Travel Business News - Africa / Middle East.
Barbados Recent flooding and water outages have highlighted the need for national infrastructure and disaster preparedness to be upgraded for the sake of the tourism industry. Colin Jordan, President of the Barbados Hotel and Tourism Association assured that the industry learned a few lessons from the recent incidents and that the Association is working with its members to move the infrastructure of the tourism industry to a level where it can cope with these issues more effectively in the future. Part of this move will be to ensure that hotels, restaurants and other tourism businesses have water tanks with enough storage capacity so as to be able to satisfy most of their guestsO needs in a situation similar to what occurred recently. Oct 16, 2010
Egypt Aiming to touch 100,000-plus arrivals from India in 2010 and increasing it to one million by 2015, Egypt ended a two-day road show for tour operators in India , an official said on Thursday. Aiming to touch 100,000-plus arrivals from India in 2010 and increasing it to one million by 2015, Egypt ended a two-day road show for tour operators in India , an official said on Thursday. Aiming to touch 100,000-plus arrivals from India in 2010 and increasing it to one million by 2015, Egypt ended a two-day road show for tour operators in India , an official said on Thursday. Oct 14, 2010
International Quality and Productivity Center International Quality and Productivity Center (IQPC), a provider of conferences, events and seminars, will produce the Hotel Design and Construction Egypt conference, Dec. 12 to 15, in response to EgyptOs boom in tourism and its need for new hotel construction. Recent statistics on Euromonitor International indicate that EgyptOs tourism revenue has increased by 40 percent in the past four years, and in order to further increase national income from tourism, the country has directed part of the foreign investment capital to construct new hotels to accommodate the growing number of tourists. Simon F. Cooper, president and chief operating officer of the Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, recently said, "With the growth in tourism, the increasing strength of the Egyptian economy, the sustained development of the infrastructure required, and the investment support from within the Egyptian tourism and hospitality sector, we see expansion within Egypt to be an important future strategy." Cooper's sentiments were echoed by HGBD Arabia's Waleed Mohammed Abdel Saleem. In a recent survey, the design divison manager gave his opinion on the Egyptian tourism market, saying, "Egypt is a healthy and profitable market, there are lots of areas that need resorts and hotels." Experts have indicated that there needs to be a level of sophistication in designing and constructing hotels to fit the demands of the increasing tourism boom. Hotel Design and Construction Egypt will provide case studies on landmark designs, consider the challenges in guaranteeing sustainability and maintainability of hotel projects and will present industry insider techniques on ensuring the legacy of developments through cultural and demand-driven relevance. Held in Cairo, Egypt, from the Dec. 12 to 15, the launch in IQPC's hotel design events will bring together international key speakers to share best-practice methods of ensuring responsible tourism during the design stage, adhering to green building regulations and harmonizing stakeholder's expectations in order to achieve brand characteristics from design through to construction. IQPC provides business executives around the world with tailored conferences, large-scale events, topical seminars and in-house training programs. Founded in 1973, IQPC now has offices in major cities across six continents including Bengaluru, Berlin, Dubai, London, New York, Sao Paulo, Singapore, Sydney, and Toronto. For more information, visit www.hoteldesignandconstructionegypt.com or www.iqpc.com. Oct 11, 2010
Uganda The chief executive of Tourism Uganda, aka the Uganda Tourist Board (UTB), Mr. Cuthbert Baguma, has on the occasion of World Tourism Day once again decried the absence of decent funding for the countryOs premier tourism marketing and promotion body UTB. However, this situation is not new, having persisted for the past 15 years, due to the lack of sustained follow up. After delegates of sponsored conferences left the country, interest evaporated swiftly as TV screens around the world showed other destinations. The new tourism law provides for the funding of several components of the sector, like promotion, training, and related work through a levy, but squabbles over the question who collects, who receives, and who controls these funds have prevented the levy from being formally introduced. Even the old laws creating the tourist board and the national hotel training institute in 1994 had provisions for such funding, but again, because of sustained arguments over the control and the collection points, these opportunities were left idle, denying the Uganda Tourist Board and HTTI much needed funds for development, training, and promotional activities at home, in the region, and around the globe. Oct 11, 2010
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