The United Nations (UN) General Assembly has approved the adoption of 2017 as the International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development. The resolution, adopted on 4 December, recognizes “the importance of international tourism, and particularly of the designation of an international year of sustainable tourism for development, in fostering better understanding among peoples everywhere, in leading to a greater awareness of the rich heritage of various civilizations and in bringing about a better appreciation of the inherent values of different cultures, thereby contributing to the strengthening of peace in the world.”
“Kenya Tourism Board (KTB) and Kenya Airways have launched a three-month long marketing campaign dubbed ‘Choose Kenya’ to woo tourists from the GCC countries.
The campaign, which was launched on June 1st, by Kenya‘s ambassador to the United Arab Emirates (UAE), General Kariuki Mugwe, and targets travel agents and tour operators who are selling Kenya in the region.
The campaign is targeted to the trade with the six highest sellers of destination Kenya being awarded luxury tours to the country ahead of the high season that is set to begin in July. The annual Wildebeest Migration in Masai Mara also coincides with the high season and attracts thousands of tourists.
One of two videos from National Geographic’s award-winning multimedia coverage of cheetahs in the magazine’s November 2012 iPad edition.
Lucy Cooke is on a one-woman mission to show why the ugly, weird and overlooked animals of the world can be cute, cuddly and deserving of attention. Join her as she heads off to the rainforests of Borneo. Borneo is its own very unique crucible of weirdness — with countless strange creatures that can only be found there. Continue reading
Gist: “This northern Portugal city is breathtakingly beautiful, as recognised by its place on the Unesco World Heritage List, yet mysteriously it doesn’t figure on the radars of many foreign visitors. The old city is a beguiling tangle of medieval, red-roofed, colonnaded buildings, punctuated by awe-inspiring mansions and palaces, and centred on a spikily crenellated castle. Now is the moment to visit, as the city has been anointed the European Capital of Culture in 2012. Building on an already impressive cultural scene and fired up by its significantly youthful population, the city will be a hot spot of artistic endeavour throughout the year, with creative artists gathering from across Portugal and Europe to showcase their work.”