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News: Hilton sees profits rise following strong 2017

Hilton Worldwide has reported diluted earnings per share of $ 2.61 for the fourth quarter and $ 3.85 for the full year, including, in each case, the provisional effect of tax reform in the US. Adjusted for special items, the figures was $ 0.54 for the fourth quarter and $ 2.00 for the full year Net income at the hotel giant was $ 841 million for the fourth quarter and $ 1,264 million for the full year. This includes a $ 665 million provisional tax benefit for tax reform that…

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News: Gatwick sees strong start to 2018 with record January figures

London Gatwick has experienced the busiest January in its history, with 2.8 million passengers travelling through the airport, an increase of 1.4 per cent year-on-year. The result also marks the airport’s 59th consecutive month of growth. As thousands of Brits travelled Stateside for a January escape, US routes saw the biggest percentage increase in passenger numbers. Fort Lauderdale was the North American destination with the highest passenger growth rate, up 92.6 per cent on January 2017. New York and Boston also saw significant year-on-year growth – up 51.1 per cent…

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News: Strong bookings ahead of Caribbean Travel Marketplace 2018

Registration for this month’s Caribbean Travel Marketplace, to be held at the Puerto Rico Convention Centre in San Juan, Puerto Rico, is strong, according to organisers. Following a meeting with the host committee in San Juan, the Caribbean Hotel and Tourism Association reported demand among travel industry stakeholders to do business in the region was encouraging, given the continued interest and registration response for the annual event. CHTA director general, Frank Comito, said plans for Marketplace 2018, to be held from January 30th-February 1st, were now in the advanced stages…

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Carey Mulligan: No strong film roles for women

Carey Mulligan has hit out at what she says is a lack of leading film roles for women. The 32-year-old star of Suffragette and The Great Gatsby said she’s “fed up” of playing wives or girlfriends. The Oscar-nominated actress is due to appear in a new BBC television series called Collateral. Criticising the movie world she said opting for the small screen gave her the chance to play a “fully rounded, flawed, interesting person”. “I think for the most of female actresses I know it’s just about going where the…

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Carey Mulligan: No strong film roles for women

Carey Mulligan has hit out at what she says is a lack of leading film roles for women. The 32-year-old star of Suffragette and The Great Gatsby said she’s “fed up” of playing wives or girlfriends. The Oscar-nominated actress is due to appear in a new BBC television series called Collateral. Criticising the movie world she said opting for the small screen gave her the chance to play a “fully rounded, flawed, interesting person”. “I think for the most of female actresses I know it’s just about going where the…

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News: Cyprus Tourism Organisation records strong November visitor figures

The Cyprus Tourism Organisation has revealed November 2017 was a successful month for both UK and global visitors with year-on-year arrivals up 18.4 per cent and 16.5 per cent respectively. Last month, the organisation revealed January to October 2017 figures had already exceeded total visitor arrivals in 2016. From January to November 2017, Cyprus’ global tourist arrivals reached 3,553,149; a 14.7 per cent increase on the same period in 2016. Of these, there were 1,225,621 UK arrivals from January to November 2017; an 8.3 per cent increase on the previous…

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