Πέμπτη, 31 Οκτωβρίου 2019
Tourism in Southeast Asia is positive in spite of the global economic slowdown, but experts opine that this regional success story will continue if ASEAN countries ramp up cooperation.
Morragotwong Phumplab, assistant professor at Thammasat University’s Faculty of Liberal Arts, said that the tourism sector in every ASEAN country boasts of unique qualities that are attractive for international visitors to the region.
But rather than collaborating on items like joint ASEAN tour packages for top regional destinations, countries choose to promote their own domestic attractions.
Tourism in ASEAN region has been augmented by the growing spending capacity of China’s middle class. However, China’s increasing geopolitical influence is also a key challenge for ASEAN, outweighing the effects of the global economic slump.
Cambodia, Laos and Myanmar bear evidence of the impact of Chinese development on the local landscape.
Most tourists are making travel plans over the high season or school break in spite of the economic downturn and strong currency, because they want new experiences while travelling, said Kritchanat Kulratchahirun, chief executive of the NB Holiday Tour company.
Mr. Kritchanat said that Vietnam is the most popular destination with Thai outbound tourists this year, especially in newly developed destinations like Danang city and Nha Trang, which is known for its beautiful beaches.
Laos is another country popular with Thai tourists, with Luang Prabang, Vang Vieng and Vientiane the most visited destinations.
Columbia sees the arrival of 35 cruise lines and the number of cruise ship arrivals keeps growing.
Colombia has competitive advantages for cruise lines, which include coasts in the Atlantic and the Pacific oceans, a wide range of exotic beaches and a strategic location outside of the hurricane area which allows for an uninterrupted operation throughout all the year.
Flavia Santoro, president of ProColombia said that since 2006, there has been significant growth in the number of cruise ships coming to Colombia.
The dockings increased from 53 in 2006 to 231 in 2018, an increase of 335% in ship arrivals and 646% in passenger arrivals going from 50,946 to 380,000,” said, the government agency in charge of promoting non-mining-energy exports, foreign direct investment and tourism.
The improved interest of cruise lines in Colombia is demonstrated by the wide range of companies that visit the country such as Norwegian Cruise Line, Carnival Cruises, Holland America, Celebrity Cruises or TUI Cruises and more recently the arrival of lines specialising in luxury and exploration.
Colombia is also a powerhouse for procurement. The country supplies cruise lines with textiles, agro-business products such as coffee, and has the potential to grow sustainably in this business.
José Manuel Restrepo, minister of trade, industry and tourism of Colombia said that they work to increase the arrival of international cruise passengers to Colombia. The country has opportunities to strengthen this industry in the Caribbean region through the promotion of its touristic offer and the attraction of foreign investment in this sector.
Cruise industry shows it's open for business with destinations and stakeholders at the FCCA Cruise Conference & Trade Show
MIRAMAR, FL - The cruise industry embarked in San Juan, Puerto Rico last week with a clear message: cruise lines are ready, willing and able to partner with and invest in destinations and stakeholders for long-term mutual success. That message rang throughout the FCCA Cruise Conference & Trade Show - the largest and only official cruise conference and trade show representing the Caribbean, Mexico and Central and South America, which took place Oct. 21-25 - through symbols including both the most presidents and above from FCCA Member Lines, which make up more than 95 percent of the global ocean cruising capacity, and the most meetings in the event's 26-year history, leading to everything from landmark agreements to opportunities for all participants.
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Nearly 150 high-level cruise executives, including 13 presidents and above, from FCCA Member Lines took part in the Conference's series of meetings, workshops and networking functions, as well as the Trade Show, which featured a revamped format offering exhibiting opportunities along with a host of private receptions and the most meetings in event history - with 467 pre-scheduled meetings for Trade Show Pavilion holders, including private meetings with presidents and above, as well as the first dedicated session with Shorex executives.
While every Delegate had opportunities to learn from and build business with the influential audience - including one-on-one meetings that were available with cruise executives who decide where ships call, what is sold and used onboard, and how to invest in destination products and developments - landmark agreements took center stage and served as an example of what the executives discussed during their speeches and workshops: cruise lines are looking to partner with and invest in destinations and stakeholders.
As part of the MOU, the cruise companies and the government of Saint Lucia will establish a long-term concession agreement to formalize the terms and responsibilities for the joint venture to manage and operate the current cruise pier and terminal facilities at the Port of Castries. Additionally, the joint venture will design, finance, construct and operate a new cruise port in Vieux Fort on the southern part of the island that will be able to accommodate the latest and most innovative ships in the cruise industry.
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His Excellency Sheikh Abdullah bin Nasser bin Khalifa Al Thani, Prime Minister and Minister of Interior, and His Excellency President Paul Kagame of Rwanda, opened the Smart City Expo Doha (SCE Doha) conference today. The opening was attended by a number of his excellency sheikhs, ministers, dignitaries, experts and officials in the field of communications and information technology.
In its first edition in Qatar, The Doha Smart Cities Expo, organised by the Ministry of Transport and Communications (MoTC) in partnership with Fira de Barcelona, aims to introduce innovative technology that will contribute to improving the lives of citizens, residents and visitors through social inclusion, sustainability and empowerment.
During his speech at the opening session of SCE Doha, HE Jassim bin Saif Al Sulaiti, Minister of Transport and Communications, welcomed the attendees and thanked His Excellency President Paul Kagame of the Republic of Rwanda for honoring the conference and sharing the vision of the Republic of Rwanda of the future.
“In a short period of time, the Republic of Rwanda has been able to become an inspiration to many in Africa and the world and Kigali has earned itself a reputation as Africa’s leading city and a true global example of what smart cities can achieve,” H.E. HE Jassim bin Saif Al Sulaiti, said. “Our two countries are united by two main and influential factors, the first of which is visionary and committed leaders, represented by the leadership of the both countries, and the second factor is the accelerated pace of development thanks to smart investment in infrastructure, enhancing the investment climate, and the continued support by the state for companies and institutions from the government and private sectors to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals.”
Speaking at the event, His Excellency Paul Kagame, President of the Republic of Rwanda, said: “It is an honour to be here at this important event showcasing the important role technology is playing in urbanization. We hope to work with the partners at this event to develop the right technology to deal with the implications of urbanization in order to achieve the best results and outcomes.”
He added: “There are two important considerations that must be present in our minds as we seek to build smart cities, the first is that smart cities are about human beings, the people and not computers, so the task is not to invest in technology for technology’s sake, but to invest in technology with the aim of making the lives of citizens better. The second consideration relates to the establishment of smart cities where residents and technology users must be responsible for their data at all stages of collection, storage and use. The public and private sectors must cooperate to provide the right environment based on trust to ensure their prosperity, contributing to the spread and application of technology and increasing the quality of services in our smart cities.”
He further expressed happiness over his country’s partnership with the State of Qatar in the field of smart cities, especially that both countries are among the top ten globally in the future vision and speed of response to address its requirements. His Excellency President Paul Kagame praised the efforts of the State of Qatar and the vision of His Highness the Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani and devoted an innovation prize in an effort to build a society free of corruption.
Ricard Zapatero, President of International Business at Fira de Barcelona, said: “Doha’s accession to the global network of organized cities is a reflection of the Qatari government applaudable commitment to the transition to smart cities and cities are looking at Doha’s experience in this regard. Today, the State of Qatar is showing the world that it is seeking to improve the lives of citizens with the help of modern technology and this is a success story for the region and it puts Qatar at the forefront in this field. We are keen to showcase and highlight the Qatari experience in the global smart city community, and we will work with the Ministry of Transport and Communications in Qatar to expand and develop the next edition of the event.”
The event will feature a high-level panel discussion with the participation of some of the world’s leading speakers, regional and local speakers (71 speakers from 23 countries), who will be addressing a number of key topics in the field of smart cities and cybersecurity, entrepreneurship, artificial intelligence and urban planning.
The event was attended by His Excellency Ali Sharif Al Emadi, Minister of Finance, and His Excellency Sheikh Abdullah bin Mohammed bin Saud Al Thani, Minister of State and Chairman of the Board of Directors of Ooredoo Group, H.E. Ahmed Bin Mohammed Al Sayed, Minister of State and Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Qatar Free Zones Authority, and Ricard Zapatero, President of International Business at Fira de Barcelona.
The second day of the event (October 31) is scheduled to witness a ministerial session with the participation of H.E. Jassim bin Saif al-Sulaiti, Minister of Transport and Communications, and H.E. Ms. Paula Ingabeer, Minister of Information Technology, Communications and Innovation of the Republic of Rwanda, H.E. Mr. Mohammad Jawad Azari Jahrami, Minister of Information and Communications Technology of the State of Iran, and H.E. Hakob Archakian, Minister of Technology of the Republic of Armenia.
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Since the 1950s, Frankfurt Airport has exerted a magnetic attraction on whole generations of visitors fascinated by its international ambiance and the aura of aviation: a genuine window on the world. The oldest fans still recall going on Sunday outings with their families to enjoy coffee and cake in a locale right next to the apron with a closeup view of colorful aircraft from faraway countries almost close enough to touch.
A new offering of Frankfurt Airport’s Visitor Services has now revived some of this nostalgia: a tour dubbed “Café de Luxe”. Lasting 45 minutes, it takes visitors around the apron to acquaint them with the ground handling operations at Germany’s largest aviation hub. It includes live narration by a seasoned guide who regales them with a steady stream of interesting facts.
To top it off, the group is taken to the tradition-steeped Käfer’s Restaurant in Terminal 1 to enjoy a cup of coffee or tea or a soft drink plus their choice of a large selection of delicious homemade pies and cakes. Giant panoramic windows provide an excellent view of aircraft being serviced right next to the building. The first beverage and piece of cake are included in the price. The tour can be booked for individuals or groups and costs 16 euros per person.
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