Tunisia recorded 1,527,891 tourist arrivals, up 46.2% from January 1 to May 20, 2017, compared to the same period in 2016. The start of a recovery in European tourism, particularly in France and Germany, to the destination Tunisia, can be seen in the latest statistics published by the Tunisian National Tourist Office (TNTO).
Hilton has signed a franchise agreement with Hasançebi İnşaat Turizm Yatırımları ve Ticaret A.S. to open the 324-guest room DoubleTree by Hilton Antalya Kemer as Hilton’s first resort hotel in Antalya.
A new association named The Independent Food Tour Association (TIFTA) is launched. It represents a global alliance of quality independent food tour operators. Founded in Asia, TIFTA has received strong interest from food tour operators around the world, and will be accepting members from Europe in the coming months.
easyJet, Europe’s leading airline, will recruit more than 1200 new permanent and fixed term cabin crew positions as the airline continues its growth. easyJet currently employs over 6,900 cabin crew who are at the forefront of the airline’s operations, ensuring the highest safety standards are met and providing friendly service for easyJet’s 70million passengers every year.
Following the merger announcement between Scoot and Tiger air, as of today, all previous Tigerair flights will be operated under the Scoot brand and Scoot flights will operate under the TR flight designator code. Moreover, Scoot announces 5 new international destinations.
Turkish Airlines will collaborate with Dr. Mehmet Oz, the producer and host of world-renowned “The Dr. Oz Show”, on its “Fly Good Feel Good” project. Turkey’s flag carrier aims to provide an even more comfortable and healthy travel experience to its passengers.
Turkey’s leading low cost carrier, Pegasus Airlines, adds a brand-new flight package to its offerings. The new flight package, Business Flex, is specially created to make its guests' journey even more comfortable and flexible.
Saint Ange Tourism Report’s 7th edition is out! Saint Ange reports that Creole Travel based in the Seychelles has introduced a new addition to their fleet; they describe their latest attraction as a "cool vessel", named Zephir.
CapitaLand’s wholly owned serviced residence business unit, The Ascott Limited (Ascott), is acquiring an 80% stake in Synergy Global Housing (Synergy), a leading accommodation provider in the U.S. The acquisition will expand Ascott’s footprint in the U.S. and strengthen its extensive range of international-class serviced residences for corporate customers worldwide. It will also triple Ascott’s portfolio from over 1,000 units to about 3,000 units in the U.S.
Marriott International, Inc. announced the opening of Four Points Houston Intercontinental Airport, the brand’s fifth in the Houston area and tenth in the state. The hotel offers approachable design, stylish comfort and all the brand’s popular extras including a 24-hour fitness center, fast and free Wi-Fi throughout the hotel, and Best Brews & BBQ™.
The city of San Fernando, Pampanga - the culinary capital of the Philippines, welcomed its first green hotel: the Best Western Bendix. Situated on the McArthur Highway, which is just a 15 minute drive from Clark International Airport and 45 minutes from Manila, the hotel is exceptionally well-connected and convenient for both business and leisure travelers.
Scoot and Tigerair (Singapore) have now merged into one airline, Scoot, and for savvy travelers this means great savings with a celebratory sale, greater efficiency across the combined network of 60 destinations across 17 countries, and better connections as the airline utilizes its fleet of larger 787s and smaller Airbus A320s to optimise connection times in Singapore.
More than 40 installations will light up London’s streets, buildings and public spaces during the Lumiere London 2018 – the capital’s largest night-time festival. The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, has revealed the dates for the festival.
Garden of Light, Lumiere London 2016, Photo by Matthew Andrews
CRN, the Italian shipbuilder and brand, part of the Ferretti Group, unveiled a 50-metre MY Superconero, to be launched next winter. The new superyacht, whose name draws inspiration from the historic ‘Superconero’ of the 1960s, is a steel and aluminum displacement yacht boasting a length of 50 metres and a beam of 8.60 meters, and falling within 500 GRT.
InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG®) announces the opening of the new-build 155-room Crowne Plaza® Puebla hotel, the first hotel in Mexico to open under the Crowne Plaza Accelerate Plan, featuring the innovative WorkLife guestroom with enhanced design elements for the Modern Business Traveler.
Seatrade Europe, taking place in Hamburg from 6-8 September, has a dedicated conference session with a unique and new format. With the number of cruise ships deployed in Europe increasing each year, ports and destinations are under increasing pressure to accommodate the influx of ships and passengers, as well as larger ships and new technologies, the conference sessions will offer insight from key industry leaders.
Ever wanted to know what it feels like to drive a F1 car? The F1 Singapore Grand Prix is only a few months away, but Madame Tussauds Singapore is already bringing F1 to the little red dot. Spinning wheels, sharp curves, hearts pumping; only a few terms that describe this exciting new zone!
Visit Oakland, the city’s official destination marketing organization, announced a strong tourism growth and interest from international travelers. In 2016, 3.7 million visitors traveled to Oakland and spent $627 million, up 3.4% from 2015.
Puerto Rico’s Governor Ricardo Rosselló recently signed a law that enables the creation of a Destination Marketing Organization (DMO). Notwithstanding the challenges and adversities faced during 2016, Meet Puerto Rico (MPR), the Destination Marketing Organization (DMO), will try to attract more than 220 groups to the island, generating an economic impact of approximately $120 million.
The Turkish Coalition of America (TCA) is accepting applications for the 4th Annual Turkish American Youth Leadership Congress. Held every year in Washington, DC, this year’s Youth Congress will be held October 26-29, 2017.
The weak pound is doing wonders for international air travel to London. Tourists are arriving in greater numbers and the relative strength of their currency, making the city on average 9% better value, is apparently overcoming any concerns about recent terror attacks, according to ForwardKeys which predicts future travel patterns by analysing 16 million booking transactions a day.
Educational conferences and matchmaking events will be organized to promote Europe as a tourist destination to some of the world’s most important outbound travel markets. The programme, named Partnerships in European Tourism, will see a series of eight conferences and business-to-business matchmaking events, taking place within the EU and in the target markets of China and the USA. It also includes dedicated stands at international tourism trade exhibitions.
The American Bus Association (ABA) in a joint letter with the U.S. Travel Association and other travel and tourism stakeholders to President Donald Trump, urged the White House to reconsider a June 21, 2017 executive order that eliminates a provision that created a Department of State policy to ensure that 80 percent of non-immigrant visa applicants are interviewed within three weeks of submitting a visa application.
Delta Air Lines has taken delivery of its first A350-900, and will be the first U.S. airline to operate the newest member of Airbus’ leading widebody family. The A350 XWB will bring unrivalled eco-efficiency and a superior passenger experience to primarily transpacific routes starting in October.
Britain’s best-loved personalities including Gordon Ramsay, Rob Brydon, Sir Ian McKellen and Thandie Newton make appearances in British Airways’ entertaining new pre-flight safety video, which launches in September.
Mr. Chiruit Isarangkun Na Ayuthaya, the newest President of Thailand Convention and Exhibition Bureau or TCEB announces 4 directions for enhancing the MICE industry to create more stability and 5 QUICK WIN strategies to drive the industry.
The first Qatar Airways non-stop flight from Doha to Skopje touched down on Monday, July 17, 2017 at Alexander the Great Airport. The new route to the capital of the Republic of Macedonia will be served four times per week with an Airbus A320 aircraft, featuring 12 seats in Business Class and 120 seats in Economy Class.
The Ascott Limited (Ascott), has opened its first Citadines Apart’hotel in Vietnam and expanded its footprint to a key tourism hub, Nha Trang. Citadines Bayfront Nha Trang is the first international-class serviced residence in the coastal city.
Swiss-Belhotel International has announced the opening of Grand Swiss-Belresort Tala Bay Aqaba, the group’s first 5-star in Jordan following the completion of the hotel’s rebranding. Part of the massive Tala Bay development, the beautiful 336-room beachfront property is located on the Red Sea with 80 per cent of the rooms facing the marina.
Thai Airways will launch flights between Bangkok and Vienna. The new schedule flights from Thai capital to Austria’s capital will start from November 16, 2017. The Thai airline will operate four weekly flights on this route, deploying a Boeing B777-200ER aircraft.
In Finland, Finavia’s airports have attracted a record number of passengers this year. In the first half of 2017, there were in total of 10,958,075 passengers. This represents a 7.9% growth when compared to the previous year.
According to the latest UNWTO World Tourism Barometer, destinations worldwide received 369 million international tourists (overnight visitors) in the first four months of the year, 21 million more than in the same months of 2016 (+6%).
Free airport Wi-Fi is clearly an expectation travelers have at North American airports and many airports are rising to the challenge. Denver International Airport (DEN) has once again been awarded the title of ‘the fastest Wi-Fi among the world’s top airports’ according to a study conducted by Ookla.
According to a recently published report that focused on the behavior and demands of China's high-end tourists, Chinese luxury travelers are looking for more than just a holiday; travelling around the world, exploring the polar regions and adventure travel are among the intrepid goals they set their sights on.
The Cuban Ministry of Tourism (MINTUR) has reported record numbers of tourists numbering close to 4m (+13%) during 2016, buoyed strongly by increased flights from North America following the partial opening up of air routings between the US and Havana in the new spirit of mutual ‘cooperation’. And now in 2017, Cuba's tourist destinations have received more than 2.53 million foreign tourists so far this year.
Available in the US, UK, Canada, Mexico, Australia, Austria, France, Germany, Israel, Italy, the Netherlands, and Spain, PayPal customers will be able to pay for App Store, Apple Music, iTunes and iBooks purchases across iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch devices using their PayPal account.
Vietnam’s most important and established travel event, the International Travel Expo, Ho Chi Minh City (ITE HCMC), returns for the 13th year from September 7 to 9 at the Saigon Exhibition & Convention Centre (SECC).
Trump Hotels said a data breach at a service provider compromised card payment details at 14 of its properties. The compromised information included payment card numbers and card security codes for some of the hotel chain's reservations processed through service provider Sabre's central reservation system.
InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG®) announced the opening of its new Holiday Inn® in Mutare, Zimbabwe. The franchised property, owned by African Sun Limited, features 96 rooms, an outdoor pool and a meeting room capable of seating 250 people. It is located in the heart of the city centre with significant business activity across the forestry, citrus farming and mining industries.
The world’s biggest Whisky Festival ‘Whisky Live’ returns to Hong Kong. Whisky Live Hong Kong 2017, organized in conjunction with Whisky Magazine, is set to begin ticket sales on 1 August for its one-day whisky celebration.
Australia’s International Convention Centre Sydney (ICC Sydney), has been awarded LEED Gold, recognising its all-encompassing approach to sustainability. The LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) ratings system, developed by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), is the foremost program for buildings that are designed, constructed, maintained and operated for improved environmental and human health performance.
The Annual Rolex Middle Sea Race in Malta will take place in the Valletta Grand Harbor. Despite its simple course, 606 nautical miles starting from and ending in Malta, the Rolex Middle Sea Race is a complex one, with varied wind and sea conditions posing a serious tactical challenge for crews. Notwithstanding, the Rolex Middle Sea Race is considered to be one of the most scenic race courses in the world.
VisitBritain announced strong growth in the number of overseas visits to the UK from markets including China, Australia, France and the US in the first three months of 2017. The figures show it was a record first quarter for overall inbound visits and spend, with 8.3 million visits, up 10%, and spending up by 16% to £4.4 billion compared to January to March last year.
JetBlue Vacations and UpLift today announced a partnership that helps make trip planning even more accessible and affordable. Travelers now have the option to pay for vacation itineraries – including JetBlue flights, hotels and other amenities – up front or in 12 monthly installments with APRs that starts at 8.99% (a).
Tourism can make a strong contribution to the economies of Least Developed Countries where the sector is a major exporter concludes the report ‘Tourism for Sustainable Development in Least Developed Countries’ launched on the occasion of the Aid for Trade Review held in Geneva. The report was produced by the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO), the International Trade Centre (ITC) and the Enhanced Integrated Framework (EIF).
According to a new report on 2017 luxury travelers in China, travelers have visited an average of 18 countries, and take an average of 3.3 overseas trips annually, amounting to 27 days, of which tourism accounts for 69%. Continue reading for their popular destinations and airline preference for travel.
Air New Zealand has released its newest Safety Video starring Katie Holmes and Cuba Gooding Jr., called A Fantastical Journey. Watch the new safety video below that features a number of iconic locations throughout New Zealand.
The world of online gaming is growing rapidly and becoming more and more competitive due to how the internet has changed the concept of casinos. Software providers are faced with the challenge of producing games that are attractive, addictive, and above all – creative. Veteran gamers have very much seen it all by now, so finding games which scratch the itch and continue to provide excitement can prove a challenge.
Tourico Holidays, one of the world’s fastest growing wholesale travel brokerage companies, today announced a new distribution partnership with Monarch, a leading low cost airline and holiday company based in the United Kingdom.
Munich Airport is hosting an international symposium on security issues in civil aviation. The more than 200 renowned security specialists, conflict researchers, politicians and representatives from the European Commission, NATO, Europol and Eurocontrol experts in attendance will discuss current challenges in addressing dangers in aviation.
The word ‘Canada’ is congruous with ‘underrated’ as it is often categorized as being an ‘under-the-radar’ destination. And when one investigates as to why, one comes across features like ‘friendly people’, ‘stunning natural landscapes’ and ‘welcoming working holiday visa deals’ which make Canada’s unpopularity compared to other destinations as one great mystery.
Wherever you travel, you are going to eat. In recent years, many travelers select their travel destination according to what the destination offers for foodies. A new study says that almost half (44%) of global travelers consider exploring global cuisines a hobby of theirs. With over half of people (51%) admitting to indulging in a local delicacy within 24 hours of arrival on holiday and seven in ten (69%) within two hours of arrival. Here are the top destinations to explore for your favorite gastronomic pleasures in 2017.
Air Seychelles, the national airline of the Republic of Seychelles, which provides ground-handling services to airlines operating from Seychelles International Airport, is currently upgrading its technology to ensure a smooth travel experience every step of the way. The upgrade is being performed in partnership with the Seychelles Civil Aviation Authority and SITA, a global technology provider to the air transport industry.
For the fifth year running, Celebrity Cruises’ wine collection is the most awarded at sea. For the fifth year running, it has been recognized by the Wine Spectator Restaurant Awards, claiming nine awards in 2017.
France inaugurated two new high-speed rail lines on Saturday July 1, linking the capital to the western cities of Bordeaux and Rennes. The state-owned SNCF railway operator expects 35,000 passengers...
CapitaLand’s wholly owned serviced residence business unit, The Ascott Limited (Ascott), is acquiring an 80% stake in Synergy Global Housing (Synergy), a leading accommodation provider in the U.S. The acquisition...
Marriott International, Inc. announced the opening of Four Points Houston Intercontinental Airport, the brand’s fifth in the Houston area and tenth in the state. The hotel offers approachable design, stylish...
Health experts from the Association of British Hujjaj (Pilgrims) UK, a National Hajj/Umrah specific organisation working for the welfare and wellbeing of pilgrims, have issued a warning to Hajj pilgrims...
World Health Organization (WHO) announced a bacteria that cause gonorrhoea, which is a common sexually-transmitted infection, is much harder, and sometimes impossible, to treat. Dr Teodora Wi, Medical Officer, Human...
A new association named The Independent Food Tour Association (TIFTA) is launched. It represents a global alliance of quality independent food tour operators. Founded in Asia, TIFTA has received strong interest...
Beginning of December 2016, me and my wife visited Tallinn, the capital of Estonia, and if you are searching for a romantic weekend, then you should consider Tallinn. The Estonian capital offers tra...
In Summer 2016, I had chance to sail to Greek Islands with the Celestyal Cruises. In an organization with Karavan Cruises, travelers enjoyed best of Greek islands with Celestyal and received a compl...
ftnNEWS would like to present you a unique vacation idea here in Turkey: Cappadocia Region. Located on the central Anatolia plateau within a volcanic landscape sculpted by erosion to form a successi...
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