Joussen shakes up TUI leadership as company seeks global focus | News TUI chief executive Fritz Joussen has sought to strengthen and further expand momentum within the group by redefining responsibilities on the executive board. TUI has become much more international and digital and has transformed from a classical tour operator to an integrated tourism group, prompting the reshuffle. Its...
Japan takes top spot on global passport rankings | News Japan has taken the top spot on the Henley Passport Index, now offering its citizens visa-free or visa-on-arrival access to a record total of 189 destinations. Following closely behind Japan are Singapore and Germany in joint second place, with 188 destinations accessible without a prior visa. Third place is shared...
Thomas Cook Airlines prepares to launch Norwich-Dalaman link | News Thomas Cook Airlines is launching a new weekly flight from Norwich Airport to Dalaman, Turkey. The weekly flight, departing on Wednesdays, takes off on May 23rd on the A320 aircraft and will have 180 customers on board, all looking forward to some spring bank holiday sunshine. Henry Sunley, commercial director at...
Air China launches new Beijing-Hanoi connection | News Air China will launch a new service between Beijing and Hanoi on June 1st. The non-stop route will enable passengers to travel from Beijing to Vietnam’s capital in just four hours. Founded over 1,000 years ago, Hanoi has a long and complex history reflected in its eclectic range of architectural styles, including its...
Singapore Tourism Board appoints Four Travel to UK representation role | News Four Travel has been appointed by Singapore Tourism Board as its new PR consultancy in the UK with immediate effect. Following a competitive tender, the agency will work closely with Singapore’s London team to develop key messages for its recently-launched ‘Singapore: Passion Made Possible’ brand strategy in the...
Dubai partners with Tencent as destination seeks to boost China presence | News Tencent has signed a memorandum of understanding with Dubai’s Department of Tourism & Commerce Marketing to jointly enhance the emirate’s reputation as a sought-after destination. China-owned Tencent hopes the move will spearhead smart tourism along the route of the Belt & Road Initiative. Poshu Yeung, vice president of...
St Helena adds new flights for busy summer season | News A further 19 flights will now be available for the UK overseas territory of St Helena during the peak summer season from December 2018 to April 2019. The additional flights are to be added to the SA Airlink schedule serving St Helena for the five-month period, marking the first...
Bartlett calls for sustainable tourism roadmap in Asia | News Jamaica minister of tourism Edmund Bartlett called for a holistic sustainable tourism roadmap in Asia. Recognising the growing and future potential of the region, especially with the potential unification of North and South Korea, the growing economies of Indonesia, India and China, Bartlett said that Asia will soon become one...
Orlando sets new benchmark in United States travel | News Officials have announced a historic milestone in the travel industry, as Orlando became the first US destination to surpass 70 million annual visitors. In 2017, 72 million visitors travelled to Orlando, an increase of more than five per cent over the prior year, once again making it America’s most-visited...
Raventós appointed Costa Rica minister of tourism | News The newly elected president of Costa Rica, Carlos Alvarado Quesada, has chosen María Amalia Revelo Raventós as the country’s new tourism minister. She replaces Mauricio Ventura as head of the department. Raventós holds a master’s degree in business administration from the prestigious INCAE Business School and a bachelor’s degree in statistics from...
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