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UNWTO appoints Hello Kitty

United Nations designated the year 2017 “International Year of Sustainable Tourism Development” - World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) and Sanrio signed an agreement that appoints Hello Kitty as Special Ambassador of the International Year. Sanrio's best-known character, Hello Kitty will promote the Year’s campaign “Travel. Enjoy. Respect”.

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Le Cordon Bleu launches "Japanese Cuisine Diploma"

Le Cordon Bleu, a leading global network of culinary arts and hospitality management institutes, officially launched its "Japanese Cuisine Diploma". The official launch event took place on November 21 at theTokyo institute. During the event, the new course that started in October 2017 was presented.

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Bali tourism hit by volcano threat

bali volcano eruptionThe threat of a major volcanic eruption at Mount Agungin Bali, Indonesia has forced the evacuation of 40,000 people from the volcano's foothills. Ngurah Rai International Airport in Bali is currently closed until the next 18 hours. The airport's closure disrupted at least 445 flights and roughly 59,000 passengers.

Florida tourism breaks arrivals record in 2017

clearwater flFlorida set another tourism record by welcoming the highest number of visitors of any nine months in the state’s history with 88.2 million visitors - a 3.3 percent increase over the 85.4 million visitors from the same period in 2016.

Expedia Reports Caribbean Holiday Travel Trends

Caribbean resort beachfrontWith the winter holidays on the horizon, the Expedia group is reporting a large influx of searches and interest for travel to the Caribbean. As snowbirds start traveling south, the Expedia group’s in-depth insights for holiday travel can provide hoteliers the opportunity to better connect with travelers and target the right consumers.

Rio needs to work harder to attract international visitors

Brazil Rio de JaneiroTravel & Tourism contributed US$6.5bn to GDP in Rio de Janeiro in 2016, 4.9% of the city’s economy, and representing 11.5% of Brazil’s Travel & Tourism sector. However, less than 6% of tourism spend in the city comes from the international market, revealed a new report by the World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC).

World's Best Food Destinations in 2017

Neapolitan pizzaA new study reveals world's top 100 best food destinations in 2017. Here are the top 100 destinations to satisfy your food cravings.

Europe's Top Countries for a Work Life Balance

work life balanceHave you ever felt like you don’t get any free time in your working day? Do the hours feel too long and your chance to relax with your family and friends too short? Maybe you should consider moving to Scandinavia.

Best cities for families worldwide

familyToday, many organizations are searching for the best cities to live in. Do you wonder which cities are best for families? Online real estate portal for home buyers and sellers Homeday have released a study revealing the best cities for families worldwide.

Top 10 cities for expats in 2017

Bahrain Manama ShoppingA city in the Middle East ranked as the best city for expats in 2017, can you guess which one? If you guess, Dubai, you are wrong!

64 Cities Join the UNESCO Creative Cities Network, 3 Cities are from Turkey

64 cities from 44 countries have been designated as UNESCO Creative Cities by Director-General, Irina Bokova. They join a Network at the frontline of UNESCO’s efforts to foster innovation and creativity as key drivers for a more sustainable and inclusive urban development. This network attracts growing interest from local authorities.

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Overtourism: Growth is not the Enemy, it is How we manage it

Over 60 ministers of tourism and private sector leaders gathered on 7 November in London for the UNWTO / WTM Ministers’ Summit on ‘overtourism’. Moderated by CNN International’s Max Foster, the Summit concluded on the need for the tourism sector to engage more and better with local communities.

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