe is the second most important source market
Behind North America, the undisputed leader with a market share of 59 per cent in 2015, Europe, with a market share of 32 per cent, has become the world’s second most important source market in the cruise sector.
Cruises to European destinations account for 78 per cent of the European market, with Spain being the most popular destination (18 per cent).

The Caribbean occupies second place (16 per cent) and is the only destination outside Europe among the top 5 destinations of European cruise tourists. Italy is the third most popular cruise destination among Europeans.
Diversity and relaxation
Few other type of holidays offer similar opportunities for relaxation as well as for making new experiences, either on board or on local excursions. When on cruises, Europeans especially enjoy relaxing, sightseeing as well as exploring foreign countries and cultures. Ultimately, it is also important to them to enjoy ’the sea, water and nature’.
Cruise tourists spend more money
There are many opportunities for tourists to spend extra money while being on a cruise – be it on an excursion, while shopping or enjoying an on-board spa. Even if cruises are said to no longer be as exclusive or expensive as they used to be, spending in this holiday segment is significantly higher than in others. While Europeans on average spent 107 euros per night on all holiday trips in 2015, cruise tourists more than doubled that figure with an average of 218 euros.
Large number of travel agency bookings
At 60 per cent, the internet is also the preferred booking channel of Europeans when it comes to cruises. However, travel agencies continue to account for an above-average number of cruise bookings. On average, 25 per cent of European holidaymakers book via travel agencies, whereas among European cruise tourists this figure is 42 per cent and hence much higher than in any other holiday segment.



Source:-  ITB Berlin