RSS Title //localhost:3000 RSS Description Mon, 27 Feb 2017 04:00:07 +0000 en-US RCI welcomed more than 170 new resorts in 2016 RCI added more than 170 new affiliated resorts to its exchange network in 2016. The additions, which include some resorts currently under construction, span across every populated continent. Gordon Gurnik, president, RCI, said: “We’re proud of the quantity and quality of properties we added to the RCI exchange network this year. “By working with superior… Read more »

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Three Top Owner Trends for 2017 Make booking a snap, consider new locations and offer authentic experiences to engage younger owners and travelers.   Vacation ownership continues to flourish and reach new owners in 2017. According to ARDA International Foundation’s (AIF) 2016 Shared Vacation Ownership Owners Report, the industry increasingly attracts younger and more-diverse travelers: 18- to 34-year-olds now make up… Read more »

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National Geographic Traveller launches first festival Award-winning magazine National Geographic Traveller UK has announced the inaugural National Geographic Traveller Festival, an all-day live event featuring inspirational speakers, writers, photographers, travel experts and workshops. The Babbel sponsored festival is designed to bring the magazine to life, and embodies the brand’s trailblazing spirit, global scope and vibrant visuals, according to the event organisers…. Read more »

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Two new TRYP resorts for the Iberian peninsula Meliá Hotels International has announced the signing of agreements to add two new TRYP hotels in Mallorca and Lisbon. TRYP Santa Ponsa hotel is located on the Calviá coast of Mallorca where Meliá Hotels International is the leading hotel chain, while the TRYP Costa Caparica hotel is set on the charismatic Setubal Peninsula, about 20… Read more »

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Princess Cruises orders another new ship Princess Cruises has placed an order for its sixth ‘Royal’ class vessel – a 3,560-guest ship, still to be named – as the cruise industry continues to flourish. The ship, which is expected for delivery in 2022, will feature the signature elements that have become synonymous with the Princess guest experience such as a central… Read more »

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Mövenpick to rebrand luxury villa resort in Thailand Swiss hotel management company Mövenpick Hotels & Resorts has announced that it will rebrand and manage a luxury villa and suite resort in Hua Hin, Thailand to be named the Mövenpick Asara Resort & Spa Hua Hin. In operation since 2010, the existing Asara Villa and Suite Resort, Hua Hin is a 96-key resort owned… Read more »

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Royal Jordanian and Alitalia sign codeshare deal Royal Jordanian and Alitalia airlines have signed a codeshare agreement to offer more travel choices and enhanced network connectivity between Jordan, Italy, and beyond. The agreement is expected to boost travel and tourism between Jordan and Italy, giving tourists, business travellers and students more travel options with 12 weekly flights between Rome and Amman. In… Read more »

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VisitBritain aiming to boost tourism from India National tourism agency VisitBritain has launched a major campaign to inspire more visitors from India to visit the UK. The #OMGB (Oh My GREAT Britain) ‘Home of Amazing Moments’ marketing campaign will feature a seven-week paid digital and billboard campaign to showcase the amazing moments that can only be had on a trip to Britain…. Read more »

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Finland celebrates nature as part of centennial jubilee Finland has launched The Nature Days 2017 campaign to encourage people to explore the great outdoors on four designated days throughout the year. The campaign is a major part of the extensive celebrations – known as Suomi Finland100 – to mark the centenary of the country’s independence, and the all-important Nature Days dates are 4… Read more »

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Dubai visitor numbers soar to 14.9 million Dubai attracted 14.9 million overnight visitors in 2016, up five per cent on 2015, according to Dubai’s Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing (DTCM). The tourism department noted a four-year CAGR (compound annual growth rate) of eight per cent between 2012 and 2016. These results follow an announcement by His Highness Shaikh Mohammad Bin Rashid… Read more »

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WTTC reveals finalists for 2017 Tourism for Tomorrow Awards The World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC) has announced the 15 finalists for its 2017 Tourism for Tomorrow Awards. The 2017 Finalists cut across five continents in the following categories: Community, Destination, Environment, Innovation and People. The WTTC Tourism for Tomorrow Awards, now in its 13th year, showcases business practices of the highest standards that… Read more »

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Cornwall Airport Newquay is UK’s fastest growing airport Cornwall Airport Newquay has retained its position as the UK’s fastest growing regional airport, recording a 48 per cent growth in passenger numbers for the calendar year 2016. Between January and December 2016 the airport handled 369,000 passengers, up significantly from the 250,000 handled in 2015 and making it the third consecutive year of double-digit… Read more »

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