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1. Winter sun seekers on the rise
New research from ABTA has found that more than 4.5 million UK travellers are planning to take a winter holiday, with almost a third of respondents going in search of sunshine – up 3% on 2017. The Canary Islands remain the top winter sun destination, with Tenerife, Cape Verde, Jamaica and Mexico also proving popular.
2. Brand USA launches content creation project, United Stories
Destination marketing organisation, Brand USA has commissioned two “content creation vehicles” that will visit places of interest across the country and gather stories from local perspectives. The project, launched in partnership with travel content agency Beautiful Destinations, aims to attract more visitors to the USA by capturing the stories of its people and places. United Stories will be shared on a microsite on the official USA tourism website, along with social media channels and via select influencers.
3. Dubai welcomes 62% growth in MICE attendees
Dubai Business Events secured 261 successful bids for meetings, conferences and incentives in 2018, attracting an additional 153,640 delegates to Dubai. The number of event bids won represents a 24% increase from 2017 and will deliver an estimated AED1.2bn to the economy, with a 62% YOY increase in the number of delegates set to visit Dubai.
4. Travelodge launches recruitment programme for unemployed parents
Budget hotel chain Travelodge has announced a new recruitment programme aimed specifically at the needs of unemployed parents. The scheme will offer flexible hours to accommodate school runs, access to management training and a ‘work buddy’. It’s designed to appeal to the UK’s 2 million plus unemployed parents and has been backed by the Minister of State for Employment.
5. Toxic smog threatens India’s tourism industry
Growing pollution levels are leading tourists to defer or cancel trips to destinations such as Delhi, Agra and Varanasi according to tour operators in the region. Concerns over the health effects of the toxic smog that envelopes big cities during high season (October to March) are deterring visitors, with countries such as the UK and Australia issuing travel warnings to their citizens.
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