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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…

NEW SAUDI AIRLINE PLAN TAKES AIM AT EMIRATES AND QATAR AIRWAYS

Saudi Arabia plans to target international transit passenger traffic with a new national airline, going head-to-head with Gulf giants Emirates and Qatar Airways and opening up a new front in simmering regional competition. Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, who is pushing economic diversification to wean Saudi Arabia off oil revenues and create jobs, has announced…

THAILAND REOPENS WITH “SANDBOX PHUKET” PROJECT

Sandbox Phuket is the name Thai authorities have given to the tentative scheme of reopening Thailand, step by step, to international tourists. The Phuket experience started on July 1. More destinations such as Samui Island and Koh Chang could follow. It took over six months for the Thai government, regional authorities, the private and public…

€1.2 BILLION TO TURN LAUSANNE INTO A MAJOR EUROPEAN RAIL HUB

By 2030, Lausanne train station will have become one of Switzerland's most important rail hubs. A 1.3 billion CHF investment (approx. €1.2bn) will help cope with an expected doubling of train and station traffic by 2030 in Lausanne - the equivalent of over 200,000 travellers per day compared to 130,000 today. Swiss Federal Railways' investments…

MURCIA DEBUTS EVENTS PROGRAMME TO CELEBRATE CULINARY HERITAGE

The region of Murcia has been designated the Spanish Capital of Gastronomy for 2021 having been previously awarded the title in 2020.  The COVID-19 pandemic prevented Murcia from hosting many of the activities that were scheduled to take place in celebration of its designation. Now, Murcia has announced its programme of events for 2021, designed…

ITB ASIA 2021 CONFIRMED AS A VIRTUAL EVENT

ITB Asia 2021 will be an all-virtual event with the physical show postponed to 2022. Messe Berlin (Singapore) announced the complete digitalisation of ITB Asia, set to go virtual from October 25 to 29, 2021. After close observations of international developments of the Covid-19 pandemic and extensive conversations with local authorities and partners, the organisers…

MAJOR COMEBACK FORECAST FOR INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS TRAVEL

A new survey by VistaJet indicates that 81% of global leaders say business travel will be more important than ever to driving success in the future. Only 24 months ago, business travel was synonymous with global corporations and senior executives’ roles. During the global lockdowns, companies have experienced the direct impact of no travel or…

ACCOR REAFFIRMS COMMITMENT TO LGBTQ+ COMMUNITY

Accor and the International LGBTQ+ Travel Association (ILGTA) have announced a global partnership aiming to drive inclusive travel for all. With an annual reach of more than 4 million LGBTQ+ consumers, the Platinum-level Partnership with IGLTA commits Accor to promote LGBTQ+ tourism and signals the Group’s values as an open and inclusive company to LGBTQ+…

ITB CHINA 2021 – BACK AS A PHYSICAL EVENT

ITB China has confirmed a physical edition of the show will take place next November in Shanghai. ITB China management has issued an official statement, saying it feels it is ready to play host for a physical (hybrid) edition of the show from November 24 to 26. The decision was made as tourism within China…

A “MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM” IN BARCELONA

Barcelona wants to attract travellers by promoting its festivals and summer night-time events. Culture and conviviality are at the heart of the city's post-Covid tourism revival. Eclecticism is what Barcelona summer is all about! Barcelona is one of the most desirable cultural destination in Europe. While restrictions still continue to partially affect the Catalan metropolis…

ALL ABOARD FOR THE GRAND TOUR OF CATALUNYA

The Catalunya Tourism Board has resumed Grand Tour Catalunya, which has been designed to focus on all the highlights of the famous Spanish region. The Grand Tour Catalunya is a circular tourist route – 2,200km long - divided into nine itineraries that cover most of the 42 natural regions of the Spanish region. The route…

RITZ-CARLTON LUXURY ARRIVES IN TURKS & CAICOS

Ritz-Carlton is debuting in Turks & Caicos, bringing a new angle on seaside luxury to the world-renowned Grace Bay. Situated on the world-famous Grace Bay in Providenciales, The Ritz-Carlton, Turks & Caicos offers an idyllic tropical getaway, blending the natural beauty of the destination with the service and luxurious accommodations for which The Ritz-Carlton brand…

MABRIAN TECHNOLOGIES CALLS FOR THE END OF “BIG DATA” IN THE TOURISM SECTOR

While big data has revolutionised the tourism sector, Spanish company Mabrian Technologies says it's calling for a change of tack, urging the sector to instead focus on actionable insights when looking at destination trends. To help its partners achieve this, Mabrian has recently restructured its team, which works closely with businesses to help turn multiple…
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