London Stansted reveals plans for £130m arrivals building

London Stansted Airport has today unveiled plans for a new £130 million arrivals building to significantly improve the passenger experience. The building is the latest phase in the multi-million pound transformation programme by MAG to support future growth at the airport and attract new passengers and airlines. Stansted is currently the busiest single terminal airport in the UK with up to 5,000 departing passengers alone passing through its doors every hour at peak times. With passenger numbers expected to increase over the next decade, particularly with runway capacity constraints at…

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Asian growth pushes global tourism beyond 1.2bn arrivals

The world’s destinations welcomed a combined total of 1.235 billion international overnight visitors in 2016, driven by the strength of the Asian market. According to the full-year data released this week by the UNWTO, global tourist arrivals increased by 3.9% in 2016, as an additional 46 million travelled overseas compared to 2015. And this growth was led by destinations in the Asia Pacific region, which increased 8% year-on-year, with an additional 24m arrivals taking the region’s total to 303m. This means that Asian destinations now handle approximately a quarter of…

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Seychelles marks annual growth of 42% on Indian arrivals

Seychelles recorded 42% annual increase in tourist arrivals from India in 2016 compared to 2015. Around 11,000 tourists from India visited Seychelles in 2016 compared to around 8,000 in 2015 and as a result India broke into the list of top 10 source markets for the tourism board. This increase can be attributed to the India tourist office’s committed focus on promotion of the destination, interest and efforts from the hotels and DMCs to capture the Indian market, increased customer awareness due to Bollywood associations and innovative digital presence along…

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Migrant arrivals to Greece rise sharply despite EU-Turkey deal

Arrivals of refugees and migrants to Greece from Turkey rose sharply on Wednesday, just over a week since the European Union and Turkey struck a deal intended to cut off the flow. Greek authorities recorded 766 new arrivals between Tuesday morning and Wednesday morning, up from 192 the previous day. Most arrived on the northeastern Aegean island of Lesbos. The EU Commission said on Tuesday that the flows in the last week had reduced, with only 1,000 people arriving from Turkey on Greek islands, compared to an average of 2,000…

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Visit Indonesia records 262,000 Indian tourist arrivals in 2015

The Ministry of Tourism of Indonesia is targeting 350,000 Indian visitor arrivals in 2016 after managed to attract 262,000 visitors in 2015. It continues to aggressively promote “Wonderful Indonesia” in the Indian market which is considered as one of potential markets for Indonesian tourism. India is the 9th major market for Indonesia, said Vinsensius Jemadu, Assistant Deputy for Market Development for the Asia Pacific Region. Arief Yahya, Minister of Tourism, Indonesia took the initiative to ask the Ministry of Transportation authorities to open direct flights from and to the pockets…

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