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3 12, 2008

Global downturn hits tourism Australia

By |December 3rd, 2008|Australia, Aviation, Master in Tourism Destination Management|0 Comments

As can be read in an article in The Australian by Steve Creedy (October 28, 2008), the tourism industry is bracing for hard times as international airlines post their worst global traffic results since the 2003 SARS epidemic. Although failing oil prices and the lower Australian dollar, consumers prefer to keep their wallets closed. […]

27 10, 2008

Japan doesn’t like foreign tourists!

By |October 27th, 2008|International Tourism Context, Japan, Master in Tourism Destination Management|4 Comments


Japan’s mission to boost the number of overseas visitors suffered a setback last weeks after hundreds of hoteliers and inn owners said they would turn away foreign guests. Many cited language problems, while others said they did not have the facilities for foreign guests, although what that actually meant wasn’t specified. Some said they […]

21 10, 2008

Global Competition in Health Care

By |October 21st, 2008|International Tourism Context, Master in Tourism Destination Management|4 Comments


Global competition is emerging in the health care industry. Wealthy patients from developing countries (this article mainly deals with the U.S. market) have long traveled to developed countries for high quality medical care. Now, a growing number of less-affluent patients from developed countries are travelling to regions once characterized as “third world.” These patients […]

7 10, 2008

Climate change and tourism destinations; what to do?

By |October 7th, 2008|International Tourism Context, Master in Tourism Destination Management|0 Comments


It is often said that farmers are on the front lines dealing with global warming, their livelihoods being extraordinarily dependent on the weather. But tour operators and resort owners are not far behind. Imagine a ski resort whose chairlifts are in the lower reaches of mountains, without decent snow. Or a scuba club whose […]

30 09, 2008

China’s visa policy affects tourism

By |September 30th, 2008|China, International Tourism Context, International trade and law, Master in Tourism Destination Management|5 Comments


Original article by David Barboza. Published: June 24, 2008

With the Beijing Olympics less than two months away, hotel operators, travel agencies, and foreign businessmen say new Chinese visa restrictions are proving bad for business, casting a pall over Beijing during what was supposed to be a busy and jubilant tourist season leading up to […]

22 09, 2008

Overseas Tooth-Tourism is booming!

By |September 22nd, 2008|Master in Tourism Destination Management, Tourism consumer trends|4 Comments


The EU is planning to introduce new rules which will allow dissatisfied British medical and dental patients to receive treatment in a member state of their choice – and reclaim all or part of the cost from the NHS. This situation makes that, according to recent figures from a private medical insurer, more than […]