Turkey recovers, Spain stagnates – Positive outlook for 2019 – ITB Berlin and IPK International analyse travel to and from Europe. Spain has been unable to maintain its strong growth of international visitors of recent years, while Turkey is attracting more holidaymakers again. Greece is also reporting rising visitor numbers. Following a steady decline in the past few years, tour holidays are back in favor with European tourists. Overall, European outbound travel grew by five per cent during the first eight months of the year. The outlook for 2019 is also positive. Further growth can be expected according to the World Travel Monitor® conducted by IPK International and commissioned by ITB Berlin.

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Las Vegas is probably the most notorious city for gambling in the world but, it is more than that; Las Vegas is not all just about gambling. Gambling is a big part of Vegas but, there are a lot more events that will make you want to visit this mesmerizing city. From shows, and music festivals to great restaurants and themed hotels, Vegas has them all, with everything else in between.

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For those seeking to add to their travel bucket list, Beautiful Samoa is an idyllic destination with the power to completely mesmerize and just perfect for the curious traveller. Situated in the heart of the South Pacific between New Zealand and Hawaii, Samoa is known as the Treasured Islands of the South Pacific – the true heart of Polynesia. From its natural beauty, turquoise blue water, clear skies and pristine white beaches, here are five reasons why Beautiful Samoa is bucket list worthy.

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The 6th Chengdu International Tourism Expo 2018 (CITE) kicked off at the Century City International Exhibition Center in Chengdu yesterday with some 500 exhibitors from 30 countries- the largest event to-date. The highlight, as usual, was the business to business meetings between the exhibitors and local Chinese travel agencies.

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The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) has curated three concepts for promoting the group of 55 secondary destinations to help develop and market their tourism economies and cultural assets in an environmentally-friendly way.
These 55 provinces, which get less than four million local and foreign tourists a year, are to get increasing prominence in TAT’s future marketing campaigns.
TAT’s research has identified the need to position these secondary 55 provinces within the “big picture” of Thailand’s development. The plan is to create conceptual models that are specific to each secondary province; such as, a sports city in Buri Ram and a wellness city in Chiang Rai.

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The UNWTO report highlights the MTCO’s 2017 Mekong Tourism Forum in Luang Prabang, Lao PDR as a possible model for inclusive tourism across other destinations.A new United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) report praises Mekong Tourism’s 2017 Mekong Tourism Forum (MTF) as a global best practice in inclusive tourism. The innovative event, hosted by the Provincial government of Luang Prabang, the Ministry of Culture, Tourism, and Information (MICT) of Lao PDR, and executed by the Mekong Tourism Coordinating Office (MTCO), took place across several community venues in Luang Prabang including boutique hotels, local restaurants, a heritage craft centre, the city’s botanical garden, a rice farm, a golf club, a silk weaving centre, a hotel training school, and even a couple river-cruise boats along the Mekong river.

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