MARKET RECOVERY FORECAST BY 2023

Despite a massive decline in travel in 2020, new research from ITB Berlin NOW and Statista highlights that there are signs of a market recovery by 2023.

AIRLINES PREPARE FOR NEW U.S. COVID-19 TESTING REQUIREMENTS

Beginning Tuesday, 26 January, international travellers to the United States will be required to provide proof of a negative COVID-19 test within three calendar days of departure. Major airlines are responding by introducing and expanding mobile health passports that offer an easy way to provide results from a negative test and other COVID-19 required documents.  …

EUROPEANS INCREASINGLY EAGER TO TRAVEL IN SPRING 2021

Europeans are increasingly interested in travelling during the second quarter of 2021, according to a new report published by the European Travel Commission.

WHAT IS THE #NEWLUXURY IN TOURISM?

Business class or—better yet—first class? Will four stars do? Or will only five stars make the cut? Questions such as these have dominated debates over what constitutes “luxury” in tourism. But in this day and age, our focus has shifted to a completely different topic. “During the pandemic, carefree travelling in and of itself has …

PRESS SERVICES OUTLINED FOR ITB BERLIN NOW

Organisers of ITB Berlin Now, the virtual edition of the global travel trade show, are set to welcome thousands of journalists and bloggers from around the world.

“TRAVEL INSIGHTS WITH GOOGLE”: A TOOL FOR B2B RECOVERY

Google has launched a new tool, Travel Insights with Google, which aims to provide data about consumer demand trends.

NEW ATTRACTIONS MAKE BERLIN EVEN MORE EXCITING IN 2021

Covid-19 or not, Berlin has recently seen a whole bunch of new openings when it comes to attractions and transport infrastructure. From the former Royal Castle to the brand-new airport, from a new underground line to the reopening of the renovated New National Gallery, Berlin will be an attractive destination for tourists in 2021. Much …

BERLIN’S WE LOVE TRAVEL! EVENT OFFERS VITAL NETWORKING POSSIBILITIES

From 16 to 18 October, 90 exhibitors and more than 75 speakers appeared before an online audience of travel industry professionals and the general public in a live event centred in the German capital. Presentations and discussion rounds were live-streamed from Arena Berlin. Selected presentations for B2B visitors are available for free replay at itb.com/virtualcovention.  The show, jointly organised by ITB …

UK CLOSES ALL TRAVEL CORRIDORS UNTIL AT LEAST MID-FEBRUARY

All UK travel corridors, which allow arrivals from some countries to avoid having to quarantine, have now closed.

SAUDI ARABIA LAUNCHES MAJOR TOURISM CAMPAIGN

The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has launched a major tourism TV ad campaign hot on the heels of an announcement that the nation will lift travel restrictions and allow the resumption of international flights from March 31.

INDIA PAINTS ITS BEACHES BLUE

India is increasingly showing commitment to becoming a sustainable, environmentally-friendly tourism destination. The country worked hard to win the iconic “blue flag” certification for its beaches. For the first time, eight Indian beaches have received the coveted status, proving their dedication to a safe and sustainable environment. Managed by the Foundation for Environmental Education in …

HYBRID EVENTS SET TO DRIVE MEETINGS MARKET

As the meetings and incentive industry projects a slow comeback, 70% of event professionals believe hybrid events will be crucial to the future of meetings, according to recent research by the Meeting Professionals International Foundation. This is creating a new paradigm for the hotel industry. For its part, to address this shift in customer demand, …

WTTC RELEASES GUIDELINES FOR MENTAL HEALTH

There is no doubt about it. The Covid-19 crisis is taking a toll not only on business, but also on morale. To this end, the World Travel and Tourism Council has just released a set of “mental health guidelines for the Travel & Tourism sector”. Compiled to support businesses of all sizes to support the mental health of …

FIRST FOR NEW CHINESE PASSENGER JET WITH NEW AIRLINE

For the first time, a Chinese-manufactured 90-seat passenger jet has been placed in service… and this, by a brand new airline. OTT Airlines, a newly-founded subsidiary business run by China Eastern Airlines, finished its maiden flight from Shanghai to Beijing on Monday 28 December. The new airline was launched by China Eastern in February 2020, with an aim to …

MALLORCA FIRST IN EUROPE TO GAIN UNWTO.QUEST CERTIFICATION

The World Tourism Organisation has awarded its UNWTO.QUEST Certification in Europe for the first time… to the Mallorca Tourist Board. The international benchmark was created to enhance and recognise excellence and quality in the three key performance areas at the DMO level: strategic leadership, effective execution and efficient governance. Mallorca’s tourism board, a UNWTO Affiliate …