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Getting the most of e-tourism in Emerging Destinations by Scott Wayne and David Sterling

Getting the most of e-tourism in Emerging Destinations by Scott Wayne and David Sterling

For destinations around the world, tourism can be a key to unlocking and stimulating growth, development and employment. It is one of the world’s most competitive and productive industries — the World Travel & Tourism Council estimates that in 2012, tourism directly contributed more than US$2 trillion to world GDP and generated at least 100 […]

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Rwanda Tour Operators push to diversify with Nyungwe Park

Rwanda Tour Operators push to diversify with Nyungwe Park

In an interview published today on Travel Daily News International’s website, SW Associates President Scott Wayne talks with Manzi Kayihura, President of the Rwanda Tour and Travel Association and Managing Director of Thousand Hills Expeditions in Rwanda about Nyungwe National Park and its recent recognition by the British Guild of Travel Writers. The USAID-sponsored Nyungwe […]

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Obama Administration Tourism Strategy is Working

Obama Administration Tourism Strategy is Working

The US Department of Commerce announced today that the President’s January Executive Order and May release of the country’s National Travel and Tourism Strategy, international tourism and spending have increased substantially. In a White House press release issued today, the Administration said the following: “The Obama Administration’s number one priority is to strengthen our economy, […]

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Chinese Tourism — “Always on My Mind”

Chinese Tourism — “Always on My Mind”

Over the past couple of years, after working on tourism development projects around the globe, for nearly every destination without exception from tiny St Lucia to India, China is on everyone’s minds in the tourism world.  I couldn’t help but think of the song “Always on My Mind,” which has been bouncing around the charts […]

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Rwanda featured in Selling Long Haul

Rwanda featured in Selling Long Haul

Melissa Shales, the former chair of the British Guild of Travel Writers, just published a feature on “How to Sell Rwanda” in the UK-based Selling Long Haul publication and website. For Rwanda, especially Nyungwe National Park, which is highlighted in the article, this is potentially very helpful positioning with the UK market. Selling Long Haul […]

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Successful Domestic Tourism Strategy – Scotland 2011

Successful Domestic Tourism Strategy – Scotland 2011

Oxford, UK-based IEWY News just reported that Scotland has seen “a six per cent increase in domestic visitors in the first six months of 2011, compared to the same period in 2010, and a 13 per cent increase in expenditure. VisitScotland also reported its ‘Surprise Yourself’ campaign generated an additional £89.9 million to Scotland’s economy […]

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UK Visitors to Rwanda – 41% Increase in 2011

UK Visitors to Rwanda – 41% Increase in 2011

UK Market – 41% Increase in 2011 Rwanda Tourism Fact Sheet for the World Travel Market 2011 Rwanda is actively working to sustainably grow its tourism sector and the efforts are succeeding. UK  tourist arrivals are steadily increasing helped, no doubt, by the 12 exhibitors on the Rwanda Stand and the RDB. HIGHLIGHTS Annual average […]

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Rwanda – #1 in Sustainable Tourism says World Economic Forum

Rwanda – #1 in Sustainable Tourism says World Economic Forum

Rwanda and especially the Rwanda Development Board’s Tourism Department are actively working to grow the country’s tourism sector in a sustainable way and the efforts are succeeding and being recognized by the World Economic Forum’s Tourism Competitiveness Index. International tourist arrivals and receipts are increasing along with international air access, new and upgraded parks and […]

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Egypt’s Ministry of Tourism establishes Green Tourism Department

Egypt’s Ministry of Tourism establishes Green Tourism Department

Egypt’s Ahram News just reported that the Ministry of Tourism is planning to emphasize and promote green tourism, particularly around Sharm el Sheikh. “Music” to this author’s ears – 23 years ago I was finishing the second edition of Lonely Planet’s Egypt and Sudan guide and had just gone scuba diving at Sharm and other […]

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New Tourism Strategy Coming for Northern Territory, Australia

New Tourism Strategy Coming for Northern Territory, Australia

The Government of the Northern Territory in Australia has just launched the development of a new tourism strategy for the State. The new Five Year Tourism Strategic Plan is expected to be implemented starting in early 2013. According to the Government, the strategic plan will: • Articulate our vision for where the Northern Territory should […]

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