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By all these lovely tokens
September days are here,
With summer’s best of weather
And autumn’s best of cheer.

Helen Hunt Jackson - September
The breezes taste
Of apple peel.
The air is full
Of smells to feel-
Ripe fruit, old footballs,
Burning brush,
New books, erasers,
Chalk, and such.
The bee, his hive,
Well-honeyed hum,
And Mother cuts
Like plates washed clean
With suds, the days
Are polished with
A morning haze.

John Updike, September
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Tourism İn Your Country

arzulitaarzulita Posts: 144 ✭✭✭
Most of Greece national income is gaining from tourism. So for the people in Greece tourism has an important place. Last year 25 Million tourists visit Greece this year we expect this number to rise.

What about tourism in your Country? Has it have an importand place at people in your country? What is your opinion about tourism?


  • zizoutamlazizoutamla Posts: 20 Inactive
    Tourism, in my home country, Morocco, is the third economical power after agriculture and industry. We ve got worth visitng places and respectful level of services. I think tourism is of paramount importance not only for its economic returns but cultural ones as well.
  • mheredgemheredge Posts: 44,838 ✭✭✭✭
    I know a lot about tourism in Nepal. Here it is their biggest industry but they don't even manage one million visitors a year! The biggest problem is that most people think Nepal is a cheap country but they then discover that it is not as cheap as most other Asian countries. Tourists tend not to spend much money.

    Nice too survives mainly from tourism as this city does not have much industry. It is however the number one tourist destination after Paris with around 5 million visitors per year. As 40% of the tourist flow is on the French Riviera, this mean on average 1 visitor in 100 in Europe stays at least one night in Nice. It has the highest concentration of museums after Paris, (I didn't know this) with 19 museums and art galleries. It also can boast to be the first city in France with vineyards within the city limits.

    France ranks as number 1 for tourists (over 80 million normally and I think 83 million last year following the attack in Nice). Tourism accounts for 7% of French GDP. However France ranks behind the United States and China in terms of tourist spending.

    How is tourism doing in Greece these days @arzulita?


  • arzulitaarzulita Posts: 144 ✭✭✭
    Greece has a big economic crise and tourism has an important role in these seasons because the number of tourist visitors help the country to be comfortable economically for a while.

    Greece has very clean seas, beautiful islands, beaches also we have much historical places and museums. The nightlife is popular and our servises are good so we are attracting tourists.

    Last year 25 Million tourists visited Greece, that was not enough, but it did certainly do the country good. As the 2017 tourist season has started the expectation is a better year with nearly 30 Million tourists.
  • jackelliotjackelliot Posts: 904 Inactive
    @arzulita tourism is big in Scotland
  • mheredgemheredge Posts: 44,838 ✭✭✭✭
    @arzulita I was surprised to see that according to the map, Turkey seems to have a lot more tourists than most countries. Though maybe these figures are out of date.
  • jackelliotjackelliot Posts: 904 Inactive
    @mheredge Pleasant people so much returns
  • mheredgemheredge Posts: 44,838 ✭✭✭✭
    Though tourism is very high in Nice and the Cote d'Azur, the area just inland from there is fabulous but not that well publicised.
  • mounamouna Posts: 2,086 ✭✭✭✭
    The tourism in my country Algeria isn't developed,we have very beautiful places to visit,our big Sahara is wonderful but any one is interested to develop tourism there,when you go to the hotel for holiday the persons who work there don't have any idea about how to give a good services for their customers,the prices are very expensive.I hope one day this truth could be changed,rich people are invited to invest in tourism especially in Sahara they will success in their projects.
  • mheredgemheredge Posts: 44,838 ✭✭✭✭
    Maybe Algeria needs to look at Tunisia and Morocco for ideas on how to run tourist services @mouna.
  • walterwalter Posts: 693 ✭✭✭
    I think that people in my country more go to holiday abroad than was staying in own country. My country don`t have a sea, and that is one of reason why most of peopole go to abroad in summer. We have also lakes and some people more like to go on lakes than at sea, but it is small group of people in relative to people whom more like to spend holiday at sea. But when winter come in, most of people go at the mountain in own country.
  • mheredgemheredge Posts: 44,838 ✭✭✭✭
    I have probably said this before, but France is the popular country for tourists. I suppose it has a bit of everything: mountains, sea, interesting cities and culture - not to mention cuisine. Most French people seem to take a winter ski-break in France or maybe to another European ski destination. Then in August there is a general shutdown for a few weeks when if not a holiday abroad, French people go to the countryside or sea for a holiday.
  • Practical_SeverardPractical_Severard Posts: 2,811 ✭✭✭✭
    edited March 2018
    Russia 2017 (according to the responsible government agency):
    81 mln people in total, 54.5 (+85% to 2016) of them were nationals and 24.5 mln (+25%) foreign visitors. It accounted to 3.4% of the GDP. The top popular destinations were Moscow, St.Petersburg and the Krasnodar Territory (the latter mainly among the country's tourists while the 'Golden Route' towns among the foreign ones). The three top countries, where the foreign tourists came from were China, the USA, Germany.
  • mheredgemheredge Posts: 44,838 ✭✭✭✭
    According to wiki @Practical_Severard: Tourism in France directly contributed 77.7 billion euros to gross domestic product, 30% of which comes from international visitors and 70% from domestic tourism spending. The total contribution of travel and tourism represents 9.7% of GDP and supports 2.9 million jobs (10.9% of employment) in the country.

    By contrast, last year tourism made up 7.1% of the UK's GDP @Practical_Severard, and 9.5% employment.
  • sammanisammani Posts: 470 ✭✭✭
    @walter,does it snow in your country? :)
  • walterwalter Posts: 693 ✭✭✭
    @sammani In area when I living have four season. Spring, summer, autumn and winter. Each of this seasons it`s lasting for four months. When the winter comes in my country, it`s know to be cold. Every winter in my place carry snow.
  • mheredgemheredge Posts: 44,838 ✭✭✭✭
    I noticed that the number of tourists in Nice is increasing. Usually by April, the weather is warm and sunny. This year it is colder than normal, but I am still seeing tourists wearing t-shirts and shorts!
  • VokVok Posts: 2,143 ✭✭✭✭
    Make Boracay heaven on earth again...for 6 months at least. I'd love to visit the island again, this time without swarms of tourists, though.

  • mheredgemheredge Posts: 44,838 ✭✭✭✭
    Here's a lovely reason to visit Egypt (@aladdin):

    Sailing the Nile in style where there’s plenty of good eating, dozing and Egypt’s magnificent past to enjoy on a leisurely cruise aboard a luxurious dahabiya – though not a hint of Agatha Christie melodrama, mercifully!

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