Scottish visitor attractions record a bumper year | News

Scottish visitor attractions record a bumper year | News

Tour & Travels
The Association of Scottish Visitor Attractions has announced that visits to its member sites rose dramatically in 2017, the fourth year running that an increase in numbers has been recorded. Analysis of statistics submitted by 232 of the organisation’s member sites for its annual ‘Visitor Trends Report’ confirms that over 30 million visits were made to those sites in Scotland in 2017, a rise of 9.7 per cent over 2016 figures.  The increase comes on top of a six per cent rise in 2016, which itself followed a 3.4 per cent rise in 2015, confirming once again that visitor attractions in Scotland are enjoying a period of sustained growth. The two top sites – The National Museum of Scotland and Edinburgh Castle – each attracted more than two million visits,…
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Levi to head up tourism portfolio at Empire State Development | News

Levi to head up tourism portfolio at Empire State Development | News

Tour & Travels
Empire State Development has announced that Ross Levi has been promoted to executive director of tourism. He will lead the iconic I Love New York tourism program and help coordinate marketing efforts to increase awareness and promote state-wide tourism visitation. In 2016, New York State welcomed a record 239 million visitors, who between them spent nearly $65 billion, generating a total economic impact of more than $100 billion for the third straight year. Additionally, tourism remains the state’s fourth largest employer, supporting more than 914,000 jobs annually.  Empire State Development president, Howard Zemsky, said: “For the past five years, Ross has been a crucial member of our tourism division, bringing a creative passion for travel and a commitment to promoting New York State as a world-class destination. “He understands the…
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Eurostar departs for Amsterdam for first time | News

Eurostar departs for Amsterdam for first time | News

Tour & Travels
Eurostar today marks an historic milestone in the expansion of international high-speed rail as it embarks on its inaugural journey from the UK direct to The Netherlands. The inaugural service will depart from London St Pancras International at 08.31 this morning and tickets for the new route will go on sale from 16:00 for travel from Wednesday, April 4th. With highly competitive fares from just £35 one-way, a journey time of three hours and one minute to Rotterdam and three hours and 41 minutes to Amsterdam, Eurostar will transform the connection between these key destinations, providing travellers with a compelling, environmentally friendly alternative to the airlines. Nicolas Petrovic, chief executive, Eurostar, said: “Today’s inaugural service heralds an exciting new chapter in the expansion of high speed rail, strengthening the trading…
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Bahrain Tourism seeks to woo UK sports fans to F1 Grand Prix | News

Bahrain Tourism seeks to woo UK sports fans to F1 Grand Prix | News

Tour & Travels
The Bahrain Tourism & Exhibitions Authority has launched its latest Formula One advertising campaign, designed to increase package booking and consumer awareness for the annual Bahrain Grand Prix. The race will take place on April 6th-8th. In partnership with four tour operators, Grandstand motorsports, ITC sports, Motorsports Travel and ST Sports (part of Southall Travel), BTEA will aim to increase an even higher volume of sales from affluent motorsport enthusiasts, educating travellers as to why the Grand Prix is an unmissable and necessary part of their travel schedule. The campaign will effectively drive consumers to two portals: the first, a campaign microsite, which offers destination inspiration as well as a call-to-action booking page. The second, being directly to the tour operator websites, where consumers can book their race weekend holiday…
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