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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…

ESTONIA’S FAMED VIHULA MANOR UPGRADES SAUNA & SPA CENTRE

Vihula Manor, crowned “Historic Hotel of the Year” at the European Hotel Awards 2020, and situated in Estonia’s beautiful Lahemaa National Park, has opened the nation’s most modern and up-market swimming pool & sauna centre. The 700 sq m complex features a 15-metre pool with massage seats, 36°C children’s pool, a cold-water pool, multiple different…

NEW ONE-STOP TOURISM HUB OPENS IN SEOUL

Korea has seen the grand opening of the Seoul Tourism Plaza - a new and dynamic national hub for the travel sector.   With Seoul's tourism industry expecting to recover effectively from recent challenging times and prepare for the coming years, the new one-stop plaza plans to support four areas in establishing a robust ecosystem…

BALKANS INTERNATIONAL WINE COMPETITION CELEBRATES 10TH ANNIVERSARY

Spawned in 2012, the Balkans International Wine Competition is the sole event and festival celebrating wine culture in the Balkan area, covering Albania, Bulgaria, Greece, North Macedonia, Romania, Serbia, Slovenia and Turkey. It is a special event this year, as the Balkans International Wine Competition and Festival (BIWCF) is celebrating its 10th anniversary. Over the…

VILNIUS LEVERAGES HIGH TECH PORTAL TO RECONNECT WITH THE WORLD

Lithuania's capital Vilnius is pushing for people to rediscover a sense of connection, thanks to a high tech installation, the "Portal". The experience is unique in Europe, as it connects inhabitants of Vilnius and Lublin in Poland. More cities are due to follow shortly to again give people the idea that they belong to the…

TRANSFORMING GUEST SATISFACTION THROUGH AI-POWERED COMMUNICATION

HiJiffy, a company that leverages an AI-powered Chat Booking Assistant and automation tools across a range of messaging platforms, has partnered with Neobookings to ensure customers receive instant communication through a sophisticated AI chatbot experience.  The two-way interaction between HiJiffy and Neobookings allows customers to receive faster answers than before. “HiJiffy and Neobookings have entered…

MSC WORLD EUROPA TO DEBUT IN THE MIDDLE EAST IN 2022

Marking a new era in cruising, MSC Cruises have announced the debut of circuits with LNG-powered MSC World Europa from Q4 2022 - sailing in the Middle East, with bookings now open. Set to sail in December 2022, MSC World Europa will spend her inaugural season in the Gulf, commencing with a four-night sailing from…

NEW FILM “IN THE HEIGHTS” SET TO BOOST YORK CITY TOURISM

NYC & Company has joined with Warner Bros. Pictures to announce a new partnership to promote the motion picture “In The Heights”, released in theatres and on HBO Max on June 10. It will be available on HBO Max for 31 days from release. In the movie, In The Heights creator Lin-Manuel Miranda and the film’s director, Jon M. Chu, highlight the vibrant northern Manhattan neighbourhood of…

MALLORCA LAUNCHES MASSIVE CAMPAIGN TO BOOST SPORTS TOURISM IN 2021

Mallorca’s tourism foundation has launched a promotional campaign to boost sports tourism on the island. The campaign is running until November through Discovery network, with Eurosport being the main channel. Catalina Cladera, President of Council of Mallorca, said that the campaign will be “One more part of the recovery” and will access millions of potential visitors. “Sports…

THE NOSE KNOWS: FIRST VIRTUAL SCENT TOUR LAUNCHED BY DUTCH MUSEUM

Since April, the Mauritshuis Museum in The Hague in the Netherlands has been offering the public a virtual scent tour... It's a world first! The Maurithuis in The Hague is certainly one of the Netherlands' best known museums on a global level. The museum houses the Royal Cabinet of Paintings which consists of 854 objects,…

AMMAN, JORDAN WINS LONELY PLANET’S “DIVERSITY & INCLUSIVITY” AWARD

Global travel authority Lonely Planet has reimagined its "Best in Travel" picks for 2021, reflecting an unprecedented year of disruption in the travel industry, and Amman, Jordan has been singled out as one of the destinations that are helping transform travel experiences.  Amman is the capital and largest city of Jordan and the country's economic,…

CUBA PLANS TO WELCOME 2.2 MILLION TOURISTS IN 2021

Cuba expects to receive nearly 2.2 million tourists by the end of this year, according to the country’s Minister of Economy and Planning. Alejandro Gil said the tourism industry is fundamental for Cuba's economic recovery and he added that during the first months of 2021, the number of tourists arriving on the island was not…

FREE E-LEARNING COURSES ON AZERBAIJAN’S DIVERSE TOURISM OFFERING

Azerbaijan has launched an ambitious programme of free e-learning courses helping professionals to learn about the country through a series of themes - both familiar and unusual. Azerbaijan is still an emerging tourist destination, even though the country has been identified for many years by UNESCO as an important stopover along the Silk Road. According…
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