Current Conditions 20 April 2015

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
  • Heathrow handled 3.4% more passengers than a year ago during March, making it the airport’s busiest ever March, once again transfer traffic grew at a faster rate than terminating traffic.  By region UK traffic increased 4.2%, Europe 2.1%, North America 6.0%, Latin America 8.3%, Middle East 7.7% and Asia Pacific 2.0% while traffic to/from Africa declined by 1.8% 

  • Gatwick Airport handled 9.2% more passengers during March than a year ago.  By region domestic traffic declined 2.6%, European scheduled was up 12.1%, North Atlantic 17.0% and other long-haul up 5.8% 

  • London City Airport again reported an annual increase of 34% in passenger volumes during the month of March 

  • During March Edinburgh Airport handled 8.7% more passengers flying on domestic routes and 4.7% more passengers on international routes 

  • Glasgow Airport reports a 22.3% annual rise in passenger numbers during the month of March 

  • During March Southampton Airport handled 17% more domestic and 8% more international passengers than a year ago 

  • British Airways Revenue Passenger Kms increased at an annual rate of 5.1% in March

  • From 19 June Vueling will commence 4 flights per week from Barcelona to Manchester 

  • From 29 March flybe will operate double daily flights from Newcastle to Stansted and a daily flight from Newquay to Stansted from 16 May 

  • From September BA will launch flights from Vienna to Gatwick, operating six times per week until late October when frequencies will reduce to 4 per week 

  • Flybe is to axe flights from Dublin to both London City and Southend from May 

  • From late October Turkish Airlines will increase frequencies from Istanbul to London Heathrow from 31 to 37 flights per week 

  • From 22 May Delta will introduce daily flights from New York JFK to Manchester 

  • From September flybe will operate up to three flights per day from Amsterdam to Liverpool 

  • From June Wizz Air will fly twice weekly from Budapest to Glasgow 

  • From June Aer Lingus will operate a daily flight (except on Saturdays) from Shannon to Birmingham 

  • From July Wizz Air will fly twice weekly from Constanta (Romania) to London Luton 

  • BA will add a sixth daily flight between Dublin and London City from June 

  • Adria will fly three times per week between Maribor (Slovenia) and London Southend between June and September  

  • From September Wizz Air will fly twice weekly from Vilnius to Glasgow 

  • A 48 hour strike by air traffic controllers in France disrupts flights to Britain on 8th and 9th April 

  • Met Office figures show that across the UK March 2015 temperatures were above average, sunshine amounts were well above average while rainfall totals were close to average 

Domestic Economic News
Domestic Economic News
  • UK economic growth of 2.5% forecast for 2015 by the Office for Budget Responsibility 

  • According to the EY Item Club UK economic growth could reach 2.8% in 2015

  • The UK economy grew by 2.8% in 2014, an upward revision from the earlier estimate of 2.6%

  • UK consumer price inflation fell to zero in the year to February and remained at the same rate for March

  • UK interest rates remain unchanged at 0.5% in April

  • UK unemployment fell to 5.6% in the three months to February 

European Economic News
European Economic News
  • Eurozone deflation stood at 0.1% in the year to March 

  • Eurozone unemployment fell from 11.4% to 11.3% in February 

  • The European Central Bank keeps Eurozone base rates at 0.05% 

US Economic News
US Economic News
  • US retail sales increased in March for the first time in four months 

Global Economic News
Global Economic News
  • Inflation in China starts to moderate, increasing at an annual rate of 5.2% in March 

  • In the first three months of 2015 China’s economic growth slowed to an annual rate of 7.0%

  • Australia’s economy set to be hit by the plunge in iron ore prices – the commodity is Australia’s biggest export but prices are down from $120 to $47 per tonne in the past two years 

  • IMF says that risks to global financial stability have risen in the past six months and cite particular concern for countries such as Argentina, Brazil, South Africa and Nigeria

  • Price of oil recovers to around $63 a barrel  

Tourism News
Tourism News
  • According to STR Global UK hotel occupancy in February stood at 74.1%, up from 71.4% a year ago, with average daily room rates up 4% to £79.81 

  • According to STR Global the UK has more hotel rooms under construction (11,542 in 80 hotels) than does any other European country 

  • Travelodge report that underlying earnings for the year to December were up 63.5%, revenue per room increased 16.8%  

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