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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.

Israel sees tourism surge as investment pays dividends

Israel sees tourism surge as investment pays dividends

According to the Israel Central Bureau of Statistics, the country welcomed 3,611,800 million tourist entries in 2017, up by a quarter on the previous year, and 29 per cent on 2015. A total of 290,000 tourist entries were recorded in December 2017, about 17 per cent more than December 2016 and 47 per cent more than December 2015.