Costa Rica leads way on sustainability

To reach net zero by 2050, Costa Rica, which boasts 6.5 percent of the world’s biodiversity and 3.5 percent of its marine life, has placed sustainability at the centre of its travel and tourism industry

🌍 Episode #7 Medical and Health Tourism

In this episode we discuss the health, wellness and medical sectors in tourism. We look at key markets, drivers of wellness tourism and hear what the future looks like in the health tourism sector.  Time-stamped show notes 00:00 ➡️ 01:00: introduction 01:00 ➡️ 03:55: industry news 03:55 ➡️14:49: exclusive interview of Simone Zagrodnik, Executive Director…

ADP GROUP REDEFINES AIRPORT WAITING AREAS THROUGH ITS NEW HOSPITALITY BRAND EXTIME

Through its new hospitality brand, Extime, ADP Group recently revamped the boarding and waiting area of Terminal 2G at Paris Charles de Gaulle airport. Terminal 2G is one of many at at Paris-Charles de Gaulle Airport, however, with a relatively small volume of passengers (2.8 million in 2019) via Schengen and domestic flights, it was…

JAPAN GEARS UP TO WELCOME FOREIGN TRAVELLERS AGAIN FROM JUNE 1ST

After more than two years of being sealed off to the world because of the coronavirus pandemic, Japan is getting ready to welcome international tourists again. The Japanese government is bowing to pressure from its economic circles by considering reopening the country to non-essential foreign travellers from June 1st, 2022. It has been reported that new rules…

CARIBBEAN ISLANDS RECEIVE ‘LANDMARK’ €3M GRANT TO BOOST CULTURAL SECTOR

The Caribbean Culture Sector has received significant funding from the European Union with support from the Organisation of African, Caribbean and Pacific States, to help strengthen the sector following the devastating Covid-19 pandemic. The €3 million grant, which is provided under the ACP-EU 11th EDF Culture Programme, will help those working in the Caribbean Culture Sector…

CYPRUS INTENSIFIES PLAN TO BOOST IMAGE AS TOP GASTRONOMY DESTINATION

After upgrading the country's dedicated website for gastronomy, 'Delightful Cyprus', and introducing the label 'taste Cyprus-the delightful journey', the Ministry of Tourism in Cyprus has announced it will help small producers and restaurant owners to upgrade their traditional catering services to further strengthen the quality of the island's food produce. Cyprus is looking to boost…

SEOUL OUTLINES BOLD NEW PLANS TO HELP REVITALISE MICE INDUSTRY

The Seoul Tourism Organisation has outlined a range of initiatives designed to help regenerate its MICE industry. The organisation recently held a meeting with major destination management companies involved in the Seoul MICE Alliance. There was also an online MICE support briefing session that followed the meeting. The Seoul Tourism Organisation has hired professional conference…

LARIO HOTELS EXPANDS OUTSIDE LAKE COMO WITH NEW LUXURY RESORT IN VERONA

Italian hospitality group, Lario Hotels, is expanding outside of its home base of Lake Como with the launch of a new, luxury hotel in Verona. Vista Palazzo Verona is located within the medieval Centro Storico area of the city offering 13 suites and three rooms with decadent tubs in every bathroom. The boutique hotel is…

SINGAPORE LINES UP BIG EVENTS AS SPORTS TOURISM GATHERS MOMENTUM

Singapore is continuing a return to live spectators and sports festivities in 2022, with a host of big events planned to boost the city’s sports tourism. After a couple years of disruption due to the Covid-19 pandemic, Singapore is opening back up, especially with regards to sports tourism. In April 2022, the city hosted the…

NEW YORK LAUNCHES ‘NYC LIKE A NEW YORKER’ MARKETING CAMPAIGN 2022 TO HELP BOOST TOURISM

New York City's 2022 marketing campaigns – 'NYC like a New Yorker' and 'Get local NYC' – emphasise a city built from hundreds of diverse communities across all five boroughs. An inclusive, multicultural experience designed to entice travellers to venture outside traditional tourism circuits. In March, New York launched its latest marketing campaign to present…

WHAT ARE THE TECHNOLOGY TRENDS SHAPING THE FUTURE OF THE GLOBAL TRAVEL INDUSTRY?

Understanding the exciting new technology trends, from robots to space travel, influencing the global travel industry. With the effects of the Covid-19 pandemic impacting the travel sector for the last two years, the demand to anticipate and prepare for new market trends has never been more prevalent. Much research has been conducted in identifying the…

KERZNER INTERNATIONAL EXPANDS INTO DUBAI DESERT WITH LAUNCH OF RARE FINDS LUXURY BRAND

Kerzner International is expanding into the Dubai desert with the launch of its Rare Finds brand, a collection of unique luxury resorts. The company will take over management of the Bab Al Shams resort in Dubai which is owned by Meydan. The luxury desert resort will now close for an "extensive reimagination" and is scheduled…

QANTAS CONFIRMS A350-1000 FOR NEW NON-STOP SERVICES FROM AUSTRALIA TO LONDON AND NEW YORK

Qantas Group, the national airline of Australia, has confirmed an order for 12 new aircraft which will make it possible for it to launch non-stop flights from Australia to both London and New York. Frankfurt and Paris are also in consideration. The news of this huge aircraft order – which included 12 A350-1000s as well…

YSL BEAUTY LAUNCHES GLOBAL INITIATIVE TO HELP RESTORE AND PROTECT 100,000 HECTARES OF LAND FOR THE SAKE OF THE WORLD’S BIODIVERSITY

YSL Beauty has launched a new global initiative with non-governmental organisation Re:wild, with the goal of protecting and restoring 100,000 hectares of land in countries such as Indonesia, Haiti, Madagascar and Morocco by 2030. Through its affiliate YSL Beauty, iconic French fashion brand Yves Saint Laurent has launched the 'Rewild Our Earth' programme in partnership…
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