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Athens International Airport: 2016 traffic reaches 20.02 million passengers!

| January 24, 2017
Athens International Airport: 2016 traffic reaches 20.02 million passengers!
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Traffic 2016 Overall, with 20.02 million passengers in 2016, Athens International Airort recorded an all-time high performance surpassing previous year traffic by 1.9 million (+10.7%).  Both domestic and international passengers achieved double-digit growth by 11.2% and 10.4% respectively, reaching 7.15 million and 12.87 million. This growth was driven by both the Greek residents’ dynamic growth […]

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DXB extends its lead as #1 airport for international passengers

| January 24, 2017
DXB extends its lead as #1 airport for international passengers
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Caps off 2016 with a record 83.6 million passengers   

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Middle East visitors integral to $363 billion UK tourism growth forecast

| January 24, 2017
Middle East visitors integral to $363 billion UK tourism growth forecast
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  UK to see highest level of overseas consumer spending since 2012 Olympics, with Middle East travellers expected to lead the way; Arabian Travel Market to showcase Great British destinations This year’s Arabian Travel Market (ATM), a sister event of World Travel Market London, will provide the perfect platform for UK destinations, hotels and attractions, […]

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Fitur closes with record figures: 245 thousand participants, 9,700 companies and 6,800 pre-established bilateral meetings

| January 24, 2017
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The trade fair consolidates its position as the first major forum in the business agenda of the worldwide tourism industry, with 6% growth in participants and 9% in both trade attendance and in international participation

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US$104 billion global spa market to rub off on the UAE

| January 23, 2017
US$104 billion global spa market to rub off on the UAE
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ATM 2017 to return with dedicated Wellness & Spa Lounge as global spa market set to top US$104 billion by 2020 according to Global Wellness Institute report MENA market research highlights the UAE as the region’s top performer with spa market value expected to top AED1.85 billion by 2020

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ATM launches 2017 exhibitor awards

| January 23, 2017
ATM launches 2017 exhibitor awards
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Creative design and people skills among the five categories in the popular award programme, back for a third year running; panel of top industry and design personalities set to reprise their judging roles; all exhibitors eligible to participate

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GI Aviation is open for business

| January 23, 2017
GI Aviation is open for business
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Flies the Middle East’s first Pilatus PC-12NG into Sky Dive Dubai

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Say hello to Newark, daily from Athens

| January 23, 2017
Say hello to Newark, daily from Athens
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Emirates to launch daily service to Newark via Athens

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UNWTO and Japan International Cooperation Agency partner to promote sustainable tourism

| January 18, 2017
UNWTO and Japan International Cooperation Agency partner to promote sustainable tourism
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 The World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) and the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) have signed a Memorandum of Cooperation aimed at providing a framework for joint action in the area of sustainable tourism.

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refund.me: Helps Passengers to Enforce Their Right to Compensation

| January 17, 2017
refund.me: Helps Passengers to Enforce Their Right to Compensation
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Winter weather can often affect those travelling abroad, however refund.me (https://refund.me/) can help flight passengers to enforce their right to compensation for delays and cancellations due to winter conditions.

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ITB BookAwards 2017: the winners

| January 17, 2017
ITB BookAwards 2017: the winners
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Award winners include Art Wolfe, Laurent Baheux, Andreas Kieling und Kilian Schönberger, Ilona Hupe, Michael Iwanowski, Nikolaus Gelpke, Christine Thürmer, Robert Macfarlane, Jörg Maurer, Werner Pawlok, Jens Glüsing and Michael Pasdzior

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Fitur 2017: Gartour will be presenting new packages for Greece

| January 16, 2017
Fitur 2017: Gartour will be presenting new packages for Greece
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The company’s European series will take in the continent’s most important and cultural cities, such as Madrid, Bordeaux, Brussels, Nice, Milan and Rome.

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BODEGAS ARZUAGA-NAVARRO will combine nature and wine tourism, a segment that has increased its turnover by 15%

| January 16, 2017
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In 2015, wine tourism generated nearly 50 million euros of business in Spain, 15% more than the previous year, bringing in over 2 million visitors.

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40% of the 1.2 billion international tourist arrivals in 2015 was driven by cultural motivations

| January 16, 2017
40% of the 1.2 billion international tourist arrivals in 2015 was driven by cultural motivations
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Culture will constitute one of the principal ingredients and attractions of almost all the exhibitors and destinations present at FITUR.

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ITB Speed Dating Day: An effective way to network

| January 12, 2017
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-Senior buyers meet exhibitors at the ITB Speed Networking event -the ITB Blogger Speed Dating event is already booked up

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Airbus achieves targets proving ramp-up readiness in 2016

| January 11, 2017
Airbus achieves targets proving ramp-up readiness in 2016
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. Record commercial aircraft deliveries of 688 . 731 net orders, book-to-bill above one . Healthy backlog of 6,874 aircraft Toulouse, 11 January 2017 – Airbus’ commercial aircraft deliveries in 2016 were up for the 14th year in a row, reaching a new company record of 688 aircraft delivered to 82 customers. Deliveries were more […]

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January to November 2016 highest recorded for tourism spend on day trips across England

| January 5, 2017
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New figures from VisitEngland show that Brits spent a record-breaking £45.3 billion on day trips across England in the first eleven months of 2016, setting a new record for the survey.

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Egencia Awards Top 100 Preferred Corporate Hotels for 2017

| January 5, 2017
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These global hotels put the customer first and make business feel more like pleasure.

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FITUR 2017: UNWTO with a focus on sustainability and tourism in Africa and in the MENA region

| January 4, 2017
FITUR 2017: UNWTO with a focus on sustainability and tourism in Africa and in the MENA region
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The International Tourism Fair in Spain (FITUR), taking place on January 18-22 in Madrid, comprises a number of events organized by the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO). Activities will have a special focus on sustainable tourism, including the official presentation of the International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development 2017 on January 18.

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Watch live New Year’s eve celebration at the SNFCC!

| December 30, 2016
Watch live New Year’s eve celebration at the SNFCC!
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You don’t have to be in Athens to get a feeling of SNFCC’s festive atmosphere! Visit www.SNFCC.org/live to watch a live streaming of the New Year’s eve at the SNFCC and celebrate the coming of new year together with us!

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Emirates introduces new range of comforts in First and Business Class

| December 21, 2016
Emirates introduces new range of comforts in First and Business Class
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 Dubai, UAE, December 21 2016 – Emirates has enhanced comfort in the air with a host of exclusive, new products introduced to its First and Business Class cabins. Customers will travel in luxury with new additions including First Class lounge wear, luxury blankets, skincare from VOYA and a new range of amenity kits from Bulgari.

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UNWTO strengthens its relationship with the European Union

| December 20, 2016
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During a recent visit to Brussels, Belgium, the Secretary-General of the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO), Taleb Rifai, has discussed how to reinforce the collaboration of the Organization with the European Union (EU).

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Royal Society of Medicine, SECC, Conference Partners and Glasgow City Marketing Bureau honoured at ABPCO Excellence Awards 

| December 14, 2016
Royal Society of Medicine, SECC, Conference Partners and Glasgow City Marketing Bureau honoured at ABPCO Excellence Awards 
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Royal Society of Medicine, SECC, Conference Partners and Glasgow City Marketing Bureau have been honoured at the Association of British Conference Organisers (ABPCO) Annual Excellence Awards. 

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Event Connections appoints new Event Delivery Manager

| December 14, 2016
Event Connections appoints new Event Delivery Manager
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Event Connections announces the appointment of new Event Delivery Manager, Chris Wright.

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ITB Business Travel & MICE Days 2017: Practical information for travel and event managers

| December 8, 2016
ITB Business Travel & MICE Days 2017: Practical information for travel and event managers
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New programme deals with business travel management trends – experienced experts offer tips on saving costs, measuring success and legal pitfalls in travel management

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Switzerland opens the longest train tunnel in the world

| December 8, 2016
Switzerland opens the longest train tunnel in the world
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8 December 2016. It’s longer – and deeper – than any other train tunnel in the world. Sunday 11 December 2016 sees the entering into service of the Gotthard Base Tunnel. This pioneering project will enable passengers to speed under the Alps in some 17 minutes. The dual-track tunnel will bring northern and southern Switzerland […]

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FITUR 2017 recognises the best tourism blogs

| December 6, 2016
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Registration is open from 1 to 12 December 

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After the success of the past staging, FESTITUR is back with an extensive programme 

| December 6, 2016
After the success of the past staging, FESTITUR is back with an extensive programme 
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FITUR hosts the third staging of this project, which last year attracted more than 9,605 companies 

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24th World Travel Monitor® Forum in Pisa: Sharing accommodation impacts cities more than hotels

| December 6, 2016
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Fast growth but low market share for ‘sharing’ accommodation platforms – Experts see major impact on residential accommodation – ITB Berlin exclusively publishes results from the World Travel Monitor® Forum

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World Travel Awards reveals global hospitality champions in the Maldives

| December 5, 2016
World Travel Awards reveals global hospitality champions in the Maldives
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Malé, Maldives Katara Hospitality has taken the title of World’s Leading Hospitality Company at the World Travel Awards Grand Final 2016.

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World Travel Awards Academy recognises Tourism Pioneers in the Maldives

| December 5, 2016
World Travel Awards Academy recognises Tourism Pioneers in the Maldives
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Malé, Maldives The World Travel Awards Academy has recognised two global hospitality icons with the title of ‘Tourism Pioneer’ during the Grand Final Gala Ceremony 2016.

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UNWTO announces the finalists of the UNWTO Awards for Excellence and Innovation in Tourism

| December 2, 2016
UNWTO announces the finalists of the UNWTO Awards for Excellence and Innovation in Tourism
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UNWTO has announced the finalists of the 13th edition of the UNWTO Awards for Excellence and Innovation in Tourism. The 12 finalists were selected among 139 applicants from 55 countries.

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Christian Mutschlechner receives lifetime achievement award at ibtm world

| November 29, 2016
Christian Mutschlechner receives lifetime achievement award at ibtm world
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Christian Mutschlechner, Director of the Vienna Convention Bureau, has been recognised for his outstanding contribution to the meetings and events industry during the Meetings Leadership Summit at ibtm world.

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Italian Exhibition Group is organizing Travel Trade Market at Chengdu from 24th to 26th October 2017

| November 28, 2016
Italian Exhibition Group is organizing Travel Trade Market at Chengdu from 24th to 26th October 2017
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 Beijing – Rimini, 28th November 2016 – The distance from China has been shortened for the tourism world too. Italian Exhibition Group, the new trade expo player formed by the merger between Rimini Fiera and Fiera di Vicenza, is launching Travel Trade Market, the international B2B expo dedicated to the world tourist industry, being held […]

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Chinese online travel agent Ctrip is to acquire Skyscanner

| November 24, 2016
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Ctrip.com International, Ltd. is a leading travel service provider of accommodation reservations, transportation ticketing, packaged tours and corporate travel management in China.

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Eight big travel predictions for 2017

| November 23, 2016
Eight big travel predictions for 2017
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Inspired by a wealth of data, traveller endorsements, reviews, preferences and insights as well as industry leading understanding and innovation in e-commerce travel technology, the experts at Booking.com shed light on 8 major travel predictions for 2017. Read on to find out what holiday makers and business travellers can expect to experience in the year […]

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Volotea offers 115.000 seats and 7 destinations from Athens in 2017

| November 23, 2016
Volotea offers 115.000 seats and 7 destinations from Athens in 2017
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Volotea has transported more than 590.000 passengers in Greece since the beginning of the operations in the country, flying to 13 Greek airports

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Medical Tourism – a new segment at ITB Berlin

| November 23, 2016
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For the first time ITB Berlin 2017 will feature a dedicated Medical Tourism Pavilion – Huge growth in medical tourism – Papers and workshops on new trends and developments

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Airbnb Expands Beyond the Home with the Launch of Trips

| November 18, 2016
Airbnb Expands Beyond the Home with the Launch of Trips
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Shifts focus to making the entire trip easy and magical Opens up concept of hosting, empowering people to share their interests, hobbies and passions

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24th World Travel Monitor® Forum in Pisa: Europeans play safe by switching destinations

| November 17, 2016
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Low growth in European outbound trips and stagnating beach holiday volumes – yet more city trips – fluctuating fortunes for European destinations – ITB Berlin exclusively publishes latest results from the World Travel Monitor®

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