Category Archives: Global

UK alerts British tourists to protests in Capital Malé

UK tourists

The United Kingdom has alerted British nationals travelling to the Maldives to take security precautions and to avoid large gatherings in Malé following the arrest of former President Mohamed Nasheed on february 22.

The alert also noted that there is a general threat of terrorism in the Maldives, saying that attacks could be indiscriminate, in places frequented by expatriates and foreign travelers including tourists, and urged travelers to take comprehensive travel and medical insurance before travelling.

Long-haul travel sentiment stays strong

long-haul travel

To best support the tourism sector facing uncertainties caused by threats of terrorism and Eurozone economic instability, the European Travel Commission (ETC), the European Tourism Association (ETOA) and the Eurail Group have jointly launched a new research initiative that monitors travel sentiment in key extra-European markets: Brazil, China, Japan, the Russian Federation and the USA.

Based on 1,000 interviews in each market1, every four months the Long-Haul Travel Sentiment Survey monitors people’s intention to travel and captures key characteristics of their trip, travel motivations and barriers included. Key results are regularly published to provide the tourism sector with early indications on travel demand developments from the markets with the best prospects for growth.

Meetings Industry Association reports on solid growth and a strong financial year

meetings industry

The meetings industry association (the MIA), one of the largest and fastest growing trade associations in the sector, held its AGM in London, on 18 February 2015.
The MIA reported solid membership figures and a healthy financial position for the year ending 31st August 2014, with income exceeding £300k which represented an increase of 9% on 2012/13.

Global Tourism

global tourism

Global tourism which stood at a mere 25 million international travelers in 1950 has, over the past decades, experienced such phenomenal growth and diversification that today it has become one of the fastest growing economic sectors in the world. The resilience of the global travel industry to face calamities is well known. The tourism industry has achieved remarkable growth, from 278 million in 1980 to 528 million in 1995, 1017 million in 2013 and to an unprecedented 1138 million in 2014, an increase of 4.7% over the previous year. 

This continuous growth and deepening diversification has made global tourism one of the fastest growing sectors in the world.

Tourism through wellness


The Global Wellness Institute (GWI), an international think-tank that develops research and resources to positively impact the global wellness industry, has signed an agreement with the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) of the United Nations, to jointly implement projects that address the role wellness tourism can play in helping increase tourism overall. Taleb Rifai of UNWTO says, “We are following with great interest the evolution of wellness tourism and will work with GWI on initiatives that will allow countries to develop this important segment.”

2014 visitor figure misses STB forecast


Headwinds on several fronts pushed Singapore’s 2014 visitor arrivals down 3.1 per cent to 15.1 million, the first decline since 2009 and off the mark set by the Singapore Tourism Board (STB).

The consolation was that STB’s quest for higher yield tourists could be paying off – tourism receipts were flat at S$23.5 billion as per capita spending rose.

Robot-staffed Hotel to Open in Japan this Summer

Robot Staff

The Henn-na Hotel, set to open in July in Nagasaki, will start out with a staff of 10 robots, but the plan is to have the hotel services run 90 percent by  humanoid bots called “Actroids.” They will be manning the bell station, registration desk, and housekeeping carts at a hotel opening this summer in Japan. The bots also will be able to both speak and comprehend Chinese, Japanese, Korean, and English. Oh, and they can breathe, blink, make eye contact, and respond to body language and tone of voice.

Undersea Restaurant Ithaa celebrates 10th anniversary with Chateau Margaux

Ithaa restaurant

One decade ago, Ithaa at Conrad Maldives Rangali Island was spectacularly ‘sunk’ five metres into the waters of the Indian ocean and ever since it’s been the mecca for lovers of food, culture and architecture the world over. Sitting like a pearl beneath the waves (Ithaa translates as ‘pearl’ in the Maldivian language of Dhivehi) the curved acrylic walls which give 180-degree panoramic views set the trend for unique dining.

It became the world’s first aquarium-style undersea restaurant – indulging diners with stunning views of the surrounding lagoon, reefs and tropical fish. Consistently recognised as the most beautiful restaurant in the world, Ithaa is fast becoming a 21st Century travel icon, so it is no surprise that as one of the world’s most expensive and exclusive places to eat, there is no better place to showcase the finest wines.

Thailand hopes to host World Tourism Day

Thai tourism

The Thai Cabinet approved, last week, a proposal submitted by Ministry of Tourism and Sports for Thailand to host World Tourism Day 2016. The ministry believes the project will demonstrate the kingdom’s potential in terms of tourism service quality and travel safety. According to the Royal Thai Government website, hosting the World Tourism Day would be an opportunity to raise Thailand’s image and showcase its skills at hosting a world-class event. Thailand could also promote cultural tourism as part of the theme for the special day.

New Rules allow Londoners to earn renting rooms to tourists

London Housing

Londoners will be able to earn thousands of pounds by renting out their home short-term under a new “Airbnb” letting change to regularions.

For up to three months a year, they will be allowed to let out their house, flat or spare room on a short-term basis under new rules unveiled by ministers today.
The proposed reforms also aim to offer millions of tourists the chance to “live like a local” in London.