JDV BY HYATT ARRIVES IN CANADA

Hyatt Hotels Corporation has expanded its JdV by Hyatt brand into Canada with The Anndore House in Toronto joining the brand, and plans for The Walper Hotel in Kitchener, Ontario, to join the brand later this year.  Scott Richer, Hyatt’s Regional Vice President of Real Estate and Development, said: “We are thrilled to introduce the …

SABRE INTRODUCES THE NEXT GENERATION OF AIR SHOPPING

An industry first that makes it easier to comparison-shop increasingly complex airline offers in the indirect channel has been introduced by Sabre.

ITB INDIA VIRTUAL CLOCKS-UP 9,500 BUSINESS APPOINTMENTS

With more than 400 buyers from MICE, corporate and leisure sectors and 150 international sponsors and exhibitors, the inaugural ITB India has been heralded as a resounding success.

STRASBOURG PROMOTES DIGITAL AND HYBRID EVENTS

The Strasbourg Convention Bureau is actively seeking companies that plan to organise hybrid events. Until being able to welcome face-to-face events again, the Alsatian capital is developing a wide range of digital solutions for the organisation of meetings or team building operations. Strasbourg is France’s third largest congress city and it has been affected like …

COVID IMMUNITY GIVES NEW HOPE FOR ISRAEL’S TOURISM INDUSTRY

By the end of March, Israel had already vaccinated over 80% of its total population of over nine million inhabitants. The immunity target has thus already been reached and the nation is now working on a third vaccination jab to strengthen its population immunity. Safety for Israeli locals means restrictions have already been lifted for …

US TRAVEL INDUSTRY REACTS TO NEW COVID-19 TRAVEL GUIDANCE

The United States travel industry has welcome new Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidance, which it said will substantially relax restrictions on travel for people who have been fully vaccinated against COVID-19. The agency said fully vaccinated travellers with an FDA-authorised vaccine can travel safely within the United States and do not need …

PERTH GOES ON A MICE HUNT

Business Events Perth is promoting the benefits of Western Australia as a new motor of the MICE industry in Australia and indeed the entire APAC region. In an interview during ITB India, we asked the organisation's Chief Executive Officer, Gareth Martin, what their key message is to the industry.

GASTRONOMY AND INNOVATION GO HAND-IN-HAND FOR FLANDERS

Food and good taste are part of the DNA of the Flanders region in Belgium. Over the past decade Flanders’ Tourism players have increasingly capitalised on food trails and themes. The region promotes tours of small-scale microbreweries or of local chocolate makers who are redefining the art of praline. For the travel trade, Flanders Tourism …

NEW DIRECTOR GENERAL FOR IATA

On April 1, 2021, Willie Walsh took on the role of IATA Director General, replacing Alexandre de Juniac, who was at the helm of the organisation since 2016.

BERLIN CONVENTION BUREAU PREPARES FOR THE RETURN OF MICE

It looks like Berlin may well return to some semblance of normality before the end of the year when it comes to MICE. This is according to Marco Oelschlegel, Head of Berlin Convention Bureau, who spoke to us following a successful pilot MICE event organised at the end of March. We asked Mr Oelschlegel why …

25% OF AUSTRALIA’S HALF-PRICE FLIGHTS SELL ON FIRST DAY

Virgin Australia is thoughts to have recorded its highest number of bookings in one day since before the pandemic began, while Qantas and Jetstar recorded 130,000 bookings in under 12 hours, following the release of the Australian federal government’s half-price flights programme.

JORDAN TO CREATE “GOLDEN ZONE” FOR VACCINATED TRAVELLERS

Jordan is planning to create a virus-free “golden zone” for tourists that will include Wadi Rum, Petra and the Dead Sea. Minister of Communications and Media Affairs Sakher Dudin said: “We are working with all partners to ensure the implementation of unified regional protocols to ensure the safety and ease of movement of tourists and …

THE COVID-19 EFFECT ON SPORTS EVENTS CHANGING OVER TIME

While the global pandemic has had a significant impact on sporting events, as the recovery starts, countries are opting either to exclude spectators, welcome limited capacities, or, in the case of some sports, carry on as normal.

AUSTRIA’S SMART TOURISM AWARD FOSTERS INNOVATION

A challenge for many in the tourism industry is just how to monitor the flow of visitors. Companies or destinations ask themselves questions such as: Where do the guests of my region come from and which attractions do they visit? Which visitor groups did we lose due to travel restrictions, and which did we win …