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British tourists flock to Valencia

British tourists flock to Valencia

Valencia received a record 95,106 British visitors in 2016, 19.9 per cent more than in 2015 and, with new direct flights from London Luton, Birmingham, Glasgow and Edinburgh being launched in the next few months, that figure is expected to grow further this year.

Travelport signs partnership with Astra Travel

Travelport signs partnership with Astra Travel

Travelport has announced a new multi-year agreement with Astra Travel, the first dedicated travel management company in Egypt. Established in 1990, Astra Travel provides integrated travel services as well as event management services to large local and international firms.

Malaysia Airlines secures IATA Fast Travel Green certification

Malaysia Airlines secures IATA Fast Travel Green certification

Malaysia Airlines has become the first Malaysian carrier to receive the International Air Transport Association Fast Travel Green certificate in recognition of the airline’s efforts in making passengers’ travel more flexible and convenient via its self-service facilities.

Thomas selected to head Les Clefs d’Or

Thomas selected to head Les Clefs d’Or

Simon Thomas, head concierge at The Lanesborough in London, will be appointed International president of Les Clefs d’Or on in March 2017. The ceremony will be held at the Union Internationale des Concierges d’Hôtels Les Clefs d’Or in Berlin.

Diversification pays dividends for Amadeus as profits rise

Diversification pays dividends for Amadeus as profits rise

Amadeus IT Group has reported adjusted profit of €911 million for the full year of 2016, which represents growth of 21.2 per cent compared to 2015. This growth was supported by an increase of 14.3 per cent in revenue, to €4,473 million, and 16 per cent in EBITDA to €1,700 million.

Japan welcomes record number of visitors

Japan welcomes record number of visitors

The Japan National Tourism Organisation has announced that the number of visitors to Japan in 2016 was 24.04 million people. This represents the largest on record since JNTO started to keep the statistics in 1964.

Buenos Aires showcases gastronomic heritage

Buenos Aires showcases gastronomic heritage

The city of Buenos Aires is enjoying a special year with its designation as Ibero-American Capital of Gastronomic Culture. Tourists will now be able to join free tours alongside locals and get an insider’s view of the city’s restaurants and eateries, including perennial favourites and hot new discoveries.

Discover Los Angeles launches new international ad campaign

Discover Los Angeles launches new international ad campaign

In a break with the traditional tourism advertising formula, Discover Los Angeles – the official destination marketing organisation for LA – isn’t selling the city in its latest global brand campaign. Instead, it’s selling the feeling of the city.