International tourist arrivals to the European Union increased by four per cent in 2016, reaching almost 500 million - 40 per cent the world’s total. This preliminary result is included in the first release of the ‘European Union Short-Term Tourism Trends’, a regular monitoring of EU tourism by the World Tourism Organisation.
Korean Air and Delta Air Lines, both founding members of SkyTeam, have reached an agreement to deepen their historic partnership with an expanded cooperation in the trans-Pacific network. It is hoped the deal will increase travel choices and boost competition between the Asia and US.
Edelweiss is further expanding its route network to North America. From June 9th, the leisure airline, sister company of Swiss International Air Lines, will offer seasonal flights between Zurich and San Diego.
Puente Romano Beach Resort & Spa and Nobu Hospitality are today unveiling exciting plans to launch the Nobu Hotel & Restaurant Marbella at the five-star resort’s exceptional location in southern Spain. Nobu Restaurant Marbella will launch in May 2017, and opening of Nobu Hotel Marbella will follow in spring 2018 at the luxurious Puente Romano Beach Resort & Spa.
Ultra-luxury cruise line Silversea has announced a partnership with literary institution Heywood Hill, which will create a bespoke library for its new flagship, Silver Muse. Over Heywood Hill’s illustrious 80-year history, the London-based bookshop has become renowned for curating collections of new, old, and antiquarian books for private libraries.
Virgin Atlantic has kicked off a major growth drive at Manchester Airport, launching the first of a hat trick of new long haul routes to America. The airline waved off its inaugural service to San Francisco, the first ever direct route to northern California from the north of England.
Minor Hotels has announced the signing of a management agreement for a new Avani property in the United Arab Emirates – Avani Al Marjan Island Ras Al Khaimah Resort. Al Marjan is a collection of four pristine man-made islands in Ras Al Khaimah, set against the backdrop of the Arabian Peninsula, only 30 minutes from Ras Al Khaimah International Airport and 50 minutes from Dubai International Airport.
Concord Hospitality has announced the opening of AC Raleigh North Hills, the first AC Hotels by Marriott property to open its doors in North Carolina. Concord and Kane Realty partnered together on the new 135-room hotel, one of 30 AC Hotels opening nationwide in the next 18 months.