Gulf Air has commenced its direct operations to Bandaranaike International Airport, in the Sri Lankan capital Colombo, with five flights per week.
Etihad Airways today announced four additional weekly flights on the popular Abu Dhabi–Malé route. The move will increase frequency to the idyllic Maldives to 11 services a week between July 1st and September 17th this year.
The Mexico Tourism Board has announced the first direct non-stop flight from Helsinki to Puerto Vallarta. Finnair will launch the route between November 19th this year and March 18th, 2018.
UK culture secretary Karen Bradley has appointed Steve Ridgway as the new chair of the British Tourist Authority, which includes VisitBritain and VisitEngland, while and Denis Wormwell will take up the role of chair of the VisitEngland advisory board.
Singapore prime minister, Lee Hsien Loong, and ASEAN secretary general, Le Luong Minh, have officially launched the [email protected] Golden Celebration tourism campaign. The campaign promotes the twin objectives of commemorating the 50th anniversary of ASEAN, and embracing the ASEAN region as a single and united tourism destination.
International tourists are travelling across English regions in record numbers, and they are spending more too. Official statistics released today show that in the first nine months of 2016 there were a record-breaking 12.2 million visits to English regions outside London, up four per cent compared to the same period in 2015.
The Mauritius Tourism Promotion Authority has today announced an 11 per cent global increase in visitor arrivals for 2016 when compared to the previous year. The news also signifies two years of double-digit growth with 2015 having out performed expectation.
MSC Cruises has broken ground on Ocean Cay MSC Marine Reserve. Located south of Bimini in The Bahamas, the island is set to become a natural paradise exclusive to MSC Cruises guests as of November 2018.
The opening of the new Elbphilharmonie philharmonic hall marks the start of a momentous year for Hamburg and a significant boost in the meeting and event offering in Germany’s second city. The Elbphilharmonie philharmonic hall officially opened earlier and is designed as a ‘rolling wave’ in homage to Hamburg’s world-famous harbour.
A number of fatalities are feared at the Rigopiano Hotel in the Abruzzo region of Italy after the property was hit by an avalanche. Rescuers were at the scene overnight as they fought to reach the hotel close to the Gran Sasso Mountain.
Los Angeles mayor Eric Garcetti and Los Angeles Tourism & Convention Board president Ernest Wooden have announced the city welcomed 47.3 million visitors in 2016, surpassing mid-year forecasts and breaking visitation records for the sixth consecutive year.
Finnair has announced that it will start flying non-stop from the UK to Finnish Lapland. The new direct service will link London Gatwick and Ivalo twice a week from mid-December 2017 until the end of March 2018.