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Euro 2024 is responsible for a €1bn boost to Germany, with an influx of visitors seeing increased spend at tourism-related businesses


Fiji’s tourism body has praised an initiative to promote environmental sustainability with BULA Reef - an ambitious coral nursery created to combat coral bleaching - expected to become a significant tourist attraction for the island nation


Space tourism has a new competitor, with company Halo Space unveiling its Aurora space capsule ahead of its first public flights in 2026


Saudi Arabia’s tourism push is gaining momentum with more than US$13bn of private investment attracted by the kingdom’s ongoing spending spree


Saudi Arabia’s tourism push is hitting the rails with the country investing US$75m into an Orient Express-style luxury train that will travel to two of the Kingdom’s World Heritage Sites


Japanese authorities are fighting over tourism on Mount Fuji by announcing plans to introduce a toll and visitor cap on the World Heritage site’s most popular hiking trail


The famous Italian city of Venice is set to tackle over-tourism with the introduction of a €5 a day entry fee for visitors to the Unesco World Heritage Site


Astronaut and space diplomat Namira Salim has revealed plans to develop a new space tourism concept offering a space hotel, themed restaurants, a stargazing deck and a possible theme park


The Public Investment Fund of Saudi Arabia has announced the launch of Asfar - a new company designed to support the growth of the kingdom’s tourism sector


Kuwait is eyeing major investment in its domestic market, with plans to launch a sovereign investment fund, to accelerate the growth of its own economy


Abu Dhabi’s culture and tourism board has revealed ambitious plans to grow its tourism economy to 24 million visitors a year


A replica of Barbie’s Malibu Dreamhouse has been listed on vacation rental site Airbnb ahead of the release of the highly-anticipated Barbie movie


The PIF-owned Red Sea Global has been announced as the sponsor of the Al-Ahli Football Club, also owned by PIF, in Saudi Arabia’s Saudi Pro League


Oman’s Ministry of Housing and Urban Planning has revealed plans to open three significant leisure and entertainment destinations over the next five years


A world-class surfing attraction, a velodrome and a sprawling urban park are among the features included in a major new development for Abu Dhabi


Five people have been killed after the Titan tourist submarine imploded less than two hours into a dive exploring the wreckage of the Titanic


The US and Canadian Coastguards are helming a major rescue mission to recover a missing tourist submarine that disappeared in the Atlantic Ocean less than two hours into an expedition to see the wreckage of the Titanic


Saudi Arabia is set to invest a further US$800bn on top of the US$1tn investment it has already made in tourism, with even more new projects set to come up in the kingdom over the course of the next decade


US civil rights organisation the NAACP has warned minority tourists against visiting Florida due to several ‘discriminatory’ laws supported by Republican governor Ron DeSantis


The Nerja Caves has launched a new VR experience that allows visitors to access parts of the caves that have previously been closed to the public


Work has started on a new agriculture museum dedicated to cannabis in Atlantic City. The museum is one of several marijuana-themed projects greenlit by the city in the hopes of attracting a new wave of ‘weed tourists’


Amnesty International says that Cambodian officials are forcing residents of the Angkor Wat World Heritage site to ‘voluntarily’ leave in the name of preserving the popular heritage attraction, with the move affecting an estimated 10,000 families


The former Pleasure Island could find new life as a tourist destination after plans were submitted to turn the former theme park into a £65.9m holiday site


Media tech specialist 7thSense has been recognised for two products in its brand new Performer range at this year’s ISE, which is currently underway in Barcelona


Flight bookings to Qatar and the UAE are currently 10 times higher than pre-pandemic levels ahead of this winter’s FIFA World Cup


Tibet Planetarium, which could open in two years’ time, hopes to welcome over 100,000 guests annually


Would you pay US$125,000 to travel into space via a hydrogen balloon? Well that’s exactly what you can do in the Space Lounge, launching from Florida in 2024


With so many big things coming in the year ahead, we’ve rounded up all the key events taking place this year. Welcome to your attractions calendar for 2022.


Orange County – the home of both Universal and Disney’s Florida operations – has been declared a Covid-19 hotspot


Holidaymakers can now book to stay inside The Grinch’s lair, which features two bedrooms, two bathrooms, a study, a music room and a kitchen stocked with Who-pudding and Who-hash


Visitor attractions in Ireland are set to get a slice of a €50m pie to created to support the country’s tourism industry in 2022


The six-zone Paramount Film and Television Park is part of a US$8 billion tourism development and is expected to open in Yunnan province in 2024


The K-pop music arena plans to host some 190 concerts per year


According to John Cena, the time to visit Ferrari World, the Louvre and the rest of Abu Dhabi is now


Covid PCR testing should be abandoned for most holidaymakers, says travel organisation Abta


There is mounting pressure for hotels to become more sustainable going forward


Brand Africa will place an emphasis on people as the continent attempts to lure visitors with new narratives and a new unified tourism approach


The World Tourism and Travel Council predicts a best-case scenario, which will see 111 million jobs return to the travel and tourism sector this year

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Euro 2024 worth €1bn in football tourism to Germany


Euro 2024 is responsible for a €1bn boost to Germany, with an influx of visitors seeing increased spend at tourism-related businesses

Fiji applauds pioneering approach to combat coral bleaching with BULA reef launch


Fiji’s tourism body has praised an initiative to promote environmental sustainability with BULA Reef - an ambitious coral nursery created to combat coral bleaching - expected to become a significant tourist attraction for the island nation

Halo Space unveils capsule ahead of public trips into the stratosphere


Space tourism has a new competitor, with company Halo Space unveiling its Aurora space capsule ahead of its first public flights in 2026

Saudi Arabia attracts US$13bn of private investment as tourism industry continues to grow at pace


Saudi Arabia’s tourism push is gaining momentum with more than US$13bn of private investment attracted by the kingdom’s ongoing spending spree

Saudi Arabia investing US$75m for region’s first luxury train experience


Saudi Arabia’s tourism push is hitting the rails with the country investing US$75m into an Orient Express-style luxury train that will travel to two of the Kingdom’s World Heritage Sites

Visitor cap for Mount Fuji as Japan cracks down on tourist pollution


Japanese authorities are fighting over tourism on Mount Fuji by announcing plans to introduce a toll and visitor cap on the World Heritage site’s most popular hiking trail

Venice set to introduce €5 tourist day tax


The famous Italian city of Venice is set to tackle over-tourism with the introduction of a €5 a day entry fee for visitors to the Unesco World Heritage Site

Astronaut Namira Salim reveals concept for Earth’s first ‘space hotel’ and resort


Astronaut and space diplomat Namira Salim has revealed plans to develop a new space tourism concept offering a space hotel, themed restaurants, a stargazing deck and a possible theme park

Saudi Arabia’s PIF announces launch of Saudi Tourism Investment Company


The Public Investment Fund of Saudi Arabia has announced the launch of Asfar - a new company designed to support the growth of the kingdom’s tourism sector

Kuwait set to launch sovereign investment fund to boost domestic market


Kuwait is eyeing major investment in its domestic market, with plans to launch a sovereign investment fund, to accelerate the growth of its own economy

Abu Dhabi announces ambitious growth plans focused on tourism and culture


Abu Dhabi’s culture and tourism board has revealed ambitious plans to grow its tourism economy to 24 million visitors a year

Barbie’s iconic Malibu Dreamhouse listed on Airbnb


A replica of Barbie’s Malibu Dreamhouse has been listed on vacation rental site Airbnb ahead of the release of the highly-anticipated Barbie movie

PIF-owned Red Sea Global announces sponsorship deal with Saudi Pro League’s PIF-owned Al-Ahli FC


The PIF-owned Red Sea Global has been announced as the sponsor of the Al-Ahli Football Club, also owned by PIF, in Saudi Arabia’s Saudi Pro League

Three major leisure and entertainment destinations announced for Oman


Oman’s Ministry of Housing and Urban Planning has revealed plans to open three significant leisure and entertainment destinations over the next five years

Major surf park included in Abu Dhabi’s Hudayriyat Island masterplan


A world-class surfing attraction, a velodrome and a sprawling urban park are among the features included in a major new development for Abu Dhabi

Five die as Titan tourist submarine found to have imploded less than two hours into dive


Five people have been killed after the Titan tourist submarine imploded less than two hours into a dive exploring the wreckage of the Titanic

Major rescue mission underway for missing tourist submarine


The US and Canadian Coastguards are helming a major rescue mission to recover a missing tourist submarine that disappeared in the Atlantic Ocean less than two hours into an expedition to see the wreckage of the Titanic

Saudi Arabia plans further US$800bn investment in tourism projects


Saudi Arabia is set to invest a further US$800bn on top of the US$1tn investment it has already made in tourism, with even more new projects set to come up in the kingdom over the course of the next decade

NAACP says Florida is ‘actively hostile’ to minorities, issues travel advisory to tourists


US civil rights organisation the NAACP has warned minority tourists against visiting Florida due to several ‘discriminatory’ laws supported by Republican governor Ron DeSantis

Spain’s largest VR experience opens at the Nerja Caves


The Nerja Caves has launched a new VR experience that allows visitors to access parts of the caves that have previously been closed to the public

High hopes: Construction begins on Atlantic City’s new cannabis museum


Work has started on a new agriculture museum dedicated to cannabis in Atlantic City. The museum is one of several marijuana-themed projects greenlit by the city in the hopes of attracting a new wave of ‘weed tourists’

Amnesty International says Cambodian government is overseeing ‘mass forced evictions’ from Unesco World Heritage site


Amnesty International says that Cambodian officials are forcing residents of the Angkor Wat World Heritage site to ‘voluntarily’ leave in the name of preserving the popular heritage attraction, with the move affecting an estimated 10,000 families

Plans submitted to redevelop former Pleasure Island site into tourist destination


The former Pleasure Island could find new life as a tourist destination after plans were submitted to turn the former theme park into a £65.9m holiday site

7thSense wins big at ISE with double Best of Show Award


Media tech specialist 7thSense has been recognised for two products in its brand new Performer range at this year’s ISE, which is currently underway in Barcelona

Fifa World Cup boosts Gulf tourism as Qatar prepares for global spectacle


Flight bookings to Qatar and the UAE are currently 10 times higher than pre-pandemic levels ahead of this winter’s FIFA World Cup

Building commences in Lhasa on world's highest planetarium


Tibet Planetarium, which could open in two years’ time, hopes to welcome over 100,000 guests annually

Welcome to the Space Lounge: Space tourism venture sees visitors climb 20 miles via balloon


Would you pay US$125,000 to travel into space via a hydrogen balloon? Well that’s exactly what you can do in the Space Lounge, launching from Florida in 2024

Attractions Calendar: Your diary dates for 2022


With so many big things coming in the year ahead, we’ve rounded up all the key events taking place this year. Welcome to your attractions calendar for 2022.

Potential problems for Universal and Disney as Orange County named Florida hotspot for Covid-19


Orange County – the home of both Universal and Disney’s Florida operations – has been declared a Covid-19 hotspot

Dr Seuss Enterprises partners with Vacasa to offer immersive Grinch accommodation


Holidaymakers can now book to stay inside The Grinch’s lair, which features two bedrooms, two bathrooms, a study, a music room and a kitchen stocked with Who-pudding and Who-hash

€50m Tourism Business Continuity Programme to help sustain Ireland's tourism businesses in 2022


Visitor attractions in Ireland are set to get a slice of a €50m pie to created to support the country’s tourism industry in 2022

Star Trek, Tomb Raider, Mission Impossible among IPs to star at Paramount theme park and tourism complex in China


The six-zone Paramount Film and Television Park is part of a US$8 billion tourism development and is expected to open in Yunnan province in 2024

Multi-use K-pop attraction CJ LiveCity breaks ground in Seoul


The K-pop music arena plans to host some 190 concerts per year

WATCH: The time to visit Abu Dhabi is now, says John Cena


According to John Cena, the time to visit Ferrari World, the Louvre and the rest of Abu Dhabi is now

ABTA calls on UK government to scrap Covid tests for majority of travellers


Covid PCR testing should be abandoned for most holidaymakers, says travel organisation Abta

Green Hotel investment in a bid to restart tourism industry


There is mounting pressure for hotels to become more sustainable going forward

Brand Africa: African continent comes together in effort to realise tourism potential


Brand Africa will place an emphasis on people as the continent attempts to lure visitors with new narratives and a new unified tourism approach

More than 100 million travel and tourism jobs could return in 2021, says WTTC


The World Tourism and Travel Council predicts a best-case scenario, which will see 111 million jobs return to the travel and tourism sector this year



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