Europe offers us all a lesson in both the old and the new, combining ancient monuments and medieval architecture with modern business savvy and high technology in a way that makes every visit to that continent one that is compelling and rewarding in a way that is unrivaled by any other place on Earth.
Two news bits today concerning Germany’s disposition toward migrants and visitors draw further attention to key Schengen and visa discussion. A report via EurActiv speaks to one side of the German and EU PR aspect, the Roma people being the subject on the one hand. At the other end of Germany’s public relations woes, news that second generation Turks in Germany are headed home suggest the German state is in an exclusivity mood toward some.
According to the Amadeus Air Traffic Travel Intelligence report recently released, budget flights in Europe and other regions are trending to dominate air travel. The report reveals low cost carriers taking up as much 14% of all air travel, while cheap flights in Europe account for 38% overall.
The European Travel Commission has just named Mr Manuel Butler, Director General of Tourspain (Spain), as President of the ETC.
According to the Travel and Tourism Competitiveness Report 2013 a few Eastern European countries ranks among the friendliest and most unfriendly places in the world to visit. Apparently tiny Macedonia is a smiling and pleasant experience, while Russia and Latvia rank way down the list with countries like Bolivia.
Eastern Europe is by far one of the cheapest and most convenient places to backpack in the world. Cheap accommodation, free activities, and inexpensive cuisine make it friendly on a student or backpacker’s budget. If you are dying to see the world, then your dollar will stretch the most in any of the Eastern European countries. Here’s why!
Horrible news for high street and travel, Thomas Cook will cut some 2,500 UK jobs and close nearly 200 agencies according to news from Reuters, the world’s oldest travel firm. The Euro and other economic crises in key markets for Cook are to blame for what might end a fatal blow to the 172 year old company.
On Thursday, Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide announced their Q4 earnings had declined blaming growth in Europe and rising costs for the reduced revenue. The company’s net income fell to $142 million, 0.72 cents per share, about 0.7 cents beneath investor expectations.
TUI Travel PLC’s CEO talks about what’s to come in 2013, as well as profitably for 2012. There’s a lot to be said for TUI, sunshine, and smiles – out of the gloomy forecast, some TUI brightness appears to shine.
Winter has set in for everyone in the Northern Hemisphere on Mother Earth. And for the traveler, visions of the next great journey away from inherent cabin fever are surely arising now. Discover Europe! Your sixth travel sense may be saying, and what better way than traversing most of it, in comfort, and style. Is this a sales pitch? Well no, we don’t work for Avalon Waterways, we just know travel. Read on, this is good stuff.
By way of saying “Merry Christmas”, Air Malta is offering all their customers 25% off flights. This week long sale is available to some 20 destination that the airline flies.
Just released, the “Europe B2C E-Commerce Report 2012” reveals the sector commercial trends in Europe . Performed by Hamburg-based research company yStats.com, the report encompasses data from some 35 countries across the region.
This year’s World Travel Awards have been announced revealing some of the hospitality and travel industry’s brightest stars. Top honors went out to; Lufthansa, Kempinski Hotels & Resorts, DFDS Seaways, Disneyland Paris and Norwegian Cruise Line, among many others.
For those of you out there wanting to squeeze the most out of Fall vacation plans recent stats from Hotwire’s Travel Savings Indicator show 20 of Europe’s most popular destinations as spectacular deals. Hotel price drops across Europe range from 7% to 37% compared to a year ago, with some price cuts in excess of 50% year on year. If you ever wanted to visit Europe, there may never have been a better time.
Oceania Cruises, one of the world’s top luxury cruiselines, cristened their latest vessel, m/s Riviera in Barcelona yesterday. The 66,172-ton vessel, built by famed Italian yard Fincantieri’s Sestri Ponente, will set sail on a 10-day maiden voyage from Venice to Athens beginning May 16.