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Zanzibar’s government aims to increase arrivals from the Far East over the next two years, in a bid to make the island a business hub in East Africa.

Travel and tourism generated 18 percent of New Zealand’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP) in 2017 according to research published by World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC).

Meetings, Incentives, Conferences, Exhibitions and Events (MICE) remain a key pillar in the development of tourism across Africa, as these provide platforms for strategic deal-making and entice new investors to tourist destinations, according to Kwakye Donkor, CEO, Africa Tourism Partners.

Travelport, a leading travel commerce platform, and its strategic technology partner, IBM introduced IBM Travel Manager, described as an industry-first artificial intelligence (AI) platform designed to help businesses manage corporate travel spend.

Following a very competitive selection process, SEA, the group responsible for managing Milano Malpensa and Milano Linate airports, has won the bid for World Routes 2020 on behalf of Italy’s Milan and Lombardy region.

Visitors to the Maltese Islands in June were estimated to have reached 265,823, up by 14.5 percent on the same period in 2017 according to the country’s National Statistics Office (NSO).

Air Arabia announced the introduction of its new European destination, Prague in Czech Republic, direct from Sharjah, UAE.

As corporate travel behaviour continues to evolve in the Middle East, Amadeus has announced the launch of a new corporate self-booking tool to support business travellers in the Middle East and North Africa in managing busy schedules while reducing travel costs.

Dubai welcomed a record 8.10 million international overnight tourists during the first six months (H1) of this year, representing a consistent increase on the same period in 2017.

Statistics South Africa released the country’s arrival stats for the month of May, as reported by Southern Africa Tourism Services Association (SATSA).