According to the press service of the Association of Tour Operators of Russia (ATOR), Spain has become the most popular destination for Russian travelers. Outbound Russian tourist flows are rebounding, especially for vacation packages. Tour operators note that most Russians vacationers prefer economizing on excursions.
The Catalonian capital of Barcelona might as well be considered Europe’s capital of art. Artists like Joan Miró, Antoni Gaudí, Lluís Domènech i Montaner, Salvador Dalí are just a few of the big names – strong representatives from Catalonia. Museums and art creations by these artists are found in abundance in the city of Barcelona.
The government of the Balearic Islands is saying; “enough is enough” when it comes to cracking down on sex and alcohol tourism. A new ad campaign pushed in the British press claims those islands no longer want the rough and rowdy rep of sexual misconduct and drinking accolades that discolor the beautiful paradise there.
With all the bad news flying about from European capitols it’s nice to see hotel groups expanding through all the economic strife. This is particularly true where the hardest hit countries are concerned. News that Spanish hoteliers, HTGroup is opening a new four star in Madrid, this is good news for a change of fortunes.
Starwood Hotels & Resorts will link up with Amrey Hotels S.L. to operate a Four Points Hotel in Barcelona. The hotel, Four Points by Sheraton Barcelona Diagonal, is scheduled to open this fall spreading the Starwood Four Points brand into Spain. The hotel will offer 154 guest rooms, 24 hour dining, as well as other typical “Four Points” amenities, according to the news.
The news that the Danish parliament moved on Friday to reintroduce limited border controls, should not really come as any surprise. With one segment of the EU pushing hard for austerity measures on the other side, and the Russian Federation being nixed at every turn on free visa travel, and general upheaval increasing overall, isn’t it clear more than one border crossing is at risk?
On the Beach, a leading UK OTA, says this Summer may be a banner season for UK beach combers headed to the sunny Med. In a press release today, the company points to increased traffic for beaches in Spain, Greece, and in Turkey. Not everything about slumping economies is bad, not when the deals get too good to be true.
In world airline news, leading edge air carrier Asia’s Singapore Airlines has just signed memorandum of understanding (MOU) with Spain’s Tourism Board. The agreement further extends what has already become an apparent initiative by the airline to not only broaden B2B connections, but to engage overall the world travel market.
Orbitz continues celebrating their 10 Year Anniversary with some exclusive deals for their customers. For the Summer, Orbitz is offering discounted International Flights, and International hotel deals. Be sure and check out Argo’s “Quick Booking” evaluation.