MADRID, 18 January 2017: The World Tourism Organisation and Japan International Cooperation Agency have signed a Memorandum of Cooperation to promote sustainable tourism.
The agreement, undersigned by UNWTO secretary-general, Taleb Rifai, and JICA executive senior vice president, Kazuhiko Koshikawa, taps JICA’s status as one of the largest global donors supporting sustainable tourism projects.
A key element of the agreement will focus on assisting developing countries to reduce poverty through tourism as well as to improve public policies and business practices. Read more
MELBOURNE, 18 January 2017: Australia’s transport minister, Wednesday, defended the suspension of the undersea search for MH370, after relatives of passengers slammed the decision, and added that it could resume if “credible new evidence” emerges.
Australia, Malaysia and China — where most of the 239 on board the missing Malaysia Airlines jet resided — on Tuesday pulled the plug on the massive operation in the southern Indian Ocean almost three years since the plane vanished, 8 March 2014, en route from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing.
Transport Minister Darren Chester said the investigation’s high cost — about AUD200 million (USD150 million) — was not a factor in the decision. It came after the search of the remote 120,000 square-kilometre zone (46,000 square miles) was completed without success. Read more
NEW YORK, 18 January 2017: The dollar tumbled Tuesday after President-elect, Donald Trump, said the American currency was too strong, while the pound rallied after British Prime Minister Theresa May released her Brexit blueprint.
The fluctuations in foreign exchange came as most larger equity markets fell as markets look ahead to Friday’s inauguration of US President-elect Donald Trump.
The greenback fell sharply against the euro, pound and other major currencies following a Trump interview, published in Monday’s Wall Street Journal, in which he called the dollar “too strong” and said China’s comparatively cheap currency was “killing us.” Read more
MADRID, 17 January 2017: Spain expects foreign visitors to the country to rise even further after it hosted a record 75.3 million international travellers last year.
“Far be it from me to think that we have hit a ceiling, we are far from that,” Tourism Minister Alvaro Nadal told a news conference, held late last week, to present tourism figures for 2016.
Tourist arrivals, last year increased by 9.9% over the 68.1 million foreign visitors who flocked to the country in 2015. It was the fourth consecutive year of record arrivals. Read more
ISTANBUL, 17 January 2017: Yavuz Indere has worked as a hotel receptionist in Istanbul for nearly half a century, witnessing coups, unrest and economic crises.
But as a string of terror attacks erodes the backbone of Turkey’s key tourism sector, Indere admits he has never seen anything like this in the city.
“I’ve been doing this job for 45 years, obviously I’ve had tough years, but this time it was different,” he told AFP at his tiny hotel in the historic Sultanahmet area, the scene of a deadly attack, 12 January 2016, that rocked the tourism industry. Read more
PARIS, 13 January 2017: Hosting the Euro 2016 football tournament cost France less than 200 million euros (USD211 million) but brought some 1.22 billion euros into the country, according to figures released by the ministry of sports Tuesday.
There was controversy over the public funds poured into the tournament, with some 24 million euros — double the expected cost — spent on security in light of an increased terrorist threat.
The state spent a further 160 million euros on building and renovating venues for the June and July event, while private funds and tournament organiser UEFA covered the remaining costs. Read more
BERLIN, 12 January 2017: ITB Berlin will present a record selection of conference content for delegates attending this year’s travel fair, 8 to 12 March.
The show’s convention component over four days will deliver 200 sessions, 400 speakers on the latest topics ranging from geopolitical crises and disasters to artificial intelligence.
One of the key up-to-the-minute topics will be ‘Disruptive Travel: The End of the World as We Know It’. Read more
PORTLAND, OREGON, 11 January 2017: The World Food Travel Association (WFTA), announced last week that the 2017 FoodTrekking Awards for excellence in food and beverage tourism are now open.
Breaking away from the tradition of naming the Top 10, or best restaurants list, FoodTrekking Awards recognisesexperience excellence in 13 categories within the food and beverage tourism industry.
Food and beverage is the fastest-growing sector of travel, which itself is one of the world’s largest and most economically significant industries. Read more
FRANKFURT, 11 January 2017: Ryanair has overtaken Lufthansa to become Europe’s largest airline by passenger numbers, figures on Tuesday showed, allowing the Irish budget carrier to snatch the crown from the German rival for the first time.
The Lufthansa group — which includes Austrian Airlines, Swiss, and low-cost Eurowings — said in a statement it had carried a record 109.7 million passengers in 2016, up 1.8% on the year before.
But it was not enough to beat the low-cost giant, which last week announced a 15% jump in passenger numbers to 117 million. Read more
ISTANBUL, 10 January 2017: The EMITT Tourism Fair will go ahead, 26 to 29 January, despite recent terrorist attacks in Istanbul.
Turkish Airlines has confirmed a 30% discount on air fares for registered delegates attending the EMITT Tourism Fair.
Despite frequent security scares and the recent nightclub shooting that killed 13 foreign tourists, organisers say they are confident the event will succeed in attracting around 1,300 travel agents from 90 different countries. Read more