EU PARLIAMENT VOTES ON “EU COVID-19 CERTIFICATES”

The European Parliament has voted in favour of a COVID-19 certificate to allow free movements for EU citizens and visitors.

AUSTRALIAN WINE TOURISM TO BENEFIT FROM NEW ONLINE PRESENCE

Wine Australia says its €576,000 investment in the Australian Tourism Data Warehouse (ATDW), will make it easier to market wine tourism experiences online and expand customer reach.

MARRIOTT GOES ONE STEP FURTHER WITH CONTACTLESS TECHNOLOGIES

Marriott International has announced the debut of a pilot programme for contactless arrival kiosks at several select-service hotels, as well as the launch of a proof-of-concept for contactless grab-and-go marketplaces at two Fairfield by Marriott hotels.

MALTA SET TO BOOST MICE MARKET WITH NEW INCENTIVE PROGRAMME

Malta Tourism Authority (MTA) has launched an incentive programme for MICE organisers for events held in Malta, with a grant of up to €150 per event participant.

PUBLIC SET TO RETURN TO STADIUMS IN FRANCE ON MAY 19

After several months of strict confinement and curfews, the French government has said that there is light at the end of the tunnel in a de-escalation that directly affects football.

SUSTAINABILITY AT HEART OF UNESCO WORLD HERITAGE SITES GERMAN CONFERENCE

While the 46 sites inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List in Germany have been closed for six months, the association managing the nation's sites is preparing for a rapid reopening.

VIRTUOSO UNDERLINES “THE CONSCIOUS COMEBACK”

The luxury travel network Virtuoso has released the results of a survey highlighting how some of the world’s most discerning travellers view sustainable tourism.

VIRGIN ATLANTIC BEGINS LIVE TRIAL OF IATA TRAVEL PASS

Virgin Atlantic has started live trials of IATA’s Travel Pass certification app. The one-month trial began on Friday, April 23 on services between Heathrow and Barbados and is the first to be run by a UK airline. Passengers on the route are invited to download the Travel Pass app, which is designed to store COVID-19 …

YOGA OR DIVING IN GREECE? AMORGOS REVEALS ITS SECRETS

Amorgos is certainly less known than Naxos or Kos among the Cyclades Islands in Greece. Its "best kept secret" status is turning into an asset as the island has retained its authenticity and relaxed pace of life.

EUROPEAN FOOTBALL SET TO WELCOME FANS BACK INTO STADIUMS AHEAD OF EURO 2020

UEFA has announced that all 11 EURO 2020 host cities will welcome fans back to the stadium for the matches this northern summer, with stadiums running at varying capacities, depending on state regulations.

UZBEKISTAN PLANNING A COMEBACK ON THE WORLD TOURISM STAGE

The easing of travel restrictions from the middle of March could help relaunch Uzbekistan as a must-see destination along the Silk Road. Although efforts for promotion have been delayed, the government remains committed to reaching a target of close to 12 million international travellers annually by the middle of the decade. Since 2019, Uzbekistan has …

UNWTO / IATA DESTINATION TRACKER SET TO RESTORE CONFIDENCE

UNWTO and IATA have announced a Destination Tracker in preparation for the restart of international travel.

TAHITI ABOLISHES QUARANTINE FOR IMMUNE TRAVELLERS FROM FRANCE, E.U. & U.S.

The French Polynesian government has announced it will implement lighter entry conditions for travellers from France, the European Union and the United States vaccinated or immunised against COVID-19, from May 1, 2021. The Islands of Tahiti have largely succeeded in controlling the pandemic. Between January 1 and April 25, the number of positive cases remained relatively …

IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF ARGENTINA’S JESUITS

Although Argentina is best known for its wild spaces or the vibrancy of Buenos Aires, national tourism authorities are boosting the promotion of a lesser-known aspect of the country: Jesuit missions are an excellent way to take travellers back to the time of the Conquistadores.

WTTC GLOBAL SUMMIT IN CANCUN: UNITING THE WORLD FOR RECOVERY

The 20th WTTC summit is under way in Cancun, this year taking place in a hybrid format.