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Every week we post hundreds of stories across various sectors in travel, connecting the dots across various global trends, and in these weekend posts we highlight the stories that tackle these trends.
This one looks at top tourism trends.
For all of our trends roundups, go here.
>> How do you say Adele Dazeem in Finnish? Visit Finland Takes Inspiration From John Travolta to Give You a Finnish Name
Inspired by the Travoltify name generator that made light of John Travolta’s Oscar-night flub, Visit Finland is giving users a chance to Finnify their names with the Finngenerator web-based app.
>> Nepal is trying to lure people away from Mt. Everest: Nepal May Lease Some of Its Peaks to Private Tourism Companies
The proposal would involve hiring out some of the 326 Himalayan peaks that are currently open, in an attempt to lure climbers away from the main drawcard of Everest amid fears of congestion.
>> Tourism numbers prove hard to understand for NJ politico: New Jersey Not Quite Sure if Tourism Was Stronger Than the Storm in 2012
Tourism promoters and members of the Christie administration have been saying for months that tourism was down last year as a result of Superstorm Sandy. But Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno told the state’s annual tourism conference Thursday in Atlantic City that 2013 was actually a banner year.
>> The Arab Spring turns to summer in Morocco: Morocco Saw Record 10 Million Tourists in 2013, Recovering From the Arab Spring
Morocco’s tourism minister says a record-breaking 10 million people visited the North African country in 2013, indicating the industry is recovering from the setbacks of the Arab Spring revolutions.
>> Direct contribution of travel and tourism to GDP is impressive: Travel’s Contribution to the World Economy Grows for the Fourth Year in a Row
According to the World Travel and Tourism Council, travel — made up of airlines, airports, hospitality, cruise lines, and tech players large and small — contributed 9.5% of the world’s economy in 2013.
>> Syria’s cultural heritage is being looted: 3 Years of Civil War Have Devastated Syria’s Tourism Industry
Last week, a joint statement was released by Ban Ki-moon, UN Secretary General; Irina Bokova, UNESCO Director-General, and Lakhdar Brahimi, United Nations-League of Arab States Joint Special Representative for Syria, called for an end to the destruction of Syria’s cultural heritage.