WTTC blames UK government for slow tourism recovery

WTTC blames UK government for slow tourism recovery

The World Travel & Tourism Council has argued the year-on-year recovery in the UK may only claw back a third, while international travel spending continues to plummet.Latest research from the body shows the recovery has been severely delayed by the lack of spending from international visitors.WTTC blames strict travel restrictions,...

Hayes to continue as IATA chair for further year

Hayes to continue as IATA chair for further year

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) has confirmed that Robin Hayes, chief executive of JetBlue, will continue his duties as chair of the IATA board of governors until next year.He will stay in the role until the conclusion of the 78th IATA annual general meeting in Shanghai next June.ADVERTISEMENTHayes began...

WTTC calls for UK red list to be scrapped

WTTC calls for UK red list to be scrapped

The UK government must scrap its existing travel policy in order to boost the economic recovery, argues the World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC).The body argues the recovery of the sector has been hampered by the lack of international coordination, severe travel restrictions and slower vaccination rates in some parts...

TUI Group to raise €1.1bn in fresh capital

TUI Group to raise €1.1bn in fresh capital

Tui Group has confirmed plans to issue new share capital valued at €1.1 billion as the battle to recover from the Covid-19 pandemic continues. Some 523 million new shares will be used, a total of ten new shares for every 21 existing shares.“Following transformation and restructuring of business areas and...

IATA records growing frustration over travel restrictions

IATA records growing frustration over travel restrictions

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) has reported that air travellers are increasingly frustrated with the Covid-19 travel restrictions. A survey commissioned by the trade body of 4,700 respondents in 11 markets in September demonstrated confidence that the risks of Covid-19 can be effectively managed and that the freedom to...

UK hospitality sector calls for permanent VAT cut

UK hospitality sector calls for permanent VAT cut

Leading trade associations representing the hospitality and tourism sectors in the UK have joined forces to call on the chancellor, Rishi Sunak, to introduce a permanent lower rate of VAT for these fragile markets.The bodies argue such a move would help to safeguard their future, protect jobs and to accelerate...

Hospitality sector prepares for English Tourism Week

Hospitality sector prepares for English Tourism Week

English Tourism Week is fast approaching with this year’s week dedicated to showing support for tourism businesses and destinations across the sector as they reopen and start to rebuild.Coordinated by VisitEngland and taking place from 22 to 31 May, English Tourism Week is an annual celebration of the tourism industry,...

On the Beach takes summer holidays off sale

On the Beach takes summer holidays off sale

On the Beach has taken the dramatic step of taking all holidays this summer off sale.The company, one of the largest tour operators in the UK, blamed “continuing uncertainty” around international leisure travel. Simon Cooper, who leads the business, said he needed to know more about how the traffic light...

Guevara steps down as WTTC chief executive

Guevara steps down as WTTC chief executive

Gloria Guevara had stepped down as chief executive of the World Travel & Tourism Council. A former tourism secretary of Mexico, she had led the private sector body since 2017.Guevara will be replaced by Julia Simpson, who currently sits on the executive committee of International Airlines Group (IAG). Simpson, who...

CWT shakes up senior leadership team

CWT shakes up senior leadership team

CWT has appointed Courtney Mattson to the role of acting chief financial officer.She will also become a member of the executive leadership team.Immediately prior to this she was global treasurer and deputy chief financial officer.At the same time, Patrick Andersen has been appointed president and chief commercial officer, while Niklas...

UNWTO partners with G20 to drive tourism recovery

UNWTO partners with G20 to drive tourism recovery

The United Nations World Tourism Organisation has sought to served as the sector’s global voice as the tourism ministers of the G20 nations met to devise a way forward for an inclusive, resilient and sustainable recovery.Upon assuming presidency of the G20, Italy has drawn on UNWTO data to highlight the...

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