Category Archives: Global

Indian outbound tourism to touch 50 million by 2020

indian tourists

The first-of its-kind tourism intelligence and marketing study conducted by Stark Tourism Associates corroborates United Nations World Tourism Organization’s prediction that outbound tourism from India will touch a whopping 50 million by 2020. The study was unveiled at the India Forum session of Internationale Tourismus Bourse (ITB) Berlin 2015, world’s leading travel trade event, on Wednesday.

Climate change threatens world’s iconic ecosystems

Amazon rainforest

Protecting places of global environmental importance such as the Great Barrier Reef and the Amazon rainforest from climate change will require reducing pressures like over-fishing, fertiliser pollution and land clearing. Without better local management, world’s most iconic ecosystems are at risk of collapse under climate change, warn researchers.

Thai government launches 1111 hotline for tourists

hotline Thai

The Royal Thai Government has launched a new 1111 hotline to receive complaints from foreigners in Thailand, in addition to the existing 1155 Tourist Police Call Center.

In case of an emergency, foreigners are advised to dial 1155. The 24-hour Tourist Police Call Center is ready to offer assistance to both tourists and foreign residents in Thailand. There will be interpreters on standby to receive all emergency calls. 

Maldives recognised as the 2nd Most Popular Diving Destination in the World


Maldives is not only an extraordinary vacation destination due to its superb beaches and amazing resorts, but also an aquatic paradise for a variety of marine flora and fauna. And these are not just words or our personal impression!

This affirmation has been confirmed this year by DIVER magazine, which recognized Maldives as being the second most popular diving destination in the world. The award ceremony took place at London International Dive Show, on February 14th. This was the 17th annual award ceremony organized by the prestigious DIVER magazine.

German Markets show strong sales in February

German markets

Holiday bookings picked up strongly in German travel agencies last month marking a further improvement in overall trends for this year, according to new market surveys.

Holiday bookings for summer 2015 were 10% higher year-on-year in February, the monthly survey of 1,200 leisure travel-focused agencies by market researchers GfK found. Cumulative summer sales are now 6.4% ahead of last year. However, February 2014 marked the start of a period of weak bookings that continued until the summer, meaning that year-on-year comparison will be from a lower basis in the next few months.

Sri Lanka to launch the Ramayanaya Trail

Ramayan trail

Post the visit of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the different agreement signed with His Excellency the President Maithripala Sirisena, the energetic Sri Lanka Tourism Promotions Bureau launched the Ramayanaya Trail targeting the India market together with 26 companies from the private sector. While managing existing products, they also want to launch new products so that Sri Lanka Tourism is kept contemporary, said Chairman Sri Lanka Tourism Bureau Rohantha Athukorala.

The Future of Chinese Travel

chinese tourists

A new report by the InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG), one of the largest hotel chains, and Oxford Economics, provides comprehensive data about China’s outbound travel market. According to the report, the dynamics of Chinese travel patterns are shifting, and with this change comes enhanced benefits from the increased scale of the opportunity for various travel destinations across the world. Some of the expected key beneficiaries of this boom include New York, London, Los Angeles, Tokyo and Sydney.

TUI to promote Bollywood trails

london bollywood

VisitBritain, the national tourism agency for Britain, has partnered with TUI to introduce ‘Romance in Britain’ holiday packages. All the packages include key Bollywood movie locations spread across Britain including London, Oxford, Manchester, Cardiff in Whales and Edinburgh in Scotland. Also, VisitBritain has appointed Saif Ali Khan, popular actor in the Bollywood industry, as the spokesperson for this campaign.

Euro hits 12-year low against dollar


The euro has fallen to its lowest level against the US dollar in 12 years after the European Central Bank (ECB) began its government bond buying programme. It fell as low as $1.0560, before recovering a little. But many traders expect it may soon be worth the same as a dollar. The ECB began its latest round of quantitative easing (QE) on  last Monday. It will buy bonds worth €1.14tn over the next 18 months, flooding the market with euros.

ITB Berlin sets new records

ITB Berlin

Despite international crises and the risk of political conflict around the world, as the 2015 holiday season begins the economic prospects for the global travel industry could not be better for the months to come. As ITB Berlin, the world’s largest travel trade show, closes its doors the conclusion is as follows: boosted by falling energy prices, reduced interest rates, low inflation and positive economic forecasts for the eurozone and North America, the travel industry has high expectations as the 2015 travel season beckons.