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  • MICE focus drives up visitor figures for Chicago
    Mayor Rahm Emanuel and David Whitaker, president of Choose Chicago, have announced Chicago reached record tourism levels in the first quarter of 2018.
  • Maldives sees sharp increase in UK arrivals in early 2018
    The Maldives has announced double-digit growth of 17.5 per cent in the number of UK travellers who visited in March 2018, when compared with the same month last year.
  • ATM 2018: Warner Bros. World Abu Dhabi to open in July
    Destination developer Miral has announced that the Warner Bros. World Abu Dhabi indoor theme park will open its doors to the public on July 25th.
  • ATM 2018: Egypt seeks to diversify tourism markets at European growth slows
    Arrivals from the Middle East, North America and Africa will drive growth in Egypt’s tourism industry to 2021, according to the latest data published ahead of Arabian Travel Market 2018.
  • ATM 2018: GCC visitors to drive tourism industry in Oman
    Tourism arrivals to Oman will increase at a compound annual growth rate of 13 per cent between 2018 and 2021, according to data released ahead of Arabian Travel Market 2018. Commissioned by ATM, the Colliers International data predicts the rise will be fuelled by visitors from across the GCC, who accounted for 48 per cent […]
  • ATM 2018: GCC preparing for sharp increase in Chinese visitors
    Chinese arrivals to the GCC will increase 21 per cent to 2021, rising to 2.5 million visitors annually, according to data released ahead of Arabian Travel Market 2018. Published by Colliers International, the data predicts Saudi Arabia will experience the highest proportionate increase in arrivals from China, up 35 per cent on 2016 figures.
  • ATM 2018: GCC posited to welcome boom in European travellers
    Arrivals from Europe to the GCC will increase 17 per cent over the period 2018 to 2020, driven by extra flights, routes, competitive fares, and the rising number of mid-market hotels throughout the region, according to the latest data published ahead of Arabian Travel Market 2018.
  • ATM 2018: Saudi tourism set to outpace regional champions
    Recent reforms in Saudi Arabia, not to mention widespread investment in the kingdom’s burgeoning tourism industry, will drive growth in the hospitality market of 13.5 per cent compound annual growth rate, according to a new report. That is higher than the established markets in the UAE (10.1 per cent) and Oman (11.8 per cent).
  • ATM 2018: UAE continues to lead Middle East luxury sector
    The UAE will continue to lead the GCC’s luxury hospitality segment to 2022, with 73 per cent of existing luxury hotel stock and 61 per cent of the region’s current luxury pipeline located in the country, according to data released ahead of Arabian Travel Market 2018.
  • WTTC links with United Nations for climate change action
    The World Travel & Tourism Council and the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change have agreed a common agenda for climate action in the tourism sector.

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  • Great Western Railway launches mobile booking across network
    Customers can now go from booking to boarding in just a matter of minutes, and without the need for a paper ticket, as Great Western Railway launches mobile ticketing across its network.
  • Eurostar reports record passenger numbers for first quarter
    Eurostar has reported a strong performance in the first quarter of 2018 with record quarter one passenger volumes. Sales revenues grew by nine per cent year-on-year, up to £253 million in 2018 from £232 million last year, while passenger numbers increased by four per cent to 2.36 million. 
  • Harris to join Rocky Mountaineer as business development manager
    Rocky Mountaineer has announced the recruitment of Steven Harris as business development manager, EMEA and India. Harris joins Rocky Mountaineer from MSC Cruises where he worked for the past ten years in a variety of roles, most recently as national account manager.
  • Eurostar launches commercial services to Amsterdam
    Eurostar has officially launched its new service direct from London to Rotterdam and Amsterdam today, with the first customers departing from St. Pancras International at 08:31 this morning.
  • French rail strikes hit services at Eurostar
    Eurostar has cancelled a number of trains to and from Paris, Lille and Brussels today as French railway workers begin three months of rolling strikes. Cancellations are also expected tomorrow.
  • Skyscanner expands into train bookings following Ctrip deal
    Skyscanner has launched a train booking feature, diversifying the travel search engine’s offering to UK travellers. Alongside its flight, hotel and car hire offerings, the feature allows UK travellers using its iOS app to search for cheap rail tickets for UK journeys with ease and without booking fees. 
  • Trainline signs partnership with ÖBB, Austria
    Trainline has signed a partnership with Austrian Railways, ÖBB. The deal means that Trainline now provides its customers with full coverage of Austrian rail and coach, making it the only independent digital platform to connect all the country’s carriers.
  • Boom in US travellers pushes up results at Eurostar
    Eurostar has reported a strong performance in 2017, underpinned by an uplift in business traffic and a surge in the number of travellers from the US
  • Inca Rail launches new 360° Machu Picchu Train
    Travellers venturing to the ancient Inca citadel of Machu Picchu will now have an even wider choice of train travel available to them as Inca Rail launches its brand-new service, the 360° Machu Picchu Train.
  • No concerns at Heathrow Express over Crossrail arrival
    With under a year to go until the start of Crossrail services through central London, Heathrow Express has said it has no concerns over the launch of the new line.

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  • American Express Global Business Travel signs Lyft partnership
    American Express Global Business Travel and Lyft, the fastest growing rideshare company in the US, have announced a first-of-its-kind partnership.
  • Europcar expands general sales agents network
    In recent years Europcar Group, a major player in mobility markets, has accelerated the development of building a large network of general sales agents throughout the world.
  • Blanco appointed sales director at Europcar UK
    Europcar UK has appointed Jose Blanco as UK sales and marketing director. He has taken over the role from Nick Harwood, who has been promoted to sales director, key partners, for Europcar Group.
  • Europcar refocuses low-cost car rental activities
    The low-cost car rental segment is one of the most dynamic in Europe, representing approximately €1.5 billion, enjoying a historical 12 per cent annual growth rate and expected to continue to grow at a similar pace, especially in leisure destinations like France, Spain, Italy, UK, Portugal, Greece and Turkey.
  • Hertz Chauffeur expands offering in Asia
    Hertz Asia has launched a new Hertz Chauffeur website to make it easier for customers, including travel agents, to book chauffeur services for a full day, half a day and airport or city transfers.
  • Gatwick to trial autonomous vehicles on airfield
    Gatwick’s 300 airside vehicles are stationary 90 per cent of the time – as staff attend to aircraft and passengers – but a trial of electric-powered autonomous vehicles will soon see workers shuttled between popular locations on the airfield when it starts later this summer.
  • Eurowings increases car hire options on offer to passengers
    Eurowings will offer its customers no less than four car hire companies as of this month, with vehicles from Hertz, Thrifty, Avis and Budget now available when making the flight booking. The new partnership with Hertz is set to run for three years.
  • Europcar signs away stake in car2go Europe
    Europcar has signed an agreement with Daimler Mobility Services for the sale of its 25 per cent stake in car2go Europe. The completion of the transaction requires the approval of the competent antitrust authorities, with the parties expecting to receive these approvals and close the transaction before the end of the second quarter of 2018.
  • Europcar roles out Drive & Share product across Germany and Demark
    Europcar Group has announced the launch of its Drive & Share solution in Germany and Denmark together with SnappCar, the second-largest international peer-to-peer car sharing player in Europe.
  • Mikkelsen takes up sales leadership role with Europcar
    Europcar Group has appointed Tony Mikkelsen as group corporate sales director. In his role, Mikkelsen will be responsible for all corporate sales activities at group level.

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  • Ali Hamad Lakhraim Alzaabi, chief executive, Millennium Hotels & Resorts Copthorne
    Ali Hamad Lakhraim Alzaabi, chief executive at Millennium Hotels & Resorts Copthorne, speaks to Breaking Travel News about his plans for 2018. Also on the agenda at Arabian Travel Market is the importance of the hospitality market in Saudia Arabia and how it feels to have won at the World Travel Awards.
  • Aly Sharrif, chief operating officer, Citymax Hotels
    Speaking at Arabian Travel Market, Aly Sharrif, chief operating officer at Citymax Hotels, tells Breaking Travel News about the refreshed brand and what it offers to hospitality in the United Arab Emirates. Joined by outgoing chief operating officer, Russel Sharpe, they also reveal the location of the latest property from the brand.
  • Darren Darwin, general manager, Anantara Al Jabal Al Akhdar Resort
    Speaking to Breaking Travel News Darren Darwin, general manager at Anantara Al Jabal Al Akhdar Resort, tells us about the hotel and its unique position in Omani hospitality. Having recently been featured by the BBC, he explains how he plans to leverage the exposure generated as the property heads into the summer season.
  • Haitham Mattar, chief executive, Ras Al Khaimah Tourism Development Authority
    Having hosted the Arabian Hotel Investment Conference and World Travel Awards Middle East Gala Ceremony, Breaking Travel News speaks to Haitham Mattar, chief executive at the Ras Al Khaimah Tourism Development Authority, about the events. Speaking at Arabian Travel Market, he tells us about he plans to maintain momentum for the summer season ahead.
  • Jairaj Gorsia, general manager, Gevora Hotel
    Jairaj Gorsia, general manager at the Gevora Hotel, tells us about the tallest hotel in the world during Arabian Travel Market.
  • Mehdi Othmani, general manager, Hilton Salalah Resort
    Mehdi Othmani, general manager at the Hilton Salalah Resort in Oman, talks to Breaking Travel News about the importance of sustainability in the hospitality sector. Having been recognised with Green Globe certification, he tells us responsible tourism is vital for the future of the industry.
  • Mubarak Rashed Al Nuaimi, director of overseas promotion, Abu Dhabi Department of Culture & Tourism
    Breaking Travel News speaks to Mubarak Rashed Al Nuaimi, director of overseas promotion, Abu Dhabi Department of Culture & Tourism, about the importance of Arabian Travel Market to the hospitality sector in the region and how the composition of source markets for the emirate is changing in 2018.
  • A U M Fawzy, chief executive, Trans Maldivian Airlines
    A U M Fawzy, chief executive of seaplane operator Trans Maldivian Airlines, talks to Breaking Travel News during Arabian Travel Market 2018. He tells us about the vital role his company plays in this rapidly developing destination.
  • Gillian Hamburger, senior vice president, commercial, Expo 2020
    With preparations for Expo 2020 now well-advanced in Dubai, Breaking Travel News speaks to Gillian Hamburger, senior vice president, commercial, for the event about how it will impact on the hospitality sector in the United Arab Emirates.
  • Utkarsh Faujdar, general manager, Hulhule Island Hotel
    Breaking Travel News speaks to Utkarsh Faujdar, general manager at the Hulhule Island Hotel in the Maldives. Located next to the international airport, he tells us about how important the Middle East is as a source market for the property and how the changing hospitality landscape will benefit the people of the country.