Τρίτη, 30 Απριλίου 2019

Sustainability is key for the growth of travel industry, says CEO, Dubai Airports Corporation

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DUBAI - Sustainability, affordability, efficiency, and intramodal are key principals for the growth of the travel industry for decades to come.
This was stated by Paul Griffiths, Chief Executive Officer of Dubai Airports Corporation while delivering a keynote address titled: “The Future of Aviation Infrastructure” at the CAPA Middle East & Africa Aviation Summit at the Dubai World Trade Centre on Monday.
“When planning new infrastructure, there are a number of core principals which I think need to get prominences such as sustainability, affordability, efficiency, and intramodal. If we follow these principles, we will be aiming to shake the growth of the travel industry for decades to come.”
Mentioning the DXB new airport experience revolutionary, he said, “We believe this is sustainable.” He added that the site of the Dubai World Central is accommodating something like 240 million passengers in the future and each of those passengers having an excellent and personalised experience.
He said, “People want more customised solutions, and they want someone who talks to them and listens to them. So, combining those ideas of technology with a personal touch is the ways forward.”
Griffiths also mentioned that the hub model is the right model and sustainable model. “We continue to provide a competitive hub in the Middle East and take advantage of our strategic location.”
Regarding customer experience, he said technology makes the transformation, but it’s a very human problem that can end up slowing the whole things down at the airports.
“If we just see an end to the various documentation required to complete the journey, consolidate that data into a single go and don’t go decision point requirements.
“We need a seamless end to end solution which can only achieve if we actually decide and adopt the global standard. We need another an IATA initiative to make a global document of travel into a reality,” he added.
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Earlier, Peter Harbison, Executive Chairman, CAPA – Centre for Aviation, in his presentation focused on the outlook of the aviation industry by mentioning the good, the bad and the ugly news. Harbison talked about the changing Middle East aviation profile. Finally, he put the spotlight on Africa and said the potential is still waiting at the station.
He talked about the performance and strategies of key Middle East carriers. He said while the rest of the world is growing steadily/rapidly, the Middle East has stalled. But Emirates airline clearly has no plans to a standstill. “The airline, following its remarkable expansion earlier this century, has tapered its growth recently,” he explained.
DXB’s growth depends heavily on Emirates airline, he said, adding that Emirates and flydubai between them account for 80% of seats at DXB.
He said Saudia is growing steadily and highly focused on the route network. Regarding Africa, he said there is discouraging outlook as the fleet confined by limited investment – an ageing fleet and few orders. North Africa is a similar story. Again, not even enough orders for replacement, let alone expansion.
Talking about Africa’s success story, he mentioned Ethiopian. Ethiopian has long since overtaken Kenya Airways as East Africa’s major long haul hub.

In Asia, halal tourism is upswing

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Pei-Yu Wu first learned what halal signifies at the time of hosting Southeast Asian delegates for the Ministry of Foreign of Affairs in Taiwan.

Growing up in Taiwan with less than 2 percent Muslim population, she didn’t know Islamic customs. She took her guests to a night market and by chance bought cong zhua bing, a famous street food that was cooked with pork grease. She was so uncomfortable by her halal faux pas that she came to a conclusion to open her own travel agency, Halal Trip Guru, to make it easier for other Muslim tourists visiting Taiwan.

Wu’s company is part of Taiwan’s rising halal tourism, bolstered by a government effort that aimed on making the country Muslim-friendly. As per Crescent Rating, a research group that tracks halal travel trends, Taiwan welcomed over 80,000 Muslims last year than the previous year. In China, home to 20 million Muslims, Crescent Rating’s CEO Fazal Bahardeen said numbers have remained the same, with zero government investment in halal tourism. “We have not seen any sort of activity from mainland China in terms of targeting this Muslim market,” Bahardeen said.

Muslim tourists comprise world’s one of the fastest-growing travel sectors. By 2026, Crescent Rating estimates that there will be 230 million halal tourists travelling worldwide. By 2050, the Pew Research Center estimates Muslims will comprise 30 percent of the world’s population. In spite of this fast growth, Bahardeen said halal tourism is a market is still untapped, particularly in China. “[Muslims] are still poorly represented in the travel space.”

To the Muslims, China is ready to stay connected than ever through the Belt and Road Initiative, a comprehensive infrastructure project that would connect China to halal tourism markets including Malaysia, Singapore, and Pakistan. The BRI project plan, which takes in a pan-Asian railway line between Yunnan in southwest China and Singapore, is all geared up to reinstate a once thriving trade network and historical route of religious exchange between China and Southeast Asia.

Saudi Arabia’s USD 25 billion ‘White Oil’ market is the key to economic diversification, say tourism experts at ATM

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·       Tourism related sectors expected to generate 3.3 per cent of KSA GDP in 2019
·       Hospitality, leisure and entertainment will play a major role in realising Saudi Vision 2030, according to panellists at Arabian Travel Market 2019
·       Total number of Saudi Arabia’s domestic and inbound trips projected to rise to 93.8 million by 2023

Tourism will play a major role in reducing Saudi Arabia’s dependence on oil revenues, according to experts speaking at Arabian Travel Market (ATM) 2019.

In a panel discussion titled ‘Why Tourism is Saudi’s New ‘White Oil’’, which took place on ATM 2019’s Global Stage, representatives from Saudia Private Aviation (SPA), Dur Hospitality, Colliers International MENA, Marriott International, Jabal Omar Development Company and Saudi General Investment Authority discussed opportunities related to upcoming tourist-focused developments and visa reforms.

Kingdom-based industries in direct contact with tourists are expected to generate more than USD 25 billion this year – approximately 3.3 per cent of Saudi Arabia’s GDP – according to figures released by the World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC).

Reema Al Mokhtar, Head of Destination Marketing, Jabal Omar Development Company, said: “Our country has beautiful geographic diversity and a host of cultural attractions so, once visitors come into the kingdom and see the different projects lined up for them, I think it will market itself.”

Saudi Arabia’s domestic tourist trips are projected to rise by 8 per cent in 2019, while inbound visits from international markets are expected to grow by 5.6 per cent per year, according to research conducted by Colliers on behalf of ATM 2019.

With the creation of new local attractions thanks to the Quality of Life Vision Realization Program and the General Entertainment Authority (GEA), Saudi Arabia’s overall number of tourist trips is on course to hit 93.8 million by 2023, up from 64.7 million in 2018.

Commenting on Saudi residents’ historic tendency to travel out of the country for entertainment and leisure, John Davis, CEO, Colliers International MENA, said: “I think some airlines could probably double their number of [weekend] flights and still fill the seats. So, when the country opens [new local attractions], people will utilise them.”

By helping Saudi Arabia to further boost its domestic and inbound tourist numbers, panellists agreed that ‘giga’ developments will prove crucial in helping to meet the economic diversification targets set out in Saudi Arabia’s Vision 2030.

Alex Kyriakidis, President and Managing Director Marriott ME&A, Marriott International, said: “The challenge to date has been a lack of opportunities for domestic tourists. However, if you look at developments like The Red Sea Project and Qiddiya, which are completely reinventing destinations that will appeal to Saudi residents, you will find everything from hospitality and wellness to entertainment and sports. For many segments of the local population, these projects will stimulate spending in the country.”

Despite the more than 9,000 keys of three- to five-star international supply due to enter the market this year, the panel agreed that the kingdom is well placed to sustain and even increase occupancy levels over the coming years thanks to a combination of giga-projects, high-profile events, entertainment and religious tourism.

Dr Badr Al Badr, CEO, Dur Hospitality, said: “We’ve been in the hospitality sector for 42 years and we’ve never seen anything like this. What’s happening now is earth shattering. The change of mindset in terms of opening up this country for visitors – whether for religious or general tourism – is definitely something to be celebrated.”

Visa-related improvements are also expected to drive growth in Saudi Arabia’s tourism sector. With the roll-out of 30-day Umrah Plus Visas, eVisas for tourists and specialist visas for events such as the Formula E Championship’s E-Prix, the kingdom looks set to attract more international visitors than ever before.

Majid M AlGhanim, Director of Tourism, Saudi General Investment Authority, said: “Many of the reforms that are happening right now, such as 100 per cent ownership and easier registration for foreign companies, involve regulation. Hopefully, we will see lots of international investment in Saudi destinations very soon.”

Running until Wednesday, 1 May, ATM 2019 will see more than 2,500 exhibitors showcase their products and services at Dubai World Trade Centre (DWTC). Viewed by industry professionals as a barometer for the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) tourism sector, last year’s edition of ATM welcomed 39,000 people, representing the largest exhibition in the history of the show.

For full details of the ATM 2019 event programme, visit: https://arabiantravelmarket.wtm.com/en/events/Events-programme.

For more information about ATM 2019, visit: https://arabiantravelmarket.wtm.com

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Increasing Hotel Supply To Disrupt South African Hospitality Sector

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According to a new study, 3,900 new rooms will be added to South Africa's hotel sector due to a R1.9 billion investment into new hotels, and around R6.9 billion in total over the next three years.
JLL's 2019 SA Hotel Investment Outlook report highlights that there has been a clear shift in the way that capital is being deployed into the hotel sector, with a number of opportunistic and disruptive activities driving this increase in development activity.
Despite the uptick in new development, the hotel sector has not been spared from poor macro-economic headwinds in recent years and performance has been challenging, with revenue per available room declining 1.4% for during 2018. Poor levels of business confidence and pressure on government travel has been the primary reason for the weaker trading.
The report was released at the Africa Hotel Investment Forum (AHIF) which kicked off today in Cape Town; it will look at the South African hotel market and how the dynamics differ from Sub-Saharan Africa as well as the opportunities and challenges this region of Africa presents. It is aimed at connecting business leaders from the international and local markets, in order to drive investment in tourism projects across Africa.
Xander Nijnens, Head of Hotels and Hospitality at JLL South Africa, says: “The increase in hotel development is encouraging as it is a clear indication that investors remain positive about the fundamentals of the hospitality sector despite the macro-economic headwinds. However, much of this new supply is not underpinned by optimal demand fundamentals and hotels that are unable to position themselves uniquely in the market or adapt to changing consumer demand, will be most adversely affected.”
The report draws attention to the emergence of new investors, many of which have been successful at disrupting the sector, with innovative lifestyle concepts that offer a compelling value orientated package. Talking to disruptive operating models, Nijnens notes: “Between higher development costs, the density of full-service branded hotels in major markets, and the higher operating costs of full-service vs select service hotels, the road to growth and scale is changing for hotel operators. Many new entrants have successfully disrupted the market by having a unique and innovative concept at a more affordable price point.”
Wayne Godwin, Senior Vice President for JLL Sub-Saharan Africa, says “The key for the sector will be to balance the exuberance of new entrants - with the deployment of their fresh capital in a way that does not lead to supply and demand imbalance. The traditional players would do well to focus on freshening up their brands and consolidating their dominant position through strategic investments in anticipation for stronger macro-economic tailwinds.” 
Despite some short-term challenges, the long-term fundamentals of the South African hospitality sector remain strong. While most markets will see further occupancy pressure in the short-term, the success of disruptive new entrants is likely to continue, with hotels on the periphery of core nodes and those not able to meet the changing needs of the consumer likely to come under more pressure through the cycle.

Global DMC Partners to Host Connection 2019 in Cancun, Mexico

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Global DMC Partners, the largest global network of destination management companies (DMCs), announced its sixth annual Connection. Connection 2019 will take place August 22 to August 25, 2019, at the Grand Fiesta Americana Coral Beach Cancun Resort & Spa in Cancun, Mexico.
Industry leaders from around the world will gather to discuss the state of the trillion-dollar meetings and events industry. In addition to general sessions and planner-selected, one-on-one business appointments with DMCs, the event will include breakout discussions for meeting professionals to share best practices, gain insights and forge strong relationships for the future.
“Our attendees have told us that no other event gives them the opportunity to connect with their peers on such a deep level,” said Global DMC Partners President Catherine Chaulet. “Our breakout sessions are what make Connection so unique and appealing, and where better to relax, focus, and connect with one another than in an idyllic paradise such as Cancun.” 
Meeting professionals will receive three or more hours of CMP accredited education. In addition to conducting business, attendees will experience tour and afternoon activities curated by Tropical Incentives, a Global DMC Partner, giving participants an opportunity to experience all that Cancun has to offer for meetings, incentives and conferences. Tropical Incentives will also host optional post-event excursions for those who are interested in extending their stay. 

For more information about registering for the Global DMC Partners Connection 2019, please email info@globadmcpartners.com or reach out to your dedicated Global DMC Partners Sales Advisor. 

Thirty-nine million Americans can’t afford a summer vacation

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NEW YORK – Thirty-nine million U.S. adults won’t be taking a summer vacation this year because they simply can’t afford one, according to a new Bankrate.com report. Forty-four percent of them cited day-to-day bills as the primary obstacle.
In all, about half (52%) of Americans are planning on taking a summer vacation this year, 26% are definitely not planning one and 22% aren’t sure yet. Among those who are planning vacations, the average expected expense is $1,979. Older millennials (30-38 year-olds) and Westerners expect to spend $2,366 and $2,265, respectively, much more than younger millennials (23-29 year-olds) and those living in the Midwest ($1,297 and $1,608, respectively).
“If you want to take a summer vacation and think you can’t afford it, consider signing up for a travel or cash back credit card,” says Bankrate.com credit card analyst Ted Rossman“There’s still time to turn a sign-up bonus and ongoing spending rewards into a free or discounted trip. Just make sure you pay your bills in full to avoid interest.”
Rossman’s favorite options include the Chase Sapphire Preferred, the Capital One Savor and the Wells Fargo Propel American Express Card. These offer sign-up bonuses ranging from $300 to $750 with lucrative ongoing rewards. “With the median summer vacation costing $1,000, these perks can go a long way toward getting you somewhere fun for less,” he says.
Twenty-two percent of those who can’t afford a summer vacation say paying down debt is the biggest factor standing between them and being able to afford to take a trip.
“Paying down debt is important, but make sure you do it right so this isn’t the reason you miss out on a summer vacation next year,” says Rossman. “A balance transfer credit card with 0% interest for up to 21 months will help you pay down your debt faster so you can get back to spending your money on more rewarding things.”
While more than half of Americans plan to take a summer vacation, only 38% of those who get paid time off believe they will use all their vacation days this year. Thirty-five percent think they’ll use no more than half of their allotted time off.
Methodology: All figures, unless otherwise stated, are from YouGov Plc. Total sample size was 2577 adults. Fieldwork was undertaken between 20th - 22nd March 2019. The survey was carried out online. The figures have been weighted and are representative of all US adults (aged 18+).

Takes You To Game of Thrones Destinations

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As Game of Thrones (GOT) airs its final season, it’s a great time for fans to visit the film locations! Variety Cruises, an award-winning boutique small ship cruise line offers GOT devotees a unique way to explore Croatia, Iceland and Spain on three different cruise itineraries.
Fans can board a Variety Cruises' Mega Yacht and sail to some of the most iconic GOT locations including Dubrovnik, Croatia; Reykjavik, Iceland or Seville, Spain. Variety Cruises allows guests to explore the true identity of a destination, while enjoying the personal attention of its crew (with almost a 2/1 passenger/crew ratio). Guests will indeed feel like a King or Queen of the Seven Kingdoms. 
Adriatic Sea
Discover the natural and historical treasures of the Adriatic, Dalmatian and of the Ionian Seas. Cruises to Croatia, Albania, Montenegro and Greece.
Dalmatian Coast: Croatia and Montenegro aboard the 17 Cabin M/Y Cabin Callisto- Sailing dates from June 7, 2019 - 
August 21, 2020
Tales of Croatia, Montenegro, Albania & Greece aboard the 17 Cabin M/Y Callisto- Sailing dates from May 31, 2019 - 
September 11, 2020
The cruise itineraries include two days to discover the medieval treasures of Dubrovnik. Dubrovnik was the main filming location in Croatia for King's Landing. The Baroque architecture was used as a backdrop for many of GOT’s iconic scenes. The cruise also includes a day in Split, a town on Croatia’s Dalmatian Coast, known for its beaches and the fortress like complex at its center, another GOT film location in Croatia. The medieval fortress Klis was featured in GOT season 4 when Daenerys Targaryen and her army marched towards Meereen to free the slaves. The streets of Meereen were shot both on Klis Fortress and in Diocletian’s Palace in Split.
Iceland, the land of Ice & Fire, a Nordic island nation, is defined by its dramatic volcanic landscape of geysers, hot springs, waterfalls, glaciers and black-sand beaches.
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The Icelandic Saga aboard the 24 Cabin M/S Panorama- Sailing dates from June 8- September 14, 2019 
Iceland capital, Reykjavik, home to the majority of the population, runs on geothermal power and offers a renowned nightlife scene as well as Viking history museums. Experience the landscapes shown from “North of the Wall.” The itinerary includes many recognizable GOT locations featured throughout all 8 seasons. Visit Grundafjordur, a quintessential Icelandic town with an optional excursion of the Snaefellsnes Peninsula. This small fishing village lies next to striking Mt. Kirkjufell, or “Church Mountain”, one of the most photographed mountains in Iceland known in GOT as the mountain shaped like an arrowhead. Pictured in Game of Thrones season 7 when Jon Snow and his gang venture to find the army of the dead north of the wall. The spectacular Skogafoss waterfall in Iceland was used in the first episode of Season 8. The cruise program travels to exciting ports to visit iconic landscapes, glaciers and beaches featured in GOT.
Spain & Portugal 
Discover history-rich Spain and Portugal on a small ship cruise adventure in an intimate environment (no more than 49 fellow passengers). The unique and varied peninsulas of both countries offer a natural playground to be best explored with a small ship. Variety Cruises designed the ultimate itinerary to experience the destinations visited in depth, always keeping in mind the passengers’ comfort and safety. 
The Glories of Spain & Portugal aboard the 25 Cabin M/Y Harmony V- Sailing dates from June 8, 2019 – September 11, 2020
Seville, Spain was used as the set of Dorne, one of the fictional settings on GOT, where the scenes for the Water Gardens of Dorne at the Real Alcázar were filmed.  Discover Seville, built along the Guadalquivir river with several UNESCO classified monuments and a rich Moorish and Spanish heritage.  Spain’s diverse landscapes have provided the backdrop for several GOT  locales. For example, the Real Alcázar in Seville, Spain was the real-life stand-in for the Royal Palace of Dorne seen in Seasons 5 and 6.  
Variety Cruises combines amazing destinations used in Game of Thrones on a mega yacht with a professional crew and exquisite cuisine always with a local flavor. The perfect ingredients to the ultimate yacht cruise experience.

Future of virtual payment explored in white paper from BCD Travel

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UTRECHT, THE NETHERLANDS – Traditional payment methods for business trips are fraught with shortcomings. Companies spend 40 hours a month, on average, reconciling travel expenses and payment data according to a GBTA Foundation study. A white paper released by leading business travel management company BCD Travelfocuses on how payment automation enabled by virtual credit cards improves security, efficiency and data collection that leads to corporate travel program insights.
Payment: Virtual is Your New Reality provides actionable information travel buyers can use to make educated decisions about virtual payment options. The paper discusses:
  • What you need to know about virtual cards and payment automation
  • How virtual cards fit into the payment landscape
  • Traditional payment challenges and benefits
  • Virtual payment benefits and limitations
  • How to choose the right payment option
  • What’s involved in implementing virtual payments
“Travel managers looking for ways to increase traveler satisfaction while avoiding some of the pitfalls of traditional payment methods should investigate the benefits of virtual payments,” said Mike Eggleton Senior Manager of Analytics and Research at BCD Travel. “With increasing adoption of business travel-related technology, we see ever greater numbers of corporate travel programs adopting virtual payment. Our new white paper is a good way to learn about the topic for informed decision-making.”
Payment: Virtual is Your New Reality explores five steps corporate travel programs can take to achieve virtual payment success: Select, Agree, Connect, Test and Roll out. The white paper also identifies internal and external stakeholders whose involvement is usually required to successfully incorporate virtual payment into corporate travel programs.

STR: Central/South America, Mexico and Canada hotel performance for Q1 2019

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Hotels in the Central/South America region reported mixed performance results during Q1 2019, according to data from STR.
U.S. dollar constant currency, Q1 2019 vs. Q1 2018
Central/South America
  • Occupancy: +0.6% to 58.1%
  • Average daily rate (ADR): -4.5% to US$100.35
  • Revenue per available room (RevPAR): -4.0% to US$58.27
Local currency, Q1 2019 vs. Q1 2018
Rio de Janeiro
  • Occupancy:+12.2% to 63.8%
  • ADR: +5.4% to BRL403.46
  • RevPAR: +18.3% to BRL257.40
The absolute occupancy level was the best for a Q1 in Rio since 2015, while the ADR value was the highest for an opening quarter since 2016. STR analysts note that March specifically produced significant year-over-year growth in the market with a boost from Carnival. Occupancy and ADR were up 25.0% and 30.0%, respectively, leading to 62.5% growth in RevPAR. Also helping performance in the market during the quarter was a 2.6% decline in supply, which strengthened hotelier market share. As noted in STR’s Global Hotel Study, property closings have been common as an uncertain economic environment and a lack of consistent corporate and leisure business has created difficult operating conditions.
Santiago, Chile
  • Occupancy: -2.5% to 67.8%
  • ADR: +6.2% to CLP82,917.47
  • RevPAR: +3.5% to CLP56,208.62
According to STR analysts, weekday RevPAR in the market grew 4.7% during Q1, while weekend RevPAR was mostly flat (-0.1%). This is an indicator of more corporate business in Santiago, which has been consistent in the market. Unlike other destinations in the region, Chile has displayed relatively stable economic and political conditions, which has led to large brand investment in the country. 
Mexico Q1 2019 hotel performance
Mexico’s hotel industry reported negative performance results during Q1 2019, according to data from STR.
Compared with Q1 2018:
  • Occupancy: -4.9% to 61.9%
  • Average daily rate (ADR): -2.4% to MXN2,554.40
  • Revenue per available room (RevPAR): -7.2% to MXN1,582.40
The absolute occupancy level was the lowest for any Q1 in the country since 2013. The year-over-year dip in occupancy came as a result of healthy supply growth (+2.7%) and weakened demand (-2.3%). STR analysts note that beyond the continued security concerns affecting tourism, the government’s decision to disband the Mexico Tourism Board has begun to affect performance levels, as the combination of an unsafe image of the country and the lack of an organized approach might have travelers looking at alternative destinations.
Among STR’s defined markets for the country, Mexico Northeast registered the largest increases in ADR (+5.1% to MXN1,328.38) and RevPAR (+2.7% to MXN821.83).
Mexico Central South experienced the only rise in occupancy (+1.3% to 51.0%) and the only other lift in RevPAR (+2.5% to MXN567.11).
Mexico Northwest posted the only double-digit decrease in occupancy (-12.0% to 56.6%), which resulted in the only double-digit drop in RevPAR (-13.0% to MXN1,783.00).
Mexico Central North saw the second-largest decline in RevPAR (-8.5% to MXN1,094.51), due primarily to the second-steepest drop in occupancy (-8.5% to 58.9%).
Only two markets reported decreases in ADR: the Yucatan Peninsula (-4.8% to MXN4,053.03) and Mexico Northwest (-1.1% to MXN3,150.28).
Canada Q1 2019 hotel performance
The Canadian hotel industry reported mostly positive year-over-year results in the three key performance metrics during Q1 2019, according to data from STR. 
Compared with Q1 2018: 
  • Occupancy: -0.5% to 56.7%
  • Average daily rate (ADR): +1.2% to CAD148.68
  • Revenue per available room (RevPAR): +0.7% to CAD84.24
The absolute ADR and RevPAR levels were the highest for any Q1 in STR’s Canada database.
A February report from Destination Canada showed that overnight arrivals of international visitors to the country were up 1.0% during the first two months of 2019. STR analysts point to the influx of visitors as a reason for healthy hotel demand (+1.1%), but higher supply (+1.6%) put slight pressure on occupancy levels.
In absolute values, March was Canada’s top month of the quarter for occupancy (60.5%) and RevPAR (CAD89.86), while February was Canada’s top month in Q1 for ADR (CAD149.96).
Among the provinces and territories, Prince Edward Island recorded the quarter’s largest increases in each of the three key performance metrics: occupancy (+3.2% to 38.1%), ADR (+4.4% to CAD111.74) and RevPAR (+7.8% to CAD42.60).  
Manitoba experienced the second-highest rise in occupancy (+1.6% to 62.1%).
British Columbia saw the second-largest jump in RevPAR (+2.9% to CAD110.25).
Newfoundland and Labrador posted the steepest decline in each of the three key performance metrics: occupancy (-5.9% to 38.1%), ADR (-7.4% to CAD120.67) and RevPAR (-12.9% to CAD46.01).


WestJet Inaugurates Halifax and Dublin nonstop

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As the carrier with the most transatlantic flights from Halifax, WestJet today began its new non-stop service between Halifax Stanfield International Airport (YHZ) and Dublin Airport (DUB).

“Today’s flight between these important tourism and business markets reinforces our commitment to investing in Halifax as an Atlantic gateway to Europe,” said Arved von zur Muehlen, WestJet’s Chief Commercial Officer. “WestJet continues to support the efforts of the government of Nova Scotia to enhance trade, tourism and grow economies in the province and the UK. To our guests on both sides of the Atlantic, go raibh maith agat, thank you.”

WestJet has served the city of Halifax since 2003 and has seen 160 per cent growth in flights to and from Halifax Stanfield. This summer the airline will operate non-stop service to 15 cities with an average of 28 departures per day from Halifax.

“Adding nonstop flights to key markets is a sign of confidence in our province and region,” said Premier Stephen McNeil. “We’re pleased to see WestJet’s commitment to this new link, which helps support our Nova Scotia-Europe Engagement Strategy and efforts to grow our economy.”

“We’re so pleased WestJet continues to demonstrate confidence in our airport, our region and our future with the introduction of this new non-stop service to Dublin,” said Joyce Carter, President & CEO, Halifax International Airport Authority. “We have grown into an Atlantic Canadian hub airport where travellers can conveniently connect to, from and through Europe and beyond. We thank WestJet for their continued investment and expansion of their service at Halifax Stanfield and to passengers who make these flights a success.”

WestJet has operated to Dublin, Ireland since 2015 and on June 1 will bring one of its first three Dreamliner aircraft to the city with nonstop service from Calgary.

Details of WestJet’s new non-stop service:
Halifax-Dublin6x weekly10:20 p.m.7:32 a.m. +1April 29, 2019
Dublin-Halifax6x weekly9:00 a.m.11:02 a.m.April 30, 2019

Source:- Westjet
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