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News: WTM 2017: Hospitality industry calls on London to reject tourist tax

London should not push ahead with plans for a tourism tax, leading travel industry figures have urged. The London Assembly is asking for devolved powers to levy a tax on visitors, something that has alarmed industry chiefs. Speaking today at London’s World Travel Market, the leading global event for the travel industry, Ufi Ibrahim, chief executive of the British Hospitality Association, said the idea was one “that gives great concern”. She explained: “The UK is are already 140th out of 141 countries in terms of competitiveness and VAT is double…

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News: Anguilla Tourist Board says paradise island is open for business

The Anguilla Tourist Board today announced that the 35-square mile Caribbean island, known for its white sandy beaches and warm hospitality, is officially ‘open for business’ once again and ready to welcome UK travellers.  Following Hurricane Irma, which caused extensive damage with 185 miles per hour category five winds just one month ago, the island has made a remarkable and robust recovery, although, there is still a long way to go. An estimated 30 small hotels, condominiums, guesthouses and private villas have already re-opened or plan to open ahead of…

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Over 130 Factories Get New Lives as Tourist Destinations in Taiwan

Inside a large, open-floor exhibit space within Taiwan’s Lukang Township, glass sparkles at every turn. There’s a glass-covered atrium that creates a kaleidoscope of colors as you walk through; tall, freestanding glass mirrors that offer Instagram-ready funhouse photo opportunities; and a series of stunning glass artworks—including an intricate stained-glass flower and a glass Buddha portrait with a headdress of hanging glass beads. But this isn’t just a regular art installation, it’s a new kind of product showroom designed to transform a traditional glass factory into a tourist destination, one that drew more…

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Focus: Caliber 3: Anti-Terror Training Camp as Israel’s Newest Tourist Spot

There is a lot of reasons travelers choose Israel as their next destination. It may be to strengthen their religion, learn the culture, visit the Dead Sea, enjoy the nightlife in Tel Aviv, or witness beautiful landscapes. Whatever your reason for checking the next Tel Aviv flights, you probably don’t want to miss the next big tourist attractions of the city and the country. So you’ve planned to visit Nazareth or the sandy beaches in Tel Aviv. But how about getting the chance to train and fire high-powered weapons? The…

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Barcelona: Van hits crowds in Ramblas tourist area

A van has ploughed into crowds in Barcelona’s Ramblas tourist area. Spanish police say several people have been injured in a “massive crash”, while emergency services are urging people to stay away from the area around Plaça Catalunya. Reports from the scene say people are taking cover in nearby shops and cafes. Reuters news agency reports that emergency services have requested the closure of local metro and train stations. El Pais newspaper said the driver of the vehicle had fled on foot after mowing down dozens of people. Steven Turner,…

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British tourist 'shot in Brazilian favela'

The Foreign Office is in touch with authorities in Brazil following reports a British woman was shot after mistakenly driving into a favela. A couple and their three children were travelling in Angra dos Reis when their car was approached by an armed group, Brazilian newspaper O Globo reported. According to the paper, the woman was shot in the abdomen on Sunday but is not thought to be at risk of death. The rest of the family were unhurt, the paper reported. O Globo said the family had apparently been…

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News: UNWTO: International tourist arrivals continue to boom

International tourist arrivals worldwide grew by six per cent in January-April of 2017 compared to the same period last year, with business confidence reaching its highest levels in a decade. Sustained growth in most major destinations and a steady rebound in others drove results. Prospects for May-August 2017 remain high. Destinations worldwide received 369 million international tourists (overnight visitors) in the first four months of the year, 21 million more than in the same months of 2016, according to the latest UNWTO World Tourism Barometer. The January-April period usually represents…

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