Luxury Hotels Worldwide

Archive for April, 2009

Sahl Hasheesh region growing in popularity

Friday, April 3rd, 2009

The Sahl Hasheesh area of Egypt could be set for significant growth as luxury hotel firms begin to realise the regions potential.

One of the latest additions is the Sahl Hasheesh Pyramisa that currently boasts exclusive access to the Hurghada diving area on the Red Sea coast.

According to El Gouna, the Hurghada region also has a long holiday season with six peak months, making a prime spot for investment.

In addition to diving, the area also boasts a yacht club, marina and golf course as well as a cinema complex, providing plenty for tourists to enjoy a relaxing luxury holiday.

Other attractions include the Dendara Temple that has remained largely unexplored until the resurgence of Hurghada as a tourist destination.

Meanwhile, another luxury hotel the Sun Gate development offers the opportunity for investors to purchase luxury villas to rent out to travellers keen to enjoy the area at their own pace.

SADC considers single visa system

Friday, April 3rd, 2009

Taking luxury holiday tours around southern Africa is set to become easier with the establishment of a single visa system, it has been revealed.

And members of the Southern African Development Community (SADC) have penned an agreement that will speed up the process.

Spokesperson for South Africa’s department of environmental affairs and tourism, Moses Rannditsheni claimed the new visa system – daubed Univisa – will bring an end to the current inconvenience of visa applications in the SADC.

He told BuaNews: “The Univisa will facilitate efficient movement in the region, which will positively impact on tourism revenue for all member states.

“This process seeks to bring to an end delays and the inconvenience of visa applications.”

Meanwhile, discussions are also underway to allow SADC citizens to move around the region without the need of a visa.
According to Business Daily, the tourism potential of SADC states such as Kenya is increasingly attracting the interest of central and eastern Asian countries.

Sydney splashes cash on tourism campaign

Friday, April 3rd, 2009

Officials in Sydney Australia have launched a new tourism campaign in a bid to attract investment and visitors, it has been revealed.

New South Wales tourism minister Matt Brown explained that the $1.2 million (£550,000) would contribute to the state goal of attracting “ten more million-visitor nights per year” to the city.

The campaign, entitled Sydney: Designed to Inspire, features a 32-page brochure that highlights all of the attractions and events tourists on their luxury holidays can hope to enjoy.

Notable additions include the Autumn Racing Carnival, Sydney Film Festival and the Rosemount Sydney Fashion Festival.

Mr Brown added: “We need to get out into the market, we need to let the rest of the country and the rest of our state know that Sydney is a wonderful place to visit and invest.”

The Tourism and Transport Forum (TTF) recently highlighted the need to focus on the US market, with ten times the number of Australians visiting the States than Americans visiting Australia.

Turkey has ‘huge’ luxury tourism potential

Friday, April 3rd, 2009

The luxury tourism potential of Turkey is “huge”, one industry expert has claimed.

But according to Enrique Acrich Eckert, regional manager for luxury hotel chain Barcelo Hotels & Resorts, that potential remains “fairly undeveloped”.

Luxury holidays to the Belek luxury hotel, which moved to Turkey from Spain in 2005, have seen an increase.

Mr Eckert told the Today’s Zaman newspaper: “We were convinced of huge but fairly undeveloped potential in the Turkish luxury tourism sector.

“This potential, combined with our know-how, we were very sure could be successful in Turkey.”

Turkey’s eastern European neighbours have recently been earmarked for significant tourism growth.

Meanwhile, Turkish culture and tourism minister Ertugrul Gunay recently noted that Turkish tourism is growing at nearly three times the current global rate.

Travel firm Alltours.com claims that the country is becoming increasingly popular among German tourists in particular throughout 2008.