Sparked by robust recovery in the destinations that were affected by hurricanes Irma and Maria in 2017, Caribbean tourism rebounded soundly to post record stayover and cruise arrivals in 2019.
Saudi Arabia will block Muslim pilgrims seeking to reach the holy cities of Mecca and Medina as the country seeks to control the spread of coronavirus.
Ras Al Khaimah Tourism Development Authority has announced strong visitor figures for 2019, with arrivals up almost four per cent to 1.12 million.
Qatar Airways has cut capacity to Iran and South Korea as both countries battle the coronavirus outbreak. Flights to and from Seoul will temporarily operate with a smaller aircraft, while some services to Iran will be halted.
The Foreign & Commonwealth Office has begun to urge against all but essential travel to a number of towns in northern Italy. The communities have been isolated by the Italian authorities due to an ongoing outbreak of coronavirus.
Closing borders, blanket travel bans and more extreme government policies will not stop the spread of coronavirus, World Travel & Tourism Council president Gloria Guevara has argued.
Asia Pacific destinations popular with travellers from mainland China continue to report a huge hotel occupancy impact from the coronavirus outbreak, according to preliminary February data from STR.
Figures collated by the Department of Culture and Tourism – Abu Dhabi have revealed that the number of international visitors coming to the UAE capital is estimated to have reached 11.35 million in 2019.
Russia has stepped up as the Convention & Culture Partner for ITB Berlin 2020. In the role, Russia will be represented with several sessions at the ITB Berlin Convention.
Tourists travelling to and from the Canary Islands have seen flights disrupted by a huge sandstorm. Airport operator Aena cancelled, suspended or diverted all flights to and from the islands on Sunday, citing low visibility.
Ras Al Khaimah Tourism Development Authority will officially open a skatepark at Saqr Park later this week. The brand-new outdoor attraction is located in the largest recreational park in the emirate.
The United Kingdom is among six countries to be offered visa free travel to Turkey. Foreign ministry officials confirmed earlier tourists from Austria, Belgium, the Netherlands, Poland and Spain would also see fees waived.