International tourist arrivals reached 1,138 million in 2014, a 4.7% increase over the previous year, according to the latest UNWTO World Tourism Barometer. For 2015, UNWTO forecasts international tourism to grow by 3% to 4%, further contributing to the global economic recovery.
The International Olympic Committee (IOC) today welcomed the historic recognition by the United Nations of the autonomy of the IOC and sport.
The IOC Executive Board today received a presentation on research conducted on the IOC, the Olympic Games and the Olympic brand that demonstrated the awareness and appeal of the Olympic Games and the Olympic brand.
The IOC today announced that The Bridgestone Corporation (Bridgestone) has joined The Olympic Partner (TOP) programme.
The Applicant Cities of Krakow (Poland), Oslo (Norway), Almaty (Kazakhstan), Lviv (Ukraine) and Beijing (China)*…
International Olympic Committee (IOC) President Thomas Bach tonight welcomed international leaders from the world of politics, business, media, science, culture and sport to the inaugural IOC President’s Dinner on the eve of the Opening Ceremony for the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games.
A jet with the Olympic torch onboard has arrived from Athens and landed at Moscow Vnukovo airport. The flame will now be taken to Red Square for a ceremony kick-starting the Russian leg of the record-breaking relay.
VisitBritain shares pre and post Games activity with Japanese tourism industry and Tokyo 2020
- Overseas visitor spending up by 23% compared to July 2012
Winter Olympics in a subtropical region: for anyone unacquainted with Sochi, located in the Krasnodar district on the Russian Black Sea coast, it is hard to believe.
At a ceremony yeterday marking one year to go until the start of the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games, International Olympic Committee President Jacques Rogge officially invited the world’s National Olympic Committees (NOCs) and their athletes to take part in the Games.
London 2012 will have a positive impact on future UK tourism but the government still needs to do more to help, said delegates at the latest WTM Meridian Club Think Tank. Senior buyers from WTM Meridian Club involved the hotel sector – hoteliers, wholesalers, inbound operators and Travel Management Companies (TMCs) – met in central […]
New tourism figures issued this morning confirm that Britain is well placed to build on encouraging inbound Olympic numbers. September’s International Passenger Survey (IPS) figures issued today by ONS(1) reveal that visitor numbers were up by 1% (2.63m) and that visitor spending reached a record £1.9BN (an increase of 17%) Overseas visitor spend in the UK is […]
Over 23,000 guests visited Le Club France entertainment areas catered for by Payne and Gunter, Fauchon and Le Public Systeme at Old Billingsgate during the Olympic period. The partnership, which catered to the exclusive dining areas of Le Club France, worked tirelessly to ensure the official headquarters of the French Olympic Committee was “the place […]
As the curtain closes on a record-breaking Paralympics, the Mayor Boris Johnson has hailed London’s ‘Golden Games’, pledging to secure an enduring legacy for the city. The Mayor also paid tribute to the army of workers and volunteers who worked to deliver the Games, which has exceeded expectations on all fronts. London has succeeded in […]
International Travelers Spent $700 Million on Their Visa Accounts During Opening Week of London 2012 Olympic Games
Visitors from the United States, Japan and France Drive Largest Economic Impact Tweet This: #Travelers Spent $700 Million USD on #Visa Accounts During #London2012 Olympic Games Opening Week LONDON (BUSINESS WIRE) –According to Visa Inc. (NYSE:V), international visitors to the London 2012 Olympic Games spent nearly US $700 million on their Visa accounts during the […]
LONDON, July 23, 2012 /PRNewswire/ — With just four days to go, drivers are showing little concern for the heavy traffic congestion expected in London for the Olympics as Carrentals.co.uk reports that almost 40% of its UK bookings have been made for pick-up locations in the capital. Figures from earlier this year disclosed how there […]
As London becomes Europe’s largest free Wi-Fi hub in time for the London 2012 Games, VisitBritain has launched the latest edition of its Mx Great Britain app, a mobile guide to the UK which allows visitors to research and book their holidays. The app is available for free on all major mobile platforms including iPhone, Nokia and Android. It […]
The most important sporting event in the world, the London 2012 Olympics is fast approaching – and travelling to London for the Games could turn out much cheaper than expected. HostelBookers.com, the budget accommodation specialists, have cheap hotels, hostels and apartments available – all within 35 minutes’ travel time or less from the Olympic Park. Properties still with availability for […]
On Thursday 26 July – Day 69 of the Relay – a total of 175 inspirational Torchbearers will carry the Flame from Camden to Westminster in the final stages of its journey around every London Borough. The Flame will visit the site of the 1908 Olympic Stadium in White City, as well as Trafalgar Square, Downing […]
The Retreat at The Brewery to be host venue for Mo*Vida Olympic pop-up London June 2012: Mo*Vida, London’s popular VIP club, set in the heart of Soho, has teamed up with The Brewery, the premier event and dining company, in East London, to host an array of private events over the course of the London Summer […]
18 June 2012 – Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd, a market leader in consumer electronics and Worldwide Olympic Partner in the wireless communications equipment category, has upgraded its ‘Best of Britain’ mobile application, developed in partnership with VisitBritain, the national tourism agency. On day 31 of the Olympic Torch’s tour of Britain, Samsung’s global ambassador for […]
A single room in a three-star hotel will cost no more than 133 dollars per day during the Olympic Winter Games in Sochi 2014, while the average price of all hotels in total will be at 68 dollars. These are limits set by the state. Government will regulate the price of tickets for the Olympic […]
Olympic torch relay event taking place at Cheltenham Racecourse Cheltenham Racecourse is to welcome the Olympic torch on 23rd May. Around 10,000 visitors are expected to attend the free, once-in-a-lifetime event, which will see urban rapper Labrinth, the artist behind ‘Let the Sun Shine’ and ‘Pass Out’, headline. The official celebration show will begin at 5pm, with the flame being delivered by an […]
IMAGINATION – Discover the Danish Spirit is a unique marketing and export platform this summer in London. From this platform, large and small Danish organisations can promote and sell Denmark and the Danish lifestyle, Danish products and experiences, and Danish competencies in the fields of tourism, food, fashion, design and innovation. And all of this […]
Russian Olympic legends, both past and present, are experiencing the tourism delights Britain has to offer this week. Their visit is part of the national tourism agency’s marketing programme to tap into the country’s outbound industry worth £18 billion and entice a greater number of Russian visitors to the UK. VisitBritain, the British Council, VISA […]
Want to become better acquainted with your favourite Olympians? Tired of not knowing if the athletes you are following online are the real deal? Looking for a unified status-update stream that integrates Facebook and Twitter so you can get the entire conversation and not just part of it? If you said yes to any or […]
Edinburgh Castle is unveiled as the venue for a spectacular free evening celebration to mark the arrival of the Olympic Flame to Scotland’s Capital. The revelation comes as the London Organising Committee of the Olympic Games and Paralympic Games (LOCOG) announces the street level route the Olympic Torch Relay will take on its journey around the UK. […]
The London’s promotional agency London & Partners and the Vancouver Economic Commission signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) which will allow the two Olympic cities to share lessons and knowledge about hosting an Olympic Games with a particular focus on future opportunities surrounding economic and business development. The agreement signed at an Olympic Legacy […]
2.5 million planning to take time off to go to events With only 6 months to go until London 2012, ABTA – The Travel Association today reveals approximately 2.5 million people are expected to take time off work to attend events in or around the Games in London and other Olympic venues around the UK. […]
Sandie Dawe, Chief Executive at VisitBritain said: “With only six months to go until the opening ceremony of London 2012, we are ramping up our public relations and marketing activity across the world. While the lighting of the cauldron to mark the beginning of the Olympic Games is a highly anticipated moment, we recognise it […]
The inaugural Winter Youth Olympic Games (YOG) came to an end today in Innsbruck, Austria, with a memorable Closing Ceremony watched by an enthusiastic crowd at the Medals Plaza on the city’s famous Maria-Theresien-Straße. The Ceremony brought a close to 10 days of world-class sporting competition and cultural and educational activities specifically designed for the […]
The Innsbruck 2012 Winter Youth Olympic Games officially got under way yesterday with an Opening Ceremony at the Bergisel stadium, the iconic Olympic venue in the heart of Austria’s Tyrolean capital, Innsbruck. With the snow-capped mountains providing a breathtaking backdrop, over 1,000 athletes aged 15 to 18 were greeted by International Olympic Committee (IOC) President Jacques […]
As part of the Mayor of London Boris Johnson’s ongoing engagement with London’s businesses to help them operate smoothly, plan for and benefit from the 2012 Games, he has today taken the message to the top of some of London’s key businesses. At a business breakfast hosted by Beverley Aspinall, managing director of Fortnum & Mason […]
THE Olympic Games could actually harm Wales’ tourist industry – rather than delivering a widely-mooted boom, a report suggests. The Games organisers have always maintained that UK tourism will be one of the biggest winners of the 2012 Games in London. They claim that extra visitors will come to the country to go to the […]
Six out of eight permanent Olympic venues have had their future secured after the Olympic Park Legacy Company appointed operators for the Aquatics Centre, Multi-Use Arena and ArcelorMittal Orbit. Employment, training and sporting opportunities for Londoners are at the heart of the contracts, along with ensuring that the venues are both affordable and accessible, and […]
This coming year’s 2012 CONCACAF Women’s Olympic Qualifying Tournament will take place in Vancouver, BC from January 19-29 at BC Place. Canada and seven other CONCACAF nations will fight for two available tickets to the London 2012 Women’s Olympic Football Tournament. Canada, the reigning CONCACAF women’s champion, FIFA Women’s World Cup Germany 2011 finalist USA, […]
Between now and the beginning of the Olympic and Paralympic Games, London 2012 will run a number of test events at all of its venues. The London 2012 test events, called London Prepares, will include the first competitive sports to take place in the Olympic Park. The events will test the sporting field of play; results, timing and […]