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UK tourism body emphasis industry support for EU

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UKinbound has revealed that 82 per cent of its members believe that staying in the EU is important to their business. The organisation is one of the leading trade associations, representing 350 members of the travel and tourism industry in Britain. The announcement, made at UKinbound’s Annual Convention, follows prime minister David Cameron’s recent request to the business community to share their views on EU membership. → Read More

Ras Al Khaimah sees visitor numbers surge

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The Ras Al Khaimah Tourism Development Authority has announced a 12.4 per cent increase in total revenue this year, driven by an increase in total visitors to reach 740,383 in 2015. The news further expands Ras Al Khaimah’s position as a premier tourism destination for a genuine Arabian experience. → Read More

Pande takes up consultancy role with Burj Al Arab

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Jumeirah Group, the Dubai-based luxury hotel company and a member of Dubai Holding, has appointed Seema Pande in a consultancy capacity as director of sales at Burj Al Arab Jumeirah. Pande joins from The Address Hotels & Resorts where she was group director of sales and marketing for Emaar Hospitality Group overseeing The Address Hotels + Resorts, Armani Hotels and Resorts and Vida Hotels. → Read More

Ed Leigh appointed as Verbier ambassador

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Verbier has announced the appointment of Ed Leigh as its new resort ambassador. Widely respected as one of the premiere winter sports and off-piste ski resorts in the world, Verbier offers 191 runs of varying difficulties and is no stranger to playing host to some of the biggest names in skiing and culture. → Read More

Jamaica welcomes record number of UK visitors in 2015

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The Jamaica Tourist Board has announced the number of tourists from the UK & Ireland visiting between January-December 2015 has surpassed the 200,000 mark for the very first time. There were a total of 201,364 arrivals on the island. This represents an increase of 12.2 per cent from the previous year which saw 179,433 pass through Jamaican shores. → Read More

Joussen takes over as sole chief executive of TUI Group

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Fritz Joussen has taken over as sole chief executive of TUI Group following the company’s annual general meeting in Hanover, Germany. Upon the close of the meeting, the term of office of Peter Long as join chief expired. Long was elected as new member of the supervisory board of TUI AG. → Read More

TruTravels recruits Hume Whitehead for UK & Ireland PR role

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TruTravels, a specialist operator offering group experiences for backpackers and fun-loving young travellers, has appointed travel specialist Hume Whitehead to handle its public relations activity in the UK and Ireland. With immediate effect, the agency will undertake a proactive consumer and trade PR campaign to raise the company’s brand awareness, drive visitation to the brand’s website and enhance the operator’s position as a leading provider of innovative, exciting and great value trips across some of the most amazing parts of Thailand, Cambodia and Indonesia. → Read More

Isle of Man welcomes rising visitor numbers

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The Isle of Man passenger survey has revealed a 6.5 per cent increase in tourist visitors to the Island in 2015, rising to 134,610. Marking the seventh year of continuous growth in tourist visits to the Island, the survey found that in the last calendar year visitors added around £10 million to the Island economy, with an average of £378 spent per visit. → Read More

TUI Group sees increased losses in first quarter as uncertainty bites

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TUI Group has delivered a first quarter loss for financial 2015/16, though figures show an improvement versus financial year 2014/15. On a constant currency basis, underlying EBITA improved by 7.2 per cent to a seasonal loss of €97.3 million euros, compared to losses last year of €104.8 million in the reporting period from October to December. However, including the impact of foreign exchange translation effects, losses rose by three per cent to €101.7 million. → Read More

Germany looks to break 80 million inbound guest barrier for 2015

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German incoming tourism figures are heading for the 80 million mark for 2015, according to the latest information from the Federal Statistical Office. The volume of international overnights, in accommodation properties of at least ten beds, grew to 74.2 million overnights to November, an increase of 5.6 per cent compared with the same period in 2014. → Read More

Engagement programme underway for Discover England Fund

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More than 100 representatives from the travel industry across England attended the first in a series of sessions launching earlier as a regional engagement programme for the new £40 million Discover England Fund got underway. The session was the first of six to be held across the country throughout February and March led by Sally Balcombe, VisitEngland/VisitBritain chief executive, who will be setting out ambitions for the fund’s delivery, the high-level criteria for potential bidders to consider and suggested timeframes for its phased implementation. → Read More

WAYN.com partners with Skyscanner to offer flights to users

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WAYN.com, the social travel network, has partnered with leading global travel search engine, Skyscanner, to offer flights search to its users. The new partnership will offer WAYN.com users a comprehensive tool to compare and book flights, giving them the benefit of Skyscanner’s global reach and helping them search through thousands of flight connections to find the very best flight deals. → Read More

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