General Travel News

Tourists Visiting Middle East Drop 18%

The World Tourism Organisation (WTO) World Tourism Barometer shows that the number of tourists visiting the Middle East plummeted 18% during the first four months of the year.   The UN group attributes the sharp decrease to a decline in the number of tourists visiting Saudi Arabia.    The UNWTO report said “Globally, tourism fell by eight per cent in the first four months of the year, continuing the trend that emerged in the second half of 2008.” 

The report said only Africa went against the trend of falling tourist numbers with a 5% increase.  Europe and the Middle East were the hardest hit regions with 10% and 18% drops respectively. Asia Pacific had a 6% decline, far below previous growth figures. Oceania fell 4% and South Asia had the sharpest drop at 12%.   Results in the Americas were more mixed but overall tourist numbers fell 5%. 
 

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
Tareq Rajab Museum

Tareq Rajab Museum

Kuwait, Kuwait

This museum plays tribute to Tareq Rajab, the first Kuwaiti to be sent abroad to study art and archaeology. He met his wife Jehan Wellborne while studying in the UK and the two got married in 1955, and then returned to Kuwait where Rajab was appointed as the first Director of the Department of Antiquities and Museums in Kuwait. The museum is a collection of items and artefacts collected by Rajab a...

Astor Street

Astor Street

Chicago, United States

Astor Street is located in the heart of Chicago's Gold Coast district, the city's most opulent neighborhood.  It is one of the most expensive addresses in the United States outside New York City.  Most of the buildings were built during a sixty year period beginning in the 1880s.  Astor Street was named a historic landmark in 1975 for its magnificent architecture. Highlights in...

Brunei History Centre

Brunei History Centre

Brunei Darussalam, Brunei

Location: Ministry of Culture, Youth & Sports      Stoney Road/James Peace Road      Bandar Seri Begawan BS 8610      Negara Brunei Darussalam Tel: +673-2240166-9 Established in 1982, this centre aims to conduct research into the 600 year old history and culture of the country with special focus on the history and genealogies of the Brunei sultans. This place offers a library and ...

Sarkis Cathedral

Sarkis Cathedral

Tehran, Iran

built in the late 1960s, this is a very conspicuous non-Islamic building in Tehran. It is surrounded by the Armenian quarter and a few other church buildings. Telephone: 8889 7980  ...