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New visa system for EU travellers

New visa system for EU travellers

12 October 2011 Organisations & Operators

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.

Sports Tourism: The importance of mega-sporting events

Sports Tourism: The importance of mega-sporting events

13 July 2011 Focus

Visa has launched a new report illustrating the positive impact of mega-sporting events and the influence they have on tourism spending in the event host countries. Among the first organisations to note the increasing important of mega-sporting events to tourism was World Sports Tourism Congress, which will be examining the impact of the phenomenon during the Rugby World Cup later this year.

Complex visa applications hit European travel

Complex visa applications hit European travel

13 October 2010 Organisations & Operators

Nearly half a million visitors have postponed or even cancelled trips to Europe due to the complexities of visa application programmes it has been alleged. Conservative estimates from the European Tour Operators Association put the financial loss to the European Union caused by poor visa processing at over €500 million per year.

Visa reports rebound of global tourism

Visa reports rebound of global tourism

1 September 2010 Press Release Tourism News

A new report Tourism Outlook: USA from Visa Inc. indicates the tourism industry has begun to rebound during the first six months of 2010. This includes a strong growth in U.S. inbound spending from China and Brazil, which reinforces how Asia-Pacific and South America are seemingly the first to emerge from the downturn.

Visa claims World Cup victory

Visa claims World Cup victory

15 July 2010 Travel Events News

Visa transactions by international visitors in South Africa during the 2010 FIFA World Cup rose 70 percent to $312m, as the payments giant marked its first ever sponsorship of the football tournament.

Visa announces U.S. Tourism Outlook Report

11 June 2009 Press Release Travel Technology News

Visa today released announcements on Outlook: USA, is the second annual report which outlines spending by international tourist on Visa payment cards. The report found that in 2008, Visa cardholders from the U.S. spent $42.4 billion on their Visa payment cards in the top 170 destination countries. This is up almost 3 percent from 2007.