ATM 2018: GCC posited to welcome boom in European travellers | News

ATM 2018: GCC posited to welcome boom in European travellers | News

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Arrivals from Europe to the GCC will increase 17 per cent over the period 2018 to 2020, driven by extra flights, routes, competitive fares, and the rising number of mid-market hotels throughout the region, according to the latest data published ahead of Arabian Travel Market 2018. According to Arabian Travel Market’s research partner, Colliers International, as many as 24.6 million EU residents will travel to the GCC between now and 2020, an additional four million travellers when compared to figures for 2015-2017. The UAE and Saudi Arabia continue to be the preferred GCC destinations for European visitors, together they are on track to welcome 81 per cent of the projected business and leisure travellers. The UAE is expected to receive 14.5 million, Saudi Arabia 5.4 million, Oman 2.21 million, Bahrain…
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ATM 2018: Egypt seeks to diversify tourism markets at European growth slows | News

ATM 2018: Egypt seeks to diversify tourism markets at European growth slows | News

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Arrivals from the Middle East, North America and Africa will drive growth in Egypt’s tourism industry to 2021, according to the latest data published ahead of Arabian Travel Market 2018. Between 2018 and 2021, arrivals from North America will increase at a compound annual growth rate of 3.9 per cent to 318,844. Factors contributing to this growth include the cheaper Egyptian pound and government incentives for charter airlines carrying a certain number of passengers on international flights. Over the same period, visitor numbers from Africa will see a compound annual growth rate of 3.8 per cent, to more than 300,901, while arrivals from the Middle East are predicted to increase by three per cent at compound annual growth rates, to over 1.34 million. This is in contrast to a projected…
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Maldives sees sharp increase in UK arrivals in early 2018 | News

Maldives sees sharp increase in UK arrivals in early 2018 | News

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The Maldives has announced double-digit growth of 17.5 per cent in the number of UK travellers who visited in March 2018, when compared with the same month last year. In total, 11,829 UK travellers visited the Maldives in March, compared with 10,063 in March 2017. The destination has just been confirmed as the host of the World Spa Awards, with the event set to take place in October. Overall, the Maldives welcomed a total of 32,633 UK tourists during the first quarter of 2018, representing a 12.2 per cent increase when compared with the same period of 2017, which saw 29,088 people from the UK arrive at the destination. Globally, in March 2018 the Maldives recorded an 18.5 per cent year-on-year increase in the number of international visitor arrivals, welcoming…
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MICE focus drives up visitor figures for Chicago | News

MICE focus drives up visitor figures for Chicago | News

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Mayor Rahm Emanuel and David Whitaker, president of Choose Chicago, have announced Chicago reached record tourism levels in the first quarter of 2018. The results build on Chicago’s record performance of 55.2 million visitors in 2017 and reflect the city’s growing strength in attracting more leisure visitors and convention delegates. “Tourism in Chicago means jobs throughout Chicago,” Emanuel said. “By continuing to set new tourism records and bring millions more people to Chicago every year, we are creating jobs and generating economic opportunities that reach every Chicago neighbourhood.” In the first quarter of 2018, total rooms occupied reached a record 2.33 million, an increase of 10.5 per cent. The double-digit growth was fuelled by both an increase in leisure rooms booked - up 7.1 per cent, and a significant increase…
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ATM 2018: Egypt seeks to diversify tourism markets at European growth slows | News

ATM 2018: Egypt seeks to diversify tourism markets at European growth slows | News

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Arrivals from the Middle East, North America and Africa will drive growth in Egypt’s tourism industry to 2021, according to the latest data published ahead of Arabian Travel Market 2018. Between 2018 and 2021, arrivals from North America will increase at a compound annual growth rate of 3.9 per cent to 318,844. Factors contributing to this growth include the cheaper Egyptian pound and government incentives for charter airlines carrying a certain number of passengers on international flights. Over the same period, visitor numbers from Africa will see a compound annual growth rate of 3.8 per cent, to more than 300,901, while arrivals from the Middle East are predicted to increase by three per cent at compound annual growth rates, to over 1.34 million. This is in contrast to a projected…
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ATM 2018: GCC posited to welcome boom in European travellers | News

ATM 2018: GCC posited to welcome boom in European travellers | News

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Arrivals from Europe to the GCC will increase 17 per cent over the period 2018 to 2020, driven by extra flights, routes, competitive fares, and the rising number of mid-market hotels throughout the region, according to the latest data published ahead of Arabian Travel Market 2018. According to Arabian Travel Market’s research partner, Colliers International, as many as 24.6 million EU residents will travel to the GCC between now and 2020, an additional four million travellers when compared to figures for 2015-2017. The UAE and Saudi Arabia continue to be the preferred GCC destinations for European visitors, together they are on track to welcome 81 per cent of the projected business and leisure travellers. The UAE is expected to receive 14.5 million, Saudi Arabia 5.4 million, Oman 2.21 million, Bahrain…
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ATM 2018: Warner Bros. World Abu Dhabi to open in July | News

ATM 2018: Warner Bros. World Abu Dhabi to open in July | News

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Destination developer Miral has announced that the Warner Bros. World Abu Dhabi indoor theme park will open its doors to the public on July 25th. When the highly-anticipated Warner Bros. World Abu Dhabi opens this summer, it will feature six immersive lands including DC’s Metropolis and Gotham City, as well as Cartoon Junction, Bedrock, Dynamite Gulch and Warner Bros. Plaza. “The launch of Warner Bros. World Abu Dhabi is yet another milestone in the Emirate’s journey to further enrich its tourism offering and help establish it as one of the world’s leading tourist destinations.  “The park is another great addition to Yas Island’s immersive experiences and award-winning attractions,” said Mohamed Khalifa Al Mubarak, chairman of Miral. “It gives us great pride to have partnered with Warner Bros. Consumer Products to…
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‘Roof of Japan’: Deep snow corridor opens to visitors

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(CNN) — One of the world's wildest mountain drives, Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route in Japan has reopened to tourists for another season. Stretching across the Toyama and Nagano prefectures north of Tokyo, the 90-kilometer sightseeing route -- dubbed the "Roof of Japan" -- offers incredible views of the 3,015-meter Mt. Tateyama and 2,478-meter Mt. Akazawa-dake peaks, while providing access to everything from Japan's highest altitude hot spring to the country's highest waterfall. But the route's biggest attraction when you travel here is the unbelievable Snow Wall Walk, located along the pathway in Yuki no Otani (or Great Valley of Snow).The corridor features walls of snow that tower as high as 17 meters over the road, the result of months of strenuous work by snowplow truck drivers.The walk takes around 50…
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ATM 2018: UAE continues to lead Middle East luxury sector | News

ATM 2018: UAE continues to lead Middle East luxury sector | News

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The UAE will continue to lead the GCC’s luxury hospitality segment to 2022, with 73 per cent of existing luxury hotel stock and 61 per cent of the region’s current luxury pipeline located in the country, according to data released ahead of Arabian Travel Market 2018. The research demonstrates that luxury properties have increased three-fold in the GCC in just ten years, with 95 per cent of these properties operated by international management brands. Despite taking the lead position, the UAE will face strong competition from Saudi Arabia, which is expected to witness the most significant increase in luxury hotel supply to 2022, with a compound annual growth rate of 18 per cent from 2018 onwards. Across the rest of the GCC, this figure stands at ten per cent in…
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‘Mars on Earth’ experience opens in the Wadi Rum desert

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(CNN) — "Vast, echoing and God-like." That is how T.E. Lawrence, the British archaeologist and army officer who inspired the 1962 film "Lawrence of Arabia," described Wadi Rum.As you approach the wind-swept mountains that fiercely jut out of the burnt orange sand in Jordan's largest desert, it's easy to see what he meant. The landscape here is like something from another world.So it's perhaps no surprise that a hotel in Wadi Rum has just opened a dramatic Martian Experience in the heart of this wilderness, which lets visitors feel as though they have landed on the Red Planet.It's already attracting high-profile visitors. Last month, SpaceX CEO Elon Musk visited the Martian Domes and shared photos of the experience on Instagram. Desert experienceIt was Ridley Scott's Oscar-nominated 2015 film "The Martian"…
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