Current Conditions 19 August 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
  • The owners of Heathrow Airport are planning to sell Aberdeen, Glasgow and Southampton Airports 

  • Bristol Airport set put up for sale by its current owners 

  • Heathrow Airport handled 0.5% more passengers in July than a year ago.  Traffic to/from China was up 10% and to/from India up 8%.  

  • Glasgow Airport handled 1.1% more passengers in July than a year ago while Aberdeen witnessed a 9.2% rise 

  • Gatwick handled a record number of passengers in July, up 6% on a year ago with European scheduled traffic up 10.5%, North Atlantic up 6.6% and passenger volumes on other long-haul routes up 8.9% 

  • Edinburgh Airport handled a record 1.1 million terminal passengers during July, up 1.8% on a year ago 

  • British Airways reported an annual 5.4% rise in revenue passenger kms during July 

  • BA suspends flights from Sierra Leone and Liberia due to the Ebola outbreak in those countries 

  • Only three months after its introduction flynas is cancelling its thrice-weekly service from Jeddah to Manchester from the start of August 

  • American Airlines will suspend flights from Chicago to Manchester between 6 January and 28 March 2015 

  • From late October flybe will operate a double-daily service from Aberdeen to London City following BA’s withdrawal from the route 

  • From October Ryanair will fly daily from Shannon to Manchester    

  • Transaero is introducing a twice weekly service from St Petersburg to Heathrow from late October 

  • Aurigny will operate double-daily weekday flights from Guernsey to London City from early September 

  • China Eastern will add an extra flight per week from Shanghai to Heathrow from late October

  • From late October Wizz Air will fly three times per week from Poprad/Tatry in Slovakia to London Luton

  • Air China is adding a second daily rotation from Beijing to Heathrow from late October, replacing what had been a seasonal flight from Beijing to Gatwick

  • For summer 2015 Jet2 will introduce flights from Prague to Glasgow and from both Prague and Rome to Belfast

  • Flybe will introduce daily flights from Amsterdam to Manchester from late October and weekend flights from Amsterdam to London City

  • From late December Etihad will use a larger aircraft on one of its daily rotations from Abu Dhabi to Heathrow

  • According to Eurotunnel the number of cars transported through the Channel Tunnel during the period April to June was 7% up on a year ago, the number of coaches was 1% up and the number of passengers travelling on Eurostar trains was 1% up  

  • According to the Met Office UK temperatures and sunshine amounts during July were exceptionally above average while rainfall amounts were below average

Domestic Economic News
Domestic Economic News
  • UK GDP set to grow at a faster pace than for any of the other G7 nations this year according to an Item Club report 

  • UK unemployment fell to 6.4% in the three months to June

  • In the year to June UK consumer price inflation increased by 1.6%, a lower rate than had been expected 

European Economic News
European Economic News
  • German GDP contracted 0.2% in the three months to the end of June

  • French GDP showed zero growth in the second quarter of 2014

  • European Central Bank retains base rates at 0.15% 

US Economic News
US Economic News
  • Strong service sector growth in the US during July was driven by spending on new homes  

Global Economic News
Global Economic News
  • IMF warns that financial markets may be a little too optimistic and lowers its global economic growth forecast for 2014 from 3.7% to 3.4%

  • Argentina has defaulted on its debt for the second time in thirteen years 

Tourism News
Tourism News
  • According to Capgemini World Wealth Report the number of High Net Worth Individuals around the world increased by 14.7% to 13.7 million in 2013.  The countries which are home to the most HNWIs are; USA 4.0m, Japan 2.3m, Germany 1.0m, China 0.8m, UK 0.5m, France 0.5m, Switzerland 0.3m, Canada 0.3m, Australia 0.2m and Italy 0.2m 

  • STR Global data for London hotel performance during July shows an annual 2.7% increase in supply and 0.8% increase in demand, leading to a 1.9% fall in occupancy to 86.0%.  Average daily room rates rose 0.9% to £145.22 

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