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American Bus Association Raises Concern over Visa Processing Times

american bus associationThe 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.

JetBlue Vacations® eases travel financially by introducing Monthly Payment Option

jetblue tailfinsJetBlue 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).

Monarch Holidays Partners with Tourico Holidays

tourico holidays monarchTourico 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.

Canada - slick casinos, gorgeous landscapes

canada flag birdsThe 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.

Top Places to go for your Favorite Foods in 2017

Neapolitan pizzaWherever 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.

Etihad Holidays expands in Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Oman and Bahrain

Grand Mosque MakkahEtihad Holidays has launched operations in Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Oman and Bahrain to provide a wide choice of package holiday options to travelers in the four countries. The move follows the successful introduction of Etihad Airways’ holiday division in the UAE, UK, Germany, India and North America.

U.S. Travel Industry surprised with growth in international travel

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Despite the challenges such as the perception of the country abroad especially after President Trump's executive order on immigration and also strong dollar and slowing global economy, the resilience of the United States travel industry created surprise in the sector.

NTA Enters into Strategic Partnership with Indian Association of Tour Operators

ntaThe National Tour Association is partnering with the Indian Association of Tour Operators to collaborate on opportunities beneficial to both groups. As part of the agreement, the organizations will provide exhibit space at their respective shows, develop educational programming and offer discounted membership fees.

Buenos Aires expands its tourism offerings

The city of Buenos Aires is expanding its tourism offerings to better serve the ever-increasing guests that decide to visit the City of Many Passions. Over 476,217 international tourists visited Buenos Aires during the first quarter of 2017, a 4.6% increase compared to 2016, which saw 455,266. Out of these visitors, 15% were from the U.S. and Canada, while Europeans made up 26%.

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Brexit Effect on Brits travel plans

beach girlsOne year on from the Brexit referendum, new figures show that despite our upcoming departure from the EU, Brits are still departing to Europe on holiday undeterred by the economic fluctuations of the past twelve months.

Brits look for new things on their summer holidays

A new survey conducted by specialist operator Inghams Lakes & Mountains has revealed that British holidaymakers are trying new experiences on their summer getaway. Of the people surveyed, those living in London proved to be the most adventurous and open to trying new things on their summer holidays.

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Tourico Holidays partners with TUI Germany

tourico tuiTourico Holidays, one of the world’s fastest growing wholesale travel brokerage companies, today announced a new distribution partnership with TUI Germany, a wholly owned subsidiary of the TUI Group, the world’s number one integrated leisure tourism group headquartered in Hanover, Germany. TUI Germany will now have access to Tourico’s massive inventory of worldwide hotels via XML connectivity.

More Americans visiting Europe in 2017

barcelonaAccording to the latest statistics total international arrivals in Europe grew by 3.5% in Q1 2017 compared to Q1 2016 thanks to the healthy North American market. The North American market increased its number of passengers by 6.7% when comparing the same period in 2016.

Popularity of Eastern European destinations is on the rise

croatia RovinjWith exchange rates predicted to sting many tourists in traditional destinations this summer, Responsible Travel’s latest data suggests a growing trend for Eastern Europe, where holiday budgets stretch further and local communities can benefit too.

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