Med cities want to profit from booming market

More cities in the Mediterranean want to position themselves as standalone destinations and profit from the segment’s continuous growth, including on the German market. City trips are the fastest-growing part of the international leisure travel market and now represent 22% of all outbound holiday trips worldwide, according to the World Travel Monitor from researchers IPK […]

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Chinese tourism expected to hit the 130 million mark

After being the global travel story in 2015, the boom of Chinese tourism is expected to continue. The forecast is that the number of people traveling overseas from China is likely to hit the 130 million mark, an increase of 10 million over the last year, according to Jiang Yiyi, director of International Tourism Development […]

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Sale could re-make the bedbanks business

The potential sale of Kuoni and of TUI’s Hotelbeds unit could result in a far-reaching consolidation of the international bedbanks business. Kuoni confirmed this week that it has been received “preliminary approaches” from unnamed companies “regarding a potential offer for the Kuoni Group and its businesses”. But the loss-making company, now led by new CEO […]

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Brussels unveils quirky campaign to win back tourists after terror scares

Visit Brussels has announced plans for a quirky campaign to reassure tourists following the ‘lockdown’ and terror scares at the end of last year. The popular city-break destination was on virtual lockdown for nearly a week in November amid security fears following the November 13 attacks in Paris and the arrest of terror suspects in […]

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Mixed year for specialist tour operators

Germany’s many specialist tour operators have seen fluctuating fortunes this year although most have grown with a mix of new products, according to fvw’s latest market overview. Medium-sized and small tour operators in Germany have generally profited from the stable growth of the organised travel market this year. On a combined basis, these specialists increased […]

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UK Tourism revenue to reach 23 billion pounds in 2016

The UK expects to welcome some 36.7 million foreign visitors in 2016, and anticipates an increase in the tourism revenue of 4.2% compared to 2015. VisitBritain predicts a sharp rise in spending by foreign visitors in 2016. The UK tourism revenue should reach GBP 23 billion (+ 4.2% compared to 2015), according to a recent […]

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Kalymnos: A treasure island for divers and climbers

Are you looking for pure and pristine places? Do you crave simplicity and authenticity in the Greek islands? Do you like serenity, relaxation and outdoor recreation? Are you mad about rock climbing, scuba diving, or both? Well, if this is what you’re after, Kalymnos is a hidden gem in the Aegean, a unique piece of […]

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Kos: The island of Hippocrates, a popular tourist destination

The remains of ancient temples, revealing the significant, long history of the island, traditional settlements and picturesque villages built on the green slopes, an indented coastline “bathing” in the bright Greek sun and mountainous pine trees make up the image of the island of Kos. It is “the most beautiful place under the sky” as […]

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Court blow for Booking.com

The German cartel office has banned Booking.com’s ‘best price’ clause, which forces hoteliers in Germany to offer their lowest rate to the accommodation booking portal. The competition authority ruled that the clause limited competition and gave the company a deadline of end-January 2016 to change its contracts. A similar HRS clause was banned two years […]

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