Kazakhstan to offer caviar baths as luxury tourist attraction

What to get the oligarch who has everything? How about a caviar spa experience on the shores of the Caspian Sea?
The “black caviar spa for real gourmands,” is just one of the leisure options that will be on offer at Kazakhstan’s Kenderli resort, which is due to open its doors in a few years time.
If [...]

Tourism blooming in eastern Turkey thanks to Kurdish peace bid: report

The Kurdish peace process has helped boost the tourist flow to eastern and southeastern Turkish provinces that were roiled by violence in previous years, a report issued by Turkey’s top tourism organization has found, underlining the significance of peace amid tension on the country’s southern borders.
According to the “Resolution Process and Regional Tourism Report” released [...]

Gay-friendly Australia promted to world in new tourism deal

A new two-year partnership between International Gay and Lesbian Travel Association (IGLTA), Gay and Lesbian Tourism Australia and the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras is set to promote Australia as a gay and lesbian friendly tourist destination.
Capitalizing on the weaker Australian dollar, more than 240 IGLTA members in 75 countries will help in marketing Australia as a gay-friendly vacation destination [...]

City names idol group JKT48 as tourism ambassador

The Jakarta administration has chosen popular female idol group JKT48 as the city’s tourism ambassador.
JKT48 (Jakarta48) is a local version of Japan-based idol group AKB48 (Akihabara48). It has a cult following of male fans fascinated by the cute group. Most of JKT48’s music is directed by Japanese producer Yasushi Akimoto.
Culture and Tourism Agency head Arie [...]

Think twice about wild animal tourism, visitors told

A leading animal charity is calling on tourists to think twice before they take part in wild animal experiences, as part of a campaign to expose the hidden suffering behind many attractions.
The campaign by World Animal Protection, which launches today in conjunction with World Animal Day, draws on research that found almost half of people pay [...]

Make Way for Literary Tourism

Like many Americans, I take the subway to work, and like a growing portion of Americans, I take in a bit of poetry on my way. Reading the last stanza of Walt Whitman’s poem “The Wound-Dresser” has become a fixture of my morning commute in Washington, D.C., because its words are engraved into the wall of Dupont [...]