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1. Israel sees increase in visitors
Israel has had a strong start to 2019, with a total of 683,000 visitors in January and February, an increase of 16% compared to the same period last year. New hotel openings in Israel’s major cities, as well as new flight options from the US, are expected to help maintain the momentum in the coming months.
2. Tate Modern becomes top UK visitor attraction
Tate Modern has overtaken The British Museum as the UK’s most popular visitor attraction, with almost 5.9 million people visiting the art gallery last year. The research follows analysis of the nearly 70 million people that visited UK tourist attractions in the past year – an 8.68% increase on the previous year.
3. Flat transactions predicted for UK hotels
The outlook for hotel deals in the UK this year remains flat, according to PwC’s latest UK Hotels Forecast Update. A surge in room supply, slowing economic growth and uncertainty surrounding Brexit are factors expected to provide a challenging environment for performance growth. London is expected to maintain high occupancy levels, but supply growth is poised to limit occupancy growth.
4. Travel to Germany is outpacing EU’s top destinations
According to a new report by SiteMinder, Germany’s inbound arrivals have almost doubled (96%) in the last 10 years to surpass the growth rates seen across the EU. In comparison, France, Spain and Italy’s inbound arrivals grew 26%, 65% and 65%, respectively, over the same time period. The pace for Germany is expected to continue over the next four years with the destination forecast to see a further 14% jump in inbound arrivals by 2023.
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Nicola Donovan is a travel writer for Click.More by Nicola Donovan
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