Tourism lifeline for St Helena

November 23, 2017 by  
Filed under AFRICA, EUROPE, News

JAMESTOWN, UK, 23 November 2017:Cut off from the rest of the world for centuries, St. Helena, which lies isolated in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean, is now reachable by plane for the first time.

The aviation breakthrough promises to lift the British-run territory from obscurity and bring it within reach of international tourists.

The arrival of the first commercial flight was also a relief for islanders frustrated by a delay to the opening because of high winds. Read more

Easyjet’s annual profits slump

November 23, 2017 by  
Filed under Aviation, EUROPE, News

LONDON, 23 November 2017: EasyJet’s annual net profit slumped by almost one third on strong competition and a Brexit-fuelled slump in the pound, the British no-frills airline revealed on Tuesday.

Profit after tax slumped 30% to UKP305 million (USD404 million, 344 million euros) in the 12 months to 30 September, compared with a year earlier, EasyJet said in an earnings statement.

Heavy falls in the value of the pound made dollar-priced jet fuel more expensive. At the same time however, a relatively low oil-price environment resulted in airlines cutting ticket prices, ramping up competition across the industry. Read more

Cyprus tourism saves economy

November 22, 2017 by  
Filed under EUROPE, News

NICOSIA, 22 November 2017: Cyprus has smashed its record for annual tourist arrivals with two months to spare, with the total reaching 3.4 million at the end of October, official figures showed at the weekend.

The eastern Mediterranean island has benefited from its reputation as a regional safe haven as unrest has hit the tourism sectors of its traditional competitors Egypt, Tunisia and Turkey.

Arrivals in the first 10 months already comfortably exceeded the record 3.18 million registered in the whole of 2016. Read more

WTM recognises responsible tourism

November 17, 2017 by  
Filed under EUROPE, Events, News

LONDON 17 November 2017: WTM London 2017 closed touting a responsible tourism theme for its final day with the  show recognising the best across six categories in its sustainable tourism awards.

Chobe Game Lodge in Botswana won best in carbon reduction category.

Grootbos in South Africa was best for accommodation. Read more

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

Automated airports top wish list

November 14, 2017 by  

BARCELONA, 24 October 2017: Airline passengers expect technology to give them more personal control over their travel experience according to the International Air Transport Association’s 2017 Global Passenger Survey (GPS).

Based on 10,675 responses, worldwide, the survey provided insight into what passengers want from their air travel experience. Topping the list was a demand for more automation of airport processes.

Other items of the wish-list included the dissemination of information to mobile devices. Read more

Cruise line expands sales network

November 14, 2017 by  
Filed under cruises, EUROPE, News

TOKYO, 14 November 2017: Hurtigruten, a specialist in exploration cruises, is expanding its sales presence in Japan by appointing a second agency.

It has appointed International Cruise Marketing (ICM) as its second preferred sales agent selling its Arctic and Antarctic explorer products in Japan.

The other already established PSA, Tumlare, will continue to sell the cruise line’s coastal Norway products in Japan. Read more

Climate change endangers heritage

November 14, 2017 by  
Filed under EUROPE, News

BONN, 14 November 2017: Climate change imperils one in four natural World Heritage sites, including coral reefs, glaciers, and wetlands — nearly double the number from just three years ago, a report said Monday.

The number of sites at risk has grown to 62 from 35 in 2014, when one in seven were listed, according to the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), which released the report at UN climate talks in Bonn, Germany.

Among the ecosystems most threatened by global warming are coral reefs, which bleach as oceans heat up, and glaciers melt. Read more

Chinese tourist robbed as they shop

November 14, 2017 by  
Filed under EUROPE, News

PARIS,  14 November 2017: Leon Chen looks frazzled as he shepherds a group of Chinese tourists through the Galeries Lafayette department store in Paris, past stands stacked with luxury bags, perfume, jewellery and caviar.

As a guide, he knows all too well that cash-flush visitors lugging bags of valuables are easy prey for muggers and pickpockets.

“It’s happened many times. The last two groups I had were robbed in this store,” he said, recounting how unseen predators made off with bags momentarily left on the floor by their owners. Read more

Ex TUI chief hired by Easyjet

November 13, 2017 by  
Filed under EUROPE, News, People

LONDON, 13 November 2017: British low-cost airline EasyJet has named Johan Lundgren, the Swedish former deputy of TUI travel group, as its new chief executive, it said Friday.

Lundgren will become CEO on 1 December, taking the reins from Carolyn McCall, EasyJet said in a statement.

“I have flown with and been a fan of EasyJet and its wonderful people for many years,” Lundgren commented. “This is an exciting time to be joining Europe’s leading airline.” Read more

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