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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…

CAMBODIAN AUTHORITIES PLEDGE TO PROTECT ANGKOR WAT

The project of a gigantic theme park next to the iconic Angkor Wat temples in Cambodia has been indefinitely postponed. UNESCO experts pointed out that the proposed resort could cause irreversible damage to the temples. The "Angkor Lake of Wonder" would have been a place of superlatives. In November last year, the Cambodian government had granted the…

SAFE AND SUSTAINABLE: HOLIDAYS FOR THE WHOLE FAMILY

Over the past year, many people have become aware of what really counts in life—good health, a respectful use of resources, and quality time with one’s family. The Greek Sani Resort—five luxurious, award-winning hotels spread over more than 400 hectares as well as Sani Marina—combines all these attributes and offers so much more. Distinguished as…

THAI LUXURY HOTEL GROUP SETS SIGHTS ON CHINA

Thailand’s luxury hotel group Dusit International is making major new inroads to China. The hotel operator has signed a strategic partnership with Paxton Vacances Hotel Management Group to operate and develop Dusit Princess Hotels and Resorts in China. In line with Dusit’s strategy for sustainable and profitable growth, which includes expanding its presence in key…

ITB INDIA 2021 CONFIRMS SAUDI AS OFFICIAL PARTNER COUNTRY

ITB India and the Saudi Tourism Authority (STA) have announced Saudi as the Official Partner Country of ITB India 2021. The inaugural ITB India Virtual Event is being held on 7-9 April 2021. STA said it is focused on developing partnerships with travel trade partners around the world, to expand the reach of Saudi’s tourism…

PANDEMIC MAY ALLOW VR TO SHAKE OFF “GIMMICK” IMAGE IN TOURISM

The impact of COVID-19 may allow Virtual Reality to permanently shake off its image of being a gimmick in the tourism sector, according to new research. Hype behind the technology in recent years has often been greater than actual usage, especially for leisure purposes. However, GlobalData research points to the fact that the longer this…

RECOGNISING SOCIAL ENTREPRENEURSHIP IN TOURISM

ITB Berlin is again sponsoring and overseeing the international Social Entrepreneurship Competition in Tourism. The competition is described as the only one of its kind to specifically focus on innovation and social entrepreneurship in tourism worldwide. Its goal is to strengthen the role of socially oriented entrepreneurs, to encourage greater networking around the world and to…

DEUTSCHE BAHN DEVELOPS SOPHISTICATED APP

Germany's rail operator Deutsche Bahn (DB) explained during ITB Berlin NOW how it wants to further push travellers to make use of its new DB navigator app. The Deutsche Bahn is able to use its app to warn of overcrowded trains. The Navigator app is now showing users trains with a load factor of 50%…

SUSTAINABILITY BECOMES SWEDEN’S TOP TOURISM ASSET

Wellness tourism and environmental activities are the top selling points of Sweden as the country turns its way of life as a tourism asset. "Sweden is extremely well positioned to welcome post-Covid travellers", said Ninnan Stenmark Åhlén, Travel Trade Manager at Visit Sweden, during a presentation at ITB Berlin NOW. "Sweden offers lots of wide…

QATAR AIRWAYS LEADS MIDDLE EAST IN TESTING IATA COVID TRAVEL PASS

Qatar Airways has become the first airline in the Middle East to trial the IATA Travel Pass “Digital Passport” mobile app. Since 11 March, passengers travelling on the airline’s Doha to Istanbul route have begun trialling the digital platform offering a more safe, secure and contactless experience for travellers. The trial is being undertaken in…

SPORTS TOURISM: LONG TERM GROWTH DESPITE SETBACKS

The sports tourism market is expected to grow by USD 1,381bn (€1,161bn) during 2020-2024, according to new research by Technavio. The forecast comes just after Japanese authorities have announced that international visitors will not be permitted to attend the Summer Olympiad in Tokyo. The announcement on Saturday 20 March sets the stage for a drastically scaled-back event.…

ITB CHINA TO REPLACE SPECIAL EDITION WITH INVITATION-ONLY NETWORKING EVENT

Organisers of ITB China have announced that it will host a networking event at the end of June in place of the ITB China Special Edition trade event, which was originally scheduled to take place in Beijing from 7-8 May. The industry gathering will invitation-only for China-based industry professionals to exchange updates and insights on the…

NARRATIVE ART GETS ITS OWN MUSEUM IN L.A.

George Lucas is not only a famous filmmaker; he is also a philanthropist. With his wife, Mellody Hobson, Lucas has conceived a museum in Los Angeles: "the Lucas Museum of Narrative Art". Due to open in 2023, it will strengthen Los Angeles's appeal among world travellers. Originally planned for the city of Chicago with an…
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