Current Conditions 17 July 2014

The image below shows the latest status for a number of factors driving tourism. Based on an analysis of over forty different series, grouped into eight ‘segments’, the chart above clearly comes with a hefty health warning, with the ‘scoring’ of each factor being as much art as it is science.

To read more detail about transport, weather, tourism and economic news which is affecting current tourism conditions open each section in the links below.

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Transport News
  • During June Heathrow Airport handled 1.1% more passengers than in the same month a year ago while Glasgow saw a 2.5% rise and passenger numbers at Aberdeen were up 9.0%.  It was a record June for Heathrow, with a number of emerging markets seeing an increase, for example China up 5.7% 

  • The number of passengers using Manchester Airport who were flying on scheduled international flights was 12.4% up in June compared with a year ago 

  • Stansted Airport reported an annual 11.7% increase in passenger volumes in June 

  • In June Gatwick Airport handled 5.5% more passengers than a year ago – by route sector domestic volumes fell 2.3%, European scheduled traffic rose 11.1%, North Atlantic traffic declined 5.8% but other long-haul traffic was up 7.1% 

  • British Airways revenue passenger kilometres in July were up 4.7% on a year ago 

  • From late October British Airways will close its routes to London City from Aberdeen and Stockholm

  • From late October BA is introducing a five-times a day service from Dublin to London City as well as adding an additional two daily flights from Glasgow and one extra flight per day from Edinburgh to London City 

  • From October flybe will launch a three-times a day ‘hop on hop off’ shuttle service from Jersey to Aberdeen that will call at Southampton and Leeds Bradford en route – with a flight time from Jersey to Aberdeen of a little over four hours 

  • From late July flynas is introducing a twice weekly service from Riyadh to Gatwick 

  • From 13 September US Airways is adding a second daily flight from Charlotte to Heathrow 

  • From end August germanwings will cease operating its four-times per week service from Berlin to Birmingham 

  • easyJet is to operate a number of new routes for winter 2014/15 including Reykjavik to Gatwick (3 weekly), Reykjavik to Belfast (2 weekly), Naples to Luton (4 weekly), Munich to Luton (4 weekly) and Basel to Luton (6 weekly)    

  • From June 2015 Etihad Airways is to launch a daily flight from Abu Dhabi to Edinburgh 

  • From October Wizz Air will launch thrice-weekly services to Glasgow from Poznan and Katowice and from Sczcecin to Luton 

  • Disruption to services through the Channel Tunnel on 7 and 8 July due to overhead line damage   

  • Met Office figures show that across the UK June brought close to average amounts of sunshine, well above average temperatures and well below average rainfall 

Domestic Economic News
Domestic Economic News
  • UK inflation increased by an annual rate of 1.9% in June, up from 1.5% in May, this may put further upward pressure on the value of the pound 

  • In the three months to May UK unemployment fell to 6.5% 

European Economic News
European Economic News
  • Eurozone consumer price inflation remained at 0.5% in the year to June 

US Economic News
US Economic News
  • Revised figures show that the US economy shrank by an annual rate of 2.9% in the first quarter of this year, though this is largely due to the exceptionally severe weather denting economic activity 

  • Unemployment in the US falls to 6.1%, its lowest level since September 2008 

Global Economic News
Global Economic News
  • China’s economy grew at an annual rate of 7.5% in the period April to June, slightly ahead of market expectations

Tourism News
Tourism News
  • According to STR Global as of June there were 41,831 hotel rooms in the development pipeline in the UK, more than in any other European market 

  • STR Global report that the supply of hotel rooms in London was 2.4% up on a year ago while demand was 0.5% up.  This resulted in a 1.8 percentage point fall in occupancy to 87.7% but average daily room rates increased by 1.5% to £161.80 

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