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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…

ITB CHINA STARTUP AWARD 2021: APPLICATIONS NOW OPEN

The jury members of the ITB China Startup Award are looking for the best innovative travel technology ideas for the 2021 competition. Startup companies which launched their product and business solutions less than three years ago can apply until October 22 for the ITB China Startup Award. This year, the marketplace for China’s travel industry…

PUERTO RICO EYES A RETURN TO GOLF TOURISM

Puerto Rico's tourism recovery has seen golf courses thriving due to the inherent safeness and ideal social distancing found in the game. There are 18 golf courses on Puerto Rico, with 16 open to the public. Island courses range from luxury resort to municipal, spread throughout the island, with several clustered near San Juan. The…

6 NEW IDEAS FOR A PERFECT LJUBLJANA CITY-BREAK

Is Slovenia's capital Ljubljana the perfect city break destination? It is on a human-scale, has great outdoors, offers sightseeing and cultural institutions within walking distance, worships organic food and above all has a very friendly population. With the lock-down being lifted, it is the right time to consider Ljubljana for a city break. Ljubljana in…

WYNDHAM SIGNS STRATEGIC NEW PARTNERSHIP WITH ITB CHINA

Wyndham Hotels & Resorts have signed again as the Official Partner Hotel of ITB China 2021. The show is set to take place as a physical event in Shanghai from 24 – 26 Nov 2021, with a virtual extension from 8 Nov to 31 Dec 2021.  With over 8,900 hotels and 21 established brands across nearly 95…

EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW: ARMIN DELLNITZ, CEO OF STUTTGART MARKETING GMBH

”Try Stuttgart” may well be the post-Covid tagline for the metropolis in Southwest Germany. The city wants to delight its visitors yet again. Stuttgart is a big player in German tourism. Back to 2019, the last "normal" year for tourism, the city recorded 2.1 million travellers and 4.1 million overnights. 70% of the latter were…

SOCIAL ENTREPRENEURSHIP IN TOURISM 2021: TEN FINALISTS CHOSEN

The ten finalists for the 2021 Social Entrepreneurship Competition in Tourism were chosen in June by 13 industry experts. They hail from ten different countries on six continents with initiatives being 70% female-led. The Social Entrepreneurship Competition in Tourism is the first and only worldwide competition focusing on social innovation and entrepreneurship in tourism and hospitality. The…

TURKISH AIRPORTS OPERATOR TAKES EXTRAORDINARY INROADS IN CENTRAL ASIA

Turkish airport operator TAV Airports is charging into the post-COVID-19 era with a number of new investments. The company is particularly interested in regions where the number of passengers is set to grow. “We are looking at developing countries, not developed ones,” said Sani Şener, Chairman of TAV Airports, adding, “We are focusing on Central…

BANYAN TREE, EXPEDIA AND UNESCO BAND TOGETHER TO PROMOTE SUSTAINABLE TOURISM

Banyan Tree Group is partnering with Expedia Group and UNESCO in the "UNESCO Commitment to Sustainable Tourism". All together, the three companies will implement and strengthen a global standard for a more sustainable travel future. Banyan Tree Group has long been focusing on sustainability. The group was founded with the core value of driving sustainable…

SHANGRI-LA GROUP ANNOUNCES LUXURY HOTEL FOR KYOTO

Shangri-La Group has announced a new joint venture with Samty Co. Ltd to develop a luxury hotel in Kyoto, Japan. The location of the proposed hotel is just north of the Nijo Castle, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, one of the most popular tourist destinations in Kyoto.  It is conveniently situated just four kilometres north of Kyoto Station, one of the main gateways into the city. This…

UNWTO ANNOUNCES NEW DATES FOR WORLD FORUM ON GASTRONOMY TOURISM

The UNWTO, Basque Culinary Center (BCC), VisitFlanders and the city of Bruges have announced new dates for the 6th UNWTO World Forum on Gastronomy Tourism. Held under the theme "Gastronomy Tourism: Promoting Rural Tourism and Regional Development", the Forum will take place 31 October - 2 November 2021 in Bruges, Belgium. The event will focus on…

ITB BERLIN SET FOR COMEBACK AS A LIVE EVENT IN 2022

The World’s Leading Travel Trade Show has released details of its new hybrid concept, as ITB Berlin is set to run a live event from 9 to 13 March 2022 in the German capital. Organisers of the event whose success story spans more than 50 years have announced they are planning an in-person edition of…

THE TIMELINE FOR THE “PATHWAY OUT OF COVID”

Australia has already implemented one of the world's toughest border policies since the Covid-19 pandemic started. Now, the Delta variant of the virus is pushing the government to further tighten its rules. Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison has released a timeline for the "pathway out of Covid". The Delta variant of the Covid-19 has forced…
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