Tourism sector eyes travelers from emerging nations
New York Daily New
The global tourism industry, hit by natural disasters and economic turmoil, is eyeing potential travellers from emerging nations in hope that their growing middle and upper classes could spur growth.
Delegates converged on disaster-struck Japan this week for the sector’s major annual conference and were in an upbeat mood, encouraged by the prospect of the so-called BRICS nations: Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa.
Tunisia sees tourists return after revolt
Tunisia hopes visitors from Russia, Asia and the United States and an “Open Skies” treaty with Europe will help tourism recover from the effect of last year’s revolt that scared away foreigners, the country’s top tourism official said.
Visitor numbers slumped by 2.5 million to 4.5 million last year when autocratic leader Zine al-Abidine Ben Ali was ousted in a popular uprising that sparked the Arab Spring, causing tourists to flee or cancel bookings.
Tourists flock to Smurf village
Pakistan Daily Times
A Spanish village has had a dramatic rise in tourism since it was painted blue last year for the making of a Smurfs film, a Malaga newspaper has reported. The tiny Andalucian settlement of Júzcar (population 200) has received around 125,000 visitors after its striking makeover in June last year, its mayor told Sur.
“The number of visits is not going down,” David Fernández Tirado said. “Apart from colder, wintry days, it’s been quite the opposite – it’s continuing to spark a lot of interest.”
The residents voted to keep the facades of their houses the same distinctive hue in December last year, after realising the tourism potential of the village’s new look.
American Airlines Unions Support US Airways Merger
Wall Street Journal
Representatives of American Airlines’ three main unions currently believe they would be treated better in a merger with US Airways Group Inc. LCC +15.98% than if the company remained independent, and are weighing whether to publicly air their support for a deal, said people familiar with the matter.
The unions—which represent pilots, flight attendants and mechanics and ground workers of American parent AMR Corp.—were in discussions Thursday about announcing their support for how US Airways intends to treat them in the potential merger, the people said.