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Foreign Office urges Brits to avoid north Italy towns

The Foreign & Commonwealth Office has begun to urge against all but essential travel to a number of towns in northern Italy. The communities have been isolated by the Italian authorities due to an ongoing outbreak of coronavirus. Travellers are urged to avoid ten small towns in Lombardy – Codogno, …

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Qatar Airways cuts capacity to South Korea and Iran

Qatar Airways has cut capacity to Iran and South Korea as both countries battle the coronavirus outbreak. Flights to and from South Korea will temporarily operate with a smaller aircraft. An Airbus A350-900 will replace a Boeing 777-300 to meet demand. Passengers from Seoul are also barred from entering the …

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New markets drive Ras Al Khaimah to new tourism record

Ras Al Khaimah Tourism Development Authority has announced strong visitor figures for 2019, with arrivals up almost four per cent to 1.12 million. RevPAR stood at an $115, reflected by the strong yearly occupancy rates, averaging at 74 per cent. Last year’s inbound growth was spurred by the variety of …

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Saudi Arabia bans umrah pilgrims from holy sites

Saudi Arabia will block Muslim pilgrims seeking to reach the holy cities of Mecca and Medina as the country seeks to control the spread of coronavirus. Religious tourism is a large part of the hospitality sector in the kingdom, and the impact is likely to be keenly felt. A statement …

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Chinese travellers disappear from key overseas markets

Asia Pacific destinations popular with travellers from mainland China continue to report a huge hotel occupancy impact from the coronavirus outbreak, according to preliminary February data from STR. Pulling from Tourism Economics’ global top 20 for mainland China outbound travel, STR analysed 14 markets for a six-week period beginning with …

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Abu Dhabi records strong visitor numbers for 2019

Figures collated by the Department of Culture and Tourism – Abu Dhabi have revealed that the number of international visitors coming to the UAE capital is estimated to have reached 11.35 million in 2019. This number includes 2.83 million overnight and 8.53 million same-day visitors, and is a 10.5 per …

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Ras Al Khaimah to welcome new adventure facilities

Ras Al Khaimah Tourism Development Authority will officially open a skatepark at Saqr Park later this week. The brand-new outdoor attraction is located in the largest recreational park in the emirate. Its official opening will be celebrated on Friday, with special performances from renowned international skateboarders – 15-year-old Isabelly Avila, …

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Canary Islands flights hit by sandstorm

Tourists travelling to and from the Canary Islands have seen flights disrupted by a huge sandstorm. Airport operator Aena cancelled, suspended or diverted all flights to and from the islands on Sunday, citing low visibility. Some 822 flights were affected, according to officials. Flights are now returning to normal, with …

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