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Emil Lee takes stock after first year at CHTA

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Emil Lee, president of the Caribbean Hotel and Tourism Association, has reported progress during his first year in office as CHTA continues its evolution into a ‘hub and spoke’ organisation. He said he is pleased that the focus on strengthening the National Hotel & Tourism Associations throughout the region is evolving quickly. → Read More

Shopping drives UK tourism market

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Shopping is one of the most popular activities for international visitors to the UK, with 64 per cent of visits in 2014 involving shopping; and an estimated £5.5bn being spent on retail therapy during the year, according to new research from VisitBritain, the national tourism agency. Their new report, Types of shops visited by overseas visitors, reveals how lucrative shopping by overseas visitors is for the UK economy with around 22 million international visitors in 2014 indulging in retail therapy. → Read More

Fast & Furious: Supercharged coming to Universal Orlando Resort

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One of the most successful film franchises of all time will soon become one of Universal Studios Florida’s most action-packed ride experiences. Universal Orlando Resort announced that Fast & Furious: Supercharged will join its line-up of attractions in 2017 – continuing the unprecedented growth of the destination. → Read More

Sorenstam welcomes golfers to Annika Invitational at Mission Hills

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Annika Sorenstam’s drive to grow the game of golf gathered momentum at this week’s fifth Annika Invitational at Mission Hills. Sorenstam, who is considered one of the greatest females ever to play the game, mixed with the players at a variety of fun functions. → Read More

Millions of Brits planning Bank Holiday getaway

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VisitEngland’s Bank Holiday Trip Tracker Survey today reveals that 4.8 million Brits, or nine per cent of the adult population, are planning an overnight holiday trip in the UK this August Bank Holiday weekend. This includes some 4.5 million planning a holiday in England. This is likely to generate some £1.2 billion for the UK economy, £1.1 billion of which will be spent in England. → Read More

Brits in the dark over currency conversion

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New research from the DCC Forum highlights UK consumers’ ignorance around foreign currency exchange rates. The research, released today to mark the launch of the DCC Forum, was conducted with YouGov across more than 2,000 UK consumers and asked Britons to convert £1 into its equivalent value in euros. Only one in ten respondents provided an accurate estimation, identifying that £1 converts to roughly €1.4. → Read More

LATA welcomes increased airlift to Latin America

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The Latin American Travel Association, the travel trade association that promotes travel to the many diverse and exotic destinations of Latin America, has welcomed the news that LATA member British Airways is to introduce new direct flights from London Gatwick to Peru and from Gatwick to Costa Rica. Both services will commence on May 4th 2016. → Read More

Pickard takes over leadership of St Helena tourism

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Christopher Pickard has taken up the role of director of tourism for St Helena. He will be on a two-year contract, and will take up his post on arrival at St Helena on October 14th 2015. Pickard will be working with Enterprise St Helena and the Tourist Office and will build on the work already started in expanding, developing and enhancing St Helena’s tourism industry to be on par with best practices globally and for the benefit of the Saint community, the tourism sector and investors alike. → Read More

Cancun leads Caribbean for hotel occupancy

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The Cancun Convention & Visitors Bureau has announced Cancun hotels recorded occupancy rates of 93 per cent in the first half of 2015; this represents a year on year increase of 2.5 per cent. The figures are published as Mexico’s favourite holiday destination looks on course to enjoy a record year for tourist numbers. Cancun is now one of the best performing destinations in the world for hotel occupancy levels. → Read More

Golf drives Scottish tourism to ever greater heights

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The monthly LJ Forecaster Scottish Intercity Report has revealed a positive performance in Edinburgh, an expected decline in Glasgow – one year on from the Commonwealth Games – and sustained losses in Aberdeen. As the summer festival season began to take hold, Edinburgh hoteliers achieved the highest room occupancy with a staggering 91.6 per cent of hotel rooms sold in July 2015. → Read More

UK records record visitor numbers in first half of 2015

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Visits to the UK in the first half of 2015 are 16.8 million, the highest recorded over the first six months of any year showing a five per cent increase over 2014. In addition, visits to the UK by overseas visitors are three per cent higher in the twelve months to June 2015 compared to the previous twelve month period at 34.9 million. → Read More

Tourisme Québec appoints Hills Balfour to lead UK campaign

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Tourisme Québec has appointed leading travel and tourism representation firm Hills Balfour to develop and manage its trade, PR and MICE strategy in the UK market. The new organisation of Tourisme Québec reflects the desire of the ministry of tourism to optimise its actions and its influence in the UK market. Hills Balfour will be in charge of promoting Québec’s diverse regions and cities to further increase awareness of the destination within the UK through sales, marketing and public relations to boost both leisure and business tourism. → Read More

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