Global update for the travel industry (02/04/2018)

Date: Jul 2018

Airline passenger goes berserk, fights flight attendants, tries to enter cockpit

Every air passenger knows that as a plane descends it is time to fasten your seat belt. A passenger on an American Airlines flight from Dallas, Texas to Charlotte, North Carolina, defied this rule and did plenty more besides.

UK-India economic ties set to grow post-Brexit

More than a hundred business leaders, parliamentarians, government representatives, and other influential figures gathered in the British Houses of Parliament for a unique event aimed at highlighting the major success stories of UK-India economic cooperation.

New guide addresses critical topic of LGBTQ travel safety

With reports of anti-LGBTQ violence at an all-time high according to the Anti-Violence Project, travel safety resources are more important than ever.

New tourism association: $500 billion global wellness

A new association will be a network of, and for, qualifying members of the wellness tourism industry. Its objectives will help to define the industry, as well as educate consumers to recognize legitimate and credible wellness suppliers and operators. A group of seasoned wellness industry executives have joined forces to create the Wellness Tourism Association.

Global adventure tourism market to reach $1,335,738 million by 2023

According to a new report, the global adventure tourism market was valued at $444,850 million in 2016, and is projected to reach $1,335,738 million in 2023, registering a CAGR of 17.4 % from 2017 to 2023.

Pitcairn Islands: A Dark Sky Sanctuary in the Pacific and a paradise for astro tourists

The Milky Way as seen from Pitcairn is a once in a lifetime treat for a very few tourists calling themselves Astro Tourists. The sky is unlimited at night in the remote Pitcairn Islands. This Pacific islands are once again putting themselves on the world’s stage as they embark on a journey to become an official ‘Dark Sky Sanctuary’. Currently, there are only three locations on earth deemed a ‘Dark Sky Sanctuary’ —a designation that means everything in the world of Astro Tourism.

Cook Islands visitors arrival soared to an all-time high

he Kingdom of Tonga has always been one of the most exotic destination in the Southern Pacific Ocean to visit Visitor arrivals to the Cook Islands soared to an all-time high after the country welcomed 161,362 visitors to its shores last year. This figure represents an increase of 10 per cent from the number.

Tourism EXPO Japan: Important travel event for Japanese inbound market

Tourism EXPO Japan is not only an event for sellers to find potential Japanese buyers, but also for buyers from overseas to find niche operators, hotels, and attractions for the important Japanese inbound market.

Airlines battle to occupy skies through lower fares in Kenya

With growing demands for air travel and expanding air services in Kenya, passengers flying within this African nation are now enjoying lower and competitive fares on local flights.

Soon humans will travel out beyond the Moon

Construction has officially begun on the spaceship that will achieve America’s goal of returning astronauts to the Moon. Lockheed Martin technicians and engineers at the NASA Michoud Assembly Facility near New Orleans welded together the first two components of the Orion crew module capsule for Exploration Mission-2 (EM-2).

WTTC: Travel & Tourism to generate 2.4 million new jobs in Indonesia

The Travel & Tourism sector is set to generate 2.4 million new jobs in Indonesia. This is according to new data from the World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC). Travel & Tourism contributed 6.2% of Indonesia’s GDP, a total of 770 trillion rupiah. Jakarta itself contributes 41% of Indonesia’s Travel & Tourism.

IATA: 2017 marked by strong passenger demand, record load factor

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) announced global passenger traffic results for 2017 showing that demand (revenue passenger kilometers or RPKs) for the year ended 31 December rose 7.6% compared to 2016. This was well above the 10-year average annual growth rate of 5.5%. While the rate of demand growth slowed to 6.2% in December 2017, compared to December 2016, this largely was owing to less favorable comparisons to the even stronger growth trend seen in the year-ago period.

Thousands evacuated after WWII bomb found at Hong Kong harborfront

A WWII bomb was defused in Hong Kong on Thursday after forcing a busy commercial district into lockdown.

Assassinating a tourism minister, a UNWTO General Assembly and a witch hunt: Bizarre

Tourism, the UNWTO, and a new event planned under the leadership of the new UNWTO administration is all part of a broader internal mess Zimbabwe is currently in. It’s all about a current witch hunt taking place in Zimbabwe and initiated by anyone who wanted to blow a whistle to trigger the Zimbabwe Anti Corruption Commission to get active and put people in handcuffs.

Customer Service: Going Beyond the Expected

Leisure travel and tourism are all about turning dreams into realities.

Be the traveler seeking adventure, spirituality, knowledge, or relaxation, all travelers are united by certain commonalities.  Among these is the fact that the person has sought out this experience, and has chosen a specific locale.

New initiative enhances child protection in Bali

Friends-International is delighted to announce the launch of the ChildSafe Movement in Bali with the support of Buffalo Tours. Together with Yayasan Teman Baik, their local Indonesian program helping marginalized children, youth, and their families, the ChildSafe Movement is raising awareness of child protection among all tourism industry stakeholders, including promoting tourist behaviors and actions that will prevent risk to children and effectively protect them.

Tanzania hunting safari outfitters in dilemma over tourism minister’s remarks

Tourist hunting executives in Tanzania are looking for fresh talks with the government over the recent remarks by the Minister for Natural Resources and Tourism who accused their companies of the wanton killing of wildlife.

Cruise passenger in wheelchair slams into another passenger: Is cruise line liable?

In this week’s article, we examine the case of Perez, as Personal Representative of the Estate of Hortensia Santos v. NCL (Bahamas) Ltd. D/b/a Norwegian Cruise Line, Case No. 17-22018-CIV-MORENO (S.D. Fla. 2017) wherein the Court noted that “This tragic case arises out of the death (of) Hortensia Santos, a passenger onboard the Defendant’s cruise ship, the Getaway… Plaintiffs allege that on May 31, 2016, Ms. Santos was injured while the ship was in U.S. territorial waters. Specifically, Plaintiffs allege that Ms.

Fraud in the travel industryFraud in the travel industry

How do you deliver outstanding experiences without inviting fraud? In the travel industry, online bookings are a hot target for fraudsters.How do you deliver outstanding experiences without inviting fraud? In the travel industry, online bookings are a hot target for fraudsters.

IATA: Air freight demand up 9% in 2017, strongest growth since 2010

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) released full-year 2017 data for global air freight markets showing that demand, measured in freight ton kilometers (FTKs) grew by 9.0%. This was more than double the 3.6% annual growth recorded in 2016.

Tourism leader wants American Tourism to be great again after President Trump State of the Union Address

The International Coalition of Tourism Partners wants America to be great again in travel and tourism. Tonights State of the Union address by US President Donald Trump has a message the president is famous for: Put America first!

AAA’s Five Diamond rewarded to 8 hotels: Details of the best hotels revealed

AAA has unveiled 121 hotels that earned the AAA Five Diamond Rating in the past 12 months, qualifying them for this year’s Five Diamond Award list. Honorees run the gamut from regal historic inns to sleek high-tech high-rises and sprawling coastal resorts. Eight hotels have been added as Five Diamond honorees throughout the past year.

Hawaii official believed threat was real and triggered ballistic missile alert

Hawaii Emergency Management Agency Administrator Vern Miyagi has resigned, and the employee that sent the incoming ballistic missile alert in error has been fired. The internal investigation revealed that the message was not sent in error but was purposely sent.

USA: Open skies continue and what US Travel reaction is

In response to the Open Skies Qatar decision, U.S. Travel Association President and CEO Roger Dow issued the following statement:“We are very pleased that the Big Three U.S. airlines and their allies are embracing the administration’s wise decision to reject both a freeze on international flights and renegotiation of Open Skies agreements. America needs healthy domestic airlines, but we have believed since the beginning of this debate that tampering with Open Skies would clearly harm the U.S. economy and jobs.

Health tourism is big business in travel

According to the Global Wellness Institute, a non-profit organization for the wellness industry, the total expenditure from both international inbound and domestic tourists defined as primary and secondary wellness tourists was $563 billion in 2015, up from $489 billion in 2013. This figure is expected to grow by another 43 percent to $808 billion between 2015 and 2020. Wellness tourists made 691 million trips with a least some wellness feature, such as weight loss or healthy eating in 2015, 104.4 million more than in 2013.

14 passengers injured as ceiling collapses at Tbilisi subway station

The ceiling caved in at the Varketili Metro Station in the Georgian capital of Tbilisi on Tuesday morning.

Some 14 people were injured, according to Agenda website. The injured are being take away from the area, one of them being a patrol police officer, and are being transferred to the Ingorokva Medical Clinic.

IATA Airline Business Confidence Survey – January 2018

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) today published its January 2018 Airline Business Confidence Survey.

Action by leading international hotel highlights slavery and human trafficking

For more than 25 years, ECPAT-USA has been fighting to protect every child’s basic human right to grow up free from the threat of sexual exploitation and trafficking. One of the organization’s most critical initiatives to protect children is engagement with the tourism and hospitality industry.

Destination competitiveness through cooperation: Embracing challenges right next door

Africa Hotel Expansion Summit coming to Ethiopia next month

The Fifth Annual Africa Hotel Expansion Summit, scheduled to take place in Addis Ababa late February, is expected to attract key tourism industry from Africa and other partners from around the world, and to chart out hotel and tourism business development in Africa.

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