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Holness: Tourism industry supports state of emergency

Jamaica prime minister, Andrew Holness, has welcome the support of tourism stakeholders in St. James after the government rolled-out a series of increased security measures to curb crime in the area. The move has led some to question the safety of tourists in the popular Montego Bay resorts. “Several stakeholders, …

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US Virgin Islands outlines new tourism marketing plan

Following the impact of two category five hurricanes in September, the US Virgin Islands department of tourism has developed a 150-day rolling marketing plan to share with industry stakeholders. “This new plan has been developed to establish priorities and a road map of activities we will pursue as our destination …

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Pilot shortage in Europe: Fact or fiction?

If you asked any European pilot if there is currently a pilot shortage, most of them would probably laugh. Few pilots in Europe would be willing to agree with media headlines about the ‘looming pilot shortage’. Then how come we are always hearing about the hundreds of thousands of pilots …

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Vienna welcomes record tourism figures for 2017

In the record year Vienna recorded 15,510,000 visitor bed nights in 2017, up 3.7 per cent on 2016. At the same time, the Austrian capital saw a 3.7 per cent increase in individual arrivals, to 7,097,000. Vienna’s ten top performing markets were headed by Germany, with 3,116,000 bed nights (up …

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Chicago welcomes 55 million visitors in 2017

Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Choose Chicago today announced that visitors to the city in 2017 reached 55.2 million – a new record and 2.5 per cent increase over the previous year. The increase of 1.4 million reaches the mayor’s ambitious goal of 55 million visitors annually – two years early. …

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