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18/09/2018

A new UNWTO report aims to help manage growing urban tourism flows and their impact on cities and residents.

A new World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) report aims to help manage growing urban tourism flows and their impact on cities and residents.  ‘Overtourism’? Understanding and managing urban tourism growth beyond perceptions’, was launched today during the 7th UNWTO Global Summit on Urban Tourism, in Seoul, Republic of Korea (16-19 September 2018).  The report...

12/09/2018

Turkish Airlines increases Istanbul – Lviv frequency

Turkish Airlines increases Istanbul – Lviv frequency Turkish Airlines announced the flight frequency increase on Istanbul - Lviv (LWO) - Istanbul route.Turkey's national carrier will increase frequency to 10 weekly flights as of October 28, 2018. Founded in 1256, at an intersection between East and West, Lviv has been a home to various ethnicities...

14/08/2018

Tourists flock to luxury stores in Istanbul, queues appear outside stores

Tourists flock to luxury stores in Istanbul, queues appear outside stores As Turkish Lira is in free fall, tourists in Istanbul form queues outside most of the luxury stores as the money they hold has more value than ever before. A Middle Eastern tourist that arrive in Turkey last week with US$1000 in the pocket could exchange it for 5,000 Turkish liras. But today it exchanges for 6,500 Turkish liras.  Especially...

10/08/2018

The Bodrum Edition opens in Turkey, redefines luxury for a New Kind of Resort

Conceived by Ian Schrager in a partnership with Marriott International, EDITION combines the personal, intimate, individualized experience that Ian Schrager is known for. Bringing a new energy to Bodrum, Schrager is responsible for the concept, programming and creative direction of The Bodrum EDITION, an Aegean utopia within the Yalikavak bay. In keeping with the EDITION philosophy, The Bodrum EDITION redefines the hotel landscape in Bodrum bringing a new lease on outdated...

06/08/2018

Hilton Expands Turkey Portfolio with a new Istanbul hotel

Hilton Expands Turkey Portfolio with a new Istanbul hotel Hilton’s continuous expansion in Turkey continues with the opening of a new Hilton hotel at Istanbul’s bustling business district of Maslak.  Hilton Istanbul Maslak joins 61 existing Hilton properties in Turkey and is the latest addition to the hospitality leader’s flagship...

25/07/2018

Thousands swim between continents in Istanbul

Thousands swim between continents in Istanbul Over 2,400 swimmers from 52 countries came together on Sunday in Istanbul for the Turkish Olympic Committee’s (TOC) 30th Samsung Bosphorus Cross-Continental Swimming Race. Turkey’s Hilal Zeybeb Saraç finished first in the women’s event whilst Doğukan Ulaç, also from Turkey, was...

12/07/2018

Turkey has a new Tourism Minister

Turkey has officially switched to an executive presidency after President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan took the oath of office yesterday and announced the first cabinet under new presidential system.  Founder of Etstur Mehmet Ersoy becomes the new Tourism Minister of Turkey. Born in Istanbul in 1968, Mehmet Ersoy, graduated from Istanbul German High School in 1987 and then...

05/07/2018

High-Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (Side Event) - Tourism & Construction: Circular Economy Solutions for SDG12

High-Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (Side Event) - Tourism & Construction: Circular Economy Solutions for SDG12 On the occasion of the 2018 High-Level Political Forum and the in-depth review of SDG 12, the Sustainable Tourism and Sustainable Buildings and Construction programmes of the One Planet Network, together with UN Environment, as well as the governments of Bhutan, Botswana,...

02/07/2018

Just inscribed as UNESCO WorldHeritage Site: Göbekli Tepe, Turkey

The World Heritage Committee, meeting in Manama since 24 June under the chair of Shaikha Haya Bint Rashed al-Khalifa of Bahrain, inscribed two cultural sites in Germany and Turkey as well as two mixed (i.e. both cultural and natural) sites in Canada and Colombia, on the World Heritage List this afternoon. The inscription of sites will continue on 2 July. The new World Heritage sites, in order of inscription,...

28/06/2018

International Tourism exceeds expectations in the first months of 2018

International Tourism exceeds expectations in the first months of 2018 Madrid, Spain, 26 June 2018 - International tourist arrivals grew 6% in the first four months of 2018, compared to the same period last year, not only continuing the strong 2017 trend, but exceeding UNWTO’s forecast for 2018. Growth was led by Asia and the Pacific (+8%) and Europe (+7%). Africa...

22/06/2018

Tourism – an economic and social phenomenon

Tourism – an economic and social phenomenon Over the decades, tourism has experienced continued growth and deepening ‎diversification to become one of the fastest growing economic sectors in the world. ‎Modern tourism is closely linked to development and encompasses a growing number ‎of new destinations. These dynamics have turned tourism into a key driver for socio-‎economic...

21/06/2018

UNWTO Annual Report 2017

2017 was the International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development, a global recognition of tourism’s transformative contribution to the development agenda. Download the 2017 UNWTO Annual Report to learn more about the flagship events and activities held by UNWTO in the framework of the International Year, served to raise awareness worldwide of the sector’s potential to lead economic growth, social inclusion and cultural...

20/06/2018

Turkish LLC Pegasus launches flights to Muscat and Dammam

Turkish LLC Pegasus launches flights to Muscat and Dammam  Turkish low-cost-carrier Pegasus Airlines is adding Oman’s capital Muscat and Saudi Arabia’s business hub Dammam to its flight network, to open up new markets in the Arabian Gulf to business and leisure travellers. Three times weekly flights will be launching on 3rd July 2018 between London...

11/06/2018

Pegasus Airlines launches non-stop Izmir - Kyiv flights

Turkey’s low-cost carrier Pegasus Airlines is launching direct non-stop flights from Turkey's Aegean city of Izmir to the Ukrainian capital city of Kyiv (Kiev).  Turkish carrier's first flight is on July 9, 2018. Pegasus Airlines will connect Izmir's Adnan Menderes Aiport (ADB) with Igor Sikorsky Kyiv International Airport (Zhuliany) (IATA: IEV). Ukrainian...

04/06/2018

HOTREC European Hotel Distribution Study Results for the Reference Year 2017

HOTREC European Hotel Distribution Study Results for the Reference Year 2017 This years’ distribution study of HOTREC shows, that between 2013 and 2017 the dependency of hotels on Online Travel Agencies (OTA)was rising and the share of direct bookings was declining. Please find attached the final results of this year’s European hotel distribution...