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International travel-related news all in one place – travel trends, traveller statistics, and worldwide issues affecting travel patterns.
The International Air Transport Association (IATA) has announced global passenger air traffic results for February, showing that, as a result of stronger business confi dence – particularly in emerging economies – growth is accelerating, with passenger demand showing a 3.7-per-cent rise compared to February 2012.
The new Frequency and Capacity Trend Statistics (FACT) report from aviation intelligence and information provider OAG has shown that Dubai International Airport is the fastestgrowing airport in the world, based on annual seat capacity growth.
Despite increasingly belligerent rhetoric from Kim Jong-un’s government, UK-based Regent Holidays has recorded a 400-percent increase in enquiries from travellers wishing to make a trip to North Korea, presumably driven by interest in what many see as the regime’s eccentric behaviour.
The Economic Survey 2012-2013 recently tabled by India’s parliament has suggested that the country’s tourism sector is in urgent need of an image makeover and much higher investment in its infrastructure – for example, through public-private partnerships that would capitalise on opportunities provided by the overall growth in world tourist arrivals.
Europe’s Jet Airliner Crash Data Evaluation Centre has revealed the safest airlines in the world, based on the analysis of safety occurrences and comparing serious incidents suffered by airlines over the past three decades to the revenue passenger kilometres that were fl own over the same period.
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.
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.