South Africa, Seychelles, Mauritius, Mozambique, Tanzania, Namibia, Botswana, Zambia, and Zimbabwe joined some 200 international hotel companies, destination management companies (DMCs), and tour operators to promote twin-centre holidays between South Africa and its neighboring countries and its islands.
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International Visitor Arrivals into Asia Pacific destinations during May 2012 showed a collective gain of three per cent year-on-year according to preliminary results released today by the Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA).
This was the second consecutive month with a declining growth rate and heralds the impact of the various economic contagions across the globe.
For the first five months of 2012, the average growth in international visitor arrivals into Asia Pacific destinations was six per cent up year-on-year.
North America is showing a similar but more volatile growth pattern.
After registering a solid 12 per cent increase in foreign arrivals during March, the growth trend reduced to just 0.5 per cent in April and then contracted by one per cent in May 2012.
Canada and the USA managed to sustain positive growth of two per cent and one per cent respectively during the month but a contraction in international arrivals into Mexico for both April and May (down six per cent each month) has affected the overall sub-regional performance.
A slowing of intra-regional travel demand was the major negative factor along with a four per cent drop in UK arrivals.
The Foreign & Commonwealth Office (FCO) has launched Plan.Pack.Explore, a new travel guide for those planning a trip abroad.
Khalida Cox from the Know Before You Go team at the FCO said: “Now that exam results are out and people start considering a gap year, preparation can be daunting for young people and their parents – particularly if it is a trip away without family for the first time.
“Plan.Pack.Explore. helps travellers understand exactly what they need to do before they go away and provides essential information for parents in the run up to the big trip.
“The guide will also be invaluable for those who book last minute travel and need essential travel preparation advice quickly.”
The FCO is urging those planning a gap year to pick up a copy of Plan.Pack.Explore. to help avoid running into preventable problems overseas.
The guide contains a wealth of information from travel health advice to explaining exactly what the FCO can and cannot do if you get into trouble abroad.
It also includes guidance on getting the right visa and keeping your money safe, along with case studies and handy maps.
“Gap years should be all about having fun, exploring the world and hopefully enhancing your CV but if you are not prepared before you go away, things can go horribly wrong.
“Statistics show that over the last six months, one in four of 16-24 year olds travelled without insurance and only a quarter made health related preparations before going overseas.
“This leaves them at risk of facing really high bills for medical care or repatriation.”
Plan.Pack.Explore. is available in print, online and as an app available for iPad, iPhone (iOS5 and above) and Android devices.