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A government-appointed commission recommended Britain to build a third runway at London Heathrow airport to ease congestion despite opposition from environmentalists and London mayor Boris Johnson.
The runway would cost £17.6 billion, but would generate up to £147 billion over 60 years and create more than 70,000 jobs by 2050, the commission said in a long-awaited report.
Nasdaq-listed Priceline Group, which owns popular hotel bookings website Booking.com, is eyeing corporate partnerships in the Middle East to tap into a market it claims has strong growth potential.
Booking.com expanded its listings in the region by about 25 percent over the past year, comprising 200 new properties, the company said. In Dubai alone there are more than 1,000 properties listed on the global travel website, of which 400 are private homes for rent and the rest are hotels and guesthouses.
FlyDubai, Dubai’s innovative low-cost airline, has announced cheap fares between Maldives and Sri Lanka for USD 160 (MVR 2467).
The World Travel Awards singled out Baros Resort in the Maldives as the Most Romantic Resort in the Indian Ocean for the third year running.
Baros Maldives boasts 45 beachside villas and 30 water villas, all of which have direct access to the breathtaking lagoon by the beach.
The Johor government is to organise a homestay festival in September to further promote tourism in the state.
State Tourism, Trade and Consumerism Committee chairman Datuk Tee Siew Kiong said the Johor office is targeting a participation of more than 1,000 homestay operators.
TUI’s German club holiday business Robinson aims to expand in the Caribbean, the Indian Ocean and the Mediterranean. Managing director Ingo Burmeister said the company is seeking properties in the three ‘bathing water’ regions as part of the strategy to expand the portfolio from 24 locations at present to 40, by 2020.
Dr. Errikos Levis, a researcher in the Department of Aeronautics at Imperial College London, co-authored a study on the potential of seaplanes as tomorrow’s jumbo, passenger aircraft.
Even as the stream of Western tourists to Russia decelerates due to international frictions over the Ukraine crisis, tourism from neighboring China is taking off.
Russia’s introduction of a visa-free regime for Chinese tour groups, falling prices due to the devaluation of the ruble and blooming political relations between the two countries have all helped bring more and more Chinese tourists to Russia.