General Travel News

Middle East Tourism Growth May Reach 6%

The World Tourism Organization yesterday said tourism will increase in the Middle East between 2% and 6% because residents are choosing to travel within the region to save money and because of concerns over the H1N1 flu.  In 2008, the Middle East had the highest tourism growth rate in the world at 11% compared to a 2% growth rate for the rest of the world. 

According to the WTO report, the number of tourists visiting Jordan will probably not decline with at least half of the total 4.8 million Arab tourists planning to holiday there. 
About 2 million tourists, mostly Arab, are expected to visit Lebanon.  The International Travel and Tourism Council said that tourism in 2009 could provide up to 10.5 million jobs in the Middle East and North Africa.  This would account for 10% of the total workforce. 
 

More General Travel News
Marshmello, Pitbull, Shaggy and Don Omar perform at the Diriyah Music Festival in Saudi Arabia
Jazeera Airways launches flights to Karachi
Emirates expecting over 500,000 arrivals into Dubai by early September
Latest Travel News
Jazeera Airways launches flights to Kara...
Emirates expecting over 500,000 arrivals...
Kazakhstan's new tourist attraction - fa...
Featured Sights To See
el-Muallaqa Church "the Hanging Church"

el-Muallaqa Church "the Hanging Church"

Cairo, Egypt

El Muallaqa is the oldest Christian church in Cairo and built anywhere between the fourth and seventh century. Its name is derived from its location atop a gate tower in Old Cairo.   The beauty of this church is revealed through its three barrel-vaulted aisles, altar screens made of inlaid ivory and bone, and a carved marble pulpit supported by 13 pillars representing Christ and his disc...

Flame of Liberty

Flame of Liberty

Paris, France

The Flame of Liberty is a full size gold covered replica of the flame held by the Statue of Liberty in New York City.  It is located near the Pont de l'Alma, where Princess Diana died in a car crash in 1997, and is considered by many an unofficial memorial to the beloved Princess.  People the world over flock here to lay flowers and messages.  The flame was donated to the city by the Int...

Central Market

Central Market

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Known as the Art Deco Central Market, this vibrant bazaar has been around since 1936 and has grown to hold over 130 arts and crafts shops along with regular cultural performances. Before such a cultural explosion, the Central Market was popular for being KL's top destination when buying fresh produce. In 1986 the market took a turn and became what it is today: a conglomeration of diverse items so...

Adlerwerke

Adlerwerke

Frankfurt, Germany

The Adler Company was formed in 1880 and specialized in high tech machines. Over the years the site was used to build fighter jets and was constructed and reconstructed to suit modern times. After the Second World War, the building was given up and later renovated to house artist studios, theaters, and offices. Presently located within the Adler building is Gallus Theater, advertising agencies of ...