Πέμπτη, 17 Αυγούστου 2017

Dubrovnik is curtailing the cruise tourism to save the UNESCO heritage spot

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Dubrovnik, one of the city and the tourism destination in Southern part of Croatia on the Adriatic Coastal part is popular for the historical monuments and the museums, now covering itself from the cruise tourism.

The new mayor of Dubrovnik said he is in favor of halving the number of cruise passengers arriving daily at the Adriatic port city in Croatia. Mayor Mato Frankovic, elected in June, told that the current soft ceiling of 8,000 passengers a day should be reduced to 4,000.

He also called for limits on tour operators running day trips to the walled medieval city, which has been a UNESCO world heritage site since 1979.  He is taking the measures because, according to the UNESCO mission in the year 2015, it is recommended that a cap on the cruise tourism should not exceed 8000 passengers per day.

The Dubrovnik Port Authority said that the cap was exceeded 18 times in 2016 out of the 243 days when cruise ships called. It also said it refused 40 cruise call requests for this year.

Dubrovnik has become one of the most popular stops on an itinerary from Venice to the Eastern Mediterranean, or the reverse route.

It was the last year Dubrovnik had 639 ship calls and handled 831,730 passengers, up 0.1% from the year before.

Of those, 763,561 were transit passengers, ranking the spot behind only six other ports of call in the Mediterranean region.

Mayor Mato Frankovic said he would like to reset the tourism and its opportunities for a fresh new start.

The UNESCO report said 90% of cruise calls to Dubrovnik come between May and October.

And although the cruise visitors accounted for only 2.5 percent of all visitors in 2013, they have a disproportionate impact on the World Heritage property due to their concentration in time and space.

U.S. Airlines to Carry 16.1 Million Passengers over Labor Day Travel Period

Airlines for America (A4A) projected 16.1 million passengers will fly worldwide in scheduled service on U.S. airlines over the Labor Day travel period, up 5 percent (110,000 passengers per day) from the 15.4 million passengers estimated to have flown during this period last year. Accordingly, airlines are adding 133,000 seats per day across their networks to accommodate the expected increase in demand.
Over the seven-day air travel period, beginning Wednesday, Aug. 30 and ending Tuesday, Sept. 5, ATL, LAX and ORD, respectively, are expected to be the three busiest U.S. airports based on departing seats in scheduled service. Friday, Sept. 1 is expected to be the busiest day, followed by Thursday, Aug. 31 and Monday, Sept. 4.
“As household wealth increases, ticket prices remain low and airlines large and small continue to grow, consumers are finding it easier and more affordable than ever to get away for personal or family travel,” said A4A Vice President and Chief Economist John Heimlich. “While we expect a growth in passenger traffic over the Labor Day holiday, flyers can rest assured that U.S. airlines have appropriately increased the number of seats available for their late summer getaways.”

Airline Operational Performance
U.S. airlines reported the following operational results for the first half of 2017, according to the Department of Transportation:
U.S. airlines completed 98.55 percent of domestic flights, down slightly from 98.75 percent in the same period of 2016;
Airlines posted an on-time arrival rate of 78.66 percent, down from 81.42 percent; 
Mishandled bag rate improved from 2.65 per 1,000 passengers to 2.54 – the lowest level ever recorded;
The rate of involuntarily denied boardings fell from 0.62 per 10,000 passengers to 0.52 – also the lowest level ever recorded.
“Airlines regularly invest in their workforce and new technologies and put in place processes to improve operations and enhance the customer experience. The industry’s nearly 99% flight completion rate and record-low rates of involuntarily denied boardings and mishandled baggage reflect these investments,” continued Heimlich.
Meanwhile, domestic seat supply is at its highest level since 2005 and international supply is at an all-time high.
Airline Financial Results
Nine U.S. passenger airlines (Alaska, Allegiant, American, Delta, Hawaiian, JetBlue, Southwest, Spirit and United) collectively reported a pre-tax profit margin of 11.4 percent ($9.2 billion) for the first half of 2017, down from 15.5 percent ($12 billion) during in the first half of 2016. The decline in profitability was attributable to expenses surging 9.1 percent, outpacing 4.2 percent growth in revenues. Higher operating expenses were driven by increases in fuel (+19.9 percent), labor (+9.1 percent), maintenance (+8.3 percent), aircraft (+6.8 percent) and airport rents and landing fees (+3.1 percent).
Operating revenues rose largely on 2.8 percent more passenger traffic, accompanied by a 1.2 percent increase in passenger yield (airfare per mile).
Overall, U.S. inflation rose 2.2 percent in the first half of 2017, implying a 1 percent year-over-year decline in inflation-adjusted (“real”) airfare.
Airline Capital Expenditures Growing
Airlines are reinvesting in the customer experience at a rate currently outpacing 2016. The nine U.S. passenger airlines cited above collectively reinvested $1.6 billion per month during the first half of 2017 in their product and the customer experience. These investments include enhanced baggage and airport security systems, expanded route networks and seat capacity, improvements to in-flight Wi-Fi and in-flight entertainment, new aircraft and airport amenities such as upgraded terminals and lounge space

Courtyard hotel opened in Niagara Falls, New York

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NIAGARA FALLS, NY - Courtyard by Marriott Niagara Falls, USA opened its doors in Niagara Falls, New York. Featuring an innovative lobby space as well as Courtyard’s latest contemporary room design, the new hotel provides flexibility and choices that allow guests to optimize and elevate their travel experience. 
Located at 900 Buffalo Avenue, the building was constructed around 1912 and originally housed the Niagara Chocolate Company. It was later occupied by a number of other companies and ultimately converted to executive offices and the headquarters for Moore Business Forms when it first established a presence in Niagara Falls. The building is presently a good example of Art Deco style, predominated by its limestone facades with granite inset panels.
The 82-room hotel will operate as a Marriott franchise, owned by Babu “BF” Patel & Pragna Patel and managed by Coakley and Williams Hotel Management Company of Greenbelt, Maryland. Whether traveling for business or pleasure, the Courtyard Niagara Falls, USA offers guests convenient access to Niagara Falls, Maid of the Mist and the Cave of the Winds.
Courtyard constantly researches trends and evolves to meet the changing needs of its guests. The latest room design offers hybrid zones for working, sleeping, relaxing and getting ready. Indirect lighting and a neutral, tone-on-tone color palette makes for a soothing and calm environment.
“From day one, Courtyard has prided itself as a brand that listens to business travelers,” said Callette Nielsen, vice president and global brand manager, Courtyard. “Today’s technology has changed how people travel. Our guests want a room that has purpose and flexibility that enables a seamless transition between relaxing and working. Courtyard is designed to offer them a relaxing and functional space to work the way they want to, when they want to.”
The new room design is intuitive and thoughtful, offering flexible yet comfortable spaces that enable technology. Upon arrival, guests can store bags on the “Luggage Drop” and plug personal devices into the “Tech Drop” ledge for seamless technology integration.
Signature furniture and architectural elements replace traditional art in the new guestroom. The “LoungeAround” sofa offers a pop of color and a comfortable area for relaxing or for working. The new design also features a light desk on wheels, allowing guests to work from anywhere in the room.
An upgraded, more spacious layout creates an enhanced bathroom experience. A “Shower Nook” housing shampoos and towels, makes amenities accessible without having to leave the shower.
The Courtyard Niagara Falls, USA also offers the Refreshing Business lobby environment, where guests can enjoy an open and bright area outside of their rooms. Along with media pods, complimentary Wi-Fi and a variety of seating zones, the redefined space is ideal for everything from pop-up meetings to social gatherings. The lobby also features The Bistro – Eat. Drink. Connect, offering casual, flexible seating; easy access to food and high quality, healthy menu options for breakfast; and light evening fare, including snacks, cocktails, wine and beer so guests can unwind.
Throughout the hotel, guests can connect with ample electrical outlets. The business library features several computer terminals, along with a printer and separate computer stations dedicated solely to printing airline boarding passes and checking flight status.
Green has been Courtyard’s signature color since Marriott launched the brand 30 years ago. Now it is even greener with the introduction of a guest recycling program for the environment. Receptacles for paper, glass, plastic and metal are conveniently located by side exits.
The four-story hotel features an indoor swimming pool, fitness center and guest laundry, and offers over 490 square feet of meeting space to accommodate functions of up to 55 people.

Formula 1 Powerboat Racing Returns to The Capital for London Tech Week 2018

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The 2018 race will see around 24 drivers of the world’s leading F1 Powerboat drivers race around the iconic Royal Victoria Docks site in June next year.
The two-day race weekend (16-17th June) will give spectators the chance to see the lightweight and powerful catamarans race at speeds of up to 140mph.

Showcasing the latest powerboat technology and engineering, the race will be part of London Tech Week 2018, Europe’s largest festival of technology and innovation.

The London Grand Prix will also feature as part of the landmark 38th F1H20 World Championship season that will see eight races held in cities across the world including Abu Dhabi, Miami and Harbin, China.

Andrew Cooke, Acting CEO of London & Partners said: “London is the sporting and cultural capital of the world. Over the last few months our great city has once again shown our enthusiasm for sport and openness, welcoming some of the greatest sports stars and fans from all over the world.”

“I am delighted that the Formula 1 Powerboat championships will be returning to London and offers further proof that London is able to attract the best international sporting events.”

Mr. Li Haojie, Chairman of Tianrong Sports, the Chinese sports promotional company behind the U.I.M. F1H2O World Championship added: “London has a great sporting tradition and was a natural choice to showcase Formula 1 Powerboat racing. We are excited to bring the sport back to London at the iconic Royal Victoria Docks, and hope the event will bring new impetus for the revitalisation of East London and promote its development. We look forward to the opportunity to expand our global fan base in London and give spectators the chance to experience one of the most electrifying live sporting events in the world.”

The last race to be staged in London was in 1984. The race will be broadcast live around the world and will be shown on Sky Sports in the UK.

The Formula 1 Powerboat racing championships is just one of a range of international sporting events being held in London this year including four NFL games this autumn, the IAAF World Championships and the World Para Athletics Championships and the world’s biggest festival of cycling, RideLondon.

In recent years, London has proved a real draw for major sporting events, with a string of high-profile international competitions, such as the Tour de France 2014, EuroHockey Championships 2015, the European Swimming Championships 2015, the Rugby World Cup 2015 and the cycling’s UCI Track World Championships 2016.

Source:- London Partners

Mexico tourism is under threat, 10000 gallons of illegal alcohol seized

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Following a number of violent crimes in the most important tourist destinations in México, Mexican authorities swept through 31 resorts, restaurants and nightclubs in Cancun and Playa del Carmen in recent days, suspending operations at least two locations for unsanitary alcohol and have seized 10,000 gallons of illicit alcohol from a company which they did not release its name.
One of the two suspended places is the lobby bar in the Iberostar Paraiso Maya, a resort in the complex where Abbey Conner, a 20-year-old Wisconsin woman, blacked out in a swimming pool and drowned in shallow water while on vacation with her family in January. Her brother; Austin, who was with her, has also passed out in the water. He said ABC News, “The bartender pours out a line of shots, and I take one, and everyone else does. And the last thing I remember was like we are right now, sitting here talking, and lights went out. And I woke up in the ambulance.”Αποτέλεσμα εικόνας για Mexico tourism is under threat, 10000 gallons of illegal alcohol seized
Details of a broader government crackdown on counterfeit alcohol are expected next month.
Mexican officials, according to ABC, have reported seizing 1.4 million gallons of tainted alcohol from Mexican businesses – including resorts, bars, warehouses, and manufacturers – over the last seven years.

Malaysian organizations support Sarawak’s Redefining Global Tribes Campaign

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Over a dozen organizations from all over Malaysia show their support to Sarawak’s boldest campaign, Redefining Global Tribes. Redefining Global Tribes, Sarawak’s latest global branding campaign, is issuing a challenge to Business Event (BE) planners and associations around the world to increase the impact of their events on their profession and economy, and change the very definition of how and why a Business Event is designed.
In this mission, Sarawak Convention Bureau (SCB) welcomes a carefully selected panel of partners who have the capability to redefine business events and which can light the path for associations, business event planners and industry media to venture down unconventional paths.
Taking place on 19th August, the We Are Global Tribes-Redefined Business Forum unites 100 decision makers from national and international associations, industry partners, government agencies, and media for a highly charged panel discussion on the correlation of global tribes and successful Business Events which can leave a legacy for Sarawak in the nation and the region.
The Business Forum is followed by the public event Tribal Warrior Challenge, which stages the celebration of Redefining Global Tribes 3-day familiarization (FAM) trip spearheaded by SCB to elevate the state’s appeal to international Business Events buyers.
Major sponsors include Borneo Tru Events, Qatar Airlines, Hilton Hotel Kuching, Pullman Kuching, CPH Travel Agency, Place Borneo, Evenesis (Y Us Sdn Bhd), and Intellect Asia.
The Redefining Global Tribes campaign also engages BESarawak partners such as destination management company Aiman Planet Borneo, UCSI Hotel, and event organisers Spiral Events and Event Horizon for offsite venues for the 4-day 3-nights familiarization (FAM) trip.
International associations such as the International Congress and Conventions Associations (ICCA) Asia Pacific rallied to join the campaign movement as well, with Regional Director Mr Noor Ahmad Hamid elected as the main facilitator for the "We Are the Global Tribes- Redefined Business Forum"; a deep dive into the significance of global Business Events tribes.
“What we have here today is a projection of a unified goal, backed by our sponsors and partners who understand the value of Business Events. Redefining Global Tribes is not a one-off campaign; the call for collaboration will be much more evident as we venture into the next decade of Business Events,” remarked Amelia Roziman, Chief Operating Officer of Sarawak Convention Bureau (SCB).
Commencing this Thursday 17th July, SCB will gather approximately 100 experts from national and international associations, academia, corporate, media, and convention ambassadors to be the pioneering batch of the State’s boldest branding campaign to date.
Ending August 20, the FAM trip also sets the scene to ignite the Tribal Warrior Challenge; an obstacle course race where the 100 experts will be participating in 5km Bizst Mode category.
Roziman explains the significance of an obstacle course race held during a FAM trip. “It is rather unusual, but we are always reinventing what Sarawak can offer for the Business Events sector. The 5km Bizst Mode reinforces the key values of tackling a challenge in life or business using the values of Unity, Community and Identity.”
“The nature of the challenge demonstrates the value of teamwork, and how the obstacles, as imposing as they may seem, can be overcome with a community of like-minded individuals,” concluded Roziman.

RJ launches new online premium services

AMMAN – Starting from August 16, Royal Jordanian Airlines will offer three online services to its guests, in order to enhance their travel experience at all stages.
The services which can be purchased through RJ website on rj.com, include Queen Alia International Airport crown lounge pass for economy class passengers “Lounge pass”, Crown class online bidding program “Go Crown”, onboard duty free service and online duty free purchases prior to the flight, through “Royal Boutique”.
Royal Jordanian President/CEO Stefan Pichler said that these services are another milestone to enhance the travel experience of all guests by offering unbundled and flexible services. “We at RJ will follow and listen to our guests and make our products available in a convenient way. Shopping RJ online saves time and effort. Our guests should be able to tailor their trip according to their needs.” 
“Go Crown” is an online bidding program that allows passengers holding confirmed economy class tickets to place a bid to upgrade to crown class with low prices in simple steps from the comfort of their home.
Economy class passengers can also electronically buy a voucher to access the Crown Lounge at Queen Alia International Airport for $39, accessing RJ’s website.
The “Lounge Pass” enables its holders to enjoy the Crown Lounge services three hours before their departure.
RJ also gives its arriving and departing guests the opportunity to electronically shop duty free branded products at “Royal Boutique” before their flights.
Royal Jordanian started providing the duty free on board sale service last year on most of its long- and medium-haul flights by cooperating with the DFASS International Group.

Qatar Airways to launch flights to Chiang Mai

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Qatar Airways will launch flights to Thailand’s beautiful Chiang Mai, its fourth destination in Thailand. The new route comes in addition to existing services to the Thai capital Bangkok, and to the top holiday destinations of Phuket and Krabi.
The new four-times weekly seasonal service will operate between Doha and Chiang Mai (CNX), using a wide-body aircraft, from December 2017 until May 2018.
Laid-back Chiang Mai offers a retreat from the hustle and bustle of Bangkok, and has been called the ‘Rose of the North’ in recognition of its calm vibe and lush setting. Nestled amid surrounding rainforest, Chiang Mai offers visitors an amazing authentic Thai experience, with scores of stunning temples, fabulous restaurants and incredible natural scenery.
Qatar Airways Group Chief Executive, His Excellency Mr. Akbar Al Baker, said: “Thailand continues to grow in popularity with holiday-makers and it’s not hard to see why. Our new flights to Chiang Mai mark our fourth route to this beautiful country, reflecting the demand from our customers for more high-quality leisure destinations.
“Our existing services to Phuket, Krabi and Bangkok are already incredibly popular, especially with customers from European countries such as the UK, France and Germany. Therefore, we are delighted to announce yet another destination, offering our renowned five-star service between Doha and Chiang Mai for leisure travellers. It also demonstrates our commitment to expand our reach with ambitious new routes around the world, taking our passengers to where they want to fly.”
Flight Schedule:
Doha – Chiang Mai (Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday, Sunday)
Doha (DOH) to Chiang Mai (CNX) QR822 departs 20:05 arrives 06:00 (+1) (Tue, Thu, Sat, Sun)
Chiang Mai (CNX) to Doha (DOH) QR823 departs 07:10 arrives 10:55 (Mon, Wed, Fri, Sun

Dubai Business Bay to welcome Crowne Plaza and InterContinental Residence Suites

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InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG®) has announced the signing two new properties in Dubai: Crowne Plaza® Dubai Business Bay and InterContinental Residence Suites Dubai Business Bay. Both properties are in partnership with API Hotels & Resorts, and their location in Dubai’s Business Bay area, the planned business capital of the region, is in line with IHG’s strategy to grow these brands in emerging business epicenters.
Expected to open in 2019, Crowne Plaza® Dubai Business Bay will be situated on the Business Bay Canal, near the Burj Khalifa and The Dubai Mall, as well as other developing commercial and residential communities. With 290 rooms and suites, the hotel will offer guests all day dining options, as well as a gym and an outdoor infinity pool. As a major draw for business bookers and travelers, Crowne Plaza Dubai Business Bay will include a ballroom as well as several meeting rooms to host conferences and events.
With proximity to the business hub and major tourist attractions in Dubai, Crowne Plaza® Dubai Business Bay and InterContinental Residence Suites Dubai Business Bay are located strategically to cater to both business and leisure travellers visiting the city.
The InterContinental Residence Suites Dubai Business Bay will be situated on the Business Bay canal extension of the Dubai Creek, across from the Crowne Plaza Dubai Business Bay. The area, currently under development as part of Marasi Business Bay, is an ideal location set to become one of Dubai’s most iconic areas featuring the region’s first purpose-built yachting destination, floating restaurants and cafes across 5 marinas, over 1250 berths, onshore boutiques and entertainment facilities. This waterfront property will serve as an ideal residence for those seeking a home in the heart of Dubai’s luxury lifestyle hub, in close proximity to business areas such as Dubai International Financial Centre and Business Bay’s commercial centers. It will offer 30 studios, 60 one bedroom, 60 two bedroom, and 10 three bedroom suites.

Gulf Air and Aegean Airlines ink Codeshare Agreement

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Gulf Air, the national carrier of the Kingdom of Bahrain, and Aegean Airlines, Greece's largest carrier, have entered into a codeshare partnership widening their respective networks across Europe and the Middle East.
Specifically, travelers can now codeshare on flights from Bahrain, via Athens, to and from the European cities of Brussels and Rome while travelers from Geneva, Milan and Vienna can now codeshare on flights, via Athens, to the Kingdom of Bahrain with Gulf Air.
Mr. Ahmed Janahi, Gulf Air Chief Commercial Officer, said, “Our commitment to strengthening Gulf Air’s network is reinforced with this codeshare agreement – allowing us to connect our passengers to popular destinations across Europe that extend beyond our network, while giving passengers from more cities in Europe the distinctive opportunity to visit the Kingdom of Bahrain while experiencing our unique product and service offering.”
“We are welcoming this new codeshare with Gulf Air and we strongly believe that the combined networks of our two carriers will offer our guests new travel opportunities not only between Greece and Bahrain, but also beyond,” stated Tassos Raftopoulos, Network Planning and Alliances Director of Aegean Airlines.
The national carrier operates a year-round direct four weekly service between Bahrain and the Greek capital in addition to operating double daily flights or more to ten regional cities across the GCC and MENA region – allowing passengers to easily and conveniently transit through Bahrain for seamless onwards travel across the Gulf Air network. Gulf Air flights can be booked online at gulfair.com.

PolicyGenius: Over 20% of U.S. says no amount is worth getting bumped from a flight

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NEW YORK - Airlines, take note: Just over one in five Americans (20.7%) say no amount of money - not even $10,000 - makes up for getting bumped from a flight, according to a new survey from PolicyGenius.com.
In light of all the recent airline horror stories, PolicyGenius, a digital insurance brokerage, asked people how much money it would take to make an involuntary bump worthwhile: $250, $500, $1,000, $2,000, $5,000, $10,000, or no amount.
Nearly half (49%) said they required between $2,000 and $10,000 to feel compensated for the inconvenience. About 70% said any amount below $2,000 wasn't worth the hassle.
"The results echo what we've watched play out in all the headlines over the past few months," Colin Lalley, staff writer at PolicyGenius, said. "Whether flying business or leisure, Americans of all stripes, income groups and regions just want to get on their flight."
In fact, people would rather sit next to a screaming baby on a plane: 13% said $250 would make up for all that crying, while just 4% said that same amount of money made up for getting forcibly bumped.
The aversion to bumping rang true across the income spectrum, for both business and leisure flights. The lowest and highest income groups polled were the two groups most likely to say no amount of compensation makes losing your seat worth it. In fact, the lowest income group was most likely to remain dissatisfied. Thirty-seven percent of those making under $35,000 said no amount is worth it -by far the highest polled- compared to 27% making over $200,000.
PolicyGenius commissioned Google Consumer Surveys to poll a nationally representative sample of 1,500 adults online from July 13 to July 15. The survey's margin of error is between 3% and 5%.

World’s Top 5 Most liveable cities unchanged in 2017, European cities affected by terrorism

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Melbourne, Australia

The Economist's liveability rankings for 2017 show that world’s top 5 most liveable urban centers are not changed. For the seventh consecutive year, Melbourne in Australia is the most liveable city, closely followed by the Austrian capital, Vienna.
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Vienna Austria
Only 0.1 percentage points separate the top two cities, and just 0.2 and 0.3 percentage points separate Canada’s Vancouver and Toronto (ranked 3rd and 4th, respectively), from Melbourne. Another Canadian city, Calgary, shares joint fifth place with Adelaide in Australia.
Although the top five cities remain unchanged, the past few years have seen increasing instability across the world, causing volatility in the scores of many cities. In Europe, cities have been affected by the spreading perceived threat of terrorism in the region. At the same time, this year cities such as Reykjavik, the capital of Iceland, and the Dutch capital, Amsterdam, have benefited from an increasing cultural availability and falling crime rates, enabling them to register improvements in living conditions.
Over the past six months 35 of the 140 cities surveyed have experienced changes in their ranking position. This rises to 44 cities, or about one-third of the total number surveyed, when looking at changes over the past 12 months. Overall, the survey shows a higher incidence of positive index movements. In fact, of the 17 cities with an index movement since last year, 12 have seen an improvement in their score, reflecting positive developments in other categories, despite heightened threats of terrorism or unrest with which cities around the world continue to grapple.
Violent acts of terrorism have been reported in many countries, including Australia, Bangladesh, Belgium, France, Pakistan, Sweden, Turkey, the UK and the US. While not a new phenomenon, the frequency and spread of terrorism have increased noticeably and become even more prominent.
On the flip side, however, cities moving up the ranking are located largely in countries that have enjoyed periods of relative stability after previously reported falls in liveability. These include, for example, Kiev in Ukraine, Tripoli in Libya and Colombo in Sri Lanka. Unfortunately, the improvements have been marginal and have not seen liveability recover from previous levels or resulted in large shifts up the ranking. Amsterdam, Reykjavik, Budapest, Singapore and Montevideo are among those that have seen both their ranks improve. In total, there are 12 cities with scores that have improved over the past 12 months, up from seven.
Overall, the global average liveability score has fallen by 0.8% to 74.8% over the past five years. Weakening stability has been a key factor in driving this decrease. The average global stability score has fallen by 2% over the past five years, from 73.4% in 2012 to 71.4% now.
Over five years, 95 of the 140 cities surveyed have seen some change in their overall liveability scores. Of these cities, an overwhelming 66 have seen declines in liveability, but there is a silver lining, as this number is actually down from 69 just six months ago. Two cities in particular, Damascus in Syria and Kiev, have seen significant declines of 16 and 21 percentage points respectively, illustrating that conflict is, unsurprisingly, the key factor in undermining wider liveability.
Although the most liveable cities in the world remain largely unchanged, there has been movement within the top tier of liveability. Of the 65 cities with scores of 80 or more, six have seen a change in score in the past 12 months. While most cities in the top tier have registered an improvement in their scores, two of them, Manchester in the UK and Stockholm in Sweden, have seen their scores decline as a result of recent, high-profile terrorist attacks.
Over the past few years several US cities have registered declines in their scores. This stems in part from unrest related to a number of deaths of black people at the hands of police officers. In addition, the country has seen protests held in response to President Trump’s policies and executive orders.
Sydney in Australia is another city that has seen a decline in its ranking, reflecting growing concerns over possible terror attacks in the past three years. Sydney now ranks outside the top ten most liveable cities, at number 11, down from seventh place just over a year ago.
The ten most liveable cities
CountryCityRankOverall Rating (100=ideal)StabilityHealthcareCulture & EnvironmentEducationInfrastructure
New ZealandAuckland895.79595.89710092.9
The ten least liveable cities
CountryCityRankOverall Rating (100=ideal)StabilityHealthcareCulture & EnvironmentEducationInfrastructure
PNGPort Moresby13639.63037.5475039.3
Global business centres tend to be victims of their own success. The “big city buzz” that they enjoy can overstretch infrastructure and cause higher crime rates. New York, London, Paris and Tokyo are all prestigious hubs with a wealth of recreational activities, but all suffer from higher levels of crime, congestion and public transport problems than are deemed comfortable. The question is how much wages, the cost of living and personal taste for a location can offset liveability factors. Although global centres fare less well in the ranking than mid-sized cities, for example, they still sit within the highest tier of liveability and should therefore be considered broadly comparable, especially when contrasted with the worst-scoring locations.