UK tourism records best month since figures began in July
Figures released today show that July was the strongest month for inbound tourism to the UK since official records began in 1961. There were a record four million overseas visits to the UK in July, the first month to ever break through the four million mark, and up six per cent on the same month last year.
Air China to connect Beijing to Brisbane for first time
Air China will soon begin non-stop flights between Beijing and Brisbane from December 11th. The new route will provide a convenient connection between China’s bustling capital city and the sunny climate of the southern hemisphere, where passengers can experience adventure, and appreciate local art, culture and cuisine.
Tencent signs tourism partnership with Helsinki
Tencent, Helsinki and World Tourism Cities Federation have signed a tripartite cooperation agreement, according to which Helsinki will serve as an intelligent tourism model for China outbound tourism.
Saint Petersburg to host 23rd UNWTO General Assembly in 2019
Russian cultural capital Saint Petersburg will host the 23rd General Assembly of the United Nations World Tourism Organisation. The event will take place in 2019 and follows the successful hosting the 22nd event in Chengdu, China, this month.
St. Petersburg prepares for World Travel Awards Europe Gala Ceremony
With just ten days to go until St. Petersburg welcomes the World Travel Awards Europe Gala Ceremony, the travel industry’s leading awards programme is delighted to unveil the latest details of the event.
Saudi Arabia National Day celebrations to begin tomorrow
As the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia prepares to celebrate the 87th Saudi National Day, the general entertainment authority has announced that exciting preparations are underway for 27 diverse festivities across 17 cities.
Hundreds killed in Mexico City earthquake
Hundreds of people have been killed following a 7.1 magnitude earthquake in Mexico. As many as 226 people are currently feared to have died in the incident, which saw damage to more than 100 buildings in the centre of Mexico City.
Qatar to offer electronic travel authorisation to travellers
Qatar’s ministry of interior and Qatar Tourism Authority have announced that Qatar will now make electronic travel authorisation available to visitors from a host of new countries.
Vietnam Airlines signs partnership with Thua Thien Hue Province
Vietnam Airlines and the People’s Committee of Thua Thien Hue Province have launched a dedicated partnership. The move is aimed at driving tourism, improving investment and boosting the socio-economic development of Thua Thien Hue province, while simultaneously promoting the image, products and services of the national flag carrier Vietnam Airlines.
Saudi Arabia Airlines chief meets with Mauritius prime minister as flights launch
Saleh bin Nasser Al-Jasser, director general of Saudi Arabia Airlines, has met with the prime minister of the Republic of Mauritius, Pravind Jugnauth, following the start of new commercial flights between the two countries.