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UK tourism records best month since figures began in July

UK tourism records best month since figures began in July

Figures released today show that July was the strongest month for inbound tourism to the UK since official records began in 1961. There were a record four million overseas visits to the UK in July, the first month to ever break through the four million mark, and up six per cent on the same month last year.

Air China to connect Beijing to Brisbane for first time

Air China to connect Beijing to Brisbane for first time

Air China will soon begin non-stop flights between Beijing and Brisbane from December 11th. The new route will provide a convenient connection between China's bustling capital city and the sunny climate of the southern hemisphere, where passengers can experience adventure, and appreciate local art, culture and cuisine.

Tencent signs tourism partnership with Helsinki

Tencent signs tourism partnership with Helsinki

Tencent, Helsinki and World Tourism Cities Federation have signed a tripartite cooperation agreement, according to which Helsinki will serve as an intelligent tourism model for China outbound tourism.

Saint Petersburg to host 23rd UNWTO General Assembly in 2019

Saint Petersburg to host 23rd UNWTO General Assembly in 2019

Russian cultural capital Saint Petersburg will host the 23rd General Assembly of the United Nations World Tourism Organisation. The event will take place in 2019 and follows the successful hosting the 22nd event in Chengdu, China, this month.

Hundreds killed in Mexico City earthquake

Hundreds killed in Mexico City earthquake

Hundreds of people have been killed following a 7.1 magnitude earthquake in Mexico. As many as 226 people are currently feared to have died in the incident, which saw damage to more than 100 buildings in the centre of Mexico City.

Vietnam Airlines signs partnership with Thua Thien Hue Province

Vietnam Airlines signs partnership with Thua Thien Hue Province

Vietnam Airlines and the People’s Committee of Thua Thien Hue Province have launched a dedicated partnership. The move is aimed at driving tourism, improving investment and boosting the socio-economic development of Thua Thien Hue province, while simultaneously promoting the image, products and services of the national flag carrier Vietnam Airlines.

Hurricane Maria causes widespread devastation in Dominica

Hurricane Maria causes widespread devastation in Dominica

The Caribbean island of Dominica has seen “widespread devastation” following the impact of Hurricane Maria, according to prime minister Roosevelt Skerrit. The storm is currently moving roughly along the same track as Hurricane Irma, the hurricane that devastated parts of the Caribbean earlier this month.

Delegates prepare for Greater Manchester Tourism Conference 2017

Delegates prepare for Greater Manchester Tourism Conference 2017

Tourism and hospitality professionals from across the region will come together next month for the second annual Greater Manchester Tourism Conference organised by Marketing Manchester, part of the Growth Company. The event will take place on Wednesday October 11th in the Pavilion at Emirates Old Trafford and will feature a busy and stimulating programme including thought-provoking talks, interviews and presentations from high-profile speakers, business insights and a look at future travel trends.