Morocco’s top tourist hub attracts record number of visitors in 2017

Morocco’s top tourist hub attracts record number of visitors in 2017

  Morocco’s top tourist destination Marrakech closed 2017 with a record number of 2.5 million tourists, which increased 20 percent compared with 2016, local media reported on Tuesday. The city registered 7 million nights spent for tourism purpose, up 18 percent from 2016, reported financial news site Medias24.com, citing the spokesperson of Marrakech regional tourism center Abdellatif Abouricha. The number of tourists increased significantly in November and December of 2017, reaching its peak on the…

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Five for free if you visit Birmingham, Alabama

Five for free if you visit Birmingham, Alabama

Alabama’s largest city is making a comeback after decades of dormancy, and there’s plenty of free stuff for visitors to see and do in the new Birmingham. Re-energized by a wave of fresh development and the emergence of a true downtown vibe, the city once called the “Pittsburgh of the South”, thanks to its steel industry, is now varied enough for a family trip or a weekend getaway for couple. Interested in history or the…

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Voyaging through Greenland’s ice world

Voyaging through Greenland’s ice world

We are floating on top of a frozen margarita. That’s how our shipboard naturalist John Fonseca describes the slushy ice that the Silver Explorer is plowing through as we enter Greenland’s Prince Christian Sound, named after a long-ago Danish royal who became King Christian VIII. In the distance, the water surface is a smooth sheet of dark-green jade under the overcast sky. The cruise ship suddenly feels larger as we slip into the narrow passage…

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Record number of tourists flock to Australia’s capital city Canberra

Record number of tourists flock to Australia’s capital city Canberra

Australia’s capital city Canberra experienced a record number of tourists in 2015-16, and its chief minister expects that figure to rise again once international flights begin to serve the city. New figures from Tourism Research Australia found that 203,000 international visitors came to Canberra, a small inland city an hour flight from Sydney, up more than 13 percent on the previous 12-month period. The Australian Capital Territory’s (ACT) Chief Minister Andrew Barr said China is…

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Why visitors love to explore Scotland’s Misty Isle of Skye

Why visitors love to explore Scotland’s Misty Isle of Skye

Bonnie Prince Charlie saw Scotland’s isle of Skye on the run. He was fleeing government troops after his Highland rebellion ended disastrously at the 18th-century Battle of Culloden. My visit was hurried, too, although due to nothing more exciting than a tight schedule – no redcoats on my tail. Luckily, even a short stay is long enough to glimpse why the Misty Isle of Skye is one of Scotland’s most popular tourist attractions. Here are…

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2017 Tianjin Binhai Bird Watching Festival focuses on wetlands conservation

2017 Tianjin Binhai Bird Watching Festival focuses on wetlands conservation

Co-organized by the Department of Wildlife Conservation and Nature Reserve Management of China’s State Forestry Administration and the People’s Government of Tianjin Binhai New Area, the opening ceremony of the Third Tianjin Binhai Bird Watching Festival was held Nov 17 at Dagang Grand Theater in Tianjin Binhai New Area and Beidagang Wetland Nature Reserve respectively. With a theme of ecological nature in Tianjin’s Binhai New Area, the festival calls attention to the importance and significance…

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Sample a slice of America

Sample a slice of America

It is unlikely that a lot of Chinese know that Guam is the closest you can get to the United States from China. The island in the western Pacific is less than five hours flying time from the mainland and has a lot to offer when it comes to tourism. For instance, tourists can take airplane rides over the sea, drive sports cars, watch dolphins play, go snorkeling or scuba diving to explore Guam’s underwater…

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New research gives insight into China’s inbound tourism

New research gives insight into China’s inbound tourism

While Chinese tourists are flocking to almost every corner of the world, becoming the driving force for tourism in many countries, what kinds of tourists are visiting China? Research conducted by Center for China & Globalization (CCG) and travel agency Ctrip released on Monday might give us a glance into the demographic and their preferences for trip to China. Demographic As 1633 valid questionnaires show, there are twice as many men as women among those…

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