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EMEA Pulse: Stories You Should Read for Dec. 8, 2015

Destination & Tourism | Josh Lew | December 08, 2015

EMEA Pulse: Stories You Should Read for Dec. 8, 2015

China Gets 100 Millionth Foreign Visitor For 2015
China’s inbound tourism market has been struggling, but it got a piece of good news recently. The China National Tourism Administration announced that 100 million foreign visitors have come to China this year. That sounds like a lot, but it is actually short of the country’s goal for 2015. Also, most of the “foreign” travelers were from Hong Kong and Macau.

Why Indonesia Remains A Dangerous Place To Fly
Indonesia has seen more air disasters than any other country in recent years (it averages about one per year). The 2014 AirAsia crash was caused by a series of mistakes both on the ground and in the air. The archipelago's airport infrastructure is overcrowded and outdated, and the amount of air traffic is increasing exponentially.

Hunter Valley, New South Wales Named Australia’s Best Wine Region
Hunter Valley repeated as Australia’s best wine region in the 2015 Australian Traveller People’s Choice Awards. Hunter is the country's oldest vineyard area, and it has more than 150 wineries, most of which produce shiraz and chardonnay.

British Tourist Detained After His Fake Bomb Was Discovered
A British tourist, Davide Fogli, bought a toy bomb in Bali and hoped to bring it back so he could use it at a party. The toy was confiscated by airport security, and Fogli was then pulled off the plane and questioned for more than 24 hours before being released. Bali was the site of a bombing by extremists that killed 200 people in 2002.


Africa’s struggling tourism destinations are dismayed that the US has issued a worldwide travel alert after terror attacks in Egypt, France and Mali. Southern Africa has been struggling to draw visitors this year. The region was not affected by Ebola or terrorism, but these two issues have scared many tourists away from the entire continent. 

Indonesia is turning to television for its latest promotional push. The archipelago will be featured on TLC and the Discovery Channel all across the Asia Pacific region. A 12-episode program called Wondernesia is part of Indonesia’s effort to draw 20 million foreign tourists by 2020. 

New Zealand will introduce a new tourism tax on Jan. 1. The levy will amount to NZ$21.57 (about US$14). The money will be used to fund border security and also biosecurity (to protect the country’s agriculture and horticulture industries). Some are worried that the tax will dissuade tourists from visiting. 

Visitors at a traditional temple in Kyoto, Japan might be surprised by the Star Wars themed decorations. The Kiyomizu-dera temple has a the Force Awakens-themed mural/screen painting. The sci-fi characters in the scene have been replaced with the likenesses of Japanese gods. 

Hong Kong's tourism industry is struggling, and it is not just airlines and hotels that are feeling the pinch. Some of the territory's restaurants have had to close their doors because they are not getting enough income without tourists to supplement the business from local patrons. 


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