4# Recovery & Market Outlook for Tourism in Europe and the Czech Republic

What are the challenges of tourism development in Europe? How is the tourism industry recovering from the various events? This month we welcome Jan Herget, CEO of CzechTourism, who tells us about the latest trends in European tourism and his expectations for the future. Time-stamped show notes 00:00 ➡️ 05:30: industry news 05:30 ➡️19:32: exclusive…

EUROPEAN AIRPORTS HANDLE 660 MILLION MORE PASSENGERS IN FIRST HALF OF 2022

Passenger traffic through the European airport network jumped by +247% in the first half of 2022 compared to the same period last year, according to the latest data released by the regional airports body ACI Europe. This translated into an additional 660 million passengers for airports across the continent. The increase was predominantly driven by international traffic (+381.2%) rather than domestic traffic (+88.5%). It…

MADAGASCAR TO DIVERSIFY TOURISM OFFERING TO BRING BACK INTERNATIONAL TRAVELLERS

Madagascar intends to diversify its tourism offering in a bid to help bring back international tourists. The statement of intent was made by the country's Tourism Minister Joel Randriamandranto, during a recent interview with the Chinese Press Agency Xinhua. "Our strategy is to diversify our tourism offer," Joel Randriamandranto said. "Madagascar is well-known and recognised…

BRAZIL REOPENS INDEPENDENCE MUSEUM AS PART OF BICENTENNIAL CELEBRATIONS

Brazil's Independence Museum is reopening its doors just in time for the country's bicentennial celebrations. Known as the Ipiranga Museum, the Paulista Museum or the Independence Museum, Brazil's most popular museum – which closed in 2013 – reopens its doors this month as the country celebrates the 200th anniversary of its independence. It took almost…

SPANISH RIU HOTELS AND RESORTS STRENGTHENS PRESENCE IN AFRICA WITH 2 NEW PROPERTIES

Riu Hotels and Resort has expanded its portfolio in Africa with the addition of two new hotels in the region. Pointe Sarène in Senegal and Zanzibar in Tanzania are the two new destinations where the Spanish chain has expanded its presence in Africarecently. The chain's new 5-star hotel Riu Baobab, in Senegal, is its first…

CROATIA’S PELJESAC BRIDGE FINALLY PROVIDES DIRECT LINK FROM SPLIT TO DUBROVNIK

The construction of the Peljesac bridge is of utmost importance for Croatia as it unifies the country by linking the Peljesac Peninsula to the continent without having to transit through Bosnia. For locals and visitors, the bridge will help to avoid them having to cross through Bosnia Herzegovina and two border controls, speeding up travel…

INDONESIA MINISTRY OF TOURISM AND SURPLUS INDONESIA LAUNCH AMBITIOUS PROGRAM TO FIGHT FOOD WASTE

Indonesia's Tourism and Creative Economy Ministry has launched an ambitious food waste reduction programme in partnership with start-up company Surplus Indonesia. The initiative, called the Sustainable Food Tourism Program, integrates a number of hotel chains and tourism service suppliers as well. The Sustainable Food Tourism Program from the Ministry of Tourism and Creative Economy targets…

SAUDI ARABIA CULTURAL TOURISM SOARS BY 30% AFTER PANDEMIC RESTRICTIONS END

Saudi Arabia's Ministry of Culture has published a report which showcases a post-pandemic boost in local demand for culture as new events, policies, and initiatives drive consumption across burgeoning sectors such as the arts, film, and theatre. The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia witnessed a rapid increase in demand for cultural activities in 2021 according to…

TRAVEL SCOTLAND LAUNCHES NEW WEB PLATFORM TO CELEBRATE LOCAL BUSINESSES

A new web platform for tourists has been launched by Travel Scotland, with the intention to bolster Scotland’s position as a travel destination and support local businesses.   The long-term goal is for the Travel Scotland platform to be a dependable source for travellers interested in visiting Scotland.  Scottish-born entrepreneur champions Scotland with new web platform …

GUESTTOUCH: WHY ARE HOTELS INVESTING IN THIS INNOVATIVE SOFTWARE?

Hotels are turning to GuestTouch to help them connect with customers on another level. GuestTouch offers world class tools for hotels to connect with guests and potential future customers at all stages of their journey, from pre arrival. The smart messaging service also includes impressive guest experiences and the opportunity for hotels to gain reviews…

17 EUROPEAN CITIES DEDICATED TO BICYCLE LOVERS REVEALED IN NEW STUDY

Berlin-based insurance company Luko has released its Global Bicycle Cities Index 2022 and Europe dominates the chart with 17 destinations in the top 20. Over the last decade, cycling city tours have become a huge pull for tourists looking for the opportunity to discover a destination on two wheels. The first city that immediately springs to…

SPORTS TOURISM INITIATIVES TOP OF AGENDA AS QATAR AND LEBANON PARTNER UP AHEAD OF 2022 WORLD CUP

Qatar and Lebanon are planning a partnership to launch sports tourism initiatives during the 2022 FIFA World Cup, with the former set to host the tournament later this year. The announcement was made by Lebanon's caretaker tourism minister Walid Nassar, in a statement to Beirut's news agency NNA. He made the comments while discussing Lebanon’s…

“GO BIG & GO FORWARD: TRAVEL INDUSTRY ON THE ROAD TO RECOVERY AND GROWTH”, ANCHOR THEME FOR ITB ASIA CONFERENCE 2022

C-level executives from Agoda, Booking.com, Corporate Travel Management (CTM), Expedia, IHG Hotels & Resorts (IHG), Marriott International, Saudi Tourism Authority, Travelport and many more have joined ITB Asia’s programme. ITB Asia, Asia’s Leading Travel Trade Show, organised by Messe Berlin (Singapore), has announced an exciting line-up of conference and keynote sessions for this year’s ITB Asia…
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