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News: Airbnb rolls out plans for next decade of growth

Airbnb has revealed that it will add four new property types to its platform – Vacation Home, Unique Space, B&B and Boutique – in order to allow hosts better showcase their product. The rental company argues the move will give greater choice of accommodation options to guests and provide more transparency over the types of accommodation available. The new options will be in addition to the existing Shared Space, Private Room and Entire Home listings. From today, Airbnb is making tools available to hosts to categorise their listings to a…

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News: Heathrow eyes final expansion approval as growth continues

Heathrow grew at its fastest rate in five years in 2017, welcoming a record 78 million passengers, or 3.1 per cent more than the previous yearThe airport also continues to deliver for the UK, with a 10.2 per cent increase in cargo volumes. Close to £700 million was invested in the airport over the year, while services to Portland and Santiago were launched. John Holland-Kaye, chief executive of Heathrow, said: “Heathrow had a fantastic 2017 – welcoming a record 78 million passengers, giving our best service ever and offering better…

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To Keep Up With Its Growth, Singapore Has a Grand Plan To Expand Underground

Yingxin Zhou works as a mining engineer in a country with no mines. He’s from Singapore, a city-state of 5.6 million residents spread over just 277 square miles. “We don’t have gold, oil, or diamonds,” he said at this month’s World Urban Forum 9. “But we mine something equally precious: space.” The central government of Singapore, which sets ambitious goals for economic growth, envisions the population growing to 6.9 million by 2030 in order to keep up with GDP objectives. That means fitting another 1.3 million residents on an island three-fifths the size…

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News: Kjos: Norwegian will place UK at centre of future growth

Norwegian chief executive Bjorn Kjos has delivered an address in London to outline his global expansion plans for carrier and its UK operations. Speaking at an event at The Shard, Kjos said: “The UK will be at the heart of our continued global expansion and we remain fully committed to the market. “We are launching long-haul routes exclusively from London Gatwick, introducing our newest Dreamliners to Gatwick and increasing frequency on popular routes which reflects the growing importance of the UK to the future of our business.” The conference came…

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Focus: Breaking Travel News investigates: Norwegian Cruise Line plots course for growth

The smallest of the three United States-based majors, Norwegian Cruise Line certainly does not lack in ambition. Just weeks before its launch, the international media was invited to view its latest creation, Norwegian Bliss, as artist Wyland put the finishing touches to its whale-themed hull art at the Meyer Werft dock in north Germany. Inside, the ship was rapidly approaching completion, as nearly 1,000 builders, welders, plumbers, and their colleagues assembled what resembled a gigantic Lego set. Bliss will feature a top-deck race track, variety of exciting new dining options,…

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UK economic growth exceeds forecasts, ONS says

The UK economy expanded by a better-than-expected 0.5% in the last three months of 2017, official figures say. Economists had expected a 0.4% expansion in the three months to December. However, the Office for National Statistics (ONS) said the broader picture was “slower and more uneven” growth. In 2017 as a whole, growth was 1.8% compared with 1.9% in 2016 – the slowest since 2012, the ONS said. The services sector, which accounts for the bulk of the economy, expanded by 0.6% in the fourth quarter – stronger than the…

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News: UK visitors drive tourism growth in the Maldives

The Maldives has announced an 18.7 per cent increase in UK visitor arrivals during November 2017, when compared with the same month in 2016. In total, 9,579 UK visitors travelled to the Maldives during November 2017, compared with 8,073 in November 2016. Furthermore, UK visitors represented 7.9 per cent of all visitors to the Maldives in November 2017, with a total of 94,258 UK visitors travelling to the Maldives in the first 11 months of 2017, a 1.1 per cent year-on-year increase. With regards to worldwide arrivals to the Maldives,…

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