Travel News March 2017

Travel Insurance in the UKcould be increasing soon

The news that car insurance in the UK is going up might soon be translated across to the travel insurance sector. A recent court ruling has seen car cover expected to rise by 30 percent.

TOURISM IN LUXEMBOURG: LEISURE AND BUSINESS SECTOR GROWING

Tourism in Luxemburg stabilized last year. Despite diverging rates of success depending on the sector and region, the tourism sector reported positive numbers for the year 2016, according to State Secretary for Economic Affairs, Francine Closener.
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MONTENEGRO: TOURISM REVENUE REACHES ALL-TIME HIGH

Tourism revenue in Montenegro increased to nearly 900 million euros in 2016, which was 100 million more than the year before.
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TOURISM IN PORTUGAL ANNOUNCED A 13% INCREASE

Tourism in Portugal finished the year 2016 by welcoming almost 11 million visitors, an increase of 13% as compared to the previous year, crossing the 10 million visitor threshold for the first time, according to the preliminary data published by Statistics Portugal.
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RUSSIA: OUTBOUND TRAVEL MARKET TO GO UP BY 30%

More than 3 million Russians are expected to travel to Turkey in 2017, according to experts. The outbound travel market is likely to grow again.
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BAVARIAN TOURISM SECTOR REPORTED NEW RECORDS

Foreign tourists have always come to Bavaria to explore its cities as well as health resorts. Last year, the Dutch were the most numerous group of visitors, but there was also an increase in the inflow from China and the Arabic world boosting substantially the Bavarian tourism sector.
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TOURISM IN SENEGAL IS ON THE RIGHT TRACK

Tourism in Senegal reported positive numbers. In 2016, local authorities recorded 1.6 million tourists as compared to the 984 000 visitors in 2015.

2016 Travel Wrap-up

With the end of the year well and truly in sight, we thought we’d wrap up the season with some of the big travel news of the year.

SPAIN’S TOURISM GROWTH SEEMS UNSTOPPABLE

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Over the first nine months of this year Spain received 60.3 million foreign tourists, which is an increase of 10.1%, according to the Tourist Border Movement Survey (FRONTUR) released by the National Statistics Institute (INE). In September, Spain also recorded substantial tourism growth when 7.9 million international tourists came to explore the country (+10.2%).
COSTA RICA – ULTIMATE ECOTOURISM DESTINATION FOR NATURE LOVERS

Today, Costa Rica is regarded as an established ecotourism destination. While the country benefits from the rich biodiversity and pleasant climate, the development of ecotourism relied highly on the governmental activities, conservation NGOs as well as small entrepreneurs. Decades-long political stability also helped the development of the sector.
AUSTRIAN TOURISM NOT PLEASED ABOUT CHRISTMAS DAY ON SUNDAY

While the number of overnight stays in Austria has so far increased from year to year to 68.5 million, further growth might be complicated this winter season. Both the Christmas Day and the New Year’s Day are Sundays which might impact the Austrian tourism numbers.
PANAMA’S TOURISM PROMOTION FOCUSES ON DOMESTIC TRAVEL

The Tourism Authority of Panama (ATP) announced the official launch of a tourism promotion campaign focusing on domestic travel during 2016-2017. The campaign is divided into two stages “Your Panama, Do You Know Her?” and “Tourism Starts with You,” both targeting the local market to boost tourism in different parts of the country.
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BLACK FRIDAY AND THE TRAVEL SECTOR

Airlines, holiday companies and tour operators have joined the Black Friday sales day in an attempt to encourage bookings from holidaymakers worried about the falling pound.

Following what it claims were record-breaking bookings last year, the all-inclusive operator Club Med is offering up to 30% off its packages, which include all meals, lift passes, resort transfers and lessons or guiding.
Flight and holiday deals for Black Friday and Cyber Monday

British Airways’ offers include savings of up to 50% on flights to the top North American destinations of New York, Boston, Washington, Chicago, Philadelphia, Atlanta, Baltimore and Toronto, as well as the Middle Eastern hot-spots of Dubai, Abu Dhabi and Muscat – where in each case the airline is offering two return Club World tickets for £2,016 (£1,008 each).

 

The impact of Brexit on Travel Insurance for Britons

A couple of months have now passed since the historic UK vote to leave the European Union. There is still much to decide upon, indeed, will there ever be an official Brexit?

The impact of leaving is expected to have a massive impact on free movement in Europe, both to the UK and away from it.

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Many older Britons love the Spanish and French sunshine and lifestyle, but what would be the impact of Brexit on their travel plans? Well in terms of visas etc then not much is likely to change. Many other non EU countries have visa free travel to Europe and it won’t be any different for the UK.

In terms of the EHIC card, this is not an EU thing and may well stay.

For travel insurance, nothing really changes. As the owner of Sunshine Insure says ‘You should always have travel cover and EHIC it is not a replacement for insurance.

New Zealand and Australia for the Over 75s

There is much more to a holiday than two weeks in the Algarve or Costa Del Sol, which seem to be the two most common destinations for the over 75 age group from the UK.

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We are going to provide an alternative for the slighty more adventurous older traveller, because we believe that just because you are entering the twilight of your days, doesn’t mean to say that you should just end up in Spain or Eastbourne!

New Zealand and Australia

Ok, these are two destinations, and very much different of course, but they are so far away that we thought we’d add them as a pair.

What we are saying is that it would be a shame to spend 24 hours on a flight and miss out on one of these two.

Both offer the familiarity of home, with the English language and fish and chips available, but what they also offer is a summer when it’s our winter, and some of the most spectacular landscapes on Earth.

New Zealand is often said to be like Britain was 30 years ago, and makes it a big appeal to the baby boomer generation.

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As usual, it’s very important to have holiday insurance cover if you go to either of these.