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by Nicola Donovan, Click. Travel Writer, Booking.com

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Here are four of today’s most interesting reads to keep you in-the-know.

1. Tourism spend in New Zealand grows to over US$39bn

Increased international visitor numbers and a buoyant domestic market saw tourism spend in New Zealand grow by 7.7% in the year ending March 2018, according to recent data released by Stats NZ. International tourism alone accounted for 20.6% of the country’s total exports of goods and services.

Source: www.thehotelconversation.com.au

2. New visa policies expected to boost UAE arrivals

Dubai Tourism’s director general has predicted a positive outlook for tourism growth thanks to new visa policies and incentives such as visa fee exemptions for transit passengers passing through for 48 hours. This comes after growth plateaued in the first nine months of the year.

Source: www.gulfbusiness.com

3. Airlines warned over “illegal” no-show clauses

Consumer watchdog Which? has called on airlines including KLM, British Airways and Emirates to review ‘no-show’ clauses that could be in breach of consumer laws. Currently, these policies mean passengers missing an outbound flight are marked as a ‘no show’ and all connecting or return flights are cancelled.

Source: www.which.co.uk

4. Tourist tax proposed for Scottish Highlands

Highland Council has called for a public consultation on a “transient visitor levy” that could raise between £5M and £10M for the region each year. Tourism is the most important industry in the Highlands, supporting over 25,000 jobs.

Source: www.travelweekly.co.uk

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Nicola Donovan is a travel writer for Click.

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