Category Archives: Global
The World Trade & Tourism Council recently announced that the tourism sector’s contribution to global GDP is forecasted to grow by 3.7 percent in 2015, according to a press release. Meanwhile, the industry’s contribution to employment worldwide is expected to rise 2.6 percent. Therefore, by the conclusion of 2015, the tourism sector is expected to have contributed $7,860 billion (10 percent) of global GDP and accounted for 284 million jobs (9.5 percent) globally.
Six Senses Laamu has recently been named the number one dive centre in Asia by an internationally recognized environment NGO called the Green Fins.
The Green Fins Project is ‘the first and world’s only assessed environmental set of standards for SCUBA diving and snorkelling centres.’ These standards are the only recognized environment set of concepts with an across-the-board approach to offering guidelines to business owners and national securities on how to best preserve marine environments and beaches.
Dusit Thani Maldives recently joined forces with the Island Council, the local Police and the School Board of Dhonfanu, a neighbouring island in Baa Atoll, to construct a pre-school for local children. Through its Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) programs, Dusit Thani Maldives funds projects in a number of spheres including community development and biodiversity conservation.
Work is already underway and to date, the resort has donated construction materials worth USD 20,000 (Maldivian Rufiya 308,400). The pre-school will measure roughly 80 square metres and will encompass a classroom, a teacher’s office with store room, ablutions facilities and a covered porch. Completion of the project is expected by June 2015.
The Singaporean Government has recently announced a financial package of 20 million SGD (over 15 million USD) to implement a series of measures globally in an effort to draw international tourists to the island. The move came after statistics showed a decrease in the number of international visitors to the Southeast Asian island nation in the whole year of 2014 and in the early months of 2015.
Tui Group is reviewing all its brands across Europe to assess if they can be realigned under a single Tui name. The move means legacy brands as established as Thomson could be replaced as the company looks to consolidate its brand portfolio following the merger of Tui Travel and Tui AG. Such a move would be an extension of the strategy it outlined in February to better organise its five charter airline brands, with the potential creation of a single airline.
The future is closer than you think. That old favourite, the postcard, will finally be consigned to history over the next few years – already, fewer than half of us send them – and we will bid farewell to sunburn and cash concerns, with technology set to solve travellers’ problems before they even realised they had them. Thomas Cook to mark more than 150 years on the British High Street, today builds on a pioneering past to imagine what the future holds for the Holidaymakers of Tomorrow.
It has not taken Vistara long to set its sights on a new horizon. After just four months of crisscrossing India, the newly inaugurated airline is planning to expand its fleet and is eyeing the international market. Vistara has its eye set on the Gulf, and eventually wants to start flying to Europe and the United States.
Experts say Vistara’s linage – with ties to both Singapore Airlines and Tata-Group – should help with the transition. However, it is not going to be an easy climb for Vistara. The fledgling carrier faces stiff competition. Both Air India and Jet Airways have already made inroads into the international market.
An increase in overseas patient numbers should lift earnings in Thailand’s health tourism sector this year, with double-digit growth forecast as service providers move to boost their profile and service offerings. The number of medical treatments provided to international tourists by Thai private hospitals is expected to reach 2.81million in 2015, up 10.2% year on year. This is not the number of medical tourists, as one person can have from one to twenty treatments even on one visit; and the numbers include a large number of local expatriates.
Kuoni DVMS (Dubai Visa & Marhaba Services) announced the launch of its new partnership in Colombo, Sri Lanka. This will be the third international market for DVMS; the others include Russia and Philippines. The Sri Lanka store was inaugurated by Nuwan Wimalana, Director/ Group Chief Executive Officer, Delmege Forsyth & Co. Ltd. and Clevio Monteiro, Business Head – DVMS, Kuoni India in the presence of Rajiv Guruswamy, CEO, Delair, Amol Bhadange, GM – DVMS, Kuoni India and various distinguished members of the local travel community.
Maldives Tourism plans to implement aggressive promotional and marketing activities in India to increase tourist footfalls to the island nation. The country welcomed over 45,000 Indian tourists last year, recording a double-digit growth since 2010, informed Hussain Lirar, Deputy Minister of Tourism, Republic of Maldives. He was speakin at the recent four-city (Mumbai, Delhi, Bengaluru, and Kolkata) roadshow organised by Maldives Marketing and Public Relations Corporation.