Research released by the World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC) has shown that the UK travel and tourism industry outperformed the UK economy in 2012, with a 0.5-per-cent increase in GDP contribution, compared with total GDP growth of 0.1 per cent.
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Switzerland is focusing on drawing more tourists from India, aiming to capitalise on a popularity boost it has enjoyed through its favourable depiction in Hindi films.
The European Court of Justice (ECJ) has judged that low-cost airline Ryanair should have fully compensated one of its passengers whose flight was cancelled as a result of the 2010 Icelandic volcanic ash cloud.
According to Malaysian tourist authorities, the country recorded a record 25 million foreign tourists in 2012 – an increase of 1.3 per cent compared with 2011.
US-based Clements Worldwide, a provider of international insurance solutions, has urged businesses to re-examine their risk management strategies before the March elections in Kenya. US-based Clements Worldwide, a provider of international insurance solutions, has urged businesses to re-examine their risk management strategies before the March elections in Kenya.
2012 set a record for tourism to Vienna, Austria, according to the city’s Tourist Board, which recorded 12.3 million overnight stays, a 7.5-per-cent rise on 2011.
The strong Swiss franc is partly to blame for a bad tourist summer for Switzerland, according to the Federal Statistics Office (FSO) in its recently released report. Figures show that there were half a million fewer overnight stays in 2012 compared to 2011, thanks to a falling number of European visitors.
After several years of excellent growth and a particularly robust performance in the first half of 2012, Singapore’s tourism industry suffered a slowdown in the remaining six months of the year
The vice-chairman of the Jakarta branch of the Association of Indonesia Tour and Travel Agencies (ASITA) has warned that despite the government’s plan to attract eight million international tourists by the end of 2012, decreasing demand at the tail end of the year mean that the country might not have reached its intended target, although the figures have not yet been calculated
Visitors from Thailand to Cambodia almost doubled in the first half of last year compared with 2011, with 92,000 Thais visiting their neighbour between January and June – a 90-per-cent jump from the year before – according to a report from the Cambodian Tourism Ministry.
The latest International Visitors Survey from Tourism Research Australia has found that the number of Chinese visitors heading to Australia has outstripped those arriving from the UK, making China the second-biggest source market after New Zealand.