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Abu Dhabi sees record growth in guest arrivals

Abu Dhabi sees record growth in guest arrivals

Abu Dhabi has achieved a record seven per cent rise in the number of hotel guest arrivals over the first four months of the year in comparison to the same period in 2016. A total of 1,601,145 guests checking into the emirate’s hotels and hotel apartments during the period.

New online offering from Abercrombie & Kent

New online offering from Abercrombie & Kent

Abercrombie & Kent has announced it will launch two new websites this summer. The two sites are designed to showcase the tour operator’s renowned worldwide reach and inspire clients through their wide ranging choice of safaris, cruises, beaches group tours, villas, bespoke and tailor made options.

UNWTO: International tourist arrivals continue to boom

UNWTO: International tourist arrivals continue to boom

International tourist arrivals worldwide grew by six per cent in January-April of 2017 compared to the same period last year, with business confidence reaching its highest levels in a decade. Sustained growth in most major destinations and a steady rebound in others drove results. Prospects for May-August 2017 remain high.

Norwegian UK granted tentative US air carrier permit

Norwegian UK granted tentative US air carrier permit

Norwegian has confirmed its British subsidiary, Norwegian UK, has been given tentative approval by the United States department of transportation for a foreign air carrier permit. The approval reaffirms that the NUK application is in full compliance with the EU–US Open Skies Agreement.

Delta Air Lines receives first A350-900 from Airbus

Delta Air Lines receives first A350-900 from Airbus

Delta Air Lines has taken delivery of its first A350-900, and will be the first US-based airline to operate the newest member of Airbus’ leading wide-body family. The A350 XWB will bring unrivalled eco-efficiency and a superior passenger experience to primarily transpacific routes starting in October.

UK visitor spending habits revealed

UK visitor spending habits revealed

Detailed information has been released about the spending habits of UK inbound visitors, revealing the USA dominates UK inbound market spend. According to the International Passenger Survey, over 37.6 million people visited the UK in 2016 (a four per cent increase on 2015), spending £22.5 billion (an increase of two per cent).

Ras Al Khaimah on track to exceed tourism targets

Ras Al Khaimah on track to exceed tourism targets

Ras Al Khaimah Tourism Development Authority has revealed the emirate is on track to surpass its annual visitor target. The emirate’s hotels reported a ten per cent year-on-year increase in international guest arrivals during the first six months of the year.

ABTA backs government action on bogus sickness claims

ABTA backs government action on bogus sickness claims

Following an announcement the UK government would look into action to tackle false sickness claims, ABTA is urging the industry to maintain momentum on the #StopSicknessScams campaign. The body hopes to ensure that change comes as quickly as possible to close the loophole in legislation that allows claims companies to unduly profit from sickness claims.

Arora Group proposes cut price Heathrow expansion

Arora Group proposes cut price Heathrow expansion

One of the largest landowners at Heathrow Airport has put forward rival proposals for a new terminal and runway at Britain’s busiest airport. The Arora Group argues its plans could save up to £6.7 billion when compared to the costs of Heathrow’ own plans.