GWI data also revealed that global inbound wellness tourism trips will grow twice as fast each year (8.3%) as international trips overall (4.1%) from 2012-2017. And data on how exceptionally high-yield wellness tourists are, is welcome news for any nation: they spend 137% more than the average tourist per trip. And the international wellness traveler spends 59% more per trip than the average inbound tourist: at $1,639 USD vs. $1,030 USD.
International tourism receipts increased by US$ 48 billion in 2014 to reach a record US$ 1,245 billion. An additional US$ 221 billion was generated from international passenger transport, bringing total exports from international tourism up to US$ 1.5 trillion.
IATA launched the IATA Standard Safety Assessment (ISSA), a voluntary safety audit program created primarily for airlines that operate aircraft which have a lower maximum take-off weight (MTOW) than the 5,700 kg (12,566 lbs.) threshold for participation in IOSA.
British Airways today introduced its Mindfulness for Travel series to provide fliers with meditation techniques for a relaxed and positive state of mind. The initiative was developed for the launch of British Airways new Airbus A380 service between San Francisco and London.
Southwest Airlines (NYSE: LUV) today filed an application with the U.S. Department of Transportation to provide daily, nonstop service between Denver International Airport (DEN) and Lic. Gustavo Diaz Ordaz International Airport (PVR) in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, beginning in November 2015, subject to approvals from relevant governmental agencies.