Tourico measures cruise surge

February 23, 2017 by  
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ORLANDO, 23 February 2017: Cruise bookings through Tourico Holidays increased 37% in 2016 year-on-year with an 8% increase in average transaction size.

The major growth in the wholesaler’s cruise sector was driven primarily by outbound bookings from the US, which increased by 49% year-on-year.

Canada increased its cruise bookings by 12% followed by the UK with a 10% increase and Latin America 21%. Read more

Drunk in the cockpit

February 20, 2017 by  
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OTTAWA, 20 February 2017: Canada on Friday called on domestic airlines to ensure that pilots show up for work sober, following recent arrests for drunkenness in cockpits.

“As a commercial air carrier authorised to carry passengers in Canada, you have an obligation to ensure that flight crew members are fit to fly when requiring them to carry out such responsibilities,” Transport Minister Marc Garneau said in a letter to carriers.

The minister said he was “very concerned” about an early morning incident in Calgary,  31 December, when a Sunwing pilot was found passed out drunk in his cockpit, with a hundred passengers on-board on a flight due to leave for Mexico. Read more

New Trump travel ban in works

February 20, 2017 by  
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MUNICH, 20 February 2017: US Homeland Security chief John Kelly on Saturday said a new presidential immigrant ban will be better prepared and implemented to ensure there is no repeat of the chaos caused by the first.

President Donald Trump had earlier warned he would announce a new executive order on immigration this week after federal courts suspended his ban on the ground it targeted Muslims and was implemented without due care or preparation.

Kelly told the Munich Security Conference that the administration had been surprised by the ruling and would try to do better. Read more

Viking conquers cruise awards

February 17, 2017 by  
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LOS ANGELES, 17 February 2017: Viking Ocean Cruises Viking Star and Viking Sea, won honours in 10 categories in the Cruise Critic 7th Annual Cruisers’ Choice Awards, this week.

Viking’s two ships won the top two placements in nearly every category where they were eligible.

Viking Sea won first place in six award categories: Best Overall, Best Entertainment, Best for Fitness & Recreation, Best Public Rooms, Best Service and Best Shore Excursions. Read more

WTTC tells Trump home truths

February 15, 2017 by  
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LONDON, 15 February 2017: “The United States is in danger of taking the same path it took after the 9/11 terror attacks, which led to a decade of economic stagnation in the Travel & Tourism sector,” said World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC), president & CEO, David Scowsill, during a speaking engagement in Las Vegas, Tuesday.

“Strict visa policies and inward-looking sentiment led to a USD600 billion loss in tourism revenues in the decade post 9/11, as previously reported by the US Travel Association, with a noted 9% drop in international arrivals in the period 2001 to 2009.”

“The Trump Administration is in danger of steering the country in the same direction, which could have a huge impact on the country’s Travel & Tourism sector, which generates over 8% of the country’s GDP and supports nearly 10% of total employment in the US,” warned Scowsill. Read more

Cuba travel to flourish in 2017

February 15, 2017 by  
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NEW YORK, 15 February 2017: Demand for Cuba travel is not slowing among American travellers despite continued US government restrictions limiting approved travel to the island nation.

According to Cuban officials, the combined total trips from the United States was more than 614,000 in 2016 – a 34% increase over the previous year. Read more

Aviation takes baby steps

February 14, 2017 by  
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MONTREAL, 14 February 2017: The air transportation sector is turning slowly toward sustainable fuels as part of the global fight against climate change.

But adoption has been delayed due to a lack of incentives and low oil prices.

“It’s very urgent to develop these alternative fuels,” said Michel Wachenheim of the International Coordinating Council of Aerospace Industries Associations (ICCAIA). Read more

Facebook lends a helping hand

February 9, 2017 by  
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SAN FRANCISCO, 9 February 2017: Facebook on Wednesday updated its Safety Check feature with a way for people to lend, or get, helping hands after disasters.

A new “Community Help” feature provides a forum at the leading social network where assistance can be offered to victims of floods, earthquakes, fires or other kinds of natural or accidental tragedy, according to Facebook vice president of social good, Naomi Gleit.

“In times of crisis, connecting is more important than ever,” Gleit said. Read more

Trump ban hits tourism

February 9, 2017 by  
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WASHINGTON, 9 February 2017: Travel bookings to the United States fell 6.5% in late January compared to last year in the wake of President Donald Trump’s travel ban, according to a report Wednesday.

The travel restrictions apparently deterred travellers from outside the seven Muslim-majority countries hit by the ban, according to data from ForwardKeys, a travel analysis firm.

The executive order, signed 27 January and suspended by the courts since 3 February, blocked the arrival of travellers and refugees from Iran, Iraq, Yemen, Syria, Libya, Somalia and Sudan. Read more

Major airlines meet US president

February 7, 2017 by  
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WASHINGTON, 7 February 2017: CEOs from the major US Airlines will meet with President Trump, Thursday, and are expected to press for air traffic control privatisation and further limitations on foreign air competition.

As profits soar to record levels, passengers face a reduction in flights, smaller seats with less leg-room, and less reliable air travel especially from small and medium-size cities, noted FlyersRights.org.

Being exempt from state consumer protection laws is not enough for the airlines. They seek to block foreign competition from airlines such as Norwegian Air, WOW Airlines, and Emirates. Blocking foreign competition will result in higher prices and fewer choices for consumers. Read more

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