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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…

NEW TRANSPORT INFRASTRUCTURE BOOSTS LA REUNION ISLAND’S APPEAL

La Réunion Island is boosting its transport infrastructure with two cable-cars linking districts in the regional capital Saint-Denis, an expansion of its airport and a new spectacular viaduc built over the sea along the coast linking the north and the west of the region. The French overseas region of La Réunion in the Indian Ocean…

HUNGARY EMERGES AS A WINE TOURISM DESTINATION FOLLOWING MAJOR MERLOT PRIZE

Over the decades, Hungary has become famous for both its red and white wines. The country has now confirmed its reputation as an exceptional wine destination by receiving the "Grand Gold Medal Revelation Red Wine" prize for the Cassiopeia Merlot 2015 produced by South Hungary's Jammertal Wine Estate Villany. Cassiopeia Merlot 2015 from Jammertal Wine Estate…

RADISSON TO OPEN AT NEW BEIJING’S DAXING AIRPORT IN 2022

Radisson Hotel Group continues to bet strongly on China and its booming domestic market. The hotel group has announced it will open a new property at Beijing Daxing international airport in 2022. This will follow a recently opened property in Nanjing. The group also plans to move to Changyuan, in Henan province. The Radisson Collection…

CUBA’S HUMBOLDT PARK CELEBRATES 20 YEARS AS A BREATHTAKING UNESCO HERITAGE SITE

Named after the German scientist considered the second discoverer of Cuba, in 2001, UNESCO declared the Alejandro de Humboldt National Park a World Heritage Site. Today, the park has become a “not to be missed” part of any nature-lover’s itinerary while visiting the Caribbean island nation. In all, Cuba is home to 253 protected areas,…

THE MALDIVES OPEN TO TOURISTS SINCE JULY 15

The Maldives are again open to international travellers. And that includes, this time, travellers from India, as the epidemic situation has dramatically improved in the country. The government of the Maldives confirmed the reopening of the archipelago to all international tourists from July 15. Since that date, the government has resumed the issuing of "on…

NEW ZEALANDERS BOOST DOMESTIC TOURISM SPENDING BY OVER €600M

New Zealanders have supported the country’s recovery and tourism sector, spending an additional $1.1bn (around €650m) in the nine months from May 2020 to March 2020, compared to pre-COVID spending levels.  In May this year, Tourism New Zealand marked one year of encouraging domestic tourism.   “Tourism New Zealand’s domestic marketing has had measurable impact, boosting spend across the country with New Zealanders spending a total of $8.37 billion on…

4 “TRUST GAPS” TO BOOST RECOVERY

Independent research commissioned by Travelport has found that the travel industry can boost global recovery by addressing consumer trust gaps: in price transparency, COVID-19 health and safety measures, data privacy and information credibility.  “This study has shown, as an industry, we are not as trusted as we would like," said Greg Webb, Travelport’s Chief Executive, adding,…

VENICE AIMS TO CREATE A BRIGHTER, MORE SUSTAINABLE TOURISM FUTURE

Tourism authorities in Venice want to exert a stricter control on the city's tourism policy by gaining a special tourism city status from the Italian government. According to Simone Venturini, Deputy Mayor for Social Cohesion, Tourism, Economic Development, Labour and Housing Policies of the city of Venice, this would be the best way to let…

VOCO – IHG’S “TRENDY” LUXURY BRAND ARRIVES IN SOUTH KOREA

IHG Hotels & Resorts and Seraphim Development have announced a landmark partnership to sign the first voco hotel in South Korea. IHG Hotels & Resorts said the new-build 280-room urban resort voco Pyeongtaek City will also be the first premium international hotel brand in Gyeonggi-do province when it welcomes guests in 2023. This marks the…

EXPO 2020 DUBAI TICKET TYPES REVEALED

With less than three months to go until the start of Expo 2020 Dubai, organisers have given more details about the event, including details of ticket types. Coinciding with UAE's Golden Jubliee, Expo 2020 Dubai is the first World Expo to be held in the Middle East, Africa and South Asia. Expo 2020 Dubai prices…

NIGERIAN FOOD DESTINED TO POWER TOURISM AS A MAJOR NEW ASSET

At the World Gastronomy Day celebration in Nigeria, Minister of information and culture Alhaji Lai Mohammed called for improving the Nigerian food and cuisine standards. During the event, organised by the National Institute for Hospitality and Tourism (NIHOTOUR) in cooperation with the Chinese Embassy and Abuja Arts and Culture Department, Alhaji Lai Mohammed noted that…

MALAGA – 2020 EUROPEAN CAPITAL OF SMART TOURISM – AN INNOVATIVE DESTINATION

The transformation of Malaga city - the 2nd largest in Andalucia- from a traditional sun-and-sea tourism hotspot into a modern and innovative tourism destination based on sustainability was rewarded by the title of European Capital of Smart Tourism in 2020. Being the gateway to the Costa del Sol, Malaga is often perceived as a place…
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