Europe’s tourism grows 8%

November 16, 2017 by  
Filed under EUROPE, News, trends

BRUSSELS, 16 November  2017: European tourism remained buoyant over the summer season in 2017, according to the latest European Travel Commission’s  ‘European Tourism 2017-Trends & Prospects’ report.

ETC said international tourist arrivals to Europe grew 8% in the first eight months of the year compared to the same period in 2016.

Despite lingering security concerns, most destinations (32 out of 34) saw increases in tourist arrivals with over half enjoying double-digit growth. Read more

Melaka turns into an art canvas

November 3, 2017 by  
Filed under Events, Festivals, Malaysia, News

MELAKA, Malaysia 3 November 2017: Over 45 artists will gather to transform Melaka city into a canvas for live art.

It claims to be the world’s largest and only site-specific art performance festival on a UNESCO World Heritage site.

The Melaka Art and Performance Festival (MAPFest), returns to Bukit St Paul, Bandar Hilir Melaka, 24 to 26 November. Open from 1000 to 2200 daily. Read more

Thailand’s smart plans for expansion

October 20, 2017 by  
Filed under MICE, News, Thailand

BANGKOK, 29 October 2017: Thailand’s business travel sector should gain a  push from the government’s “Thailand 4.0” development strategy and elaborate plans to develop the Eastern Economic Corridor (EEC) including a major airport expansion.

The Eastern Economic Corridor plan, announced earlier this year, covers three provinces; Chachoengsao, Chonburi, Rayong, east and southeast, of Bangkok.

Public and private investment could reach THB1.5 trillion  (USD43 Billion) over five years. Read more

Hong Kongers travel closer to home

October 19, 2017 by  
Filed under East Asia, News

HONG KONG, 19 October 2017: Short-haul destinations remain the favourites for Hong Kong’s avid travellers according  Travelzoo that promotes and sells online travel deals.

In its key findings for the first half of the year, short-haul destinations remain by far the most popular vacation choices, while exotic destinations are gaining ground.

Over the first half of the year, Travelzoo published 521 deals in 26 releases of its weekly travel deals for Hong Kong’s travel audience. Read more

Oxfam fights for housekeeper rights

October 18, 2017 by  
Filed under AMERICAS, Hospitality, News

OTTAWA, 18 October 2017: Profits in the global hotel industry are based on the systematic exploitation of housekeepers, the majority of whom are poor women living in fear of losing their jobs, says a new report by Oxfam Canada entitled Tourism’s Dirty Secret: The Exploitation of Hotel Housekeepers.

The report points out the alarming truth that it would take a Thai housekeeper based in a hotel in Phuket 14 years to earn what a the highest hotel CEO earns in a day.

Findings were based on interviews with current and former hotel housekeepers in Canada, the Dominican Republic and Thailand. Read more

UnionPay: Must-have card for China’s travellers

October 2, 2017 by  
Filed under News, North Asia

SHANGHAI, 2 October 201: China’s outbound tourism reaches its peak during this National Day and mid-Autumn festival, China’s National Tourism Administration reported on Sunday.

Of the long-haul destinations where Chinese are heading the USA, Canada, Australia, France and Egypt were identified as top attractions for UnionPay cards holders.

More than 21 million merchants and 1.5 million ATMs outside the Chinese Mainland accept UnionPay cards. Read more

Guangzhou to host World Routes 2018

October 2, 2017 by  
Filed under Events, News, North Asia

BARCELONA, 2 October 2017: The annual World Routes forum was officially handed over to next year’s host city, Guangzhou, at the closing ceremony in Barcelona late last week.

World Routes brings together airlines, airports and destinations to plan and negotiate future air services.

Guangzhou, an economic hub on the Pearl River in Guangdong Province, South China, often promoted alongside Hong Kong and Macau will host the event in 2018. Read more

India’s Kerala taps adventure

September 29, 2017 by  
Filed under Events, News, South Asia, tour operators

KUMARAKOM, India, 29 September  2017: India’s Kerala State has been rebranded a “land of adventure in a bid to attract young international travellers, according to, the Minister of Tourism, Government of Kerala, Kadakampally Surendran.

He made the comments at the opening of the 13th Annual Convention of Adventure Tour Operators Association of India (ATOAI), Wednesday.

Adopting the theme  ‘Emerging Pathways’, the annual convention aims to position India as the adventure capital of the world. Read more

YOTEL yanks in investment dollars

September 27, 2017 by  
Filed under EUROPE, Hospitality, News

LONDON, 27 September 2017: YOTEL announced, Tuesday, that a fund affiliated with Starwood Capital Group, has committed to making a strategic investment of USD250 million in YOTEL, including acquiring a 30% stake in the company.

Funds will be used to invest in real estate acquisitions for new build, hotel conversions and adaptive reuse properties as YOTEL expands internationally.

Starwood’s investment will enable expansion in Europe, North America and Asia. Read more

PATA Gold goes to C&K

September 19, 2017 by  
Filed under Events, News, North Asia, South Asia

MUMBAI, 19 September 2017:  Cox & Kings (C&K), tagged the world’s oldest travel company, has won the prestigious Pacific Asia Travel Association Gold Award for its ‘Forever Young’ campaign in the Marketing  Social Media category.

The award ceremony held at The Parisian Macao recognised 31 outstanding entries that were selected by an international panel of experts.

Cox & King’s winning entry featured a promotion selling solo women travel to Thailand. Read more

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