In the News 2018

Ireland Wins Big at 25th Annual World Travel Awards

12 July 2018 - Food for Thought
Ireland won a number of significant awards at the recent World Travel Awards, held at a gala ceremony in Athens, Greece at the start of July.
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Madeira to welcome World Travel Awards in 2019

11 July 2018 - Travel Daily News
Madeira has been revealed as the host for the World Travel Awards (WTA) Europe Gala Ceremony 2019.
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Corinthia Hotels score in World Travel Awards

9 July 2018 - ICTM
The 25th World Travel Awards Europe, announced at a gala ceremony in Athens on 30th June, have bestowed five prestigious awards on three Corinthia Hotels. Known best as the Oscars of the travel industry, they acknowledge, reward and celebrate outstanding achievement across all sectors of the global travel and tourism industry.
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Portugal celebrates at World Travel Awards

9 July 2018 - Mice Times Asia
Portugal beat off stiff competition to be named “Europe’s Leading Destination” for the second consecutive year at World Travel Awards Europe Gala Ceremoy 2018.
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Tigre de Cristal bags prestigious title at World Travel Awards

9 July 2018 - Casino Games Pro
Tigre de Cristal Hotel and Resort has been awarded the prestigious title of Russia’s Leading Resort for 2018 at the 25th annual World Travel Awards.
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The Belfry scoops two major awards at the prestigious World Travel Awards

9 July 2018 - Golf Punk
The Belfry Hotel & Resort has had another outstanding result at the annual World Travel Awards Europe Gala Ceremony, which took place on Friday 30th June in Athens, Greece, cementing its reputation as a world-class leading resort.
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Sandals Resorts International

9 July 2018 - Jamaica Observer
Sandals Resorts International holds the enviable record of being voted World's Leading All-Inclusive Company, in the World Travel Awards, 24 times between 1994 and 2017.
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Hilton London Heathrow Airport victorioius at 25th Edition of World Travel Awards Europe

9 July 2018 - ICTM
Hilton London Heathrow Airport has been recognised as Europe’s Leading Airport Hotel for the fourth consecutive time, at the World Travel Awards Europe 2018 – the travel industry’s renowned awards programme.
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Malta's Best Hotels according to World Travel Awards

9 July 2018 - Lovin Malta
Quality customer reviews is something all tourists rely on when travelling to new destinations. That's why organisations like the World Travel Awards try to find the best choices for destinations across the globe.
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Tigre de Cristal casino named Russia’s best resort

5 July 2018 - CalvinAyre.com
The Tigre de Cristal casino in Russia’s far east Primorye gaming zone has been named the best resort in the country by an international awards panel. This week, the 25th annual World Travel Awards – considered the ‘Oscars’ of the hospitality industry, or so we’re told – were handed out at a gala ceremony in Athens. Tigre de Cristal picked up the trophy for Russia’s Leading Resort 2018, beating out three Radisson properties and two other resorts
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DFDS named ‘Europe’s Leading Ferry Operator’ at the World Travel Awards

5 July 2018 - Port News
DFDS has been named ‘Europe’s Leading Ferry Operator’ at the World Travel Awards™, for the seventh consecutive year, the company said in its press release.
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Norwegian Air named Europe’s Leading Low-Cost Airline 2018 at the World Travel Awards

5 July 2018 - TAPinto.net
Norwegian, the World’s Best Low-Cost Long-Haul Airline and Airline of the Year 2017, has been named Europe’s Leading Low-Cost Airline 2018 for the fourth consecutive year at the 25th annual World Travel Awards, one of the travel industry's most prestigious awards.
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Greek capital reaps three awards at tourism’s ‘Oscars’

2 July 2018 - Ekathimerini.com
Athens walked away with three major distinctions from this year’s World Travel Awards, an annual international event hailed as the “Oscars of tourism.”
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Acropolis wins at World Travel Awards

2 July 2018 - Greek City Times
Acropolis named "Europe’s Leading Tourist Attraction 2018" at World Travel Awards hosted in Athens.
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Greek Capital Steals the Limelight at World Travel Awards

2 July 2018 - Financial Tribune
Athens walked away with three major distinctions from this year's World Travel Awards, an annual international event hailed as the "Oscars of tourism."
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Radisson BluGolden Sands wins prestigious World Travel Award

2 July 2018 - Malta Independent
The Radisson Blu Resort & Spa, Golden Sands has been voted Malta's Leading Business Hotel 2018 during the 25th Annual World Travel Awards.
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SA cruise ports up for World Travel Awards

22 June 2018 - Infrastructure News
Three South African ports are in the running for the title of Africa’s Leading Cruise Port 2018 at the 25th annual World Travel Awards.
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Booming Irish distrillery nominated by WTA

14 June 2018 - Irish Times
Tours of Dublin distillery generate about €9m in revenue for Irish whiskey maker, Teelings, which has been nominated for Europe’s Leading Distillery Tour at the World Travel Awards
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Muscat International Airport wins World Travel Award

1 June 2018 - Verkeersbureaus
Luchthaven Muscat wint World Travel Award
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Portugal Europe’s leading tourism destination at the 2017 World Travel Awards.

25 May 2018 - South China Post
Portugal, voted "Europe’s Leading Tourism Destination" at the 2017 World Travel Awards, is an ideal destination to visit whilst the World Cup is on.
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'Starlight Tourism Destination' earns World Travel Award nomination

20 May 2018 - Space.com
Portugal's Dark Sky Alqueva Reserve, the world's first "starlight tourism destination," nominated for "Europe's Leading Tourist Attraction" at World Travel Awards.
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Oman Air builds on WTA success

19 May 2018 - The Independent
Oman Air, a rising star of Middle Eastern aviation, was crowned the region's leading airline for business and economy by the World Travel Awards — and it also just so happens to have unveiled a new first class offering.
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Arabian Hotel Investment Conference to welcome Ranulph Fiennes

20 March 2018 - Breaking Travel News
Organisers at the Arabian Hotel Investment Conference have announced the event will welcome the legendary Sir Ranulph Fiennes on Thursday April 19th.
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Dark Sky® Alqueva: Europe’s Leading Tourist Attraction?

20 March 2018 - eTurboNews
Dark Sky® Alqueva has been nominated for The World Travel Awards in the category Europe’s Leading Tourist Attraction. It will be competing against such resounding names as the Eiffel Tower, the Acropolis in Athens, the Sacrada Família Cathedral, Rome’s Colosseum and Buckingham Palace.
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Ireland’s Alcatraz: Spike Island in Cork

19 March 2018 - The Guardian
The former fort and notorious prison in Cork harbour, once known as ‘Hell on Earth’, has become an award-winning attraction
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Portugal's flourishing tourism becomes economic mainstay

19 March 2018 - Reuters
Portugal’s tourism boom has made the industry one of the biggest contributors to the national economy and the largest employer, with almost 1 million direct and indirect jobs, the head of the World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC) said.
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World Travel Awards to visit Durban for Africa & Indian Ocean Gala Ceremony

19 March 2018 - Breaking Travel News
World Travel Awards has revealed that its Africa & Indian Ocean Gala Ceremony will this year be hosted at Durban International Convention Centre, South Africa.
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Durban International Convention Centre to host WTA Africa & Indian Ocean Gala Ceremony 2018

16 March 2018 - ITCM
World Travel Awards (WTA) has revealed that its Africa & Indian Ocean Gala Ceremony will be hosted at Durban International Convention Centre (Durban ICC), South Africa.
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Guayaquil to host World Travel Awards (WTA) Latin America Ceremony 2018

16 March 2018 - Hospitality Net
World Travel Awards (WTA) has revealed that Guayaquil, Ecuador will host its Latin America Ceremony on 15th September 2018.
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World Travel Awards headed to Guayaquil for Latin America Ceremony

16 March 2018 - Breaking Travel News
World Travel Awards has revealed that Guayaquil, on the west coast of Ecuador, will host its Latin America Ceremony on September 15th.
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Ecuador – Guayaquil to host Latin America Ceremony 2018

15 March 2018 - Mice Industry News
World Travel Awards (WTA) has revealed that Guayaquil, Ecuador will host its Latin America Ceremony on 15th September 2018.
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Voting opens ahead of World Travel Awards Europe Gala Ceremony 2018

15 March 2018 - Breaking Travel News
Voting has opened ahead of the World Travel Awards Europe Gala Ceremony 2018.
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Heading to Ireland for St. Patrick’s Day? This Hotel is the Place to Stay.

13 March 2018 - The Manual
With over 40 million Americans claiming some form of Irish ancestry (myself included), a visit to the Celtic homeland is a must on many bucket lists, and many more bucket lists have Ireland added to them each year when St. Patrick’s Day arrives.
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Chile Tourism: A Strong Start to 2018

6 March 2018 - The Santiago Times
For a remarkably small country, Chile is a world on its own.
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Ras Al Khaimah to host Middle East Gala Ceremony 2018

1 March 2018 - Travel Daily News
World Travel Awards (WTA) has revealed its Middle East Gala Ceremony will be hosted in Ras Al Khaimah, United Arab Emirates (UAE) on 19th April 2018.
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Ras Al Khaimah to host WTA Middle East Gala Ceremony 2018

1 March 2018 - eTurboNews
World Travel Awards (WTA) has revealed its Middle East Gala Ceremony will be hosted in Ras Al Khaimah, United Arab Emirates (UAE) on 19th April 2018.
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Ras Al Khaimah to host World Travel Awards Middle East Gala Ceremony

1 March 2018 - World Travel News
World Travel Awards (WTA) has revealed its Middle East Gala Ceremony will be hosted in Ras Al Khaimah, United Arab Emirates (UAE) on 19th April 2018.
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World Travel Awards headed to Ras Al Khaimah for Middle East Gala Ceremony

1 March 2018 - Breaking Travel News
World Travel Awards has revealed its Middle East Gala Ceremony 2018 will be hosted in Ras Al Khaimah, United Arab Emirates on April 19th.
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Top 3 beaches to visit in Mombasa

25 February 2018 - HiVisasa
Lying approximately 30km south of Mombasa city along the Indian Ocean, Diani Beach emerged as Africa’s Leading Beach Destination in World Travel Awards - 2014.
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High-profile visitors helping to sustain tourist arrivals, says Bartlett

23 February 2018 - Jamaica Observer
MINISTER of Tourism Edmund Bartlett says that an increasing number of high-profile visitors in recent times is stabilising tourists' response to the current enhanced security measures.
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The Mexican Caribbean received more than 16 million visitors in 2017

19 February 2018 - The Yucatan Times
In 2017, the State of Quintana Roo reported increases in tourism indicators such as affluence, economic income, and hotel occupancy, which confirms its leadership and preference in the national and international market.
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Breaking Travel News investigates: Anantara Al Jabal Al Akhdar Resort

14 February 2018 - Breaking Travel News
Long before there was anything here local Omanis would come to the peak of Al Jabal Al Akhdar - Arabic for the Green Mountain – to picnic, relax, and take in the views over the sprawling Saiq Plateau.
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Tourism earnings zoom past Sh100 billion mark

9 February 2018 - MediaMax
The tourism sector bounced back last year to record a 20.3 per cent growth in earnings despite the volatile political climate witnessed during the entire year and incidencies of violence in some parts of the country.
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4 Reasons the Cayman Islands Are the Perfect Trip for Swimmers and Water Lovers

9 February 2018 - Shape
Shipwrecks for divers to explore? Check. Friendly stingrays? Check. Beautiful water year-round? Definite check. These Carribean islands have a water sport for every swimmer, at every skill level.
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Sandymount Hotel’s green award

8 February 2018 - NewsFour
It’s not easy being green, but the green army of women John Loughran has working with him at the Sandymount Hotel seem to be making light work of it.
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China in your hands

2 February 2018 - Airline Travel News
China Airlines has made its glorious return to the UK with a new non stop service between London Gatwick and Taipei, Taiwan.
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Guinness World Records honours Ras Al Khaimah with World’s Longest Zipline title

2 February 2018 - Breaking Travel News
The emirate of Ras Al Khaimah achieved a Guinness World Records title earlier with its latest adventure tourism product – Jebel Jais Flight: The World’s Longest Zipline.
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The worldwide voting window for the Middle East is now open!

2 February 2018 - World Travel News
Industry insiders, consumers and stakeholders from around the world are in-vited to cast their votes for the organisations in the Middle East that they con-sider the very best in the business, ahead of World Travel Awards Middle East Gala Ceremony (https://www.worldtravelawards.com/event/middle-east-2018).
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The worldwide voting window for the Middle East is now open!

1 February 2018 - Web Wire
Industry insiders, consumers and stakeholders from around the world are invited to cast their votes for the organisations in the Middle East that they consider the very best in the business, ahead of World Travel Awards Middle East Gala Ceremony.
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Voting opens for World Travel Awards Middle East Gala Ceremony 2018

1 February 2018 - Breaking Travel News
The worldwide voting window for the World Travel Awards Middle East Gala Ceremony 2018 is now open.
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Vietnam Airlines in Hong Kong seeks international partnership

1 February 2018 - Vietnam Plus
The national flag carrier Vietnam Airlines’ branch in China’s Hong Kong held a meeting with its partners on January 30.
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Donovan White Hired as Director of Tourism, Jamaica Tourist Board

31 January 2018 - Travel Agent Central
Edmund Bartlett, the Minister of Tourism for Jamaica, has announced the appointment of Donovan White as the new Director of Tourism of the Jamaica Tourist Board (JTB)
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Named the best island for vacation

31 January 2018 - Mice Times
Located 1,000 km from mainland Portugal Madeira island in the Atlantic ocean was “the world’s Leading island direction 2017” by the international World Travel Awards.
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Burj Rafal Hotel Kempinski offers European luxury with Arabian hospitality

30 January 2018 - Saudi Gazette
LOCATED in one of the most vibrant areas of Riyadh, Burj Rafal Hotel Kempinski is the prime choice for business travelers.
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Oman Air appoints new GSA in South Africa

29 January 2018 - Times Of Oman
Oman Air, the national carrier of the Sultanate of Oman, has announced the appointment of Holiday Aviation as General Sales Agent (GSA) for South Africa.
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The Maldives scoops major travel awards

26 January 2018 - World Travel News
The Maldives scooped a host of prestigious travel industry awards in 2017, confirming its status as an Indian Ocean paradise.
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Airbnb to launch in Ras Al Khaimah

25 January 2018 - Discover Ras Al Khaimah
Ras Al Khaimah Tourism Development Authority (RAKTDA) and Airbnb have signed an agreement to promote responsible home sharing, boost tourism and diversify the tourism offer in the emirate.
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Qtech Software takes top World Travel Awards title

24 January 2018 - Breaking Travel News
Qtech Software has been recognised as the World’s Leading Travel ERP Technology Provider by voters at the World Travel Awards.
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Ireland's Alcatraz gives tourists a chilling thrill

24 January 2018 - Ozy.com
Not long after we’re comfortably seated in a tugboat taking us on the short voyage across Cork Harbour to Spike Island, the idle tourist chatter on board starts trailing off.
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Jamaica insists it remains open for business

24 January 2018 - Discover Jamaica
Jamaica remains safe for visitors, according to the island’s tourism minister the Hon. Edmund Bartlett.
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Quito Calling

23 January 2018 - Discover South America
Cloud-high in the Andes and hemmed in by the snow-capped peaks of two active volcanoes, Ecuador's capital Quito is magical enough as it is.
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Hainan Airlines permits pets to fly with their owners

22 January 2018 - Airline Travel News
Every year before Chinese New Year - the most important family gathering festival in China - dog owners have to decide whether to leave their poodles with a pet store or face a long drive with their dogs to their hometown provinces.
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The Hornet Guide to Gay Lyon

21 January 2018 - Hornet
Only two hours from Paris by TGV (France’s intercity high-speed train), Lyon may be the French city with the most flourishing gay life (after the country’s capital, of course).
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World Travel Awards To Celebrate Silver Anniversary

20 January 2018 - Argophilia
In news from World Travel Awards the company has begun preparations for its 25th anniversary of recognizing leaders in the international hospitality sector.
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Is this the world’s best executive lounge?

18 January 2018 - Spice
InterContinental Sydney has taken out the coveted title of World’s Leading executive Club Lounge at the 24th World Travel Awards (WTA).
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World Travel Awards gears up for silver anniversary

17 January 2018 - World Travel News
World Travel Awards has begun preparations for its 25th anniversary – honouring a quarter of a century recognising leaders in the international hospitality sector.
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World Best Business Lounge? The WTA Judges Think So

16 January 2018 - Travel Trends
Here’s the spectacular view from the InterContinental Sydney’s business lounge, declared the World’s Leading Executive Club Lounge 2017 at the recent World Travel Awards (WTA).
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Revealed: the world’s safest airlines

16 January 2018 - World Travel News
Emirates is one of the world’s safest airlines, according to a study carried out by AirlineRatings.com.
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World Travel Awards gears up for silver anniversary

16 January 2018 - Breaking Travel News
World Travel Awards has begun preparations for its 25th anniversary – honouring a quarter of a century recognising leaders in the international hospitality sector.
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Sandals launches Layaway Programme

15 January 2018 - Discover Jamaica
The mornings are dark, damp and freezing cold, while the commute to work is painfully crowded, but reader! It doesn’t have to be this way…
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Kenya’s major tourism highlights in 2017

12 January 2018 - The Maravi Post
The year 2017 in Kenya’s tourism was marked by major milestones that had both positive and negative implications on the industry. Jumia Travel looks at some of them and gives a glimpse of what 2018 will look like.
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Ex appeal: Katy Perry and Orlando Bloom reunite in the Maldives

10 January 2018 - World Travel News
Pop star Katy Perry and actor Orlando Bloom have continued to keep fans guessing as to whether they are once again an item, having been spotted enjoying one another's company in the Maldives.
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Easyjet will look after your pets when you’re on holiday

9 January 2018 - World Airline News
Worried about Fido while you’re flying? Fret not: easyJet passengers can now organise a complimentary house sitter for their pet when booking a flight
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Five reasons to visit Danang

8 January 2018 - World Travel News
Wondering where to go in 2018? Whether you’re after a dose of history and ancient ruins, breath taking natural scenery, pristine beaches and unpolluted air or the perfect meal, Danang - a hidden gem situated halfway between Hanoi in the North and the Southern metropolis of Ho Chi Minh - is one of the best destinations to discover in 2018.
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A New Year travel resolution for 2018

6 January 2018 - World Travel News
We may already be a few days into 2018, but it’s not too late to set some New Year resolutions!
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Here's why more and more Indians are travelling to Peru

4 January 2018 - India Today
The latest figures show an influx of approximately 7,000 Indians to Peru in 2016.
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Mercedes launches new international campaign starring Lisbon

4 January 2018 - The Portugal News Online
German luxury car-makers Mercedes have just launched a new international campaign for their massively popular SUV, the GLC, shot entirely in the Portuguese capital which, in related news, has been voted the world’s best city break destination.
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Over 500 tourists arrive in Mombasa

4 January 2018 - Hivisasa
Kenya has welcomed 576 tourists who have arrived at the Port of Mombasa aboard the cruise ship, MS Nautica, marking the first cruise ship arrival to the country this year.
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List released for Dubai World Cup Carnival

4 January 2018 - Discover Dubai
Meydan Group has released the list of horses accepted for the 2018 Dubai World Cup Carnival, which gets underway at Meydan Racecourse next Thursday (11 January 2018).
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Free tickets for Titanic Belfast up for grabs

4 January 2018 - Belfast Telegraph
Titanic Belfast is again saying thanks to its 'neighbours' by giving away free tickets later this month.
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VN tourism makes development record in 2017

4 January 2018 - Vietnam.Net
2017 is considered a successful year for the tourism sector, with 13 million international tourists arriving in Vietnam, up by three million against the previous year.
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Sporting heavyweights soak up the sun in Dubai

3 January 2018 - Discover Dubai
Sporting greats Anthony Joshua and Novak Djokovic have been snapped taking a break from their punishing schedules, in the sun kissed emirate of Dubai - which took home the title ‘World's Leading Festival & Event Destination’ at World Travel Awards’ recent Grand Final 2017.
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RAK fireworks clinch Guinness world record

2 January 2018 - Google Plus
Ras Al Khaimah (RAK) - one of the seven emirates that makes up the United Arab Emirates - now holds the record for the world's largest #fireworks aerial shell, according to Guinness.
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Top travel destinations for 2018

2 January 2018 - Stuff Travel
With new routes, increased capacity and travel deals unlike any we've seen before, Kiwis are spoiled for choice when it comes to destinations to explore next year.
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Las Vegas Named World’s Leading Meeting and Conference Destination

1 January 2018 - Nevada Business
For the fifth year in a row, Las Vegas has been recognized by the World Travel Awards as the leading meetings and conference destination.
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