Latest Travel News from around the World Feb 18

ITALIAN TOURISM INDUSTRY NEEDS RESTRUCTURING
In 2000, Italy was worth 5.8% of the world’s tourist expenditure. Today, the country is at 3%. In the next ten years, if strategies do not change, it will drop to 2.1% of the global tourist GDP, placed 182nd out…

TRUMP SET TO INTRODUCE MORE TRAVEL RESTRICTIONS
U.S. President, Donald Trump, plans to extend his controversial travel ban to citizens of other countries. The new travel restrictions should impact people from North Korea and Venezuela

PORTUGAL WELCOMED MORE THAN 21 MILLION TOURISTS IN 2017
Tourism in Portugal is ready to celebrate its best year ever. By the end of the year, the country should welcome more than 21 million tourists, above the last year’s hallmark of 19.1 million.

CHINESE TOURISTS EXPECTED TO HELP EU ECONOMY
Europe as a continent relies greatly on tourism. It is estimated that 10 percent of the economy of the EU accounts to this industry. EU leaders are now looking to improve the situation by bringing in more Chinese…

HOTEL INDUSTRY OFFERS JOBS TO ROBOTS
Thinking of hotel run by robots is creepy? What sounds like a fantasy movie is reality in Japan. Instead of human employees, a local hotel is in the hands of robots. Even though this is an extreme example, innovative…

TOURISM RECOVERY IN TURKEY? 46% MORE VISITORS CAME IN AUGUST
According to provisional data from the Turkish border control, the amount of foreigners arriving in Turkey in August this year has reached 4.6 million, a 46.35% more than in August 2016. The authorities rejoice…

OKTOBERFEST – FAMOUS BEER FESTIVAL BECOMING TOO MODERN
Every year, approximately 6 million people visit the world famous beer festival, Oktoberfest. However, surprisingly about 71% of the visitors are from Bavaria, with 58% being from the Munich area itself.

Latest Brexit Travel News

Brexit is still very much in the news and everyone’s thoughts as we end 2017. In terms of travel and holidays there is still a lot of uncertainty. If the UK falls out of the EU completely then maybe the EHIC card will cease to exist or Brits.

Are Brits going to lose any travel rights to EU countries? It is expected they will lose freedom of movement, but what about holidays and longer stays on the continent?

Many older and retired people have taken to travelling across the channel in their motorhomes for the winter. As things stand they can pretty much retire in Europe with little hassle and still retain rights to healthcare etc.

If Brits end up under Schengen rules (you can enter EU countries for up to 90 days but you must leave for 90 days) then any extended EU trips might not be possible.

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).