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PWC REVOLUTIONISE MEETINGS MANAGEMENT THROUGH NEW PARTNERSHIP WITH CAPITA TRAVEL AND EVENTS

Consulting partnership PwC recently overhauled its Meetings Management Programme, which was in place for around 15 years. Unevenly negotiated contracts and flawed event outlays were among the issues for the meetings and events department in PwC’s UK division.  The department’s payment procedure was completely revised, a decision made by head of hotels and venues Samantha…

NEW DATA SHOWS $15 BILLION LUXURY TOURISM MARKET SET TO EXPAND 16% BY 2027

The size of the luxury tourism market is expected to grow at around 16% CAGR from 2021 to 2027, according to research by Global Market Insights. During this time, rising disposable income worldwide will boost the industry which is currently worth more than $15 billion US. For example in the EU, gross household adjusted disposable…

TUNISIA OPENS ITS FIRST INTERNATIONAL HIKING TRAIL, THE “GRANDE TRAVERSÉE DU DAHAR”

Earlier this month Tunisia officially opened the "Grande Traversée du Dahar" ("Dahar Great Crossing"). Located in the southeast of the country it offers spectacular landscapes made of dunes, fortified villages, and desert mountains. Located in the south-east of Tunisia and separating the beaches of the Mediterranean coast from the first dunes of the desert, Djebel…

NEW ARCHITECTURAL AND CULTURAL ICONS ENHANCE ROTTERDAM IMAGE

It might not be as popular with tourists as Amsterdam or Utrecht but Rotterdam seduces travellers eager to discover an edgy contemporary town. The city is constantly changing thanks to the introduction of a series of new architectural and cultural icons, often unique to the Netherlands and even in Europe. Rotterdam is considered as one…

HOW NEW MARKETING TECHNOLOGY IS HELPING VIENNA HOUSE STAY AHEAD OF THE CURVE

Austrian hospitality group, Vienna House, has implemented a distinct digital strategy, making it one of the leading hotel groups in the world of marketing technology. Led by Adrian Schmidt, the corporate director of commercial marketing and digital strategy, Vienna House has become a tech-forward boutique hotel group in Europe. Investments in website and other marketing…

AIR CHARTER SERVICE PIONEERS PERSONALISATION TO CONQUER SPORTS TRAVEL INDUSTRY

Recognised as one of the most successful aircraft charter companies in the world, Air Charter is looking at new resources in a bid to become a leader in professional sports travel, as more organisations opt for private aircraft hire.   Around 35 national football federations makeup ACS’ clientele, with rugby teams starting to join too. Its…

SANLÚCAR BECOMES SPAIN’S GASTRONOMY CAPITAL 2022 AS ANDALUSIA MOVES TO SUSTAINABLE TOURISM MODEL

The Andalusian city of Sanlúcar de Barrameda is Spain’s Capital of Gastronomy for 2022. The seaside city will celebrate the title with a host of special events showcasing the region’s cuisine and attractions, fitting neatly into Andalusia's new sustainable tourism strategy. Sanlúcar's designation as the country's gastronomic capital will involve a wide ranging programme where…

CUBAN AUTHORITIES COMMITTED TO KEEPING ISLAND OPEN FOR TOURISTS

Cuba reopened to tourists in November following the Covid-19 pandemic. Authorities have since confirmed that the Omicron variant of the virus will create new restrictions for international travellers. Officially opening the tourist season, the country’s minister for tourism, Juan Carlos García, highlighted that Cuba is committed to developing responsible tourism, where the health and safety…

WHY ROVANIEMI – THE OFFICIAL HOME OF SANTA CLAUS – IS NOW EVEN MORE ACCESSIBLE TO EUROPE

What links Düsseldorf, Istanbul, Milan and Paris? Each of these cities now offers new flights to Rovaniemi in Finland during winter, providing an excellent opportunity for visitors to discover Santa Claus' official home. Rovaniemi in Finland is the official home of Santa Claus and the capital of Lapland. In 2019, the unique destination was visited…

BELFAST’S €117M LANDMARK TOURISM PROJECT SET TO TRANSFORM CITY’S FUTURE

Belfast is set to house a new multi-million-pound tourism attraction following the signing of the Belfast Region City Deal (BRCD) tourism and regeneration plan. Expected to open in 2028, elements of the new £100m (€117.1m) Belfast Stories visitor attraction will be housed in the city’s art deco former Bank of Ireland building on Royal Avenue,…

IRAN REVEALS SIGNIFICANT INCREASE TO TOURISM BUDGET FOR 2022

Iran has voted for a significant increase in its national tourism budget for 2022. The national budget bill for the next Iranian calendar year (starting on March 21, 2022) proposed to provide around $511 million the Ministry of Cultural Heritage, Tourism, and Handicrafts. If fully adopted, the proposed budget would represent an increase of 54%…

ITB BERLIN 2022 TO GO ONLINE AMID LATEST CORONAVIRUS DEVELOPMENTS

This year’s in-person edition of ITB Berlin in March will not take place as originally planned, owing to the latest developments of the coronavirus pandemic. Instead, the convention will be made accessible via livestreaming, with more in-person satellite events set for later in the year. Trader organiser Messe Berlin said the current coronavirus situation, tightened…
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