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Gold Coast tourism at record numbers before COVID-19 hit

  New figures show a record number of tourists visited the Gold Coast last year, before the coronavirus crisis brought that to a grinding halt. A total of 14.2 million visitors came to the Gold Coast in the 12 months to December, an increase of 13.5 per cent. Of those, 1.1 million were from overseas, up 3.1 per cent, while 4.2 million were domestic visitors, a huge increase of 11.1 per cent Day-trippers accounted for 8.9 million visits to the city, up 16.1 per cent. There’s been a big ...बाँकी

Tourism in a lockdown

The Mahabodhi temple in Bodh Gaya, over a hundred kilometres south of Bihar’s capital Patna, is a renowned world heritage site. It was here that Prince Siddhartha of the Shakya clan is said to have attained "total enlightenment" under the Bodhi tree and become the Buddha in 623 B.C. Visited by domestic and international tourists and pilgrims alike, the site has helped boost tourism in Bihar, with the number of tourists going up from 28.9 million, including 923,000 foreign tourists, in 2015, ...बाँकी

Virus outbreak threatens longtime tourism attractions

[caption id="attachment_4539" align="aligncenter" width="1500"] In this Thursday, March 26, 2020 photo, woven baskets fill a display case at Parson's Indian Trading Post and Museum owned by Henry Lukasavage, at right, and his wife, Candice in Lake Delton, Wis. (Amber Arnold/Wisconsin State Journal via AP)[/caption] There are places in this enclave of water parks, fudge shops and endless restaurants that offer nostalgia. Boat and Duck tours come to mind, along with horse-drawn wagon rides ...बाँकी

Relief measures announced till date provide no succour to travel, tourism industry: Industry bodies

NEW DELHI: In a virtual meeting with top officials of the ministry of tourism on Saturday, representatives of various tourism associations and industry bodies said relief measures announced by the government till now have failed to address the crises of survival that the Indian tourism, travel and hospitality business are facing as a result of lockdown due to the coronavirus pandemic. The industry bodies that interacted with tourism secretary Yogendra Tripathi and DG Tourism Meenakshi Sharma, ...बाँकी

The 10 Most Popular American Breakfast Foods

Vegetarians, we’re sorry. But, like peanut butter and jelly or burgers and fries, bacon and eggs are a match made in culinary heaven. Probably the most popular breakfast item in the U.S., you’ll find bacon on just about every breakfast menu. The smoky and salty meat is a classic case of the Japanese concept of umami — a fifth taste akin to fat or savory. Now, let’s order a few sides of that! Make them thick and stack them high! Fresh pancakes with maple syrup are one of life's guilty ...बाँकी

Tourism industry calls for relief measures as coronavirus shuts down travel

The rapid spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) has severely affected many industries, but tourism is arguably one of the hardest hit. It started with a sharp drop in tourist arrivals from China and then other countries followed by a decrease in local demand, which impacted hotels and restaurants and meeting and event hosting venues. Việt Nam, like everywhere else in the world, has seen tourist numbers plummet in the first quarter. The latest report from the Việt Nam National ...बाँकी

UNWTO launches a call for action for tourism’s COVID-19 mitigation and recovery

The World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) has released a set of recommendations calling for urgent and strong support to help the global tourism sector not only recover from the unprecedented challenge of COVID-19 but to ‘grow back better’. The Recommendations are the first output of the Global Tourism Crisis Committee, established by UNWTO with high-level representatives from across the tourism sector and from within the wider United Nations system. Recognizing that tourism and transport has ...बाँकी

PATA launches Crisis Resource Center and Tourism Recovery Monitor

The Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA) announced the launch of the PATA Crisis Resource Center and Tourism Recovery Monitor, a unified platform that provides reliable and up-to-date policy statements, authoritative information, and tourism indicators from around the globe. The aim is to provide a global centralised repository of reliable information for users based on their needs. The PATA Crisis Resource Center is a result of a pilot Expert Task Force (ETF) led by PATA Immediate Past ...बाँकी

Tourism Industry Needs to Prepare for the Return of Tourism Post COVID-19

Following news that cruise operator Royal Caribbean has urged its trade partners to be ready for a bounce back once the coronavirus (COVID-19) travel restrictions are lifted; Ben Cordwell, Travel & Tourism Analyst at GlobalData, a leading data and analytics company, offers his view on the situation: “There is no doubt that COVID-19 has brought an unprecedented decline in business for the tourism industry. However, companies continue to make the best of a bad situation. “With much of ...बाँकी

Tourism industry gutted in virus-hit Japan

Cherry blossoms are in season and the ancient Japanese capital of Nara, with its majestic Todaiji Big Buddha temple and its herds of deer, would normally be packed. This year, it's almost deserted, as are most other tourist attractions in Japan as foreign visitors stay away and locals heed warnings to stay home to try to contain the spread of the coronavirus. The tourism industry, heavily reliant on foreign travelers, has taken a beating since Beijing banned group tours in late January. But ...बाँकी

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