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UNWTO predicts record global tourism figures for 2014

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International tourism is set to hit a new record by the end of 2014 with over 1.1 billion international tourists travelling the world in one single year. During the first ten months of 2014, the number of international tourists grew by five per cent according to the latest UNWTO World Tourism Barometer, rising above expectations. → Read More

Amsterdam and Airbnb agree house sharing guidelines

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Amsterdam and Airbnb have announced an agreement that will promote responsible home sharing and simplify the payment of tourist tax for hosts in the city. Under the agreement the city and Airbnb will work together to provide hosts with clearer and more accessible information on the rules for home sharing. Airbnb will also simplify the payment of tourist tax by collecting and remitting on behalf of hosts. → Read More

Sir Bani Yas Island recognised by World Travel Awards

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Sir Bani Yas Island, the dedicated nature reserve that is being developed into a nature based touristic destination by the Abu Dhabi Tourism Development & Investment Company, has won the title of World’s Leading Sustainable Tourism Destination at the World Travel Awards. The announcement took place during a special Grand Final Gala Ceremony at the CuisinArt Golf Resort & Spa, in the presence of international tourism industry leaders, including senior officials of principal travel companies and tourist board chiefs. → Read More

Germany welcomes record visitor numbers in 2014 as The Netherlands leads the way

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The number of overnight stays from abroad to Germany increased to 58.8 million for the period from January to September 2014 according to latest figures from the Federal Statistical Office of Germany. Some 2.9 million extra nights, in accommodation establishments with ten or more beds, were registered compared to the same period last year, an overall increase of 5.1 per cent. → Read More

Hills Balfour wins prestigious Inghams account

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Specialist tour operator, Inghams, has appointed leading travel PR and marketing consultancy, Hills Balfour, to co-ordinate its public relations activity. Hills Balfour will work across Inghams Ski and Lakes & Mountains products as well as on the recently launched Inghams Italy programme. Now in its 80th year, Inghams prides itself on maintaining strong relationships with partner hoteliers and other suppliers in order to deliver award winning holidays to its customers. → Read More

Las Vegas surges past visitor number record in 2014

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Las Vegas has surpassed its record for annual visitation, drawing more than 40 million people with two weeks remaining of the calendar year. Current pacing suggests the destination could approach nearly 41 million visitors by the end of 2014. The historic milestone marks the continued and rapid expansion of the tourism industry in Southern Nevada, which has achieved ten consecutive months of visitor volume increases, with many of those months being the best on record. → Read More

Cuba set for US travel boom as restrictions eased

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Cuba is expected to receive a boom in visitors from the United States after the Obama administration took a series of steps to normalise relations between the two countries. At present, travel between the two destinations is heavily restricted, with direct commercial flights banned, special visas compulsory and visitors required to join strictly controlled groups. → Read More

UNWTO and UNESCO to organise first World Conference on Tourism & Culture

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Officials at the UNWTO and UNESCO have announced the first World Conference on Tourism & Culture. The event will bring together, for the first time, ministers of tourism and ministers of culture from around the world, experts and stakeholders from both sectors to explore new models of partnership. The event will take place in Siem Reap, Cambodia, from February 4th-6th next year. → Read More

TUI Travel completes merger with TUI AG

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The merger of TUI Travel of Britain and Germany's TUI AG completed earlier this morning, creating the largest leisure and tourism company in the world. The new company will be known as TUI Group. Friedrich Joussen, joint chief executive, TUI AG, said: “Today is a great day for our company." → Read More

Sabre sells lastminute.com for $120m to Bravofly Rumbo

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Sabre Corporation and Bravofly Rumbo Group have announced today that Bravofly has made a binding offer to acquire lastminute.com. Acceptance of the offer is subject to the completion of employee information and consultation processes, following which closure would be expected to occur in the first quarter of next year. → Read More

Foreign Office warns British visitors over potential Tunisia danger

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The British Foreign & Commonwealth Office has warned visitors to Tunisia to exercise caution ahead of government elections in the country. The FCO warned Tunisia remains in a period of political transition following the 2011 revolution, with danger heightened during the build up to the second round of voting in the presidential election. → Read More

Belmond launches microsite tailored to LGBT market

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Designed specifically with the LGBT market in mind, luxury travel collection Belmond has launched a new easy-to-navigate microsite featuring an exceptional range of travel experiences in welcoming destinations worldwide. Belmond has long been dedicated to helping LGBT travellers create memorable moments across the globe, from romantic beach escapes at Belmond Maroma Resort & Spa on Mexico’s Mayan Riviera to elegant wedding celebrations on board Belmond Royal Scotsman, the UK’s only luxury sleeper train. → Read More

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