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EMEA Pulse: Stories You Should Read for Wednesday, Dec. 2

Destination & Tourism | Josh Lew | December 02, 2015

EMEA Pulse: Stories You Should Read for Wednesday, Dec. 2

Here are 10 travel stories worth reading from Europe, Asia, Africa and Australia for Wednesday. 

Japan will draw more than four million Chinese tourists in 2015
Japan has experienced an influx of Chinese tourists. In 2014, around two million travelers visited China. This year, that number doubled. Now, even Japanese retailers are noticing the travel trend and stocking items that they think Chinese visitors will like.
Source: South China Morning Post

AccorHotels offers 20 percent off all bookings in Australia this summer
AccorHotels has announced a major promotion. The brand, which has 120 properties in Australia, will be giving 20 percent discounts to everyone who books during the Southern Hemisphere summer (between now and January 31).
Source: The Daily Liberal

Germany wants to draw two million Indian tourists per year by 2030 
Germany is starting to look outside of Europe for tourists. The country has a long- term plan to draw visitors from India. The ultimate goal is to have two million arrivals from India in 2030. This shouldn’t be a problem; there are already 50 direct flights between the two countries.
Source: The Economic Times

Voluntourists caught up in the controversial practice of canned lion hunts
A new film, entitled "Blood Lions," sheds light on the controversial practice of “canned” lion hunts (safari-style hunts using prepared captive lions) in Africa. The film's plot twist is that some of the same venues where these hunts take place also offer conservation-oriented voluntourism experiences.
Source: The Telegraph


Tufi, a remote resort area in Papua New Guinea, is known as a haven for scuba divers. It is now trying to introduce the world to its other attractions: authentic tribal culture, tropical fjords and the Tufi Resort.

Air France/KLM is planning to increase service to West Africa. It will establish a regional hub in Abidjan, the cultural and economic capital of Cote d’Ivoire. The airline already flies the Paris-Abidjan route seven times per week. 

Russians are looking for new places to vacation this winter. One option is Morocco. A state-owned television station, Russia 24, has been airing specials promoting travel to the North African country, which has long had a vibrant tourism industry. 

Valletta, Malta will be named European Capital of Culture in 2018. The thousand-year-old city was home to the Queen of England and Prince Phillip right after they got married. The now-elderly couple returned in 2007 for their anniversary. 

Fukushima is best known as the Japanese city where a post-earthquake nuclear disaster took place in 2011. It also produces some of the country’s best sake. The danger of radiation has now passed and tourists can actually visit the breweries where the rice-based liquor is produced. 

Myanmar’s opposition party has begun the process of taking over parliament. The media, businesses and travelers will be watching closely as the current administration hands power over to Aung San Suu Kyi’s NLD party.  


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