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WTTC 2014: Hainan Province welcomes WTTC Global Summit

WTTC 2014: Hainan Province welcomes WTTC Global Summit

Hainan Province, China, is preparing for the opening ceremony of the 14th annual World Travel & Tourism Council Global Summit. Following a welcoming reception this evening, the event will welcome industry leaders from around the globe to two days of discussions on April 24th-25th. → Read More

WTTC 2014: Calls for China to improve visa processing

WTTC 2014: Calls for China to improve visa processing

Tourism creates more jobs and contributes more to China’s economy than industries including automotive manufacturing and banking. Improving visa access and visa processes for China is the key to opening the country’s doors to more international visitors, according to WTTC president David Scowsill. → Read More

WTTC 2014: Brazil set for FIFA World Cup 2014 boost

WTTC 2014: Brazil set for FIFA World Cup 2014 boost

Brazil’s tourism sector will enjoy a significant boost during the FIFA 2014 World Cup year according to the World Travel & Tourism Council, which has unveiled its Economic Impact 2014 report for the country. WTTC is the global authority on the economic and social impact of the tourism industry. → Read More

The Travel Show hosts join World Travel Awards in Middle East

The Travel Show hosts join World Travel Awards in Middle East

World Travel Awards has announced Lucy Taylor and Mark Lloyd, from Dubai’s industry leading The Travel Show, will host the Middle East Gala Ceremony 2014. Taylor and Lloyd join World Travel Awards from The Travel Show, a two-hour daily programme running on Dubai Eye 103.8FM, where they are co-hosts and producers. → Read More

WTTC 2014: Peru revealed as host for Americas Summit

WTTC 2014: Peru revealed as host for Americas Summit

Peru will host the World Travel & Tourism Council’s Americas Summit, to be held in Lima on September 10th-11th 2014. This decision follows president Ollanta Humala receiving the Open Letter from UNWTO and WTTC in 2012 as part of the Global Leaders for Tourism Campaign, in which the head of state recognises the positive role played by tourism in the economic development of their country. → Read More

WTTC 2014: Kofi Annan leads speaker line-up

WTTC 2014: Kofi Annan leads speaker line-up

The World Travel & Tourism Council’s 2014 Global Summit in Hainan, China, will examine the role of the industry as a force for good in the world, with headline contributions from Kofi Annan, Jeffrey Katzenberg, Yao Ming, economist Dame DeAnne Julius as well as dozens of industry leaders. WTTC’s 14th Global Summit will explore ‘Changing world, new perspectives’. → Read More

WTTC 2014: Russia must reform to maximise Sochi tourism boost

WTTC 2014: Russia must reform to maximise Sochi tourism boost

Russia needs to ensure it has the right policies in place to make the most of the tourism legacy presented by the Sochi Olympic Games. That is according to World Travel & Tourism Council president David Scowsill, the authority on the economic and social impact of the global travel industry. → Read More

WTTC: 2014: Madrid steps up to host WTTC Global Summit 2015

WTTC: 2014: Madrid steps up to host WTTC Global Summit 2015

The World Travel & Tourism Council has announced it will hold its 15th Global Summit in Madrid, Spain, in April 2015. The Global Summit, which is the biggest annual gathering of tourism leaders, will be held on April 15th-16th 2015 and is to be hosted by Ministerio de Industria, Energía y Turismo del Gobierno de España; Comunidad de Madrid and Ayuntamiento de Madrid. → Read More

WTTC 2014: Sultanate of Oman set to lead Middle Eastern tourism

WTTC 2014: Sultanate of Oman set to lead Middle Eastern tourism

The Sultanate of Oman is expected to lead the Middle East in terms of growth in the travel and tourism industry and to post one of the strongest growth rates worldwide in the sector in 2014, according to a report released by the World Travel & Tourism Council. In its annual Travel & Tourism Economic Impact 2014 report, WTTC said that the direct contribution of the travel and tourism industry to Oman’s GDP in 2013 was RO982.8mn (three per cent of GDP) and this is forecast to rise by 10.2 per cent to RO1.08bn in 2014. → Read More

Eurostar boosted by return of business travel confidence

Eurostar boosted by return of business travel confidence

Eurostar, the high-speed passenger rail service between mainland Europe and the UK, today reported continued, strong growth in both sales revenues and passenger numbers during the first quarter of 2014. Compared to same period in 2013, total sales revenues grew by seven per cent to £227 million while total passenger numbers increased by three per cent to 2.3 million. → Read More

England fans snap up tickets for FIFA World Cup 2014 in Brazil

England fans snap up tickets for FIFA World Cup 2014 in Brazil

According to the latest ticket sales figures released by FIFA, a total of 53,387 England fans will be making their way to Brazil this summer to celebrate the biggest single-event sporting competition in the world, the 2014 FIFA World Cup. Following two main ticket sales phases, and the opening of a final sales phase on April 15th, which saw 126,837 tickets requested from fans around the world within the first four hours of opening, FIFA have now released the latest ticket sales figures across all countries for the upcoming tournament. → Read More

Dubai International runway upgrade sees Emirates cut flights

Dubai International runway upgrade sees Emirates cut flights

Emirates airline will continue to serve all of its worldwide destinations during the 80 day period of runway upgrading works at Dubai International starting May 1st, the airline has confirmed. However, the Dubai-based carrier has had to reduce flights to over 40 destinations, and change timings on some of its flights. → Read More

Flybe signs up for London City flights

Flybe signs up for London City flights

Regional airline Flybe has announced it has signed a five-year agreement with London City Airport to commence domestic and international operations there from October 27th 2014. The move is part of a major expansion that will see the airline significantly boost connectivity between the UK regions and Ireland to and from London. → Read More

Shandong Airlines places $4.6bn Boeing order

Shandong Airlines places $4.6bn Boeing order

Boeing has announced a deal with Shandong Airlines which will see the carrier commit to the purchase of 50 Boeing 737s, including 16 Next-Generation 737s and 34 737 MAXs. The airline plans to expand its capacity to meet growing demand in China and north-east Asia, one of the most dynamic markets for commercial airplanes. → Read More

Hawaiian Airlines and Air China sign codeshare agreement

Hawaiian Airlines and Air China sign codeshare agreement

Hawaiian Airlines has announced the signing of a code-share agreement with Air China, the exclusive national flag-carrier of China, that leverages the reach of their respective hubs in Honolulu and Beijing to offer more options and a more streamlined experience for customers travelling to further destinations. The new partnership takes effect following Hawaiian’s launch of its three-times weekly non-stop service to Beijing earlier. → Read More

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