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News: Israel sees tourism surge as investment pays dividends

According to the Israel Central Bureau of Statistics, the country welcomed 3,611,800 million tourist entries in 2017, up by a quarter on the previous year, and 29 per cent on 2015. A total of 290,000 tourist entries were recorded in December 2017, about 17 per cent more than December 2016 and 47 per cent more than December 2015. There were about 308,000 visitor entries in December (including day visitors). The United States remains the largest source country for incoming tourists, with 778,800 tourist entries in 2017, 20 per cent more…

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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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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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News: European nations lead Economist tourism sustainability index

France and Germany have topped a new sustainable tourism index from The Economist Intelligence Unit. The index, sponsored by Chinese tourism conglomerate HNA, is the first of its kind to compare countries on their commitment to develop and promote sustainable practices in tourism. The findings were released in white paper The Sustainable Tourism Index: enhancing the global travel environment, featuring interviews with 11 global experts in the field. It finds that while sustainable practices are taking hold around the world, fragmentation reigns even in high-scoring countries, with implementation and monitoring…

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News: LATA: South America poised for strong tourism growth in 2018

As 2017 draws to a close, LATA members have revealed forward booking statistics for 2018 showing positive growth in travel to Latin America, particularly to Peru, Chile, Argentina, Costa Rica and Colombia. At the same time, the organisation is predicting an increase in demand for less traditional and more off-the-beaten-track destinations, and a surge in luxury bookings. In Argentina, Abercrombie & Kent has seen travellers move away from more traditional tourist destinations towards more undiscovered and wildlife focused areas of the country such as Peninsula Valdes located on the Atlantic…

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News: Bahrain claims US$13bn in tourism infrastructure investment

The Bahrain Economic Development Board has revealed investment in the country’s tourism infrastructure reached over US$ 13 billion in 2017. The figure covers 14 prominent projects that will further boost growth in the kingdom’s tourism and leisure sector. The sector witnessed rapid growth in the past year, with the total number of tourists visiting the Kingdom increasing by 12.8 per cent in the first nine months of 2017. The kingdom is also witnessing further enhancement to its tourism infrastructure to support this growth, which plays a significant role in Bahrain’s…

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News: Birmingham tourism industry welcomes Commonwealth Games 2022 decision

Tourism bodies across Birmingham have welcomed the news that the city will host the Commonwealth Games in 2022. The announcement was officially made by the Commonwealth Games Federation at a special event at the Arena Academy school near the Alexander Stadium, the centrepiece for the Games in five years’ time. It is anticipated that the 2022 Commonwealth Games will generate a £526 million boost to the West Midlands region, according to research from a PwC economic impact analysis. Between 500,000 and one million additional visitors are expected to descend on…

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