Today’s Travel News
The World Travel Market is taking place this week in London. I tend to go every couple of years – too many carrier bags full of brochures and my back really aches after a day at London Excel carrying all this!! Not to mention the journey to and from on the train!! Its not that easy to get to.
Anyway I’ll miss the new announcements made by Tourist Boards from all over the world. It’s a really good occasion to improve my knowledge of different areas of the world and to discover new places for my clients to visit.
However looking at the Press coverage, these seem to stand out for me:
- Rwanda is pushing its tourism beyond its most famous attraction. Any ideas on the most famous attraction? It’s the gorillas! While nature remains a key attraction, Rwanda is looking to promote its cultural heritage more heavily to tourists. The Marriott, Hilton and Radisson groups are also in discussions about moving into Rwanda for the first time.
- BAA report business travel recovery boosted their October passenger numbers. 6.1million passengers traveled through Heathrow alone, with an average of 77% of seats occupied. Nice to see this as empty planes are bad for the environment! Seems like the longhaul routes were the winners with the United States, China and Hong Kong all increasing in numbers of passengers.
- Today is Responsible Tourism Day at the show – with winners announced in various categories. The overall winner is Nihiwatu in Indonesia. It’s a small resort, an exclusive hideaway. The hotel has formed partnerships with the local community. The best destination was named as Nurture Lakeland from the UK. Best in a mountain environment was Ecosphere in India – a self-reliant social enterprise where the economic benefits to mountain communities are both clearly demonstrated and transformative. Orion Expedition Cruises were the best responsible cruise or ferry operator (and they are an operator we can book for your next adventure!!) You can read more about the winners here – http://www.responsibletourismawards.com/pastwinners.htm
- Ferrari World opened in Abu Dhabi a couple of weeks ago. It is the first Ferrari-themed park to open and is expected to attract classic car fans from around the world, who want to celebrate Ferrari’s past, present and future. The park will have more than 20 unique rides, attractions and shows, including the world’s fastest rollercoaster, Formula Rossa, which reaches speeds of 240km per hour in less than five seconds.
So all in all, there’s a big big world out there – let us help you explore it to the max!
PS – did you know we can book all kinds of travel – by air, rail and sea!
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