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Dubai is rapidly emerging as the destination of choice for global cruise liners and passengers alike, with figures showing that the number of cruise tourists visiting Dubai is expected to increase by almost 80 percent from 2008 to 2010. And the opening of the new Dubai Cruise Terminal by the end of January 2010 will allow for more passengers and ships than ever before. Located at the crossroads between east and west, Dubai has the location and facilities to rival the competition; offering the epitome of luxury and affordable holidays which offer something for everyone for pre and post cruise stays. The cruise industry in Dubai is growing rapidly with 250,000 cruise tourists visiting the emirate during 2009; a 37 percent increase on the previous year. And in 2010, Dubai is expected to host 120 ship calls with over 325,000 passengers when the Dubai Cruise Terminal becomes fully operational by the end of this month. 1/5/2010


In Egypt, tourism is big business. Nearly 13 million people visited the land of the pharaohs in 2008, and officials say the global economic crisis caused only a temporary slippage in the numbers in 2009. A budding eco-travel movement is emerging, almost unnoticed amid the bulging tour buses and packed cruise ships. Its leaders are trying to tap into the skills and knowledge of Egypt's Bedouins and other tribal peoples, who have been all but ignored by the mainstream tourism industry. The tourism experience in Egypt is best known for the hordes of tour groups circling the Great Pyramids of Giza or wilting under the desert sun at Luxor's Valley of the Kings. Egypt's annual tourism revenues of nearly $7 billion in 2005 soared to more than $10.5 billion in 2008. 1/5/2010


While the East African Community (EAC) prepares a strategy to sell its five partner states as a single tourism destination, Kenya has called for a memorandum of understanding with Tanzania on the development and promotion of the industry. According to press reports here Wednesday, Kenya's Tourism Minister Najib Balala has said that if the two countries took such a position, it would help remove " serious" bureaucratic barriers and other obstacles to cross-border cooperation in the sector that is vital to economic growth and regional integration. Tourism is a leading earner of foreign exchange in both Kenya and Tanzania, whose economies are the biggest among EAC member countries. Others in the bloc are Burundi, Rwanda and Uganda. 1/6/2010


Zimbabwe Council for Tourism will spend US$3 million on equipping critical service personnel with essential customer service skills ahead of the 2010 soccer World Cup in South Africa in June. ZCT, through the Ministry of Tourism and Hospitality Industry, obtained US$1,5 million from a local non-governmental organisation, Zimhost, for the personnel training initiative. The tourism sector representative body would chip in with an additional US$1,5 million towards the US$3 million personnel training programme. 1/7/2010

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