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Indonesia and Philippines lead Asia-Pacific in consumer confidence surge

Consumer confidence in Indonesia and the Philippines spiked in the second half of 2012, leading positive sentiments recorded across most of 14 markets in Asia and the Pacific, MasterCard’s latest su

100,000 Chinese tourists will come to Thailand for Chinese New Year

BANGKOK, Thailand - About 100,000 tourists from China and Hong Kong are expected to visit Thailand during the Chinese New Year next month and they would generate approximately 4.2 billion baht in tour

Antarctic eco-tourism spiked in past decade

Prime Minister John Key heads to the ice this week to inspect New Zealand's activities, joining more than 50,000 people who now visit the frozen continent every year as part of a surge in 'responsible

Zimbabwe tourist arrivals up 18 percent

Tourist arrivals in Zimbabwe surged 18% in the first quarter of this year to 346 299, helped by the stabilising economic and political environment, as the country turns into a safe and competitive des

Sri Lankan tourist arrivals on the rise

During the last three months 236,910 tourists visited Sri Lanka, Economic Development Deputy Minister Laksman Yapa Abeywardena said.

Middle East cruise bookings surge

Royal Caribbean cruise bookings from the Middle East surged in the first quarter despite a spate of safety scares that has shaken confidence in the global industry.

Abu Dhabi tourism revenues soar to $111 million

Tourism revenues in Abu Dhabi surged to $111 million in October as a result of the city’s efforts to attract two million visitors by 2011, tourism chiefs said on Wednesday.

Dubai hotels expect 15 percent revenue surge

DUBAI - With international visitors to Dubai continue to grow beyond eight million by the end of 2011, hotels in the emirate are expected to see revenue per available room surge by eight to nine per c

Canary Islands surge in popularity

MANCHESTER, England - Leading online travel agent On the Beach has revealed that holidays to the Canary Islands are becoming increasingly popular with their customers.

Priceline earnings announcement blows analyst expectations away

NEW YORK - Shares of Priceline were up more than 16% in premarket trading Wednesday after the "Name Your Own Price" travel site announced earnings that blew away analyst expectations.

Japanese economy getting a lift from hundreds of thousands of Chinese...

TOKYO — Snapping up four Japanese luxury Seiko watches as if they were cheap chocolate souvenirs, a 36-year-old Chinese tourist plunks down $4,500 in cash at a glitzy store in downtown Tokyo.

Official: Surge in tourists from GCC “more than compensates” for Israeli...

The Turkish tourism board has reported an increase in visitor numbers from the GCC region to Turkey since the Israeli flotilla raid last month in which Israeli commandos attacked a convoy of Turkish s

Medical tourism to Jordan surges 10% in 2009

AMMAN - The number of foreigners seeking medical treatment in Jordan rose by 10 percent in 2009 compared to the year 2008, showed figures released on Sunday.

Major influx of Middle East tourists to Sri Lanka reported

Destination Sri Lanka reported a major influx of Arab travelers as Middle East tourist arrivals to Sri Lanka surged 50 per cent in January, 2010 compared to the same period last year, according to sta

Nearly 370,000 tourists arrive to Macao over Christmas

MACAO - Macao recorded a total number of 368,615 tourist arrivals during this year's Christmas holidays, according to the figures released on Monday by the Immigration Department of the Macao Special

Cruise bookings surge 30% in UK

More people are taking to the seas for their holidays and making the most of discounts on luxury cruise holidays, new figures show.

Geneva airport reports travel surge in 2008

GENEVA - Geneva airport, bucking a global industry downturn, on Monday said 11.5 million passengers passed through the hub in 2008, an increase of 5.7 percent over 2007 and the highest number in its h

Despite political and global financial issues, Phuket hotel development remains strong

PHUKET — Development of new Phuket hotel properties remains strong, despite ongoing political issues in the country and international financial downturn.

Cuban tourism surges as rest of Caribbean stalls

Havana — Cuba's vacation industry has remained as hot as the tropical sun here, even as the world economic crisis sparks cancellations and layoffs elsewhere in the Caribbean.

More tourists seen with Survivor

MANILA, Philippines - The tourism industry is anticipating a “surge” in tourist arrivals as the French edition of the “Survivor” TV reality game show, shot on Caramoan Island off Camarines Sur

UAE low-cost airline reports surge of 81 pct in net profit...

ABU DHABI - Air Arabia, a low-cost airline of the United Arab Emirates (UAE), reported a net profit of 78 million dirhams (21.25 million U.S. dollars) in the first quarter of 2008, surging 81 percent over the same period in 2007, local newspaper Gulf News reported on Monday.

Profits surge 72 per cent at Hong Kong airline

Hong Kong - Hong Kong's flagship airline Cathay Pacific Wednesday announced a record-breaking 71.8 per cent increase in net profits of 901.9 million US dollars for 2007. The profits surge, which compared to 525 million US dollars the year before, was driven by strong passenger demand, a weak US dollar and fuel hedging gains, chairman Christopher Pratt said.