Friday, September 19th 2014 - 06:44 UTC

Global tourist numbers grew 4.6% in first half of 2014, according to WTO

“Tourism is consolidating the positive performance of recent years, providing development and economic opportunities worldwide,” said Taleb Rifai.

International tourist numbers grew 4.6% in the first half of 2014, boosted by strong growth in the Americas, Asia and parts of Europe, the World Tourism Organization said this week.

Tuesday, September 16th 2014 - 05:57 UTC

VisitBritain: UK to refund cost of visa for Chinese tourists in organized groups

“The more Chinese tourists the merrier,” chancellor Osborne said.

British Chancellor George Osborne has announced plans to refund the cost of up to 25,000 visas for Chinese tourists in an attempt to attract more visits to the UK. It was one of a series of measures announced at an economic summit in London, attended by Chinese vice premier Ma Kai.

Monday, September 8th 2014 - 07:22 UTC

“Smart-cruise” will have all passengers connected on RFID the moment they step on board

Royal Caribbean’s 'Quantum of the Seas' or “The World’s First Smart-ship” will be launched next month in Germany

With technology that has never been used on cruise ships before, including high-tech “WOWband” bracelets and apps that put everything at passengers’ fingertips, Royal Caribbean’s 'Quantum of the Seas' has been dubbed “The World’s First Smart-ship.”

Thursday, September 4th 2014 - 05:42 UTC

Magallanes received 630.000 tourists in 2013, expects a 5% increase this year

Cruise vessels in Punta Arenas on a busy season day  (Pic LPA)

Magallanes Region economy (in the extreme south of Chile) received an injection of 220 million dollars from the 630.000 tourists that arrived by air, sea or land to the area during 2013, according to the latest release form the regional Tourism Office (Sernatur).

Tuesday, September 2nd 2014 - 08:11 UTC

Falkland Islands attendance of Bird Fair in Egleton proved a huge success

“This coming season is looking very busy, attending events to promote the Falklands has proved well worthwhile”, pointed out Jenny Luxton

This year’s Bird Fair in Egleton, Rutland, had even more exhibitors than ever and was certainly worth Falkland Islands Holidays (FIH) attending, said Jenny Luxton of FIH who anticipated that the coming season is looking very busy based on the interest shown by visitors to the stands.

Tuesday, September 2nd 2014 - 06:34 UTC

Spain's Iberia returns to Carrasco with 2.300 seats a week on the Montevideo-Madrid route

The Iberia jet landed at 7:15 a.m. at Montevideo's Carrasco International Airport after a 13-hour non-stop flight that covered 10,000 kilometers.

Spain's flag carrier Iberia made its return to Uruguay on Monday after being out of the South American country's market for 18 months, marking the resumption of a route that will offer up to 2,300 seats to travelers on a weekly basis. Iberia, a unit of IAG, will be providing service on the Madrid-Montevideo and Montevideo-Madrid route with four weekly flights.

Sunday, August 31st 2014 - 10:36 UTC

Falkland Islands: “looking good for cruise ship season”

Sammy Marsh: “looking good for the coming cruise ship season”

THE 2014/15 cruise ship season is looking good for the Falklands, with approximately 52,000 passengers due to land with 86 calls to Stanley and a further 113 calls to various Camp landings as well.

Wednesday, August 27th 2014 - 20:13 UTC

South Georgia expecting 64 cruise vessel calls this coming season

Bark Europa with 40 pax, will be the smallest cruise to visit South Georgia and the largest the 450-passenger Seabourn Quest.

The number of cruise ship visits to South Georgia is set to increase by at least 10% in the forthcoming 2014/15 season, according to the July edition of the South Georgia Newsletter.

Wednesday, August 27th 2014 - 07:12 UTC

Controversy in Punta Arenas on servicing cruise vessels this coming season

According to Punta Arenas port company, 103 cruise vessels will be calling this coming September/April season

Controversy has erupted in Punta Arenas as to the consequences for the cruise season of the damage suffered by the Mardones jetty after a container vessel crashed into its structure.

Saturday, August 23rd 2014 - 07:21 UTC

“Significant drop” in cruise calls in Uruguay this coming season

A spectacular sight to be repeated this season, four cruise vessels in Punta del Este

A significant drop in the number of calls and visitors is forecasted for this coming 2014/15 cruise season in Uruguay, according to tourism officials. While in the last season Uruguay received 238 cruise calls, beginning November the number is expected to drop to 187, this apparently because of the very high costs in the ports of Buenos Aires and Brazilian terminals.


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