According to Statistics New Zealand’s recently released International Travel and Migration figures, there was a significant rise in the number of Australians travelling to New Zealand this March compared with the same period in 2011, showing a strong recovery for the country after last year’s devastating earthquakes.
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The number of travellers heading to overseas destinations from the US was up 13 per cent for the first two months of 2012, a year-to-date increase of six per cent from 2011.
The Spanish Ministry of Interior has announced that, from 2-4 May, it will be suspending the Schengen Agreement and restoring border checks for all travellers to Spain, as part of security arrangements for the European Central Bank summit.
According to figures from the World Travel & Tourism Council, the combined contribution of travel and tourism to the gross domestic product of Gulf Co-operation Council (GCC) countries is expected to rise to US$44 billion this year, an increase of 27 per cent from 2009.
Research unveiled at the World Travel Market (WTM) Vision Conference in London has revealed that the UK travel industry will remain unstable as the local and global economies fluctuate.
A new programme will provide quick and cheap roaming communication to tourists and business travellers in 10 African countries.
The latest eTravel Benchmark results from eDigitalResearch have found that creating a strong, engaging and responsive online presence is vital for travel firms to provide security and protection during the current turbulent trading times in the industry.
A spokesman for the Dubai Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing (DTCM) has predicted that the number of passengers visiting Dubai on a cruise ship will increase by 50,000 each year until 2015.
The most recent report issued by the United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) shows that international tourism grew by almost five per cent in the first half of 2011, totalling a new record of 440 million arrivals. The results confirm that, in spite of multiple challenges, international tourism continues to consolidate the return to growth initiated in 2010.
The popular uprisings in north Africa are proving to be a bonus for Spain’s battered tourism industry, following its downturn in the economic crisis. David Ing reports
The latest eTravel Benchmark survey results show that more travel websites are encouraging their customers to engage with them via social media, and are developing apps for use on the move, offering customers a much more constant level of exposure to the brand, allowing for deeper engagement.