Egypt’s tourism industry has been one of the few success stories of the global downturn. Excellent value, sun and ancient culture have proven a huge hit. But with ongoing protests, BTN looks at what the future holds for an industry that contributes over 11 percent to the country’s GDP.
Etihad Airways has held its 2011 Worldwide Staff Conference at the Yas Marina Circuit at Yas Island. Making the address, James Hogan, CEO, said 2011 would be “the most important year” yet in the UAE flag carrier’s history as it sets new goals and underpins Abu Dhabi’s evolution into one of the world’s leading economic, political and cultural capitals.
Turkey’s rise to tourism superstardom has received another boost after the actor Nicholas Cage arrived in the country to start filming scenes for the sequel to “Ghost Rider”. The Oscar winning actor met the Turkish Prime Minister, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, saying that he was keen to pay a visit to İstanbul, which was voted “Europe’s Leading Destination” by the World Travel Awards.
Abu Dhabi’s growing portfolio of tourism attractions has led to it beating its hotel guest target by 8 percent last year, according to new figures released by Abu Dhabi Tourism Authority. Visitor arrivals rose year-on-year, helped by the addition of new world-class tourist attractions such as Ferrari World.
South African Airways is launching direct flights from Johannesburg to New York in a move that reflects the burgeoning business and tourism links between the City of Gold and the Big Apple. BTN takes a look at the growing synergy of the two financial hubs of their respective continents.
With some 7% of on-site corporate meeting attendance displaced by virtual meetings capability in 2010, video conferencing, telepresence and other once emergent forms of virtual meetings are now an important part of the corporate meetings landscape.
The dawn of 2011 saw online travel retailer lowcostholidays.com smash its total annual site visits by 108 per cent year on year. Natural visits were also up by 143 per cent against 2010 giving lowcostholidays a big reason to look forward to a bumper year as more holidaymakers travel with this Hitwise top ten online travel provider.
Chinese authorities have unveiled plans to create a “mega-city” the size of Switzerland, or 26 times the size of Greater London. The planners want to merge nine cities in Southern China, including Guangzhou and Shenzhen, in order to spread industry, jobs and public services more evenly across the region.
Attendance at Caribbean Marketplace 2011 in Jamaica rose 22 percent year-on-year as renewed confidence in the region’s travel and tourism economy led to a surge in interest from buyers.
Johannesburg’s burgeoning reputation as the business capital of Africa will be showcased next month when it plays host to Meetings Africa 2011. BTN looks at how business and MICE travel has become one of the fastest growing sectors of both Joburg’s and South Africa’s travel and tourism economy.
Dubai has set another record following the opening of the world’s highest restaurant in Burj Khalifa, the world’s tallest building. At.mosphere is situated on Level 122 of the iconic super skyscraper, a lofty 442 metres above ground, and is envisaged as one of the world’s finest luxury dining and lounge experiences, with incredible views of Dubai’s futuristic cityscape to match.
Johannesburg, the City of Gold, is making final preparations as it steps up to host the most eagerly anticipated event on the African fashion calendar. Johannesburg Fashion Week is taking place 15-19 February at venues across the city as the cream of Africa’s design talent show off their latest collections.