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Independence celebrations drive Ottawa tourism figures upward

In 2017, the city of Ottawa was home to a year-long series of special events as it played host to the official celebrations marking 150 years of Canadian Confederation. Now Ottawa Tourism has further reason to celebrate, with official figures showing that 11 million visitors came to the capital during …

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Hill to replace Ralenkotter as Las Vegas tourism chief

The Las Vegas Convention & Visitors Authority board of directors has selected Steve Hill as the next chief executive of the organisation. He will take up the role in September. Hill will be the ninth leader of the LVCVA, succeeding the retiring chief executive, Rossi Ralenkotter. “I am honoured the …

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Oh, Vienna: City tops global liveability rankings

Vienna has been anointed the most liveable city in the world by the Economist Intelligence Unit. Releasing its annual Global Liveability Rankings, the organisation said the Austrian capital had overtaken Melbourne following a seven-year reign for the Australian city. The survey, which benchmarks challenges to lifestyle across 140 cities around …

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Balearic Islands grows off-peak visitor numbers

From November 2017 to March 2018, the Balearic Islands saw a 24.91 per cent increase in visitors from the UK compared to the winter season running from November 2016 to March 2017. The figures highlight a growing appetite for travel to the islands outside of the peak season. Some 146,841 …

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Yas Island welcomes Warner Bros. World Abu Dhabi for summer season

Yas Island is celebrating its “coolest” summer season yet, following the opening of Warner Bros. World Abu Dhabi to excited crowds last month. The iconic new attraction is the world’s first-ever Warner Bros. branded indoor theme park, and the world’s largest indoor theme park, giving Yas Island visitors a perfect …

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Royal Liver Building in Liverpool to welcome new visitor attraction

Plans for a new visitor attraction at the iconic Royal Liver Building have been submitted. The attraction will be designed, delivered and operated by Heritage Great Britain in partnership with Corestate and will open up the landmark building to the public for the first time. Heritage Great Britain, based in …

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VisitEngland records uptick in interest in historic monuments

VisitEngland’s annual Attractions Survey shows historic properties experienced significant growth in visitor numbers in 2017. Of the 1,400 English attractions surveyed the research found that historic properties such as mills, monuments, boats and burial grounds saw the largest increase in visitor numbers, up eight per cent on 2016.  Visits to …

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Emaar appointed hospitality partner to Expo 2020

Organisers of Expo 2020 today unveiled Dubai-based Emaar Hospitality Group, the hospitality and leisure subsidiary of global developer Emaar Properties, as its newest partner. One of the most successful homegrown hospitality groups in the Middle East, Emaar Hospitality Group will provide authentic experiences with a strong local flavour at various …

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China Eastern to launch Shanghai connection from London Gatwick

A vital new long-haul connection from London Gatwick to Shanghai – China’s largest city – was announced today, as Gatwick recorded year-on-year long-haul growth of 21 per cent during July. The new service will be flown by China Eastern and will connect the UK to one of the world’s leading …

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Lithuanian capital Vilnius launches risqué new ad campaign

Go Vilnius, the official tourism organisation for Lithuania’s capital city, has launched a new ad campaign – Vilnius; the G-spot of Europe. A multimedia advertising campaign, it will be directed at the UK and German markets. The campaign aims to increase the visibility of Vilnius, and to position the city …

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