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English regions welcoming increasing visitor numbers

English regions welcoming increasing visitor numbers

More international tourists are visiting the English regions than ever before. Official statistics released today show that in the first nine months of 2017 there were a record 12.7 million visits to English regions outside London, up four per cent compared to the same period in 2016.

Holliday appointed to sales role with Thomas Cook Group Airlines

Holliday appointed to sales role with Thomas Cook Group Airlines

Thomas Cook Group Airlines has appointed Emma Holliday as national account manager for Thomas Cook Airlines UK and Condor, in an expansion of its trade sales team. Holliday has spent 25 years in travel with roles in account management, overseas operations, and travel retail management.

Travel Corporation rolls out My Travel Portal agent tool

Travel Corporation rolls out My Travel Portal agent tool

The Travel Corporation has re-affirmed its commitment to its travel agent partners with the creation of a robust new online initiative, My Travel Portal. An industry first in guided holidays and river cruising, the portal provides agents with a simplified solution for delivering the best service for clients.

Brand USA expands Hills Balfour remit to cover European PR

Brand USA expands Hills Balfour remit to cover European PR

Brand USA has appointed travel representation and PR consultancy Hills Balfour to act as its agency of record across Europe. Following an in-depth review process initiated by Brand USA in September 2017, Hills Balfour will represent Brand USA’s travel trade interests in France, Benelux, Italy, Spain, Germany, Austria and Switzerland, in addition to its established responsibilities representing Brand USA in the United Kingdom and Ireland.

Overhaul for Reunion Ultimate Island branding

Overhaul for Reunion Ultimate Island branding

The Reunion Island Tourism Board is giving its Ultimate Island branding a facelift. After more than a year of coexistence between the destination’s old visual identity and the pictograms used in the Ultimate Experience signature, the tourist arm of the Reunion Region has chosen the beginning of 2018 to breathe new life into its communications.

New Egyptian tourism minister appointed as industry seeks recovery

New Egyptian tourism minister appointed as industry seeks recovery

The Egyptian parliament has approved the appointment of Rania Al-Mashat as the country’s new minister of tourism. The decision means Al-Mashat will become the first woman to hold the position and is now one of six women to currently occupy ministerial roles in the country – the nation’s highest ever proportion.

World Travel Awards gears up for silver anniversary

World Travel Awards gears up for silver anniversary

World Travel Awards has begun preparations for its 25th anniversary – honouring a quarter of a century recognising leaders in the international hospitality sector. Celebrations for the silver anniversary will kick off this April in Ras Al Khaimah.

Ottawa Tourism launches dynamic chatbot, Faya

Ottawa Tourism launches dynamic chatbot, Faya

Ottawa Tourism has launched a new tourism assistant, a gamified, learning chatbot named Faya. Faya offers a fun, new, and interactive approach to exploring the museums, cultural sites, and outdoor activities of the city.

Israel sees tourism surge as investment pays dividends

Israel sees tourism surge as investment pays dividends

According to the Israel Central Bureau of Statistics, the country welcomed 3,611,800 million tourist entries in 2017, up by a quarter on the previous year, and 29 per cent on 2015. A total of 290,000 tourist entries were recorded in December 2017, about 17 per cent more than December 2016 and 47 per cent more than December 2015.