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  • ‘Panic Saturday’ to witness record retail sales during Christmas in UK

    Published on : Saturday, December 20, 2014

    UK shoppers are expected to spend £1.2bn on the last Saturday before Christmas. Researchers are calling it “Panic Saturday”. Some 13m consumers will be shopping for gifts and groceries, said the Centre for Retail Research (CRR). Consumer analyst Sue Hayward said: “People …

  • Air rage continues as group brawl breaks out in Air China flight

    Published on : Friday, December 19, 2014

    One can feel a sense of déjà vu! It may even seem like yesterday’s news! But no, it’s just another incident in the series of air dramas involving disruptive Chinese air travelers.   It hasn’t been the most peaceful fortnight in …

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  • Prime Minister of Albania receives UNWTO/WTTC Open Letter on Travel and Tourism

    Published on : Friday, December 19, 2014

    The UNWTO/WTTC Open Letter on Travel and Tourism calls upon heads of State and Government worldwide to acknowledge tourism’s key role in delivering a more sustainable and balanced growth and to prioritize the sector in national policies in order to …

  • Global Tourism Is Set To Hit a New Record by the End Of 2014

    Published on : Friday, December 19, 2014

    With over 1.1 billion international tourists travelling the world in one single year, international tourism is on track to end 2014 with record numbers. According to the latest UNWTO World Tourism Barometer, during the first ten months of 2014, the …

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Global Travel News

  • Toronto Pearson Applauds Transport canada’s Annoucement About Th

    Published on : Sunday, December 21, 2014

    Today, Lisa Raitt, Minister of Transport, along with Roxanne James, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness hosted a media event at Toronto Pearson’s Terminal 3 to announce the expansion of the Trusted Traveller program.   …

  • Enchanted pre-Christmas season at Munich Airport

    Published on : Sunday, December 21, 2014

    Passengers, visitors and staff at Munich Airport can once again look forward to an annual highlight: the popular Winter Market at the Munich Airport Center (MAC), between the two terminals, from November 22 to December 28, 2014. Once again, the …

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  • Frankfurt Airport Is Well Prepared for Snow and Ice

    Published on : Sunday, December 21, 2014

    One of the leading aviation hubs in the world, Frankfurt Airport (FRA) handles an average of about 1,400 aircraft, taking off or landing each day.  On peak days, well over 200,000 passengers use the terminals.  Fraport’s extensive Winter Services team …

  • Tulalip Tribes’ Hibulb Cultural Center Features New Coast Salish Can

    Published on : Sunday, December 21, 2014

    The Tulalip Tribes’ Hibulb Cultural Center features a new special exhibit, A Journey with our Ancestors: Coast Salish Canoes, which opened on June 28 and will be on display through June 2015.  The exhibit highlights the importance of canoes to …

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    EUROPE

  • airberlin set to start codeshare flights with Bulgaria Air

    Published on : Saturday, December 20, 2014

    Starting on 14 January 2015, airberlin and Bulgaria Air, the Bulgarian Republic’s national airline, are offering codeshare flights on selected European routes.     airberlin will put its code on Bulgaria Air flights from Berlin, Frankfurt and Vienna to Sofia, …

  • airberlin employees will work during Christmas to serve holiday travelers

    Published on : Saturday, December 20, 2014

    The Germans prefer to spend Christmas and New Year’s Eve with friends and family. In order to ensure that all guests arrive on time for their Christmas and New Year’s Eve parties, many airberlin employees will even be working over …

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    AMERICA

  • Oregon Poised to Benefit from the Reauthorization of Brand USA

    Published on : Saturday, December 20, 2014

    Brand USA, our nation’s destination marketing organization, was reauthorized with broad bipartisan support in the United States House and Senate. Last night, President Obama signed the bill to give the organization a five-year extension.   The mission of Brand USA …

  • Antigua and Barbuda offers shopping without sales tax for tourists in

    Published on : Saturday, December 20, 2014

    Once again, the government has granted a reduction in the Antigua and Barbuda Sales Tax (ABST) during the Christmas season. The reduction of the ABST rate from 15 to 5% will apply to specific items in stores and supermarkets. However, …

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    MIDDLE EAST

  • Qatar to Invest Up to $45bn for Tourism-Related Projects

    Published on : Saturday, December 20, 2014

    Qatar to Invest Up to $45bn for Tourism-Related Projects According to a senior official of Qatar Tourism Authority (QTA) about $45 billion in investments have been projected for tourism-related project in Qatar up to 2030.     Issa bin Mohamed Al-Mohannadi, chairman of …

  • Kite Fest to feature in Dubai Shopping Festival

    Published on : Friday, December 19, 2014

    Kite flyers from across the world will come together in Dubai in January to participate in the Dubai International Kite Fest as a part of the 20th anniversary celebrations of the Dubai Shopping Festival, which runs for a month from …

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    ASIA

  • Seychelles Tourism to focus on the European market in 2015

    Published on : Saturday, December 20, 2014

    There is a need for the European market to create more demand, become more visible and to upscale the consumer promotions. This is the strategy that the Seychelles Tourism Board’s Director for Europe Bernadette Willemin said at the end of …

  • Chiang Mai & The North Travel Mart 2014

    Published on : Friday, December 19, 2014

    The Chiang Mai & The North Travel Mart 2014 (CTM 2014) was held successfully during 8-11 December at the International Convention and Exhibition Centre Commemorating His Majesty’s 7th Cycle Birthday Anniversary in Chiang Mai.   The CTM 2014 attracted a …

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  • Toronto Pearson Applauds Transport canada’s Annoucement About Th

    Published on : Sunday, December 21, 2014

    Today, Lisa Raitt, Minister of Transport, along with Roxanne James, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness hosted a media event at Toronto Pearson’s Terminal 3 to announce the expansion of the Trusted Traveller program.   …

  • Enchanted pre-Christmas season at Munich Airport

    Published on : Sunday, December 21, 2014

    Passengers, visitors and staff at Munich Airport can once again look forward to an annual highlight: the popular Winter Market at the Munich Airport Center (MAC), between the two terminals, from November 22 to December 28, 2014. Once again, the …

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    CRUISE NEWS

  • Carnival Corp. orders 2 new ships, takes total count to 10

    Published on : Friday, December 19, 2014

    Cruise major Carnival Corp. today said it had reached an agreement with Italy’s Fincantieri shipyard to build a 3,954-passenger vessel for Carnival and a 2,650-passenger vessel for Holland America.   Carnival said the Carnival ship would be delivered in March …

  • Join ‘Best Value for Money’ Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines at the Telegr

    Published on : Friday, December 19, 2014

    Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines – voted ‘Best Value for Money’ in 2014 by experts at influential consumer website Cruise Critic,for the third consecutive year – will have a team of experts on hand at the Telegraph Cruise Show, to be …

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    HOTEL NEWS

  • Portuguese Goa Revisited At Alila Diwa Goa

    Published on : Sunday, December 21, 2014

    Cocooned along the coast of the beautiful Gonsua Beach in Majorda, between a sea of green paddies and blue waters, Alila Diwa Goa is the perfect base for those keen to get under the skin of the real Goa. For …

  • Centara Grand Island Resort & Spa Maldives takes away the 2014 Tra

    Published on : Saturday, December 20, 2014

    Centara Hotels&Resorts group is proud to announce its recent success at the Traveller’s Choice Awards, where its Grand Island Resort&Spa was recognized as Top All Inclusive Resort. “We’ve worked hard to make the Grand Island Resort&Spa live up to visitor’s …

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    TOURISM NEWS

  • Texas A&M: ranked third in the world for tourism research

    Published on : Saturday, December 20, 2014

    According to latest study published in Tourism Management Perspectives Texas A&M University ranked third in the world for the most contributions to tourism research for the past 10 years. Among the top five contributing universities, Hong Kong Polytechnic University, University of Surrey, …

  • Qatar to Invest Up to $45bn for Tourism-Related Projects

    Published on : Saturday, December 20, 2014

    Qatar to Invest Up to $45bn for Tourism-Related Projects According to a senior official of Qatar Tourism Authority (QTA) about $45 billion in investments have been projected for tourism-related project in Qatar up to 2030.     Issa bin Mohamed Al-Mohannadi, chairman of …

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IN CONVERSATION WITH

In an exclusive interview with Travel And Tour World, Lois Wilcox, Exhibition Manager IBTM Arabia speaks about the various aspects of show, its innovative format and the growth of MICE and business traveling in the GCC region in the recent times. TTW asks:

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