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World Travel Awards sets sights on Anguilla for Grand Final 2014

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World Travel Awards has revealed it will head to the paradise island of Anguilla in the Caribbean for its annual Grand Final. After touring the globe in search of the world’s best hospitality organisations over the past year, World Travel Awards will host the crème de la crème of the industry at CuisinArt Golf Resort & Spa on Sunday, December 7th. → Read More

Ecuador receives record visitor numbers following WTA success

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Ecuador is proving to be a very popular destination in 2014, with the South American country receiving over a million international arrivals in the first eight months of the year. Specifically, 1,009,665 foreign tourists have visited the Andean so far this year, representing an increase of 14 per cent over last year. → Read More

Pacific Asia Travel Association appoints Hardy as new chief

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The Pacific Asia Travel Association has announced the appointment of Mario Hardy as its next chief executive, effective from November 1st, 2014. Hardy is currently the chief operations officer of PATA, a position he has held since January 15th of this year. He was approved to succeed Martin Craigs as the chief executive by the PATA executive board at the last executive board meeting held in Phnom Penh, Cambodia in September 2014. → Read More

Alibaba Group spins off Alitrip as competition grows in online travel

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Alibaba Group has set its sites on the rapidly evolving online travel space with confirmation it will spin-off its online travel business Taobao Travel to become an independent business named Alitrip. Headquartered in the eastern city of Hangzhou, Alibaba operates China's most popular online shopping platform, Taobao. → Read More

Rovia claims latest World Travel Awards crowns

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Rovia has been recognised as both North America’s Leading Travel Agency and United States’ Leading Travel Agency by the World Travel Awards - two additional WTA awards for the company this year. World Travel Awards announced its winners in the Caribbean & North America regions earlier. Earlier this month, Rovia was also recognised as Asia’s Leading Online Travel Agency for 2014. → Read More

Abu Dhabi brings largest ever delegation to World Travel Market

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Abu Dhabi is heading to London’s World Travel Market – one of the industry’s biggest trade fairs - next week with a high-energy promotion featuring more partners and products than ever before. The 500 square metres Abu Dhabi pavilion has a totally new design to highlight the emirate’s great landscape, cultural and attractions diversity. → Read More

TripAdvisor launches personalised Just for You feature

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TripAdvisor has announced the launch of its Just for You feature, providing more personalised hotel recommendations to users based on individual preferences and travel research on the site. “By virtue of the insights and attributes that we’ve gathered from millions of traveller reviews and opinions, TripAdvisor is uniquely able to match travellers with their ideal hotels,” said Adam Medros, senior vice president, global product, TripAdvisor. → Read More

NYC & Company sign Taylor Swift for new campaign

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Taylor Swift has joined NYC & Company, New York City’s official marketing, tourism and partnership organisation, to announce her participation as New York City’s Global Welcome Ambassador for 2014–2015. As part of the collaboration with Taylor, NYC & Company today launched a global tourism campaign - Welcome To New York - named after Taylor’s song of the same name from her top charting new album, 1989. → Read More

Luchford to represent Beverly Hills in UK

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Following a three way pitch, Beverly Hills Conference & Visitors Bureau has appointed luxury lifestyle agency Luchford APM as its UK in-market representative to act on behalf of Beverly Hills with immediate effect. The agency won the 12 month consumer and travel trade contract based on its creative ability to develop Beverly Hills from being a luxury travel brand to a luxury lifestyle consumer product, playing on its brand pillars of gourmet dining, five-star accommodations and high-end shopping. → Read More

North Korean holidays to make World Travel Market debut

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It has a notorious reputation as the most secretive state in the world under the dictatorship of Kim Jong-Un. But now leisure trips to see the isolated communist country of North Korea are being promoted at World Travel Market, the leading global event for the travel industry. → Read More

Jordan Tourism Board offers financial support to charter flight sector

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Jordan Tourism Board has said it will provide commercial support for charter flights with immediate effect. The Charter Support Programme will cover the cost of empty charter seats providing the operator meets the programme’s various criteria including running 16 or more direct flights over a four month period averaging no less than one flight every calendar week. → Read More

Lee Country takes UK representation to boost visitor numbers

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The Lee County, Florida Visitor & Convention Bureau, a leading travel destination marketing organisation branded as ‘The Beaches of Fort Myers & Sanibel’ has appointed Four Communications to handle its sales, marketing and public relations in the UK, Ireland and Scandinavia following a competitive pitch process. Four Communications has been appointed to promote this region of south-west Florida to consumers, the travel trade and media with the aim of raising awareness of the destination and increasing visitation across target segments. → Read More

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