TUI Group has reported an operating result of €1.001 billion for the financial year, up from €953 million last year. The figure excludes the specialist unit Travelopia, which is available for sale as announced and is accounted for as discontinued operation.
The International Air Transport Association has announced global passenger traffic results for October showing that demand (measured in revenue passenger kilometres, or RPKs) rose 5.8 per cent compared to the same month last year. Capacity grew 6.3 per cent and load factor slid 0.4 percentage points to 80.1 per cent. October’s performance was a slow-down on the 7.1 per cent year-on-year growth rate recorded in September but still was broadly in line with ten-year averages.
Betty Radier has been appointed as the new Kenya Tourism Board chief executive following an extensive recruitment process. Announcing the appointment, KTB chairman Jimi Kariuki said the board was confident Radier had the right qualifications to steer KTB and the country’s tourism sector into great new frontiers.
Tourism hotspot Chile has been selected as the World’s Leading Adventure Tourism Destination by voters at the World Travel Awards. The accolade demonstrates the potential of the South American country’s striking geographic contrasts, providing tourists with incomparable natural scenery for sports and adventure tourism. The winner was selected by people, both from within the hospitality industry and members of the public, from around the world through online voting.
Following a competitive pitch process, Bahrain Tourism & Exhibitions Authority has appointed leading travel and tourism consultancy Hills Balfour to manage its UK trade relations, consumer marketing and PR strategy. Located in the Persian Gulf, the Kingdom of Bahrain is an island country in the Middle East.
VisitBritain has celebrated its milestone partnerships with Hainan Airlines and Alitrip, Alibaba group’s tourism arm, in China. Both partnerships have been established to attract more Chinese visitors to Britain. UK secretary of state for culture, media and sport Karen Bradley and VisitBritain director Patricia Yates earlier met with senior executives from Hainan Airlines and Alitrip as part of the fourth UK-China People to People Dialogue.
Titanic Belfast has been crowned World’s Leading Tourist Attraction at the prestigious World Travel Awards in the Maldives. Having already beaten the Colosseum, the Acropolis and the Eiffel Tower to become Europe's official Leading Tourist Attraction, Titanic Belfast sailed its way to victory to become the World’s Leading Tourist Attraction, bringing the award back to UK after ten years.
The Travel Corporation has confirmed the appointment of Andy Barker as chief executive at Tracoin. Tracoin provides services to TTC subsidiaries including Trafalgar, Insight Vacations, Grand European Travel, Contiki, Brendan Vacations, and Travel Corporation Asia. A travel industry stalwart with more than three decades of experience.
With the objective of advancing the contribution of the tourism sector to biodiversity preservation the World Tourism Organisation participated in the UN Biodiversity Conference COP13, in Cancun, Mexico. The conference is focused on mainstreaming biodiversity across relevant sectors, especially agriculture, fisheries, forestry and tourism.
Leading business aviation company Deer Jet has concluded the acquisition of major shares of UAS International Trip Support, a major global flight support solutions provider. The agreement was completed ahead of MEBAA Show 2016 by UAS’ existing shareholders and Deer Jet chairman Zhang Peng.
World Travel Awards has recognised St Petersburg’s potential for tourism growth, arguing the Russian destination has a bright future on the international hospitality stage. The city earlier claimed the title of the World’s Leading Cultural City Destination at the World Travel Awards Grand Final 2016.
Ryanair has launched a package holiday service, offering its customers flights, accommodation and transfer packages, all on the Ryanair.com website and at the lowest prices. The low-cost carrier has partnered with Spain-based tour operator, Logitravel, and accommodation provider, World2Meet, to create Ryanair Holiday,” which launches in the UK, Ireland and Germany, with other markets to follow in 2017.