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1. Dubai Tourism waives fee to boost industry
A mandatory requirement for hotel establishments, tourism companies and event organisers to obtain a public relations officer card prior to conducting industry transactions has been waived by Dubai’s Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing. Following this, hotels and tourism companies can now submit requests and applications online, saving time and reducing operating costs.
2. China to improve the quality of tourism services
The Chinese government has laid down measures to improve the quality of the country’s tourism services. In guidelines issued by the Ministry of Culture and Tourism, seven priority areas were listed for quality enhancements, including accommodation, scenic zones and tour guides. The government aims to make tourism services “an important representative of China’s services” by 2020.
3. Saint Lucia records over 1.2 million visitors in 2018
Saint Lucia broke visitor records last year, with the island welcoming 1.2 million travellers – a 10.2% increase over 2017. Industry figures are up across the board, led by the yachting sector with a 25.9% YOY increase. The Saint Lucia Tourism Authority is angling for greater growth in 2019, with plans to continue its targeted marketing campaigns to attract more visitors to the destination.
4. Dubai Parks & Resorts attracts 2.8 million visitors in 2018
Dubai Parks & Resorts recorded a boost in visitor numbers for 2018, announcing that it attracted almost 2.8 million visitors last year – a 22% increase over 2017. The Lapita Hotel also recorded promising stats, with average occupancy rising significantly to 60% in 2018 from the 35% occupancy reported in 2017.
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Nicola Donovan is a travel writer for Click.More by Nicola Donovan
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