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1. Saudi Arabia launches major new tourism initiative
The Saudi Commission for Tourism and Natural Heritage has launched a new tourism programme, mapping out 11 key seasons and targeting cultural, sporting and historical attractions among others. The initiative is a collaboration between various government bodies including the Ministry of Culture, the General Entertainment Authority, the General Sports Authority, and the Saudi Exhibition and Convention Bureau.
2. San Juan back on the US spring break map
Puerto Rico’s capital is back in the top five destinations for US spring break destinations, according to Allianz Global Assistance’s review of trips planned between 21 February and 22 April. San Juan did not feature last year in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria, but the city is back in favour with American tourists alongside Cancun, San Jose Del Cabo, Nassau and the Bahamas.
3. Holiday Inn Express expands India presence with multiple openings
IHG is set to open seven more Holiday Inn Express hotels from the IHG-SAMHI partnership, spread across key cities in India including Pune, Hyderabad, Nashik, Ahmedabad and Bengaluru. IHG and SAMHI entered a partnership in 2017 to rebrand 14 hotels (approximately 2000 rooms, operating and under construction) in India to Holiday Inn Express hotels: with the latest announcement, 10 properties are now open across the country.
4. Brexit prompting demand for ‘all-in’ holiday packages
Concerns over exchange rates and Brexit are fuelling trust in package holidays thanks to ‘locked in’ pricing and industry protection, a new poll from You Gov has revealed. Almost half of consumers (47%) want to book all travel elements in one place – including rail or bus travel, meals and excursions, in addition to flights and accommodation – with 63% using PCs, laptops, smart phones or tablet devices to book their break.
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Nicola Donovan is a travel writer for Click.More by Nicola Donovan
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