Cooks gets good tourism report card

The Cook Islands International Visitor Survey report for the final quarter of last year shows the local tourism industry performing well.

The report, prepared by the New Zealand Tourism Research Institute and the Auckland University of Technology, showed visitor satisfaction levels and the desire for return visits remained very high.

Visitor yield also remained strong over the mid-2015 to mid-2016 period, largely accounted for by increased levels of expenditure on accommodation.

CNMI told unmanaged growth may jeopardise tourism industry

A recent study by Horwarth HTL, a Hong Kong-based consultant for the Marianas Visitors Authority, said there was an overall lack of planning for future development.

It said such unmanaged growth threatens the Northern Marianas because it does not allow the "loss of utilisation" of natural resources on the islands.

The study also said the long queues at airports and the condition of most of the territory's hotels could sap tourists' enthusiasm and patience.

Irresistible cities: World's 25 top tourism destinations

But two Asian cities, according to a new report by market researcher Euromonitor International, are welcoming more visitors than any other destination.

Palau tourism aims for five-star resorts only

The proposed law will restrict future investment to five-star hotel chains.

The legislation is part of the President Tommy Remengesau's vision to reduce tourist numbers and increase tourist spending.

President Remengesau says the new law, which he aims to have passed within the first 100 days of the new government's tenure, will include tax incentives for potential investors.

Dreamworld announces charity weekend reopening for start of school holidays

Dreamworld's parent company Ardent Leisure said in a statement this morning that all slides, pools and cabanas at Whitewater World (Dreamworld's water park) will be open, along with several Dreamworld rides and attractions.

Virtual Reality tourism ads to lure China tourists

Dive into Samoa’s spectacular To Sua ocean trench from Beijing?

Tourism advertising has taken on a new dimension with the introduction of Virtual Reality Films.

Pacific Trade & Invest (PT&I) China has begun using Virtual Reality (VR) films to promote the Pacific Islands to the China travel trade.

The VR films were shot on location during the recent tour of the Pacific led by PT&I China.

Game of Thrones used in attempt to lure tourists to Aleppo

Bashar al-Assad's regime released a promotional video Friday with panoramic views of government-held parts of Aleppo, accompanied by an acoustic version of the theme music to the popular HBO television series.

Showcased in the video are aerial shots of wide green boulevards and swimming pools. It's a far cry from the rebel-held eastern part of the city, where 250,000 people live with daily airstrikes, according to the UN, and where whole blocks of neighborhoods have been destroyed.

Samoa’s Sheraton Sees Potential in VFR Market

Mark Francis, complex General Manager, and Sherrilyn Charles, complex Director of Sales and Marketing, at Sheraton Samoa Aggie Grey’s Hotel & Bungalows, and Sheraton Samoa Aggie Grey’s Resort; are in the country now to connect with key trade partners.

Francis says the New Zealand market remains number one for Samoa and the figure continues to rise steadily at about 5% a year. He says it can be difficult to separate the leisure market from VFR traffic but adds that both can represent good business for the hotels.

Increasing linkages between agriculture and tourism

Greg Cornwall works for Pacific Islands Resort Consultants Ltd based in Nadi Fiji and he is in Samoa for the second Pacific Agribusiness Forum where discussions have focused on making tourism in Samoa a sustainable method of development by encouraging a link between the two sectors.

Cornwall says one of the ways of increasing the link is encouraging restaurants and hotels to buy local produce.

“The good thing about local produce is that the price is dropped, there’s no freight, no middle man and nothing extra behind your purchases,” said Cornwall.

Swiss city Basel 'reverses' Pokemon Go to boost tourism

The video has had nearly 65m views on Facebook.

Basel Tourism teamed up with marketing agency Fadeout to present a "reverse" Pokemon Go.

Now people are the ones being hunted in a twist on the global gaming craze.

Targeting young people, Basel Tourism told the BBC the video was showing off the city's attractions, such as "the beautiful Old Town, the river Rhine and its bridges".