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Brand USA extends partnership with Thomas Cook in Europe

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Brand USA, the destination marketing organisation for the United States, has announced that it has extended its marketing partnership agreement with Thomas Cook to promote the USA as the world’s leading destination for European visitors. The partnership is the largest marketing partnership Brand USA currently has with a travel retailer in Europe. → Read More

Wattanavrangkul takes up Thai tourism post

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Thailand is seeking a return to normality in the tourism sector after months of disruption caused by political unrest. A significant step has come with the appointment of Kobkarn Wattanavrangkul to the position of minister for tourism and sport earlier, with many Thais hoping she will be able to steady the ship. → Read More

Montego Bay welcomes renovated Cultural Centre

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Montego Bay, the second city of Jamaica, now has a Cultural Centre, as the facility was officially opened in Sam Sharpe Square. Formerly the Montego Bay Civic Centre, the facility has undergone major refurbishing, courtesy of the Tourism Enhancement Fund. The centre houses an art gallery, a museum, a space for the performing arts, a bistro, an artisan village and a gift shop. → Read More

Keith Wood to discuss Rugby World Cup 2015 at WTM

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Following another dramatic summer of sport around the world, World Travel Market 2014 – the leading global event for the travel industry – will be assessing the relationship between sporting events and the travel industry during its sport tourism programme. A number of high-calibre sports tourism professionals will be at WTM to give their views and assessments about the potential for destinations to capitalise on high-profile forthcoming sport events. → Read More

WTTC launches annual Tourism for Tomorrow Awards

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The tourism industry needs to put sustainability at the forefront of everything it does and businesses need to lead by example. That is the message from World Travel & Tourism Council president David Scowsill, who is asking leading sustainable tourism businesses to play their part in ensuring that the industry’s ethics are raised to the highest order. → Read More

Illusions appoints new alliances chief as global expansion continues

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As it embarks on a new phase of its planned global expansion, Illusions has bolstered its senior executive team by appointing Duncan Alexander to the role of vice president global alliances and partnerships. Alexander has more than 20 years of travel distribution and technology experience having worked in senior management positions at Mercator, the commercial arm of Emirates Group IT, the Official Airline Guides, SITA and Travelport GDS. → Read More

Abu Dhabi tourism seeks Chinese boost

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Abu Dhabi Tourism & Culture Authority is working closely with its industry stakeholders on a number of key initiatives aimed at increasing the number of Chinese visitors to the emirate and encouraging those who do come to stay longer. News of the initiatives and their aims was spelt out at the opening of the third Chinese Visitor Summit which runs this week at the Rosewood Abu Dhabi hotel and which is being attended by 75 top Chinese travel agents and tour operators and a contingent of Chinese media. → Read More

Sabre confirms lastminute.com sale

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Sabre Corporation has announced today that it is exploring strategic options, including a potential sale, for its lastminute.com business unit. lastminute.com is one of Europe's leading online travel and leisure retailers and its brand is recognized by more than 90 percent of European consumers. → Read More

Family holidays to drive growth in Dubai tourism sector

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His Excellency Helal Saeed Almarri, director general of Dubai's Department of Tourism & Commerce Marketing has revealed how family-centred travel is emerging a key component of travel to the emirate. Following the release of strong new tourism figures yesterday, he commented: “Our strategy continues to be positioning Dubai as the must-experience family destination: as such we are constantly diversifying our tourism offering and increasing our hotel portfolio to attract, and cater to, a broader market of visitors.” → Read More

Etihad Airways relaxed over Darwin Airline Swiss regulatory process

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Etihad Airways is comfortable with the process of review by Switzerland’s Federal Office of Civil Aviation concerning the agreement to acquire 33.3 per cent of Darwin Airline. Etihad Airways was advised in June by FOCA that changes to the agreement would be needed to secure regulatory approval. → Read More

India renews focus on tourism to boost economy

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Indian finance minister Arun Jaitley has emphasised the role of tourism in creating jobs for the country, calling it a low-hanging fruit. Emphasising the role central state planning could play in the development of the sector, he said India was well positioned to take greater advantage from the benefits of tourism. → Read More

TripAdvisor integrates app with Uber services

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TripAdvisor has announced a new feature for its smartphone app and mobile website that allows travellers to easily reserve a ride with Uber to restaurants, attractions and hotels in more than 40 cities worldwide. TripAdvisor is one of the first sites to integrate Uber functionality into its mobile experience by using the new Uber API. → Read More

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