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International Tourism Arrivals Hit Record High in 2017

The latest edition of its Tourism Highlights, published on Monday, shows international arrivals reached 1.323 million last year.

The figure represents an 84 million increase over 2016, and a new record, with the sector also recording “uninterrupted growth” in arrivals for eight consecutive years.

Europe and Africa led the regions with increases in arrivals, with growth of 8% and 9% respectively.

WTO added that tourism is the world’s third largest export category, earning $1.3 trillion in receipts in 2017: an increase of 5%.

Meanwhile, total exports from international tourism stood at $1.6 trillion, or an average of $4 billion a day: that is, seven per cent of the world’s exports.

“These strong 2017 results were driven by sustained travel demand for destinations across all world regions, including a firm recovery by those that have suffered from security challenges in recent years,” WTO said in a press release.

“Strong outbound demand from virtually all source markets, including rebounds from major emerging economies Brazil and the Russian Federation, benefited both advanced and emerging destinations”.

7 of the 10 top tourism destinations are also leaders worldwide in both international tourist arrivals and international tourism receipts: China, France, Germany, Italy, Spain, the United Kingdom and the United States.

China also was responsible for generating nearly one-fifth of the world’s total tourism spending in 2017. Citizens of the world’s most populous country spent $258 billion on international travel last year.

WTO added that so far, 2018 shows international tourism continues to grow, “with a year-on-year increase of 6% in arrivals between January and April.”

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Bali, Mt Agung erupts again

Mt Agung erupts again, forcing airport closure and flight cancellations

Mount Agung in Bali erupted and emitted smoke up to 23,000m above its peak yesterday, triggering events leading up to a slew of flight cancellations beginning last night.

Link: https://www.ttgasia.com/2018/06/29/mt-agung-erupts-again-forcing-airport-closure-and-flight-cancellations/

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Editor’s Note

A few weeks ago, AccorHotels gained quite a bit of attention when it confirmed it had an interest in potentially buying the French government’s stake in Air France-KLM. Some people wondered if CEO Sebastien Bazin’s frenetic M&A strategy had finally gone off the rails.

The truth is Bazin is having Accor take a look at all kinds of investments, making it one of the more interesting companies in hospitality, if not all of travel, to watch these days. Senior Hospitality Editor Deanna Ting sat down in early June with Guarav Bhushan, the Accor executive overseeing all this M&A strategy, to make some sense of what can seem like an unfocused, scattershot approach to deals. Once you read her story, we’re sure you’ll have a better grasp of what Accor is trying to do, and realize that it is no longer a “sleeping giant.”

— Tom Lowry, Managing Editor

Link: http://info.skift.com/accors-dealmaking-strategy-travelport-embraces-blockchain-icelands-overtourism-plan?ecid=ACsprvsaM-Cw_SgVsnUm7q6Nz48NQYTQaF8_MhMBxVxsOtgAOJseZRDvFcZS2z6NYs7IH8KLJoOu&utm_campaign=Daily%20Newsletter&utm_source=hs_email&utm_medium=email&utm_content=63958561&_hsenc=p2ANqtz-_KxjL_XUTubSJPihBBfYBYZ7-dcQgeIQx_C7Krk6xEK0YWzi51GquFRhyqxYrhqGSi3JaZQKs2uYjF8fcKtVdwFrGxgQ&_hsmi=63958561

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Air France Strike 22 May

STRIKE – Public-sector workers have called their own day of strikes and demonstrations on May 22 to denounce salaries that are failing to keep up with inflation.
STRIKE – UPDATE- Frances air traffic controllers will strike on May 22. The strike is expected to cause disruption, but impact on flight schedules is not yet known.
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Airline Action Plans on Thursday April 12th

1). Kuwait Airways, the country’s national carrier, has announced it will cease all flights to Beirut starting Thur Apr 12, over serious security warnings.

Link: https://www.rt.com/news/423876-kuwait-suspends-flights-lebanon-syria-strike/

2). Middle East Airlines, national flag-carrier airline of Lebanon, will temporarily halt flights over Syria until Apr 13, as fears mount of a possible US strike.

 

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Europe air traffic control agency warns airlines about possible air strikes into Syria

Air traffic control agency Eurocontrol has warned airlines to exercise caution in the eastern Mediterranean due to the possible launch of air strikes into Syria in next 72 hours.

Eurocontrol said that air-to-ground and/or cruise missiles could be used within that period and there was a possibility of intermittent disruption of radio navigation equipment.

Link: http://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-04-11/airlines-warned-about-possible-air-strikes-into-syria/9640132

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