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1. Italy expected to be top destination for 2019
Italy is proving popular as ever with American travellers, having been selected as the top destination for in 2019 in a recent survey conducted by PwC for the United States Tour Operators Association. Iceland secured the second spot, with Japan, Vietnam and Australia following suit.
2. Study reveals how Chinese travellers use technology abroad
New research by the University of East Anglia has found that Chinese backpackers highly value digital word-of-mouth recommendations when abroad, making use of familiar Chinese review platforms – as well as popular ones that have been banned in their home country.
3. Virgin Galactic aims to reach space with tourism rocket
Commercial space tourism could soon be reality, with Richard Branson’s Virgin Galactic gearing up to finally send its tourism rocket ship to the edge of space. Development for the project took far longer than expected, facing a setback when the first experimental craft broke apart during a 2014 test flight.
4. China predicted to emerge as world’s largest air travel market by 2020
Air travel demand in China continues to grow, with the country expected to become the world’s largest market by 2020, according to procurement intelligence firm, Beroe Inc.
5. Mexican hotel sector expecting 70% occupancy during the holidays
Occupancy in Mexico during the Christmas holiday season is expected to rise from last year’s 59% to 70%, according to the Mexican Association of Hotels and Motels. Hotels in destinations such as Cancun and Acapulco are predicting even higher occupancy rates of 85% and 90%.
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Nicola Donovan is a travel writer for Click.More by Nicola Donovan
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