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1. EU-China Tourism Year boosts travel 5.1%
The European Travel Commission has reported a 5.1% increase in Chinese arrivals to EU destinations in 2018, with the EU-China Tourism Year having played a key role in attracting visitors to the continent. The 18-month programme included promotional campaigns with online travel agents and social media activations, promoting Europe’s lesser-known tourist attractions.
2. Over 2 million UK holidaymakers set to travel over Easter
An estimated 2.1 million UK travellers are expected to venture abroad over the Easter weekend. Spain remains the top overseas destination, with Turkey and Egypt also drawing large numbers, while Amsterdam, Barcelona and Paris prove popular for city-breaks. Domestic bookings are also looking positive with coastal resorts such as Bournemouth and Eastbourne benefitting from good weather forecasts.
3. Construction on world’s tallest modular hotel to start in 2019
The world’s tallest modular hotel is on track to be stacked in late autumn in New York City with prefabricated and pre-furnished guest rooms. The 360-foot-tall tower will be topped with a modular roof and rooftop bar, and will open in late 2020 as the AC Hotel New York NoMad. The project is part of Marriott’s ongoing initiative to encourage hotel developers in North America to embrace modular for new construction projects.
4. Jet Airways ceases all operations
Jet Airways cancelled all further international and domestic flights on 17th April after talks with key lenders failed to secure emergency funding. The Indian carrier’s lenders confirmed that interest in a “quick revival” had been received, although it is unclear if they will be able to act on any rescue bids before the 10th May deadline.
5. Thai travel industry calls for tourism incentives
Travel businesses in Thailand are calling on the government to introduce incentives such as liberalisation on visas in order to encourage more inbound arrivals. Tourist numbers for January and February 2019 showed slight growth (2.53% YOY), tourism-based income up 0.77% to Bt387bn – but travel operators remain concerned that the industry will only grow slightly unless stimulus measures are taken.
6. Spain to welcome 12 million cruise passengers in 2019
According to data from Puertos del Estado, Spain received over 10 million cruise passengers in 2018, setting a new record in a series started in 2012 when 7.5 million were recorded. The organisation’s president anticipates the growth strategy could potentially attract 12 million this year. In the first two months of 2019, 1,089,263 cruise passengers arrived to Spanish ports, 5.7% more than in the same period of the previous year.
7. US aims to use facial recognition on departing travellers within four years
The United States Department of Homeland Security says US Customs and Border Protection is working toward implementation of biometric exit technology to cover more than 97% of departing commercial air travellers within the next four years. As of September 2018, 15 US airports were using facial-recognition technology to confirm travellers as they left the country.
8. Almost one in five Brits base destination choice on TV and film locations
Research by Jet2holidays has a revealed that 18% of UK holidaymakers have holidayed in a particular destination because they saw it on TV or in a film. The trends looks set to continue with 60% of respondents saying they had been inspired to choose their holiday destination for 2019 based on a TV or film location, and the desire to experience it for themselves.
9. National Trust study to investigate impact of tourism on Giant’s Causeway
A year-long study will assess the impact of more than 1 million tourists a year on the Antrim coast. The research has been commissioned by the National Trust, which manages the two main sites that attracted 1.5m visitors in 2018. According to the Trust’s Northern Ireland director this is the first time a World Heritage Site will carry out a study of this nature.
10. New study shows US travellers lie about vacations
A new study has found that around 14% of Americans have lied about their vacations. According to research from flight-comparison site Jet Cost, travellers from the US cited being embarrassed, the desire to seem well travelled and the hope of impressing someone as the main reasons behind their lies. In addition, two-thirds of those surveyed lied about their experiences, with the weather, quality of accommodation and sightseeing efforts being the most common fibs.
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Nicola Donovan is a travel writer for Click.More by Nicola Donovan
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