Valencia received a record 95,106 British visitors in 2016, 19.9 per cent more than in 2015 and, with new direct flights from London Luton, Birmingham, Glasgow and Edinburgh being launched in the next few months, that figure is expected to grow further this year.
airBaltic will launch a direct service between Riga and Abu Dhabi on October 29th, 2017. The Latvian airlines will operate the Riga-Abu Dhabi route four times weekly with a long-range Bombardier CS300 aircraft.
bmi regional has announced it will be launching a new service between City of Derry Airport and London Stansted Airport from May 2nd. The route, which is a public service obligation, or PSO, has previously only been operated on a daily basis.
Antler has designed a range of functional, stylish cases for spring and summer 2017. With a plethora of features, each case defines its own benefits for both long and short haul travel; each a desired possession, to have and to hold all summer through; and with a ten year global guarantee, a further ten summers to follow.
The Japan National Tourism Organisation has announced that the number of visitors to Japan in 2016 was 24.04 million people. This represents the largest on record since JNTO started to keep the statistics in 1964.
TAP Portugal has announced the launch of a new destination in Africa. As of July 17th, TAP will fly via its hub in Lisbon to Abidjan, in Ivory Coast, taking the airline’s network to a total of 15 destinations in ten African countries.
The city of Buenos Aires is enjoying a special year with its designation as Ibero-American Capital of Gastronomic Culture. Tourists will now be able to join free tours alongside locals and get an insider’s view of the city’s restaurants and eateries, including perennial favourites and hot new discoveries.
Hurtigruten has unveiled the 2017/18 winter brochure, packed with a wide range of itineraries and award winning excursions to help adventurers experience and explore coastal Norway and the Arctic.
Qatar Airways will start services to Yanbu in Saudi Arabia on May 9th, with flights to Tabuk following on June 19th. The airline will offer three-weekly flights to each destination.
In its support of increasing tourism to its only Red Sea city, the Israel Ministry of Tourism has announced a new directive designed to assist airlines interested in launching new routes to Eilat’s Ovda Airport.
Tourism professionals across the Middle East are furthering their efforts to increase their share of the $168 billion global outbound Chinese tourism market, through a number of travel incentives.
Saudia has announced a twice weekly service from Manchester Airport to Riyadh. Launching on June 23rd, the service complements the current offer of five flights a week to Jeddah. Passengers can now fly direct to Saudi Arabia seven days a week.