WTM 2019: Full coverage from this year’s event

The Travel Weekly team are out in force at World Travel Market 2019, find all the latest news below and don’t miss our blog for live coverage from the 40th anniversary event

Nassau Paradise Island debuts cruise-and-stay programme
Bid to attract British travellers following Hurricane Dorian

‘Incentivising airlines is only chance of clean aviation’
“Tax is coming” but aviation experts predict it won’t be the solution

Agents urged to switch-sell diving customers to Malta
Around 7% of the 2.4m annual visitors come to dive

Barbados to focus on north of England, Scotland and Ireland
Tourism board to host agent roadshows and fam trips

Agents urged to back The Travel Corporation’s Make Travel Matter pledge
Commitments include plastics, recycling, animal cruelty and fair pricing

Japan to focus on sporting events to boost tourism
Country hopes to emulate Rugby World Cup in raising awareness

Hotel QE2 to offer fam trips in 2020
Historic vessel is docked permanently in Dubai’s port Mina Rashid

Caribbean office closures to fund marketing drive
Chairman highlights importance of supporting smaller islands

Caribbean calls on big polluters to help islands preserve tourism
‘We can’t be dealing with this, our economies are too small’

Grand Bahama airport to re-open this month
Island was devastated by Hurricane Dorian

New York UK visitor record set to be beaten
City expects to welcome 1.3m UK visitors in 2019

California ‘open for business’ with 80% of wildfires contained
‘The best thing people can do for California is visit’

Gambia tries to fill Thomas Cook void
Country’s government is ‘talking to as many people as possible’

Virgin Atlantic seeks ‘more than half’ of new Heathrow slots
Airline boss sets out ambitions for third runway

Parc Asterix reveals new attractions
Secret project is the park’s biggest attraction investment ever

Travel Leaders considers further UK acquisitions
Organic growth through Barrhead Travel is ‘immediate focus’

South Africa urges trade to embrace product diversity
Focus on communicating breadth of existing product

Visitor figures to Orlando defy ‘Trump slump’
Airport and Universal expansion ‘will continue to drive growth’

Industry defies gloom with ‘healthy’ year
Leaders downplay impact of Brexit and Thomas Cook collapse

Spain confident of replacing Thomas Cook capacity
Legislation passed to mitigate impact of firm’s failure

Peru hopes Sir David Attenborough show will increase Amazon demand
Region to appear on Seven Worlds, One Planet in coming weeks

Improve offering for younger generation, warns Advantage boss
Risk taking and sustainability are key factors, says Julia Lo Bue-Said

Barrhead Travel targeting 10 new shops by Christmas
Thomas Cook failure ‘presents opportunity to accelerate growth’

Olympic Holidays to launch land tours in 2020
Product will be available to book by agents this month

Balearics ‘will remain stable’ despite Thomas Cook failure
Operators and airlines are filling gap, says region’s tourism minister

Wizz Air boss expresses Brexit optimism
Chief executive sees unrest as opportunity

Palladium Hotel Group announces Tenerife agent event
Group to also relaunch two properties in Sicily and Menorca

Iberostar says agents ‘more important than ever’
Group lost ‘a few million’ in Thomas Cook collapse

Milan to promote ‘hospitality without harassment’ at IGLTA 2020
Event expected to be association’s largest outside of the United States

Anantara plots growth in European cities
Luxury brand to make Dublin property first opening

New tourism brand revealed for Northern Ireland
Bid to transform how prospective visitors view province

Croatia to focus on sustainability as visitor numbers boom
Tourist board aims to limit over-tourism issues

Jamaica sees 5% lift in UK visitors
Tourism minister says Thomas Cook collapse had ‘negligible’ impact

EasyJet Holidays to offer ’10 to 12′ Sharm el-Sheikh hotels
Operator plans to relaunch at end of December

No-deal Brexit outbound impact warning
Euromonitor projects 10m fewer departures

Greece ‘took Thomas Cook collapse in its stride’
Tourism minister outlines plans to attract winter and dive tourists from the UK

Hotelbeds forfeits €300m as it pursues ‘rate integrity’
Bed bank stamps out ‘bad practices’

Egypt reports highest-ever annual tourism revenue
‘Minimal’ impact from Thomas Cook collapse, says tourism minister

Thomas Cook collapse creates ‘big opportunity’ for Tui in Tunisia
Former travel giant accounted for 50% of all UK visitors to country

Sri Lanka hails ‘bounce back’ and targets tourism growth
Country to focus on UK market with plans for more agent visits

Global Resilience Centre unveils projects
Hurricane recovery among priorities

Malaysia Airlines to boost number of agents hosted on fam trips
Flag carrier aims to raise profile of lesser-known destinations

Tourism Malaysia pushes eco-tourism and arts and culture offering
Country’s tourist board targets 30m tourists by 2020

Tobago hails success of marketing campaign
Country has ‘aggressive targets’ for visitor numbers

Yucatán tourist numbers up 17.6%
Increase due to safety levels and ‘authentic’ attractions

Key UK long-haul inbound source markets revealed
US, Australia and India maintain top positions

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