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Wego has collaborated with Azerbaijan Tourism Board to invite travellers from the GCC to take another look at the country and experience its wide array of sights and activities.

Azerbaijan is one of the top three destinations in Europe for MENA-based travellers.

A safe and family-friendly place that has attracted as many as 1.4 million tourists in the first half of 2019, Azerbaijan is the perfect scenic getaway for enjoying a plush European experience at a very affordable price.

Azerbaijan is growing quickly into one of the worlds most exciting emerging holiday destinations.

Inviting all GCC residents with a visa on arrival, there has been a growing demand to increase direct flights from the Middle East. Many airlines including Emirates, Etihad Airways, flydubai and Air Arabia have expanded their services to the capital city of Baku, as well as Gabala, a beautiful city in northern Azerbaijan.

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Recently, an increase in the influx of Arab tourists has been witnessed since Flynas, Saudi Arabias low-cost airline, announced new routes to Baku.

Florian Sengstschmid, chief executive of Azerbaijan Tourism Board, said: “We are delighted to start this joint collaboration with Wego to raise awareness about what Azerbaijan has to offer all types of travellers from the GCC countries.

“Located on the border of Europe and Asia, our country is a true blend of the best of east and west, with so many unique opportunities for unforgettable experiences and adventures.

“We have everything from ancient crafts and culture to UNESCO heritage sites and breath-taking mountain and sea landscapes.

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One of the most recognisable board games in the world is about to set foot in the United Arab Emirates, with Monopoly set to launch in Dubai next month.

A bustling metropolis full of world-firsts, opulent hotels, and entertainment hotspots, Dubai is in no shortage of must-sees.

But which will make it on the board?

Starting today, follow Mr. Monopolys journey as he visits iconic locations around the city and start guessing which will have a spot on the worlds most famous board game.

Throughout the following weeks, both Dubai residents and tourists will have the chance to meet and greet with Mr. Monopoly, joining him in numerous activities around town.

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To track the man in the top hat, follow #MrMonopolyinTown and #MonopolyDXB on Instagram for a chance to meet him at his next location.

Players will have a chance to Pass Go when Mr. Monopoly reveals his new board on November 4th.

Until then, the guessing game is on!

Issam Kazim, chief executive, Dubai Corporation for Tourism and Commerce Marketing, commented: “We are excited to extend our support to Hasbro with the launch of the iconic Dubai Monopoly board, a first in the region.

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Blackpools tourism economy has grown for a fourth successive year.

The latest independent research figures from Scarborough Tourism Economic Activity Monitor (Steam) for 2018 show, compared to the previous year, the total number of visitors grew by almost 200,000.

In total 18.2 million guests visited last year, with increases in both day and staying visitors.

Over the same period, the value of Blackpools tourism industry increased by four per cent to £1.58 billion.

That means that the resort accounts for more than 40 per cent of the value of Lancashires total visitor economy.

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The report also shows that the total number of full-time tourism and hospitality jobs supported in Blackpool has grown to 25,400 – a one per cent increase over the previous year.

Gillian Campbell, deputy leader of Blackpool Council, said: “It is very encouraging that the annual Steam report for 2018 shows continued growth in Blackpools visitor economy.

“Once again, there is an increase in visitor numbers and a significant uplift in the economic impact of tourism.

“We are committed to maintaining Blackpools position as the UKs most visited seaside resort through continued investment in tourism infrastructure, new shows and attractions, as well as the sympathetic rejuvenation of iconic assets such as the Blackpool Tower and the Winter Gardens.

Tourism

One of the most recognisable board games in the world is about to set foot in the United Arab Emirates, with Monopoly set to launch in Dubai next month.

A bustling metropolis full of world-firsts, opulent hotels, and entertainment hotspots, Dubai is in no shortage of must-sees.

But which will make it on the board?

Starting today, follow Mr. Monopolys journey as he visits iconic locations around the city and start guessing which will have a spot on the worlds most famous board game.

Throughout the following weeks, both Dubai residents and tourists will have the chance to meet and greet with Mr. Monopoly, joining him in numerous activities around town.

ADVERTISEMENT

To track the man in the top hat, follow #MrMonopolyinTown and #MonopolyDXB on Instagram for a chance to meet him at his next location.

Players will have a chance to Pass Go when Mr. Monopoly reveals his new board on November 4th.

Until then, the guessing game is on!

Issam Kazim, chief executive, Dubai Corporation for Tourism and Commerce Marketing, commented: “We are excited to extend our support to Hasbro with the launch of the iconic Dubai Monopoly board, a first in the region.

Tourism

Blackpools tourism economy has grown for a fourth successive year.

The latest independent research figures from Scarborough Tourism Economic Activity Monitor (Steam) for 2018 show, compared to the previous year, the total number of visitors grew by almost 200,000.

In total 18.2 million guests visited last year, with increases in both day and staying visitors.

Over the same period, the value of Blackpools tourism industry increased by four per cent to £1.58 billion.

That means that the resort accounts for more than 40 per cent of the value of Lancashires total visitor economy.

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The report also shows that the total number of full-time tourism and hospitality jobs supported in Blackpool has grown to 25,400 – a one per cent increase over the previous year.

Gillian Campbell, deputy leader of Blackpool Council, said: “It is very encouraging that the annual Steam report for 2018 shows continued growth in Blackpools visitor economy.

“Once again, there is an increase in visitor numbers and a significant uplift in the economic impact of tourism.

“We are committed to maintaining Blackpools position as the UKs most visited seaside resort through continued investment in tourism infrastructure, new shows and attractions, as well as the sympathetic rejuvenation of iconic assets such as the Blackpool Tower and the Winter Gardens.

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Unmarried foreign couples will be allowed to rent hotel rooms together in Saudi Arabia for the first time as part of a wider drive to boost the tourism sector.

Having revealed a new visa regime in September, officials confirmed the latest changes earlier.

Under the new rules, women will also be allowed to stay in hotel rooms alone.

Couples previously had to prove they were married before getting a hotel room – but now these rules have been relaxed for foreigners

“All Saudi nationals are asked to show family ID or proof of relationship on checking into hotels,” the Saudi Commission for Tourism & National Heritage said in a statement.

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“This is not required of foreign tourists.

“All women, including Saudis, can book and stay in hotels alone, providing ID on check-in.”

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The Myanmar government has introduced new regulations to facilitate easier access for tourists.

Tourists from six countries – Australia, Germany, Italy, Russia, Spain and Switzerland – can now enter Myanmar with a visa-on-arrival at Yangon, Mandalay and Nay Pyi Taw airports.

Passport holders of those do not need pre-approval to travel, and can apply for a visa when they arrive, which will be granted instantly.

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The fee for the visa on arrival is US$50.

Japanese, South Korean, Hong Kong and Macau tourists were granted visa-free entry last year.
Indian and Chinese nationals from the mainland were also granted visas-on-arrival into Myanmar in a move to attract more Asian tourism into the country.

“We do hope that all these new regulations to ease access to Myanmar, will lead to more travellers from around the world to discover the unique Myanmar culture, nature and most of all the hospitality of the people,” saidRead More – Source

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According to the Central Bureau of Statistics, approximately 405,000 tourist entries were recorded in September, 44 per cent more than during the same month last year.

From January to September this year, some 3.3 million tourist entries were recorded, as opposed to 2.917 million in the same period last year, an increase of 13 per cent.

A fuller picture will likely emerge with the publication of the October statistics, given the fact that the Jewish holidays typically fall in September and October.

Revenue from incoming tourism in September stood at $581 million.

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Approximately 20,800 tourist entries from the United Kingdom were recorded in September this year, 29 per cent more than September 2018.

Minister of tourism, Yariv Levin, commented: “September continues the upward trend in incoming tourism with impressive increases and monthly records broken.

“We are marketing Israel around the world in line with our innovative and market-focused strategy, and we are seeing the results. We continue to develop new markets, while working to maintain traditional markRead More – Source

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The World Travel & Tourism Council has saluted the Portuguese government for recognising the importance of the sector to the overall economy.

Making tourism a priority has resulted in the sector growing 8.1 per cent in 2018, contributing €38.4 billion to the nations economy.

Research conducted by WTTC shows that in 2018, €1 in every €5 euros in Portugal came from tourism.

Furthermore, the tourism sector grew by one of the highest rates in Europe and contributed one in five of all jobs in the country, further demonstrating the importance of the sector to the country.

Research also confirms the level of growth is the highest of any country in the European Union and significantly above the EU average of 3.1 per cent.

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WTTC research suggests the tourism sector employed 1.05 million people in Portugal, or 21.8 per cent of all jobs.

Portugal is also predominantly a holiday destination, attracting 85 per cent leisure seekers and 15 per cent business travellers.

Named Worlds Leading Destination by voters at the World Travel Awards last year, Portugal continues to attract millions of international visitors to its shores each year.

There has been strong growth from non-traditional markets such as the USA (up 21.8 per cent), Canada (up 21.3 per cent), China (up 16.8 per cent) and Brazil (up 13 per cent).

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The Myanmar government has introduced new regulations to facilitate easier access for tourists.

Tourists from six countries – Australia, Germany, Italy, Russia, Spain and Switzerland – can now enter Myanmar with a visa-on-arrival at Yangon, Mandalay and Nay Pyi Taw airports.

Passport holders of those do not need pre-approval to travel, and can apply for a visa when they arrive, which will be granted instantly.

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The fee for the visa on arrival is US$50.

Japanese, South Korean, Hong Kong and Macau tourists were granted visa-free entry last year.
Indian and Chinese nationals from the mainland were also granted visas-on-arrival into Myanmar in a move to attract more Asian tourism into the country.

“We do hope that all these new regulations to ease access to Myanmar, will lead to more travellers from around the world to discover the unique Myanmar culture, nature and most of all the hospitality of the people,” saidRead More – Source