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Presentation of the oldest archeological finding in the world

Airbnb competition for traditional agencies A growing number of private accommodations that are on the market most of the year are being reserved via the Airbnb global rental platform. That was shown by an analysis by Pennsylvania State University, conducted in 12 large cities in the USA. It was the first such analysis of the business of the platform that presents serious competition for traditional agencies, especially when family accommodations are in question. The analysis showed that a growing percentage of Airbnb revenue is due to regular renters, who rent out more than one suite. It was shown that in the 12 American cities analyzed, the website makes 30 percent of its revenue from mediating in the rentals of full-time landlords, who rent out their apartments out 360 days a year, and their percentage is growing. www.croatiaweek.com

The Chinese, Americans and British travelled most According to data from the World Tourism Barometer, last year the Chinese, Americans, and British traveled the world the most, primarily due to the strong currency in those countries and economic recovery. The percentage of those from Russia and Brazil, traditionally strong countries when travel is in question, fell drastically last year due to economic restrictions in those countries. As far as increased spending is concerned, Chinese tourists take first place. Last year, American tourists spent about nine percent more, while British tourists spent about six percent more, and the Canadians and French decreased their spending last year.

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On January 21, 2016, in the Swiss town of Davos, upon the initiative of Şahenk it was announced that $15 million US would be invested in Göbekli Tepe, the oldest archeological site in the world that is believed to be more than 7000 years older than Stonehenge and 7500 years older than the Egyptian pyramids. This archeological site is located at the top of a mountain cliff in the southeastern part of the Turkish region of Anatolia. Known as the "Fertile crescent" and saturated with the Tigris and Euphrates Rivers, this area was once known as Mesopotamia. In Davos, where world leaders were invited to express their support of the project, representatives of the Şahenk initiative also presented the site, and its ice sculpture.

2017 - The International Year of Sustainable Tourism Development Next year, 2017, has been proclaimed the International Year of Sustainable Tourism Development. In doing so, the United Nations General Assembly emphasized the importance of tourism, but also greater awareness of the rich heritage of different civilizations, as well as better understanding of different cultures. This decision was made at an important time with the acceptance of the new Agenda 2030 and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), which cover tourism within three targets: sustainable and inclusive economic growth, sustainable production and consumption, and preservation of the ocean, sea, and marine resources. The World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) is responsible for the organization and conduct of the initiative.

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