Italy recently hosted a conference entitled ‘The air transport market in Italy – which outlook?’, attended by 11 national airlines with a combined turnover of US$5.5 billion.
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A new report from the US Federal Reserve has shown that business travel in certain areas of the US is slowing down, with weakened results expected for Boston by the end of the year, and a drop in incoming European travellers already recorded in Atlanta and Florida (although this drop was apparently ‘offset by an increase in business from Central and South America’).
Shanghai-based China Eastern Airlines Corp. plans to add new planes and boost its international services in a bid to accelerate capacity growth to 10 per cent in the second quarter of 2012.
US-based leisure, business and franchise travel network Travel Leaders Group has released the results of its annual Fall Travel Trends Survey, which shows that Maui is becomingly increasingly popular.
The Asia Pacific region has maintained impressive tourism growth despite the global economic slowdown, with an eight-per-cent rise in tourist arrivals in the first half of this year.
According to the International Air Transport Association (IATA), the outlook for the global airline industry is looking generally positive – apart from in the European region, which is bucking the upward trend.
Uganda has assumed top position in terms of tourist industry growth in Africa, according to Kenya’s secretary of tourism, Dr Nelson Githinji.
The Korea Tourism Organization has noted a slowdown in the number of tourists visiting South Korea from Japan.
Mohamed Nasheed, the former president of the Maldives, has suggested that moves towards a more traditionally Islamic lifestyle in the country could seriously affect its tourism industry, as hardliners within the new coalition government push for a ban on alcohol, spas and same-sex beaches.
The first half of 2012 saw a 6.4-per-cent increase in revenue for Kenya’s tourism industry – Sh38.7 billion – compared with the same period in 2011 – Sh36.4 billion.