Wackiest Festivals and Contests

Here’s the list of some of the Wackiest Festivals and Contests across the globe.

It’s on Fodors

Enjoy:)

Ups and downs of European online travel

eMarketer estimates that online travel sales in the five major travel markets of Europe – France, Germany, Italy, Spain and the UK – will total nearly $49 billion this year, up 27% over 2006. That’s the good news.

“Over the next four years, as the European online travel market matures, sales growth in the sector will steadily decrease,” says Jeffrey Grau, eMarketer Senior Analyst and the author of the new report, European Online Travel. “Conversely, that means competition for online travel dollars is going to increase.”

After peaking in 2005, personal travel and tourism spending growth (online and offline) by the 25 European Union member states entered a moderate phase, as evidenced by data published by the World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC).

“This year, spending by the EU-25 members is expected to grow only 2.4% over last year,” says Mr. Grau. “The newest members of the European Union — Eastern European nations such as Poland and the Czech Republic — will play a key role in stimulating future growth.”

101 Things To Do in Ohio

Do you really think Ohio is a place where you can’t really hang around? Then I think you should brush aside your thought.

I got an article which has the list of 101 interesting things you can do in Ohio.

Read it here.

Enjoy the ride 🙂

China to replace US, as the world’s third most popular tourism destination.

China is likely to replace the United States as the world’s third most popular tourism destination next year, a United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) official said. At present, China ranks fourth, after France, Spain and the United States.

Last year, China accounted for 5.8 percent of the global tourism market, a growth of 0.3 percent compared with two years ago.

Twenty-nine percent of tourists who traveled to Asia and the Pacific last year also visited China.

Xu Jing, regional representative for Asia and the Pacific of UNWTO, said the market share percentages of China and the U.S. last year were very close.

“I am confident China will overtake the US next year,” he said at the 2007 China (Qingdao) International Olympics & Tourism Forum, which concluded on Friday.

Source:ChinaDaily