Destination Niagara USA optimistic about regional tourism

Noble Horvath

“Because we did better than a lot of destinations across the country, we’re hoping to see that rebound a little bit faster,” said Andrea Czopp.

NIAGARA FALLS, N.Y. — Throughout the pandemic, tourism has been one of the hardest-hit industries.

However, last month, we reported in Niagara Falls, there were already some slight indications of recovery. 

Andrea Czopp, the Vice President of Operations with Destination Niagara USA, said she’s hopeful for the remainder of fall, after what started as a rocky beginning to spring and summer.

Czopp told 2 on Your Side, “Obviously just like the rest of the tourism industry across the world, once everything shutdown those first couple of months were very, very grim.”

She explained once Western New York entered Phase 4 of reopening things started to turn around, with an uptick in local tourism again.

“We did fair better than a lot of destinations across the

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China Outbound MICE Travel & Tourism Market Future Scope, Opportunities with Strategic Growth and Top Players | Impact of COVID-19 Pandemic

Noble Horvath

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Sep 15, 2020 (AmericaNewsHour) —
China Outbound Meetings, Incentives, Conferences and Exhibitions (MICE) Travel & Tourism market is showing some escalating growth and is expected that it will reach total market value of more than USD 31 billion by 2026.

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Travel to Vietnam virtually! Sustainable tourism portal launched with exciting offers for travellers

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To boost local culture and local businesses, travellers are also encouraged to select from a diverse range of souvenirs that celebrate Vietnamese culture. (IMAGE CREDIT: Vietnam Tourism website)

Take a leisurely trip to Vietnam virtually! Yes, you read this correctly. In a first-of-its-kind tourism initiative, Vietnam launches a dedicated portal to showcase its best tourism options for travelers. The best part is that you can travel to some of its iconic destinations with just a click!

How to travel to Vietnam virtually!

No passports required for a virtual tour – what a relief indeed! Check out their ‘Green Travel’ section, scroll down for three options titled as follows: Sustainable Tourism, Sustainable Stays and Sustainable Hotspots. Under each of these, you can find a list of eco-tours, tented camps, luxury hotels, eco-lodges, home stays, boutique hotels and the country’s lesser known travel destinations.

Under the tab ‘reputable businesses’, travellers can also

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Amazon jumps into virtual tourism, offering live one-on-one experiences around the world

Noble Horvath
At left, Hongying Tang of HQ Tourism Services points to the Saint Lawrence River during a virtual tour of Quebec City as part of the Amazon Explore beta. At right, Daniela Elias of Signature Tours shows the empanadas she made during a one-on-one virtual cooking class from Buenos Aires.

One morning last week, I went on a walking tour of Quebec City with an experienced local tour guide, from the majestic Parliament of Quebec to the picturesque Saint Lawrence River. I asked questions, took pictures, learned about the multinational history of the Canadian neighborhood, and even visited a local shop to pick out a maple leaf ornament as a souvenir.

Later that afternoon, I visited a kitchen in Buenos Aires for a one-on-one lesson in making traditional Argentinian empanadas from an expert tour guide and cook. I soaked up the culinary and cultural history of the country, quizzed my host

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District tourism department prepares travel packages | Kochi News

Noble Horvath
KOCHI: Tourism department in the district is planning to start operations by introducing various packages, including trips to various locations in Ernakulam. The department is preparing oneday packages to start with and later will come up with more projects.
One-day tour packages to locations like Thattekkad-Boothathankettu, Kochi city tour, Alappuzha-Fort Kochi, Kochi-Athirappilly, Munnar and Thekkadi have been prepared. “We will start the tourism activities as and when the government issues orders in this regard. Even if started, we will be conducting the operations by strictly following Covid protocol,” an official with the tourism department said. The department will soon start a booking counter at Durbar Hall ground. The cost of one-day tour package to Bhoothathankettu and Thattekkad is Rs 1,299. There will be special discount for group booking, the tourism department informed.
In the next phase, the department will prepare packages for two-day tour. Two-day tour packages are being prepared
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Kas: Finest destination for scuba diving tourism

Noble Horvath


Attracting the interest of both domestic and foreign tourists, Turkish tourism capital Antalya’s dsitrict of Kas serves as a prominent location for scuba diving tourism. The tourism venue hosts a multitude of artifacts and shipwrecks from ancient and modern times.

Among these, the wreck of a WWII era Italian warplane that was shot down during a bombing mission to a British base in the Island of Meis, a replica of 3300 years old Uluburun shipwreck, C-47 military cargo plane wreck that was donated to the town by the Turkish Air Force and a sunken 45 years old M-48 ‘retired tank’ can be found.

Divers who can dive around forty different spots can discover the breath-taking beauties of the underworld. Diving schools at the town, which took required health and hygiene measures against COVID-19, continue to serve divers.

Around 100,000 domestic and foreign tourists visit Kas to dive


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Tourism Australia appeals to international visitors with immersive video series

Noble Horvath

Tourism Australia is tapping into the growing need for escapism as it begins to appeal to international travellers once again.

Australia’s national tourism body has released a series of videos, each based on a different colour, which uses 8D sound, an immersive audio technology that makes a viewer wearing headphones feel as though noises from the landscapes are coming from all around them.

The colours, blue, red, magenta, green, black and white, are represented by different natural and man-made landscapes around the country and each take on an emotional theme, such as peace, escape and freedom.

“Now more than ever it is important as destination marketers to remind our target travellers of the kinds of experiences that make Australia such a desirable place to visit once travel resumes,” Susan Coghill, CMO of Tourism Australia said.


“Whilst it is certainly trying times for so many people across the globe, we

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Virtual Safaris to Help Bridge Gap for African Tourism Until International Travel Resumes

Noble Horvath

The African Wildlife Foundation – AWF has been closely monitoring the difficult situation for safari operators in Africa since the outset of the pandemic when travel bans and government closures began impacting protected areas and local communities on the front lines of wildlife conservation.

On World Tourism Day, celebrated September 27, the African Wildlife Foundation detailed the ongoing challenges caused by the stoppage of wildlife tourism in conservation areas in African in an opinion piece in The Independent UK and another opinion piece on the fate of tourism after COVID in The Standard Newspaper

In April, AWF convened a meeting of 12 CEOs of leading safari companies operating in Africa to update the impact of COVID-19 on their core business operations, threats to wildlife conservation areas (including food security), and the best ways for organizations like ours to assist the tourism industry to help keep wildlife protected and livelihood afloat

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Financial support for Travel and Tourism businesses extended for winter season – Energy FM

Noble Horvath

Tue, 29 Sep 2020

The Department for Enterprise has announced extensions to financial support schemes for Travel and Tourism businesses which remain financially affected by the continuing restrictions placed on the Island’s borders due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Strategic Capacity Scheme (‘SCS’), Coronavirus Business support Scheme (‘CBSS’), and Financial Assistance Scheme (‘FAS’) have all been extended to March 31st 2021 in order to support businesses affected by border closures during the forthcoming ‘off-season’ period.

The funding forms part of a wider winter support package for the Travel and Tourism industry, and sits alongside news that Isle of Man Treasury have also extended the Salary Support Scheme for eligible tourism businesses.


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Tourism Australia Reminds International Travellers What’s Waiting For Them With Incredible ‘8D’ Videos

Noble Horvath

Tourism Australia has unveiled a series of videos to transport viewers from around the world into the heart of some of the country’s most breathtaking destinations and keep them dreaming of all of the experiences awaiting them when they are able to travel to Australia again.

Harnessing innovative ‘8D’ audio technology, the six videos take viewers on a sensory journey, immersing them in the unique sights, sounds and textures of iconic destinations such as Uluru, Sydney Opera House, Fraser Island and the Daintree.

8D audio is a sound engineering treatment that, when the viewer wears headphones, gives the music and sounds a three-dimensional effect for an immersive experience. It is the first time a tourism body has utilised this technology for a video series.

The videos have each been themed by colour – blue, red, magenta, green, black and white – to evoke a range of feelings and emotions, and

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