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UNWTO records 1.5bn tourism arrivals in 2019

Some 1.5 billion international tourist arrivals were recorded globally by the United Nations World Tourism Organisation in 2019 – a new record. According to the first comprehensive report on global tourism numbers and trends of the new decade, the latest UNWTO World Tourism Barometer, this represents the tenth consecutive year …

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New airlift drives record visitor figures in St Lucia

The latest figures indicate that Saint Lucia has surpassed all previous records set with regards to stay-over arrivals. The Caribbean destination recorded 423,736 stay-over visitors last year, the highest figure in the island’s history. St Lucia has thus welcomed 100,000 additional visitors in nine years – an increase of 38 …

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Saint Lucia unveils new ambassador programme

The government of Saint Lucia has announced the names of twelve new goodwill ambassadors and nine as brand ambassadors. Speaking on behalf of the government during a press briefing, minister for culture and creative industries, Fortuna Belrose, said that cabinet had ratified the proposal which came out of the Cultural …

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Record visitor figures for Japan ahead of Olympic Games

Japan National Tourism Organisation has announced that more than 31 million overseas travellers visited the country in 2019, marking it an all-time record. “Japan continues to be a destination of tremendous interest for Americans, and that interest is clearly growing – as evidenced by the fact that we saw a …

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PATA takes on first UK public relations company

The Pacific Asia Travel Association has appointed dePaRture Travel & Lifestyle Marketing as its corporate communications and public relations company in the UK. The organisation will be responsible for the representation of the organisation from this month. dePaRture thus becomes the first PR company to be hired in the chapter’s …

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easyJet to return to Sharm el Sheikh this summer

easyJet will resume flights to Sharm el Sheikh in Egypt for the first time since November 2015. Following the recent lifting of government restrictions on UK flights to Sharm el Sheikh, easyJet will offer two flights a week to the famous Red Sea destination commencing on June 7th from Manchester …

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Mattar predicts bright future for Saudi tourism

Following a successful stint as chief executive of the Ras Al Khaimah Tourism Development Authority, Haitham Mattar last year moved to a new role in Saudi Arabia. The Middle Eastern destination has been embarking on a programme – known as Vision 2030 – designed to overhaul its economy, diversifying away …

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Belize reaches new tourism milestone in 2019

The Belize Tourism Board has said the destination welcomed over half a million overnight arrivals for the first time in 2019. In 2019, a total of 503,177 overnight visitors were welcomed to Belize, an increase of 2.8 per cent on the 489,261 who arrived in 2018. The National Sustainable Tourism …

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