Following the strengthening of the dollar against the euro, industry experts have predicted an increase in the number of travelers from the Gulf to Europe, within the next three to six months.
US airlines notably improved their on-time performance in 2014 with Hawaiian Airlines named the most punctual and American Airlines the least punctual among top 10. In terms of an estimated brand value the leadership keeps outside USA by Emirates Airlines with the highest brand value in 2014. In the year of 2014, Emirates Airlines carried about 44.5 million passengers. As the passenger traffic is growing, the Emirates adding a significant number of modern aircrafts.
One of the most famous European theme parks, Europa-Park, located in south-western Germany announced it surpassed the 5 million visitors mark last year.
Overwhelming majority, 92%, of German business travelers wished that their employee had given them information about possible health risks in their destination country. Only 43% see this request as fulfilled. These are the findings of a new study “Chefsache Business Travel 2015”, conducted by Travel Management Companies in the German Travel Association (Deutscher Reiseverband, DRV).
The forecast for the development of the Greek tourism coming from the Association of Greek Tourism Enterprises (SETE) is "positive" despite the current political changes and new parliamentary election.
In 2014, tourist arrivals to Mauritius grew by 4.6% to 1,038,968 visitors against 993,106 tourists in 2013. France remains the source market leader but with a slight decrease of 0.4% over the entire year.
Tourism in Spain grew by 2.9% in 2014, with 65 million visitors in a year that has strengthened the sector as the engine of economic recovery, leading job creation and producing revenues of 49 billion euros, up 3.9% from a year ago, according to a review by the Tourism Excellence Alliance (Exceltur).
It will be easier for Americans to travel to Cuba. On January 16 a number of restrictions were lifted. Thanks to the changes introduced, as of now it will not be necessary to apply for a special permit to travel to Cuba, although one still has to belong to one of the 12 existing categories of persons allowed to travel to that country.
According to the Italian news agency ANSA, a poll submitted by Enit (Italian Tourist Board) reveals a positive trend of Italian tourism. Especially art cities and ski resorts expect growing amounts of visitors in 2015.
Airbus, a subsidiary of Airbus Group, has ended the year 2014 with sales of 1,456 net orders for commercial aircraft (1,321 single-aisle and 135 wide-body aircraft) to 67 customers, 14 of which are new, and a new delivery record of 629 units.