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Emirates expands with new flights to Adelaide, Australia


Emirates has launched its first flight into the South Australian capital of Adelaide, marking the beginning of a 4 times weekly service and representing the 5th gateway for the airline in Australia.

Emirates flight EK440 will depart Dubai every Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday arriving in Adelaide at 20:50 with the return flight leaving at 22:35.

Emirates currently provides 112 scheduled flights a week between the UK and Dubai with exceptional connection times making it possible to fly to South Australia in just 21 hours.

The flights will operate using 3 Boeing 777-300ER aircraft which will offer Private Suites in the only First Class international service for South Australian travellers, lie-flat massage beds in Business Class and spacious seating in Economy Class.

Passengers in all classes can enjoy Emirates’ award-winning ‘ice’ Digital Widescreen, the industry’s most sophisticated video and audio system, offering over 1,400 channels of on-demand entertainment – the largest selection of programming in the sky.

Laurie Berryman, Emirates’ vice president UK said: “Adelaide is the gateway into South Australia and Emirates is proud to include this fifth Australian destination into our expanding network portfolio.

“We expect to carry more than 200,000 passengers per year into Adelaide and anticipate that travellers from the UK will make up a significant portion of network wide traffic.

“We predict demand will come predominantly from the leisure sector, followed by the Visiting Friends and Family market reflecting the large UK diaspora based in Adelaide and finally by business travellers.

“With services from Heathrow, London Gatwick, Birmingham, Manchester, Newcastle and Glasgow, our new service will become the most direct route from the UK to Adelaide.”

The service is due to increase to daily flights from 1st February, adding nearly 5,000 international seats per week on the route, representing a 26 per cent increase for the market, which will help boost jobs and investment in South Australia’s AUS$ 5.3 billion tourism sector.

Adelaide is ideally situated to explore such landmarks as the famous wine producing region of the Barossa Valley and Kangaroo Island, considered Australia’s fourth icon.

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Brits continue to flock to Turkey


Turkey’s tourism sector continues to escape the global economic downturn, rising one place in the UN World Tourism Organisation’s ranking of top ten most frequented countries by tourist arrivals, making it the 6th most visited country in the world.

In addition Turkey continues to go from strength to strength as one of the most popular and affordable holiday destinations for the UK. Last year alone Turkey welcomed some 2.6 million British visitors and the UK remains the 3rd most significant incoming market for Turkey.

As of September 2012, the number of arrivals from the UK has already surpassed the two million mark.

Recently, The Post Office Travel Money’s 2012 holiday Costs Barometer revealed that falling prices in Turkey have meant that prices are now on par with 2008.

Speaking at a WTM press briefing, under-secretary for the Turkish ministry of culture and tourism, Ozgur Ozaslan, said: “Turkish tourism has registered remarkable and consistent growth over the past two decades.

“In 1980, Turkey received 1.2 million visitors, a figure which has increased more than 26-fold over the past 32 years, reaching 31.4 million visitors in 2011.

“International tourism receipts increased a spectacular 60-fold, placing Turkey ninth position in the world for international tourism receipts according to the UNWTO.

“Latest figures indicate that Turkey’s growth trajectory will continue on its upward trend which is even more remarkable given the global downturn; as of September 2012, the incoming travel volume had already surpassed 25.7 million, exceeding the number of arrivals during the same period in 2011.

“Our target for 2023, exactly 100 years since the founding of the Turkish Republic, will be to achieve at least 50 million visitors annually and become fifth in the world for international arrivals.”

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