Mexico remains top travel destination for US market
The Mexico Ministry of Tourism and the Mexico Tourism Board reported that as a result of the promotional strategies implemented in international markets, Mexico remains the top travel destination for the U.S. market; in the second quarter of the year. In addition, the intent of North Americans to travel to Mexico grew 5.3 percent compared to the same period in 2011.
The Governing Board of the Mexico Tourism Board, the Secretary of Tourism and Director General of the Board, Secretary Gloria Guevara, explained that in the period January to July 2012, the number of international tourists (those which travel to Mexico, stay at least one night, and cross the border) increased by 4.1 percent with respect to the same period the prior year.
India lifts ban on tiger tourism
India’s Supreme Court on Tuesday lifted its controversial ban on tourism in the tiger-breeding areas of 41 forest parks, ruling that visitors may enter the outer 20 percent of the formerly forbidden areas but also ordering state governments to present plans within six months for complying with national guidelines on protecting the tiger population.
The court imposed the interim ban in July, saying that many Indian states were not following guidelines about phasing out tourism in the inner areas of tiger parks. The ban was opposed both by wildlife conservationists and tour operators.
Tourists don’t kill tigers, poachers do, appeared to be the refrain of several wildlife experts, government officials and tour operators as they opposed the ban in testimony before the court in the past three months.
China to open ex-atomic site to tourists
China plans so spend around $1 million cleaning up a former atomic bomb test sight and open it up to tourists.
The deserted Malan Base in the remote Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region in northwest China will be turned into a “red tourism” site, a local official told the state-run news agency Xinhua.
More than half a century ago Chinese scientists worked day and night to develop the country’s first atomic bomb which eventually was detonated successfully in the desert near the site in 1964, Xinhua reported.
Edinburgh tourist slogan branded as “appalling”
A plan to promote Edinburgh under the slogan “Incrediburgh” has been fiercely criticised by local politicians – forcing marketing officials to rethink.
The phrase was set to be used as part of a co-ordinated campaign, reportedly worth £300,000, devised by Marketing Edinburgh, an organisation set up to publicise the charms of the Scottish capital.
It was due to run in time for Christmas, but the campaign has run into opposition before it has even begun.
Jenny Dawe, former Liberal Democrat leader of the city council, was particularly critical, and questioned the need for a slogan at all. “I think these ideas are absolutely appalling,” she said.
“You don’t need silly slogans to market Edinburgh. They don’t sound worth using at all, and they make me shudder.”