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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

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

Hilton pushes digital check-in worldwide

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Hilton Worldwide has announced that its pioneering digital check-in and room selection technology is now live across more than 4,100 hotels spanning 11 brands worldwide. This includes more than 119 hotels in UK & Ireland. A first for the hospitality industry, the scale of the digital rollout marks the largest of its kind to date across the sector. → 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

Milan Expo 2015 launches new campaign as opening day nears

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Organisers at the Milan Expo 2015 have launched the second phase of a campaign focusing on the visitor experience during the Event. As part of the campaign a new 60-second spot has been launched on the web, while a 30-second advert will air on major television networks during December. → Read More

Latest balloon crash kills tourist in Turkey

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A tourist has been killed in the Güvercinlik Valley in Cappadocia, Turkey, following the latest in a string of balloon crashes. Nine others are reportedly injured following the incident, with the balloon carrying Chinese and Malaysian tourists. → 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

Celebrity Constellation to become first cruise ship to homeport in Abu Dhabi

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Royal Caribbean has confirmed it will deploy a luxury vessel from its Celebrity Cruises fleet in the United Arab Emirates’ capital on a homeport basis from November 2016. Celebrity Constellation will be the premium brand’s first ship to make the Abu Dhabi Cruise Terminal its home strengthening the emirate’s world cruise destination ambitions. → 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

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