Michigan has announced a 42 per cent growth in overseas visitors, year on year, 2014-2015, which is the largest growth rate of any state in the USA. The top three countries travelling to the state were Germany, the United Kingdom and China. The state was also the primary destination for 69 per cent of the international travellers surveyed, demonstrating that Michigan is not merely a gateway but attracts visitors wishing to spend time exploring its many attractions.
Experience Kissimmee and West Ham United Football Club have announced a three-year partnership naming the Florida tourism marketing bureau as the team’s Official Destination Partner. This partnership is the first of its kind between a United States destination marketing organisation and a Premier League team. A member of the top-tier Premier League, West Ham United’s new soccer season kicks off August 13th and runs through May 21st, 2017.
TAP Portugal has increased its direct non-stop weekly flights to the United States as it welcomes the introduction of its new A330 aircraft to the fleet. The Star Alliance-member will now offer daily non-stop direct flights from Lisbon to John F. Kennedy Airport in New York and the Logan International Airport in Boston, Massachusetts.
Trafalgar has launched its USA & Canada 2017 programme, bringing guests the best of North and Central America. The expanded product offering includes the introduction of Texas as a new destination for the very first time in Trafalgar’s history, with brand new itinerary Adventures of the Lone Star State.
Thomas Cook Airlines’ inaugural flight to Boston took off earlier, marking its latest milestone as the biggest long haul carrier from Manchester. The Boston Weekender programme, which runs twice a week throughout June to the middle of September, will take culture vultures and explorers to one of the US’s most historic cities, with a flight schedule that makes long weekends available like never before.
The United States state department has issued a release warning American citizens to the risk of potential terrorist attacks throughout Europe this summer. The department warns terrorists may be planning to target major events, tourist sites, restaurants, commercial centres and transportation.
While the UK enjoys its own craft beer revolution, thirsty travellers on a quest for liquid inspiration while on holiday stateside - where the artisan movement began - are in for a treat in Tampa Bay. Over the years Florida has established itself as one of the USA’s most influential craft beer destinations, with Tampa Bay thriving as the Sunshine State’s craft brewing capital.
The United States state department has issued a travel alert warning citizens of potential dangers when visiting Europe. The warning comes following several terrorist attacks, including the March 22nd attacks in Brussels which left over 30 people dead.
Commercial flights between the United States and Cuba are set to resume for the first time in 50 years following the signing of an agreement between the two countries. A small number of charter flights presently operate between the two destinations, but capacity is expected to rise significantly as mainline airlines return.
World Travel & Tourism Council president David Scowsill has announced the theme of this year’s Global Summit will be “Travel Beyond Boundaries”. The programme will focus on how tourism will respond to the biggest issues of the moment - migration, climate change, terrorism, security and border policies.
Emirates has announced that it plans to upgrade its Dubai-Washington D.C. service, with the introduction of its flagship Airbus A380 on the route beginning February 1st. Replacing the existing Boeing 777-300ER used on this route, the A380 will serve the strong customer demand and restore route capacity following United Airlines’ planned withdrawal from the Washington route after January 25th.