Organisations & Operators

Japan signs on for UNWTO sustainability agenda

Japan signs on for UNWTO sustainability agenda

The United Nations World Tourism Organisation and the Japan International Cooperation Agency have signed a memorandum of cooperation aimed at providing a framework for joint action in the area of sustainable tourism.

Ex-Virgin Atlantic chief Ridgway to head VisitBritain

Ex-Virgin Atlantic chief Ridgway to head VisitBritain

UK culture secretary Karen Bradley has appointed Steve Ridgway as the new chair of the British Tourist Authority, which includes VisitBritain and VisitEngland, while and Denis Wormwell will take up the role of chair of the VisitEngland advisory board.

Lee launches VisitASEAN@50 tourism campaign

Lee launches [email protected] tourism campaign

Singapore prime minister, Lee Hsien Loong, and ASEAN secretary general, Le Luong Minh, have officially launched the [email protected] Golden Celebration tourism campaign. The campaign promotes the twin objectives of commemorating the 50th anniversary of ASEAN, and embracing the ASEAN region as a single and united tourism destination.

Lotus LATAM launches in London

Lotus LATAM launches in London

Off the back of record growth in 2016, travel focused PR consultancy Lotus has set up Lotus LATAM. The new division has been created to target specifically the Latin American and Spanish speaking markets.

UK regions draw ever more tourists

UK regions draw ever more tourists

International tourists are travelling across English regions in record numbers, and they are spending more too. Official statistics released today show that in the first nine months of 2016 there were a record-breaking 12.2 million visits to English regions outside London, up four per cent compared to the same period in 2015.

UK visitors drive Mauritius tourism upwards

UK visitors drive Mauritius tourism upwards

The Mauritius Tourism Promotion Authority has today announced an 11 per cent global increase in visitor arrivals for 2016 when compared to the previous year. The news also signifies two years of double-digit growth with 2015 having out performed expectation.

Iceland tourism blooms following Eyjafjallajökull eruption

Iceland tourism blooms following Eyjafjallajökull eruption

Tourism in Iceland has experienced unprecedented growth since 2010 resulting in a healthy rise in occupancy levels amongst the country’s hotel supply and prompting alternative accommodation to flourish, according to a new report from global hotel consultancy HVS.

Hamburg touts MICE credentials as Elbphilharmonie philharmonic opens

Hamburg touts MICE credentials as Elbphilharmonie philharmonic opens

The opening of the new Elbphilharmonie philharmonic hall marks the start of a momentous year for Hamburg and a significant boost in the meeting and event offering in Germany’s second city. The Elbphilharmonie philharmonic hall officially opened earlier and is designed as a ‘rolling wave’ in homage to Hamburg’s world-famous harbour.

Domestic visitors drive Los Angeles to new tourism highs

Domestic visitors drive Los Angeles to new tourism highs

Los Angeles mayor Eric Garcetti and Los Angeles Tourism & Convention Board president Ernest Wooden have announced the city welcomed 47.3 million visitors in 2016, surpassing mid-year forecasts and breaking visitation records for the sixth consecutive year.