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
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
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
WARSAW, 10 January 2017: A cold snap gripping Europe has killed more than 30 people in recent days, left thousands of travellers stranded in snow-covered Turkey and brought fresh misery for migrants and the homeless.
The double-digit sub-zero temperatures hit Poland particularly hard, with the mercury plummeting below minus 20 degrees Celsius (minus 4 Fahrenheit) in some regions.
Sunday was the country’s worst 24 hours so far for cold-related deaths. Read more
PARIS, 10 January 2017: Good news for tourists, Sunday shopping at Paris’s prestigious department stores will soon become a reality.
Officials believe the move to free up Sunday shopping should counter a drop in visits following terror attacks that scared away foreign visitors to the world’s fashion capital.
President Francois Hollande’s Socialist government has chipped away at France’s laws preventing shops opening on Sunday. Read more
MADRID, 10 January 2017: Spain hosted nearly 75 million foreign tourists last year, 10% more than visited the world’s third most popular destination in 2015, the United Nations World Tourism Organisation said Monday.
“More than 74, probably 75 million international travellers have come to Spain in 2016,” the Madrid-based body’s secretary general, Taleb Rifai, told a news conference.
The UN body will release on 17 January its global tourism figures for 2016. It predicts international tourism grew by 4% last year. Read more