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1. Chinese New Year mass migration begins
With 2.99 billion trips expected to be made between 21 January and 1 March, up 0.6% from 2018, Chinese New Year (falling on 5 February) tourism is set to be bigger than ever this year. Hundreds of millions of people will travel across China to reunite with their families for the holiday, with the number of train services and other transport options increased to accommodate the massive flow of people.
2. Marriott ends 2018 with a record global pipeline
Last year was a busy one for Marriott, with the hotel chain signing management and franchise agreements for 816 properties with 125,000 rooms, while also opening close to 500 properties around the world – growing their pipeline to a record 478,000 rooms. According to data from STR, Marriott’s luxury pipeline is larger than its next three competitors combined.
3. UK Tourist numbers down compared to global figures
According to UN data, the UK is facing a decrease in visitors and a fall in spending, making for a stark contrast when compared to a worldwide increase in international arrivals. The drop in tourism has been attributed to a fall in interest among Europeans, with research by VisitBritain showing that since the Brexit referendum levels fell from 76% in 2016 to 69% in 2018.
4. Bali considers imposing a tourist tax
The Bali administration has drafted a bylaw that will impose a US$10 levy on tourists, with the revenue to be allocated to programmes to preserve the environment and Balinese culture. The policy is expected to affect only foreign tourists, not domestic travellers.
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Nicola Donovan is a travel writer for Click.More by Nicola Donovan
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