Food and Wine and Cultural Tourism in Italy

Food and Wine tours in Italy. Abruzzo has re-launched and the organisers are promoting a conference aimed at exploiting the results of the yearly meeting with regional tourism operators. B2B Abruzzo was very successful with 45 Italian and foreign tour operators and over 130 local operators attending. The national convention that will crown the experience of B2B Abruzzo is planned for Friday November 30th and will cover the theme ‘Food & Wine and Cultural Tourism: a great opportunity to advertise and promote ‘Made in Italy’.

Cinque Terre favourite destination

Cinque Terre is one of the favourite destinations of the American and Canadian tourists and it is showing an increase of 9,28% compared to last year’s figures. The Tigullio and the Riviera di Ponente reached the second and third position. The World Tourism Organization foresees a global increase in the journeys to Italy of 5-6% compared to the period 2005-2006 and Cinque Terre are confirmed as one of the most attractive destinations, together with Art cities and followed by the regions of Tuscany and Sicily. According to several foreign surveys, Americans, Canadians like to visits to the Cinque Terre for a short stay, not more than 4 days. 2008 will probably be a record season for the Cinque Terre with almost 3 million tourists, showing a growth between 10 and 25% compared to the summer 2007

Tourism of Sicily

Sicily is one of the four islands preferred by the global market stated Regional Tourism Councillor, Dore Misuraca and it is launching its tourism challenge in London. From yachting to international sports events, from the Festival of Taormina to the Giro d’Italia. “The growth of Sicilian tourism also regards accommodation structures and tourism flows,″ stated the Councillor. ″At 4- and 5-star hotels tourism overnights have increased. Between April and September 2007 Sicily had higher occupancy rates . In July and August 2007 it was in second place in Italy and in September it was in first. Twenty five percent of the customers of accommodation structures in Italy come from foreign markets.”

Christmas Markets in Europe Belgium

The famous Christmas markets of Germany and Austria are in full swing from the last week of November with their ginger breads, spicy hot wines and sparking decorations. This year Belgium joins the celebrations as the kingdom famous for divine chocolate, heavenly waffles and 500 varieties of beer, embraces the holiday season. December magically transforms the cities of Brussels, Bruges, Antwerp and Liege into twinkling Christmas villages of holiday treats, ice skating rinks, Ferris wheels, carillons concerts, European Christmas markets and festive shopping. Discount booklets and holiday themed hotel packages are available. Christmas Market tours and packages from North America have been popular for many years

Cycling in Ravenna, Ferrara and other art cities

The Festival City of Ravenna is promoting bicycle tourism. The project, promoted by the National Confederation of Artisanship and Small and Medium Enterprises of Ravenna, Ferrara and Forlì-Cesena, is part of a more extensive project of the provincial administrations of the three cities to create a local tourism system. The territory has numerous excellent attractions: the parks of the Po Delta and the Casentino Forests; important artistic and cultural cities, Ravenna, Ferrara, Faenza, Cesena and Forlì; a series of smaller towns and small villages full of charm and seaside resorts like Cervia-Milano Marittima, Cesenatico, Comacchio and its beaches. The objective is to connect these various attractions with cycling paths that make best use of tourism, territorial, cultural and natural landscape resources. Cycling tourism is being promoted as a form of ‘slow tourism’, which can become an important resource for enriching tourism offerings and deseasonalising them

Rimini New Convention Centre

The popular Italian sun destination, Rimini on the Adriatic Cost will boost a new convention centre which has been under construction for the past few weeks. It will be built with all of the latest technologies. “The structure has been planned and designed for maximum efficiency and versatility and will be able to provide effective answers to every type of client and for every type of event,” explained the technical director of Rimini Fiera, Nazario Pedini. “It is a multi-functional convention centre that will host different types of events at the same time. It will, therefore, be equipped with the most cutting-edge technologies from every point of view.” including stage machinery, audio systems, simultaneous translation systems, stage lighting, the platforms, television cameras and video projection systems. The question is would the sun resort of Rimini need a year-round functioning venue such as this one?