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News: Singapore Tourism hits new heights for second year in succession

Tourism receipts and visitor arrival figures have reached record highs for the second time in two years in Singapore. Tourism receipts rose by 3.9 per cent to S$ 26.8 billion, due primarily to growth in visitor arrivals across all top ten markets and higher visitor arrivals from high-spending markets such as China, South Korea, United States and United Kingdom. Visitor arrivals increased by 6.2 per cent to 17.4 million, with 13 of the top 15 markets showing growth. Chief executive of Singapore Tourism Board, Lionel Yeo, said: “STB is pleased…

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News: New attractions drive Abu Dhabi tourism to record heights

A record 4.9 million people stayed in Abu Dhabi’s 162 hotels and hotel apartments during 2017, meaning the emirate recorded an impressive 9.8 per cent year-on-year rise. The United Kingdom remains the largest European source market, registering a 13 per cent rise to more than 270,000. Figures released by the department of culture and tourism, Abu Dhabi, for its hospitality sector reveal that the number of guests staying in Abu Dhabi city during the year rose by 10.3 per cent to reach 4,295,030 across its 131 hotels and hotel apartments,…

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CES 2018: Jetpack Aviation's chief has fear of heights

A former commercial pilot who has carried out about 500 jetpack test flights has admitted that he does not like heights. “I can look out of the window of an aeroplane no problem,” David Mayman, chief executive of Jetpack Aviation, told the BBC. “But even being in the office when I look out of the window I feel the hairs stand up on the back of my neck.” He added that his secret to being able to fly was: “I try not to look down.” Jetpack Aviation is at the…

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News: UNWTO General Assembly: Tourism back to heights not seen since 2010

Destinations worldwide welcomed 598 million international tourists in the first six months of 2017, some 36 million more than in the same period of 2016. At six per cent, growth was well above the trend of recent years, making the current January-June period the strongest half-year since 2010, according to the UNWTO. Visitor numbers reported by destinations around the world reflect strong demand for international travel in the first half of 2017, according to the latest UNWTO World Tourism Barometer. Results are underpinned by robust growth in many destinations and…

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