• Irish tourism trade target Canadian market worth €133m

    A group of over 20 top group and retail Canadian tour operators arrived in Ireland to meet and do business with over 70 key Irish tourism businesses from across the country, at a workshop in The Slieve Russell Hotel, Cavan. The operators, who consist of operators currently selling Ireland in Canada, as well as new operators interested in programming... more...

  • Vietnam promote tourism in Canada with travel show in Montreal

    Vietnam conducted the 29th International Tourism and Travel Show in Montreal City, Canada from 20th to 23rd October that witnessed the active participation of more than 200 pavilions from 70 nations and territories across the world.Bamboo dragon flies, conical hats and other kinds of handicrafts were all displayed at the two Vietnamese booths in this... more...

  • Louvre Abu Dhabi signs partnership with Etihad Airways

    Louvre Abu Dhabi, a universal museum on Saadiyat Island that exhibits art and artefacts, signed the first exclusive platinum partnership with Etihad Airways. Louvre Abu Dhabi will officially open on November 11, 2017, as an iconic landmark on the city’s geographical, cultural and tourist landscape. His Excellency Saif Saeed Ghobash, Director General... more...

  • Signalling issue triggers delays and cancellations at Norwich Railway Station

    Services to and from Norwich Railway Station has to be cancelled this morning on account of a fault in the signaling system of the railway station.Greater Anglia who is the train operator mentioned that an issue with the signal inside the Lakenham area implied that services are incapable of operating between Norwich and Diss.Consequently, the 6.45 a.m.... more...

  • Passenger sues Canadian Airline for misleading champagne ad

    A passenger is suing a Canadian airline for serving sparkling wine instead of champagne.Daniel Macduff from Quebec was flying on a low-cost Canadian carrier, Sunwing Airlines, as be bought a package holiday to Cuba.The holiday advertised a “complimentary onboard champagne toast”, but instead, Mr. Macduff and his fellow passengers were served... more...

  • Hull City Council feels “tourism tax” will decline tourism

    Hull City Council, a governing body with unification authority is to conduct a probability study into the prospect of levying a charge on visitors.This would put people off spending time in the City of Culture. The authority spends £90,000 a year on tourism marketing, said it was purely an information gathering process at this stage.The councillor... more...

  • Golden Week sees £29m spent by Chinese tourists

    Thanks to the cheap pound rate, the Chinese tourists are splashing out more than £29m in shopping centres across the high streets of the UK during the Golden Week holiday. Worldpay, the expert in payments processor found in its new research that card transactions during the Golden Week holiday that lasted from 1 to 8 October has drawn £11m... more...

  • 52 years old Barcelona tourist killed in Florence church after stone fragment fell

    A tourist from Spain has been killed by a falling stone fragment in one of the Italy’s busiest city, Florence. The tourist was 52 years old hailing from Barcelona.The stone from the church, said to have supported a column, had a diameter of 15cm (six inches) and fell 20 meters (65ft).The Police have closed the Santa Croce Basilica, where the artist... more...

  • British travellers first to charter Darjeeling toy train after it resumed service

    Darjeeling Himalaya Railway (DHR), popularly known as the Darjeeling toy train that is also globally renowned heritage item has welcomed its first foreign takers on Tuesday after commencing services once more after an almost four-month shutdown.The 18-member British tourist team became the first to charter the two-coach train hauled by a steam engine... more...

  • New tourism route in north Wales to attract Japanese tourists

    North Wales tourism has launched a new tourism route in order to attract the Japanese tourists.North Wales Tourism said the region had seen an 84% rise in visitors from Japan in the last two years. And, in this new route, the Roads of Castles in Wonderland initiative will circle around the World Heritage sites and other attractions in the area.Its director... more...

  • Emirates to sweeten Diwali season with classic Indian delicacies

    Emirates is set to delight its customers by offering special Diwali delicacies for the celebratory season. The special treats will be available for customers across all classes during the week of Diwali celebrations, from October 16-22, 2017, on all on flights to and from Dubai and India.The airline will serve Motichoor Ladoos traditionally prepared... more...

  • arlson Wagonlit Travel announces multi-year distribution agreement with British Airways & Iberia

    Carlson Wagonlit Travel (CWT) announced a multi-year distribution agreement with British Airways (BA) and Iberia Airlines (IB), enabling CWT customers to avoid the airlines' proposed surcharge on bookings created within participating global distribution systems (GDS) that agree to these terms with IAG. The agreement, effective November 1, 2017, applies... more...

  • Peru named as the Greenest Destination in South America

    Another feather has been added to Peru’s already overflowing hat after it has been awarded South America’s Leading Green Destination 2017 by World Travel Awards. The timing is very much in sync with Peru’s declaration of creating yet another Regional Conservation Area in Tres Canones, Cusco.Indians are becoming increasingly conscious... more...

  • Dubai to permit tourists to fly drones soon

    Aviation authorities in Dubai have been working on a unique mechanism wherein tourists would be able to register online and obtain a certificate enabling them to fly their drones around popular landmarks in Dubai.However the certificate would be subject to an in-house validation of their skills in Dubai.The fresh regulation was declared on the sidelines... more...

  • Sri Lanka tourism aims GCC with roadshows

    Sri Lanka Tourism Promotion Bureau will launch a promotional roadshow which will have a delegation of Sri Lanka Tourism officials, as well as Sri Lanka’s leading hotels and tourism stakeholders and will visit the cities of Kuwait, Bahrain, Oman and Qatar, as part of an ongoing effort to develop the number of tourists visiting the emerald island... more...

  • Egyptian squash player Ramy Ashour to promote Egypt’s tourist destinations

    Egyptian squash player Ramy Ashour will be promoting Egypt’s tourist destinations, as said by the head of the Egyptian Tourist Authority Hisham El Dameery.The authority’s slogan for the promotion campaign will be on Ashour’s sportswear during international tournaments. A press conference will be held on Tuesday to announce more details... more...

  • Counting of tourism rises following Commonwealth Games

    Very soon, Gold Coast will turn into a major hub for Australia in terms of international events following the Commonwealth Games. The tourism sector is anticipating the Coast’s change into a city capable to organize important events that will rake in millions of dollars in the forthcoming days. Gold Coast Tourism spokesman Dean Gould explained... more...

  • Tourism has great potential in Nigeria

    The Director-General of Nigerian Tourism Development Corporation (NTDC), Folorunsho Folarin-Coker, said that the tourism sector can emerge to be highly prospective if the structures and facilities in the industry are fully optimized. He spoke on strategies to rejuvenate the sector and other issues. In Nigeria, tourism has become a new medium of... more...

  • British Virgin Islands suffer $3 bn in damages due to Irma

    After Hurricane Irma slammed into the British Virgin Islands on Sept. 6, it left the tourism industry, one of the territory’s primary economic pillars, with over $3 billion in damages, according to BVI Tourist Board Director Sharon Flax Brutus. “Preliminary assessment puts damage to the tourism sector at over $3 billion,” Flax... more...

  • Madame Tussauds Delhi launches special festive offers for visitors

    To keep up the mood for the upcoming festivities, Madame Tussauds Delhi announced a series of exciting festive offers. The brand has launched a special tariff for tickets for the upcoming Madame Tussauds Delhi/ attraction entry fees. The limited offer tickets can be availed at Rs. 650 for adults and Rs. 410 for kids. These tickets will have validity... more...

  • Baby steps to tourism boom with inaugural flight to ‘world’s most useless airport’

    The British island of St Helena has one of the world’s most isolated outposts and welcomed its first commercial flight on 14th October when the inaugural plane from Johannesburg touched down this south Atlantic island.The 68 passengers on board clapped and cheered and were proud to be a part of this historic event. While sharing the experiences,... more...

  • Co-pilot, passengers shocked by ‘smell event’, EasyJet makes emergency landing

    A flight of EasyJet was compelled to go for an emergency landing soon after crew members and passengers on board the plane complained of being overcome by a ‘smell event’, as stated by the airline.The plane was headed to Luton Airport from Palma, Mallorca.Thereafter it had to be diverted to Paris where paramedics team and doctors boarded... more...

  • Iceland Travel ranked as ‘Iceland’s leading Destination Management Company 2017’

    Iceland Travel, a subsidiary of Icelandair Group was recently awarded the title of ‘Iceland’s leading Destination Management Company 2017’ by World Travel Awards. In India, Blue Square Consultants is the appointed as the sales and marketing representative for Iceland Travel.Jakobina Gudmundsdottir, Director - Sales & Marketing,... more...

  • Emergency landing by Sydney-bound Etihad flight at Adelaide Airport

    Boeing 777 aircraft, an Eithad Airways flight bound for Sydney from Abu Dhabi made an emergency landing in the Australian city of Adelaide, after the pilot observed a smoke alarm on board.The aircraft was carrying 349 passengers and the pilot made the decision of diverging to Adelaide at around 5 am.The passengers remained stranded for three hours without... more...

  • Cardiff Airport plans to open new facilities with £4million investment

    Cardiff Airport one of the busiest airports in Wales has announced their future plans for the establishment of terminal and the car parking lots, where £4million investment is allotted and the project will be completed by next summer 2018.The works will change the experience for customers both arriving to and departing from Wales’s national... more...

  • Bali Tourism mostly contributed by Chinese

    More than a million Chinese nationals visited Bali during the first eight months of 2017 resulting in a 58 per cent increase as compared to last year, according to the latest figures released last week.China has overtaken Australia for the first time for being the biggest group of visitor arrival in the resort Island in Indonesia.The overall visitor... more...

  • Irish corporate tourism sector ready to touch €1.1 billion in next decade

    On Thursday it has been announced that more than 100 buyers from the US, Canada, UK and the European markets comprising business tourism experts and international event organizers will attend a conglomeration on the RDS between 17th and 18th October for Connect17. Connect17 represents the business tourism scenario of Ireland that witnesses the meetings... more...

  • Fake illness claims by British holidaymakers might cause tighter rules

    The government is planning for new attempts to eliminate fake holiday sickness claims by some British holidaymakers.There has been a seven fold rise in the last three years in the number of sickness claims. This is despite there being no increase in in-resort reporting of incidents, nor any rise in claims from other nationalities.With the tighter rules... more...

  • Tourism wouldn’t be impacted with Maryland’s offshore wind projects

    In the early part of this year, Maryland permitted two offshore wind projects that would establish the state as a clear leader of a new ocean energy resource. However, many have expressed concerns that the wind farms could impact tourism in the Ocean City, where the turbines would be slightly visible from the shore. But a new study and survey... more...

  • Lowndes-Valdosta Tourism Authority keeps search on for new executive director

    The Lowndes-Valdosta Tourism Authority keeps its search on for a new executive director. Frank Simons has been the interim executive director since the last executive director left earlier this year. The search has also been posted locally. More than 300 linemen with Georgia Power were housed and about 3,000 meals were served during Hurricane Irma. The... more...

  • Japan tourism fail in making it an ideal travel destination

    No matter which destination it is, it’s a common mantra repeated by every traveler —: “I want to avoid the touristy spots.” If that is the case with you then Japan would be your dreamland for sure. And yes, even the capital city, Tokyo has many attractions to discover that visitors generally don’t set their foot in... more...

  • Boat capsizes off Lagos, 19 rescued but one dead

    On Tuesday a boat had capsized of Lagos Island injuring 19 people and leaving one dead.It was reported that the boat had capsized on the 3rd Mainland Bridge axis of the waterways. The people rescued have been rushed to the Ebute-Ero Jetty while the search for the rest of the victims were still continuing. The passenger who lost his life in this mishap... more...

  • Women stranded at airport post plastic surgery as airport fails to confirm identity

    Do we still look like how we looked when the passport photo was taken? Three supposedly Chinese women got into a spot of bother after travelling to South Korea to have plastic surgery. They were left stranded at an unnamed airport in the country as their faces changed after the surgery so much that they were difficult to be confirmed by the authorities.In... more...

  • What challenges do global business travelers face on road?

    Time spent in transit is the most challenging aspect of business travel, according to a new report released by the GBTA Foundation – the education and research arm of the Global Business Travel Association. Layovers, changing a flight or train reservation mid-trip, the work environment while traveling and preparing expense reports also topped... more...

  • Enjoy count down 2018 in Bariloche

    New Year’s Eve is right around the corner, and this is the time of the year when all we care about is bidding farewell to the year with a bang. But if a party city is what you’re after, then Bariloche is not it. Though it boasts of quite a few interesting clubs, its quiet aura and unique sights is what makes it so popular.Think of warm,... more...

  • Thailand will fine tourists who smoke on the beach

    Thailand is well on its way to confront with about one year imprisonment and also a 100,000-baht ($3850) if they are caught smoking on several beaches of Thailand.The authorities would enforce the ban up to 20 Thai beaches from 1st November onwards after 138,000 cigarette butts were discovered on a 2.5 kilometre stretch of Patong beach located on the... more...

  • Tourists rescued after they spent a night in snow near isolated Otago

    Three tourists were compelled to spend an entire night in their 4WD vehicles trapped in snow near an isolated portion of Central Otago. This group of globetrotters had got in touch with the police once they realized that they could not be capable of retrieving their car out after it was stuck on the Old Man Range that is quite close to Alexandra on... more...

  • German and British tourists accounted for a third of foreign arrivals in Greece last year

    According to the Bank of Greece data for 2016 processed by the Institute of the Greek Tourism Confederation (SETE), German and British holidaymakers accounted for a third of arrivals from abroad and 30 percent of tourist spending last year.The regions enjoying the highest spending by visitors were Crete, the Southern Aegean (including the Cyclades and... more...

  • Public look to travel professionals and package holidays to make life easy

    New research* from ABTA reveals that four in ten of us (38%) have used the services of a travel professional to book a holiday over the past 12 months. According to ABTA’s Holiday Habits Report 2017, the top reasons for doing so include: to make booking easier, provide greater confidence and to save time.The well-off and families with young children... more...

  • TripShelf partners with Abu Dhabi Tourism

    TripShelf announced a strategic partnership with Abu Dhabi to encourage outbound tourism in the city. As a part of this partnership TripShelf will encourage online discovery of Abu Dhabi’s tourism offerings and provide the online traveller a variety of packages to choose from a large number of verified sellers.Speaking about the partnership, Bejan... more...

  • Birmingham airport launches FlightSmart, provides real time flight updates

    The new service FlightSmart launched by Birmingham airport allows the twitter users to travel to gain access to real time flight updates.Tweeters can use the @FlyBHX handle and sign up to receive constant updates on their flights from check-in details to flight departure. There will be immediate notification on any flight cancellation or delay.David... more...

  • Asia Agri-Tech Expo & Forum launch lured 20,000 visits in 3 days

    The Asia Agri-Tech Expo & Forum as well as Aquaculture & Livestock Taiwan Expo & Forum had concluded on 30th September at Taipei Nangang Exhibition Center.Both these exhibitions had lured over 20,000 visits from 37 nations. And, the total sales were estimated to be nearly around 17 million US dollars.These events had been organized ... more...

  • Air Arabia Opens New Sales Office And City Check-In Services In Dubai

    Air Arabia, the Middle East and North Africa’s first and largest low-cost carrier (LCC) has further strengthened its operations in Dubai with the opening of a new sales office and city terminal check-in services in Dubai.The new office is located at Emaar Towers in Deira and will be open from Saturday to Thursday, 09:00am to 08:00pm.Inaugurating... more...

  • IBM will be present at the tourism gathering

    IBM or the American multinational technology company will be present at the Caribbean Tourism Organization or the CTO’s State of the Tourism Industry Conference that begins in Grenada in the coming week. The global industry leader responsible for hospitality and travel related services of IBM, Greg Land , will hold a position in the panel... more...

  • World Tourism Forum Africa Summit to be held in Ghana

    The World Tourism Forum Africa Summit is an international event that brings together tourism industry players to highlight Heritage Tourism, Tourism Investments, Adventure Tourism, Destination Management and Online Tourism among others. This time the summit is being held in Ghana, and it is the first time any African country has been chosen to... more...

  • Volcano threat harms Bali tourism

    Over 120,000 locals and visitors have evacuated the region in and around the Mount Agung volcano based in Bali, the Indonesian tourist island, panicking that it might erupt any time. Nyoman Parwata, an official at the disaster mitigation agency’s command post in Bali explained that the number of evacuees increased to a whopping 122,500. Over... more...

  • Booming wildlife tourism causes devastating consequences with animal cruelty

    World Animal Protection in Brazil and Peru has found an alarming rise in the trend of clicking selfies with the wild animals which directly consequences in the growing instances of animal cruelty. They are thus planning to launch a Wildlife Selfie Code for tourists.According to a new investigation by the charity World Animal Protection released this... more...

  • National Express reveals the new Caetano Levante III

    National Express, the UK’s largest coach operator unveiled the new Caetano Levante III taking comfort, safety and technology to the next level when it hits he road.The public got the first look of the National Express coach travel which is developed in partnership with coach and bus manufacturing giant Caetano.The new vehicle is well designed... more...

  • Sabah eyes on Chinese tourists by 2018

    Sabah , one of the two East Malaysian states on the island of Borneo, noted for the wildlife and nature tourism is trying harder to get more Chinese tourists as China’s dream project Belt and Road Initiative is underway.Sabah United Chinese Chambers of Commerce (SUCCC) president Andrew Liew Sui Fatt added that this was a good time for the business... more...

  • Tourists flow slows down in Qatar for the diplomatic deterioration

    Qatari tourists last year! Qatar, officially known as the State of Qatar located in the western part of Asia is diplomatically set back due the crisis and for this the other neighbouring countries like UAE boycotts Qatar and now the tourists are avoiding to stay there.Qatar started to report negative results following the diplomatic crisis and for this... more...

  • Tunisia Tourism is now seeing a new hope for economic reformation

    Tunisia After 2015 militant attacks in North African country, Tunisia, is now getting its tourists arrival as the security there is tightening, which is making the generation of revenue.There are dozens of tourists pack beach chairs at a Tunisian luxury hotel, where everything from the swimming pool to the wall paint, the furniture at the shiny reception... more...

  • Discover the breathtaking scenery and contrasting cultures of USTOA

    Whether it’s hiking through the Alps, wine tasting in the UNESCO-protected Lavaux region, or visiting the Matterhorn, Switzerland gives travelers a diverse escape in the heart of Europe. Members of The United States Tour Operators Association (USTOA) are offering new itineraries, special savings, and authentic Swiss experiences to entice travelers... more...

  • Tallahassee tourism is on the rise

    Change is on the track in Tallahassee.This news was delivered by the Leon County Division of Tourism (Visit Tallahassee) on Tuesday with the rollout of its pumped up marketing campaign titled “It’s ALL in Tallahassee.”A 100-page visitor guide was also published featuring the nooks and crannies that make Tallahassee home to thousands... more...

  • Florida Keys reopens after Hurricane Irma

    Florida Keys reopens after Hurricane Irma Florida Keys, known as the best destination for water tourism and fishing has announced on Monday October 2nd, 2017 that it has reopened to the visitors despite significant damages due to Hurricane Irma. The island chain of Florida has officially reopened Sunday, October 1.The local tourism officials has reopened... more...

  • China attracts Indian tourists, grabs top position

    As mentioned by a Chinese official with over six lakh visiting various destinations China is becoming the most sought after destination for Indian tourists. The recent trends reveal that India’a outbound tourism has soared with a majority of Indians choosing China as their top destination.By 2020 it is expected that the number of outbound tourist... more...

  • Europe’s architectural marvels go dark to honour Las Vegas victims

    The lights of Europe’s architectural marvel Eiffel Tower in Paris had switched off on October 2nd, 2017 to pay the tribute to the victims of the attacks in Las Vegas and Marseille.From the Eiffel Tower to the Empire State Building, all the architectural landmarks went dark in honour of Las Vegas shooting victims.Route 91 Harvest, which is one... more...

  • Tourism is the backbone for Nusa Tenggara

    The Indonesian government is paying greater attention to economic development in East Nusa Tenggara (NTT) to assist the province in catching up with other developed regions.The development of a Special Economic Zone in NTT has been given priority, while Laboan Bajo has been designated as one of the country’s 10 top priority tourist destinations.Various... more...

  • Rwanda is now a leading destination for tourists in Africa

    Labeled as the ‘Country of Thousand Hills’, Rwanda is now a leading and attractive tourist destination, competing with other African destinations. Gorilla trekking safaris, rich cultures of the Rwandese people, scenery and friendly tourist investment environment have attracted tourists and tourist investment companies from across the... more...

  • African nations with strict visa policies are restricting tourist visits

    Thirty-one-year-old Omar Muhudin Abdulle is trying to attract tourists to his hometown, Mogadishu. His company, Visit Mogadishu, arranges for tours to the city’s beaches, markets, and historical landmarks, including the site of the Black Hawk Down crash, in the company of four armed security guards. Tourists are guaranteed fresh fish, since refrigeration... more...

  • Lesser known tourist destinations are also trying hard to bring big changes

    Though Seoul in the recent times has underwent immense development, Busan, the second largest city in Korea, is not lagging behind either. The resort island of Jeju is making progress quite fast with the landmark Jeju Shinhwa development created to change the tourism market rapidly. Firstly, in impending 2019, the Minor Hotels has declared to open... more...

  • To boost pilgrim tourism, Saudi Arabia is keeping no stones unturned

    According to a recent statement released by the wealth fund of Saudi Arabia on Monday, that the body is establishing two new companies in order to enhance th pilgrim numbers that the Kingdom can host in Makkah and Medina. This investment was targeted to boost the revenue at the holy site from tourism and make up for the lower oil prices impact. The... more...

  • Gun attack terrorizes NI tourists, kills at least 58, injures many

    A recent gun attack in Las Vegas has claimed the lives of 58 people, injured several hundreds more, terrorizing a large number of tourists in this part of the world.Among the people affected were a newly-married couple from Northern Ireland who fled in panic from a concert in Las Vegas, narrowly escaping the shooting.Stuart McCormick and his wife Zara... more...

  • Engine fallout prompts emergency landing of Air France flight

    An Airbus SE A380 superjumbo was compelled to make an emergency landing over the last weekend after an engine on board the Air-France operated aircraft broke apart all of a sudden as per various reports.Thankfully, no injuries have been reported as a consequence of the emergency landing.The plane was en route from Paris to Los Angeles.But it had to... more...

  • ibtm arabia gears up for its 2018 show

    ibtm arabia, part of ibtm events’ global portfolio of meetings and events industry trade shows, has announced the first details of its twelfth edition, taking place at Jumeirah Etihad Towers in Abu Dhabi, from 5-7 February 2018.ibtm arabia is an exclusive one-to-one format event, which will this year see the introduction of ibtm events’... more...

  • Have you been to these top six places of Cambodia?

    Travellers of today are showing immense interest in destinations which have historical backgrounds. Cambodia is such a country as the largest Temple Complex ‘Angkor Wat’ proudly stands near Siem Reap. Historical monuments of Angkor and Phnom Penh attract a lot of tourist across the world on a regular basis.The Kingdom of Cambodia is a South... more...

  • Spike Island awarded as Europe’s best tourist attraction

    World Travel Awards 2017 named Spike Island in Cork as Europe’s leading tourist attraction.The former prison site beat off competition from Buckingham Palace, The Eiffel Tower, the Colosseum and the Acropolis in the top ten sites chosen to compete for the European category.Described as the “Oscars” of the travel industry, the winners... more...

  • Sydney Airport introduces indoor Baidu Maps in Australian first

    Sydney Airport has launched indoor Baidu Maps at its T1 International terminal, becoming the first organisation outside of greater China to introduce the platform. With more than 500 million users, the Baidu Maps app provides intuitive navigation at shopping malls and other public venues across China.Sydney Airport Managing Director and Chief Executive... more...

  • Reshaping The Passenger Experience

    The International Air Transport Association (IATA) announced that the 2017 World Passenger Symposium (WPS) will focus on how technology, data, customization and digital transformation will reshape the customer experience of tomorrow.“Digital transformation is a key strategic driver for our industry. Our customers are telling us what they value... more...

  • Indian Embassy in Cairo launches ‘Incredible India’ campaign in Egypt

    India yesterday launched a campaign to woo Egyptian travellers and make them aware of the magnificent holiday options in the country. The month-long “Incredible India!” campaign has been organised by the Embassy of India in Cairo, in coordination with the India Tourism Office in Dubai, the Cairo Governorate, and the Cairo Public Transport... more...

  • Medical issue prompts emergency landing of Ryanair flight

    An aircraft that was travelling to Edinburgh was forced to make an emergency landing at East Midlands airport yesterday on account of a medical emergency on board the plane.The passengers flying from Malta to Edinburgh had made an unplanned stop off in the East Midlands yesterday afternoon.This flight had left Malta International Airport in Luqa around... more...

  • Time to promote travel via live streaming

    Live streaming has become the leading trend of the marketing industry that travel agents and tour operators should go for. Live streaming has unique benefits with Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat, Twitter and other  social media making it easier for the viewers and consumers to understand.It brings out the personality of a brand from the shadow creating... more...

  • Boeing, Turkish industry establishes aerospace initiative

    The Boeing and Turkish Airlines wants to further establish their aerospace initiative by ordering 40 787-9 Dreamliners.The orders will be further reflected on the Boeing Orders and Deliveries website once it is finalized.Ilker Ayci, the chairman of the board and the executive committee said that the 787 Dreamliner is the most technologically advanced... more...

  • UK tourism records best month since figures began in July

    Figures released today show that July was the strongest month for inbound tourism to the UK since official records began in 1961.There were a record four million overseas visits to the UK in July, the first month to ever break through the four million mark, and up six per cent on the same month last year.Overseas visitors spent £2.8 billion in... more...

  • Electronic Cigarettes Are Illegal in Thailand

    While electronic cigarettes or e-cigarettes are used around the world as a way of helping people quit smoking, travellers coming to Thailand should be aware that these devices are in fact illegal in the kingdom. Anyone found breaking this law by using an electronic cigarette – or vaping – in Thailand could be arrested and face jail... more...

  • Bringing Relief to Puerto Rico and The Caribbean

    American Airlines resumed limited service to San Juan, Puerto Rico Friday with three flights, all carrying relief supplies. The first flight brought more than 13,000 pounds of supplies, including cots, tarps, generators, food and water.Also onboard: nearly 100 American team member volunteers – all with ties to Puerto Rico – who arrived to... more...

  • Proof of Success for Medical Fair Thailand 2017

    Recently in September, QSNCC has been honored to be selected as to venue for “Medical Fair Thailand 2017”, the largest of its kind in the Southeast Asian region with a record-breaking exhibitor participation and international representation led by 18 national pavilions and country groups. The event was set against a backdrop where the government’s... more...

  • An Uplifting 30th Birthday Celebration For London City Airport

    At 7.00am this morning, twenty-seven hot air balloons lifted off from London City Airport as part of the 2017 RICOH Lord Mayor’s Hot Air Balloon Regatta.It is the first time the regatta has launched from London City Airport, this year forming part of the 30th birthday celebrations for the airport, which opened in 1987.The balloons remained airborne... more...

  • China Continues To Spearhead Asian Tourism Boom

    China is set to overtake New Zealand for the first time as Australia’s biggest source of international visitors within months if current trends continue, the Tourism & Transport Forum Australia (TTF) said today.TTF Chief Executive, Margy Osmond, said the latest Overseas Arrival Data (OAD) released today by the Australian Bureau of Statistics... more...

  • Etihad Airways And Designer Julien Macdonald Celebrate Fashion At Exclusive Event In Abu Dhabi

    Etihad Airways and celebrated British designer Julien Macdonald OBE hosted an intimate celebration of fashion last night at the UAE national airline’s state-of-the-art Innovation Training Academy in Abu Dhabi. Etihad Airways is a sponsor of 17 annual Fashion Weeks around the world, in partnership with WME | IMG.The exclusive event, which showcased... more...

  • Chinese tourists surge in Canada while US tourists decline

    Chinese tourists began to increase in Canada while the visit from the tourists of the United States to Canada declines.In recent years, the international direct flights from both the countries, Canada and China have increased, which show the positive efforts in rising the tourism business.Last year, the arrivals of Chinese tourists to Canada have been... more...

  • Japanese theme park adds Karaoke device to Ferris Wheel

    Big OA Japanese theme park has decided to add karaoke machines to as many as right of the Big-O’s 40  gondolas, in collaboration with Joysound, a Tokyo-based karaoke company.This makes it the first karaoke-themed Ferris wheel of the world.During this 15-minute ride, passengers aboard these 8 lively gondolas would be capable of collecting... more...

  • Why Ho Chi Minh City should be every bleisure traveller’s next stop?

    With centuries of self-governance, culture, and civilization, Vietnam today stands as one of the highest developing tourism destinations in the Asia Pacific region. ITE HCMC 2017 hosted in the Ho Chi Minh city calls to look at the top five reasons to see why to visit Ho Chi Minh City.Business tourismThe growth of tourism in Ho Chi Minh is creating opportunities... more...

  • Ireland to host record number of meetings next year

    Ireland is well on its way to host as many as 363 meetings next year.Various regions here including Dundalk, Galway, Naas, Navan, Ballinrobe, Cork, Punchestown, Killarney and Bellewstown have been allocated in additional fixture. On the other hand, Tipperary would be losing the industry fixture that they had staged in the year 2017. They had allocated... more...

  • Delta flight makes emergency landing in Reno

    An aircraft of Delta Air Lines that was travelling to Los Angeles from Bois had been compelled to make an emergency landing in Reno on Monday morning, as per a spokeswoman of the airport.The spokeswoman, who is named Trish Tucker from Reno Tahoe International Airport confirmed that the airplane had to be diverted in the early morning hours of 11th September.Tucker... more...

  • Thai government aims to earn 3 trillion baht by next year from tourism

    The Thai government aims to achieve 10% growth in tourism income, or roughly 3 trillion baht by next year, by initiating various tourism promotion packages for attracting both Thai and foreign tourists for exploring new destinations and promoting longer stays in Thailand. This year, the country’s tourism income has grown 8%, compared to average... more...

  • Costa Rica will be hosting International Conference on Sustainable Tourism

    Costa Rica will host the 6th edition of the International Conference on Sustainable Tourism Planet, People, Peace, which is the most important event to be celebrated in this country. The main objective of this international year of sustainable tourism for development is to “celebrate and promote the tourism sector’s contribution to... more...

  • Paula Bennett, Tourism Minister of NZ considers tourism tax to be unnecessary

    Paula Bennett, Tourism Minister explains that a tourist tax is withdrawn and councils need to show up with new projects before urging for more funding. However the mayor of one of the key attractions of the country explains that ongoing funding is required to support the fund infrastructure of the districts and cater to the rising visitor numbers.... more...

  • More than 1,600 Florida flights cancelled due to Hurricane Irma

    According to the flight-tracking service Flight Aware more than 1,680 flights to or from Florida have been cancelled because of Irma. The number jumps to 4,000 when the cancellations were recorded since September 1 in the Caribbean.When Hurricane Irma was traced closer to several of the state’s busiest airport, airlines halted the Florida operations.The... more...

  • Egyptian Navy rescue 9 Malaysian, 8 local tourists from sinking boat in Red Sea

    Egyptian naval forces have successfully rescued nine Malaysian and eight regional tourists from their broken motorboat that was dangerously on the verge of capsizing off the northern Red Sea coast amidst bad weather, as has been specified by an Egyptian military spokesman in its official statement.The regional news media of China has reported about... more...

  • Cuba evacuates 10,000 tourists amidst Irma concerns

    As many as 10,000 foreign tourists have been evacuated by Cuba amidst concerns over Hurricane Irma. A majority of them are Canadians, and they have all been safely evacuated from beach resorts. Thereafter, its disaster alert level has been raised to maximum as Irma rapidly approached the biggest island of Caribbean on Thursday. Most of these... more...

  • Sri Lanka eyes India to boost its tourism sector

    As per the latest reports of the Oxford Business Group, higher air connectivity for travelers keen to fly, powerful advertising campaigns and improved bilateral cooperation are supporting Sri Lanka to extent its grip over India, one of the largest potential tourism source markets in the world. The private as well as public officials in Sri Lanka... more...

  • London mayor announces new cultural offer to draw international visitors

    Last week, Sadiq Khan, London Mayor painted a lively picture of the impending cultural present that the capital will host when he was busy launching ‘London’s Autumn Season’ in the wonderful setting of the Natural History Museum. He spoke about this to packed audience under a striking 25.2 meter real blue whale skeleton called... more...

  • Hong Kong Airlines in Japan forced into emergency landing

    After the cabin started to de-pressurise Airbus A330 jet made an emergency landing in northern Japan, a government official said.No passengers were hurt in the Hong Kong Airlines flight carrying 223 passengers and 12 crew members. The flight took off from the New Chitose Airport, the main gateway to the northern Japanese islands of Hokkaido at 5.07... more...

  • Honolulu rail cars will get first ride with their own power

    Honolulu rail cars of Hawaii will undergo the first test train ride on the guide way using their own electronic power.As part of the test of the rapid transit system, conducted by the Honolulu Authority for Rapid Transportation and contractor Ansaldo Hawaii Joint Venture, these electric trains will have operators on board. But when they are fully operational,... more...

  • The Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre Ready To Host The Worldchefs Congress & Expo 2018

    The Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre’s (the Centre) Executive Chef, Hisham Bin Jaafar (Standing 6th from left); Worldchefs President, Thomas Gugler (standing in the middle with medallion) and (Malaysia Convention & Exhibition Bureau (MyCEB) Chief Executive Officer, Datuk Zulkefli Hj Sharif standing 3rd from right), celebrating a successful pre-event... more...

  • Khiri Travel Opens Office in Hoi An, Vietnam

    Khiri Travel Vietnam Khiri Travel Vietnam has opened a new office in Hoi An, on the central coast of Vietnam. The office, which opened 1 September, is Khiri Travel’s third in the country, along with Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon) and Hanoi.Hoi An is an increasingly important destination in Khiri Travel’s signature itineraries in Vietnam. For... more...

  • Abu Dhabi SeaWorld will be an indoor theme park

    The upcoming SeaWorld theme park of Abu Dhabi located on Yas Island is well on its way to be developed as n unique indoor attraction with an aim to lure tourists throughout the year. Miral, a local developer is currently working on the SeaWorld project.Besides, it also owns and operates the Ferrari World theme park and water park. Apart from that,... more...

  • Tourists’ increase in Pingvellir in the midst of rains

    Pingvellir anglicised as Thingvellir, which is one of the most favoured destination in Iceland, a national park is not deterred by the tourists though there are much downpour and torrential precipitation.It’s also the place where the tectonic plates of North American and Eurasian tectonic plates come together in a unique way, which the tourists... more...

  • National Tourism Role Beckons For TEQ Chair

    Tourism and Major Events Minister Kate Jones today congratulated Queensland tourism identity and Mantra Group CEO Bob East for his appointment to the chair of Tourism Australia.Ms Jones said Mr East was a deserving candidate to lead tourism at a national level.“I wish Bob the best of luck in his new role and thank him for his contribution to growing... more...

  • Mexico is flourished by tourists despite violence

    Mexico is still flocked by the tourists, as Mexico is easily connected with the cheap flights, despite the violence, which is triggered.Mexico is still witnessing an increase rate in homicides thus making the nation as the year of homicides and it is referred as the most violent year on record which has done little to deter visitors from the United... more...

  • Turkey will see the increase of Chinese tourists by 2018

    Chinese tourists are flocking in Turkey as the economical ties between China and Turkey is flourishing, which is reflecting on the tourism sector.Turkey is expecting to host a record number of tourists from China within the scope of the 2018 Turkey Tourism Year in the country.The number of Chinese visitors will be doubled or even tripled next year,... more...

  • Bird strike causes emergency landing of Japan Airlines flight

    A plane of Japan Airlines headed for New York had to make an emergency landing at Tokyo airport on Tuesday on account of engine issues apparently owing to a bird strike, as reported by the airlines. About 233 passengers were travelling aboard the Boeing 777 plane and 15 crew members. The plane had taken off from Haneda airport of Tokyo around... more...

  • Shanghai tourism festival to showcase 25 decorated floats

    lIn the Shanghai Tourism Festival, there will be 25 decorated floats parading down Huaihai Road M. on Sunday. The Shanghai Tourism Administration said the floats will feature culture, tradition, landscape and cartoon figures, and will be illuminated by LED lights. Shanghai Disney Resort’s float will feature the Enchanted Storybook Castle,... more...

  • Sustainable tourism is important for initiating change

    Tourism can actually contribute a lot towards development of a destination, the environment and local communities and also on the flip side, degrade and devastate areas and destinations. Ecotourism is one important tool to conserve and improve the quality of life for local people. With time, the perception of sustainable tourism and ecotourism... more...

  • South African Tourism aims to grow visitor numbers within 5 years

    There were 1.2 billion international arrivals in 2016 – but less than 5% of those came to Africa, and 1% to South Africa. The head of South African Tourism, Sisa Ntshona said, “Those figures can either scare you, or excite you. Scare you in that you think, that’s so bad, or excite you in that there are so many opportunities. To... more...

  • Gulf visitors are choosing Turkey in spite of GCC crisis

    Mahmoud al-Abbasi looks absolutely cool and relaxed as he looks at the charming lake in Uzungol. He is a visitor from the Saudi city of Medina. This beautiful lake is based 100kms southeast of Trabzon, facing the mountain village. “It feels like home and it is relief from the weather in Saudi,” he says of the village, exhaling the smoke... more...

  • Mantra chief executive to lead Tourism Australia

    This week, Mr. Bob East, the Mantra chief executive will be declared as the new chairman of Tourism Australia, with Steve Ciobo, the federal Trade, Tourism and Investment Minister trying to fill the vacant position with a fellow Gold Coaster. Mr East will be replacing Tony South, a CA. Mr. East leads the biggest hotel chain of the country. Tony... more...

  • South Australia records 15 to 20% increase in Indian arrivals

    Kangaroo Island and Adelaide emerge popular among Indian travellersSouth Australia Tourism recorded 15 to 20% growth in Indian arrivals last year and looked positive about the growth in interest of Indian travellers in the Kangaroo Islands and Adelaide over the last one year. According to Vinod Advani, Tourism Trade Ambassador, South Australia, “In... more...

  • Netherlands Tourism records 30% increase in Indian arrivals

    Netherlands Board of Tourism and Convention (NBTC), in its second year of promotion in the Indian market during 2016, has received an overwhelming response with 130,000 travellers, registering a 30% year-on-year growth. In Q1 2017, the destination recorded 19% increase in Indian arrivals. Carola Muller - van Rjin, Global Travel Trade Manager, NBTC,... more...

  • China Travel witnesses 39 percent growth in visitor number & spending

    Recently, a Hong Kong based company has especially targeted on investment in hotel and leisure industry in China and has shown a robust growth of 39 percent in net half-time profit, motivated by increasing numbers of visitors visiting different properties and theme parks. China Travel International Investment Hong Kong Limited, which also functions... more...

  • Guam to borrow $52 million to upgrade, expand tourism

    Guam Visitors Bureau board vice chairman Monte Mesa informed that a proposal to borrow about $52 million to upgrade visitor facilities as well as expand the tourism experience is in the process.Mesa mentioned the tourism redevelopment plan during the Guam Chamber of Commerce’s general membership meeting Wednesday.Repayment of the proposed loan... more...

  • Trip 360 introduces 'Mission Extreme' for mountaineers

    Trip 360  organised an expert speak to enable mountaineers to climb the most aspirational peaks in the world: the 7 Summits. Trip 360  gave a short glimpse of how it feels to be on the life-changing expeditions in its recent 'Mission Extreme: Expert Speak' by its specialist Satyarup Siddhanta. The event saw a good number of gathering of the... more...

  • Bahrain Tourism eyes wedding travellers from India

    The Bahrain Tourism and Exhibitions Authority (BTEA) has come up with a strategy to focus on different segments of travellers to increase the contribution of the tourism sector from 4.6% to 7% between 2015-2018 to the country’s economy. In this regard, the nation has expanded its presence to seven key inbound source markets globally, including... more...

  • Africa Travel Association set to pull American tourists to Africa

    Africa Travel Association is trying to attract Americans to their country, which is focused on the latest meeting in Rwanda’s capital of Kigali.The world tourism and travel industry leaders gathered to discuss, deliberate, and look for strategies to market the Africa, a new upcoming global tourist destination for its natural wonders, and the rich... more...

  • St. Petersburg hosts Latin American travel conference for the first time

    La Cita de las Americas conference is coming to the city of St. Petersburg for the first time where more than 450 operators will from Latin, Central and South America will join the event.Travel professionals, majorly from the Latin America and the Caribbean will participate in a travel industry networking conference at the Vinoy Renaissance St. Petersburg... more...

  • Network Rail Thanks Passengers As It Completes Waterloo Upgrade

    Network Rail has now fully reopened Waterloo station after completing one of the largest and most complex upgrades in the station’s history.However, due to safety critical work to test the signalling taking slightly longer than planned early this morning, we are expecting disruption to the morning rush hour. Network Rail apologises to passengers... more...

  • Minneapolis projected as Annual Educational Seminar for Tourism Organization

    The CEO of the Minneapolis tourism agency Meet Minneapolis, Melvin Tennant while addressing to 850 attendees at a three-day conference this week of the U.S Travel Association’s annual Educational Seminar for Tourism Organization (ESTO) said Minneapolis tourism in growing industry.He told that the leisure and hospitality is a growth industry which... more...

  • Visit Scotland – Herd about the International Airshow?

    VISITORS to the Scottish International Air Show are in for an ‘udderly’ fantastic treat when they arrive at the Ayrshire event this weekend.One of VisitScotland’s distinctive herd of Highland Cow vans – coo vans called Hamish, Heather, Morag and Archie – will be making a special appearance at Ayr Low Green on 2nd to 3rd... more...

  • ‘Acid Attack’ at Notting Hill Carnival leaves three injured

    Notting Hill Carnival in London is one of the most celebrated fetes of the city.There has been a reported ‘acid attack’ on the revellers at the festival which the police are investigating.The Metropolitan Police said a “mild acidic liquid” was thrown over a number of people in Ladbroke Grove, west London, during the carnival... more...

  • Shark drones ready to protect Australia beaches

    The spectacular beaches of Australia are soon going to be well-protected by an excellent shark detection artificial intelligence process thereby promising greater safety for beachgoers.These drones would be offering a live feed to an operator who would then utilize the software to identify sharks in real time with increased efficiency. As per the account... more...

  • New Zealand plans to levy $25 charge on international visitors to pay for tourism facilities

    Overseas tourists will be charged $25 per head to help fund local tourism and conservation infrastructure as Tourism spokesperson of New Zealand Kris Faafoi said.Faafoi said the $25 levy would provide $75 million a year for a Tourism and Conservation Infrastructure Fund that would be used to provide a “world-class experience” for tourists... more...

  • ‘Drunk’ passenger screams, prompts AeroMexico’s emergency landing

    Mexico AMX 787-8 Artwork K63850A plane of AeroMexico had to make an emergency landing while travelling to Mexico City from San Francisco in order to remove an angry ‘drunk’ passenger.This aircraft was compelled to make a detour to the city of Guadalajara located in the western state of the same name after this drunk man reportedly started... more...

  • Harvey halts flights at Houston airports, cancels over 5,000

    Several flights have been grounded at both airports of Houston on account of the impacts of Hurricane Harvey that witnessed chaos due to snagging air schedules for a second consecutive day, Sunday.Already over 1,400 cancellations had continued well into Monday and another 450 into Tuesday. All the leading airlines of the U.S. were waiving change fees... more...

  • Changi Airport – Operating Indicators for July 2017

    Singapore Changi Airport registered 5.42 million passenger movements in July, a 4.5% year-on-year increase. Aircraft movements rose 3.6% to 31,910 landings and takeoffs, while airfreight throughput grew 11.2% to reach 179,550 tonnes, compared to the same period last year.For the month of July, all regions recorded growth in passenger traffic. India,... more...

  • Vienna records 15% growth in Indian visitors

    The first six months of last year had a record 55,628 Indian visitors to Vienna resulting in 15 per cent growth.  The data given by the Vienna Tourist Board mentioned 64,075 spending nights in the city for the same period.The rise in the number of bed nights has placed India among the high growth tourist markets along with China, Russia and Australia.The... more...

  • Thailand cabinet approved the draft contract for the China-Thailand railway

    Thailand  The Cabinet of Thailand has approved a draft contract for the construction and the design of the first phase of the high speed railway project with Chinese government to set the mission of the new Silk Route dream to foster the trade in south East Asia.This will be a 252 km high-speed railway will link the capital city Bangkok and the... more...

  • Tourism New Zealand – Keeping It Cool In The Neighbourhood

    We look at four New Zealand suburbs – Auckland’s Ponsonby and Kingsland, Wellington’s Cuba Street and Berhampore – to discover what makes these precincts the epicentres of New Zealand hipsterism.Ponsonby’s Inner-city ChicOnce decidedly working-class, Ponsonby’s rise as New Zealand’s most happening suburb has... more...

  • Traveltek launches in Dubai

    In a bid to expand in the Middle East market Traveltek, technology provider has launched an office in Dubai.Till now the Glasgow-based specialist which has Flight Centre and Dnata as its clients has already recruited two staffs to manage its business.Vinod Singh has been appointed as the regional manager, Middle East and India while Vivek Katheriya... more...

  • Virgin Holidays launches single-parent family holidays

    Single-parent families can now avail holidays at reduced price offered by Virgin Holidays for a number of its resorts.Virgin Holidays will start selling the agreed pricing structure currently at 10 of the operator’s family friendly resort in the Caribbean. The families will be able to save upto £1,000.Joe Thompson, managing director at Virgin... more...

  • Japan introduces ‘cycle trains’ to restore Hokkaido railway

    Local governments of several towns based on the northernmost railway of the nation are hopeful that the business of Hokkaido railway by bringing about the concept of ‘cycle trains’ permitting passengers to board with their bicycles fully assembled and ready to ride.The JP Soya Lune from Asahikawa to Wakkanai in Hokkaido that runs for 259... more...

  • Below global average digital travel sales in Western Europe to pass $141 Billion

    Marketer’s latest forecast has shown that digital travel sales in Western Europe will reach $141.68 billion this year, up 5.7% vs. 2016, Digital sales include but not limited to airline tickets, car rentals, cruises and transportation spending, as well as hotels and other accommodation—including Airbnb.The overall digital travel spending... more...

  • Chinese tourists opt for Sabah over Japan, Korea

    A greater number of Chinese tourists have started opting a visit to Sabah rather than Japan or even Korea as revealed by China’s consul general Kota Kinabalu Zhang He. He mentioned that currently Sabah is a truly popular tourist destination for the Chinese tourists in South-East.He further added that the tourism amenities of Sabah would be enhanced... more...

  • No more additional flights will be in Niagara Falls International Airport

    Niagara Falls International Airport is emerged as the tourists’ airport, but not the business airport, so that the airline authority does not add the additional airlines for the transportation of Niagara Falls.Pascal Cohen, the Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority’s manager of aviation business development said that the most logical... more...

  • Tourists interfering with the peace of wildlife, off Scottish coast

    Tourists have been disturbing the peace of wild creatures like porpoises, whales and dolphins while enjoying marine excursions off the Scottish coast, as has been mentioned by a leading wildlife protection group.Currently police are investigating many incidents wherein sightseers have actually gone too close to the aquatic mammals.In a particular incident... more...

  • South Pacific’s tropical island welcomes the least international travellers

    Last year, a tropical island based in South Pacific welcomed 2,000 international tourists thereby making it the least-visited nation across the world, as per data released by the World Tourism Organization.The island, known as Tuvalu comprises about three reef islands and six atolls, situated in the Pacific Ocean, between Australia and Hawaii.It is... more...

  • Paris tourism records 10- year high with 16.4 million arrivals

    A senior official confirmed Paris has registered 16.4 million arrivals in the first six months and is ready to attract more travellers than ever before, after the Barcelona attack.A strong recovery was noted post the lull  and drop in visitors followed by the Islamist attack in November 2015 killing 130 people.The first trimester of 2017 showed... more...

  • Florence launches strict campaign to fight mass tourism

    After Venice launched its #EnjoyRespectVenezia campaign, Florence also followed the suit to help change the tourist behaviours through fines.Tourism Chief Anna Paola Concia unveiled a new campaign #EnjoyRespectFirenze with a stern warning to tourists that visitors to the city must not only help preserve its heritage, but also “respect the Florentines... more...

  • TAT takes the Tourism 4.0 initiative to develop Thailand

    Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT), a government body responsible to crater tourism in Thailand and promote the country in the international arena.Now TAT is adopting a Tourism 4.0 initiative to focus on the Thai destinations and the unique culture of Thailand.The Tourism Authority of Thailand will promote the new routes which are connecting Thailand... more...

  • Greece global tourism rises to 14th place in 2016, expected to be Top 10

    Greece took the 14th place on the World Tourism Organization’s (UNWTO) list for 2016 despite the recession.The bailout- dependent Greece has managed to attract nine million more tourists over the past five years not taking into account the cruise ship arrivals.Greece has jumped three spots from its 17th place due to its high performance. According... more...

  • Tunisia is in dearth of tourism industry

    Tunisia has the vast opportunity for tourism, but this place even now also is infertile with tourism growth.Tunisia’s most important hotspot Bulla Regia has many archaeological sites of Roman times. But Tunisia’s tourism is not flourished.Bulla Regia in north-west Tunisia is famous for the partially underground Roman houses, which are designed... more...

  • Village Roadshow plans for the recovery of theme park

    Village Roadshow that is a major cinemas and theme park operator is hopeful that a new rollercoaster, seal sow, Star Wars movie and a polar bear cub are likely to enable it to steer clear of the continued adverse impact of the fatal Dreamworld incident on the industry.Village Roadshow had incurred loss of nearly $66.7 million in the year till 30th June,... more...

  • Tourists’ surge in New Zealand for wine tourism

    Wine tourism in New Zealand is soaring the tourist figures high up to 24%.The data is produced by the New Zealand Wine growers, a body that is responsible for producing wine and promote the wine tourism throughout the world.It said that 24% of the international tourists visit the vineyards and wineries in New Zealand along with the tastes of the best... more...

  • World’s oldest Science Fiction Convention to invade Ireland for the first time in 2019

    The World Science Fiction Convention (Worldcon) has announced that Dublin has won the bid to host the 77th Annual Convention, Dublin 2019 – An Irish Worldcon, in two years’ time.The Convention Centre Dublin (The CCD) will be the venue to host over 5,000 sci-fi fans as they descend on it in full force over five-days from 15-19 August 2019.The... more...

  • Gold Coast bus crash injures Japanese tourists and pregnant lady

    Authorities said that a group of Japanese tourists were on their way to Springbook National Park when their bus abruptly crashed into a perilous stretch of the road today morning.The bus had crashed into a four-wheel drive.Nineteen people had to be rushed to hospital with minor injuries on account of the accident that took place on Nerang-Murwillumbah... more...

  • Tourism sector of Nigeria sees involvement of youth

    The involvement of the youths in the tourism sector of Nigeria is an important factor. The youth is taking full charge of their responsibility in relation to the growth and development of the tourism sector.At the Annual General Meeting (AGM) of the Tourism Club International, Ibadan Polytechnic Chapter, the guest speaker, Director of Tourism, Oyo State,... more...

  • Nebraska Tourism calculating economic impact of eclipse tourism

    Nebraska Tourism officials are trying to calculate the economic impact of the full solar eclipse, which drew hundreds of thousands of visitors to the state. Nebraska Tourism Marketing Manager Angela Sears said the commission tracked news coverage of the event, and estimated the value of that publicity at over $133 million. In the final seven days,... more...

  • Busiest ever month for Dubai International in July

    Dubai International recorded its busiest month on record for passenger traffic in July, with over eight million passengers, according to the monthly traffic report issued by operator Dubai Airports.Passenger numbers in July totalled 8,065,789 compared to 7,616,792 handled in July 2016, a robust growth of 5.9 per cent.DXB welcomed 51,120,057 passengers... more...

  • Introduction of Single Window Destination will boost the tourism in Ghana

    Ghana, one of the African nations, located along the Gulf of Guinea and Atlantic Ocean is all set to boost the tourism after delivering the full development plan to the nation. Ghana Tourism Authority, which is under the auspices of the Tourism Ministry partners SGS Ghana plans to introduce a “Single Window Destination” project for the... more...

  • Japan’s consistent tourism surge will affect for the stronger yen

    Japan’s yen is becoming stronger which is adding an uncertainty in the tourism business. The tourism in Japan is consistently in surge, where the average spending is done mostly by the British. Britons are the biggest spenders in per capita.According to the latest Japan’s tourism survey, which covered the April-June quarter and ranked Chinese... more...

  • Oman launches eVisa service to boost tourism

    In order to boost tourism in the country Oman has launched eVisa service and the first phase of rollout includes non sponsored tourist visas for 67 countries. The motive is to increase the demand for experiential travel from key markets like China, Russia and the US.The number of tourist arrivals was three million and it is expected to reach more than... more...

  • Taiwan emerges popular among Malaysian tourists

    Taiwan is emerging as a popular tourist destination with Malaysians since the number of Malaysian tourists to this island is gradually on the rise.The region has welcomed as many as 256,703 Malaysian tourists between January and July this year as compared with 215,354 for the same period in the year 2016, as per the Taiwan Tourism Bureau KL Office director... more...

  • VisitScotland Aberdeen iCentre is battle ready

    World War One re-enactors as well as historical artefacts from the trenches, including helmets and rifles, will form part of an open day being held at Aberdeen’s VisitScotland iCentre.The event, from 10.30am to 4pm on Saturday 26th August, is being held in partnership with the Gordon Highlanders Museum, which is located in the city’s Viewfield... more...

  • Tourism Holdings Ltd. records $30m annual profit

    Booming motorhome rentals at home and overseas have led to Tourism Holdings Ltd.’s record $30m annual profit. The company reported revenue of $341m for this year up to June, and paid a dividend of 11c per share.THL chief executive Grant Webster said that the motorhome rentals show a forecast profit of between $36 and $39m during the next financial... more...

  • Film tourism exponent Stefan Roesch gets inspired by New Zealand

    In the early 2000s, Peter Jackson’s Lord of the Rings films were really a revelation for New Zealand tourism. Fans of the trilogy flocked to the shores from around the world to see the dramatic scenery of Middle Earth. Guidebooks were produced, tours were organized and people collected souvenirs.On the other side of the world, German tourism student... more...

  • Osun-Osogbo festival in Osun State draws tourists from far and near

    Osogbo, the capital of Osun State, became the destination for many tourists as they came to the town to observe the annual re-awakening of culture and tradition through the Osun-Osogbo festival. The state’s economy, especially of Osogbo, the state capital, received a boost after it witnessed a rare blend of culture, tourism and commerce. Osogbo,... more...

  • The U.S. restrained its visa services in Russia

    On Monday, the American diplomatic mission to Russia said that it has designed a plan to decrease its visa services sharply as Moscow has ordered to cut down its staffs, the newest addition in the tit-for-tat penalties by the two countries.The embassy in a recent statement said that it would hang up all nonimmigrant visa issues like business and work... more...

  • Trump believes North Korea deal to boost Guam tourism

    U.S. President, Donald Trump has said that the governor of Guam should not get intimidated by the North Korea threats and that it will see a tenfold increase in tourism as a result of the nuclear threat.Last week, North Korea threatened to fire ballistic missiles at the US territory, thrusting the tiny Pacific island into the headlines.Lieutenant governor... more...

  • Australia expecting 10,000 tourists from India in Commonwealth 2018

    Tourism Australia is optimistic that it is going to lure at least 10,000 tourists from India in the following year’s Commonwealth Games that would be hosted in Gold Coast as it attempts to co-promote sports in the lesser known locales in the Indian target market. An approximate 260,000 Indians had paid visit to Australia last year and the visitor... more...

  • Ischia earthquake leaves 25 injured, kills one

    An earthquake striking the Italian island of Ischia, with a magnitude of 4.0 has left at least 25 people injured and killed one. Italian media said that up to 10 other people are missing, after several buildings in the town of Casamicciola collapsed due to the earthquake. The island is located off the coast of Naples and it has a population of nearly... more...

  • Tourists’ arrival in Jamaica is increasing in this tourism year

    Jamaica witnesses the rapid tourists’ arrival which has been a record high since the tourism year started.Jamaica tourism sector continues on a firm growth line in the last consecutive years and even now also the Tourism Board of Jamaica is also taking the sincere measures to promote this Caribbean island as the tourism destination along with... more...

  • US halts tourist visa for 8 days, Russian tourists affected

    The U.S. Embassy in Russia has decided to cease the issuance of visas for Russian tourists on Monday for a period of eight days in reaction to the Russian decision to cut off embassy staff. The U.S. embassy has arrived at this decision after the Russian Foreign Ministry ordered a cap on the number of U.S. diplomatic personnel in the country of Russia,... more...

  • Tourism turns a big headache for Iceland

    Iceland’s tourism rush helped save the once-remote island from a significant economic crisis, but now with that booming business, the North Atlantic nation is straining under the weight of the windfall. Attracted by its spectacular volcanic landscape and easy air routes, about 2.2 million tourists are expected to flow into the country of... more...

  • Philippines tourism rose higher with visa on arrival for Chinese

    Lately it has been observed that the Duterte administration’s recent program permitting Chinese citizens to acquire visas on arrival is appearing quite exciting and have increased the number of foreign visitor arrivals in the Philippines. The Department of Tourism or DOT in a recent news statement said that the visa-on-arrival program has... more...

  • Tourism Australia and Queensland announce Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games tourism programme

    Tourism Australia along with Tourism & Events Queensland presented their tourism programme for the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games for the Indian market yesterday in Mumbai in the presence of former Olympic and Commonwealth Gold Medalist, Abhinav Bindra along with John O’Sullivan, Managing Director, Tourism Australia, Leanne Coddington,... more...

  • Israel Ministry of Tourism organises six-city India roadshow

    Israel Ministry of Tourism (IMOT), with the sole aim of increasing the number of Indian arrivals to the country is organising six-city India roadshow with the first one having concluded in Mumbai yesterday. Following Mumbai, IMOT is going to Delhi, Kolkata, Hyderabad, Bengaluru and Chennai later this month. Hassan Madah, Director, IMOT - India, along... more...

  • Tourism Leaders Back PATA Global Insights Conference In Auckland

    The highly-acclaimed PATA Global Insights Conference (PGIC) returns to Auckland, New Zealand on September 29, 2017. With the support of Auckland Tourism, Events and Economic Development (ATEED) and BBC World News, the event takes place once again at the SKYCITY Grand Hotel.This year’s event programme is boosted by the addition of a PATA/ATEED... more...

  • Top destinations to indulge in global delicacies

    With three quarters (75%) of global travellers saying that they would likely travel somewhere renowned for its great food and drink when choosing their next travel destination, culinary travel is a trend on the rise. The joy of trying and eating delicious new dishes while travelling can make a trip to remember. Booking.com, the global leader in connecting... more...

  • Why is Jordan perfect as wedding destination?

    Jordan is fast making a mark as the most coveted wedding destination and is the perfect spot for a luxury honeymoon! Jordan is full to the brim with cultural and historical landmarks for the newly married. The country’s well-deserved reputation as a stable and prospering Arab nation has proved to be an oasis in the desert for tourists and newly... more...

  • Portugal wildfire claims more than 62 lives

    Described as the “greatest wildfire tragedy of recent years”, Central Portugal witnessed a raging wildfire experience killing at least 62 people and injured dozens more.The fires began on Saturday in the Pedrந்gமூo Grande region during an intense heatwave and rainless thunderstorms, with temperatures of more than 40C (104F) in some... more...

  • Dubai now among top 10 destinations for international meetings

    Dubai has emerged as one of the top 10 destinations for international meetings, according to the latest edition of the International Meetings Statistics Report published last week by Union of International Associations (UIA).The report ranked 1,157 cities globally based on the total number of international meetings that took place during the year. Previously... more...

  • Islamic gunmen storm Mali’s tourist resort, kill at least two

    The security minister of Mali has declared that gunmen had stormed into a popular tourist resort that is favored with Westerners leaving two people dead. The media has been notified that it is a jihadist attack. The special forces of Mali have intervened and released the hostages.Currently, two people are reportedly dead including a Franco-Gabonese.The... more...

  • Record lights at Vivid Sydney make it to Guinness World Records

    Vivid Sydney, the world’s largest festival of light, music and ideas, has once again cemented itself as a record-breaking international event. Guinness World Records, the global authority on record breaking, has awarded Vivid Sydney installation Dreamscape with the title for the ‘Largest interactive lighting display’.Made of 124,128... more...

  • Australia announces online visa applications for Indians from July 1

    The Australian government announced that Indian nationals can apply for a visitor visa online starting July 1, 2017. Alex Hawke, Assistant Minister for Immigration and Border Protection, Australia, said the online application option would make applying for the country's visitor visas easier and enhance the experience for Indians.There has been a significant... more...

  • Dubai Safari Park set to open later this year

    The 119-hectre Dubai Safari Park is tentatively scheduled to open in late 2017, and will be located in Al Warqa. The park is planned to replace Dubai Zoo, and all its resident animals will be transferred to Dubai Safari Park. The park is also set to introduce a breeding programme that, when established, is aiming to be the best in the world.Timothy... more...

  • Rome forbids drinking, eating and paddling around the famous baroque fountains

    Coliseum, Rome, Italy.Following the rules of Venice to tackle unruly tourists in Italy, the capital city has followed suit. Rome announced a ban on eating and drinking around its famous fountains.About 40 fountains – those flagged as having historical significance – are affected. Tourists will no longer be able to grab a gelato and sit by... more...

  • Croatia limits tourist numbers to save its famous waterfall’s beauty

    Access to one of Croatia’s most beautiful – and Instagrammable – destinations will now be under tight control as announced by the officials.Visitors to the Skradinski buk waterfall in Dalmatia’s Krka National Park will now be limited up to 10,000 at a time due to concerns over safety and damage to the landscape. This new rule... more...

  • Dubai Parks & Resorts expects India to contribute 20% of total business in 2017

    Recording overall 586,355 visits during Q1, 2017, Dubai Parks & Resorts (DPR) is expecting the Indian outbound market to contribute 20% of the total business for the attraction in 2017. David Loiseau, Senior Vice President Sales & Marketing, DPR, said, “Dubai’s tourism agency reported 14.2 million overnight visitors last year with... more...

  • Philippines targets 100,000 Indian tourists for FY2017-18

    To conduct roadshows in Bengaluru, Chennai and Ludhiana later this yearBanking on the 28% growth in Indian arrivals in first two months of this year, the Department of Tourism, Philippines is looking at leverage its latest tourism product offerings to further attract the Indian traveller. The board has set a target to achieve a growth of 25% and welcome... more...

  • Reunion Island Tourism rolls out Incentive Scheme for Indian trade partners

    In order to increase the tourism yields from India market and to expand its business, the Reunion Island Tourism Board has come up with their first-ever ‘Cash Incentive Program’ for the Indian travel agents and tour operators.Under this new scheme which is conceptualised in partnership with Representation World, the India representative... more...

  • Malaysian tourism tax to be levied from July instead of August

    KUALA LUMPUR: In a new announcement Malaysian Tourism and Culture Minister Mohamed Nazri Abdul Aziz on Thursday informed that the government would begin imposing its tourism tax from July and not August as reported earlier. An earlier announcement on the Royal Malaysian Customs Department’s website stated the tourism tax would kick in from Aug... more...

  • Increased number of Israel visitors breaks the traditional record

    Last month, number of tourist arrivals to Israel, broke all records in the month of May. This was a relatively tranquil time in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. In May, more than 346,900 visitors visited Israel.This surpassed all previous records created in May 2014 respectively, shortly before the 2014 Gaza war saw arrivals thrust. From January till... more...

  • Dubai medical tourism earns $386m

    As per a recent report, in last year, Dubai treated more than 326,640 domestic and inbound medical tourists generating revenues of Dh1.421 billion ($386.7 million) respectively. The patients treated themselves in hospitals licensed by DHA all across the emirates. Dr. Layla Al Marzouqi, director of the DHA Medical Tourism Council, said: ‘Dubai’s... more...

  • Visa shortage creates job vacancies

    Mackinac Island doesn’t have a permanent population of more than 500 people. Besides, there are many horses with zero cars. From the month of May to October, the charming Michigan getaway relies on 3,000 workers to power its economic engine, the summer tourism. Traditionally, majority of those workers are foreigners which include Mexicans,... more...

  • E-visa boosts Vietnam’s tourism sector

    The electronic visa (e-visa) pilot scheme has positively impacted the regional tourism industry of Vietnam to an enormous extent.The official data from the Department of Tourism under the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism portrayed that within 30th May that is about four months after the scheme started, as much as 22,000 tourists from the United... more...

  • South African Forest Adventures to launch largest zipline tour in Africa

    South Africa Forest Adventures (SAFA) will launch its new Kranshoek zipline later this year which is a four km zipline tour is aimed at benefiting the tourism for Knysna, Plettenburg bay and Garden Route. The proposed tour will last for 2 hours and have guest zipline on cables as long as 800 meters per cable and as high as 300 meters above the forest... more...

  • Tourism Australia observes 15.4% surge in Indian travellers

    Tourism Australia recently announced that arrivals from India for the year ended March 2017 stood at 267,500 visitors, an increase of 15.4%.Indian visitors spent 14.9 million nights in Australia, an increase of 6% over the previous year. The average length of stay for all visitors from India was 59 nights, with a 51% repeat visitation.For year ending... more...

  • Tourism New Zealand Named ‘Best International Destination For Adventure’

    For the third time in a row, New Zealand has won the award for the Best International Destination for Adventure at the Lonely Planet Magazine India Travel Awards 2017. It is the fifth time that the country has been presented with the prestigious award, making it a constant favorite among magazine readers. The event was held in Mumbai on 25th May and... more...

  • China Link closer as Edinburgh and Beijing Airports announce groundbreaking partnership

    Edinburgh Airport and Beijing Capital International Airport  have today  signed a ground breaking partnership agreement that will see a new level of co-operation between the two airports.The capital airports of Scotland and China have agreed to collaborate to develop a shared understanding of markets and shared operational and commercial opportunities.Looking... more...

  • Malaysia witnesses an influx of US visitors

    In the second quarter of 2017, Tourism Malaysia hopes tourist arrivals from the United States to Malaysia to register a growth renewal. Ahmad Johanif Mohd Ali, New York office vice-president said arrivals from the United States are predicted to increase by 14% over the first quarter on the basis of air-bookings manifest for June until August this year.... more...

  • Egypt expects the new museum to attract maximum visitors

    Egypt expects the new museum to attractThis Tuesday, a chariot and funeral bed which belonged to Tutankhamun, the ancient Egypt’s boy-king were safely moved across Cairo to a new museum nearby that Egypt expects will attract skeptical visitors back. A little bit further to the Great Pyramids of Giza in the basement of Cairo’s Grand Egyptian... more...

  • Strike at Alitalia grounds 200 flights

    A strike at Italian carrier Alitalia, placed in administration earlier this month, grounded 200 flights on Sunday, the airline said, adding it managed to reassign some 80% of passengers affected, agencies reported.Alitalia, which has been stacking up losses for years, was placed in administration on May 2 at the demand of shareholders after staff rejected... more...

  • British Airways resumes flights from London after IT outage

    British Airways (BA) resumed some flights from Britain's two biggest airports on Sunday after a global computer system failure created chaos, but hundreds of passengers were still waiting for hours at London Heathrow. BA said it aimed to operate the majority of services from Heathrow and a near normal schedule from Gatwick, the capital's second busiest... more...

  • US may expand laptop ban to all international flights

    US Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary John Kelly said he may ban laptop computers in the cabins of all international flights into and out of the US amid continuing terrorist threats to bring down airplanes, but that a final decision hadn’t been made, reports Ben Brody in Mint. “That’s really the thing that they’re... more...

  • Emirates returns with signature Iftar service for Ramadan from today

    Emirates’ signature Iftar service for customers during Ramadan is expected to commence on May 27 to coincide with the start of the holy month. These special meals will be available to passengers across all cabin classes on select Emirates flights, including flights to and from the Gulf region as well as on flights catering to Umrah groups travelling... more...

  • Amazing Thailand Grand Sale to kick-start from June 1 to July 31

    The Tourism Authority of Thailand’s (TAT) much anticipated annual Amazing Thailand Grand Sale campaign which has been held successfully for 18 consecutive years, will return this year as the ‘Thailand Shopping & Dining Paradise 2017’ and will be held from June 1 to July 31, 2017, in various cities across Thailand.Under the Thailand... more...

  • Oman Travel Trade Welcome Gulf Air Commercial Roadshow

    Gulf Air, the Kingdom of Bahrain’s national carrier, recently hosted key members of the Sultanate of Oman’s travel trade industry at a dinner and networking event, aimed at informing guests of the airline’s latest developments and customer-focused initiatives while thanking them for their longstanding support. The event was hosted... more...

  • Emirates Named “Best Airline in the World” at the ULTRAS 2017 Awards

    Emirates took home “Best Airline in the World” and “Best Middle Eastern Airline” at the prestigious ULTRAS 2017 Awards, as voted by the well-travelled readers of The Telegraph’s luxury travel magazine in their annual survey. Sir Tim Clark, President Emirates airline, received the awards at the ceremony held in London. Hosted... more...

  • Emirates maps future airport experience with key partners

    Emirates has launched its “Together” initiative in collaboration with key partners: Dubai Customs, Dubai General Directorate of Residency and Foreigners Affairs (GDRFA), Dubai Police, and Dubai Airports.The initiative aims to improve traveller experience at the airline’s Dubai International airport hub, focussing on innovative and... more...

  • Saudi Arabia focuses on meetings and events sector growth

    Saudi Arabia has started investing in its MICE sector with an aim to strengthen its infrastructure with regards to the meetings industry to lure on more meetings and business events.Saudi Exhibition and Convention Bureau (SCEB) is currently leading this growth drive.Of late, it has participated in IMEX Frankfurt 2017 for the very first time. Several... more...

  • Hong Kong travel agents to visit Ireland for the first time

    For the first time ever, a travel agent group from Hong Kong is visiting Ireland this week. They will be guests of Tourism Ireland and Failte Ireland – visiting Donegal and the Wild Atlantic Way and experiencing at first-hand what Ireland has to offer.Travel agents continue to play an important role in China, with Chinese travellers preferring... more...

  • Calgary aims new tourism markets to get rid of the slump in business traveling

    The slight upward trend in the United States and growing number of international visitors are helping Calgary to improve its tourism industry in spite of its economic slump followed by downturn of domestic and business travel. Last year, an enormous 12 percent of increase was noticed in terms of overseas visits to Calgary and are forecasted that US... more...

  • Greece cruise tourism aims China for recovery

    As cruise traffic has dropped off radically in the Eastern Mediterranean, key port and government stakeholders in Greece are hoping that tourism from China and public-private partnerships would help in their recovery. Cruise lines joined with ports and government officials at the Posidonia Sea Tourism Forum, which is about to take place in Athens this... more...

  • Turkish Airlines to commence flights to Phuket from July

    As confirmed by the company’s manager in Thailand on Tuesday, the Turkish Airlines will propose flights to Phuket this summer.The Turkish Airlines executive in Thailand, Abdullah Ahmet Tuğcu told journalists that the first flight from Istanbul to Phuket will commence on July 17. Tuğcu said, “We will open Phuket line this year. Our first... more...

  • Amadeus launches advanced data analytics suite ‘Destination Insight’

    Amadeus has launched a product suite from its Travel Intelligence division, Destination Insight that provides DMOs (Destination Marketing Organisations) with analysis of up-to-date travel data, removing some of the guesswork often involved when making key marketing decisions. By analysing billions of up-to-date global air travel transactions in near... more...

  • Budget must boost Australia’s tourism competitiveness

    The continued success of Australia’s export tourism industry relies on a federal budget that delivers on a number of policy fronts, from investment in global marketing campaigns, improved visa facilitation and more streamlined international access, to forward thinking labour force strategies.The Australian Tourism Export Council (ATEC) says the... more...

  • Airbnb to spark growth in Bermuda’s vacation rental market

    Airbnb officials arrived in Bermuda to present information about growing the vacation rental market on the island. It’s one of the first steps in a Memorandum of Understanding the company signed with the Bermuda Tourism Authority one month ago.“The Bermuda Tourism Authority entered into a partnership with Airbnb to build on the island’s... more...

  • Japanese theme park visitors can ‘fight bad guys’ to impress their dates

    Visitors to a Japanese theme park are being offered with the chance to “show off” to their friends a winning fight against pretended bad guys.Hirakata Park in Osaka has come up with this amazingly interesting attraction where visitors hire actors to start a fight with them as they walk around the attraction, from which they emerge as the... more...

  • Garuda Indonesia Included In The Worlds Top 10 Airline “Traveler’s Choice” From Trip Advisor

    National airline Garuda Indonesia made it into the ranks of the world’s top 10 airlines in 2017 based on the rating of Travelers Choice 2017 from TripAdvisor, the world’s leading travel sites. In addition, Garuda Indonesia also won in the category of “Top 5 Travelers’ Major Airline in Asia Pasific” and “Best Airline... more...

  • Niagara Falls to host 150 events in 2017 to mark Canada’s 150th birthday

    Canada is getting all geared up to celebrate her 150th birthday on 1st July, 2017.This gorgeous city of Niagara Falls would be hosting as many as 150 different events throughout the year with an aim to revel in the festive spirit of this glorious occasion.Therefore, this city is expecting a robust tourism season this year.But then, the challenge is... more...

  • Google Earth rolls out its biggest update with stunning 3D features

    In its latest update, Google Earth has introduced a new feature called “Voyager”.  No longer will you be limited to only exploring places you’ve heard about, nor will you have to resort to randomly clicking on areas of the planet in hopes of finding a gem. Instead, “Voyager” presents you with dozens of curated journeys... more...

  • Over 1,000 TUI performers await the summer holidaymakers

    The summer holiday season is about to begin, and at the world’s biggest tourism group, preparations are in full swing. TUI has trained more than 1,400 performers and backstage crew to entertain guests over the summer in the Group’s hotel concepts, including TUI Sensatori, TUI Family Life and TUI Sensimar. For the first time, TUI is opening... more...

  • Mechanical issue forces Hawaiian Airlines to make emergency landing

    A flight of Hawaiian Airlines that was travelling from Mineta San Jose International Airport to Honolulu on Tuesday morning was compelled to return to the Bay Area.The airport officials said that Flight 43 had originally taken off around 9.15 a.m.A short while after take-off, the crew members on board reported a mechanical issue. The officials said... more...

  • Kenya sees an increase in international tourists

    A UN agency has said that 1.3 million tourists spent Sh100 billion in Kenya last year. It is a 17% increase from the previous Sh85 billion. The UNWTO said total international arrivals by air and by sea increased by 16.7 per cent to stand at 877,602 tourists compared to 752,073 in 2015. The Jomo Kenyatta International Airport in Nairobi had the... more...

  • Experts claim Trump’s travel rules discourages tourists

    US President Donald Trump states that he wishes to keep people out from the US who seem to be a threat to the national security of this region.But then, experts claim that his travel policies are threatening the American travel business.According to one of the studies, there has been a 10.6 million decline in the tourism figures this year. And, it is... more...

  • Cambodia attracts 2.5 million tourists in Khmer holiday season

    The top tourist attractions of Cambodia expect a record number of tourists this Khmer New Year, with as many as 2.5 million domestic as well as international tourists travelling to this part of the world to revel in the festive spirit around the nation. According to a Tourist Ministry report, this Siem Reap province had lured in nearly 1.7 million... more...

  • Bangkok bans its roadside stalls selling world’s best street food

    The authorities in Bangkok have banned its street food from the major roadways of the capital sparking an outcry mainly because this city has been renowned for its affordable roadside cuisine.This move has been criticized by regional and culinary lovers.Therefore, a large number of vendors selling delectable dishes including papaya salad and spicy prawn... more...

  • Genting Cruise Lines hosts Travel Agent and Media Partner Forum onboard Genting Dream

    Genting Cruise Lines, the new division of Genting Hong Kong comprising of three cruise brands, Star Cruises, Dream Cruises and Crystal Cruises hosted its first “Travel Agent and Media Partner Forum” onboard Genting Dream recently.Genting Cruise Lines management welcomed more than 350 senior executives, travel agents and media partners from... more...

  • Fire near New Cross station disrupts services in and out of London

    New CrossRailway users have been facing a great headache, especially the ones who have been trying to get into London this morning after a side-line fire.This fire has been the culprit behind major travel disruptions that led to delays that are likely to extend till around 10.30 a.m. this morning. Services via New Cross in the region of south London... more...

  • Brazil announces new measures to lure foreign tourists

    The government of Brazil has declared about its plan to introduce the ‘Brazil + Tourism’ program that is actually a series of measures to strengthen the tourism sector of the nation. Among the measures undertaken, the important ones include the issuance of e-visas, opening of one hundred percent of Brazilian airlines capital to foreign... more...

  • TTf Urges Federal Government To Ensure That Visa Changes Do Not Disadvantage Tourism

    TTFTourism & Transport Forum, Australia’s leading tourism advocacy group, today urged the Federal Government to ensure that changes to skilled labour visas did not disadvantage the tourism industry.The Chief Executive Officer of TTF, Margy Osmond, said a continuous pipeline of skilled labour from overseas was vital for sectors such as hospitality,... more...

  • Malaysia strengthens its position as Asia’s preferred business event destination in China

    The 7th China Roadshow 2017 begins and continues to other major cities including Shanghai (20 April), Chengdu (24 April) and Guangzhou (27 April) to promote Malaysia as a preferred corporate meeting and incentive destination to the China market.The China Roadshow mission is led by Datuk Zulkefli Hj. Sharif, Chief Executive Officer of Malaysia Convention... more...

  • Tourism in Paris makes for a robust recovery

    Following terrorist attacks in 2015, tourism in Paris went down considerably. However, as per new national data, tourism has now recovered strongly in France, including the capital. The French National Institute of Statistics and Economic Studies said visitor numbers at the end of last year were similar to those from the end of 2014. This is good news... more...

  • Palm Beach County tourism sees increase in visitor numbers

    Although the spring travel season has ended, Palm Beach County could see an increase in visitor numbers surrounding the now famous “winter White House”. Appearances by world leaders and President Trump himself are attracting tourists who are curious to catch a glance of history.The election year saw a growth in visitors and the trend is... more...

  • Couple celebrates 200th Carnival cruise

    Caribbean-focused Carnival is a starter brand for many cruisers — a line one sails a few times before moving on to more globe-circling operators such as Holland America or Princess.Not so for Bernard and Janice Caffary. Carnival this month celebrated the Florida couple’s 200th cruise with the line — a record for the Miami-based company.The... more...

  • Qatar Airways First Airline In The World To Acheive Compliance With IATA Resolution

    Qatar Airways has become the first airline in the world to achieve compliance with the International Air Transport Association (IATA) Resolution 753 at its hub in Hamad International Airport (HIA).The resolution requires the airline to track every piece of baggage from the start of the journey all the way through to its finish. The certification has... more...

  • Chinese tourists spent 12% more in travelling abroad in 2016 setting new record

    China and the Philippines renew tourism2016 results on expenditure from major outbound markets reflect increasing demand for international tourism across the world, as reported in the latest UNWTO World Tourism Barometer. With a 12% increase in spending, China continued to lead international outbound tourism, followed by the United States, Germany,... more...

  • London geared up Easter celebrations as terror attack fails to dampen tourism spirit

    London is all geared up to welcome the Easter tourism bonanza thanks to the record number of globetrotters are making their way to the capital from all across the globe for the bank holiday weekend.A great upsurge in inbound flight bookings as well as reservations for hotels and tourist attractions as compared to the last year indicate that tourists... more...

  • Thailand kicks off New Year festival amidst government caution

    Thailand has kicked off its beautiful water festival, ‘Songkran’ that marks its annual New Year festivities on Thursday amid warning issued by the military government since the country continues to mourn the death of its late king.Currently, the country is in a year of mourning for the deeply revered King Bhumibol Adulyadej who had died... more...

  • Israel leverages increased air connectivity from India

    The Israel Ministry of Tourism (IMOT) is making the best efforts to capitalize on the increased airline connectivity from the Indian source market.Air India is expected to start direct flights between Delhi and Tel Aviv with three weekly flights from May onwards.El Al Israel Airlines have been operating non-stop flights from Mumbai to Tel Aviv.Hassan... more...

  • Tourists cancel bookings due to Philippine clashes

    Clashes between Philippine troops and suspected Abu Sayyaf militants have raised concerns about travel and tourism in the central province where the fighting is taking place.Jaypee Orcullo, an officer of the Department of Tourism in Bohol province, said some tourists cancelled hotel reservations. He estimated around 10 percent may have cancelled their... more...

  • Plane emergency lands on interstate, no casualties

    A small aircraft was forced to make an emergency landing against the flow of traffic on an interstate Tuesday. In the process it struck a guardrail and came to rest nose-down, police said. One vehicle had to serve to avoid the plane, but no motorists were injured, and the two people aboard the plane suffered only minor injuries.The plane, a 1947 Cessna,... more...

  • Gorontalo in Indonesia strives to lure 30,000 this year

    The provincial government of Gorontalo is striving to draw as much as 30,000 tourists this year.This figure represents four times higher as compared to the foreign tourist arrivals in the year 2016 at 7,000. Resma Kabkoran who is the acting director of Gorontalo tourism department said that the stimulus programs of Tourism Ministry are believed to raise... more...

  • Average UK families to spend 17% more on this Easter holiday shows study

    New research from ATOL, the holiday protection scheme, has found British families are willing to spend 13% more on their holiday this year compared to last year, with a family of four now set to spend an average of £3,133 on their annual break. However the research into holiday spending habits also revealed unexpected holiday costs leave travellers... more...

  • Thailand to host the World Travel and Tourism Global Summit 2017

    The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) will be hosting cultural and rustic trips for delegates attending The World Travel and Tourism Global Summit 2017 and their partners. The trips will display some of the Unique Local Thai Experiences in and around Bangkok to industry leaders attending the summit on 26-27 April.These trips will provide a chance... more...

  • Kenya tourism on the rise with more visitors

    In 2016, the tourism sector of Kenya recorded a 17% growth in earnings. This was due to influx of overseas tourists from countries like the US, China and India.Tourism Cabinet Secretary Najib Balala said Kenya recorded 877,602 visitors last year, up from 752,073 visitors in 2015. To quote Balala, “I am happy to report that 2016 arrivals and receipts... more...

  • Wine tourism is an asset of Italy

    Italy is a haven for wine. Wine tourism is experiencing continuous and fast growth in Italy. According to the Observatory of Wine Tourism, wine represents the main inspiration for foreigners to visit Italy. 15% of visitors travel to the country for wine purposes. However, it is necessary to point out that only 25% of wine routes have set corresponding... more...

  • Two Singapore tourism companies share a common thread

    Genting Singapore PLC (SGX: G13) and Straco Corporation Ltd (SGX: S85)may differ in terms of their size – they have market capitalizations of S$12.9 billion and S$666 million, respectively – but the two companies do share a strong familiar thread. Both are largely dependent on tourism spending in Singapore. Genting Singapore counts... more...

  • Bahrain Tourism – A key exponent at Riyadh Travel Fair

    In ‘Riyadh Travel Fair 2017’, an official team of delegation from Bahrain Tourism and Exhibitions Authority (BTEA) will be taking part in it this year. It will start from April 7th till 10th at Al Faisaliah Tower Hotel. Yousef Mohamed Al Khan, BTEA’s director of Tourism Marketing and Promotions will be leading the delegation alongside... more...

  • Dubai Tourism – A major attraction at Careers UAE

    To build up future tourism leaders from young enthusiasts of UAE nationals, As Dubai’s Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing (Dubai Tourism) as part of a current project is partaking in this year’s Careers UAE.To quote Ahmad Khalifa Al Falasi, CEO, Corporate Services and Investment, Dubai Tourism, ‘Careers UAE is an ideal platform... more...

  • Abu Dhabi sees major growth in hotel guests following record-breaking year

    Following a record-breaking year for hotel guests in Abu Dhabi, the emirate has recorded impressive growth in the first two months of 2017, seeing a 5.5% rise in hotel guests.According to figures from Abu Dhabi Tourism & Culture Authority (TCA Abu Dhabi), 749,650 hotel guests have checked into the emirate’s 170 hotels and hotel apartments... more...

  • London and Paris announce ground-breaking tourism partnerships

    The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, and the Mayor of Paris, Anne Hidalgo, announced new business and tourism collaborations to attract international visitors to both cities and help companies based in London and Paris to expand into new international markets.The agreement will, for the first time, jointly showcase London and Paris to overseas visitors,... more...

  • Nose gear issue prompts emergency landing of Air New Zealand flight

    A flight of Air New Zealand was forced to make an emergency landing at Palmerston North Airport on Sunday evening immediately after an issue was reported with the nose gear of the airplane. The passengers of this flight from this Nelson-bound plane were all flown back to the South Island city.There were 64 passengers on board the flight NZ5075 that... more...

  • British tourists may need to disclose social media passwords for US entry

    British travellers visiting the United States might face the disagreeable choice of handing over personal information as being considered by the Trump administration. Of the personal information, it includes social media passwords and mobile phone contacts, or else might run into the risk of being denied entry to the country.According to the  new... more...

  • Hot air balloon crash in Turkey kills one, injures 20

    A hot air balloon crash in Turkey had claimed one life and injured 20 others as revealed by the state-run local media of the country. Several hot air balloons had taken off.But then, a certain high-voltage power line had snapped during the landing, according to the local news agency. It said that the crash was on account of the adverse winds. However,... more...

  • Three-month state of emergency declared in Egypt after church bombings

    President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi declared a three-month state of emergency in Egypt following twin church bombings that killed dozens of people in two cities on Sunday. Sisi announced the "state of emergency for three months" in a defiant speech at the presidential palace after a meeting of the national defense council.The Islamic State group had claimed... more...

  • Sri Lanka attracts over 6 lakh tourists in Q1 2017

    Sri Lanka received over 600,000 tourists in the first three months of this year with a 3.4-percent growth as compared to 2016, as per statistics released by Sri Lanka Tourism Ministry.India and China remained the leading markets with the most number of tourist arrivals in the first three months of this year with 27,075 Indian tourists arriving in March... more...

  • Hanoi Tourism Dept. holds training courses for tourism workers

    As many tourism workers and managers in Hanoi have failed to satisfy the set requirements, the country’s Department of Tourism has organised a series of training courses to improve their skills.According to the department, eight training classes for tourism managers at all levels were held with the participation of 520 people, Vietnam News Agency... more...

  • Spain tops the chart as the best country to visit

    The Mediterranean destination has been ranked at the top of a list of 136 countries, with the UK in 5th place as per the study revolves around everything from price competitiveness to security and hygiene. Every two years, the World Economic Forum’s Travel and Tourism report is released. Various factors like business environment, safety and... more...

  • France confirms ban on ski hosting, Brexit blamed by tour operators

    After four years and many appeal hearings, the supreme court in France has confirmed the ban on ski hosting, signaling a final conclusion to the ancient practice of tour operators of motivating guests to traverse the slopes of the resort.A statement that was released by a consortium of British tour operators led by Le Ski had fought against this case... more...

  • 370 million young tourists will explore the world by 2020: UNWTO

    The tourism of younger travellers appears to be quite a promising market of late.This is due to the fact that the latest data released by the World Tourism Organization reveals that as many as 370 million young tourists are expected to globetrot by 2020. Another figure estimates that for the travellers between the ages of 18 and 26, the value of this... more...

  • India ranks 40th on the world tourism list

    The Asian Age, India has jumped 12 places to 40th rank globally in travel and tourism competitiveness list by World Economic Forum. India is one of the countries that improved the most as it gained 12 places in Asia, but lagged behind its other Asian peers like Japan and China which were ranked way ahead at 4th and 13th place, respectively. Spain is... more...

  • Golf Tourism – The newest trend in India

    In modern times, lush golf courses are growing across India. Their popularity as a sport is increasing adding sightseeing attractions and studying business opportunities together. Thus, golf tourism in India is growing at par with courses that are among the oldest and highest in the world.Finally, golf tourism has successfully created an impression... more...

  • Egypt records 20% tourist growth in Q12017

    The Egyptian Tourist Authority (ETA) has declared that the number of tourist arrivals in Egypt has increased by 20% as compared to the same period in the year 2016.Inbound tourism declined in 2016 to 5.3 million tourists that marks a slump from 9.3 million in 2015 after Britain and Russia halted their flight on account of the fall if the Metro Jet airliner... more...

  • Oregon Tourism eyes social media & trade workshops for promotions in India

    Oregon, a coastal state in the Pacific Northwest of the United States of America (USA) is looking at increasing awareness about the destination in the Indian market. Along with joint promotions with Brand USA, Oregon Tourism Commission also plans to spread the word through its social media handles and educate the travel trade through workshops. Once... more...

  • US announces measures to detect H-1B visa fraud and abuse

    The US announced multiple measures to "deter and detect" what it described as "fraud and abuse" of H-1B work visas, the most sought after by Indian IT firms and professionals.The announcement by the US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) came yesterday when the federal agency started accepting applications for H-1B visas for the fiscal year... more...

  • Abu Dhabi targets 10% rise in hotel guests in 2017 to reach 4.9 million

    Following a record-breaking year for hotel guests in Abu Dhabi, the emirate has recorded impressive growth in the first two months of 2017, seeing a 5.5% rise in hotel guests. According to figures from Abu Dhabi Tourism & Culture Authority (TCA Abu Dhabi), 749,650 hotel guests have checked into the emirate's 170 hotels and hotel apartments in January... more...

  • Tourism Ireland’s Game of Thrones campaign wins gold at The Travel Marketing Awards in London

    Tourism Ireland’s Game of Thrones campaign has won another award – this time for ‘Best Use of Social Media’, at the annual Travel Marketing Awards, which took place recently in London. PIC SHOWS: Darren Quinton and Claire Brosnan, both Tourism Ireland, with the award for ‘Best Use of Social Media’ for Tourism Ireland’s... more...

  • Responsible Travel becomes first travel company to stop promoting zoos worldwide

    Responsible Travel announced that it will no longer be promoting trips that include visits to zoos on its website. The online travel company and pioneer in responsible tourism has removed six trips from its site, the first travel company to publically make such a move.Responsible Travel and its customers have always been strong advocates for wildlife... more...

  • Japan Airlines unveils new amenity kits for International First Class passengers

    Striving to bring a unique and completely refreshing in-flight experience for customers, Japan Airlines (JAL) is now providing new amenity kits for its International First Class. JAL developed new amenity kits in collaboration with Porsche Design which is the German premium lifestyle brand.Two different colours of amenity kit cases will be introduced... more...

  • TAT & Thai Airways host FAM trip for Wedding Planners in March

    In order to tap Indian wedding celebrations, Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) New Delhi and TAT Mumbai along with Thai Airways invited around 16 wedding planners from across India to visit two routes in Thailand that are popular destination for Indian wedding celebrations. During the trip, planners visited Hua Hin, Pattaya, Bangkok and Phuket,... more...

  • TRENZ 2017 – A hub of international tourism buyers!

    International tourism buyers are eyeing for TRENZ 2017. New Zealand’s increasing popularity as one of the sought-after visitor destinations in the world is constantly insisting international travel and tourism buyers who are inclined to participate TRENZ 2017. It will take place in Auckland from 9th May till 12th. It would be attended by 377 different... more...

  • Irish tourism industry affected by conspicuous drop in British visitors

    As per latest data from the Central Statistics Office (CSO), British tourism arrivals in Ireland are down by 6% for the December-February period. This implies 49,200 fewer British visitors compared to the same period last year and this shows that the Irish tourism industry is quite vulnerable to Brexit. The Irish Tourist Industry Confederation... more...

  • Hong Kong welcomes first sightseeing restaurant bus Crystal Bus

    Hong Kong's very first Crystal Bus officially went into service on March 2017. Paired with stylish interiors decorated with crystals, high quality sound systems, and special facilities, guests can admire the beautiful views of the city while enjoying delicacies from local Michelin starred restaurants.Crystal Bus is a 47-seater double decker offering... more...

  • Bermuda is riding high on tourism these days

    Bermuda is on tourism high these days with increased air and cruise visitors, visitor spending and changing face of visitor demographics. The island is about to get more fillip soon, due to America’s Cup sailing race, where the top sailors on the world’s fastest boats will clash for the oldest trophy in international sport on Bermuda’s... more...

  • Joint tourism and business schemes announced by London and Paris

    Joint tourism and business schemes were announced by the mayors of London and Paris, a day before the UK’s formal exit from the EU was prompted. A business unit will be set up in the city hall promotional agency, London and Partners, and its French counterpart Paris & Co. Next year, a joint tourism scheme is scheduled to be launched.... more...

  • Tourism is the best way for Nigeria to combat recession

    Mimidoo Osewe Mou, the Managing Director, Lovebet Hotels, Abuja, Nigeria is an expert on tourism development. She is passionate about the development of tourism sector in Nigeria. She believes that the development of the Nigerian tourism sector offers the fastest and cheapest way out of Nigeria’s present recession. Mou said that she has worked... more...

  • Ireland tastes great! Tourism Ireland unveils new ‘mouth-watering’ film!

    Tourism Ireland has unveiled a new online film, showcasing the range of delicious food and fresh produce available right across the island of Ireland. Further media information: Sinளூad Grace, Tourism Ireland 087-685 9027Tourism Ireland has unveiled a new online film, showcasing the range of delicious food and fresh produce available right across... more...

  • Australia wins $100b from local and international tourism in 2016

    Australia has been able to reap in smart rewards of over $100 billion from regional as well as overseas tourism last year, as declared by the latest figures today.The tourists visiting some of the nation’s most popular tourist destinations have ended up spending about $5.6 billion more than what they had done last year and this marks an all-time... more...

  • Qatar Airways Wins ‘Airline Of The Year’ At The Prestigious 2017 Air Transport Awards

    Qatar Airways proudly accepted the ‘Airline of the Year’ award on Saturday 25 March at the 2017 Air Transport Awards, as the airline was recognised for its innovation, service, hospitality and leading product design. The awards ceremony, held at an exclusive and prestigious ceremony at the Latrou Residence in Ekali, Greece, recognised Qatar... more...

  • Middle East theme park sector to observe spectacular growth in 2017

    The theme park sector all across the planet is expected to generate revenues amounting to nearly $32.1 billion by 2017, as revealed by the Global Industry Analysts. An outstanding growth is expected to be witnessed in the Middle East with the introduction of new projects that have started coming up in Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and the UAE.The 23rd edition... more...

  • Peruvian Airlines flight catches fire, makes emergency landing

    A commercial plane of Peru, particularly of Peruvian Airlines had little choice but to opt for an emergency landing at an airport in the Andes soon after it had caught fire on Tuesday as per the reports of the local media.The official reports state that the plane had been travelling from Lima and had landed safely at the small airport in Jauja after... more...

  • Indonesia promotes spiritual tourism through world’s largest Buddhist temple

    Spiritual tourism is on Indonesia’s list for the world’s largest Buddhist temple Borobudur in Java province, central Indonesia. It will be for promoting peace and bringing harmony across the world. A cultural introduction programme was held yesterday by Tidar Heritage Foundation (THF) in Magelang city, near Borobudur temple. It was attended... more...

  • Pressure on Tanzania for reopening its Bologonja border with Kenya

    pressure on Tanzania for reopening its Bologonja border with Kenya is priority, which the country’s inter-ministerial committee involving Tourism, Interior and Coordination of National Government and Transport and Infrastructure has devised. Important players in Tanzania’s tourism sector have smelled a rat in Kenya’s 10-year National... more...

  • Auckland tourism is keen to see Ateed’s expenses!

    Various commercial accommodation providers are worried about lack of information on part of the Auckland Council behind the promotional activities of the city.Accommodations business has been targeted $27.8 million to fund Auckland Tourism, Events and Economic Development. To quote Aotearoa, ‘’ Despite requests, no breakdown has been provided... more...

  • Palestinian tourism is in slow improvement

    In a recent message from the Palestinian Government, officials’ urges visitors to walk in the footsteps of Jesus, enjoy hummus, stuffed grapes leaves and spend the night in complete tranquility. This major push by the Palestinian Government is outlined to attract maximum tourists to Bethlehem, Jericho, Hebron and other historic religious sites... more...

  • Zimbabwe tourism sector is on the edge of development

    This year, the tourism sector of New Zealand is all geared up to attract more tourists and gain better revenue. As expressed in Business Chronicle, the top officials associated with tourism and hospitality said that in the coming year’s new airlines is in the pipeline which will give a new dimension to the sector with better revenue generation.For... more...

  • Home sharing might boost Japan Tourism considerably

    In Japan, home-sharing services like Airbnb are illegal, except for Osaka and Ota Ward of Tokyo. However, prior to the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, a move is now being considered for changing the law, as such services could provide a much needed support to the country’s growing tourism sector. The Japanese cabinet authorized a proposed bill to legalize... more...

  • Domestic tourism in Saudi Arabia to shoot 40 percent up by 2020

    Saudi Arabia is facing a surge in domestic tourism as experts believe that from 2015 till 2020, there will be 40 percent increase in internal trips. The exclusive forecast report of the Euromonitor International Tourism revealed record outbreak in domestic travel within the Kingdom.Saudi Vision 2030 is one among other initiatives to make Saudi Arabia... more...

  • Mexico experiences major boom in medical tourism

    Many silvered haired Americans line up on every weekday afternoon at the entry between Mexico, Nogales and Nogales, Ariz with numb mouths caused by novocaine. Medicare provides zero coverage on odontology. The above mentioned border regions of Mexico have thus become a go-to destination for many to avail good dental care at cost-effective price. More... more...

  • Emirates introduces laptop & tablet handling service for US flights

    Emirates will introduce a new service to enable customers to use their laptops and tablet devices until just before they board their flights to the US. Emirates customers travelling to the US via Dubai will be able to utilise their laptops and tablet devices on the first part of their journeys, and also during transit in Dubai. They must then declare... more...

  • Genting Dream to cruise to Okinawa, Japan this summer

    Adding another itinerary from Hong Kong & GuangzhouDream Cruises, an Asian luxury cruise line, announced the Summer 2017 cruise itineraries for its inaugural ship, Genting Dream. Beginning from April 2, 2017, Genting Dream will set sail from her dual homeports of Hong Kong and Nansha, Guangzhou on 5-night voyages to the idyllic destinations of Naha... more...

  • Sydney’s New Harbour Travel Options Great News For Business Event Delegates

    Imagine being able to take a ferry right to the doorstep of the venue for your next international conference. A new Sydney Harbour route increases options for international business events delegates meeting in Sydney, providing improved connectivity between major city commuter destinations.Last week, Business Events Sydney (BESydney) Chief Executive,... more...

  • Italy Golf & More launches 2017 Campaign With European Tour

    Italy Golf & More, the first pan-Italian international promotional project for golf, is ready to hit the ground running in 2017 as it builds on a momentous last 12 months which saw Italy establish itself as one of Europe’s top golf destinations.Following a successful launch last year which helped boost golf visitor numbers by 20 per cent,... more...

  • Financial concerns call trouble for Thai airlines

    The Civil Aviation Authority of Thailand (CAAT) has planned to suspend or revoke the Air Operator Certificates (AOCs) of a Thai-registered airline which is facing a financial crisis. Nine out of the twenty three Thai Airlines, which accounts for about 70% of the international flights of the of the south east Asian country have received their air operator... more...

  • Paris introduces high-profile soldier-security for ultra-rich tourists

    Ahead the Haute Couture Fashion Week, Paris has introduced extra security measures to reassure the uber-rich tourists of their safety in the wake of a series of high-profile robberies. In the improved security measures, there will be additional body wand scans and identity checks which will be at all the places of the luxury event which is due to take... more...

  • Tourism revenue in Greece witness a steep decline in 2016

    Recent figures released by the Bank of Greece has showed that during the first 11 months of 2016, the tourism sector in Greece has witnessed a steep decline in the tourism revenue in comparison to the tourism revenue that the country has earned in 2015 and 2014. The figures have been disclosed by the Bank of Greece on 23rd January, Monday. The report... more...

  • The top 5 cities for celebrating the Chinese New Year of rooster

    Chinese communities around the globe are preparing to launch their new year celebrations, the most important holiday in the Chinese calendar. The most unique attribute of this holiday is that no country celebrates it quite the same way. Cities with significant Chinese populations tend to celebrate the biggest and visitors from all over the world come... more...

  • Dubai International named as world’s number one airport for international travellers

    According to the annual traffic report issued by operator Dubai Airports on 24th January, Tuesday, Dubai International has retained its title as the world’s number one airport for international passengers after near record numbers in December propelled the hub’s annual traffic to 83.6 million passengers in 2016.With monthly passenger traffic... more...

  • Tourists cover ‘Route of the Spaniards’ in Peru

    The steps of the first Spaniards who raided the sanctuary of Pachacamac in Peru have been retraced in a tour of the ruins of that site’s ancient temples and palaces, nearly after 500 years. Pachacamac is a major pre-Columbian deity. Walking along roads excavated from the desert around Lima, a small group of tourists covered the “Route... more...

  • Malaysia to promote ‘Visit ASEAN Year 2017′ and ‘Visit ASEAN@50′ campaigns actively

    Visit ASEAN@50Tourism Malaysia’s Deputy Director-General (Advertising & Digital), Abdul Khani Daud has assured that the country will play an active role to ensure the success of ‘Visit ASEAN Year 2017′ and ‘Visit ASEAN@50′ campaigns.Among the efforts were cooperation with hotel chains and local travel agents to promote... more...

  • Visit Scotland: Burns Night 2017

    With dry January losing its allure at this stage of the month, VisitScotland invites you to join Scots all over the world in raising a dram to Scotland’s Bard, Robert Burns, on his birthday, 25 January. In Scotland’s year of History, Heritage and Archaeology, discover some of the traditions and festivities linked to Robert Burns; the Ayrshire... more...

  • Abu Dhabi Celebrates Chinese New Year

    Abu Dhabi Abu Dhabi will mark Chinese New Year with a range of spectacular performances, activities and promotions as the emirate celebrates China’s rich heritage, culture and history.Locations across the city will host a variety of entertaining activities including traditional parades, dragon dances, Kung Fu shows and demonstrations of Chinese... more...

  • Japan welcomes record number of foreign tourists in 2016

    The number of tourists to Japan from overseas had increased by 21.8% to about 24.04 million in 2016. And, their spending grew by 7.8% to $33 billion and both these figures represent all-time highs according to an official statement issued by the government on Tuesday. However, the pace of increase for both these figures was slower as compared to... more...

  • Melbourne plans to introduce solar-powered trams

    Under a proposal by the Andrews government, the tram network of Melbourne will be entirely solar-powered. The authority is planning to build large-scale solar farms in northern Victoria following the plan to reduce Victoria’s net carbon emissions to zero by 2050. Tenders to build and operate 75MW of new solar farms will be released in early... more...

  • China’s railways report 24.6% surge in passenger volume ahead of Spring Festival

    Hundreds of millions of Chinese people return home to spend Spring Festival with their families fueling 24.6 percent surge in China’s railways passenger volume.More than 8.6 million trips were made by rail Friday, 1.71 million more than the same period last year, according to China Railway Corp.A record 2.98 billion trips are expected during this... more...

  • Abu Dhabi – the third fastest-growing global tourism destination

    Abu Dhabi has found its place among the fastest-growing destinations of the world with overnight visitors registering a double-digit growth in recent times. Abu Dhabi’s compound annual growth rate (CAGR) was 19.81% between 2009 and 2016, which places it alongside major upcoming destinations like Osaka and Chengdu and above established hubs like... more...

  • New tourism campaign for Lafourche Parish

    Lafourche Parish has launched its new tourism brand name and hopes that the world will soon come to know it as “Louisiana’s Cajun Bayou” and check it out. The new tourism campaign was launched by the Bayou Lafourche Area Convention and Visitors Bureau last Thursday at the Lafourche Parish Career Magnet Center in Lockport. To quote... more...

  • Nearly 70,000 birds killed for safe landing of flights in New York

    In a bid to make flights safer for New York City area, nearly 70,000 birds have been killed since 2009, but it doesn’t appear to have reduced bird strikes. The birds that have been killed include gulls, starling and geese, mostly by shooting and trapping, since the 2009 accident in which a jetliner was forced to land in the Hudson river after... more...

  • Germany bound plane makes emergency landing at Kuwait

    A passenger plane scheduled for Germany from Oman made an emergency landing in Kuwait following a bomb scare onboard.There were 299 passengers onboard the Eurowings flight all of whom were evacuated however, no explosives were found.The plane was heading to Cologne from Salalah when the captain requested an emergency landing in Kuwait City. Mansour... more...

  • Kazakhstan introduced visa free travel from 2017

    Kazakhstan confirmed that they have lifted visa requirements for citizens of countries of the European Union (EU) and Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), as well as a number of other states.Starting January 1, citizens of EU and OECD countries, as well as Malaysia, Monaco, the United Arab Emirates, and Singapore could travel... more...

  • Kyrgyzstan says at least 32 dead after Turkish cargo plane hits village

    A cargo plane crashed near Kyrgyzstan's main airport Monday, leaving 32 people dead including four pilots as it hit a populated area after attempting to land in thick fog, authorities said.The majority of the dead were from the village of Dacha-Suu where the plane -- a Turkish Airlines flight from Hong Kong to Istanbul via Kyrgyzstan's capital Bishkek... more...

  • Tourist bus plunges into stream near New Zealand’s national park

    A tourist bus, full of at least 15 British and American travellers, plunged almost 10 metres down the bank of a stream near the Tongariro Forest Park in New Zealand on Sunday, 15th December.The local authorities informed that most of the travellers were in their sixties. They also informed that after losing control, the bus plunged into the stream and... more...

  • Brunei hopeful of achieving target of 450,000 tourists by 2020

    Brunei is hopeful of achieving the annual target of 450,000 visitor arrivals by air by 2020 from 218,000 in 2015 owing to the eased visa requirements for visitors from a number of countries, China’s Xinhua news agency reported Haji Ali, Brunei’s minister of Primary Resources and Tourism as saying. “The ease of visa requirements... more...

  • Cuba diversifying tourism products, focusing on adventure tourism

    Diversifying its tourism products, Cuba is focusing on adventure tourism and has developed recreational modality Canopy to increase its offers of active vacations in this achipelago, according to reports of the Ministry of Tourism (Mintur). An island where the main motivation to travel are its beaches, Cuba is also diversifying its offers with cultural,... more...

  • New tourism program for Sri Lanka from Australia

    The Australian government will provide 1.6 billion rupees in aid and technical assistance for four years for strengthening Sri Lanka’s tourism sector, by providing training and mentoring for employees and small businesses. This program will help Sri Lanka develop a highly proficient workforce and place itself as a premier tourist destination.Australian... more...

  • List released for the world’s fastest-growing tourist destinations

    As of 2016, five countries saw the largest growth in tourism as per the UNWTO’s 2016 Tourism Highlights released recently, featuring the world’s most visited destinations in 2015. France was the top country with 84.5 million visitors and the United States closely following with 77.5 million. However, among the world’s top upcoming... more...

  • 36th ASEAN Tourism Forum commences in Singapore

    To highlight “Shaping Our Tourism Journey Together" themeThe 36th ASEAN Tourism Forum (ATF) has commenced in Singapore to be held from January 16-20, 2017. Themed “Shaping Our Tourism Journey Together”, ATF 2017 will support the continuous, collective efforts by ASEAN members to address challenges and opportunities as ASEAN jointly... more...

  • Flying Solo In Sydney – The Reasons Why Lone Travellers Head To NSW

    Travelling on your own can be a daunting prospect, but it doesn’t have to be with many tours, restaurants and hotels throughout NSW catering for solo travellers.Destination NSW research shows 40 per cent of domestic overnight visitors and 48 per cent of international visitors to Sydney in Summer 2015/16 were solo travellers (1). In fact, 23 per... more...

  • New York City Celebrates Lunar New Year, Year of the Rooster

    With the Year of the Rooster kicking off Saturday, January 28, visitors and locals looking to celebrate Lunar New Year should look no further than New York City. From a multitude of celebratory events to exploring the City’s three Chinatowns (Sunset Park in Brooklyn, downtown Manhattan’s Chinatown and Flushing in Queens,) the destination... more...

  • AIME To Be Asia-Pacific’sFfirst Truly Smart MICE Exhibition

    Asia-Pacific Incentives and Meetings Expo (AIME), is excited to announce that its upcoming 25th anniversary show will play host to Konduko, a new, innovative technology, which allows for an integrated and collaborative exhibition experience. As the first smart exhibition in the MICE industry in the Asia-Pacific region, exhibitors and visitors will be... more...

  • Tourism Ireland kicks off 2017 promotional drive in the Netherlands

    Tourism Ireland in Amsterdam kicks off its busy programme of promotions for 2017 this week – at Vakantiebeurs in Utrecht, the largest holiday and travel fair in the Netherlands. PIC SHOWS: Mary O’Driscoll, Causeway Coastal Route; Karen van der Horst, Tourism Ireland; and Shirley Millar, National Trust, on the Tourism Ireland stand at Vakantiebeurs... more...

  • Palau – the next best luxury tourism destination in the world

    The economy of Palau is expected to grow by 5% this year as per the Asian Development Bank. The island nation is slowly witnessing its strong tourism growth in comparison to other countries in North Pacific. However, the region is more geared toward inviting quality visitors than simply raising its numbers. In 2015, Palau’s economy grew by 9.4%... more...

  • Durban tourism experiences bumper festive season

    Durban is slowly catching up as one of the hot-spots for holidaymakers as the place has already been booked for 2017 Christmas and 2018 New Year events. The city witnessed thousands of travelers entering Durban to observe sell-out Christmas and New Year cruises among which many are booked this year and next year as well. As per Ingrid Roding-Tudor,... more...

  • Israel witnesses record incoming tourism period during Sept-Dec 2016

    Israel witnessed a record incoming tourism year in 2016 with the arrival of 2.9 million tourists, up 3.6%, compared with 2015. Infact, tourism hit an all-time high in September-December 2016 period. Israel attracted 250,000 tourists in December alone.Minister of Tourism Yariv Levin said, “The increase in tourist arrivals in Israel is a result... more...

  • Khiri Travel Experts Showcase Southeast Asia at FITUR

    Khiri Travel aims to open new markets for Spanish speaking B2B tour operators who wish to discover authentic local travel in Thailand, Vietnam, Sri Lanka, Myanmar, Laos, Cambodia, Indonesia and the Maldives.Multiple award-winning Khiri Travel is bringing 23 years of Southeast Asian DMC experience to Madrid for FITUR, 18-22 January.At the event, Khiri... more...

  • Gold Coast theme park stands 20 visitors, 32 metre up in the air

    Visitors to the theme park ‘Movie World’, situated in Australia’s Gold Coast, had to witness a bizarre incident after the authorities had to launch a rescue work to bring down the 20 riders, who got stranded on top of the 32 metre high roller-coaster ‘Arkham Asylum’ on Wednesday, 11th January.The park authorities had to... more...

  • ICAO Condemns Ft. Lauderdale Airport Attacks

    The leaders of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) have expressed their strong condemnation of the shootings at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport in Florida, USA, and their deep condolences for the families of the victims of the tragic assault. “The civil aviation community works diligently with States to keep our... more...

  • Las Vegas Breaks Tourism Record, Welcoming 42.9 Million Visitors In 2016

    For the third consecutive year, Las Vegas continued historic visitation growth, setting a new all-time record. The “Entertainment Capital of the World” welcomed 42.9 million visitors in 2016, surpassing 2015’s record-setting 42.3 million.“Las Vegas continues to see increased interest in the destination, and we are excited to... more...

  • Record number of US, Chinese tourists visit China, US in 2016

    A record number of Americans and Chinese people have visited each other’s nation in 2016, as per the official travel records. Experts feel that the growth in tourism sector in these nations would go a long way in minimizing previous misunderstandings of each other.The statistics from the China National Tourism Administration between January and... more...

  • UnCruise Adventures Adds Wellness to 2017 Theme Cruise Schedule

    Un Cruise Adventures invites travelers to take a new wellness theme cruise in 2017. Spring wellness cruises in Alaska feature certified trainers,nutrition and skincare experts, and yogi masters from Life TimeSM—The Healthy Way of Life Company. The small ship cruise line released its full theme cruise schedule with other adventures planned for... more...

  • San Francisco offers fun events in January for travellers

    There are always fun things to do in January at San Francisco. From the sea lions returning to PIER 39 to the FOG Design+Art Fair, welcome the New Year 2017 with a bang. Here are the top picks for you to have a joyful time at San Francisco in the month of January.FOG Design+Art (January 12-15):- The fourth annual edition of the FOG Design+Art Fair will... more...

  • Qantas named safest airline fourth time in a row

    Qantas has been named the world’s safest airline for 2017, for the fourth year in a row. The survey has been conducted by  airline safety and product rating review website Airlineratings.com.The Australian carrier was praised for its “extraordinary fatality-free record in the jet era”,while British Airways and Virgin Atlantic... more...

  • Network Rail to pay almost £1m fine for causing rail-staff “life-changing” injuries

    The authorities of Network Rail need to pay almost £1 million fine for causing railway staff ‘life-changing’ injuries after a train hit him with a speed of around 80 mph to 90 mph while he was working on the rail track on the Quarry Line in Redhill on 24th June in 2014. Network Rail was charged with two counts on 9th January, after... more...

  • Roman city Bath may soon become first in Britain to apply tourist tax

    Founded by the Romans as a thermal spa, the city of Bath may soon impose tourist tax in addition to the basic room rate and VAT for the overnight visitors.The local council is considering to introduce “tourist bed tax” for hotels and B&Bs which is expected to help  the finances of Bath and North East Somerset. The council is faced... more...

  • Tourism Australia’s major Business Events showcase to be hosted in Brisbane

    Tourism Australia today announced that its signature event for promoting Australia as a world-class incentive destination, Dreamtime, will be held in Brisbane, Queensland for the first time ever.As part of the Dreamtime program, Australian industry will have the opportunity to meet and do business with qualified buyers from key markets including Greater... more...

  • Thailand effectively deals with ‘zero-dollar’ tour groups!

    Thai tourism is all geared up in welcoming Chinese travelers with an eagerness to explore. Chinese travelers are the highest holidaymakers among the south East Asian countries.These young holidaymakers are often described as ‘Chinese FIT’s’ which entails free independent travelers. As per Kobkarn Wattanavrangkul, Thailand’s tourism... more...

  • Oman stresses on affordable stay for sustainable tourism

    As the experts say, Oman is in the process of increasing more hotels to attract more tourists in the coming years. Specialists consider that tourism is one of the main areas that Oman needs to develop in order to reduce its age old dependence on oil and gas for maximum revenue. As per Vikram Loomba, PwC Middle East Director for Hospitality and Leisure... more...

  • EVA agrees to help boost Thai tourism industry

    New deal with the TAT to help drive more North American visitor arrivalsEVA Air has signed an agreement to help increase the number of North American visitor arrivals to Thailand.The Taiwanese carrier has penned a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) that will lead to a series of joint marketing initiatives.... more...

  • Vietnam reaches major tourism milestone

    Chinese and Korea arrivals propel country to 10 million visitors for the first timeVietnam’s tourism industry reached a major milestone last year, as the country exceeded 10 million international visitor arrivals for the first time.The 10 millionth visitor, UK national Michael Tonge, was welcomed at Phu Quoc International Airport on 25 December... more...

  • SeaWorld San Diego hosts last orca show

    Milestone in killer whale programme comes just days after death of TilikumSeaWorld San Diego will host its last orca show today (Sunday 8 January 2017), following last year’s surprise commitment to phase out its killer whale programme.The final San Diego show will come just two days after the death of Tilikum, the orca that killed its trainer... more...

  • Argentina implements VAT refund for accommodation to foreign tourists

    Starting January 2, 2017, Argentina will refund VAT to foreign tourists for lodging. This measure seeks greater flow of visitors, greater incomes of foreign exchange and the creation of new jobs. This policy reaches the services of lodging and breakfast. Other services that the guest takes at the hotel must be invoiced separately with “A”... more...

  • Smoke in cockpit prompts emergency landing of Stars plane

    A smoke in the cockpit of Star Airlines flight forced its pilot to make an emergency landing a little while after its takeoff at an airport of St. Louis on Sunday. The flight was carrying the team of the Dallas Stars National Hockey League.The Stars’ Boeing 737 had taken off around 11.52 a.m. from St. Louis Downtown Airport that is located in... more...

  • Star Cruises announced debut of triple homeport deployment

    Star Cruises, Asia Pacific’s leading cruise line, announced the debut triple homeport deployment of flagship SuperStar Virgo in Hong Kong, Manila and Kaohsiung with the launch of the “Jewels of the South China Sea”, an unprecedented itinerary that marks a milestone in the cruise travel industry.Nearly 25 million people worldwide have... more...

  • Flash floods in Thailand’s tourist areas leave six dead

    Flash floods have struck the southern part of Thailand, accompanied with torrential rainfall, claiming the lives of six people. In addition, the incident has delayed flights and also disrupted holidays during the peak tourist season.Nine provinces that are based on the southern trail of Thailand have been hit by unseasonal rains for about a week.The... more...

  • More than 2 million guests stayed at Airbnb this New Year’s Eve

    Airbnb celebrated its biggest night ever this New Year’s Eve, with nearly 2 million guests staying in an Airbnb.  That’s nearly double the number of guests who stayed in an Airbnb on New Year’s Eve 2016, and an increase of 1400x since 2009.The projected 2 million guests this year came from over 200 countries and territories, and... more...

  • Governor Andrew M. Cuomo Announces Cellular Connectivity in Underground Subway Stations

    Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced that cell phone coverage in underground subway stations will be available a full year ahead of schedule, with all four carriers AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile and Verizon Wireless, present across underground stations as of Monday, January 9th. In addition, Wi-Fi has been installed in underground stations a full two... more...

  • Hawaiian Airlines Named Most Punctual Airline In The World By Oag

    Hawaiian Airlines has been named the world’s most punctual airline in 2016 according to results released by air travel intelligence company OAG in its annual ranking of on-time performance (OTP) for all airlines and airports.The OAG Punctuality League, covering 200 airlines from every corner of the globe, revealed that 89.9 percent of Hawaiian’s... more...

  • Technical snag forces JetBlue flight to make emergency landing in Chicago

    A California bound JetBlue flight was forced to be diverted to the airport in Chicago, after the flight encountered a technical difficulty on-board in the afternoon on Thursday, 5th January.The JetBlue flight No. 213 initially took off from John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York and it was destined to reach Long Beach Airport in California.... more...

  • Maldives Tourism unveils a brand new VisitMaldives website

    The Maldives Marketing & Public Relations Corporation (MMPRC) launched the brand new “VisitMaldives” website with new interactive features. The event was attended by representatives of various stakeholders of the Maldivian tourism industry.Haris Mohamed, Acting Managing Director, MMPRC gave a detailed explanation of the new outlook and... more...

  • Over 60 million visitors visited New York City in 2016

    Mayor Bill de Blasio, Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito and NYC & Company announced that the city will welcome an all-time record 60.3 million visitors by year’s end, surpassing the 60 million visitor milestone for the first time ever and representing the seventh consecutive year of travel and tourism growth for the city.The new figure... more...

  • Asia’s Largest Licensing Show and Conference Open Next Week

    The world’s second-largest and Asia’s largest event of its kind, the Hong Kong International Licensing Show (9-11 January) and Asian Licensing Conference (9-10 January) will kick off next week to showcase licensing opportunities in Asia. Both events are organised by the Hong Kong Trade Development Council (HKTDC). Digital age and Belt and... more...

  • 17th World Federation of Tourist Guide Associations’ Convention in Iran

    Tour guides from all over the world are preparing to attend what is arguably the largest convention of its kind in Tehran later this month, and the Iranian officials are hoping to use this opportunity for promoting the Middle East nation as a preferred travel destination. The 17th World Federation of Tourist Guide Associations’ Convention, which... more...

  • Over 23 million tourists visited Tibet in 2016

    According to regional tourism development commission, more than 23 million tourists visited southwest China’s Tibet Autonomous Region in 2016.The commission said key festivals had provided a major boost for tourism in the region, highlighting Tibetan New Year, the annual Shoton (Yogurt) Festival, and the Tibet Tourism and Culture Expo, which all... more...

  • Sri Lanka attracts over 2,70,000 Chinese tourists in 2016

    Sri Lanka attracted over 2,70,000 Chinese tourists in 2016, statistics from the Sri Lanka Tourism Promotion Bureau indicated. China recorded the strongest growth of 26.4 percent compared to the previous year.About 271,577 tourists from China visited Sri Lanka in 2016 with 19,318 tourists alone in the month of December.In 2015, 214,783 Chinese tourists... more...

  • Pressurization issue triggers emergency landing of Southwest flight

    An aircraft of Southwest Airlines that was travelling to Orlando was forced to make an emergency landing on Monday evening in Jacksonville owing to a performance issue with the airplane, according to the officials.The officials said that flight 3566 that was heading to Orlando from San Antonio was safely diverted to Jacksonville on account of a pressurization... more...

  • Anglia Christmas railway upgrades completed

    A long-standing speed restriction in place on the railway between Shenfield, Essex and Seven Kings, London during the summer can now be lifted, following completion of important railway improvement works over Christmas, benefiting all passengers travelling between Norwich and London.Network Rail engineers worked around-the-clock for 10 days to replace... more...

  • British Airways cabin crew to stage 48-hour strike from January 10

    The cabin crews of the British Airways previously suspended their strike during Christmas after the airline presented a new offer but, the cabin crews are planning to stage a 48-hour strike, starting from Tuesday, 10th January.The Unite union informed that after the members rejected the new offer made by the airline by 7-1, the cabin crew decided to... more...

  • Abu Dhabi Food Festival 2016 inspires over 29,000 culinary enthusiasts

    The Abu Dhabi Food Festival (ADFF) 2016 has successfully concluded, having welcomed more than 29,000 visitors and food lovers from the region, contributing to positioning Abu Dhabi as a global culinary hub.Organised by Abu Dhabi Tourism & Culture Authority (TCA Abu Dhabi), the food festival, which ran from December 5 to 23 across the emirate, incorporated... more...

  • Indonesia targets 15 million visitors in 2017

    Total would mark a 25% increase from the 12m visitors expected in 2016Indonesia has set itself the target of attracting 15 million international visitors in 2017.The official website of the Indonesian Tourism Ministry, Indonesia.travel, quoted Minister of Tourism Arief Yahya as revealing this year’s target. It would mark an increase of 25% over... more...

  • ISIS bombings kill 35, injure 61 in Baghdad

    ISIS bombings have claimed 35 lives and injured as many as 61 yesterday across Baghdad. The ISIS have claimed responsibility for the attacks.The death toll is steadily rising.According to a premier radio channel of America, the first bomb attack was suffered in Sadr City that is located on the edge of Baghdad on Saturday. The bomber had pretended to... more...

  • Multiple tourism development projects in Philadelphia for 2017

    Visitors in 2017 will be able to enjoy a number of new experiences scheduled to open in Philadelphia including a day trip of the city on the new Total Philly Tour, a cultural visit to the new Museum of the American Revolution and an immersive and educational experience with the latest Virtual Reality demonstration at the Franklin Institution.Launch... more...

  • Annual rail tickets price hit by hikes of up to £2,100

    Rail passengers who are facing misery from strikes have described fare increases effective from 2nd January, as a “kick in the teeth” after it emerged some are paying 43 percent more for season tickets than they did seven years ago.Rail passengers are paying up to £2,100 more for an annual ticket than they did when the Conservatives... more...

  • Join the Candlelight of Siam and greet 2017 with Thainess

    Last night, as people everywhere celebrated the end of 2016 and looked forward to welcoming the prosperous New Year, Thailand saw in the New Year with a moving candle lighting and prayer ceremony joined by hundreds of thousands of people across the country. Sang Thien Haeng Siam or Candlelight of Siam, gave the nation a chance to join together and celebrate... more...

  • 39 killed and 69 wounded in Istanbul night club attack on New Year’s Eve

    A lethal terror attack on the New Year’s Eve killed 39 people including at least 27 foreign nationals at an up-market night club in Turkey’s city of Istanbul. The gun-attack also injured 69 more club goers on 31st December.Although the local authorities in turkey informed that it was the work of a lone gunman, but according to the witnesses,... more...

  • Biggest cruise season expected in 2017 summer

    The biggest cruise season is going to be this year’s summer season as declared by a spokesperson of the cruise industry. Adam Armstrong who is the regional manager of Royal Caribbean Cruises said that about 1 million Australians and 60,000 New Zealanders actually end up going on cruises every year. This season, at least eleven new cruise... more...

  • British Airways flight makes emergency landing after toxic gas leak

    The pilot of a flight of British Airways was forced to make an emergency landing after a suspected leak of noxious fumes inside the cabin affected the health of a crew member of the flight. Reportedly, the fumes had made him vomit, suffer from a short term memory loss and become dizzy. The crew members were operating an Airbus A380 that was travelling... more...

  • Anglesey to welcome record number of cruise ships this year

    Holyhead that is located in the region of Anglesey is likely to welcome a record number of cruise ships this year and this includes the most luxurious cruise liner that has ever been built. The schedule of the year 2017 has revealed that at least 44 cruise vessels would be arriving at the port over the summer and spring. Over 20,000 passengers... more...

  • 23 killed in massive fire on Indonesian tourist boat

    A massive fire erupted in a boat carrying hundreds of local tourists to an island north of Jakarta on Sunday, leaving at least 23 dead and 17 injured, officials said. Passengers panicked and jumped into the sea as flames engulfed the Zahro Express shortly after it left port to head to the popular holiday island of Tidung, the national disaster agency... more...

  • Bali feels 6.2 magnitude tremors

    Indonesia is shaken by a 6.2 magnitude earthquake and tremors have been felt on Bali that is a popular tourist island.According to the reports of the US Geological Survey, the quake had struck the country around 6.30 a.m. local time in the region of Sumbawa. However, there has been no tsunami alert and also no immediate reports of any kind of damage... more...

  • Cambodia’s domestic tourism nearly doubles in 10 years

    Over the last 10 years, the number of domestic tourists in Cambodia has almost doubled at a rate of about 5 to 7 percent every year, as indicated by the Tourism Ministry show.It has been predicted that the home-grown tourists would be reaching about 10 million this year.The figures are being driven mainly by the travellers who have been taking multiple... more...

  • Bomb blast in Philippines kills 10, injures 20

    On Wednesday night, a severe bomb blast in the region of central Philippines killed 10 people and injured 20 others, as revealed by the president of Philippines on Thursday.Military authorities in the region said that the bomb was actually a homemade explosive device that had been detonated by a mobile phone at the time of a boxing competition, as announced... more...

  • Mexico Tourism Board wants protection of biodiversity

    On December 2nd and 17th, thirteenth annual conference of the parties on Biological Diversity or COP 13 was organized in Cancun, Mexico. To discover new and better solutions in safeguarding the regional biodiversity and giving importance to its social and economic significance and also to identify sustainable forms of interaction between species and... more...

  • UAE tourism sector expected to grow hugely by 2026

    UAE’s tourism and leisure sector, an important pillar for supporting the nation’s post-oil economy, is projected to reach Dh237 billion by year 2026 following an exponential growth in tourism and hospitality infrastructure as the Emirates keeps on track to witness a record surge in visitor traffic over the next decade. Dubai and Abu Dhabi... more...

  • Uganda boat accident kills nine

    On Monday, police said that nine people had died after an overloaded fishing boat capsized in Lake Albert. This region is located in southwestern part of Uganda on Christmas Day, according to the police.Police has confirmed that 21 people were missing initially from the accident.However, later, it was found that they were all alive. There had been fears... more...

  • Thailand to welcome the New Year with a traditional ‘Candlelight of Siam’ ceremony

    As countdown begins for New Year, Thailand announces its plans to usher in 2017. To memorably celebrate the nation’s Thainess and to incorporate tributes to the Thai monarchy as well as the happiness of the Thai people into the New Year celebrations this year, a traditional candle lighting and prayer ceremony, called Sang Thien Haeng Siam or Candlelight... more...

  • 3rd International Congress on Ethics and Tourism to be held in Poland

    Coinciding with the International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development to be celebrated throughout 2017, the third International Congress on Ethics and Tourism will be held in Poland, on 27-28 April 2017. Organized by the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) in collaboration with the European Commission (EC) and the Government of Poland, the event... more...

  • Thailand introduces unique Thai local experiences in Hua Hin and Phetchaburi

    As part of the strategy to offer unique Thai local experiences and to introduce visitors to the ‘Sufficiency Economy’ philosophy of the late King Bhumibol Adulyadej, the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) recently arranged a familiarisation trip for 20 members of the media from nine Asian countries to Phetchaburi and Prachuap Kiri Khan... more...

  • Jordan needs more tourists for reviving its tourism sector

    Jordan rightly kept its travel and tourism industry away from political disruptions. Though it remained sandwiched between conflicting nations like Israel, Syria, Palestine and Iraq, Jordan remained safe and independent. The scenario remained the same in spite of a terror attack of a Canadian tourist last week.Tourism is one of the main strongest industries... more...

  • A world-class tourism resort in Osun in 2017

    A first-rate mini city tourism resort in Ikirun, Osun is to be created in 2017, as planned by Webisco International Federation of Women Entrepreneurs and Tourism of Nigeria. This was disclosed by Margaret Fabiyi, president of the tourism firm in Lagos yesterday.This resort buildup will be starting January 2017 and expected to be completed by October... more...

  • Eco-tourism in Singapore and elsewhere is increasing in demand

    Singapore tourism industry is fast tapping on the new age travelers who are environmentally aware with lots of travel experiences. Travel agencies and touring companies are cashing in on this in this fast-changing tourism industry. The digital revolution has changed the way at how people look at tourism now and tourists now plan, book and manage travels... more...

  • Annual tourism awards announced by Visit Bloomington

    Only very recently Visit Bloomington acknowledged 10 local businesses and marketing organizations and individuals and their contribution in uplifting the image of each those places in the world map. Winners got awarded by locally carved limestone letter ‘B’ for their constructive contribution in the sector of tourism. Few of them even partnered... more...

  • Dubai Duty Free Eyes Chinese Tourists

    Dubai Duty Free, the world’s biggest airport duty free retailer, is hoping for a growing influx of visitors from China.Chinese passengers stand for nine percent of the total spending at DDF, Colm McLoughlin, Executive Vice Chairman and CEO of the government-owned Dubai Duty Free (DDF), said adding that Chinese travellers make up 3.6 percent of... more...

  • 17 Reasons To Visit New Zealand In 2017

    New Zealand may be blessed with spectacular scenery and world-class food and wine but the country is also brimming with events and itineraries to delight every visitor. From mud and snow (not together) to the arts and beer, here are 17 fantastic reasons to visit Aotearoa New Zealand in 2017.The Lions TourEven though there’s no Rugby World Cup... more...

  • Borobudur Temple ready to meets its target of 3.8 million tourists

    Throughout the entire year of 2016, Borobudur Temple that is located in Mageland regency in Central Java has been capable of welcoming as many as 3.2 million tourists. The figure makes Borobudur Temple Tourist Park (TWCB) management certain that is well on its way to achieving its target of attracting 3.8 million visitors.Chrisna Murti Adiningram, the... more...

  • TAT announces 16th edition of Thailand Travel Mart Plus

    After 15 successive years of being Thailand’s largest B2B tourism trade event, the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) announced to host the 16th Thailand Travel Mart Plus 2017 (TTM+), a gateway to the Greater Mekong Subregion in the northern Thai capital of Chiang Mai. To be held from June 14 to 16, at the Chiang Mai International Exhibition... more...

  • Griffon mulls bookings for Chennai sailing onboard ‘Magellan’ round the world cruise

    Griffon, a GSA (General Sales Agent) in India for UK’s CMV (Cruise and Maritime Voyages) Cruises is looking at the possibility of offering promotional fares on the maiden 'round the world' cruise onboard ‘Magellan’. Commenting on this development, Vivek Jain, MD, Griffon, said, “Magellan will embark on a ‘round the world’... more...

  • London’s Biggest Annual Boat Show Is Back With More Fun And Activities

    It surely will be an action-packed nautical day out when the London Boat Show at ExCeL London returns to the British capital from Jan 6.London’s biggest annual boat show brings together experts, traders and celebrities from the world of boating and watersports to showcase the latest nautical trends and upcoming developments at the waterfront location.This... more...

  • Thailand bus crash injures 15 Nepali tourists

    Early on Wednesday, a bus accident that had occurred in the region of Thailand has injured as many as fifteen Nepali tourists. A chartered bus had ended up losing control owing to heavy rainfall and had crashed into a tree in the district of Tha Chana that is located in Surat Thani on Wednesday morning. Fifteen Nepalese tourists were injured in this... more...

  • Ecuador 5.8-Magnitude Earthquake, 20 Aftershoocks KillTtwo, Damage Property

    Ecuador’s Pacific coast was rattled by an earthquake of 5.8-magnitude followed by more than 20 aftershocks before dawn on Monday (Dec 19) killing two people and causing heavy damage to hotels and homes in resort towns, officials said.Two people died and six were injured as a result of the quake, said the disaster management agency, SGR. One of... more...

  • Las Vegas gets ready for virtual theme park in 2017

    Jonathan Bricklin, who is the co-founder of SPiN, a nightclub themed on table-tennis had shifted to the region of Las Vegas last September along with his partner Daniel Picciotto with an aim to open an arcade for virtual reality. But, suddenly, the arcade did not seem big enough especially after ‘Westworld’, the drama inspired by virtual... more...

  • Mid-air zip line crash in Thailand injures three tourists

    Three tourists have been injured owing to a zip-line crash that occurred in the district of Mae On that is located in Chiang Mai in Bangkok, Thailand. A police probe has been ordered immediately after the incident. The people injured also include a three-year-old boy.According to initial investigation, the ‘Flight of the Gibbon’ tour had... more...

  • Prime Minister of UAE inaugurates theme park ‘Dubai Parks and Resorts’

    At a gala ceremony held yesterday in Dubai, the largest theme park destination of the Middle East region, ‘Dubai Parks and Resorts’ was formally inaugurated by H.E. Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister, United Arab Emirates (UAE). The 30.6-mn sq ft Dubai Parks and Resorts, owned by DXB Entertainments PJSC,... more...

  • Now avail CityPASS for entry to Southern California’s tourist attractions

    Visitors to Orange County can now avail 2017 CityPASS e-tickets and cards for use now or after January 1, 2017, are now available for purchase.Those who arrive at the theme parks, with CityPASS ticket don’t need to wait in ticket lines. They just need to show the e-ticket or admission card at the turnstiles, along with a valid ID and that’s... more...

  • Pakistan passenger plane crashes with 48 people on board

    48 people aboard a Pakistan International Airlines flight, including pop singer-turned-Islamic preacher Junaid Jamshed, were killed when the turboprop aircraft they were in crashed into rugged mountains of Abbottabad district on Wednesday.Eight women and two infants were among those dead, apart from five crew members and a ground engineer.The ATR-42... more...

  • Ecotourism Kenya Eco-rating Certification Scheme Achieves GSTC Recognition

    The Global Sustainable Tourism Council (GSTC) is pleased to announce that the Ecotourism Kenya Eco-rating Certification Scheme has achieved ‘GSTC-Recognized’ status. The awarded status affirms Ecotourism Kenya’s commitment to promote sustainable tourism products and services.The Ecotourism Kenya Eco-rating Certification Scheme is designed... more...

  • UK rail fares will increase by 2.3% from 2017

    UK rail fares will be increased by an average of 2.3 per cent from the start of 2017 as confirmed by the Rail Delivery Group (RDG). The increase in prices is the highest since January 2014, when fares rose 2.8 per cent.RDG chief executive Paul Plummer said that they understand how passengers feel when fares are increased and it’s true that they... more...

  • Public transport in Paris made free to tackle air pollution

    A general view shows the Eiffel tower and the Paris skyline through a small-particle haze resulting in a high level air pollution   Due to a spike in air pollution, Paris authorities have barred some cars from the roads and public transport has been made free for the second day. Paris is currently experiencing an “exceptionally serious”... more...

  • Flight crash at Swiss airport strands hundreds of British Airways passengers

    About 150 to 200 air passengers were forced to be stranded at a Swiss airport after a plane nearly missed a British Airways flight and crash at the airport runway.It was found that the flight was a light aircraft and the impact of the crash killed the pilot of the jet. The Basel Airport in Switzerland had to close all the activities after the crash,... more...

  • Indianapolis hotel fire injures 7, leaves 45 homeless

    A hotel fire in the region of Indianapolis injured seven people and rendered about 45 people homeless following a fire breakout during early morning on Wednesday. One of the men were critically injured while six other people suffered slight injuries at the blaze at the Indy Hotel. This hotel is located on 5117E. 38th St. The incident had occurred... more...

  • Showcasing Fine Wine And Food From The Yarra Valley

    The Andrews Labor Government is delivering a brand new festival showcasing the fine wine and food from the Yarra Valley. Minister for Tourism and Major Events John Eren today joined Member for Northern Victoria Jaclyn Symes and event organisers to mark the launch of the Yarra Valley Wine and Food Festival with a grape stomp at Parliament. The... more...

  • Peru wins World’s Leading Culinary Destination Award in 2016

    Peru has been selected as the World’s Leading Culinary Destination in 2016 for the fifth consecutive year by the World Travel Awards (WTA). The WTA is touted as the “Oscars” of tourism, which has designated Peru as the best country in the world for gastronomy for the fifth year, since the awards were introduced in 2012. It has consistently... more...

  • VisitBritain launches partnership to attract more Chinese visitors to Britain

    Both partnerships have been established to attract more Chinese visitors to Britain.UK Government Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport Karen Bradley and VisitBritain Director Patricia Yates, who is leading a tourism delegation of companies from across Britain, today met with senior executives from Hainan Airlines and Alitrip at an event at... more...

  • Thailand aims to become the gastronomy destination of the world, says Konkarn Wattanavrangkul

    Konkarn Wattanavrangkul, Tourism Minister of Thailand, speaks exclusively at WTM 2016. Read the full interview here:- Question: Can you give us some information about how things are going to progress in Thailand for the next 12 months? Konkarn Wattanavrangkul: First of all I would like to give the information to the friends of Thailand around... more...

  • Qatar Duty Free Opens Omega Boutique Exclusively for Travellers at Hamad International Airport

    Qatar Duty Free has opened a new Omega store, providing travellers to Hamad International Airport (HIA) Doha with the latest collections from one of the world’s greatest Swiss watchmakers, and further expanding the range of high-end boutiques on offer to passengers shopping in the airport’s Fashion Avenue. The new Omega store in HIA... more...

  • “Macao Light Festival 2016 – Treasure of Light” commences

    Organized by Macao Government Tourism Office (MGTO) and co-organized by Civic and Municipal Affairs Bureau, Cultural Affairs Bureau and Sports Bureau, the “Macao Light Festival 2016 – Treasure of Light” was inaugurated at Nam Van Lake Nautical Centre tonight (4th December). The Festival presents video mapping projections, light installations,... more...

  • Asia’s most outstanding venue!

    The Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre’s (the Centre) General Manager, Alan Pryor, is all smiles after the venue recently won the “Outstanding Venue Award” at the AFECA (Asian Federation of Exhibition & Convention Associations) Awards 2016 in Xiamen, China.“We are honoured to receive our first AFECA award and very much appreciate... more...

  • Landing gear issues forces emergency landing of United Express flight

    On Sunday, an aircraft of United Express was forced to make an emergency landing at San Antonio International Airport around 2 p.m. following the eruption of certain issues with the landing gear of the airplane.After it landed at the airport, all the passengers of the plane were evacuated.The nose gear of the aircraft had collapsed.Woody Woodward,... more...

  • Netherland Tourism hopeful of 30% rise in Indian arrivals in 2016

    The Netherlands Board of Tourism and Convention (NBTC) in association with Amsterdam Airport Schiphol and Jet Airways recently held Holland Club Meeting in New Delhi followed by Mumbai (November 30). Herein Carola van Rijn, Project Manager, NBTC informed that with direct connectivity fueling in demand from Delhi and Mumbai, the tourism board is optimistic... more...

  • Magnitude 7 quake accompanies hurricane Otto in El Salvador and Nicaragua

    A strong tremor of magnitude 7.0 jolted the entire region around El Salvador as the category two hurricane Otto made landfall in the Caribbean coasts of Costa Rica and Nicaragua on Thursday, 24th November.The massive magnitude 7.0 tremor forced the emergency services of El Salvador to ask the residents and the travellers to vacant at least 1 km area... more...

  • Millions of Muslim pilgrims travel to Karbala for the holy day of Arbaeen

    Almost 20 million Shia Muslim pilgrims took part in a huge march to the city of Karbala near the city of Baghdad on 20th and 21st November in order to celebrate the holy day of ‘Arbaeen’ to celebrate famous Muslim martyr. Usually during the day of Arbaeen, the travellers visit the shrines of Abbas and Imam Hussein in Karbala.The head of... more...

  • Network Rail urges parents to warn kids after incidents of children misusing level crossings

    Network Rail is urging parents to warn their children about the risk of playing near or misusing level crossings.The message comes after a survey at a level crossing in Cheshire and a second footpath level crossing nearby revealed children were not using the crossings safely.Two images taken between 11 and 13 November at Brookhouse Farm footpath level... more...

  • New Lufthansa strike announced

    Lufthansa pilots’ union Vereinigung Cockpit has announced an additional strike for Thursday, November 24th.In a move branded “incomprehensible” by the airline, the latest strike was revealed as pilots walked out today, causing the cancellation of nearly 1,000 flights.“Once more, they are inflicting extensive damage on our company... more...

  • Iran, Russia ink deal for simpler travel visa rules for tour groups

    Strengthening their tourism ties, Iran and Russia have signed an agreement on introducing simpler rules for the issuance of travel visas to tour groups, IRNA news agency said.In the course of the fifth session of the Iranian-Russian commission for consular collaboration, the directors of consulate departments of the Iranian and Russian Foreign Ministries,... more...

  • Sydney Hills Christmas Sky Show returns to The Hills this summer

    With more lights, more snow and a more dazzling display than ever before, the Sydney Hills Christmas Sky Show returns to The Hills this summer.The Christmas Sky Show will include two animated light stories displayed on a 40 metre long LED banner stretching along Castle Hill Main Street. Each festive story will be accompanied by light and sound effects,... more...

  • Bangkok-bound tour bus plunges into gorge killing 18 people

    A bus fell into a 70-metre deep gorge in northern Thailand killing at least 18 people, all retired employees, and injuring 20 others,  The Bangkok-bound tour bus, carrying 36 retirees of a telecom company returning from holiday along with the bus driver and a bus assistant, was travelling from Phrae when it ran off the winding downhill road... more...

  • TAT hosts luxury roadshow in Mumbai; targets high-end travellers

     TAT hosts luxury roadshow in Mumbai; targets high-end travellersRecords over 798,000 Indian arrivals from Jan-Aug 2016The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) started off with the luxury roadshow in Mumbai as part of its four-city luxury roadshow initiative in India. TAT is targeting the high end travellers from Tier-I Indian cities who are big... more...

  • Festival of India in Oman commences today until March 24

    A Festival of India is being organized in Oman from November 15, 2016 to March 24, 2017. The festival will showcase diverse Indian culture, i.e. classical and folk dance, music, Indian cuisine and exhibition on Islamic Art Calligraphy. Artists from Jammu & Kashmir are also presenting folk dance and music of J&K. The events will be held in four... more...

  • SriLankan Airlines spreads its wings throughout Asia & the Middle East

    SriLankan Airlines is pleased to announce the launching of 11 new destinations focussing on the Asia-Middle East region, one of the fastest growing travel markets in the world. The launching of the new destinations reflects the airline’s further commitment in strengthening its presence in the region and beyond.The carrier will operate direct flights... more...

  • World famous tourist attractions facing risk of extinction

    Many of the tourism wonders of the world are facing the risk of extinction due to climate change, deforestation, tourism and industry including famous White Cliffs Of Dover, the Great Barrier Reef, the Great wall Of China.It has been revealed that England’s famous White Cliffs Of Dover are now eroding by up to 12 inches (32 cm) each year, a huge... more...

  • Dubai’s latest high-speed Hyperloop to cover 150 kms in 12 minutes

    The six person capacity Hyperloop will transport passengers from Dubai to Abu Dhabi in just 12 minutes.US company Hyperloop One has agreed a deal with Dubai to evaluate building a new 500mph train to Abu Dhabi.The new high-speed transport link between Dubai and Abu Dhabi would cut travel time between the two cities significantly. Dire traffic conditions... more...

  • 96-hour complimentary transit visa by Qatar

    A new free entry transit visa effective from November 1, 2016, was announced by Qatar Airways and Qatar Tourism Authority for travellers to explore the destination within 96 hours. This scheme allows passengers with layovers of five hours or more in Hamad International Airport to request a complimentary transit visa. The new system will allow transiting... more...

  • Nepal to make its debut in Chengdu International Tourism Expo

    Nepal to make its debut in Chengdu International Tourism Expo In their efforts to attract for Chinese tourists to visit, Nepal has confirmed their participation in Chengdu International Tourism Expo (CITE) 2016. Making its debut in the three-day exhibition, at Century New City International Convention & Exhibition Center from 2 to 4 December, this... more...

  • China’s theme park sector to be world’s largest by 2020

    China’s theme park sector to be world’s largest by 2020 The theme park sector of China is going to become the largest theme park industry of the world by the year 2020, as per the version of analysts. This would happen due to the growing middle class of the nation that is giving tough competition to the local and international players in... more...

  • Malta plane crash latest: French customs officials killed during take-off

    Five French officials killed as surveillance plane crashes at Malta airportA twin-propeller plane "went straight down into the ground" shortly after taking off in Malta, witnesses say. At least five people have died after a small plane crashed at Malta airport.The victims were all French officials and had been on the flight as part of a French Customs... more...

  • US Interstate 10: Death for 13 tourists close to Desert Hot Springs in Southern California

    Interstate 10 became a death sentence for 13 passengers on a tour bus today. 13 dead, at least 31 are the result of a horrible scene at picture perfect tourist destination Desert Hot Springs in Southern California.They had spent the night at a casino near the Salton Sea, so many of the passengers had fallen asleep as the USA Holiday tour bus rumbled... more...

  • American Airlines makes emergency landing due to technical snag

    American Airlines flight travelling from Illinois to North Dakota made an emergency landing in Milwaukee after experiencing possible mechanical issues Saturday night, October 22nd.The American Airlines flight 3232 was headed from Chicago, Illinois to Fargo, North Dakota.A spokesperson for American Airlines said that, there was a reported odor in the... more...

  • Finland tops the list of world’s safest nations

    Throughout the summer season, a large number of holidaymakers continued to cancel their trips to popular tourist locales including France, Turkey and Thailand following a series of terror attacks. Brit tourists had also been prevented from  travelling to Sharm El Sheikh since October in 2015 after a Russian passenger plane had been bombed by terrorists.So... more...

  • ITDC marks 50th year with great fanfare

    India Tourism Development Corporation (ITDC) celebrated the completion of 50 years at a gala event at The Ashok, New Delhi. The event was graced by the presence of Vinod Zutshi, Secretary, Ministry of Tourism, Government of India, Suman Billa, Joint Secretary, Ministry of Tourism, Government of India and Umang Narula, Chairman & Managing Director,... more...

  • U.K. travellers consider holidaying as a major expenditure

    Although the volatile value of sterling following Brexit has been a major concern for all over the UK, British travellers still keep holiday making as one of their major expenditure.According to a survey, 35% said that their main holiday would be a spending priority over the next year, after grocery shopping which 45% of respondents saw as more important.PwC’s... more...

  • Cruise tourism in Greece might slump by 30% in 2017

    The cruise tourism industry in Greece is likely to slump at least by 30% in the year 2017 as compared to this year, as per the data released by the Greek Tourism Confederation or SETE.Andreas Stylianopoulos, the representative of SETE said that the decline in the cruise tourism sector is an irreversible process.Stylianopoulos is also the CEO and president... more...

  • Germany joins hands with India to improve rail connectivity of Indian ports

    The Minister of Road Transport & Highways and Shipping Nitin Gadkari has said that India and Germany are all set to collaborate on projects for improving rail connectivity of Indian ports. He said the two countries will work together on projects worth Rs one lakh crore being implemented by the Indian Port Rail Corporation Ltd (IPRCL). The Minister... more...

  • AccorHotels offers up to 40% off

    AccorHotels has come back with its Super Sale, offering up to 40 per cent off plus free breakfast at more than 2,800 hotels and resorts across five continents – including over 500 in Asia Pacific. Guests can enjoy 40 per cent off plus free breakfast for members of Accor Plus or 30 per cent off plus free breakfast for Le Club AccorHotels’... more...

  • Farnborough 2016: AirAsia places major A321neo order

      AirAsia has signed a firm order with Airbus for the purchase of 100 A321neo aircraft. The contract was announced at the Farnborough Airshow by AirAsia Group chief executive Tony Fernandes and Airbus president Fabrice Brளூgier. The contract marks the first order placed by AirAsia for the largest model in the best-selling A320 Family. Seating... more...

  • Farnborough 2016: Qatar Airways to take stake in LATAM

      As provided for in the subscription agreement, LATAM Airlines Group will hold an Extraordinary Shareholders Meeting no later than September 2nd, 2016 to propose a capital increase in the amount of US$613 million through the issuance of new shares at a price of US$10 per share. The announcement was made at the Farnborough International Air Show... more...

  • Air Lease Corporation announces placement of 4 Boeing 737-8 MAX with Cayman Airways

      FARNBOROUGH, United Kingdom - Air Lease Corporation announced today the placement of four new 737-8 MAX aircraft on long-term lease to Cayman Airways, delivering between Q4 2018 and Q3 2020 from ALC’s order book with Boeing. In addition to the lease placement of four new Boeing 737-8 MAX aircraft, Cayman Airways will also lease one used... more...

  • Flights expected to resume at Juba Airport in South Sudan as violence settles down

     There are growing indications that air traffic into and out of Juba's International Airport will resume in the morning, even though key airlines have yet to confirm that. The South Sudan capital remained calm today after days of factional violence rocked the city which cost, going by some accounts, over a thousand lives. Airlines promptly suspended... more...

  • Air France launches service to Oran, Algeria

      PARIS, France - From 27 July 2016, Air France will be offering its customers a new service between Paris-Charles de Gaulle and Oran in Algeria. Three weekly flights will connect the two cities, by Airbus A320, which seats 174 passengers, departing on Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays.  On board the Airbus A320, customers will enjoy the very... more...

  • Airlines risk losing passengers due to poor Wi-Fi

      AZ - A survey of airline passengers by Honeywell reveals more than increased frustration with current in-flight Wi-Fi offerings compared with the company's 2014 study. Nearly 3 of 4 passengers are ready to switch airlines today to have access to a faster and more reliable Wi-Fi connection. In addition, out of more than 1,000 American travelers... more...

  • Canada invests in Northwest Territories to support tourism

       Canada - Canada's national parks belong to all Canadians. They represent the very best that Canada has to offer and tell the stories of who we are, including the history, cultures and contributions of Indigenous Peoples. Today, the Minister of Environment and Climate Change and Minister responsible for Parks Canada, Catherine McKenna,... more...

  • Triple honors for Etihad Airways' First Class

      ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates - Etihad Airways has received three highly coveted awards for the World’s Best First Class Airline, World’s Best First Class Onboard Catering, and World’s Best First Class Airline Seat for its First Apartments and Suites, at the annual Skytrax World Airline Awards announced today at the Farnborough... more...

  • Turkish Airlines chosen as the “Best Airline in Europe”

      Turkey - Turkish Airlines has been chosen as “Europe’s Best Airline” for the sixth consecutive years* in the 2016 Skytrax World Airlines Awards. Skytrax is the most respected global airline passenger survey organisation in the industry, its World Airline Awards described as “the Oscars of the aviation industry.”... more...

  • Rwanda Air appoints a General Sales Agent in India

        Ahead of the December launch of flights from Kigali to Mumbai RwandAir announced the appointment of Bird Travels as their General Sales Agent for India. Bird Travels already represents a number of high profile airlines and their market standing and expertise will no doubt come in handy for RwandAir to establish themselves as an airline... more...

  • Hurtigruten Christens New Ship in Svolvaer

    Hurtigruten christened its new ship, the MS Spitsbergen, at a ceremony in Svolvaer, Norway earlier this week, with thousands of people coming out to witness the event. “Adventure travel is one the fastest growing global tourism mega trends. The MS Spitsbergen destinations offers everything the new adventure traveler seeks: Spectacular scenery,... more...

  • Hawaiian Airlines launches non-stop Kona to Haneda service

    Hawaiian Airlines has announced a new non-stop service between Hawai’i Island’s Kona International Airport (KOA) and Tokyo’s Haneda International Airport (HND), beginning on December 20, 2016. In May, the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) approved Hawaiian’s application to provide a three-times weekly service between KOA... more...

  • Qatar Airways celebrates capacity increases

      Qatar Airways has celebrated capacity increases across its global network as three of the airline’s destinations received upgraded aircraft commencing 1 July, the same day the airline inaugurated its new route offering to Marrakesh with a Boeing 787 Dreamliner. Guangzhou (China), Geneva (Switzerland) and Warsaw (Poland), all received... more...

  • Ryanair adds new routes from Aberdeen

      Ryanair is returning to Aberdeen with 2 new routes to Alicante and Malaga starting in February 2017, which the airline claims will deliver 50,000 customers each year. at Aberdeen International. In Aberdeen, Ryanair’s Head of Communications, Robin Kiely said: “We are pleased to announce our return to Aberdeen as we launch two new... more...

  • easyJet adds Manchester-Gibraltar route

      easyJet has launched its first flight from Manchester to Gibraltar. easyJet now flies to 45 destinations from Manchester and bases 11 aircraft there. The airline carried over 2.6 million passengers on flights to and from the airport last year. easyJet is expected to fly 30,000 passengers between the destinations annually, operating twice a... more...

  • Wizz Air launches services to Transylvania

      The Hungarian airline Wizz Air has just launched a new service from Berlin Schய்nefeld to Cluj-Napoca in Romania. The flight departs from Berlin Schய்nefeld every Wednesday and Sunday at 13:25 and flies direct to Dracula’s home country. The return flight is on the same day at 12:00 and lands in Berlin at 12:55. The flight time... more...

  • Kenya’s national airline cuts staff as part of “Operation Pride”

      Kenya Airways (KQ) over the past few months embarked on a determined exercise to map out the financial turnaround of the airline, dubbed “Operation Pride.” Today, phase one gets underway, being part of the more painful exercises, to streamline staff deployment. Operation Pride is expected to deliver over US$200 million of value... more...

  • Air China draws San Jose and Shanghai closer

      BEIJING, China - On July 8, 2016, Air China Limited held a press conference at Shanghai Xijiao State Guest Hotel, officially announcing that the Shanghai-San Jose route will be started on September 1, 2016. The service is Air China's first Shanghai-North America route, marking Air China the only airline in China providing non-stop Shanghai-San... more...

  • Israel clears Arkia airline for take off

      The just-concluded visit by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has yielded instant results on several fronts, all benefiting Kenya as a country and the Kenyan tourism industry. While in Nairobi, where host President Uhuru Kenyatta correctly addressed the visiting PM as coming from Israel and not Palestine, Netanyahu announced increased... more...

  • Alaska Airlines Los Angeles-Havana, Cuba flight approved

    SEATTLE, WA - The Department of Transportation announced today that it tentatively approved Alaska's application for daily nonstop service between Los Angeles and Havana, Cuba. Alaska was the only carrier to propose daily nonstop service from Los Angeles to Havana. "We applaud the DOT for making a fair and equitable decision given the high-level of... more...

  • Boeing and Embraer unveil newest ecoDemonstrator aircraft

      RIO DE JANEIRO, Brazil - Boeing and Embraer SA unveiled the next phase of the Boeing ecoDemonstrator program today. The program expands Boeing and Embraer's cooperation agreement and will test technologies to improve airplane environmental performance and accelerate their introduction into the marketplace. An Embraer E170 will serve as the... more...

  • Lufthansa and its flight attendants reach agreement on a new contract

       Berlin, Lufthansa and the independent flight attendants’ organisation UFO have announced that they are accepting the mediator’s recommendation by former Brandenburg Prime Minister Matthias Platzeck. The parties had previously spent approximately half a year negotiating all open collective bargaining agreements and a wide range... more...

  • American Airlines will offer inaugural service with Premium Economy seating on its first Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner.

           The 787-9 will make its debut international flight between Dallas/Forth Worth and Adolfo Suநூrez Madrid–Barajas Airport (MAD) on November 4, 2016. The aircraft will also operate between DFW and Sமூo Paulo–Guarulhos International Airport GRU) beginning November 4, 2016. Customers can start... more...

  • Delta to serve Havana, Cuba, from New York-JFK, Atlanta and Miami

    GA - Delta Air Lines will begin serving Havana, Cuba, this fall from New York-JFK, Atlanta and Miami as a result of today's announcement by the US Department of Transportation (DOT). Delta applauds and thanks the DOT for awarding the airline the ability to resume operating daily, nonstop scheduled service to the Caribbean island for the first time in... more...

  • American Airlines puts Belize on the map for UK visitors

      From November, Britons will be able to fly return to Belize City without an overnight connection in the US or Mexico, making this Central American destination more accessible for the first time. Launching on November 4th, in conjunction with the start of Belize’s high visitor season, new outbound flights will operate four days a week... more...

  • TBS: Hot engine shutdowns led to turbine rotor failure during Bombardier tests

      DORVAL, Canada - In its investigation report released today, the Transportation Safety Board of Canada (TSB) found that the failure of an engine oil feed tube seal led to the turbine rotor failure, and a subsequent fire, during Bombardier engine ground tests at the Montrளூal International (Mirabel) Airport, Quebec.  On 29 May 2014,... more...

  • Volaris: Strong market demand drives passenger traffic growth of 29 percent

      MEXICO CITY, Mexico - Volaris, the ultra-low-cost airline serving Mexico, the United States and Central America, reports June 2016 and year-to-date preliminary traffic results. During June 2016 Volaris increased total capacity, as measured in Available Seat Miles (ASMs), by 18.8% year over year, in response to strong demand in its domestic... more...

 
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