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    2020 turns out to be worst year in aviation history with sharpest decline in demand

    The post 2020 turns out to be worst year in aviation history with sharpest decline in demand appeared first on TD (Travel Daily Media) Travel Daily. According to the International Air Transport Association (IATA) in 2020 demand (revenue passenger kilometers or RPKs) fell by 65.9% compared to 2019, which is by far the sharpest traffic decline in aviation history. Furthermore, forward bookings have been falling sharply since late December. International passenger demand in 2020 was 75.6% below 2019 levels. Capacity, (measured in available seat kilometers or ASKs) declined 68.1% and load factor fell 19.2 percentage points to 62.8%. Domestic demand in 2020 was down 48.8% compared to 2019. Capacity contracted…

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    UNWTO makes history with opening of first regional office in the Middle East in Riyadh

    The post UNWTO makes history with opening of first regional office in the Middle East in Riyadh appeared first on TD (Travel Daily Media) Travel Daily. The UN World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) has opened its first regional office for the Middle East, bringing the United Nations specialized agency closer to its members and advancing on its commitment to guiding the development of tourism in every global region. At a ceremony in Riyadh in Saudi Arabia, UNWTO secretary-general Zurab Pololikashvili was joined by Princess Haifa Al-Saud, deputy minister of tourism for strategy and investment, and the kingdom’s minister for tourism, Ahmed Al Khateeb to officially open the office. They were also…