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  Volume: XXIV, Issue No. 03 September 16-30, 2014  
     
 
 

TOURISM

 
Myanmar targets 5m tourists with e-visa
Yangon (AFP) : Myanmar launched an online visa application on September 1 promising an end to painful waits for permits to visit the once secretive nation as it tries to lure five million tourists a year by 2015. The e-visa is open to tourists from 41 countries, from the United States and Britain to China, Japan and North Korea, Minister of Immi-gration and Population Khin Yi told reporters. The entry permit will cost US$50 and be valid for 28 days to those arriving at Yangon's international a. More...
Menon assures government actions to strengthen private sector tourism
_A Monitor Report Dhaka : The government will develop the necessary legal framework and transportation facilities in the country in order to strengthen the private sector tourism. This was announced by Rashed Khan Menon, Minister for Civil Aviation and Tourism, while speaking as a chief guest at the seminar titled ?The Contribution of Resorts in the Development of Tourism in Bangladesh.? The seminar was organized by 'Tourism Resort Industries of Bangladesh' (TRIAB) on September 4 at Hotel Ab. More...
Asia Pacific visitor forecasts data for 2014-2018
_A Monitor Report Singapore : The forecasts, which cover 38 destinations in the Asia Pacific region, provide greater details on international arrivals flow into each of these destinations at the discrete origin level on an annual basis. Some of the key highlights of the Asia Pacific Visitor Forecasts 2014-2018 show: Visitor arrivals to the Asia Pacific region are projected to increase from 521 million in 2014 to 670 million in 2018, with an average annual growth rate of 6.5 per cent. Arrival. More...
Single visa for Australia, New Zealand for cricket fans during CWC 2015
-A Monitor Report Auckland : Confirmation that cricket fans attending the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015 will only need a single visa for both Australia and New Zealand is great news for the tourism sector, according to peak national industry body Tourism and Transport Forum (TTF). The federal government has recently confirmed a new Trans-Tasman Visa arrangement that means visitors wanting to visit Australia and New Zealand between January 26 and April 5, 2015 will only have to apply and pay for a. More...
11 reasons to visit Bangladesh
-By MIkey Leung Dhaka : Above anything else, it is the people of Bangladesh that stand out as a highlight of this country, a definite positive when considering that the 'desh is one of the most heavily populated nations on Earth. Your first impressions will no doubt centre on the unstoppable curiosity and unrelenting enthusiasm of Bangladeshi people, followed by subsequent insights into their never-ending hospitality and graciousness towards foreign guests. Long after you've left it will be t. More...
PATA Central Representatives representing Bangladesh honoured
PATA Central Representatives representing Bangladesh honoured Dhaka : Department of Tourism and Hospitality Management, Dhaka University hosted a programme "Honoring PATA Central Representatives Representing Bangladesh'' on September 10. Prof. Shibli Rubayet-Ul-Islam, Dean, Faculty of Business Studies, Dhaka University was present as the chief guest of the programme while Dr. Syed Rashidul Hasan, Professor, Department of Tourism and Hospitality Management, Dhaka University was the special g. More...
Rangamati - the land of hills, lake and tribal life
-A Monitor Report Rangmati : The natural beauty, tribal life, diverse flora and fauna has made Rangamati an exquisite eco-tourism destination of Bangladesh. Located on the bank of Kaptai lake and surrounded by ever green hills, it also known as the Lake City. Part of Chittagong Hill Tracts, Rangamati is located at South-eastern side of Bangladesh. Rangamati hill district is surrounded by Bandarban District on the south, Khagrachari and Chittagong Districts on the west, part of Myanmar and Ind. More...
Dubai aims to be world's most visited city by 2020
-A Monitor Report Dubai : Helal Saeed Almarri is a man with a mission said that Dubai to attract 20 million visitors to the by 2020, and trebling the economic contribution tourism makes to the city's balance sheet. Though over the last year, hotel guests visiting the city have soared to beyond the 11 million mark, there is still plenty of work to do to achieve the target. Nevertheless, the Director General of Dubai Tourism and Commerce Marketing (DTCM) is quietly confident. Almarri points out. More...
Marma - the second largest tribal people of Bangladesh
-A Monitor Report Rangamati : Marma people, live mainly in the rural villages of the hill districts of Bandarban, Khagrachhari and Rangamati in the Chittagong Division, is the second largest tribal group, next to Chakma. They are sometimes referred as Mogh/Magh and were known by that term for centuries until the late 1940s. The number of Marma peoples is estimated to be about 210,000 and live mainly in Chittagong Hill Tracts area. The name 'Marma' is derived from the word Myanmar and refers. More...
Australia witnesses global travel expenditure exceeding US$30b in 2013-14
-A Monitor Report Canberra: International visitors spent more than US$30 billion on trips to Australia in 2013-14, underscoring tourism's value to the economy and potential as an economic development strategy for Australia, according to peak national industry body, Tourism & Transport Forum (TTF). Tourism Research Australia has today released the International Visitor Survey for the year ending June 2014, showing visitor numbers up 8 per cent and expenditure up 7 per cent. TTF Executive Direc. More...
Saudi Arabia witnesses unprecedented boom in tourism
_A Monitor Report Riyadh : With a long-term vision to boost the influx of tourists to the Kingdom, Jeddah Chamber of Com-merce and Industry, in cooperation with the Saudi Commi-ssion for Tourism and Anti-quities (SCTA), established the first International Hotel Show and Summit. The summit was organised by Mice Arabia and dmg events and took place at the Jeddah Centre for Forums and Events. Hani Abu Ras, Mayor of Jeddah, inaugurated the exhibition, which was organised under the aegis of Prince. More...
Mustafa Mart redefining shopping experience of city dwellers
_A Monitor Report Dhaka : Mustafa Mart, the internationally recognised shopping mart in Singapore owned by the Indian-origin businessman Mustaq Ahmad, has been running business successfully at the Bashundhara Shopping complex in the city since it's inauguration on December 12, 2012. Mart_ a place of business for retailing goods, is well-known term in the western countries for the strong presence of world famous Wal-Mart. However, the arrival a mart-like retail outlet like Mustafa Mart is redef. More...
Arabian Travel Market to focus on US$140 billion family travel market
-A Monitor Report Dubai : Special industry theme for Arabian Travel Market 2015 (ATM) to focus on family travel segment as new figures reveal annual average growth of 4.75 per cent will value market at US$180 billion by 2018. Family centric travel, which accounted for more than 12.5 per cent of the US$1.07 trillion global tourism market, has been selected as the official show theme for Arabian Travel Market (ATM) 2015, which takes place at the Dubai International Convention and Exhibition Cent. More...
Bangladesh gets IPTEC membership
-A Monitor Report Dhaka : Bangladesh has achieved Information Technology Professional Examination Council (ITPEC) membership that will enable the country to provide internationally recognised certificates to the IT professionals and graduates. The Japan-based Information Technology Promotion Agency (IPA), a regulatory body for evaluating the Information Technology Engineers Examination (ITEE), presented the ITPEC membership to Bangladesh at a function held in the auditorium of Bangladesh Comp. More...
Tourism industry can be main driving force of country's economy
Rashed Khan Menon says at 3rd Asian Tourism Fair opening Tourism industry can be main driving force of country's economy -A Monitor Report Dhaka : Tourism industry can be the main driving force of the economy of the country. It is a multi-faceted industry. It is already contributing substantially along with other industries of the country. Rashed Khan Menon, Minister for Civil Aviation and Tourism said this while inaugurating the three-day Third Asian Tourism Fair at Bangabandhu Internatio. More...
International tourism up by 5pc in first half of year
_A Monitor Report Geneva : International tourist arrivals grew by 4.6 per cent in the first half of 2014 according to the latest UNWTO World Tourism Barometer. Destinations worldwide received some 517 million international tourists between January and June 2014, 22 million more than in the same period of 2013. Growth was strongest in the Americas (+6 per cent) followed by Asia and the Pacific and Europe (both at +5 per cent). By subregion, South Asia and Northern Europe (both +8 per cent) were. More...
Loi Krathong, the Festival of lights
_A Monitor Report Bangkok : During the full moon of the twelfth lunar month, Bangkok becomes a wonderful place full of lights. It's the Loi Krathong, the Festival of lights. Loi Krathong refers to the lotus-shaped receptacle that can float on the water. The can contain food, nuts, joss sticks, flowers, coins and a compulsory candle. The ritual is very simple, build a Loi Krathong, make a wish and let it float away with the current of a river. The flame of the candle signifies longevity, fulfill. More...
 
 
 
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