India has overtaken Britain as the biggest tourism source market to Dubai. The stellar growth of the Indian economy has given to a ten percent rise in its nationals visiting the emirate over the first quarter of the year, according to the latest figures from the Dubai Department of Tourism.
British travel insiders are rubbing their hands with glee ahead of the Easter holidays, with sunny weather across the UK boosting expectations for domestic operators. Overseas trips are also expecting a boom; with many savvy travellers realising that by booking three days leave they could have an eleven day break from work.
A combination of economic factors is likely to prevent the UK tourism sector from recovering for at least five years, according to a new report from Mintel. Higher fuel prices, pushing up the cost of flights, and a rise in VAT scheduled for January 2011 will both hit demand, says the British Lifestyles 2010 report.
The Home Office has redesigned British passports in an attempt to cut fraud. To be issued from October this year, the pages of the new passport will depict well-known UK scenes and include a host of new security features.
Prime minister David Cameron has sought to refocus the British tourism offering, arguing the country should concentrate on selling its cultural heritage. Commentators have seen the speech as a decisive attempt to break with the Cool Britannia branding employed by former Labour prime minister Tony Blair.
The UK’s outbound market fell at the fastest rate on record last year as businesses slashed budgets by a quarter whilst leisure travellers opted to holiday at home, according to new data from the Office for National Statistics.
The global downturn sparked the rise of the so-called staycation but Britons could now be better off holidaying in places like Bulgaria and Bodrum than Brighton due to the high cost of UK accommodation and the weakness of the Euro.
When it comes to holidays, Brits are a scrupulous nation of Organised Explorers - booking at least three months before departure and often purchasing flight and hotel packages, according to a new study.
The UK’s outbound tourism industry is not expected to resume growth until 2012, with package holidays leading the recovery due to their value-for-money and protection they provide customers, according to a new study.
The number of British holidaymakers heading overseas has fallen sharply, as travellers remain wary of nonessential spending during the ongoing recession. However, visits to the UK have remained relatively stable.
BAA has warned that it was facing a tough 2010 with Heathrow the only one of its six airports to register a rise in traffic. Its Scottish airports were badly hit by the collapse of Flyglobespan, as well as by adverse recent weather.
Outbound travel activity from the UK has been hardest hit in Europe in 2009, according to the latest trend report from ITB. The UK market fell 15%, followed by Russia at 12% lower. Austria was the only nation to report gains, up by 2%.