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Israel tourism gathers momentum with record 2018

Approximately 325,600 tourists enter Israel in the final month of 2018, 12.2 per cent more than in December 2017. At the same time, revenue from tourism in December reached about $460 million, according to the Central Bureau of Statistics. In total, over 4.1 million tourist entries were recorded in Israel …

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Bartlett welcomes new tourism records in Jamaica

Jamaica minister of tourism, Edmund Bartlett, has revealed the Caribbean island saw an 8.6 per cent increase in tourism revenues in 2018. Bartlett told a press conference in Kingston that the preliminary figures from the Jamaica Tourist Board have shown a new record for the industry in terms of arrivals …

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Dubai waives guarantee requirements to boost tourism sector

The Dubai Department of Tourism & Commerce Marketing has initiated efforts to release approximately AED250 million (£53 million) in bank guarantees that have been furnished by tourism-related service providers, following the waiver of this prerequisite regulatory requirement to start a travel and tour business in the emirate. The new deregulatory …

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Grenada welcomes new visitor milestone in 2018

Grenada achieved a historic milestone in 2018 welcoming more than half a million visitors to the destination’s shores. Spread across key niche markets, the combined cruise, yachting and stay over arrivals for 2018 was 528,077 representing a 13 per cent increase over 2017. A strong performance was recorded in stay …

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STR: U.S. hotel performance for December 2018

HENDERSONVILLE, Tennessee — The U.S. hotel industry reported positive results in the three key performance metrics during December 2018, according to data from STR. In a year-over-year comparison with December 2017, the industry posted the following: • Occupancy: +0.1% to 54.1% • Average daily rate (ADR): +1.8% to US$124.28 • …

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South Australia reports record-breaking tourism numbers

South Australia, the location of the next World Routes event, has reported a record number of visors to the region, with the state’s visitor economy soaring to an all-time-high of AUD$6.9 billion. The results of the latest International and National Visitor Survey showed growth in domestic and international expenditure and …

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Royal Opera House prepares to welcome latest London venue

The Royal Opera House’s Linbury Theatre, the West End’s newest and most intimate venue, opens with its first live performance this week. Extensively redesigned and refurbished as part of the Royal Opera House’s Open Up project, London’s latest state-of-the-art theatre will open with TRIOConcertDance, a mixed programme of contemporary choreography. …

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Oman Air extends Maldives connections into spring

Oman Air has extended its Maldives winter programme and will now offer flights until April. With Oman Air operating six times a week to the destination on the new B737–MAX 8 aircraft from Muscat, passengers travelling on the double daily from London Heathrow and daily from Manchester on the Boeing …

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