Chill out holidays win

April 28, 2017 by  
Filed under EUROPE, TRENDING

NUREMBURG, GERMANY, 28 April 2017: In a 17-country online survey conducted by market research specialist GfK, well over half (59%) of people say they prefer a vacation “where I relax and take it easy”.

Just 35% preferred an active holiday of which teenagers were the most energetic, with 43% preferring active vacations.

Only 6% were not sure which type they prefer. Read more

Chinese spend more on travel

April 28, 2017 by  
Filed under EUROPE, News

MADRID, 28 April 2017: Chinese tourists spent 12% more  when travelling abroad in 2016 according to the latest data from the UNWTO.

2016 results on expenditure from major outbound markets reflect increasing demand for international tourism across the world, as reported in the latest UNWTO World Tourism Barometer.

With a 12% increase in spending, China continued to lead international outbound tourism, followed by the United States, Germany, the United Kingdom and France as top five spenders. Read more

BA dumps passengers at military base

April 27, 2017 by  
Filed under Aviation, EUROPE, News

LISBON, 27 April 2017: British Airways offloaded a couple from a London to Jamaica flight at a Portuguese air force base, Wednesday, after a row broke out over their demands for an upgrade to business class, military officials said.

“The pilot decided to land in Lajes in the island of Terceira because of a dispute between cabin crew and a couple.

They wanted to be transferred from economy class to first class,” an air force spokesman told AFP. Read more

UNWTO leads congress on ethics

April 24, 2017 by  
Filed under EUROPE, Events, News

MADRID, 24 April 2017: Ethics in tourism is the theme of a UNWTO conference due to be hosted this week in Krakow Poland.

UNWTO said the 3rd third International Congress on Ethics and Tourism, will discuss ways to advance the commitment of tourism towards sustainable and responsible practices.

The event is one of the major components of the ‘Enhancing the Understanding of European Tourism’ Project, conducted by UNWTO in cooperation with the European Commission. Read more

State of emergency in Paris

April 21, 2017 by  
Filed under EUROPE, News

PARIS, 21 April 2017: A known terror suspect gunned down a police officer and wounded two others, Thursday, on Paris’s Champs Elysees in an attack claimed by the Islamic State group days before France’s presidential election.

The shooter opened fire with an automatic weapon on a police car on the world-famous boulevard at around 9:00 pm (1900 GMT), prompting tourists and visitors to run for their lives.

After killing the officer and injuring his colleagues, the gunman was shot dead in return fire while trying to flee on foot, police sources told AFP. Read more

More travellers ready to go green

April 20, 2017 by  
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AMSTERDAM, 20 April 2017: To mark Earth Day, 22 April, Booking.com, has released findings from its global Sustainable Travel Report that indicate more travellers are prepared to book green travel products and services.

In a year that the United Nation’s has designated as  International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development, this new research points to some promising signs when it comes to eco-considerations weighed by both travellers and accommodation providers. Read more

Airbus taps students for ideas

April 20, 2017 by  
Filed under Aviation, EUROPE, News

BANGKOK, 20 April 2017: Airbus has shortlisted five finalist student teams competing in the fifth edition of the Fly Your Ideas challenge.

The radical concepts selected cover a wide range of innovations going from an alternative to satellite imagery, to improved aircraft taxiing, clever ways of boarding, new areas for luggage storage or offering a new business model using existing Airbus aircraft.

Representing nine different nationalities and eight universities across Africa, Europe and Asia-Pacific, the five finalist teams are competing for a €30,000 prize. Read more

Stockholm still on alert

April 10, 2017 by  
Filed under EUROPE, News

BANGKOK, 10 April 2017: Swedish authorities are requesting the public to continue to avoid central Stockholm, around Drottninggatan, due to the ongoing investigation and transport disruptions following the vehicle attack on a pedestrian street last Friday.

Travel advisories issued by various nations warn citizens travelling to Stockholm to be vigilant and carry their passports at all time.

The Swedish Government has temporarily introduced stricter border control measures that will remain in place until at least 17 April. Read more

Amsterdam airport overcrowded

April 7, 2017 by  
Filed under Aviation, EUROPE, News

THE HAGUE, 7 April 2017: Amsterdam’s rapidly-growing Schiphol airport is reaching its limits for the safe movement of planes on its busy airstrips, the Dutch safety watchdog warned Thursday, saying runway risks needed to be addressed before any further expansion.

“The boundaries to safely conclude air traffic movements are approaching,” the Dutch Safety Board (OVV) said in a report.

“There are no indications that the airport is unsafe at this point, but stakeholders need to act to reduce the safety risks,” the OVV said in the 215-page report. Read more

Iceland to raise VAT in 2018

April 4, 2017 by  
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REYKJAVIK, 4 April 2017: Tourists keen to explore Iceland’s natural beauty will have to pay more from next year, after Reykjavik announced a tax hike Friday on the tourism sector, which has exploded in recent years.

The island nation announced the end of an 11% reduced rate of value-added sales tax, saying it will make a typical holiday there about 4% more expensive.

Tax on hotels, campsites, travel agents’ services, pools and spas and such like will rise to the regular rate, which was itself reduced to 22.5%. Read more

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