Travel News: February 3, 2017


Thailand Welcomed a Record 32 Million Overseas Tourists in 2016

Thailand received a record 32.59 million foreign visitors last year, with revenue beating expectations and likely to exceed previous forecasts this year by growing 10 percent or more, officials said Monday.

Thailand is proving popular even as terror scares, including a series of bombings in resorts towns killing four people, and the death of King Bhumibol Adulyadej had hotels and tour guides across the country on edge. Tourism fared better than expected after a bloodless coup deposed Thailand’s elected government in 2014 as well.


Air Canada’s route map now includes Iceland
USA Today

Air Canada will add Iceland to its route map this summer with seasonal service from its hubs in Toronto and Montreal.

Air Canada Rouge, the company’s leisure unit, will fly the routes on 136-seat A319 narrow-body jets. The planes include 12 premium-economy style “Premium Rouge” seats.


Karisma, Margaritaville Partner to Develop All-Inclusive Resort Collection
Travel Pulse

Karisma Hotels & Resorts and Margaritaville have announced a partnership to develop a collection of all-inclusive Margaritaville resorts.

The new Margaritaville, an All-Inclusive Experience, by Karisma signals Margaritaville’s entry into the all-inclusive segment.


Tourism Tasmania takes down airport display after dispute with Instagrammers

Tasmania’s government-owned tourism agency has suspended its digital Instagram display at the Hobart airport while it works to resolve a dispute with local social media photographers.

The photographers are objecting to Tourism Tasmania using the images they have marked with the hashtag Discover Tasmania in a commercial arena like the airport, saying it was not part of the social media deal.

Subscribe and get my free ebook!

Subscribe to the LandLopers newsletter and get a free copy of my new book, "My Favorite 50 Travel Photos."

By: Matt Long

Matt has a true passion for travel. As someone who has a bad case of the travel bug, Matt travels the world in order to share tips on where to go, what to see and how to experience the best the world has to offer. Also follow Matt on Twitter, Facebook and

Leave a Comment