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GNTO appoints new director for UK and Ireland

The German National Tourist Office (GNTO) has appointed Beatrix Haun as its new director for the UK and Ireland. Haun was previously the director of the German National Tourist Board (GNTB) in France and will be succeeding Klaus Lohmann in …

  • Spain frightens tourists with newly levied tax

    Published on : Monday, April 25, 2016

    Spain has shot a surprise on visitors to its country. Holiday makers are furious as Spain announced that it will be charging upto £70 for taking a break in countries like Majorca and Ibiza this summer. The new duty has …

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  • Traveller behaviour changes in Europe with terror and refugee problems

    Published on : Monday, April 25, 2016

    Spain expects a record year regarding its summer tourism. The growing demand for tours in the country is driven by the continuing instability in competitive destinations such as Tunisia, Egypt or Turkey. The insecurity affects the travel behavior of many …

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  • Over 200 treasures from Sicilian culture on display at British Museum exhibition

    Published on : Saturday, April 23, 2016

    Discover all you need to know about an island steeped in history, with Sicily: Culture and Conquest at the British Museum.   Examine more than 200 objects, as this major exhibition provides insight into Sicily’s vibrant past.   Learn all …

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  • Tourism Ireland’s latest campaign to reach 2.3 million radio listeners

    Published on : Friday, April 22, 2016

    Tourism Ireland in London has joined forces with Aer Lingus and Visit Belfast this week, in a new ad campaign to promote flights to Belfast from London Heathrow.   Working closely with airlines and airports to build demand for flights …

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  • Tunisia tourism makes a quick comeback after terror attacks

    Published on : Thursday, April 21, 2016

    Terror attacks in Tunisia have not affected its tourism. The region received 5.5 million tourists despite terror attacks. The hotels have of course taken strong measures to preserve security.   Airline booking are beginning to recover and desert safaris and …

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  • Britain gets international tourism attention with President Obama’s visit

    Published on : Thursday, April 21, 2016

    “As the world’s media turns its attention to these significant events and to some of our most iconic sites including Windsor Castle, where President Obama will dine with Her Majesty The Queen and Stratford-upon-Avon as we mark the 400th anniversary …

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  • Moroccan arrested in Majorca planning to target tourists

    Published on : Wednesday, April 20, 2016

    A Moroccan man was arrested in Majorca in suspicion of close link with Islamist militants.  The man had planned to act as suicide bomber to blow away tourists in the busy tourist destination.   He was accused of recruiting fighters …

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  • Terror attack in Jerusalem injures 21

    Published on : Wednesday, April 20, 2016

    ​In the early evening an explosion on a Jerusalem bus and a subsequent fire led to the injury of 21 people, including passengers on a passing bus and in a nearby car. Two of the injured are in serious condition, …

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  • Berlin presents indispensable online tool at IMEX Frankfurt, 19 to 21 April

    Published on : Monday, April 18, 2016

    The visitBerlin Berlin Convention Office (BCO) strengthens its service for event planners. Just in time for IMEX Frankfurt, the BCO has published an updated Meeting Guide Berlin with a new design, additional content and simpler menu navigation. Accessible at meetingguide.berlin, …

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  • Malta organises screen tourism courses for tourist guides

    Published on : Saturday, April 16, 2016

    The Malta Tourism Authority, in collaboration with the Malta Film Commission and the Malta Union of Tourist Guides, has recently organised a Screen Tourism Training Course for licensed tourist guides. The Ministry for Tourism and the Malta Tourism Authority recognised …

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  • South West showcases its pride destination in IMEX Frankfurt

    Published on : Saturday, April 16, 2016

    The hidden gems of the South West are being brought to the international stage with leading destinations uniting to offer corporate event organisers a plethora of previously undiscovered spaces for business events, meetings and incentive travel.     As one …

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  • Belgian Transport minister quits for poor security practices in Brussels airport

    Published on : Friday, April 15, 2016

    After facing severe criticism for lying about the EU report on  security conditions at the Brussels Airport the Belgian Transport Minister resigned.     The Resignation of Jacqueline Galant has been accepted by the Belgian Prime Minister. He had earlier …

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  • Russia opens tourism office in Hanoi

    Published on : Friday, April 15, 2016

    Russia is finding it hard to get a  strong hold on its tourism. The tourism board has opened an office in Hanoi that will cater both to the markets of Southeast Asia and South Korea. The country is hopeful that …

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  • Gibraltar launches bus tracker app to facilitate travel

    Published on : Friday, April 15, 2016

    The Ministry for Transport, Traffic and Technical Services is pleased to announce the launch of a new Gibraltar Bus Company Website which will be featuring the anticipated Bus Tracker WebApp.   The Bus Tracking WebApp developed by HMGoG’s Information Technology & Logistics …

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  • Sustainable steps taken to preserve Gibraltar’s tourist attraction

    Published on : Friday, April 15, 2016

    The Government’s decision to place restrictions on foreign licensed vehicles entering the Upper Rock Nature Reserve forms part of the sustainable tourism initiatives that have recently been undertaken in the area. It is not a radical policy shift but part of the …

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  • Schiphol airport Amsterdam closed for four hours, one man arrested

    Published on : Wednesday, April 13, 2016

    Amsterdam’s Schiphol airport was partly evacuated on Tuesday night April 12th as heavily armed military police arrested a man and triggered security alert. The alert was however lifted after four hours.     Heavily armed military police wearing balaclavas patrolled …

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  • Relive the Great London Fire

    Published on : Tuesday, April 12, 2016

    Experience a multi-sensory technologically simulated recreation of the Great London Fire as the city marks its 350th anniversary on May 21 at the London Dungeon. Live actors will recreate the disaster combined with special effects.       The Great Fire …

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  • Free WiFi now available on all South West Trains services to the West of England

    Published on : Monday, April 11, 2016

    South West Trains passengers travelling to and from Somerset, Devon, Dorset and Wiltshire can now enjoy free WiFi for the first time.   The joint project between South West Trains and Icomera has seen free WiFi installed on 110 carriages …

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  • Costa del Sol grips the German tourists’ newfound fancy for Golf

    Published on : Monday, April 11, 2016

    Costa del Sol is the new destination that has caught the fancy of German golf tourists. There has been an increasing number of tourists who are visiting the destination over the past year; the number of Germans heading to the …

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  • ‘Random Swede’ helps tourists to travel in Sweden

    Published on : Monday, April 11, 2016

    Foreigners in Sweden can now call and chat with ‘Random Swede’. Sweden has taken an initiative allowing tourists “its own phone number.”   The Swedish Tourist Association announced “The Swedish Number,” an initiative allowing people anywhere outside of Sweden to …

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