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On Thursday, April 21st, Kurumba once again hosted an amazing ‘Party with a Purpose’ event to raise funds for Kudakudhinge Hiyaa Orphanage. A community of musicians, resorts and other corporate business partners were found to be having a lively and vibrant time filled with food, drink, music, dancing and auctions.
Without naming names, officials at a global travel summit Wednesday decried using fear of terror for political gain, and at the expense of the travel industry.
“The more we wall ourselves off, the worse the security situation is going to get,” said Chris Nassetta, president and chief executive of Hilton Brands, speaking at the opening day of the Global Summit of the World Travel & Tourism Council.
DER Touristik has opened its first ‘Concept Store’ in Berlin city centre as a test laboratory to try out new technologies in travel agencies. Features and products include virtual reality data glasses for virtual tours of hotels, cruise ships or destinations, tablets to research travel offers, a video wall where travel agents can present recommendations, a sofa that can be swivelled around, and even a small cinema. “We’re testing out the latest technologies here and then transferring them after successful launches to the DER Touristik sales outlets,” said Christoph Führer, the group’s Chief Commercial Officer.
Holiday bookings still remain well behind last year, even if demand has slightly strengthened in recent weeks, according to tour operators. The Western Mediterranean and domestic holidays in Germany are still selling well but demand for Turkey, Egypt and Tunisia has slumped heavily.
The number of visitors from China to the Maldives took a twenty percent dip for the month of February compared to last year.
This story was written while the latest terror attack was unfolding in Brussels, Belgium. The president of the Brussels – Hawaii – Seychelles-based International Coalition of Tourism Partners (ICTP),Professor Geoffrey Lipman, was at his residence in Brussels living through the citywide lockdown.
Today the World Travel & Tourism Council has launched its annual Economic Impact Report 2016. According to the research, last year Travel & Tourism added 7.2 million jobs to the global economy and contributed over USD$ 7.2 trillion in GDP.
The Economic Impact Reports, WTTC’s flagship annual research, provide economic data on the contribution of the Travel & Tourism sector on a global level as well as for 184 countries and 24 regions.
THE expected surge in travellers to the Asia-Pacific over the next 20 years may fail to materialise unless governments quickly address the issue of overcapacity at airports, warned aviation experts during Routes Asia 2016, which took place in Manila last week.
CHINA overtook India as the leading source market for visitors to Sri Lanka last month, with arrivals up 48.5 per cent to 58,269 in February against India’s 29.1 per cent growth to 55,454.