Ethiopia touts ancient churches, dramatic landscape in tourism drive

When Scottish explorer James Bruce published a five-volume work in 1790 about his search in Ethiopia for the source of the Nile, European readers dismissed his account of ancient churches and castles: surely no such things existed in the heart of Africa.
Fast forward to 2014 and Solomon Tadesse sometimes feels he faces similar preconceptions as [...]

Medical tourism explored in first forum

Dubai: The Dubai Health Authority (DHA) has rolled out the first phase of the medical tourism pacakges which caters to the domestic market.

UAE residents and those already in the country such as delegates to the conference can avail of discounts of up to 70 per cent in areas such as wellness, weight loss, dentistry, orthopaedics, [...]

PM Samaras: Tourism Can Lead Us to Exit the Crisis

“We do not need another memorandum, as we are not just exiting it, but Greece will also be absolutely safe in the post-memorandum era.” With these words, Prime Minister Antonis Samaras described what he sees as the near future of Greece during the 13th Tourism and Development Conference of the Association of Greek Tourism Enterprises (SETE). Furthermore, in [...]

U.S. Outbound Tourism Snapshot for July 2014

The number of U.S. citizens traveling abroad increased 10 percent to 40.2 million travelers in the first seven months of 2014, according to monthly statistics released this week by the U.S. National Travel and Tourism Office.
U.S. citizen international travel increased 11 percent to 7.6 million in July alone.
Every month, the NTTO releases data regarding recent travel activity, including [...]

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 [...]