Uganda loses tourists with Ebola cases deaths
The latest Ebola outbreak in Uganda has dimmed hopes of a successful year for the country’s growing tourism industry, government officials and tour operators said on Wednesday, as tourists began to cancel trips amid rising cases of the deadly disease in the East African country.
Kibaale, the affected district in Uganda’s west, is the home of a national park that has one of the richest primate populations in the world and is a popular destination for both biologists and tourists. Uganda is noted for its mountain gorillas, an endangered species that is popular among wealthy visitors, and tour operators say the park in Kibaale is known for its diverse population of primates and birds.
Air Canada’s discount carrier seen boosting tourism
Globe and Mail
The creation of Air Canada’s low-cost carrier will expand choices for Canadians in 2013 while providing a lift to the country’s tourism sector by luring more foreign visitors, travel experts say.
Air Canada plans to introduce up to 50 aircraft at the new division, including 30 narrow-body Airbus A319s for flights to Mexico and the Caribbean, and 20 wide-body Boeing 767s for overseas service.
New adventure cruise to circle Iceland
Is Iceland on your bucket list? A new small ship expedition planned for next year by National Geographic Expeditions offers the chance to circle the entire island in just over a week.
Dubbed A Circumnavigation of Iceland, the eight-night sailing on Lindblad Expeditions’ 148-passenger National Geographic Explorer will kick off July 11, 2013 in Reykjavík, Iceland and focus on the country’s many geological wonders and natural areas.
Olympics host city London is ‘ghost town’ as tourism struggles
London’s tourism industry is struggling to compete with the impact of the Olympic Games, which has left the host city a “ghost town”, businesses have said.
Many traditional tourist hotspots have reported a fall in ticket sales as visitors flock to Olympic venues across the capital.
Theatre companies said they were seeing a “mixed picture” with many companies struggling due to the lack of footfall in the West End.