Wednesday, January 8th 2014 - 21:21 UTC

Visit Britain thinks Germans are rude, Australians intolerant and Russians cold

Chinese hate talking about money and Indians love bargaining, “whenever they see an opportunity” (Pic RT)

VisitBritain, the UK government’s agency with a budget of nearly £30 million a year and tasked with bringing as many visitors to the UK as possible, releases a detailed inside guide on tourists from most destinations for use by British hoteliers and operators.

Thursday, January 2nd 2014 - 18:02 UTC

Gibraltar visitors in October/November down 40% because of Spanish checks at border

Queues at peak times (and with less traffic) were two hours longer than a year before

Visitors to Gibraltar during the peak months of October and November have decreased by over 40% from the previous year, statistics reveal. This comes after restrictions were imposed at the border by the Spanish authorities which they say was in response to tobacco smuggling but began immediately after the Government’s decision to lay an artificial reef in July.

Sunday, December 29th 2013 - 08:30 UTC

Brazil ups taxes on debit cards and travelers checks to contain outgoing tourism

Spending by Brazilians traveling overseas had widened the current account deficit

The Brazilian government said on Friday it will raise a tax on operations with debit cards and travelers checks made abroad, in a move that will raise the country's tax intake by 552 million Reais (234.65m dollars) per year.

Friday, December 27th 2013 - 05:18 UTC

Australian cruise operators interested in developing Puerto Williams in Chile

Australian travel agents linked to the cruise industry visited Puerto Williams in the extreme south of Chile to check on the facilities, services and infrastructure with the purpose of planning cruise calls on a regular basis. Puerto Williams in located on Navarino island across from Ushuaia in Argentina.

Wednesday, December 25th 2013 - 22:03 UTC

Three icebreakers to the rescue of Antarctica trapped Russia's 'Akademic Shokalskiy'

The Russian vessel trapped by ice every summer travels to Antarctica

Seventy four people spent Christmas aboard a cruise ship that has become stuck in the ice in a remote region off the coast of Antarctica and rescue vessels are at least two days away, according to Australian maritime officials. Three icebreakers are sailing to the rescue.

Saturday, December 21st 2013 - 21:22 UTC

Uruguay Economy minister resigns over scandal involving flag air carrier Pluna

Fernando Alonso, a brilliant minister, no doubts about his ethical integrity

Uruguay's economy minister Fernando Lorenzo resigned on Saturday in the face of questions over the alleged irregular sale of government-owned airplanes following the closure of Pluna, the country's flag carrier, President Jose Mujica announced at a brief press conference, with no questions taken, next to Vice president Danilo Astori.

Friday, December 20th 2013 - 06:05 UTC

Four million Britons heading overseas for Christmas break; 13 million will take to the roads

Canary Islands and North Africa are the favorite destinations for sun lovers

Around four million Britons will be heading overseas for the Christmas break, with those staying behind having to contend with packed roads and disrupted rail services.

Thursday, December 19th 2013 - 05:51 UTC

Concerned with stagnant tourism, Caribbean to promote the region as a single destination

CTO Chairman, Beverly Nicholson Doty: creating a strong Caribbean brand

The Barbados-based Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO) will next month celebrate its 25th anniversary amidst a call for the region to be promoted as a single destination. CTO Chairman, Beverly Nicholson Doty, in a Christmas message, said that her wish for the sector in 2014 was that Caribbean countries commit themselves to promoting the region as one destination

Wednesday, December 11th 2013 - 00:00 UTC

World and FIFA shocked by violent incidents at a Brazilian championship match

“I can assure you the lamentable scenes we saw yesterday will not be seen at the World Cup,” said Rodrigues

Shocking violence at a Brazilian championship match is not an indication of what can be expected when the South American country hosts next year's World Cup, FIFA and Brazilian government officials have declared.

Friday, December 6th 2013 - 23:20 UTC

Falklands working on a policy to protect the Islands from norovirus

The norovirus appears every now and then among cruise passengers

The Falkland Islands is aiming to develop a policy to protect the territory from the spread of norovirus, an infection which is not uncommon in big urban centres but which several cruise vessels have also experienced.


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