TRAVEL NEWS AND UPDATES

March 17, 2016

10 REASONS WHY YOU NEED TRAVEL AGENT

In the age of online booking sites, using a travel agent may feel like going the way of the dinosaur. But agents are more useful than simply selling trips to Disney World and cruises. Many agents still provide services or have knowledge that you just can’t get online –and sometimes, especially in times of crisis, working with a real live person is just plain superior.
1) They Are Educated and Have Personal Experience
Simply put, they know more than you. They can give you insider tips and advice, using their education and personal experience to guide your vacation decisions in

March 17, 2016

Dubai International sees steep increase in passengers

Passenger numbers at Dubai International continued their rapid ascent in May as the airport welcomed 6.2 million customers, up 23.2 per cent from the same period last year, according to the monthly traffic report issued by operator Dubai Airports.

Passenger numbers rose 23.2 per cent to 6,267,640 compared to the 5,086,910 handled in May 2014 when the airport was reduced to one runway while a billion dollar refurbishment programme was conducted over an 80 day span.

During the first five months of 2015, Dubai International welcomed 32,384,620 passengers,

March 17, 2016

British Airways prepares new European routes for take-off

British Airways customers will be spoilt for choice this winter, with another two new routes launching from Heathrow.

From October 25th British Airways will start flying three times a week to Reykjavik in Iceland and twice a week to Salzburg in Austria, from December 5th.

Flights are on sale from today and the additional routes will see the number of new destinations launched from the airline in 2015 rocket to 20, with eight of them flying from Heathrow.

Lynne Embleton, British Airways’ director

March 17, 2016

Kenya Tourist Board defends title at World Travel Awards

KTB managing director Muriithi Ndegwa, left, celebrates with World Travel Awards president Graham Cooke, centre

The Kenya Tourism Board had cause for celebration earlier after Kenya scooped nine awards at the annual World Travel Awards Africa & Indian Ocean Gala Ceremony.

At the event, hosted by Kempinski Seychelles Resort, the organisation retained the trophy for Africa’s Leading Tourist Board, which KTB has held for four consecutive years.

The Maasai Mara National Reserve was also recognised in the category for Africa’s Leading National Park.

In a further boost for the coast, following the removal of the FCO travel advisory from the Mombasa region north to

March 17, 2016

Quito makes play for cultural tourism with new projects

In order to encourage art in the public spaces of Quito, the city is planning to renew and give life to various places in the capital of Ecuador.

The first one is the Plaza Borja Yerovi honouring Monsignor Pedro Pablo Borja Yerovi and his legacy of education in Quito.

This square is located in the neighbourhood of La Mariscal in Modern Quito

Through a contest, local artists were selected to provide a unique and colourful touch to this space, with their own expressions.

Skilled artists have shaped attractive designs on the walls of the houses surrounding the square, creating a bohemian atmosphere, where Quito