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Dubai to launch new tram network in November

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Dubai's new tram will officially launch on November 11th, it has been announced following the latest trial operations which were attended by Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, ruler of Dubai. It will be the first tramway project, outside Europe, to be powered by a ground-based electric supply system along the track without the need for overhead cables. → Read More

English attractions see rise in visitor numbers during 2013

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Visits to attractions in England increased by five per cent in 2013 according to VisitEngland’s Annual Attractions Survey. This demonstrates the important contribution England’s attractions make to the UK economy and the potential for future growth in the tourism sector. → Read More

Abu Dhabi showcases oasis city of Al Ain

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UNESCO world heritage inscription, deep-rooted cultural experiences and an appealing natural environment have been identified as development levers in for tourism progression in the oasis city of Al Ain – the heritage heartland of Abu Dhabi emirate. During a two-day fact finding mission organised by Abu Dhabi Tourism & Culture Authority, 15 destination management companies and cruise excursion operators operating within the United Arab Emirates, singled out opportunities to develop tours and experiences which would create a ‘sense of place’ reflecting Al Ain’s natural landscape, historic significance and cultural origins. → Read More

World Travel Market set to welcome Saudi Arabia for first time

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World Travel Market is set to welcome representation from Saudi Arabia to the exhibition floor for the first time this year, as the Saudi government unveils plans to invest heavily into its tourism industry over the next decade. Representation from The Saudi Commission for Tourism & Antiquities, along with the country’s national airline Saudi Airlines and flynas will all be exhibiting at WTM in London from the November 3rd– 6th 2014. → Read More

lastminute.com looks for new home after Sabre decides to sell

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lastminute.com is looking for new ownership after Sabre Holdings took the decision to offload the travel firm. Sabre has appointed bankers at advisory firm Houlihan Lokey to oversee an auction, and has already begun sounding out potential buyers. → Read More

European surge boosts visitor numbers to Nicaragua

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Nicaragua’s recent investment in new tourism facilities and promotion is paying off as the latest statistics show an increase of 8.4 per cent in the number of foreign visitors to the country between January and May 2014, compared to the same period last year. In total some 545,174 guests visited the country. → Read More

Quito confirms attendance at Bird Fair 2014 in UK

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Quito, the capital of Ecuador, has confirmed it will be present at Bird Fair 2014 with an institutional stand, to promote to the British market great opportunities for bird watchers to observe more than 500 species of Ecuadorian birds, in one of the world’s most beautiful destinations. Quito, which is a candidate to become one of the Seven Wonder Cities of the world, will offer leaflets, maps, booklets, books and a screen with images and videos, in order to attract British birdwatchers and tour operators with the amazing variety of its wildlife, and stunning natural landscapes which make the ideal backdrop for this activity. → Read More

Finch Bay Hotel takes top title at World Travel Awards

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The Galapagos Islands’ Finch Bay Hotel has been recognised as South America’s leading Green Hotel by the World Travel Awards for the third consecutive year. Celebrated at a VIP ceremony at the spectacular Itchimbía Cultural Centre in Quito, the event was attended by South America’s most renowned hoteliers, travel gurus and industry experts. → Read More

Dubai multi-entry visa to boost cruise tourism sector

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Recent regulatory changes to the United Arab Emirates’ visa system will have a transformative effect on Dubai’s cruise sector and further boost medical tourism in the emirate. A new ruling in the UAE which took effect on August 1st 2014, will ensure implementation of a new visa and fees system. → Read More

Quito takes South America’s Leading Destination title at World Travel Awards

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Quito has been named South America´s Leading Destination by the World Travel Awards. This is the second consecutive year the city has won this prestigious award. The Ecuadorian capital was also the host of the Gala Ceremony of this renowned competition, which gathered a full and international audience of leading tourism industry and media representatives. → Read More

TripAdvisor completes Viator acquisition

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TripAdvisor has announced it has finalised the acquisition of Viator, a leading resource for researching and booking destination activities around the world. Viator features more than 20,000 bookable tours and attractions and more than 600,000 reviews, photos and videos submitted by travellers. → Read More

FCm Travel Solutions launches Clientbank Cloud

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FCm Travel Solutions has launched a new cloud-based reporting platform that allows clients to build their own reports and more deeply analyse their travel data using third party sources. Clientbank Cloud is a scalable reporting solution that draws on third party intelligence and gives FCm access to external travel, non-travel and expense data for cross platform analytics. The tool will be an add-on functionality to FCm’s current Clientbank global reporting system. → Read More

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