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1. Visa-free travel sees increase in UAE visitors to Ireland
According to Dnata Travel, visitor numbers to Ireland from the UAE have increased 63.5% in the past year. The significant rise was due to Ireland introducing visa-free travel to the country for Emiratis in early 2018. Additionally, Dnata Travel saw a 9% increase in bookings made within three days of travel.
2. 700,000 travel and tourism jobs at risk under no-deal Brexit
New analysis from the World Travel and Tourism Council has found that over 300,000 jobs in the UK travel and tourism sector and almost 400,000 in Europe could be at risk if the UK leaves the EU without a deal this March. According to WTTC, the sector contributes more than 10.3% to the EU’s GDP and supports 11.7% of total jobs.
3. World Tourism Association for Culture and Heritage launches
A new association has launched to help combat overtourism. The World Tourism Association for Culture and Heritage (WTACH), founded by a former director at the Pacific Asia Travel Association, Chris Flynn, will focus on measures to protect and empower host communities who want a long-term ‘sustainable’ relationship with tourism that respects their cultural values.
4. Marriott raises €400k for youth campaign
Marriott International has raised €400k for youth employability charities across Europe – taking the total amount generated since 2012 to €2.5m. The money was raised through the chain’s ‘You Eat, We Give’ campaign, which saw a pound or euro donated for every lunch and dinner served in Marriott restaurants throughout September and October 2018.
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Nicola Donovan is a travel writer for Click.More by Nicola Donovan
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