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22
Jun

Under-Vacationed America: States And Cities That Need To Take A Day

Americans are taking more vacation. Last year, vacation usage rose to an average of 16.8 days, the second year of growth after bottoming out in 2014 at 16.0 days. Despite the improvement over the last two years, there are still 54 percent of Americans who did not use all their vacation time last year. These workers left a collective 662

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22
Jun

Frankfurt To Impose Tourism Levy On Leisure Travellers

The German city of Frankfurt is hoping for a new tourism levy to add several million euros to the city. All leisure visitors of Frankfurt will pay the fee per night starting next year. The tourists will have to pay the so-called tourism fee in their hotels or accommodation in addition to the room rate. The mayor and chamberlain Uwe

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22
Jun

Sun, Sea And Tax Free: Britons Splurging Up To £8 Billion A Year At The Airport

When it comes to our summer holidays we’re well acquainted with splashing our cash, but new research has revealed the Britons are blowing billions of pounds of their holiday budget before they’ve even stepped foot on the plane.  Currency provider International Currency Exchange (ICE) polled 1,000 Britons on their airport spending habits and found that the average traveller splashes out nearly £40

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22
Jun

Gulf Air Launches Multi-Ticket Discount Scheme

Gulf Air has launched a special offer giving Bahrain-based passengers discounts when purchasing multiple tickets (up to a maximum of 5 return trips) under one booking code for travel within three months to select GCC destinations. Gulf Air, the national carrier of the Kingdom of Bahrain, has introduced a multi-ticket discount scheme giving Bahrain-based passengers discounts when purchasing multiple tickets

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22
Jun

Online E-Visa Will Boost ‘Come To Oman’ Global Tourism Drive

Oman’s new e-visa online portal is the most sophisticated in the Gulf, experts say, and will help shape the future of tourism in the country. In five minutes flat, for OMR20, tourists can have a visa to visit Oman delivered to their email inbox.  Previously, they had to stand in long queues at the airport awaiting a visa on arrival.

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22
Jun

Gulf Carriers Brought Nearly 1.7 Million Visitors; $7.8 Billion In Spending

Gulf carriers Emirates, Etihad and Qatar Airways contributed significantly to U.S. job and economic growth in 2016, according to a new analysis from the U.S. Travel Association.  The report comes amidst a renewed push from the Big Three U.S. carriers (American, Delta and United) to convince the U.S. government to freeze Open Skies agreements with Qatar and the United Arab

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22
Jun

Incredible India 2.0 To Take A Spiritual Bent

India’s spirituality and its wellness traditions will be the highlights of Incredible India 2.0 campaign. The revamped version of the government’s marketing initiative to promote India as a preferred tourist destination for global audiences will be launched formally on World Tourism Day on September 27. While the usual spiritual circuit — Varanasi, Mathura and Ajmer — will continue to receive a helpful hand from

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22
Jun

GST Impact: Hotel Rates Set To Come Down

There is good news for those bit by the travel bug who prefer staying at mid-market to luxury hotels in India. After the GST Council  tweaked the tax incidence on hotel tariffs, room rates at such hotels are set to come down. The GST (Goods & Services Tax) Council led by Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley in its 17th meeting, in a relief to the hotel

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22
Jun

Top Destinations To Indulge In Global Delicacies

With three quarters (75%) of global travellers saying that they would likely travel somewhere renowned for its great food and drink when choosing their next travel destinationi, culinary travel is a trend on the rise. The joy of trying and eating delicious new dishes while travelling can make a trip to remember. Booking.com, the global leader in connecting travellers with

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22
Jun

Marriott And Starwood Flexible Hotel Rates: No More

Booking Marriott or Starwood Hotels for a flexible rack rate in the United States, Canada, Caribbean and Latin America?  You may be in for a surprise  A big company can be a trendsetter. Marriott and its Starwood company became a trendsetter changing free cancellation for expensive “flexible hotel rates” to make them less flexible. You now have to cancel 48

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