Results from STR’s Host Almanac 2017 indicate that the Unites States hotel industry revenue and house profit reached all-time highs in 2016. Revenues topped an estimated US$199 billion in 2016, increasing nearly US$9 billion from 2015.
Dubai’s tourism sector sustained the momentum of its strong 2017 start, with Dubai Tourism reporting a stellar 11 per cent increase in overnight visitation in the first three months of the year compared to the same period in 2016.
Saudi Arabian Airlines is partnering with Expedia Affiliate Network for the launch of Saudia Holidays. The carrier hopes to offer tailored, world-class travel packages to its passengers.
The Latvian airline airBaltic and Tez Tour Latvija have jointly launched the world's first charter flights with Bombardier CS300 aircraft. For the summer season, charter flights will connect Riga with Antalya in Turkey, Heraklion in Greece, Burgas in Bulgaria and Rimini in Italy.
Julian Eccles has joined Travelport as its new vice president for public relations and corporate communications. He replaces Kate Aldridge who has decided to leave the company later this year.
Official figures reveal a record-breaking start to the year for inbound tourism to Britain. A new record has been set for inbound visits to the UK in the first two months of the year with 5.2 million visits, up six per cent on the same period last year.
Leading regional tour operator Asia DMC has weighed in in support of the UK outbound travel market by setting up representation in the country to offer its luxury programme of personalised travel itineraries into south-east Asia.
World Travel & Tourism Council president David Scowsill has urged over 900 leading figures from the public and private sector to stand up and make a real difference, to think about how they can “transforming our world” as the Global Summit 2017 gets underway in Bangkok.
In a move to strengthened destination marketing and boost tourism in the land of Kilimanjaro and spices, Destination Zanzibar returns to Arabian Travel Market. The destination will exhibit in a strategic alliance with Zanzibar Commission for Tourism, Zanzibar Association of Tour Operators, Zanzibar Association of Tourism Investors and Tanzania Tourism Board.
Major tourism destinations in the GCC will increase efforts to target Indian and Chinese inbound tourists, as regional and international guests from Europe continue to feel the acute financial pressures of the challenging global economy.
The Caribbean Tourism Organisation, the region's tourism development agency, is seeking to strengthen its relationship with Emirates Holidays, the largest airline tour operator in the Middle East, as it seeks to broaden the Caribbean's appeal in the Arabian Market.
Ras Al Khaimah has reaffirmed its position as the UAE’s fastest growing tourism destination for international travellers following increased year-on-year visitor numbers during the first quarter of 2017.