Film Tourism

Tourism New Zealand works alongside the New Zealand Film Commission and Film New Zealand to capitalise on opportunities generated by films made here, to promote New Zealand as an exceptional travel destination. Research shows us that film can influence travel choices. It is an industry that is growing rapidly in New Zealand, with revenue from film production

Gulf tourism frenzy in Bosnia delights business, polarizes locals

Abdulah Al Sanousi enjoys the breeze in the lush resort outside Sarajevo where his family bought a flat to escape the summer heat at home in Kuwait, one of thousands of new Gulf buyers whose investment has polarized local opinion. They discovered mountainous Bosnia, where half the population is Muslim, after the Arab Spring which

Australian treasurer formally rejects Chinese bids for state-owned Ausgrid

Australian Treasurer Scott Morrison on Friday officially rejected bids by two Chinese companies in the A$10-billion ($7.67-billion) sale of the country’s biggest energy grid, Ausgrid, after they failed to overcome security concerns. Morrison announced last week that neither State Grid Corp of China nor Hong Kong’s Cheung Kong Infrastructure Holdings, the preferred bidders, would be

Kenya tops world in tourist bookings, says travel firm

Kenya has in 2016 recorded the largest growth in tourist bookings globally, says American-based luxury travel network Virtuoso. The agency boasts 390 members and more than 11,400 elite travel advisors in 40 countries across North America, Latin America, the Caribbean, Europe, Asia-Pacific, Africa and the Middle East. Virtuoso said Kenya scored 59 per cent, followed

Asian shares climb, tracking gains in US stocks, oil prices

Asian shares rose Friday, tracking the rally in US stocks that was driven by strong gains by energy companies and retailers. Rising oil prices also lifted sentiment. The retailers’ earnings fueled optimism for the US government’s latest monthly tally of retail sales Friday. Keeping Score: Japan’s Nikkei 225 stock index rose 0.7 percent to 16,856.27

Thailand tourism: Arrests made over bomb attacks in Hua Hin resort

Police in the Thai resort of Hua Hin have arrested two men after bomb attacks there and across the country left four people dead. No further details were given of the detentions in the town, where two people were killed in explosions over the space of 24 hours. Phuket, a top tourist destination, was also

Britain adds to France’s tourism woes

FRANCE has long been the most popular destination for the world’s tourists. In 2015, 84.5m foreigners visited the country, well ahead of America in second place. And for good reason. It is difficult not to fall in love with its medieval villages, the wine and cheese, the chic architecture of Paris and the warm-hearted people.

Terrorism fears up stakes for tourism as Europe travel falls ‘off a cliff’

People look at the Eiffel Tower in Paris illuminated in colours of the Belgian flag in tribute to the victims of terrorist attacks in Brussels on March 22, 2016. Paris. Nice. Brussels. Orlando. Istanbul. Venezuela. Brazil. Baton Rouge. Dallas. The list of places around the world touched by terrorism, violence, rising crime rates and health

Do tourists really go to Afghanistan?

A Taliban attack on a group of foreign tourists in Afghanistan, that left at least six people wounded, is not the first of its kind in the country. However, while civilian casualties in Afghanistan have reached their highest-recorded level, attacks on tourists are rare. The fact Afghanistan attracts tourists at all may come as a

Tourism on the rebound in Iran

As part of its 20-year economic plan, Iran is aiming to host 20 million overseas tourists annually by 2025 When the video Don’t Go To Iran first hit the internet this spring, the title made some Iranians fear it would be yet another effort to taint the country’s image. But it was quite the opposite. French