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WTTC urges against stigmatising Chinese tourists

Individual tourists and groups from China and Asia must not be stigmatised because of the latest coronavirus outbreak, according to the World Travel & Tourism Council. The trade body is warning against disproportionate reactions which could result in discrimination. The panic, seen as a way of containing the coronavirus, could …

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Forbes Travel Guide unveils 2020 star ratings

Forbes Travel Guide has presented a galaxy of stars to the most luxurious properties in the world. A record 107 new five-star awards have been announced, owing to the company’s significant expansion across 16 countries. The 2020 awards celebrate 1,898 star-rated properties in 73 countries; the full list can be …

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Giga projects drive tourism in Saudi Arabia

A host of giga projects – large, government-funded initiatives designed to diversify the economy – are set to drive growth in the Saudi Arabia hospitality market in the coming years. Key among them is the Red Sea Development, which is closest to fruition. The project will be developed over 28,000 …

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British Airways adds summer Newquay connection

British Airways is launching a summer route between London Heathrow and Newquay. The move adds to the new routes the airline has already announced for the summer to Greece, Italy, Kosovo, Montenegro and Turkey. Neil Chernoff, British Airways director of network and alliances, said: “We know that customers enjoy exploring …

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Jais Adventure Peak opens in Ras al Khaimah

Ras Al Khaimah Tourism Development Authority has unveiled the Jais Adventure Peak, a collection of adventure attractions perched atop the highest mountain in the United Arab Emirates, Jebel Jais. The latest adventure tourism offering includes the Jebel Jais Flight, Jais Sky Tour and Jebel Jais Viewing Deck Park. These are …

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Iberia launches Stopover Hola Madrid programme

Luis Gallego, executive chairman of Iberia, has joined with mayor of Madrid, José Luis Martínez-Almeida, to launch a new stopover programme entitled Hola Madrid. Designed to encourage long-haul passengers to extend their Madrid stopovers by up to six nights, the deal is designed to offer advantageous conditions. The local council …

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Tel Aviv unveils long-term tourism masterplan

The Tel Aviv-Yafo Municipality has launched a strategic plan that looks at the entire tourism industry. The document seeks to identify relevant target audiences, envision the tourist attractions yet to be established in the city, assess the existing tourism complexes and plan the moves that must be initiated in order …

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ABTA: Six million Brits eye winter sun holidays

Nearly six million people have sought, or are planning to seek, warmer climes this winter, according to new research by ABTA. According to ABTA members, the Canary Islands remain the top destination for British tourists looking for sunnier weather, with Fuerteventura, Tenerife, Lanzarote and Gran Canaria seeing strong bookings. At …

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Virgin Atlantic extends Shanghai suspension

Virgin Atlantic has extended the suspension of its services to Shanghai until the end of March. The news comes as the China continues to battle an outbreak of a new coronavirus. The virus is now believed to have killed 565 people and infected 28,018. All but one of the deaths …

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