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Illinois breaks news tourism ground in 2018

More than 117 million visitors travelled to Illinois in 2018, setting a new record number of visitors for the state, governor Jay Pritzker announced today.  Visitors to the state spent $41.7 billion, boosting Illinois’ economy by $2 billion over the previous year, according to data provided by the United States …

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Emirates debuts new route to Porto, Portugal

Emirates has launched its new four times weekly service to Porto, its second destination in Portugal. The new service provides travellers from across Emirates’ global network with a direct flight to the popular city in the north of the country. The inaugural flight, EK197, touched down at the city’s international …

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IATA Airlines Financial Monitor – June 2019

Key points of IATA Airlines Financial Monitor – June 2019: While the initial releases for Q2 2019 raise the prospects of an improved earnings outlook in North America, the final overall industry financial results for Q1 2019 show that airline profitability deteriorated compared to the same quarter a year ago. …

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Nakheel unveils the View from the Palm

Master developer Nakheel is adding another stunning, landmark attraction to Dubai’s recreation and leisure scene with the View at the Palm, a public observation deck towering 240 metres above the world-famous Palm Jumeirah. Accessible from Nakheel Mall, the observatory will offer spectacular, uninterrupted views of the Palm, the Arabian Gulf …

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Bahrain creates diving paradise with submerged Boeing 747

The Bahrain Tourism & Exhibitions Authority has officially announced the successful submersion of its 70-metre long decommissioned Boeing 747. The plane will become the centrepiece to the world’s largest underwater theme park, set to open in August. Located off the north coast of mainland Bahrain, 30 kilometres from the Amwaj …

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