28
Jun

Long Haul Travellers Propelled International Arrivals In Europe

The latest results from the Air Travellers’ Traffic Barometer* produced by European Cities Marketing and ForwardKeys highlight the persistence of recovery for International arrivals in Europe on Q1 2017, marked by the return of positive performance by all subcontinents and very good progression by long haul travellers. Number of long haul travellers increased by 8.3% in Q1 2017 compared to

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28
Jun

Winter Holiday Sales Surge As Summer Bookings Stagnate

Germans snapped up early winter holiday offers in May but summer sales tailed off, according to new figures. Travel agencies in Germany increased their overall holiday sales by 4% in May after an 8% decline in April, the latest representative sales analysis of 1,500 agencies by market researchers GfK found. Bookings for summer 2017 stagnated at last year’s levels in

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28
Jun

Italy: New Tourism Strategy Based On Digitalization

The tourism strategy, that was adopted last February by the Council of Ministers, is based on the integration of tourism policies with those of Industry 4.0 and the adoption of advanced technologies to improve the supply of services. Italy’s Minister of Culture, Dario Franceschini, has identified actions and priorities. Italy needs sustainable tourism, not only the environmental variation. The country’s Foreign Minister

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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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15
Jun

Italian Tourists To Explore The World More In 2017

After years of hardship and decline, Italian outbound tourism and travel expenses are set to rise in 2017. At least according to the forecasts made by research centers and italiani.coop, which promoted a nationwide survey to discover the intentions of Italians and their preferred destinations. The report revealed an important trend. Italians in 2017 are willing to make some sacrifice

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7
Jun

Leisure Consumers: Which Age Group Will Spend More On Holidays?

Deloitte’s report “Passion for leisure” provides a snapshot of the UK leisure industry. The long-term change in consumer behaviour, whereby consumers have favoured spending on experiences such as eating out rather than on goods, has helped the sector to maintain its momentum. In 2017, younger leisure consumers in UK are protecting their spending on going out, by cutting back their

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7
Jun

Austria And Other European Destinations In Low-Price Trap

European countries are currently experiencing a slight tourism industry boom, however some problems become more and more obvious. One of them could be called the low-price trap. For example, in Austria, despite the increasing number of overnight stays, many Austrian travel and hospitality providers are facing existential problems. ÖHV (Austrian Association of Hoteliers) boss Michaela Reitterer sees the core of the

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7
Jun

Greece Leads As Top Travel 365-Days Destination; 30 Mn Visitors Expected In 2017

The Greek National Tourism Organization (GNTO) announced that it expects a record-breaking 30 million international visitors to Greece for 2017. This represents a growth rate of 7%, or an additional 2 million additional visitors over the previous year. 900,000 U.S. travellers are expected to visit the country this year. For the last two years, Greece’s growth has been nearly twice the global

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1
Jun

London’s Connectivity Is Key To Record Numbers Of Business Travellers

London is the best-connected city in the world with six airports connecting to more international destinations than any other city – helping bring in record numbers of business tourists.  According to fDi Benchmark, which analyses city business data, the latest figures show that the British capital has direct air connections to 336 destinations around the world, an increase of 5.7

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