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20@EXPO 2020 – MAKING EXPO DUBAI 2020 TWENTY TIMES MORE EXCITING

Expo 2020 Dubai is just around the corner… opening its gates on the 1st October 2021. And in order to allow visitors make the most of their stay, the event's organizers have produced a series of “20@Expo2020” tips and ideas for attending the show, as well as getting around Dubai. World Expos are the world’s…

FURTHER EXPANSION IN GERMANY FOR HILTON WITH MAJOR CONVERSION OF LUXURIOUS HEIDELBERG HOTEL

Opening next year, Hilton Heidelberg is set to become Hilton’s latest upscale conversion in Germany. The 244-room property, owned by Invesco Real Estate, will undergo a major refurbishment before welcoming guests in Summer 2022. Patrick Fitzgibbon, senior vice president, development, EMEA, Hilton said, “Hilton Heidelberg is an exciting addition to our growing portfolio in Germany and builds on the…

LUMO 100% ELECTRIC LOW-COST TRAINS SOON TO ARRIVE IN UK

With the task of undercutting fares set by low-cost carriers on domestic air routes, First Group plc plans to launch train services under the brand Lumo between London and Edinburgh with fares starting as low as £14.90 one way... A new, 100% electric rail service is to start running between London and Edinburgh from October with fares…

“DRIVE TOURISM STRATEGY” ANNOUNCED IN SPECTACULAR NORTHERN TERRITORY

Australia's Northern Territory Government has unveiled a ten year “Drive Tourism” strategy to position the Territory as the perfect destination for a road trip. The Northern Territory boasts a plethora of road trip options to suit both adventurous 4WD enthusiasts and motorists who prefer sealed roads. “The Northern Territory is home to beautiful wide-open spaces…

EAST AFRICA TOURISM LAUNCHES NEW TOURISM CAMPAIGN

The East Africa Tourism Platform (EATP) has announced a three-month campaign dubbed "TembeaNyumbani" designed to lure travellers from East African Community (EAC) Partner States. "TembeaNyumbani" means in Swahili language " Visit Home". It is a call to the citizens of the countries in the East African Community to visit each other's countries — in an…

AFRICA’S TOURISM LEADERS IDENTIFY INVESTMENTS AS KEY TO SUSTAINABLE RECOVERY

The African Members of the World Tourism Organisation have met in Cabo Verde to strengthen their cooperation and advance plans for recovery and sustainable growth. The 64th meeting of the UNWTO Regional Commission for Africa (CAF) saw 23 countries represented on the island of Sal, with 21 Ministers of Tourism joining five Ambassadors for the…

SKELLEFTEA, SWEDEN’S NEW “MUST VISIT” DESTINATION

Skellefteå in Northern Sweden is gaining fame in the tourism world. It is home to the tallest skyscraper made of wood which includes a hotel, a theatre, a museum and an art gallery. Is it Sweden's newest tourism jewel? The Swedish city of Skellefteå, in Lapland is likely to have its time of glory from…

THAILAND REOPENING STEP-BY-STEP

After opening the Phuket Sandbox and the Samui Plus Programmes respectively at the end of June and in July, the Thai government seems committed to further opening up the country in October. Bangkok, Chonburi (Pattaya), Hua Hin and Chiang Mai are on the list before opening other provinces a month later. Will the much expected…

BARBADOS TOURISM BOUNCES BACK

Barbados recorded over 10,000 air passenger arrivals in July, after months of being hard-hit by the Covid pandemic.  For the first time since December 2020, Barbados Tourism Marketing Inc. says the local tourism industry recorded 10,819 international travellers to the Island in July. This corresponds to a growth of 166% or the equivalent of 6,745…

HABI, HILOT AND HALAL… THE PHILIPPINES ANNOUNCE A TOURISM PARADIGM SHIFT

As tourism is preparing to restart in the Philippines, the nation’s leaders have been honing a detailed roadmap aiming to help the industry recover. The Government is preparing internal destinations towards more sustainable, inclusive and resilient tourism by providing support through product development, capacity-building, and fiscal assistance. To get the latest on the situation, and how the nation…

H.C. ANDERSON HOUSE IN ODENSE – A FABULOUS NEW FAIRY-TALE-LIKE ATTRACTION

The city of Odense in Denmark is known as the birth place of Denmark's most famous writer, Hans Christian Andersen. Opened in summer, the HC Andersen House is more than just about telling the story of the writer's life and work. Since June, the HC Andersen House has begun to make itself known as the…

PATA UNVEILS 8-POINT PLAN FOR TOURISM RECOVERY

The CEO of the Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA), Liz Ortiguera, highlights how PATA is engaged in a strategy for the recovery in the travel industry. First elected Asian female CEO of the Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA). Liz Ortiguera took up her position in May. Her immediate task is to drive the Asia-Pacific tourism…

DID SPAIN’S TOURISM TURN THE CORNER IN JULY?

For the first time since the start of the pandemic in 2020, according to Spain's institute of statistics, the nation recorded a total of 4.4 million travellers in July. This was an increase of 78.8% compared to July 2020. However, in accumulated data for the first seven months of the year, total tourist arrivals were…
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