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News: Tui Group sees losses narrow as new strategy pays off

Tui Group saw turnover climb by 9.1 per cent in the three months to December when compared to the previous year. At the same time, customer numbers at the tour operator grew by 4.4 per cent year-on-year. Tui reduced its debt position year-on-year from €1.52 billion to €874 million. This was helped by the €38 million gain from selling three Riu hotels. However, the business took a €20 million hit from the bankruptcy of Austrian budget airline Niki to which Tui had leased aircraft and crew. ADVERTISEMENT Overall, this meant…

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News: MAG calls for UK-wide aviation strategy

The government’s new aviation strategy should set out an ambitious plan for improving international connectivity from UK airports as part of its vision for a new global Britain, according to MAG. The leading airport group has laid out its view in response to government proposals for the new strategy.  MAG, which operates the UK’s two largest airports with spare runway capacity, Manchester and London Stansted, is calling for improvements in road and rail access to its airports to enable them to offer passengers better global connections. At London Stansted, MAG…

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News: Qatar unveils next chapter of Tourism 2030 strategy

Qatar has launched the next chapter of its National Tourism Sector Strategy 2030, which charts the next five years of the tourism sector’s growth in the destination. The bold and transformative plan was announced by Abdullah bin Nasser bin Khalifa Al Thani, Qatar prime minister and minister of interior, at the UNWTO official celebration of World Tourism Day, which is being hosted this year in Doha. The document defines what Qatar will be known for as a tourist destination, and guides the development of products, services, and experiences that will…

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News: London mayor launches refreshed tourism strategy ahead of autumn season

London mayor Sadiq Kahn has launched a new vision to accelerate the capital’s status as a world-class tourist destination. Tourism numbers in London are set to rise sharply, with more than 40 million people expected to visit the city annually by 2025, an increase of 30 per cent on the 31.2 million visitors who came to the capital in 2016. The Tourism Vision for London, which is backed by more than 100 industry partners and supported by the mayor, also projects visitor spending to grow by almost 50 per cent…

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Diesel and petrol car ban: Clean air strategy 'not enough'

The government’s £3bn clean air strategy does not go “far enough or fast enough”, say campaigners. Moves including scrapping new diesel and petrol cars from 2040 and £255m for councils to tackle air pollution locally have been welcomed. Transport Secretary Chris Grayling said the government was determined to deliver a “green revolution”. But environmental groups criticised the decision not to include a scrappage scheme or immediate clean air zones. The government report includes the promise of £40m immediately to start local schemes rolling, which could include changing road layouts, retrofitting…

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Strategy targets legal highs and chemsex

So-called “legal highs” and “chemsex” drugs will be targeted in a government move aimed at cutting illicit drug use. Figures from the Home Office show the number of 16 to 59-year-olds taking drugs has fallen from 10.5% to 8% in the past decade. But the department is worried about the use of new psychoactive substances (NPS), performance enhancing drugs and prescribed medicines. A “national recovery champion” will help users “turn their lives around.” Home Secretary Amber Rudd, who will chair a new cross-government Drug Strategy Board, said: “Since becoming home…

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Messaging app Telegram centrepiece of IS social media strategy

The Islamic State militant group (IS) is fighting on many fronts against those seeking to defeat it. One of those fronts is a digital one. IS puts media warfare on a par with its battle on the ground and often glorifies “media martyrs” – people who are killed while creating videos and other digital content for the group. Like many other such groups, IS has been an enthusiastic user of social media and the web, broadcasting propaganda about its successes and using it as a recruitment tool. Although a long-time…

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