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IATA: July passenger traffic boost, but well below pre-Covid levels

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) announced that both international and domestic travel demand showed significant momentum in July 2021 compared to June, but demand remained far below pre-pandemic levels. Extensive government-imposed travel restrictions continue to delay recovery in international markets. Because comparisons between 2021 and 2020 monthly results are distorted by the extraordinary impact […]

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What do GEN Z travellers want from on line travel brands?

Travel brands eager to engage with young consumers have for years focused on one key segment: millennials. Cut to 2021, and many of those consumers – now climbing in age between 25 and 40 – are balancing the costs of families and mortgages on top of extracurricular spending. And while millennials still hold significant spending power, […]

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Hotel prices in major Mediterranean destinations rise sharply compared to pre-pandemic averages

Anna Borduzha, Business Develpment Manager at Mabrian Technologies, the Travel Intelligence provider for the travel industry and Smart Destinations, comments: “When analysing main Mediterranean vacational destinations – Greece, Turkey, Italy, Spain and Portugal – during this summer season, we have noticed that, in general, hotel prices have experienced a big increase compared to the average […]

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WTTC calls for an end to the discredited travel traffic light system

The World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC) has called upon the UK government to finally bring an end to the widely discredited travel traffic light system. The call comes after the latest update which saw just seven countries added to the green list, with Thailand, a popular winter sun destination for holiday starved Brits, and […]

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New Booking.com Research with LGBTQ+ Travelers Reveals Both Significant Barriers and Opportunities for Everyone to #TravelProud

Today leading digital travel platform Booking.com released new research revealing that half of LGBTQ+ travelers have experienced some form of discrimination when traveling. Conducted with 3,052 LGBTQ+ travelers across three continents*, the new study shines a light on attitudes, concerns and travel preferences, as well as past stay experiences, current realities and hopes for a […]

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WTTC responds to the latest announcement from the UK government

Virginia Messina, WTTC Senior Vice President and Acting CEO, said: “The entire UK Travel & Tourism sector, the many thousands of British travellers already in France, and those with future plans, will be breathing a sigh of relief now that returning fully jabbed Brits won’t need to quarantine, and that the confusing and disruptive amber […]

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U.S. hotel profit reached 84% of 2019 level, labor rises slightly

Gross operating profit for U.S. hotels improved to 84% of the comparable 2019 level, according to STR‘s June 2021 monthly P&L data release. Labor costs also rose from the previous month and in comparison with 2019.          Each of the key profitability metrics, on a per-available-room basis, came in higher than any month since February […]

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Airline Industry Statistics Confirm 2020 Was Worst Year on Record

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) released the IATA World Air Transport Statistics (WATS) publication with performance figures for 2020 demonstrating the devastating effects on global air transport during that year of the COVID-19 crisis. 1.8 billion passengers flew in 2020, a decrease of 60.2% compared to the 4.5 billion who flew in 2019 Industry-wide air travel demand […]

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WTTC calls upon the UK government to remove the ‘amber-guity’ of the traffic light system

Virginia Messina, WTTC Senior Vice President and Acting CEO, said: “It’s time the government removed the ambiguity by abandoning the confusing and damaging traffic light system and replacing it with a simple system with green and red countries only, so travellers know exactly where they stand. “While the rhetoric has changed to a more positive […]

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