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EXPO 2020: GETTING THERE COULDN’T BE SIMPLER

With Expo 2020 Dubai just around the corner, organisers have compiled a comprehensive “how to” guide for those planning to attend. The Expo site is located in Dubai South, close to Al Maktoum International Airport and can be easily reached from Dubai and Abu Dhabi’s international airports and cruise terminals. Expo 2020 benefits from excellent…

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. Indeed, more than ever, travellers are seeking to have more control over their trips. According to a recent report…

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. Malta has become an increasingly attractive MICE destination for the North American market, with its historic and outdoor event venues, excellent infrastructure and over 300 days of sunshine…

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. The government of Emmanuel Macron has announced a series of measures in several phases in which he has ensured that the public will return to…

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. And Germany's UNESCO destinations will celebrate many special anniversaries this year. UNESCO's listed world heritage sites in Germany have their own non-profit association:. The…

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. The results indicate that travellers are mindful of their place and impact in the world, and this has led to what Virtuoso’s Vice-Chair and Sustainability Strategist Jessica Hall Upchurch calls “the conscious comeback”…

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 Mykonos, Santorini, 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. Prior to the pandemic, it was becoming increasingly difficult for travellers heading to the Greek islands…

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 for matches this northern summer, with stadiums running at varying capacities depending on state regulations. The tournament, to be held in 11 cities in 11 UEFA countries, was originally scheduled to take place from 12 June to 12 July 2020. Postponed due…

UNWTO / IATA DESTINATION TRACKER SET TO RESTORE CONFIDENCE

UNWTO and IATA have announced a Destination Tracker in preparation for the restart of international travel. The initiative is the result of both organisations joining efforts to boost confidence and accelerate recovery for the tourism sector when borders reopen. The UNWTO-IATA Destination Tracker is a new free online tool which is available through the websites of both…

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…

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. Argentina has been part of a Jesuit path for a…

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…
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