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Space Tourism Is Ready for Lift-Off: Destinations Pulse for March 10, 2016

Destination & Tourism | Janeen Christoff | March 10, 2016

Space Tourism Is Ready for Lift-Off: Destinations Pulse for March 10, 2016

PHOTO: Space shuttle taking off. (photo courtesy of Thinkstock)

Space Tourism Is Ready for Lift-Off
Jeff Bezos’ Blue Origin is planning to take passengers into space as early as 2018. The company said that it will be able to take groups of up to six people into a suborbital trajectory to experience weightlessness.

Israel Tourism Not Affected by Attacks
Israel has been hit by a steady stream of terror attacks, but this is having little impact on the nation’s tourism sector, officials said. However, Israel’s tourism sector is still struggling to boost numbers that have been declining since 2014.

Japan Expects Tourism Boom to Last Through Olympics
The tourism boom is a bright spot in the Japanese economy and there are a surprising number of industries throughout the country that are benefiting from the increase in visitors.

Germany Is Cultural Touchstone in Europe
The country’s theme-based marketing has encouraged visitation and made tourists aware of potential points of interest within Germany, providing new reasons for travelers to put the nation on their itineraries.


London is dominating Twitter. The British capital is one of the most talked about destinations on Twitter and the London Eye is its most tweeted attraction. "London" and "travel" together have been tweeted more than 630,000 times. 

The head of the U.N. says safe and seamless travel should be key priorities of the tourism industry this year and that safety and security should be fully integrated into national and international security agendas. 

An insurgence of refugees and Greece’s credit woes could impact the record tourism numbers and economic boost that these visitation numbers have brought the nation if a resolution isn’t brought, said Andreas Andreadis, president of the Hellenic Tourism Enterprises.

Visitors from China, Germany and the U.S. top the list of foreign arrivals in Russia. Inbound tourism to the country grew in 2015 by more than 13 percent. Tourism officials based the growth on the falling value of the ruble. 

A popular Australian tourist attraction known as the “Twelve Apostles” may be getting an update. Scientists may have found five more famous stacks off the southern coast under the sea. 


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