🌍 Episode #3 – Sustainability, Innovation & the Upscale and Lifestyle Sector

In this episode we discuss innovation in hospitality, the road to sustainability and also the luxury sector. This episode's interview is with Denis Hüttig who is the Vice President Upscale Steigenberger Hotels & Resorts, Jaz in the City and the new brand - House of Beats.

FLIGHT CENTRE TRAVEL GROUP ACQUIRES AIRFARE TECH FIRM TPCONNECTS

Flight Centre Travel Group has purchased a majority stake in airfare tech firm TPConnects Technologies, in a bid to expand airfare options to clientele. Flight Centre Travel Group – which owns corporate travel brands Corporate Traveller and FCM Global Travel Management – previously had a 22.5% stake in Dubai-based TPConnects Technologies. Now, that stake has…

BOLOGNA’S TOURISM SECTOR SET FOR STRONG 2022

The Italian city of Bologna has managed to turn itself into a popular travel destination for both business and leisure travellers. Its inception as a UNESCO World Heritage in 2021 has helped position it as an attractive urban destination for both domestic and international travellers as Patrik Romano, managing director of Bologna Welcome, the city's…

IATA sees progress in borders reopening for air transport around the world

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) has welcomed the increasing momentum towards the re-opening of borders and relaxation of travel restrictions, as Covid-19 moves into the endemic phase. An IATA survey of travel restrictions in the world’s top 50 air travel markets (comprising 88% of international demand in 2019 as measured by revenue passenger kilometers)…

HAWAII’S TOURIST AUTHORITY HELPS FUND 31 STATEWIDE COMMUNITY PROJECTS

The Hawaii Tourism Authority (HTA) and the Hawaii Community Foundation (HCF) have announced US$1.57 million in funding to support 31 community-based programmes statewide through its Aloha Aina program for 2022. Aloha Aina programme is the Hawaii Tourism Authority's answer to accelerating destination management efforts to preserve and regenerate Hawaii’s natural resources. Funds are given to…

ICELAND HAS BANNED WHALE HUNTING, BUT CAN WHALE WATCHING FILL THE ECONOMIC VOID?

Iceland has cancelled new permits for commercial whale hunting meaning that whaling will be gone for good when the current quotas expire. ITB asks how this affects tourism and whether the travel industry can fill the void economically. Once Iceland hangs up its harpoons in an economically driven decision, Japan and Norway will be the…

TUNISIA WELCOMES BACK CRUISE PASSENGERS AFTER MORE THAN TWO YEARS

Cruises have returned to Tunisia after a hiatus of two years caused by the Covid-19 pandemic. The last cruise that landed in Tunis was on November 14, 2019, carrying 648 passengers. The global Covid-19 pandemic disrupted the cruise industry worldwide, halting revenue for Tunisia and north Africa.  According to the Tunisian Ministry of Tourism and…

ACCOR EXPANDED ITS PORTFOLIO WITH OPENING OF 288 NEW HOTELS IN 2021

Despite the pandemic, hotel group Accor made some impressive additions to its portfolio in 2021. According to its recently published annual results for 2021, the hospitality company is likely to see continuous growth of its portfolio last year. It opened an impressive 288 hotels and resorts – equivalent to 41,000 rooms – in 2021. This…

USA, CHINA AND JAPAN TOP MARKETS FOR WELLNESS TOURISM

The Global Wellness Institute (GWI) has launched a new report measuring the wellness economies of 150 nations. The Global Wellness Economy: Country Rankings research is packed with information on national wellness markets from average spend on wellness spend per capita to the market’s contribution to each nation’s overall economy. The report is a companion to…

17 UNESCO World Heritage sites in Portugal

Portugal's 17 UNESCO World Heritage sites put the country firmly on Europe’s tourism podium offering a rich variety of experiences from vineyard culture to Roman ruins and prehistoric rock art. Europe is home to almost half of the world’s 1,154 sites, of which 17 are in Portugal. The Laurisilva of Madeira is the sole natural…

IRELAND SECURES RECORD €150M FUNDING FOR SPORTS CAPITAL AND EQUIPMENT PROGRAMME

Ireland's sports tourism, which is estimated to be worth around €500 million per year to the country, has landed a €150 million grant package. Last month, it was announced that Ireland had received a package of €150 million in new capital grants for its Sports Capital and Equipment Programme (SCEP). As announced by Catherine Martin,…

LANGKAWI REOPENS WITH EXCITING NEW OFFERINGS

With Malaysia set to reopen its borders on April 1st, Langkawi has already been welcoming international tourists since the creation of a travel bubble last November. And the island destination is putting forward some exciting novelties... Thanks to its excellent infrastructure and its international airport, Langkawi has offered the ideal conditions for a safe and…

AIR CORSICA TO BOOST COOPERATION WITH TOUR OPERATORS FOR EUROPEAN DESTINATIONS

The massive development of Air Corsica international routes for summer 2022 is an opportunity for European tour operators to boost their offerings for Corsica. Air Corsica is back in force for the 2022 season, opening several new routes to Europe and resuming those that were suspended during the sanitary crisis. In total, Air Corsica will…
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