Tourism News

New attractions drive Abu Dhabi tourism to record heights

New attractions drive Abu Dhabi tourism to record heights

A record 4.9 million people stayed in Abu Dhabi’s 162 hotels and hotel apartments during 2017, meaning the emirate recorded an impressive 9.8 per cent year-on-year rise. The United Kingdom remains the largest European source market, registering a 13 per cent rise to more than 270,000.

Holness: Tourism industry supports state of emergency

Holness: Tourism industry supports state of emergency

Jamaica prime minister, Andrew Holness, has welcome the support of tourism stakeholders in St. James after the government rolled-out a series of increased security measures to curb crime in the area. The move has led some to question the safety of tourists in the popular Montego Bay resorts.

ATM 2018: GCC preparing for sharp increase in Chinese visitors

ATM 2018: GCC preparing for sharp increase in Chinese visitors

Chinese arrivals to the GCC will increase 21 per cent to 2021, rising to 2.5 million visitors annually, according to data released ahead of Arabian Travel Market 2018. Published by Colliers International, the data predicts Saudi Arabia will experience the highest proportionate increase in arrivals from China, up 35 per cent on 2016 figures.

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.

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.

Qatar Airways expands Thailand options with new Bangkok frequency

Qatar Airways expands Thailand options with new Bangkok frequency

Qatar Airways is continuing its expansion in Asia by adding an additional flight to Bangkok, providing its passengers even more flexibility in visiting the Thai capital. The new service to Bangkok, which commences on March 25th, is part of the airline’s continued expansion in south-east Asia, following its launch of direct service to Thailand’s Chiang Mai late last year.

Qatar Airways brings A350 to Greece for first time

Qatar Airways brings A350 to Greece for first time

Qatar Airways has become the first airline to fly the state-of-the-art Airbus A350 to Greece. The airline temporarily upgraded its current triple-daily service to Athens to an ultra-modern A350 on Monday, with the arrival of the flight greeted by a water canon salute at Athens International Airport.

Esports Arena Las Vegas set for March debut

Esports Arena Las Vegas set for March debut

Allied Esports has revealed the grand opening date for the Esports Arena Las Vegas, the city’s first dedicated esports arena. The location will officially open its doors at Luxor Hotel and Casino on Thursday, March 22nd with a series of events, including an invitation-only, multi-day, live-streamed tournament.