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World Ski Awards voting approaches halfway stage

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The all-important 16 week voting window of the 2015 World Ski Awards - the only global initiative to recognise, reward and celebrate excellence in the global ski tourism industry - is about to reach the halfway stage. Voting will close on the September 25th and with voting numbers across all the international categories already at record levels, the final months of voting will very much determine which destinations, hotels, chalets and ski companies will win the coveted 2015 World Ski Awards – the highest accolades in ski tourism. → Read More

Emirates adds latest A380 on Dubai-Bangkok route

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Emirates will add its fourth daily A380 service between Dubai and Bangkok with the up-gauge of its current services from December 1st. The new two-class A380 service will operate daily as flight EK376 from Dubai to Bangkok and EK377 from Bangkok to Dubai. The up-gauge from its current Boeing 777-300ER aircraft will see an increase in capacity of 255 seats per flight and 3,570 seats per week to and from the Thai capital city. → Read More

FCO offers supporting hand to Brits around world

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British Foreign & Commonwealth consular staff helped 46 people a day around the world in needed of serious assistance in 2014/2015 new figures have revealed. The figure is set against some 60 million trips overseas by British nationals last year, alongside the five million Britons who live overseas. → Read More

Dubai International sees passenger numbers rise following overhaul

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Dubai International welcomed 5.9 million passengers in June according to the monthly traffic report issued by operator Dubai Airports. Passenger traffic during June increased 16.7 per cent to 5,914,671, compared to 5,067,726 during the same month in 2014. The year to date traffic surged 10.4 per cent to reach 38,299,291, compared to 34,676,090 during the first half of 2014. → Read More

Travelport signs distribution deal with Radius Travel

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Travelport has entered into a new exclusive partnership agreement to provide travel commerce services for Radius Travel, a leading global travel management company with member agencies operating in more than 80 countries. The 70 members of the Radius Travel network - including agencies such as Cox & Kings, Ctrip, and Portman Travel - are among the leading regional travel management companies in their respective areas of the world. → Read More

VisitEngland figures reveal booming tourism sector

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The latest results from the Great Britain Tourism Survey published by VisitEngland reveal a record breaking performance for domestic tourism in the first quarter of the year. Some 28.7 million trips were recorded in England between January and April this year, an 18 per cent increase year on year, and the highest number of trips recorded during the first quarter since the survey began in 2006. → Read More

New York’s La Guardia Airport set for $4bn overhaul

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New York governor Cuomo has been joined by US vice president Joe Biden to unveil the vision for the comprehensive redesign of LaGuardia Airport. Under the plans, the airport will be transformed into a single, structurally unified main terminal with expanded transportation access, significantly increased taxiway space and best-in-class passenger amenities. Construction on the first half of the new unified terminal, expected to be a $4 billion project that creates 8,000 direct jobs and 10,000 indirect jobs, will be managed by LaGuardia Gateway Partners, a new public private partnership chosen by the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey to build the project. → Read More

Dusit moves into Bhutan with two new properties

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Known by many as one of the “happiest countries in the world,” leading Asian hospitality group Dusit International has announced its expansion to the Kingdom of Bhutan. The company will bring its contemporary dusitD2 brand to the Kingdom’s capital city of Thimphu, as well as to scenic Punakha. The first of these projects, the dusitD2 Thimphu, will launch in 2017. → Read More

Tourisme Québec appoints Hills Balfour to lead UK activities

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Tourisme Québec has appointed leading travel and tourism representation firm Hills Balfour to develop and manage its trade, PR and MICE strategy in the UK market. The new organisation of Tourisme Québec reflects the desire of the ministry of tourism to optimise its actions and its influence in the UK market. → Read More

British Airways launches new flights to Valencia, Spain

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Culture vultures can visit Valencia when British Airways starts flights to Spain’s third biggest city later this year. The direct route from Gatwick begins on November 6th, with four flights a week, which rises to six a week for the summer 2016 season. Famous for its numerous festivals, fine historic buildings, striking futuristic architecture and great museums, Valencia has a thriving nightlife with brilliant beaches making it one of Spain’s must-see destinations. → Read More

Fastjet launches latest low-cost route in Africa

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fastjet Tanzania’s first flight between Dar es Salaam and Lilongwe in Malawi took off earlier, marking the launch of the low-cost airline’s sixth international route in Africa. Flight FN209 departed Dar es Salaam’s Julius Nyerere International Airport at 09:40 with Tanzanian government officials, local passengers and media on board. → Read More

Alton Towers accident costs Merlin £47m

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Merlin Entertainments has revealed an accident at Alton Towers earlier this year could cost the company as much as £47 million. Four people were seriously injured during the incident on the ‘Smiler’ rollercoaster in June. The park was closed temporarily as a result of the accident, with a subsequent knock on affect hitting early summer trading. → Read More

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