Tuesday, February 06, 2007

Enjoy Food & Travel newsbrief: January 31st to February 6th 2007

Travel: Another record year for world tourist

In spite of the war on terror, people travel more than ever. 842 million of us increased international arrivals by 4.5% last year making it a new record year for the industry. It is the UNWTO World Tourism Barometer that released these results.

The turbulent geopolitical situation will not damage the tourist industry, this year either. UNWTO suggests that 2007 will turn into the fourth year of sustained growth, in spite of terrorism, avian flu and rising fuel prices.

Increasing interest rates could however change these predictions. A weaker US dollar would reduce foreign travel demand by Americans. A stronger euro could, however, stimulate European international travel.

The growth in international tourist arrivals in the different continents for 2006 were according to the UNWTO:
• Africa, 8,1%
• Asia and the Pacific: 7.6%,
• Europe, 4%
• Middle East, 4%
• The Americas, 2%.

Read more at the UNWTO website

Wine: Jackpot for a wine loving thief

It is not very often that you find a thief with such a specific taste. A homeowner in Atherton California came home early January, and found that a thief or thieves had entered the property and stolen – the 450 most precious bottles in the wine cellar. The star price was a magnum bottle Château Pétrus 1959 from Bordeaux, France. Price tag: $11000. The collection also included a magnum of 1959 Château Beychevelle and a magnum of 2002 Jones Family cabernet, a Napa Valley cult wine.

In this Silicon Valley community, one of the country’s wealthiest, a $100,000 theft, has captured the minds of sophisticated wine lovers in the Bay Area.

As the owner was on vacation around New Years Eve, thief or thieves made their way into the basement, where the collection, was stored. There was no sign of forced entry, indicating the possibility of an inside job. The house is gated, and a code and a key would have been needed to enter it, police said.

They knew what they were after, as they left other valuables in the property untouched.

Read more in New York Times

Food: Warum, warum - is the poppadum flat?
- UN propose standards for the perfect poppadum.

United Nations will apply international standards for the production of the Indian flat bread poppadum. This product joins Cheddar cheese and dried shark’s fin on a list of internationally traded food products drawn up by the Codex Committee on Food Additives and Contaminants.

Codex was set up by two UN agencies, the FAO and the WHO, in 1963 to protect consumers and ease international trade. The new poppadum standard will importers or consumers a basis for legal action if a poppadum falls short of Codex standards.

The Indian authorities, anxious to promote their food exports, first proposed including poppadums and other popular Indian products at a meeting in Tanzania in 2003. So now you can start to evaluate whether the Poppadum you get in India takeaway falls short of the international standards. If so, you may claim your money back.

Read more in London Times

Travel: War on terror - Damage to the US tourist industry

The security measures in the aftermath of 9/11 may have cost the US as much as a billion dollars (£508m) in lost tourism revenue.

Discover America Partnership shows great concerns over stricter passport and customs controls have led to a 17% drop in tourism to the US over the past five years The security measures over the past five years may appear to have strengthened security. Gone, however are the efficiencies and customer service.

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