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MOSCOW LEADS THE WAY – UNDERLINING HOSPITALITY AS ITS KEY ASSET

If Moscow was named as Europe’s Leading City Destination 2021 at the recent World Travel Awards, one of the key reasons for the selection is the city's globally renowned hospitality. A modern metropolis with almost 900-years’ history, Moscow offers the visitor a huge variety of attractions: historical sights, cuisine from all around the world, cultural…

SPOTLIGHTING EXPO 2020 DUBAI’S “STAND-OUT” PAVILIONS

With 192 countries represented at Expo 2020 Dubai, each with its own pavilion, the choice is mind-boggling. For this reason, most international tour operators are recommending that those attending the event should plan ample time to visit the huge array of displays. Each pavilion is exceptional in its design and concept, but it’s true to…

PETRA IN JORDAN SEES HORSE CARTS REPLACED BY E-BUGGIES

Jordan's iconic destination Petra is seeing its horse carts being replaced by a fleet of new electric vehicles to drive tourists, for the well-being of animals and much to the relief of animal-rights groups. The ancient city of Petra is one of Jordan's most attractive destinations for travellers. Located 262 km south of Amman, it…

JAMAICA ESTABLISHES GASTRONOMIC TOURISM CORRIDORS IN KINGSTON

Jamaica's Tourism Minister, Hon. Edmund Bartlett has announced that his Ministry will establish Gastronomy Tourism Corridors in select areas in Kingston to leverage Jamaica’s culinary tourism offerings and bolster Kingston’s position as a premier tourist destination. Minister Bartlett made the announcement during the recent Jamaica Food and Drink Kitchen in Kingston. “We want to establish…

HOW VIRTUAL TOURISM IS BECOMING A VIRTUAL REALITY

Virtual reality has had something of a fall and rise over the last decade. Reports and articles published at the end of the 2010s speculated that early demo headsets, muted consumer interest, and a perceived lack of applications meant that the implementation of VR and AR across key industries such as gaming, health and commerce…

QATAR AIRWAYS UNVEILS WORLD CUP 2022 PACKAGES

Qatar Airways has released a sophisticated selection of all-inclusive packages for sports fans travelling to the FIFA World Cup 2022 in Qatar. Flexible booking services allow supporters to pick their team at the checkout or at a later date with a full refund option available. Packages include official match tickets, return flights and hotels with…

IRELAND’S INVESTED IMPORTANCE IN NORTH AMERICA

Ireland’s influence on North America is widely-known and storied. However, with travel and tourism disrupted by the global pandemic, key minds at Tourism Ireland have ensured they made the right decisions to keep Ireland relevant and popular to North American audiences. As reported by LTA, US luxury travel advisors have kept Ireland as a key…

BERLIN VISITORS TO ENJOY NEW EXPERIENCES IN 2022

"Rediscover Berlin. Because Berlin loves you!" The friendly plea comes from the CEO of Visit Berlin, Burkhard Kieker. "Berlin's DNA is a tradition of tolerance, freedom, lifestyle, talents, history and openness. All of them are strong elements in our appeal to world travellers," he says. On August 8, the city gave a strong message to…

ISRAEL FURTHER RELAXES ENTRANCE RULES

Following on from Israel’s reopening to vaccinated tourists at the beginning of November, the state has issued a statement saying it will also accept a certain number of “unprotected” tourist groups. The “plan for the entry of unprotected tourist groups into Israel”, effective November 9, pertains to travellers who have been double-vaccinated more than 6…

TASHKENT TO HOST 2025 ASIAN YOUTH PARALYMPIC GAMES

Tashkent is due to host the Asian Youth Paralympic Games in 2025. It will succeed Bahrain which will host the Games this year, welcoming some 800 athletes this coming December. The decision was made by the Executive Board of the Asian Paralympic Committee following a bid process that saw a number of National Paralympic Committees…

IATA: TOWARDS NET ZERO

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) has welcomed commitments towards strengthening climate action made at COP26. Representing 83% of global air traffic, the organisation has also called for practical and effective government policies to support global efforts to decarbonise aviation. “Airlines are on the pathway to net-zero carbon emissions, in line with the Paris agreement.…

ADVENTURE TRAVEL ON THE RISE IN 2021

Travel companies have reported an uplift in adventure tourism with 22% of businesses already expecting to beat pre-pandemic levels in 2021, according to new research. A study from the Adventure Travel Trade Association (ATTA) found 70% of firms have seen a boost in demand for domestic travel and 64% have seen an improvement for international…

GUTSY GIRLS TAKE TO THE SLOPES

UK-based travel agency and events organiser, Gutsy Girls, has announced its winter programme set to capture the market for women-only travel. The adventure-centred TA hosts a wide range of all-female events including weekend retreats and active holidays. Activities include standup paddle boarding in London, surf lessons in Portugal, mountain hiking in Croatia and cross-country skiing…

CZECH RAILWAYS SET TO DEVELOP 666 KM HIGH-SPEED RAIL NETWORK

Czech Railways should provide 666 km of high-speed rail tracks by 2040. The first high-speed lines are due to open around 2027/2028, linking Pilsen to the German border as well as Prague to Dresden. A second rail line is due to link Prague to Brno and Brno to Ostrava/Poland. Czech Railways see their future in…
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