London Heathrow is in World Cup fever and it pays off

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World Cup fever delivered London Heathrow Airport its busiest June on record, as more than 7 million passengers traveled through the UK’s hub (+5.4% vs June 2017)

On June 26th Heathrow saw a 50% increase in the number of passengers traveling to Russia, compared to the same time last year, as fans traveled out for the football

Parliament voted overwhelmingly to expand the airport in a vote that saw 415 MPs back the project that will deliver for the whole of the UK

Africa saw the most passenger growth in June (+11.3%), closely followed by South Asia (+11%) and Latin America (+9.2%)

Over 139,000 metric tonnes of cargo passed through Heathrow in June

Gate 13 at Heathrow’s Terminal 3 is transformed to showcase the beauty of Scotland with stunning floor-to-ceiling images aimed at boosting tourism north of the border. Over 1 million passengers are expected to see the images with further gates set to be transformed to promote Wales and Northern Ireland later this year.

Heathrow CEO John Holland-Kaye said:

“Heathrow has had a great June, the start to a fantastic summer showing off the best of Britain. We’re proud to be the UK’s gateway, connecting the world’s best fans to the pitches of the World Cup in Russia and the grass courts of Wimbledon. With a strong mandate from Parliament to expand, we’ll continue making Britain proud for decades to come.”

 

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Juergen Thomas Steinmetz has continuously worked in the travel and tourism industry since he was a teenager in Germany (1979), beginning as a travel agent up through today as a publisher of eTurboNews (eTN), one of the world’s most influential and most-read travel and tourism publications. He is also Chairman of ICTP. His experiences include working and collaborating with various national tourism offices and non-governmental organizations, as well as private and non-profit organizations, and in planning, implementing, and quality control of a range of travel and tourism-related activities and programs, including tourism policies and legislation. His major strengths include a vast knowledge of travel and tourism from the point of view of a successful private enterprise owner, superb networking skills, strong leadership, excellent communication skills, strong team player, attention to detail, dutiful respect for compliance in all regulated environments, and advisory skills in both political and non-political arenas with respect to tourism programs, policies, and legislation. He has a thorough knowledge of current industry practices and trends and is a computer and Internet junkie.