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Griffith steps down as Barbados Tourism Marketing chief

Barbados Tourism Marketing chief executive William ‘Billy’ Griffith has tendered his resignation, effective December 31st. Following the move, the board of the organisation said it now had an opportunity to recruit a new leader and ensure a smooth transition as his contract comes to an end. Chairman of the board, …

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Gulf Air arrives in Maldives for first time

Gulf Air has celebrated its inaugural service to the Maldives, with its flight GF144 touching down at Velana International Airport earlier. The aircraft was welcomed with a water cannon salute and, upon arrival, a celebratory event was held. In attendance was of Gulf Air chief commercial officer, Vincent Coste, managing …

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American Airlines to launch increased New Zealand connections

American Airlines has unveiled plans to launch the only non-stop service from Los Angeles International Airport to Christchurch, New Zealand, next October. The airline is also adding the only direct service between Dallas Fort Worth International Airport and Auckland, New Zealand, which will increase connecting opportunities for more customers across …

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Tourists flock to Uluru as climb ban introduced

Tourists have been rushing to Uluru in Australia before climbing on the sacred rock is banned. Huge crowds gathered at the site, formerly known as Ayers Rock, which will be permanently off limits to tourists from Saturday morning. Uluru is sacred to its indigenous custodians, the Anangu people, who have …

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South Africa seeks China boost with Tencent deal

Tencent has announced a collaboration with South African Tourism’s Beijing office to entice more Chinese tourists into visiting the country. In 2018, the spend from Chinese tourists in South Africa increased 69 per cent, from R1.4 billion to R2.4 billion. Annual visitor numbers are now nearly 100,000, while the average …

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WTTC partners with Aruba for biometric travel trial

The World Travel & Tourism Council has partnered with the government of Aruba for a biometric trial. The pilot is designed to allow travellers move through airports, car rental stations and hotels based on biometric technology alone. It will be the first ‘air and non-air’ pilot of its kind. The …

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British Airways unveils top 2020 holiday destinations

With seven in ten people planning a trip abroad in the next 12 months, and foreign-holiday taking at its highest level for year, British Airways has today revealed its 2020 holiday hotlist – the most popular British Airways Holidays destinations for the coming year. New York remains the most popular …

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Jamaica Tourist Board launches live webinar series

The Jamaica Tourist Board has announced the launch of its new on-location webinar series. The initiative, which is aimed at Jamaica travel specialists, provides a live visual element to enhance how travel agents can better understand and sell the destination to their clients. “Jamaica is experiencing a record-breaking year and …

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VisitBritain takes leading tradeshow to Belfast for 2020

VisitBritain has announced that its flagship annual travel trade event, Explore Great Britain & Northern Ireland, is to be held in Belfast. The event, VisitBritain’s largest annual travel trade event, will next year being held at the International Convention Centre on May 18th-20th. It will see hundreds of international buyers …

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