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 [...]

Chinese drive record tourism

The number of tourists from China has hit a record high of 1,002,500 over the past year according to new figures released by the Australian Bureau of Statistics this week.
The number of Chinese tourists — from the mainland and Hong Kong — has effectively trebled in the past decade and is currently growing at 14 per cent per annum.
CommSec senior analyst Craig James said [...]

Tourism is actually up during Hong Kong’s protests, and other economic surprises

Hong Kong’s protest movement has brought three different neighborhoods in the city to a standstill, closed several key city thoroughfares, and caused extended closures of schools, government, bank offices and businesses. But how much are the demonstrations—which are expected to continue while students and governments carry out settlement talks—really impacting the economy?
Chinese state-run media recently reported that “it is [...]