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OAG REVEALS AIR SEAT CAPACITY UP BY 40% BETWEEN 2020 AND 2021

After a tough two years dealing with the impact of Covid, air transport showed it is on the road to recovery in 2021 with total seat capacity offer up by 39.8% between December 2020 and December 2021 according to data calculated by the Official Aviation Guide (OAG). Air transport experienced at least some recovery in…

FRANCE’S RURAL HERITAGE FOUNDATION GETS BOOST WITH €5.6M GRANT FROM AIRBNB

Airbnb is donating €5.6 million in a bid to revitalise heritage tourism in rural France. In partnership with the French rural Mayors association, the company will be the main sponsor of the "Heritage and Local Tourism" program of the country's Heritage Foundation. Airbnb's donation to the Heritage Foundation's “Heritage and Local Tourism” program will help…

PACIFIC TOURISM ORGANISATION PARTNERS WITH DESTINATION MEKONG TO ACCELERATE GROWTH

The Pacific Tourism Organisation (SPTO) and Destination Mekong recently signed a Memorandum of Understanding, starting a partnership to accelerate tourism recovery in Fiji and across Oceania region. The two organisations represent a range of tourism destinations, in the greater Mekong sub-region (Cambodia, Thailand and Vietnam) and Southwestern China (Yunnan and Guangxi), as well as 20…

MOZAMBIQUE CREATES THE MAPUTO NATIONAL PARK

By merging existing terrestrial and marine ecosystems, Mozambique’s Council for Ministers has created the Maputo National Park. Located south of the capital Maputo, the new park is the result of a partnership between the National Administration for Conservation Areas (ANAC) and the Peace Parks Foundation. Mozambique is well known for being home to some of…

OSLO TO BECOME HOME TO NORTHERN EUROPE’S LARGEST ART MUSEUM IN 2022

The Norwegian capital, Oslo, is set to become the destination for art lovers from around the globe this year with the launch of the National Museum of Art, Architecture and Design in June. The opening of Norway's National Museum of Art, Architecture and Design follows the opening of the Edward Munch Museum last summer. The…

HILTON OPEN NEW CONRAD SHANGHAI HOTEL AMID EXPANSION IN GREATER CHINA

Hilton recently opened the anticipated Conrad Shanghai, one of several new openings in China. The hotel is located in the heart of People’s Square, Shanghai’s famed tourism and business district, a prime destination for the Hilton brand. Conrad Shanghai features 66 floors and 728 rooms. It offers views of the East Nanjing Road commercial street,…

ADULTS ONLY ALL-INCLUSIVE HOTEL OPENS IN JAMAICA

A new adults only five-star resort has opened its doors along the shores of Montego Bay in Jamaica. The all-inclusive Ocean Eden Bay is located in a prime waterfront location in Trelawney, Coral Spring. Features include exclusive rooms and entertainment, a Despacio Spa Centre, and a dinner-show restaurant with themed performances. Nestled within the sandy…

THAILAND’S TOURISM MINISTRY LAUNCHES NEW “THAILAND TRUSTED DESTINATION” CAMPAIGN

Launched by the country's Ministry of Tourism and Sports, Thailand's latest tourism campaign, "Thailand Trusted Destination", aims at boosting travellers' confidence by acknowledging high hygiene and safety standards at venues and attractions across the country. The campaign was introduced as an incentive for business owners to improve their services and boost confidence among tourists. Participating…

CANADA TO BOOST MICE SECTOR WITH NEW UNICORN EVENT INITIATIVE

Canada is looking to further strengthen its MICE sector by promoting an exciting new initiative, called the Unicorn Event Initiative, to help raise awareness among government organisations of large-scale, renowned events that work with the country’s centres of excellence. "Meetings Mean Business Canada" is an organisation that works with the Tourism Industry Association of Canada…

DESTINATION FRANCE: NEW €1.9BN TOURISM PLAN AIMS TO MAKE COUNTRY WORLD’S TOP SUSTAINABLE DESTINATION BY 2030

France's Prime Minister, Jean Castex, has unveiled the country's ten-year tourism plan. The €1.91bn scheme – titled Destination France – aims to combat the effects of the Covid-19 pandemic on the industry and make the country the world’s leading sustainable tourist destination by 2030. The government says the new far-reaching plan means these goals will…

GREECE PROMOTES ITS COOL SIDE TO ATTRACT VISITORS DURING WINTER MONTHS

With the central message “Greece does have a winter” and the motto from the successful central campaign “All you want is Greece”, the ministry of tourism and the Greek National Tourism Organisation (GNTO) recently launched a new campaign to promote the country’s winter tourist destinations and mainland attractions. Greece is a popular tourist destination for…

ASSET-H&C LAUNCHES NEW GUIDE TO SUSTAINABLE PRACTICES FOR THE GREATER MEKONG SUBREGION

ASSET-H&C, the Association of Southeast Asian Social Enterprises for Training in Hospitality and Catering has released an Eco-Guide offering tips and advice to help reduce the tourism industry’s impact on the environment. With the potential return of travellers to the Greater Mekong Subregion in 2022, the demand for environmentally responsible tourism is growing. The front…
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