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).