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What a ‘no-deal’ Brexit means for the industry?

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Fears about the impact of a ‘no-deal’ Brexit on the travel trade dominated debates at World Travel Market London. The European Parliament’s Brexit negotiator, Guy Verhofstadt MEP, told industry bosses that a ‘no-deal’ outcome was the worst-case scenario for travel and other sectors.

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Tourism growth in Africa passes Europe and Asia Pacific

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According to the latest UNWTO World Tourism Barometer, destinations worldwide welcomed 901 million international tourist arrivals (overnight visitors), 56 million more than in the same period of 2016. This corresponds to a robust 7% increase, well above the growth of previous years.

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Culinary Institute of America helps San Antonio Earn UNESCO Designation

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UNESCO—the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization—this week named San Antonio a Creative City of Gastronomy, and The Culinary Institute of America played a major role in helping San Antonio earn that designation.

cia SanAntonio UnescoCIA graduate Johnny Hernandez (center left), San Antonio Mayor Ron Nirenberg, and other San Antonio officials celebrate the Texas city's designation at a UNESCO Creative City of Gastronomy. Photo Credit: City of San Antonio

Terrorist attack in Manhattan – New York

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manhattan terror attackA man drove a Home Depot rental truck onto a bike path for more than a mile in lower Manhattan, killing at least eight people and injuring at least 11.

Visitors spent $12.56 Billion in Hawai’i – Q3, 2017

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Hawai’i continues to be a popular tourism destination. Visitors to the Hawaiian Islands spent a total of $12.56 billion in the first three quarters of 2017, an increase of 7.1 percent compared to the same period last year.

VisitBritain launches marmalade-inspired tourism campaign ahead of Paddington 2

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Paddington2VisitBritain is enticing international visitors to come and discover the wonders of Britain, in a new film tourism campaign ahead of the release of Paddington 2. VisitBritain has partnered with STUDIOCANAL to compel people to book an adventure-filled, marmalade-inspired holiday to the UK. The film is in UK cinemas from 10 November. 

World’s Top 10 fastest growing tourism cities are all in Asia

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The World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC) presents its new city tourism impact data which shows that the world’s top ten fastest growing tourism cities are all in Asia. Chinese cities are at the top places, while Shanghai is currently the largest city worldwide in terms of Travel & Tourism spending and GDP, an increase from 6th largest just ten years ago.

UNWTO: Extraordinary pace of tourism growth in EU

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World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) released the European Union Short-Term Tourism Trends for the first half of 2017. The preliminary data for international tourist arrivals to the European Union (EU-28) shows extraordinary tourism growth.

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Toronto and New York City Sign City-to-City Partnership

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Tourism Toronto and NYC & Company, the official destination marketing organizations for their respective cities signed an official partnership to boost tourism between Toronto and New York City. This is the first ever city-to-city tourism partnership of its kind for Toronto and the first Canadian partnership for NYC & Company.

WTTC’s latest report covers latest trends in sustainability

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wttc2The World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC) has called on Travel & Tourism companies to measure, monitor and report their sustainability impact as it launches new guidance on Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) Reporting for the Travel & Tourism Sector.

Fire & Ice launches in Seychelles

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Fire Ice Bar Lounge SeychellesWith sweeping views of Eden marina and the azure turquoise waters, gathered throngs of Seychellois and tourists alike enjoyed signature cocktails on the opening night of Fire & Ice Bar and Lounge on Friday 13th October 2017.

Massachusetts Tourism achieved Record-High Spending

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28 million domestic and international visitors spent a record-breaking $20.7 billion in Massachusetts in 2016, according to a new report released by the United States Travel Association (USTA) and the U.S. Department of Commerce. The $20.7 billion in direct spending generated $1.4 billion in combined state and local taxes, an increase of 5.1% from 2015.

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Blue Flag flies over 3,667 beaches, 681 marinas and 72 boats in 2017

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The International Blue Flag Jury has awarded 131 sites for the 2017-2018 Blue Flag season in the Southern Hemisphere, 91 beaches, 20 marinas and 22 boats within nine countries running the Blue Flag programme in this part of the world. Globally, the Blue Flag is proudly flying over 3,667 beaches, 681 marinas and 72 boats in 2017.

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PATA strengthens partnership with STR

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pata logo whiteThe Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA) has renewed its preferred partnership with STR, a data benchmarking and analytics specialist. With the partnership, PATA will benefit from STR’s reporting sample and marketplace insights, covering more than 8,700 hotels in the Asia Pacific region. In turn, STR will receive opportunities to drive further awareness of its range of products and services for hotels across the region.

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