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1. Business trips expected to rise in 2019
According to the 14th annual International Travel Management Study from AirPlus International, the number of business trips is set to rise this year. Of the 777 survey respondents, 45% expect their company to travel more in the year ahead – up 35% from last year and the highest percentage since the global financial crisis.
2. Brexit leaves younger travellers hesitant about EU travel
New research has revealed that younger travellers are more likely than older generations to skip sight-seeing in Europe this year due to Brexit. The survey conducted by RSM found that 18% of those aged 18-34 would avoid travelling to Europe in 2019, while only 6% of over-55s felt the same. Furthermore, 57% of those over 55 said Brexit would not make any difference, whereas only 26% of the 18-34 group felt the same.
3. IHG set to double Indigo portfolio
Having recently opened its 100th Hotel Indigo property and with a further 100 hotels in its pipeline, IHG is set to double its portfolio over the next three to five years. The brand is set to debut in more than 10 new countries, including Peru, Japan and Vietnam, and further expand in markets where Hotel Indigo already has a foothold.
4. Underwater theme park to open in Bahrain
The world’s largest underwater theme park is coming to Bahrain, with the Persian Gulf country hoping to attract divers from across the world. The expansive diving site will span 100,000 sq metres and showcase unique features including a sunken Boeing 747 and artificial coral reefs. The site is intended to be ready for divers by summer 2019.
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Nicola Donovan is a travel writer for Click.More by Nicola Donovan
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