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1. Europe remains most visited region in the world
According to the European Travel Commission, Europe remains the most visited region in the world – having experienced a 6% increase in international tourist arrivals in 2018 compared to the previous year. Of the 33 reporting destinations, 32 registered some form of expansion, with travel to Turkey notably up 22%.
2. UK visitors lead Maldives to strong 2018
The Maldives saw a 10.2% YOY increase in the total number of UK visitor arrivals in 2018. In total, 114,602 travellers arrived in the Indian Ocean destination last year, compared with 103,977 in 2017. The tropical destination also welcomed 1.48 million international tourists – a 6.8% YOY increase.
3. Barcelona sees significant MOM hotel price increase
Barcelona has seen the most significant MOM hotel price increase registered on the triage Hotel Price Index this month, with an overnight rate for a standard double room increasing 24% compared to January. Following the Spanish city was Delhi, with a 21% increase, and Sydney with an increase of 20% this month.
4. Thailand launches new electronic visa on arrival service
As part of an initiative to promote tourism, Thailand has launched a new electronic visa on arrival system for international travellers. In 2018 alone, over 4 million visitors used the conventional visa on arrival service at Thai airports, a process that is quite time-consuming. The new service aims to offer travellers convenience, and eliminates the need to complete application forms on arrival.
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Nicola Donovan is a travel writer for Click.More by Nicola Donovan
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