The Russian city of Saint Petersburg has illustrated its vast tourism potential during a showcase evening at World Travel Market 2016 in London. The Tourism Development Committee of St. Petersburg-organised event took place at the Russian Embassy in glamorous west London and was attended by ambassador Alexander Vladimirovich Yakovenko.
Visitors with an interest in green tourism can find out about Hotel Xcaret, which is currently under construction in Mexico and which will be the first hotel to have an EarthCheck certification for its planning and design when it opens next year. The 900-room all-suite luxury ocean-front resort is due to open in December 2017 in the Maya Riviera, the first accommodation made from start to finish by the consortium Grupo Experiencias Xcaret, which prides itself on its commitment to sustainability, social responsibility and innovation.
Ras Al Khaimah, the fourth-largest of the United Arab Emirates, is to open a new property in the first quarter of 2017. Hilton Garden Inn is conveniently located in the heart of the city, within walking distance from Al Naeem Mall and has easy access to other key business, leisure and shopping attractions.
Oman Air has announced the launch of its new daily flight from Manchester to Muscat starting May 1st, 2017; the latest move in the airline’s ambitious and dynamic programme of fleet and network expansion. The daily service to Oman Air’s hub in Muscat will take seven and a half hours and will be operated by a Boeing 787-800 Dreamliner and is in addition to the double daily flight from London Heathrow, making Manchester the only airport outside of London to have direct flights to Muscat.
The Maldives welcomed an increase in visitor arrivals from the UK, with 2016 figures revealing an 11 per cent increase in UK tourists during the first eight months of 2016, equating to 76,083 UK tourists visiting the Maldives compared to 68,519 in 2015. Visitor numbers are expected to show a further increase and to support this fast expanding tourist industry, Visit Maldives has announced a number of new tourism developments taking place during 2017.
Tourism Australia announced a partnership with Singapore Airlines this week at World Travel Market, confirming the carrier will be the official European airline partner for Corroboree West, a six day training and mega familiarisation event for qualified Aussie Specialists which will take place on the Gold Coast in October 2017. Over 300 frontline travel sellers from the USA, Canada, Brazil, the UK, Germany, France and Italy will have the opportunity to attend Corroboree West, with the European agents flying down to Australia in comfort and style with award winning Singapore Airlines.
Qatar Tourism Authority will bring together 21 leading hotels and tourism suppliers to showcase an impressive number of the country’s attractions at this year’s World Travel Market in London. Already firmly established as Qatar’s largest European visitor source market, the United Kingdom is to be the focus of a major drive to reinforce the Gulf region’s successful emerging tourism sector in the leisure industry.
Fans of the hit TV series Game of Thrones can follow in the footsteps of the show’s characters and actors at Ballygally Castle, Northern Ireland. Part of the Hastings Hotels group, the hotel features a Game of Thrones Afternoon Tea, Valyrian Steel Style Carving Knives, and a special door which was part of Tourism Ireland’s recent Game of Thrones campaign.
Tourisme Québec will showcase the province’s festivities, events and new openings at World Travel Market London with a focus on Montréal’s 375th anniversary next year. Montréal will be hosting a year-long city-wide party to celebrate its 375th anniversary in 2017, with December 2016 marking the launch of the festivities.
The Los Angeles Tourism & Convention Board has announced the appointment of Ashlee Ciora as senior director, tourism. Ciora will be responsible for overseeing strategy and programming for half of LA Tourism’s international markets in coordination with Stephanie Nakasone, who will continue to oversee the other half. Ciora will report to Kathy Smits, vice president, tourism, at LA Tourism. Most recently, Ciora served as vice president of travel industry sales for the Greater Palm Springs Convention & Visitors Bureau.
An integral component of Mediterranean trade and culture, the Phoenicians’ Route links 18 countries with a common heritage. With the aim of revitalising this itinerary as a tourism route, the World Tourism Organisation, ministry of tourism of Lebanon and Council of Europe launched the Phoenicians’ Route Cultural Tourism Programme, which integrates public and private sector, at World Travel Market in London.
The Egyptian Tourism Authority is predicting 2017 as a year of growth from the UK following the launch of a new flight between Heathrow and Luxor and consumer research showing a demand from British people looking for better value holidays in 2017. The Egyptian minister of tourism, Yehia Rashed, speaking at London’s World Travel Market said a tourism recovery strategy for Egypt was underway with major advertising and trade campaigns planned for the year ahead to raise awareness of the fact that Egypt is open for business.