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1. Travel industry leaders to hold crunch talks with UK government
A delegation of travel industry figures are set to attend a meeting at the UK Foreign Office on Friday to lobby the government over continuing Brexit concerns for the sector. Topics on the agenda include the FCO’s no deal preparations, risks for the industry and customers, and campaigns around UK travellers to the EU and UK nationals living in the EU.
2. Foreign tourists spent US$73.1bn in China in 2018
Foreign visitors made 30.54 million trips to China in 2018, spending US$73.1bn according to China’s Ministry of Culture and Tourism. The Republic of Korea, Japan, the United States, Malaysia and Singapore were among China’s 10 largest source markets throughout the year.
3. 28% of business travellers choose their hotel based on reviews
A survey by AirPlus has found that 28% of business travellers select their hotel accommodation based on fellow guest reviews, with a further 58% being similarly guided at least some of the time. The trend was particularly prominent in India and China, with 97% and 95% of travellers always or at least occasionally influenced by reviews.
4. Caribbean tourism on course for growth in 2019
The Caribbean Tourism Organisation has forecast a 6-7% tourism industry growth in 2019, continuing the upward trend that began in September last year. The reinstatement of infrastructure on islands that were hit by hurricanes along with improved air connectivity are expected to boost arrivals.
5. India wants to make medical tourism a US$9bn industry by 2020
India’s medical tourism industry could grow by 200% by 2020, hitting US$9bn, according to Ministry of Tourism figures. In 2015, India ranked as the third most popular destination for medical tourism, when the industry was worth US$3bn and by 2017 the number of foreign tourists coming into the country on medical visas sat at 495,056, government figures show.
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Nicola Donovan is a travel writer for Click.More by Nicola Donovan
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