A new study commissioned by Visa has forecast significant growth in international travel by UK households in the next decade. UK spend on global travel is predicted to reach £63.4 billion in 2025, up 58 per cent on 2015. On average, each UK household is set to spend £9,300 annually by 2025, up from £6,500 in 2015.
Visa and Jumeirah Group have signed a multi-year partnership agreement. As part of the partnership, Visa cardholders across the Middle East and North Africa will have access to a series of value-added cardholder benefits at Jumeirah properties which will be rolled out throughout the course of the agreement.
In a guest editorial from Chris Dix, chief operating officer, Europe and the Americas at VFS Global, Breaking Travel News here examines how efficient visa processes are the hidden ingredient to economic growth.
Government officials in the UK have announced a new two-year visa for Chinese nations wishing to visit the country. Beginning on Monday, it will enable visitors from China to make multiple trips to the UK for longer periods, the government said in a statement.
Mazagan Beach & Golf Resort, Morocco, has signed a partnership with VISA, offering premium cardholders the opportunity to benefit from a range of exciting incentives with the ‘VISA Cardholders Special Offer.’ Valid until March 2016, upon booking, all VISA cardholders can now take advantage of a host of complimentary luxuries at the resort.
Navigating the ins and outs of passport and visa processing can be extremely difficult, often requiring hours of research, hours of document preparation, and sometimes even long distance travel. Luckily, Passport Health’s new visa and passport processing service looks to end the hassle and create a one-stop-shop for all of your pre-travel health and documentation needs.
Virgin America has announced it will partner with Alliance Data Retail Services to launch a new Virgin America Visa Signature Credit Card and a first-ever Virgin America Premium Visa Signature Card. Both co-brand cards offer Virgin America guests and Elevate frequent flyer program members a host of perks to make their travel experience more convenient, flexible and rewarding.
Visa Europe and Conferma have announced an agreement to make the Conferma Virtual Travel Account platform and network available to Visa Europe members – banks and other payment service providers from 37 countries across Europe – and their commercial customers. Virtual Travel Accounts offer customers greater efficiency and control when paying for business travel.
The British Ambassador to the United Arab Emirates has confirmed there are on-going discussions on facilitating visa procedures for Emiratis visiting the United Kingdom. The envoy, Dominique Jeremy, however, added that as yet no decision has been taken on offering visa on arrival facilities to Emiratis.
Ukraine made yet another step toward facilitation and further liberalization of the visa regime with the EU, enabling Ukrainian citizens to undergo improved, simplified and clear EU visa application procedures. Such is the summary of the statement which accompanied the new Law of Ukraine “On ratification of the agreement between Ukraine and the European Union introducing amendments to the visa facilitation agreement between Ukraine and the European Community”, signed by the President of Ukraine Viktor Yanukovych on April 8, 2013.
The U.S. Travel Association has announced its endorsement of new legislation to help expand the Visa Waiver Program (VWP). The Visa Waiver Program Enhanced Security and Reform Act, introduced by Sens. Barbara Mikulski (D-MD) and Mark Kirk (R-IL), and Reps. Mike Quigley (D-IL) and Steve Chabot (R-Ohio), enhances security measures while extending the VWP framework to welcome additional countries.
Officials at the European Union have launched the new Visa Information System (VIS) allowing visa applications to be processed faster thanks to the use of biometrics. Fingerprints and a digital facial image will facilitate the identification of visa holders and help to avoid identity theft, the EU explained.