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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

World Travel Market claims $6.5bn in sales as 2014 event approaches

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The World Travel Market Portfolio facilitates more than $6.5 billion in travel and tourism industry deals, according to organisers Reed Travel Exhibitions. The WTM Portfolio consists of the four leading business-to-business travel trade events in the world: World Travel Market; Arabian Travel Market; WTM Latin America; and WTM Africa. → 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

JA Manafaru set for November opening in Maldives

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JA Resorts & Hotels, the Dubai-based international hospitality company, will officially launch its fully-owned high-end resort JA Manafaru in the Maldives on November 1st, thereby expanding its presence in the Indian Ocean with a second property. The company took ownership of the property in the Maldives earlier this year, and subsequently made a substantial investment in soft refurbishments and staff training to upgrade the resort to JA Resorts & Hotels standards. → 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

Abu Dhabi heads to Kuwait to capitalise on booming tourism figures

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Abu Dhabi’s tourism industry is heading to Kuwait today for a major promotion at The Avenues Mall. The move is part of a wider plan by emirate to convince expatriates and Kuwaitis of just how much there is to see and do in the destination. → Read More

IOC grants provisional recognition to Kosovo Olympic Committee

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The Executive Board of the International Olympic Committee has granted provisional recognition to the Kosovo Olympic Committee and proposed that the NOC be granted full recognition at the next IOC Session to be held in December in Monaco. The NOC of Kosovo was established in 1992 and has more than 30 affiliated National Federations, 13 of which are Olympic sports federations. → Read More

Louvre Abu Dhabi reveals first major pieces

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Louvre Abu Dhabi, set to open in 2015, has announced approximately 300 loans to come from major French institutions for its opening year, which will complement the museum’s growing collection and universal narrative. The loans include Leonardo da Vinci’s Portrait of an Unknown Woman, also known as La Belle Ferronnière, which is being loaned by the Musée du Louvre. → Read More

Beckham launches Haig Club to international travellers

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Diageo has announced the worldwide launch of its new single grain Scotch whisky, Haig Club. The distinctive and sophisticated new whisky, developed in partnership with global icon David Beckham and British entrepreneur Simon Fuller will now be available in bars, restaurants and retail stores in the United Kingdom → Read More

Al Badia Golf Club to welcome Dubai Festival City Challenge Tour Grand Final

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Dubai will once again play host as the European Challenge Tour reaches its climax with the Dubai Festival City Challenge Tour Grand Final hosted by Al Badia Golf Club from November 5th-8th. The season-ending grand finale is the culmination of the 2014 Challenge Tour season which takes in 27 tournaments played across 21 different countries offering a total prize fund of €6,328,000. → Read More

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