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Canada announced record number of tourist arrivals in 2017

Statistics Canada announced the total number of tourist arrivals in 2017. Canada welcomed a record breaking 20.8 million tourists in 2017, the highest ever in Canadian history. The preliminary data shows that Canada has surpassed the previous record set in 2002, by almost one million.

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Western & Oriental introduces tailor-made travel to the Philippines

philippines boracay islandTour operator Western & Oriental has introduced the Philippines to its portfolio, launching a selection of tailor-made beach, multi-centre and touring holidays to the country. Like all Western & Oriental trips, these are available to book via the travel trade.

Hong Kong Foodie Unveils Temple Street Night Foodie Tour

temple street hongkongHong Kong Foodie unveiled the exciting Temple Street Night Foodie Tour. On its newest culinary adventure, Hong Kong Foodie whisks food lovers through the backstreets of Hong Kong's most colorful and food-obsessed neighborhoods in the Yau Tsim Mong district, in search of Hong Kong's best evening fare.

Peach to invest in Japan's FREEPLUS Inc.

peach aviationPeach Aviation Limited has injected approximately 600 million yen into FREEPLUS Inc., which conducts business, chiefly in the area of land operations for foreign visitors to Japan, and aggressively initiates new services on the Internet.

Traveling with cash leads to anxiety and stress

restaurant billVisa announced the findings of Visa’s Global Travel Intentions (GTI) Study, the payment network’s comprehensive look at travel and tourism in 2017. Although travel is stress relief, certain aspects of travel can lead to anxiety and stress, including getting, carrying and exchanging cash.

Cyprus celebrated a record year in 2017

cyprus islandThe Cyprus Tourism Organisation (CTO) is celebrating a record-breaking year for tourism with global visitors up 14.6 per cent in 2017 compared to 2016.

The World’s Longest Zipline is now open in the UAE

Ras Al Khaimah has achieved a GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS title with its latest adventure tourism product – ‘Jebel Jais Flight: The World’s Longest Zipline’. UAE’s emirate of Ras Al Khaimah will attract more adventure tourists to Jebel Jais, the highest mountain in the UAE.

Jebel Jais zipline at Rs Al Khaimah

Harbour City in Hong Kong launches "Chocolate Tasting Bar"

Harbour City Shopping Mall hosts its annual mega event "Chocolate Trail" from 25th Jan - 25th Feb, 2018. Harbour City also hosts 'The Sound of Chocolate' Art Exhibition to feature Vinyl Records created by French artist Julia Drouhin that are made of chocolates. Moreover, Harbour City launches "Chocolate Tasting Bar" for the first time, introducing 9 all-new chocolate brands to this event -- 4 of which have received International Chocolate Awards.

Harbour City Chocolate Trail

ABA President & CEO: the United States remains an open and welcoming destination

New York City tourThe American Bus Association (ABA) – the industry leader advancing North American motorcoach group travel and tourism – responded to the National Travel and Tourism Office report that shows a 3.3 percent drop in travel spending and a 4 percent decline in inbound travel, with a loss of $4.6 billion and 40,000 jobs.

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