🌍 Episode #3 – Sustainability, Innovation & the Upscale and Lifestyle Sector

In this episode we discuss innovation in hospitality, the road to sustainability and also the luxury sector. This episode's interview is with Denis Hüttig who is the Vice President Upscale Steigenberger Hotels & Resorts, Jaz in the City and the new brand - House of Beats.

Orient Express revival to run between Paris and Istanbul in time for 2024 Olympics

Almost 140 years after the first Orient Express luxury trains changed rail travel forever, the legend continues. The Orient Express has announced the return of its iconic and luxury trains running between France and Turkey. The rail company is reviving the Istanbul to Paris luxury service by reinterpreting the decor of the Nostalgie Istanbul Orient…

YUCATAN TURNS 2022/2023 INTO ITS “YEAR OF GASTRONOMY”

Yucatan’s Ministry of Tourism has launched a new campaign aiming to increase awareness of its traditional cuisine, an important part of its tourism offering. The state of Yucatan's Ministry of Tourism (SEFOTUR) has launched a new campaign aiming to increase awareness of the state's culinary offering, rich cultural history, and modern gastronomy as an important…

BELFAST AIMS TO REBUILD TOURISM SECTOR TO ABOVE PRE-PANDEMIC LEVELS BY 2025

Visit Belfast, the Belfast City Region’s destination management and marketing organisation, has raised its growth target for 2022, promising an economic return for Belfast of £97m for the year, after the pandemic period. Belfast’s tourism sector in Northern Ireland expects to enjoy strong growth in 2022, buoyed by a steady and sustained rise in consumer…

THE 19TH MEDITERRANEAN GAMES CREATE NEW TOURISM OPPORTUNITIES FOR ORAN

The 19th Mediterranean Games are taking place from June 25 to July 6 in Oran, Algeria's second largest city. While the competition is watched by all the participating Mediterranean countries, the city of Oran is also reaping the benefits of playing host to this major sport event thanks to a new improved city infrastructure. For…

IHG TEAMS UP WITH TRADEWINDS CORP TO EXPAND LUXURY PORTFOLIO IN MALAYSIA

IHG Hotels & Resorts is joining forces with Tradewinds Corp to expand its luxury and lifestyle portfolio in Malaysia with the development of the InterContinental Penang Resort. Opening in 2025, the company plans to revamp the former Penang Mutiara Beach Resort at Teluk Bahang and transform it into an IHG-branded luxury beach resort. IHG’s Vice…

KUONI TUMLARE PARTNERS WITH SWITZERLAND TOURISM TO PROMOTE ‘SWISSTAINABLE’ TOURISM INITIATIVE

Travel group Kuoni Tumlare has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Switzerland Tourism aimed at the development and worldwide distribution of eco-friendly products under the country's 'Swisstainable' tourism initiative. In a fast-paced and ever-changing world where new trends and customers preferences emerge, the partnership between Kuoni Tumlare and Switzerland Touri reflects a commitment to…

SINGAPORE AIRLINES’ SPECTACULAR REVAMP OF LOUNGES AT CHANGI TERMINAL 3

May 31, 2022 marked the reopening of all Singapore Airlines lounges at Changi International Airport. With many innovative products and services as well as bigger facilities. Singapore Airlines' famed excellence in service is also reflected on the ground of its main hub of Changi in Singapore, of which lounges play a huge part. This is…

COSTA GROUP ESTABLISHES DECARBONISATION DEPARTMENT TO HIT ZERO EMISSION GOAL

Costa Group, part of the Carnival Corporation & plc, has announced the creation of a dedicated decarbonisation department within its Carnival Maritime unit based in Hamburg. The launch of this new department the company, which is behind the Costa Cruises and AIDA Cruises brands, aims to focus on its goal of zero emission cruising. The newly…

SENSEI TO OPEN ‘SPECTACULAR’ NEW WELLNESS RESORT IN CALIFORNIA

Sensei the leading wellness hospitality brand, has announced plans to launch its second retreat, Sensei Porcupine Creek in California. The company is known for leveraging technology to benefit health and delivering innovative evidenced-led wellness programme in breathtaking natural settings. The new Sensei Porcupine Creek retreat is a 93-ha ultra-luxury estate, nestled against the Santa Rosa…

HYATT APPOINTS JAVIER AGUILA AS NEW CEO FOR EUROPE AND THE MIDDLE-EAST

Javier Aguila has been named as the new CEO in charge of Europe and the Middle East for Hyatt. Javier Águila has also been appointed as the company's incoming group president EAME, following the planned retirement of Peter Fulton after an impressive 39-year career at Hyatt. Águila will officially assume the role in the next…

SKILLS DEVELOPMENT FUND INVESTS IN TANZANIA’S CULTURAL TOURISM WITH TRAINING PROGRAMMES FOR YOUNG PEOPLE

Tanzania is one country that is reaping the benefits of cultural tourism. Everything from local customs and traditions to cuisine and other cultural events have been highlighted as major draws for travellers around the world. The tourism industry is noted as being one of six priority sectors to receive grants from the Skills Development Fund,…

THAILAND REMOVES LAST HURDLES FOR FOREIGN TRAVELLERS

Thailand is gearing up to remove the last of the travel restrictions put in place for international travellers during the Covid-19 crisis, in a bid to boost the country's tourism sector. Thailand’s Centre of Covid-19 Situation Administration (CCSA) has approved the removal of the Thailand Pass registration scheme and an US$10,000 health insurance requirement for…
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