Month: January 2017

UK inbound tourism booms in 2016

  International tourists are travelling across English regions in record numbers, and they are spending more too. London Eye. Official statistics released today show that in the first nine months of 2016 there were a record-breaking 12.2 million visits to English regions outside London, up 4% compared to the same period in 2015. Spend by international visitors across England’s regions also set a record during this period, up 2% to £5.9 billion. Wales saw inbound visits increase 12% from January to September last year to 856,000 with spending by overseas visitors hitting a record high for this period, up...

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First non-charter Nordic – Mexico flight launches in November

  Finnair announces new direct weekly service from Helsinki to Puerto Vallarta. PUERTO VALLARTA, MEXICO and HELSINKI – The Mexico Tourism Board announced the first direct nonstop flight from Helsinki to Puerto Vallarta between November 19, 2017 and March 18, 2018. The upcoming weekly service follows almost two years of close cooperation and partnership between Finnair and the Mexico Tourism Board. This falls in line with their new overall global vision and strategy to increase connectivity, expand into new markets and diversify their tourism product offerings to draw new travellers to Mexico and help continue to propel the country’s...

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Online travel market is estimated to generate $1,091 billion, globally, by 2022

  PORTLAND, OREGON and PUNE, INDIA – A new report published by Allied Market Research , titled, “Online Travel Market by Mode of Booking (Online Travel Agencies and Direct Travel Suppliers), Types of Platform (Mobile and Desktop), Service Types (Transportation, Travel Accommodation, and Vacation Packages), and Age Group (22-31, 32-43, 44-56, and >56): Global Opportunity Analysis and Industry Forecast, 2014-2022” , projects that the global online travel market is estimated to reach $1,091 billion by 2022. Asia-Pacific is expected to witness the highest growth during the forecast period. Direct travel suppliers, such as hotels, airlines and car rental companies,...

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Flights to the UK from Gambia suspended by tour operators

  Thomas Cook implemented contingency plans to return nearly 1,000 UK customers from the west African country Flights to the UK from the crisis-stricken Gambia have been suspended by British tour operators, the Foreign Office said. Holidaymakers were forced into a chaotic exodus earlier this week as the country teetered on the brink of military conflict following post-election unrest. Unseated president Yahya Jammeh is expected to leave for Guinea, after previously risking intervention from neighbouring states when he refused to hand over power to his successor, Adama Barrow. Around 1,000 sun-seekers on Thomas Cook packages were ordered to pack...

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Travel sector zooms in on lucrative gay market

  The travel sector is jazzing up its offer for gay tourists, who tend to spend more than most when away from home, taking it beyond parties in sunny hubs like Ibiza. The trend was underscored at the Fitur tourism fair in Madrid, one of the world’s largest, which wraps up on Sunday, where tourism boards plugged cultural attractions and nature activities to this market. Spain’s western region of Extremadura for example featured posters promoting annual gay pride festivities in the city of Badajoz which began in response to homophobic comments made by a local politician. But it also...

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