Two free bags on United Airlines for all passengers in the year

first_imgIt’s the year of the dog. Facing still competition, and beginning today, United Airlines will eliminate charges for customers’ second checked bag on all routes from North America to China and Hong Kong. Currently, customers traveling from China/Hong Kong to the United States already receive two free checked bags. Fees for oversized and overweight bags will […] Click to read the full article Two free bags on United Airlines for all passengers in the year of the dog Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… Hawaii Tourism follows LGBT Hawaii suggestion, releases study on Taiwan and JapanLGBT travel: Capitalizing on film location as a tourLGBTQ – eTurboNews (eTN)More articles on eTurboNews click here eTN Chatroom for Readers (join us)last_img read more

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first_imgGo back to the e-newsletter >Global demand for cruising reached 22.04 million passengers1 in 2014, up 68% from 13.1 million passengers in 2004, according to a new study from Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA).The study reveals that global demand for cruising has grown by 3.4% from 21.3 million passengers in 2013, with Australia now ranked as the fourth largest cruise market in the world. CLIA’s 2014 Economic Impact Analysis, an independent study commissioned by CLIA and conducted by Business Research and Economic Advisors (BREA), shows that total contributions of the cruise industry to the global economy reached $119.9 billion in 2014, up from $117 billion the previous year.This includes supporting 939,232 full-time equivalent employees earning $39.3 billion in income. Direct expenditures generated by cruise lines, passengers and crews totalled $55.8 billion.Releasing the study, CLIA acting CEO Cindy D’Aoust said the cruise industry was a truly global and dynamic industry. “We’ve enjoyed progressive growth over the last 30 years, driven initially by demand from North America, which expanded to Europe, Australia and now Asia. As a result, the cruise industry impacts the global economy, generating jobs, income and business growth in all regions of the world,” Ms D’Aoust said.“The potential for new cruise passenger growth is huge,” Ms D’Aoust said. “Apart from North America and Europe, other regions of the world account for nearly 85% of the world’s population, yet represent only 16% of cruisers. That reflects a tremendous opportunity for the cruise industry.”CLIA’s 2014 Asia Cruise Trends Study shows that cruise tourism in Asia is growing at double-digit rates, both in capacity and as a passenger source market. Between 2013 and 2015, the number of ships deployed in Asia grew at a 10% compound annual growth rate, and the volume of cruises and voyages within and through Asia increased 11%. Passenger capacity in Asia increased 20%.“Asia is a prime example of the cruise industry’s growth opportunity,” Ms D’Aoust said. “The cruise industry is bringing more cruise visits to Asia and the volume of cruise travellers sourced from Asia for cruise tourism worldwide nearly doubled since 2012.”CLIA’s study shows that a total of 19.2 million cruise passengers were sourced from the top ten countries, accounting for 88% of global cruise passengers. These top 10 countries are located in all major global regions. The United States, with 11.21 million passengers, sourced the largest number of cruise passengers, accounting for more than half (51%) of global cruise passengers. Germany and the United Kingdom accounted for 15% of global passengers (3.38 million). Australia, Italy and Canada each had more than 800,000 passengers and accounted for 12% of global passengers. China, France, Spain and Norway combined accounted for nearly 2 million passengers, or about 10% of global passengers.CLIA’s research shows that China is a main driver of passenger growth in Asia, adding 480,000 more cruise travellers since 2012 – a nearly 80% compound annual growth rate. And, among the nearly 1.4 million cruise passengers from Asia, China accounted for nearly half of the regional passenger volume in 2014.Go back to the e-newsletter >last_img read more