YUCATAN AIMS FOR NEW “BEST YEAR EVER”

After a tough year for the Mexican state of Yucatan in 2020, the state's Minister of Tourism, Michelle Fridman, is aiming for a repeat of 2019 - the best year ever for visitor numbers to the destination.

NEW DATES ANNOUNCED FOR WORLD FORUM ON GASTRONOMY TOURISM IN BELGIUM

The UNWTO, Basque Culinary Centre, VisitFlanders and the city of Bruges have announced new dates for the 6th UNWTO World Forum on Gastronomy Tourism. This year, with the theme “Gastronomy Tourism: Promoting Rural Tourism and Regional Development”, the Forum will take place 31 October – 2 November 2021 in Bruges, Belgium. The Forum has been co-organised …

VIETNAM’S FUSION GROUP ACQUIRES GLOW HOTELS & RESORTS

Fusion Hotels & Resorts, one of Vietnam’s most recognised domestic hotel chains, has acquired Thai-based Glow Hotels & Resorts.

ISTANBUL CONVENTION & VISITORS BUREAU SIGNS STRATEGIC DEAL WITH TRIPADVISOR

The Istanbul Convention and Visitors Bureau has signed a partnership agreement to manage Istanbul’s official promotion pages on TripAdvisor for a year.

PATA SAYS RECOVERY BRIGHT SPOTS WILL EMERGE IN 2022

Revised mid-year data from the Pacific Asia Travel Association projects a hard year ahead for 2021, with recovery occurring in 2022.

WIZZ AIR GROWS ITS ABU DHABI BASE

After less than 6 months' operation out of its new Abu Dhabi hub, the Hungarian low-cost carrier Wizz Air is already flying to 24 destinations from the Emirate, adding three to five new destinations almost every month.

AND… ACTION!… CULT MOVIES INSPIRE NEW TOURISM ROUTE IN TUNISIA

Tunisia has long been a favourite destination for filmmakers with spectacular landscapes, old cities and reasonable costs when it comes to making movies. Many box-office hits were born in Tunisia and the country now aims to capitalise on their value for tourism.

NEW PUBLIC BODY FOR UK RAILWAYS

Almost 30 years after privatising its entire railways network, Britain is reversing its decision and will put all rail activity under one new public body: Great British Railways.

CHINA INVITES VISITORS TO CELEBRATE COMMUNIST PARTY CENTENARY

China is launching major celebrations for the 100th anniversary of the Communist Party which will officially take place on July 1. The celebration will mostly target domestic travellers, as the country remains firmly closed to the rest of the world.

CYPRUS: EUROPE’S NEXT MEDICAL TOURISM DESTINATION?

Medical, wellness and rehabilitation health travel are now pegged to be pillars of Cyprus's National Tourism Strategy 2017-2030.

FRENCH ECOLOGY MINISTER VISITS SOLAR RESTAURANT

France’s Minister of Ecological Transition has paid an official visit to Europe’s first “solar restaurant”, situated in Marseille.

ACCOR LAUNCHES “UNVEIL THE WORLD” CAMPAIGN

Accor has announced its “Unveil the World” campaign – a celebration of the return to travel, the approach of summer, and the joy of great hotel stays.

DISNEY’S MAGIC RETURNS TO PARIS

Europe's most famous entertainment park, Disneyland Paris, reopens its doors to the public from June 17. A limited number of daily guests, strict health safety measures, flexible booking, a re-themed Hotel New York and new attractions are on the menu.

ATLANTIS DUBAI LAUNCHES NEW ONLINE TRADE RESOURCE

Atlantis, Dubai is bolstering supporting for trade partners, with the destination resorts’ first dedicated online resource page.

FIRST OVERWATER BUNGALOWS IN NEW CALEDONIA

DoubleTree by Hilton Ilot Maitre Resort has just opened, featuring the only overwater bungalows in New Caledonia. The resort is surrounded by a 200-hectare marine reserve in a UNESCO world heritage site.

CALAIS UPGRADES PORT FACILITIES FOR UK-EUROPE TRAVEL

Northern France's largest project to date is a brand new port infrastructure in the city of Calais across the Channel Sea, set to help welcome more travellers between Continental Europe and the UK. The port is currently in a test phase before its official opening to the public next October.