European airport trade body, ACI EUROPE today released its traffic results for the month of February, across the European airport network. Europes airports saw an overall increase in passenger traffic of +5.3% compared to February 2013.
Airports in Italy continue to face significant uncertainty as regards the regulation of airport charges. This situation is constraining their ability to modernise and develop their facilities and with it their contribution to much needed economic recovery and job creation for the country.
Policies and measures to promote universal accessibility in tourism will be at the centre of the 1st UNWTO European Conference on Accessible Tourism, jointly organized by UNWTO and the Government of the Republic of San Marino in November 2014.
European Tourism representatives gathered at the 57th Meeting of the UNWTO Commission for Europe identified enhanced international cooperation, innovation, private-public partnerships and accessibility as main priorities to ensure the sector's future competiveness. The Seminar on Developing Effective Tourism Clusters, held in on the sidelines of the Meeting, laid the ground for innovative collaborative approaches for sustainable tourism development in Europe (3-4 April, Baku, Azerbaijan).
By invitation of the Federal Agency for Tourism of the Russian Federation, a delegation from the Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA), headed by PATA Chief Executive Officer Mr. Martin Craigs and PATA Regional Director East Asia, Ivy Chee, visited Moscow and Saint Petersburg between 14th- 21st March for the first ever official PATA visit to the Russian Federation.
MSC Cruises signed a letter of intent (LOI) with STX France for the construction of two new cruise ships with an option for two more. The two ships will join MSC Cruises' fleet, currently counting 12 ships, all built in the Saint-Nazaire yards.
UNWTO welcomes the recent decision by the UK government to reform the Air Passenger Duty (APD). The current APD system, in place since 2008, has significantly hindered UKs tourism while creating important market distortions affecting long-haul destinations.