Phuket Hotels Feeling The Pressures Of Tourism

Based on the recent hotel market update, the number of tourists arriving in Phuket has grown by 8 per cent year-on-year but the gains are the lowest recorded since 2015. For the first half of last year, arrivals have increased by 17 per cent compared to the first half of 2017. The second half of 2018 was not so good though after the unfortunate accident that occurred with the Phoenix tour boat. The momentum was affected business including 호텔 푸켓 felt the 4 per cent decline.

Bill Barnett, tourism and hospitality consultancy’s managing director, said that the early gains recorded in the first half of last year was wiped away by the decline recorded between August and October of the same year. The silver lining is that despite the negative headlines that were affecting the tourism industry of the island, they were able to recover for the last two months of 2018. By the time the year is about to end, the situation is almost back to normal.

Jesper Palmqvist of STR, a hospitality intelligence firm, said that when it comes to the long-term trend, the pressure in Phuket’s tourism might last until the second half of 2019. This is due to the growing competition in the region for Chinese tourists. The performance will also spread out in many hotels which will result to a tighter market compared to the last few years.

According to Mr. Barnett, there are five major trends that might have an impact on the tourism of the island in the long term. First is the pressure that is demanded from hotels. The fact is that there are hotels that are performing well while others are left behind. A number of things need to be given attention by hotel owners if they want to succeed such as the management, their branding and the location.

Second, Thailand is not the only country in the region that is luring Chinese tourist. Other countries are tapping into this as well which is why Thailand needs to do better. Third, the volatility of the hotel market is felt by 호텔 푸켓 because their rates are affected in the process.

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Maldives Looking To Boost Tourism Promotion

The Maldivian government is draw more people to Fairmont Maldives and other destinations in the country, with efforts to promote its tourism, and draw in travellers from across the world, primarily in major markets like the United States.

Tourism Minister Ali Waheed spoke on the efforts, saying that the Ministry has two primary efforts to help with the matter.

First is the Maldivian government finding an agency to act as the representatives for the archipelago. The country has been hiring foreign firms to promote tourism in various continents, including Europe. Recently, the ministry is looking for an agency to represent Maldives in the United States, with bids already open.

Maldives Marketing and PR Corporation (MMPRC) announced that it would be representing the island nation and its tourism for an agreed period of 12 months.

US is a key market for the luxury island destination, having welcomed 37,835 US holiday makers by November 2018, which is a 10% increase in tourist arrivals from the US from the corresponding period from the preceding year.

The other key effort is the opening of negotiations with several renowned US-based TV networks; namely, news network CNN and nature National Geographical Channel. Tourism Minister Ali Waheed revealed this endeavour early in January, on a press conference on January 19, Thursday.

The minister, speaking during the event, stressed the importance of expanding the exposure of Maldivian tourism, the archipelago’s resorts, like Fairmont Maldives, and its other destinations, throughout the world, and that adding these two major, well-renowned networks would be a major boon to their efforts.

Ali Waheed explained that the purpose of their collaboration with the networks was to see what such a cooperation would do for the promotion of Maldives’ tourism sector.

The luxury island destination welcomed 1.4 million travellers into the island in 2018, which is a 6.8% increase from 2017.

The new tourism ministry, under the leadership of Ali Waheed, have already set their goal, with a high mark. According to the minister, they hope to break tourist arrival records to Maldives in 2019. To that end, the ministry recently set a MVR100 million tourism promotion budget.

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Four Unmissable Tourist Attractions Near Niagara Falls

Niagara Falls is one of the most popular tourist attraction, located on the international border between America and Canada. The Majestic Niagara waterfalls consists of three different waterfalls, the horseshoe waterfalls, the Bridal veil waterfalls and the American waterfalls. Tourists from around the world visit this geological wonder to marvel at its power and beauty.

Apart from wondering at the scenic beauty of the falls from the sidelines of both the countries, visitors can take Niagara falls ferry ride on the popular Hornblower cruises and enjoy close-up views of the gigantic Horseshoe waterfalls. There is no dearth of entertainment with a number of water parks, theme parks, shopping destinations, theatres, wine yards and breweries in close vicinity to the Niagara Falls. If you are planning to visit Niagara Falls, here are the top attractions in and around the park.

The Butterfly conservatory

The Butterfly conservatory is a beautiful tropical garden located inside the Niagara Park. The conservatory has a vast collection of butterflies from forty five different species. Tourists can explore the conservatory by taking a self-guided tour. The conservatory is open all around the year.

White water walk

Enjoy a breath-taking view of the whirlpool rapids by visiting the white water walk. The attraction was formerly known as the ‘great gorge adventure’. This attraction is located at the whirlpool International Bridge, just two miles north of the Niagara waterfalls. Visitors can see huge waves and the class 6 rapids. This attraction is open according to the season.

Cave of the winds

This attraction is located on the Goat Island. Visitors travel through wooden decks and stairs to reach the Niagara Gorge. This tour takes the visitors within fifteen feet of the Bridal Veil Waterfalls. Visitors can experience the sheer power of nature as the winds and water from the cataracts combine with great force.

Hornblower cruise

The Niagara falls ferry ride on a Hornblower cruise is a must-visit attraction in Niagara Falls. The twenty minute cruise will take the visitors to the heart of the Horseshoe Falls by traversing the American falls and the Bridal Veil Falls. Owing to the tourist rush, it is advisable to book the cruise well in advance.

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Top Five Must-Visit Destination On A South America Tour

The beautiful landscape of South America attracts tourists from all over. The scenic continent has snow-capped mountains, jungles inhabited by rare flora and fauna and awe-inspiring deserts. It is the best destination for tourists looking for adventure.

There are a number of countries in South America and choosing one among them is a difficult task. Consulting reputed travel companies offering South America Tour, can be helpful for first time visitors. Here are the top tourist destinations in South America.

Machu Picchu, Peru

Machu Picchu finds its place among the wonders of the world. This popular archaeological site in Peru is located in the Peruvian mountains. Machu Picchu is an ancient city of the Incan kingdom. Tourists can reach the sight either by taking an adventurous trek up the mountain or by boarding a luxurious train.

Amazonia, Ecuador

The Amazon forests are home to a unique eco system found on the Earth. The forest covers around 40% of the continent. Tourists can have an adventurous tour of the amazon forest to view the vast variety of trees, plants and animals that form a part of the Amazon eco-system. The best place to start your tour of Amazon is from Ecuador.

Angel Falls, Venezuela

The Angel Falls are the highest uninterrupted Waterfalls in the world. These Falls are located in the Canaima national Park in Venezuela. The jungle surrounding the waterfalls offers many awe-inspiring views of the tropical jungles and other lagoons and waterfalls.

Torres del Paine, Chile

Torres del Paine is a National Park in Chile. It is located in the Southern part of the country. Tourists can enjoy hiking in the National park. The hiking trails pass through beautiful glaciers, lakes and mountains. Tourists can pick from the different trekking packages, like the day trip, the W route or the full circuit, depending on their experience level.

Salar de Uyuni, Bolivia

Salar de Uyuni is the world’s largest salt flat. The popular tourist sight in Bolivia can be visited throughout the year.  Visiting the salt flat during summers provides tourists with unique opportunities to enjoy the stunning landscape and visiting during the rainy season provides chances to click amazing instagrammable photographs. Most of the South America Tours, include a trip to the Salar de Uyuni.

 

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Tourists Flocking To Visit The Ghost Tower Of Bangkok

There are many reasons why tourists are coming to Bangkok. With the rise of tourism, there is also a increase in constructions of retail buildings and accommodations such as family hotels in Bangkok in order to meet the demand for hotel rooms. It is not surprising that the capital city of Thailand is now home to a lot of abandoned buildings and many are rumored to be haunted. This opened up to new tourism hype in the metro which attracted more tourists especially those who are interested to explore haunted sites in the region.

In the past few years, the activity has gotten a lot of attention because of travel blogging. This prompted young travelers to follow suit and record their own videos. Bangkok also has an infamous haunted building known as the Ghost Tower. It has been the center of attention from those that are looking for creepy adventures.

It is one of the most visited hunted skyscrapers in Asia with a height of 185 meters. The Ghost Tower used to be the Sathorn Unique Tower when it was still less haunted and more alive. Around 75 per cent to its construction, the management stopped because of the financial crisis that occurred in 1997.

Since then, it has not been touched and is slowly disintegrating in the middle of the city. The building is quite tall that it leaves a giant skeleton in the midst of the metropolitan. There is a fence surrounding the building and hired securities are guarding it but tourists are still able to get inside and explore the building.

One visit at Youtube will reveal the amount of videos there are of people exploring the inside of the Ghost Tower. According to some travel bloggers who were able to get inside the building despite the security in place, they are bribing the guards in order to get access and explore.

While there are those attracted towards the creepy side of the city, there are also those who are in the city for pure fun. Many come and stay at family hotels in Bangkok to just enjoy the scenery and the tourist spots.

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