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The World Travel Awards (WTA) Asia & Australasia Gala Ceremony
will take place on 4th June 2017. The event will be held at the Grand Kempinski Hotel
with many hotel and hospitality bosses booked to attend the red
carpet ceremony. Before the main event WTA will take attendees to
see some of the city's key attractions including - the Yu Garden, the Old City Town, Jade Buddha Temple and Tian Zi Fang
Over the past 5 years UK
Carrier British Airways service at Gatwick Airport London
has seen a 40% increase in customers, and a 33% increase in routes.
BA's network director at Gatwick, Sean Doyle said: “We’ve really focused on growing our Gatwick operation in the last five years, investing in new routes, driving punctuality and, thanks to our move to the South Terminal, delivered an improved airport experience."
national carrier Emirates is adding 3 new A380 destinations - Dubai
- Narita, Casablanca and Sao Paulo on the same day. This launch will
mean that Emirates will be the first airline to run scheduled A380 services
to Latin America and North Africa.
British travel group ABTA (Association of British Travel Agents) has criticised the
UK government for failing to back the continuation of the EHIC ( European Health Insurance Card) scheme following
the Brexit vote. Currently, a valid EHIC gives UK citizens the right to access state-provided healthcare during a temporary
short stay in another European country. However, Conservative MP
David Davis, secretary of state for exiting the European Union, when
quizzed by the Brexit Select Committee, was unable to say whether
the scheme would continue or not. Alan Warsdle, ABTA director of public affairs,
stated. Alan Wardle, ABTA director of public affairs
stated: “Brexit shouldn’t have to mean that we lose reciprocal medical care rights with other European countries: the EHIC card is currently valid in Switzerland, which is not a member of the
National Carrier Singapore Airlines
has recently committed to buy 20 777-9s and 19 787-10 Dreamliners from
US Aircraft Manufacturer - Boeing. The airline has been a Boeing
customer for over 50 years with Boeing Commercial Airplanes president Kevin
McAllister adding - “We appreciate the trust, commitment and endorsement of Singapore Airlines, and look forward to delivering market-leading capability to one of the world’s most widely respected industry leaders.”
London’s 2nd busiest airport
Gatwick will see three major carriers moving terminals in January 2017. Virgin Atlantic will move to the North Terminal, British Airways will move to the South Terminal, and easyJet will consolidate in the North Terminal – it currently runs from both Terminals. These significant changes will see improved passenger facilities and will speed up their journey through the airport.
In the summer of 2017 over
10,000,000 overnight and day visitors are anticipated to visit Sydney
- Australia's largest city. The city offers warm weather, fabulous
beaches, cordon bleu dining, and first class sports and
entertainment. Please click here for a direct link to full range of Sydney
Hotels Worldwide, part of Marriott International, Inc. are opening the W Algarve
in 2018 in southern Portugal. The location is on the central Algarve coastline
overlooking the coastline of the Atlantic Ocean. W Algarve will have 134 guest rooms and
suites and will be able to participate in the 10,000-square-foot spa, outdoor yoga, tennis, or FIT, the hotel's workout facility.
Click here for more information about The
Algarve and Faro
According to the United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO)
Tourism Barometer international tourism experienced an upward trend
during the first half of 2016 compared to the same period in 2015.
Worldwide destinations received 561 millions tourists, 21 million
more than in 2015 with the Asia Pacific region recording the highest
growth of 9% compared to the other world regions - www.unwto.org
Dubai Tourism is launching a marketing campaign aimed at the UK
traveller and aptly named Here Today, Dubai Tomorrow. This innovative
idea will focus on the transformation of Waterloo Railway Station
into a 'living' recreation of some of Dubai's top city attractions
and experiences including virtual reality displays and optical
illusions. Interested in Dubai hotels and accommodation? >
roads are leading to Rio
de Janeiro the host city for the 2016 Summer Olympic Games and
the 2016 Summer Paralympics. A record number of counties are taking part in a
record number of sports. Over 10,000 athletes are scheduled to take part
including first time participants from South Sudan and Kosovo. Rio will become the first South American city to host the Summer Olympics,
and the 2016 games will be the first to be held in a Portuguese-speaking country.
Interested in Rio hotels and accommodation? >
Gatwick Airport LGW has recently opened a leading
edge security area as part of the upgrade of the North Terminal,
this follows a similar upgrade of the South Terminal. It is
calculated that this will halve the time that passengers take to
pass through security with no reduction in safety screening
Dhabi national carrier Etihad
Airways has officially opened its
brand new flagship First Class Lounge & Spa at the Abu Dhabi International
Airport Terminal 3. The lounge features 16 unique zones
which have been designed to ensure that travellers can relax, and be entertained in
complete luxury before boarding their flights.
Airways is opening a new Premium Lounge at
which will offer passengers travelling between Qatar and the emirate an exclusive retreat while waiting in the
new Concourse D. Presently, Qatar
Airways flies 133 times weekly to Dubai’s two
International (DXB) and Al Maktoum International
(DWC), with 15 flights daily from Doha to
National Carrier Emirates
plan to add a 10th daily flight to London
Gatwick commencing 1st October 2016. The Dubai-London Gatwick
will be serviced by a Boeing 777-300ER aircraft
which will include 8 Private Suites in First Class, 42 lie flat seats in Business Class and 310 spacious seats in Economy Class.
national carrier Qantas will begin construction on a new premium lounge at London
Heathrow Airport, Terminal 3. The lounge will have a split level
design with capacity for 230 passengers and will afford views of the airfield. Work
will commence in September 2016 with a opening anticipated for early in 2017.
carrier United Airlines will introduce
non-stop flights between San Francisco International Airport
and Changi Airport in Singapore.
Subject to official government approval it
is planned that the new flights will commence on June 1st 2016. United will
claim an important double success with this initiative - namely the first non-stop service between San Francisco and Singapore, and
the only non-stop service to the U.S. from Singapore.
Emirates has launched daily flights to Sabiha Gökçen
Airport - located on the Asian side of Istanbul.
have been running a scheduled service to Atatürk Airport
- the city's main airport - for over 28 years and the airline are
confident that passenger and cargo potential is strong enough at Sabiha Gökçen
Airport to justify operating flights to both
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UK online rail ticket
is to offer mobile ticketing for UK passengers. Norwich and London
Liverpool Street Stations have launched mobile ticketing called mTicketing
- Advance and on-the-day tickets can be purchased and downloaded vie
Airport in London
continues to grow, with passenger traffic up in 2015 by 2.3% to a
new year to date record of 56.9 million passengers and airport
management are predicting that the 2014 target of 73,408,442 will be
surpassed in 2015. The airport has also seen a positive financial
results with a rise in revenue of 4.1% to £2.1 billion and EBITDA
(Earnings before Interest, Taxes, Depreciation, and Amortization) up
4.4% to £1.2 billion.
has started a new non-stop service to Florida’s west
coast - flying from Frankfurt to Tampa. Karl Ulrich Garnadt, chief executive
has commented on the new service: “Passengers from the Tampa Bay area will now be able to experience the quality service and premium products that Lufthansa has always been known to offer, including our brand new Premium Economy Class that offers extra space for comfort and relaxation, as well as an elevated experience.”
Jumeirah Group, the
based luxury hotel company and a member of Dubai Holding, has announced the appointment of Imran Changezi as hotel manager at
al-Arab Jumeirah, the world’s most luxurious hotel. The hotel accommodation is split into magnificent duplex suites rather than conventional rooms and is one of the most expensive hotels in the world. Guests are spoilt for choice when it comes to dining in the
al-Arab but the Al Muntaha (Ultimate) and Al Mahara (Oyster) award winning restaurants are not to be missed.
Barbados Tourism Marketing Inc. (BTMI)
have reported on a record number of long stay visitors for the Jan
to Jun period in 2015. BTMI have cited a number of reasons for this
including - Reduced unemployment in the US, lower oil prices, UK Air
Passenger Duty (APD) changes, and better travel scheduling in the Caribbean
the capital city, have been advised to bring enough cash to cover
costs of visits to the country. Capital controls have been
introduced which come with daily withdrawal limits for locals.
Although theses limits do not apply to cards registered out-with Greece,
it is possible that banks could run of cash before the referendum on
National Carrier of Abu
Dhabi - Etihad
Airways has just introduced the A380
on its Sydney
Dhabi and Sydney
routes. The aircraft presents new innovations in all cabins
including The Residence by Etihad, a luxurious private three-room
based national carrier Qatar Airways will start to operate a daily direct scheduled service from
in Scotland to Doha’s
Hamad International Airport
The service aircraft will be a Boeing 787 Dreamliner. This aircraft has a two-cabin configuration, comprising 22 seats in Business Class and 232 Economy Class seats.
Due to the
tragic loss of life after the crash of flight 4U 95245 -
German national carrier Lufthansa, owner of German Wings, will
cancel its 60th anniversary event. Instead live coverage of the memorial service at the Cologne Cathedral in memory of the victims
will be broadcast. The service will take place on April 17th.
3rd 2015 Dubai
National Carrier Emirates, will start a new
daily service from Dubai
to the Indonesian
island of Bali.
This will be Emirates 148th
and will add to its existing Asia Pacific network which covers 23
destinations in 13 countries.
Emirates Group, comprising
National Carrier - Emirates airline and dnata (Dubai
National Air Travel Agency, plans to hire over 11,000 new staff in
2015 across its business, in line with its projected global growth.
Dhabi national carrier Etihad Airways has
successfully launched its first Airbus A380 service. The inaugural journey saw the first Etihad Airbus A380
depart from Abu Dhabi International Airport
on Saturday December 27th en route for London Heathrow
Airport. Etihad have stated that by August 2015 all
flights between Abu Dhabi and
will be by A380.
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cruise season in Dubai, which
began at the end of October, saw an increase in activity as the
temperature cooled. Port Rashid welcomed the arrival of over 10
ships in November with an anticipated total of 110 cruise vessels
arriving in Dubai
over the next 6 months.
launched a new attack on APD - Air Passenger Duty. British APD has
risen relentlessly since it was introduced over 20 yeas ago. UK APD
is the highest aviation tax imposed anywhere
throughout the globe, and continues to surge past other UK taxes
including road tax, and fuel duty.
numbers to Indonesia
are set to increase as 3 carriers plan to add extra flights to this
popular East Asia destination. Garuda Indonesia Airlines, Royal Brunei Airlines and Oman Air
are all adding a range of flight combinations to cater for more UK
visitors to Bali,
carrier - Etihad Airways is working on schedule changes between Abu Dhabi and
Johannesburg (South Africa). Thc changes are due towards the end of
October 2014 and are aimed at improving passenger connections in
either direction - with better links to African regional networks
and extended international links beyond the Abu Dhabi airport hub.
recent 2014 World Travel Awards German National Carrier Lufthansa
defended the title of Europe’s Leading Airline. Lufthansa also won
the award for Europe's Leading Airline Lounge - Lufthansa First Class Lounges, Frankfurt Airport, Germany. Turismo de
Portugal were chosen as Europe’s Leading Tourist Board.
Embratur, also known as the Brazilian Tourist Board,
are delighted with the figure if 1 millions jobs being generated in Brazil
the 2014 FIFA World Cup. According to Embratur 710,000 jobs are permanent and 200,000 are temporary, and all are in the official labour
Airways has started services between Doha and
Edinburgh - Capital City of
Scotland. This route is the 141st international destination for the the Doha
national carrier and opens up Edinburgh to more global locations.
recent World Travel Awards Middle East held in Dubai
Dhabi National Carrier - Eithad Airways won the title
of Middle East’s Leading Airline, successfully defending its
previous win. Dubai Department of Tourism & Commerce Marketing
celebrated two awards - Middle East’s Leading Destination and Middle East’s Leading Tourist Board.
Australian national carrier Qantas has recently opened its new Hong
Kong luxury lounge. Qantas International chief executive , Simon
Hickey, stated "the new multi-million dollar lounge delivers on Qantas’ ongoing commitment to creating the best travel experiences for its customers."
The United Nations World Tourism Organization
(UNWTO) is giving support to Qatar
to initiate a new tourism strategy through joint working in the
fields of legislation, institutional strengthening, statistics, marketing and capacity building.
UNWTO Secretary-General, Taleb Rifai has welcomed the high priority
giver to the Qatar
Airport have initiated a public consultation with
local residents seeking views on the North West runway plan. The
findings of the consultation will assist the airport in identifying
what is important for residents and will be critical in any planning
and design refinements before the final plan is re-submitted to the Airports Commission in May.
The city of Taipei
is preparing to join the Emirates list of direct destinations in
early 2014. A daily non-stop service from Dubai
capital city will commence at the beginning of February 2014. This
builds on the existing relationship between the two cities
established in 2003 through the Emirates Skycargo partnership.
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has recently won the bid to host the World Expo 2020. The other city
contenders were Ekaterinburg (Russia), Izmir (Turkey), and São
Paulo (Brazil). Expo 2020 will represent a first as a Middle Eastern destination will be hosting the event for the first
The Abu Dhabi Tourism & Culture Authority
has staged its largest F1 promotion for the Etihad Airways Abu Dhabi Grand
Prix run on 3rd November on the Yas Marina Circuit. This Grand Prix
is the 17th round of the 2013 season and is the 5th time the Abu Dhabi
Grand Prix has been run. The 2013 World Drivers' Champion has been
won by Sebastian Vettel after the Indian Grand Prix. There are 19
rounds in the 2013 Formula One season.
An agreement between
Dutch railways and Eurostar has been concluded which will see direct
services between London
beginning in December 2016. Eurostar plans to run two services a day
with journey times of around four hours. This will extend the
existing route via Brussels
and will include stops at Antwerp,
Airport, and ending at Amsterdam Centraal.
The Hong Kong Tourism Board are looking to grow MICE (Meetings, Incentives, Conferences, and Exhibitions) activity in the region with a strong focus on driving new business from the UK and Europe.
Hong Kong is already recognised as a premier destination for MICE events and predicted strong economic growth will lead to more MICE growth.
EADS (European Aeronautic Defence and Space Company)
the parent company of Airbus is to rename itself Airbus Group. The
renaming is in order, according to the company, to “enhance integration and cohesion”.
The new group will be made up of 3 divisions: Airbus; Airbus Defence &
Space; and Airbus Helicopters.
Worldwide has opened the Hilton Shijiazhuang in Hebei province of China.
This is the 4,000th Hilton and adds to the current 34 hotels in China.
Hilton are forecasting over 100 hotels in China
by 2014 making it the second largest market for Hilton after the
and Travel Technology company Sabre have branched out into Asia.
Sabre now powers Expedia's online travel operation in Singapore and Malaysia
which provides Asia travel shoppers some of the best value travel
products in the South East Asia marketplace.
carrier Ryanair has
reported after tax profits of €569 million
Euros for financial year 2012/2013. This represents a 13% increase
on the previous year. Ryanair Chief executive Michael O’Leary
stated: “Delivering a 13 per cent increase in profits and five per cent traffic growth despite high oil prices during a European recession is testimony to the strength of Ryanair’s ultra-low cost model.”
world airlines have Qantas of Australia
and Emirates of Dubai
have welcomed the recent decision by the Australian Competition & Consumer Commission
to approve their partnership proposal for the next five years.
Benefits of the partnership for passengers include - a seamless international and Australian network, frequent flyer benefits, and world-class travel experiences.
have reported that US and Global Corporations have show encouraging
growth in travel bookings at the start of 2013. Pegasus are
currently the single largest processor of electronic hotel transactions.
Dhabi Airline Etihad Airways has reported a net profit of US $42 million for 2012, 200 per cent
increase on 2011. These figures were in part attributed to the development of equity partnerships and
codeshares, which delivered over US $600 million in total revenue.
International Airport is projecting that passenger traffic will reach 66
million in 2013. This prediction also factors in the expected increase in growth
when Concourse A - the A380 facility- is fully operational in early 2013.
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has announced that December 13th will be the launch date of its first long-haul Boeing 787 commercial service from
Doha to London
Heathrow. Doha head-quartered Qatar Airways will become the first airline to operate regular scheduled flights to the UK with
the 787 Dreamliner - the next generation aircraft from Boeing.
French National Carrier - Air France - is expanding its global long
haul operation in the summer of 2013 with 2 new city destinations
namely, Minneapolis-St. Paul in Minnesota and
Kuala Lumpur in Malaysia.
York City has an ambitious plan to construct the world's
tallest Ferris wheel on Staten Island. The wheel design is similar
to the famous London Eye and will give sweeping views of the Manhattan skyline.
The giant Ferris wheel, at 625 feet, will be about half the height of the Empire State Building.
According to recent research and related polls, UK air
passengers support the expansion of regional UK airports, as opposed
to the construction of a 3rd London
Heathrow runway. These findings are putting increased
pressure on the UK coalition government and the current transport transport secretary Justine
Global Hotel Company - Starwood Hotels and Resorts Worldwide
are set to open their largest Sheraton Hotel in Macau (China) in
September 2012. This will be the largest Sheraton in the world with
3,863 rooms and will also become the largest hotel in Macau. Special
features will include no less than three outdoor swimming pools with private cabanas, daybeds,
and poolside lounge. For further information about Macau click...
Jumeirah Group, based in Dubai, has opened the Jumeirah Creekside Hotel, its ninth Dubai property. The group is expected to double the number of hotels it manages over a two year period 2011 to the end of 2012. For more information on Dubai Hotels
Queen's Diamond Jubilee: A group of 8 intrepid explorers
including 6 Britons are ready to hold the ‘world’s most remote
diamond Jubilee party’ on the top of Barbeau Peak in Canada - one
of the most remotest parts of the Commonwealth. The 2616 metre
mountain is located on Ellesmere Island in the far north of Canada,
and well within the Arctic Circle. No problem keeping the champagne
Cruise Lines International Association, the world's largest cruise non-profit organization,
which represents 26 companies, is implementing new safety standards.
These include a requirement for each ship to provide additional adult life jackets
- over and above the legal requirements within a ship's most-populated zone.
Singapore’s new International Cruise Terminal (ICT) is set to open later this year, with tourism officials hoping the huge $400 million dollar terminal will attract some of the world’s largest cruise ships. The ICT facility will include two main berths, departure and arrival halls, and a ground transportation and city connection area.
According to research by the WTTC (World Travel & Tourism
Council) the UK travel and tourism industry will grow by 1.3% in
2012. This sector growth is set to outstrip the broader UK economy.
Tourism chiefs will be keenly monitoring the impact of the London
Olympics this summer on these figures.
Less than a fortnight after the Costa Concordia disaster, cruise customers are still booking cruises for 2012, although more are asking questions about sea safety. The first 3 months of the year are known as the "wave season," in the cruise industry, when the majority of cruise customers book their berths. The Costa Concordia struck a rock in the Tyrrhenian Sea just off the shore of Isola del Giglio, near the western coast of Italy, on Friday 13th January 2012.
The Association of British Travel Agents
ABTA has just released its Travel Trends Report 2012, which is developed in association with the Foreign and Commonwealth
Office FCO. Their broad prediction is that holidaymakers in 2012 will be
looking for value for money, but will not necessarily choose the cheapest holiday.
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industry experts have predicted that Paris will retain the crown as
the most visited city by international visitors in the world, for
2011. However, this title is likely to be strongly challenged in the
following year by London, when it hosts the 2012 summer Olympics.
Dubai Airports are predicting that passenger numbers will pass 52
million in 2011, representing a growth of 13.1% from 2010. The
airport has also been voted “Middle East Leading Airport" by World Travel
The United Nations World Tourism Organisation
(UN WTO) has recently highlighted the work being done by Egypt to
restore it's vital tourism industry, and the fundamental role that
tourism will play in the economic recovery of Egypt.
The new Ritz-Carlton Hong Kong has recently re-opened on top of the
city's tallest building, the 488 meter tall International Commerce
Centre. The owners now claim this is the world's highest hotel, and
the new location offers spectacular views of the cityscape of Hong
International tourist are starting to return to Japan almost 2 months after the
earthquake and subsequent tsunami. The Japan Tourism Agency (JTA) are keen
to emphasise that there are many places in Japan that were not devastated by the earthquake,
and are assuring potential visitors they will be safe in Japan.
The Foreign & Commonwealth Office have carried out research that
shows that, of the 12 million British nationals who intend to visit
family and friends, most will purchase a gift for their host than a
travel insurance policy.
The Beijing–Shanghai High-Speed Railway (or Jinghu High-Speed Railway) has
just opened and will cut the journey time in half. The train is
expected to travel at around 300 km/hr, and will take approximately
4 hrs and 48 minutes to cover the 1,318 km (819 mile) distance
between the two largest cities in China.
Dubai is seeing significant increases in visitor numbers in part due
to the availability of more cheap flights to the United Arab
Emirates (UAE). The Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing (DTCM),
have confirmed that Dubai's hotel saw a total of 8,684,387 guests in 2010, up on
the 7,845,819 for 2009.
According to the Geneva-based Air Transport Rating Agency the top
ten world's safest airlines come from Europe Japan and the USA. The
airlines named in a recent report from the Swiss agency are - British Airways, Air
France-KLM, Lufthansa, American Airlines, Continental Airlines, Delta Air Lines, Southwest Airlines, United Airlines, US
Airways, and Japan Airlines.
A group of 10 Scottish Football supporters travelled from
Germany to Liechtenstein then through Italy France and Spain to
attend the last 2 qualifying games for the Euro 2012 football
competition. Although the mode of transport, a large tour bus, does
not appear on the surface to be worthy of note, this was in fact a
rock bus, and has created great interest among other Scots fans.
There is also the future possibility of a Balkan Rock bus for the
qualifying games for the 2014 Football World Cup.
Global giant - Boeing has identified Africa as being a continent
with untapped potential for the expansion of a currently small
passenger airline industry. The airline designer and manufacturer
has an expanding order book from African customers. This growth has
also been recognised in research by IATA (International Air Transport Association)
who in February 2011 showed that Africa is now the second fastest growing region in the world in terms of commercial aviation, behind China.
Easyvoyage, a hotel review company, anticipate that Buenos Aires,
largest city and capital of Argentina, will be a popular destination
for winter sun seekers. To back this up Buenos Aires tourist
organisations expect cruise trip visitors to increase by 21 per cent in the 2011/2012 season. It has also been reported that they expect a total of 400,000 visitors and 158 ships to dock at the city’s
port next year.
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The Burj Dubai, the tallest building in the world,
is expected to be opened for business by January 2010. Construction
started in 2004 and the structure is now 818 m (2,684 feet).
ferry port is to be built at Loch Ryan in south west Scotland
following a £200 million investment by ferry operator Stena Line.
Scottish First minister Mr. Alex Salmond has welcomed the
British Airways have heralded the launch of their new First Class
cabin. The cabin which includes a personal wardrobe, a much wider bed
, and personal electronic blinds, has been introduced on a B777
route which currently flies from London Heathrow to Chicago O’
Recent news from IATA (International Air Transport Association)
has given a clean bill of health for the aviation industry. Global demand was up
by 9.5% for passengers and 26.5% for cargo, compared to the February 2009
The annual Arabian Hotel Investment Conference AHIC 2010 is being held in Dubai
UAE. Around 600 attendees are expected from over 42 countries, with an
anticipated significant contribution from the international hotel investment
Budget Carrier Easyjet has
recently unveiled a new radar system that should allow aircraft to navigate
safely around volcanic ash clouds. The new radar uses infra-red that will allow
pilots to detect ash particles within a 100km radius from the aircraft, allowing
safe navigation around ash clouds.
Regulators have ruled out budget carrier Ryanair’s plan to have
standing-room only flights. Ryanair’s proposals to get rid of
seats and introduce pay-toilets will not be introduced for at least
According to a survey from Visit Britain, The British Royal Family
generated over £500 million pounds in tourism earnings. The most
popular royal attraction was the Tower of London, followed by
Windsor Castle, and Buckingham Palace.
The proposed merger of Continental Airlines and United Airlines is a
step closer after The US Department of Justice approved the proposed
US$3bn merger of the two airlines. If successful this will
create the world’s largest airline.
Diego Forlan, the
Uruguayan footballer and winner of the 2010 World Cup Golden Boot,
has been chosen as the face of Uruguayan tourism for 2010 to 2011.
The country plan to use the international and Atletico Madrid player
to boost tourism and visitor numbers.
Mumbai based Jet Airways has seen a strong increase in passenger
numbers compared to the same period in 2009. The airline's increased
confidence has lead to proposed new routes from New Delhi and Milan
and Mumbai/Delhi to Colombo by the end of the year.
Following an intensive selection exercise - the cities of Bangkok, Dubai, San Francisco, London, Sharm El Sheikh, Rio de Janeiro and Antalya have
been nominated as the hosts of the prestigious World Travel Awards 2011 Grand Tour.
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Travellers, from the US in particular,
are experiencing a pleasant return to the golden days of travel when
quality and service were the hallmarks of hotel accommodation and
air travel. The travel industry is rolling out the red carpet to woo
back customers who have curtailed their number of journeys due to
the economic downturn.
The number of French tourists coming
to the UK is predicted to almost double this year due to the Pound
dropping against the Euro. Both Expedia and Eurostar have
experienced large rises in online sales from France. Eurostar staff
have also observed returning visitors to France and the Eurozone
laden with purchases from London and UK stores.
European rail companies are catching up with airlines when it comes
to online booking. Independent observers have commented on the
effectiveness of the Eurostar and Deutsche Bahn websites. Along with
online booking efficiencies, rail travel is also starting to compete
on price, particularly on routes from Paris to Southern France on
the high speed iDTGV service.
Over 2 million British people are
expected to holiday abroad in Easter 2009. According to ABTA
(Association of British Travel Agents) the most popular destinations
for UK visitors this Easter are Spain, the Canary Islands, Turkey,
Egypt and Tunisia.
Following advice from the UK Foreign
Office regarding the potential threat of swine flu, thousands of
British holiday makers are leaving the Yucatan Peninsula in Mexico,
and many more have cancelled holidays.
The UK Government Department of
Transport are due to trial a new security scanner at Newcastle
Airport. The scanner can 'see' through bottles and detect whether
they contain potentially explosive liquids. If the trials are
successful, it may mean passengers can carry larger size liquid
containers through security.
Construction of Spaceport America has
officially started in New Mexico. The project has been funded by the
State of New Mexico to the tune of nearly $200 million. After
completion, UK businessman Richard Branson's Virgin Galactic space
craft will carry over 45,000 pre-registered tourists into space.
These flights are anticipated to commence as early as 2010.
British tourist are expected to send over 130 million postcards this
summer according to a survey of 3,000 adults by the Association of
British Travel Agents (ABTA).
Air China, the nation's principal
airline, has said its net profit more than doubled in the first half of the year.
This was down to a combination of lower fuel prices, fuel hedging gains, and improving domestic travel
British Airway's first business only
passenger flight landed at JFK having flown from London City
Airport. BA chief executive Willie Walsh is confident the route will
be profit-making by 2010.
US President Barack Obama has recently announced that the policy restricting
travel into the USA for people living with HIV will be removed.
President Bush and Congress and initiated this process in 2008.
Hotels in the County of Cumbria in North West England have sent a
plea to guests not to cancel their festive breaks. Despite severe
flooding that hit the county in November, tourism officials have
stated that hotels, restaurants, and businesses will definitely be
open over the festive season.
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US travel organisations have highlighted the increasing number of
solo tourists. Approximately 1 in 10 travellers is a solo traveller.
Tour companies are looking at innovative ways of catering for this
The United Arab Emirates (UAE) carrier Emirates will commence a
direct daily service to Cape Town, South Africa in March 2008. This
follows the recent start of flights from Dubai to Johannesburg.
Tourist and Business leaders from both countries are anticipating a
significant increase in both business and leisure travellers.
Beijing has recently opened its newest airport terminal.
The terminal will accommodate an expected surge in visitors for the Summer
2008 Olympics. The new runway will also be able to handle the new
Airbus A380. Airport officials are predicting that over 64 million
visitors compared with 50 million in
The new terminal 5 (T5) at Heathrow Airport has suffered from some
major teething problems, resulting in flight cancellations and major
baggage-handling problems. The new T5 structure is a state of the
art building designed to put glamour back into air travel. Airport
bosses are confident that once staff become fully familiar with the
new terminal, the full benefits of T5 will be seen.
Taiwan is looking to increase the number of visitors from China to 1
million per year. Taiwanese tourist chiefs are hoping that the
influx of Chinese tourists will give the economy a major boost and
also help to relieve historic tensions between the two countries.
Tourism chiefs in Austria and Switzerland are anticipating record
numbers of summer visitors during the Euro 2008 football tournament.
The competition starts on 7th June and ends with the final being
played on 29th June in the Ernst Happel Stadion, Vienna, Austria.
Rail travel across Europe is entering an exciting period of growth
due in part to pressures on airlines due to rising fuel prices. By 2010,
European rail companies expect 25 million passengers to be using its high-speed networks,
a massive increase on today's figure of around 14 million.
Beijing, the Chinese capital will soon
experience a flood of visitors when the Olympic games starts.
Organisers are anticipating over 500,000 people during the games and
the Beijing business community is looking forward to excellent trade
Citizens of the city of New Orleans
have been advised to leave as Hurricane Gustav heads towards the
Gulf coastline. Forecasters say the hurricane could reach a category
5 with wind speeds of over 155 mph.
A major New York attraction, the aircraft carrier Intrepid, has
returned to it's berth in Manhattan where it will continue to serve
as military and space museum. The carrier has undergone a major
repair and improvement programme and will feature additional
aircraft on it's flight deck.
The iconic airship - the Zeppelin is
due to make regular appearances over the San Francisco skyline. The
Zeppelin is only one of 3 operational ones in the world - the others
being used in Germany and Japan.
Australian tourism promoters are hoping that a new film
"Australia" starring Nicole Kidman, and featuring the
spectacular landscapes of Western Australia, will boost visitor
numbers and emulate the success of "Lord of the Rings" in
promoting New Zealand.
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The favourable economy and the Yen's strengthening against other
major currencies, have appeared to contribute to large numbers of
Japanese travellers flying abroad for the New Year holiday period. This
is despite higher ticket prices and travel costs overall, due to a
succession of recent fuel surcharge increases.
The Madrid based World Tourism Organization (WTO) have reported that
international tourism has set new records in 2006 with over 842
million tourist arrivals. This represents an increase of 4.5%
despite predictions of a downturn due to increased fuel prices,
terrorist threats, and flu infections. Surprisingly, Africa recorded
the largest growth at over 8.0%, which has been attributed in part
to the region's remoteness from conflict hotspots.
The European Union and United
States have agreed to a proposal allowing both US and European based
airlines increased flexibility to choose trans-Atlantic routes. The
proposal would allow airlines from Europe to fly from any EU
country to any destination in the USA with a reciprocal agreement
applying to US based airlines. It is anticipated that that this will
increase trans-Atlantic passenger numbers and reduce fares.
Chinese tourist officials are using the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games
as a springboard for expansion of Asia as a cruise destination.
Other attractions including the Great Wall of China and the
Indonesian Islands are predicted to attract US and European cruise
passengers. To this end China is establishing a new cruise passenger
terminal at Shanghai Port with expansion planned in other cities.
Airline Virgin Atlantic have ordered 15 Boeing 787 Dreamliner
aircraft. The Dreamliner is noted for its fuel efficiency and will
burn 27% less fuel than an Airbus A340-300. The Virgin Atlantic
chairman - Sir Richard Branson is committed to using 'cleaner'
aircraft and is looking to power his fleet with alternative fuels.
Singapore is looking to increase its tourism industry. With larger
numbers of affluent Chinese, Indians and other Asians travelling
overseas, Singapore tourist chiefs are attempting to tap into this
market. To this end a number of major new attractions are being
constructed including two large casinos, a Universal Studios theme
park, and a ferris wheel.
This month the Boeing 787
Dreamliner will be officially unveiled. This is Boeing's most
efficient aircraft with it's ground breaking design resulting in
significant gains in fuel economy. Passengers will also be
carried in quieter and more roomy cabins than any other plane.
Managers of Elvis Presley's famous residence at Graceland Memphis
Tennessee want to revamp it with a $250 million project comprising -
a new visitors center, a conventions hotel, and a high-tech
museum that would provide the King with a brand new digital
Singapore Airlines is running an auction for seats on the maiden
passenger flight of the airlines Airbus 380. Proceeds from the
auction will be given to Singapore and Australian charities. The
airline is due to commence flying on the Singapore - Sydney route in
Air New Zealand are to carry out the first test flight of an
aircraft partially run on biofuel. The airline will team up with Rolls-Royce Group Plc. and Boeing Co.
for this project and are planning to conduct the test flights by
Under a special access agreement
between the European Union and China, France and it's capital Paris
are experiencing a huge influx of Chinese visitors who are spending
large amounts of money on luxury products, and are snapping
photographs beside iconic landmarks such as the Arc de Triomphe and
the Eiffel Tower.
The Eurostar train service will now leave from St Pancras
International Station after moving from Waterloo. The new service
will cut the average journey time between London and Paris by 22
minutes to 2 hours 15 minutes.
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African tourist organisations have highlighted the benefit of
tourism to the continent's economy. In 2005 Kenya received almost
600,000 tourists bringing in over $570 million, approximately 12
percent of its GDP. Kenyan tourist officials confidently predict
that over 1 million tourists will visit Kenya in 2006.
According to a recent survey - Japanese
and Chinese travellers are poised to challenge the Germans for the
accolade of "globe's most active tourists". This is due to
a recent improvement in the Japanese economy and the increasing
demand by Chinese travellers for business and long haul tourist
At the recently held Middle East Travel and Tourism Summit 2006
conference, the Jordanian Minister for Tourism highlighted the need
to promote Middle East travel and tourism to achieve long term
economic growth in the region. The two day conference was held in
Jordan beside the Dead Sea and attracted participation from over 19
countries, including Britain, Egypt, Iran and Turkey.
Travellers in Europe may soon benefit from plans by The
European Commission to limit the international mobile phone roaming
costs users can be charged for using their phones away from their
US airlines are finding that price rather than brand loyalty has
become more of a priority for
today's customers. The rise of budget carriers, re-organisation of
many major airlines and the decline of frequent flyer programs are
all factors contributing to this change.
Tourism experts predict that the Chinese province of Hainan will
become a major destination for UK visitors in 2007. The islands of
Hainan have been referred to as the "Hawaii of Asia" with
superb beaches and clean blue water. The exclusive resort of Yalong
Bay is being developed to cater for the expected influx of western
South Africa is experiencing rapid growth in visitor numbers. In
2005 over 7.4 million tourists arrived, an increase of over 10%
compared to the previous year. A major attraction is the Kruger
National Park with it's Big Five (Lion, Elephant, Leopard, Rhino and
Buffalo) drawing thousands of wildlife enthusiasts. South Africa is
also the host for the 2010 Football World Cup Finals which will
further cement it's growing reputation as an attractive and
Dubai is currently experiencing rapid construction of hotel
complexes and other tourist developments. These include the Palm
Island resort, Dubai Marina, Dubai World and Burj Dubai. The Burj
Dubai project includes the construction of one of the world's
tallest skyscrapers due to be completed in 2008 Dubai...
Singapore received 913,000 foreign tourists in July of this year,
the highest monthly total in the history of the Singapore tourism
industry. High numbers of visitors are also anticipated for the IMF
(International Monetary Fund) annual meeting to be held in Singapore
on September 19-20 Singapore...
Bangkok has just opened it's new international airport. The old
overcrowded Don Muang airport traffic has been transferred to the
new Suvarnabhumi Airport which is capable of handling 76 flights per
hour and 45 million passengers per year. It's modern design
comprising steel, concrete and lots of glass lets in natural light
while keeping out the tropical heat. Bangkok...
Panama has recently approved a major expansion project to the
Panama Canal. The project will cost nearly $6 Billion, and will
include the construction of new access channels and a 3rd set of 180
feet wide locks. The new locks will be capable of handling a new
generation of super tankers and container ships. The project
completion is planned for the year 2014, one hundred years after the
opening of the original canal.
According to the Passenger
Shipping Association (PSA), 1.25 UK citizens have taken cruise
holidays this year. The current 2006 figure of 1.25 million cruise
passengers is expected to rise to 1.35 million in 2007 making
cruising on ocean liners and riverboat cruisers one of the fastest
growing tourist sectors.
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number of dead from the Indian Ocean Tidal Waves could rise
above 100,000, the International Red Cross has said.
(Information and donations can be made through the site below).
The Airbus A380, the world's
largest passenger plane has been presented to the world at it's
construction hanger near Toulouse in France. The giant aircraft
built by European company Airbus will undergo test flights in March
Malaysia is planning to
establish a special terminal for budget air carriers at Kuala
Lumpur's international airport. This development is intended to
expand it's status as a regional hub rivalling similar expansions at
Singapore and Bangkok.
SpiceJet the Indian low cost carrier is planning to entice millions
of train passengers to travel by air for both business and domestic
journeys. Indian air travel is anticipated to grow by about 25 - 30%
in the next 5 years as salaries rise.
Asian Airlines are buying new planes
as the region's rapidly growing economy increases demand for
domestic and international travel. This demand is making Asia the
latest battleground for the globe's two top aircraft makers: Boeing
Michael O'Leary, Chief
Executive of the low-cost air
carrier Ryanair , remains
confident that the budget airline demand in Europe is still
increasing. O'leary is currently celebrating Ryanair's 20th
Singapore Airines (SIA) are due to introduce in-flight
interactive language tuition. In conjunction with Berlitz
International the airline will provide 11 languages on it's
entertainment system. The languages will include English, French,
German, Spanish, Italian, Greek, Russian, Mandarin, Cantonese &
As part of his plan to move Ukraine towards European Union
membership, President Viktor Yushchenko has extended visa-free
travel for travelers from the European Union beyond the previous
deadline of September 2005.
Millions of Americans are holidaying in Hawaii this year.
Hawaii tourism chiefs are crediting this boom, in large part, to
world unrest, including terrorism, which has led to many Americans
travelling to safer destinations within U.S. borders.
New York State wineries are
attracting almost three times as many visitors as a decade ago.
There are now 212 wineries between Long Island and Lake Erie
compared to only 19 in 1975. This is making the wine industry New
York State's fastest growing sector in agriculture and tourism.
Source: New York Agricultural Statistics Service
Nearly 10 years after a 36-year civil war, Guatemala is developing
into a top tourist destination. The country has something for
everyone including - tropical rain forests, fast flowing rivers,
over 30 volcanoes, unspoilt beaches and ancient ruins from the Mayan
A Boeing 777 has recently
established a long-range flight record by making the non-stop
journey from Hong Kong to London. The
trip took 23-hours covering over 20,000 km. This has opened up new
route opportunities such as Miami - Taipei, Los Angeles - Dubai,
Sydney - Chicago, and Houston - Karachi.
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Foreigners entering U.S. airports and
seaports, except those from Western Europe and a handful of other
countries, will soon have their fingerprints scanned and their
photographs snapped as part of a new program designed to enhance
Many US Airlines are having to adapt
to customers whose expectations are changing more rapidly than
anticipated. Customers demands for lower fares are limiting revenue
opportunities and airlines will have to lower costs related to
According to the National
Transportation Safety Board - Air travel would be safer if airlines
weighed their passengers from time to time to make sure they are
aware of how much weight their planes are carrying.
The Statue of Liberty will reopen to the public this summer,
according to officials. The
Statue was closed immediately after the September 11 terrorist
attacks and has undergone upgrades that were necessary before
reopening. At the moment
visitors can visit Liberty Island but are not allowed inside the
EasyJet, the UK based
low-fares airline, have set up a base at Schonefeld Airport, Berlin,
Germany. EasyJet have stated that the Berlin base would become its
biggest outside the UK and they expect to carry 1.5 million
passengers in the first 12 months. EasyJet and close rival Ryanair
have led the expansion of low-fares air travel from the UK to the
rest of Europe.
The recovery of the world airline industry, following the SARS
crisis and the Iraq war, is been hampered by high oil prices. Fuel
costs are about 16% of an airline's running costs and with fuel
prices at 55% higher than 2003 this issue is set to be high on the
agenda of the International Air Transport Association's annual
meeting, to be held in Singapore this month.
A new high speed train
service will connect St. Petersburg (Russia) and Helsinki (Finland).
The service will begin in 2007 it was announced by Russian Railways
president Gennady Fadeyev. The new trains will travel up to 250
kilometers an hour (155 mph) reducing the journey time from more
than five hours to three.
The USA and China have signed an agreement to increase the number of
passenger and freight flights between the two countries. The deal
will add 14 new passenger flights a week for 2004, starting in
August, with a planned expansion to 249 flights a week within 6
years as compared to the present limit of 54.
Greece is hoping that international praise for the Olympic
Games will see an increase in tourist visits.
To support this view, The Hellenic Association of Travel and Tourist
Agencies has already reported that bookings for September and
October are up 10 percent from the same period last year.
A group from California will
launch a campaign to claim a $10 million prize by sending a
privately funded manned craft into sub-orbital space. Their craft -
SpaceShipOne, has so far achieved that feat by reaching an
altitude of 328,491 feet (62.5 miles approx) on its initial flight
A new combined air traffic
and weather system will help Airports manage passenger queues more
efficiently by being able to predict busy hours. The system is
called PaxFlow and was developed at IBM's Research facility in
The Chinese city of
Shanghai is planning to extend its high speed MAGLEV (magnetic
levitation) line in time for the World Expo which it is hosting in
2010. The line is the world's only commercially run MAGLEV
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Europe's third largest airline Lufthansa will become the first
airline to offer inflight Internet connection.
The Federal Aviation Administration is asking airlines to weigh
passengers and bags on small commuter planes similar to the one that
crashed in North Carolina this month.
Airbus parent EADS was down more than seven percent early on Monday
as Europe's biggest planemaker joined a fall in airline shares, hit
by risks of lower orders from war-hit carriers.
The rigorous screening of international travelers is among measures
included in a six-point plan adopted by Asian leaders to try and
control the outbreak of the deadly SARS virus.
Research findings this month have found that turning off your mobile
phone during flights and keeping your luggage weight within the
recommended aviation guidelines could make your flight more safe.
European Union governments handed over control of their skies
Thursday as they seek a single region-wide air travel market.
A second day of talks between British
Airways and unions to resolve a dispute that disrupted the travel
plans of 100,000 passengers collapsed in the early hours of
The Department of Homeland Security is evaluating about a dozen
overseas airports to determine their vulnerability to attacks with
trans-continental rail project to link the northern Australian city
of Darwin with the southern city of Adelaide is just months away
from coming into operation.
wreaked havoc with travel plans, disrupting air traffic nationwide
and forcing weekend gamblers on their way back from Las Vegas to
find alternate routes.
The U.S. and Britain have warned their citizens to proceed
cautiously in Istanbul after terrorists attacked the British
Consulate and a British-owned bank, killing at least 26 and wounding
The UK government are planning to place armed sky marshals
on some international flights.