UNWTO: Half a billion tourists visited Europe in 2016
International tourist arrivals to the European Union increased by four per cent in 2016, reaching almost 500 million - 40 per cent the world’s total. This preliminary result is included in the first release of the ‘European Union Short-Term Tourism Trends’, a regular monitoring of EU tourism by the World Tourism Organisation.
Edelweiss to launch Zurich-San Diego connections
Edelweiss is further expanding its route network to North America. From June 9th, the leisure airline, sister company of Swiss International Air Lines, will offer seasonal flights between Zurich and San Diego.
Eurowings launches new low-cost flights to Salzburg from Manchester
Eurowings has announced it will launch a new route from Manchester to Salzburg this winter. The low-cost airline will launch a twice weekly service to the Austrian city on December 4th.
Tourism industry lobbies government for support during Brexit negotiations
The UK tourism industry has, perhaps unsurprisingly, called for tourism to be top of the government’s agenda as Brexit negotiations begin. Prime minister Theresa May today officially notified the European Union of the UK’s intention to leave the club, triggering Article 50 of the Treaty of Lisbon.
Wizz Air opens new base in Chisinau, Moldova
Wizz Air has opened 26th base in Chisinau, Moldova. The airline has based one of its new Airbus A320 aircraft at Chisinau Airport, and will operate seven low-fare routes, including the two new services to Berlin and Barcelona.
Calabrese arrives in London as the Mule Bar opens
Salvatore Calabrese, one of the world’s most high profile cocktail experts, has a new London home. He is keeping it in the family by partnering with his two sons, Gerry and Jon Calabrese, at The Mule Bar, the new Spitalfields venue opened underneath The Holy Birds.
London partners with Paris for ground-breaking business and tourism partnerships
London mayor Sadiq Khan and the mayor of Paris, Anne Hidalgo, today announced new business and tourism collaborations to attract international visitors to both cities and help companies based in London and Paris to expand into new international markets.
Jet2.com to link UK to Geneva for winter ski season
Jet2.com is making sure skiers can hit the slopes while reinforcing its position as Yorkshire’s largest airline, by adding more flights and capacity to leading ski destination, Geneva. The news means that Jet2.com is currently the only airline serving Geneva from Leeds Bradford in winter 2017/18.
Carlson Wagonlit Travel appoints Vipservice as Russia partner
Carlson Wagonlit Travel has announced that Vipservice, based in Russia, will be appointed to join CWT’s Global Partner Network. It is expected that Vipservice will join the CWT Global Partner Network later this month, once the proposed sale of CWT’s wholly owned Russian subsidiary to Vipservice is complete.
Indian inbound tourism flourishing in GCC
Major tourism hotspots in the GCC are experiencing a surge in Indian visitors as the region prepares to showcase its offering to leisure and business travellers at this year’s Arabian Travel Market.