Last night saw the inaugural Air Europa flight take off from Madrid’s Adolfo Suarez Barajas airport to San Pedro Sula – the first of its kind to connect Europe directly with Honduras. Air Europa UK managing director, Colin Stewart, commented: “We are thrilled about the launch of this new route – our first flight into Central America."
Travellers can now book non-stop flights from Europe to Australia for the first time, with tickets for Qantas' London-Perth route going on sale. Daily flights on the history-making route begin in March next year and form part of a new London-Perth-Melbourne return service.
Heathrow has today confirmed that Beijing Capital Airlines will launch a new direct service from the UK's hub airport to Qingdao, the home of Tsingtao beer and one of the fastest growing cities in China. The new route will connect passengers and cargo directly from Heathrow to Qingdao for the first time, providing three direct services every week starting this summer.
Royal Caribbean has made its inaugural visit to Cuba, with the newly revitalised Empress of the Seas calling as part of a five-night sailing from Miami. Adventure-seeking holidaymakers were among the first guests to explore the island country known for its legendary nightlife, iconic music and distinct culture.
Dubai’s tourism sector sustained the momentum of its strong 2017 start, with Dubai Tourism reporting a stellar 11 per cent increase in overnight visitation in the first three months of the year compared to the same period in 2016.
Etihad Airways and strategic partner Jet Airways have signed an agreement with the government of Maharashtra to promote tourism to the western Indian state. The partnership will enable both airlines to capitalise on their strong links with Maharashtra and further propel domestic and international arrivals into the state capital Mumbai and beyond.
Official figures reveal a record-breaking start to the year for inbound tourism to Britain. A new record has been set for inbound visits to the UK in the first two months of the year with 5.2 million visits, up six per cent on the same period last year.
Major tourism hotspots in the GCC are experiencing a surge in Indian visitors as the region prepares to showcase its offering to leisure and business travellers at this year’s Arabian Travel Market.
Ras Al Khaimah has reaffirmed its position as the UAE’s fastest growing tourism destination for international travellers following increased year-on-year visitor numbers during the first quarter of 2017.
The legacy of Expo 2020 is set to come under the spotlight on Arabian Travel Market’s Global Stage, returning for the 2017 show at Dubai World Trade Centre. Expo 2020, set to run between October 2020 and April 2021, will bring together more than 180 nations and is expected to host an international audience of 25 million visitors.
Arabian Travel Market, the Middle East’s leading travel industry showcase, opens its doors today four days of business networking opportunities, insightful seminar sessions and top level ministerial discussions.
Saudi Arabia and Oman will lead the GCC’s multi-billion dollar investments in cultural tourism, with a series of projects to develop new world-class cultural attractions. That is according to a report published ahead of Arabian Travel Market.