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COUNTDOWN STARTS FOR SAXONY AS OFFICIAL PARTNER DESTINATION OF ITB BERLIN 2022

In 2022, Saxony will be the Official Partner Destination of ITB Berlin. This is the culmination of a two-year partnership with ITB Berlin, during which Saxony has already been the Official ITB Culture Destination in 2021. “Next year’s official partnership gives Saxony a big opportunity to promote itself to the world tourism industry as an…

MEDITERRANEAN COUNTRIES REOPEN FOR VACCINATED VISITORS

Nations around the Mediterranean Sea are opening one by one to either vaccinated or Covid-negative tested Europeans. The Mediterranean is likely to become the big hit of the summer season 2021 as countries reopen their borders. Most governments considered the reopening a necessity in order to save a difficult economic situation. Croatia Croatia is allowing…

RESEARCH HIGHLIGHTS POSITIVE EFFECTS OF VACCINATION ON TRAVEL

The latest research from ForwardKeys reveals that vaccinations appear to hold the key to reviving international travel. Greece and Iceland, which were the first to announce welcoming vaccinated visitors this summer have seen inbound flight bookings pick up dramatically . Three origin markets, Israel, the US and the UK, where vaccination campaigns are particularly well advanced,…

NEW BOSS FOR ACCOR LUXURY BRANDS

Accor has announced the appointment of Stephen Alden to the role of CEO - Raffles & Orient Express. Appointed on May 3rd, Alden will report directly to Sébastien Bazin, Chairman and CEO, and will become a member of the Group Executive Committee. Alden is known for most recently having created and launched the Dedica Anthology…

DISCOVERING PATAGONIA THROUGH A GASTRONOMIC JOURNEY

Patagonia is promoting its gastronomic attractions in five circuits. Patagonia is a land of great culinary diversity and has now turned this into a tourism asset. From the sea comes seaweed, black hake and spider crabs; from the rivers, fish such as trout; from the forests, game meats, while lamb is a highlight of the…

VIENNA READY FOR RECOVERY

INTERVIEW - Norbert Kettner, Vienna Tourist Board’s Director: "we will promote Vienna in a way nobody did before…" Vienna tourism industry experienced a challenging year 2020 as international markets disappeared overnight. Total arrivals dropped by 74.7% to two million while overnights declined by 73.9% to 4.59 million compared to 2019. With vaccination campaigns strengthening around…

FRANCE LAUNCHES EUROPEAN “RECOVERY CAMPAIGN”

Atout France is launching a recovery campaign entitled "What really matters! #ExploreFrance". It will be the largest strategic campaign to date for the reconquest of travellers by the national tourism development agency. Next to Atout France, the campaign involves 13 Regional Tourism Committees / Tourism Agencies as well as a number of private companies in…

MORE TRAVELLERS HEAD TO COSTA RICA FOR SPORTS TOURISM

DMC Costa Rica Travel says the attractiveness of the country as a venue for sports tourism is on the rise. The organisation says the country is now a preferred destination for sports travel for its tropical weather, the several settings in the mountains, beaches, its rivers and infrastructure. Some events are certified with the country’s “Essential…

INTERVIEW: UNWTO / IATA DESTINATION TRACKER

An exceptional new project has been launched between UNWTO and IATA, named the “destination tracker”.  In order to get the “low down” on how it works and how it’s rolling out, journalist Richard Barnes spoke to Sandra Carvão, Chief of Tourism Market Intelligence and Competitiveness at UNWTO and Linda Ristagno, Assistant Director, External Affairs –…

SAXONY: A TOP GERMAN SUMMER DESTINATION

Summer 2021 might well be the perfect time to enjoy the hospitality of Saxony. The region offers all elements of a dream destination: from exceptional historical sites to preserved landscapes and thrilling outdoor experiences. As soon as travel restrictions are lifted, why not discover one of Germany’s most exciting and diverse regions? Over the past…

BREATHTAKING “PRIVATE ISLAND VACATIONS” IN FIJI TO OFFSET COVID TRAVEL SLUMP

Fiji's COVID-19 Risk Mitigation Taskforce (CRMT) is promoting “Luxury Vacations in Paradise” in partnership with Fiji Airways and the Fijian tourism industry. Globally, service-driven countries are progressively shifting their focus away from mass tourism to more niche, high-spending travellers – who are suggested to be the first to travel. Therefore, in an effort to build…

DISCOVERING THE SOCIET DREAM OF SPACE CONQUEST IN KAZAKHSTAN

Kazakhstan has begun promoting the visit of Baikonur space station in Kazakhstan - the place from which the world's first cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin was sent into space during the era of the now defunct Soviet Union. Not everyone is born to be a cosmonaut, but everyone can now get a bit closer to the stars…

LITHUANIA: A QUICKLY ACQUIRED TASTE

Lithuania Travel is launching a series of articles called Taste the Seasons Change. The new project provides cultural explorers an exclusive look into the country’s quite unusual superfood scene. With the help of experts and over 10,000 Lithuanians - who voted in a poll to select the Lithuanian dishes that should be included in a national menu - a…
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