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…

ICELAND HAS BANNED WHALE HUNTING, BUT CAN WHALE WATCHING FILL THE ECONOMIC VOID?

Iceland has cancelled new permits for commercial whale hunting meaning that whaling will be gone for good when the current quotas expire. ITB asks how this affects tourism and whether the travel industry can fill the void economically. Once Iceland hangs up its harpoons in an economically driven decision, Japan and Norway will be the…

TUNISIA WELCOMES BACK CRUISE PASSENGERS AFTER MORE THAN TWO YEARS

Cruises have returned to Tunisia after a hiatus of two years caused by the Covid-19 pandemic. The last cruise that landed in Tunis was on November 14, 2019, carrying 648 passengers. The global Covid-19 pandemic disrupted the cruise industry worldwide, halting revenue for Tunisia and north Africa.  According to the Tunisian Ministry of Tourism and…

ACCOR EXPANDED ITS PORTFOLIO WITH OPENING OF 288 NEW HOTELS IN 2021

Despite the pandemic, hotel group Accor made some impressive additions to its portfolio in 2021. According to its recently published annual results for 2021, the hospitality company is likely to see continuous growth of its portfolio last year. It opened an impressive 288 hotels and resorts – equivalent to 41,000 rooms – in 2021. This…

USA, CHINA AND JAPAN TOP MARKETS FOR WELLNESS TOURISM

The Global Wellness Institute (GWI) has launched a new report measuring the wellness economies of 150 nations. The Global Wellness Economy: Country Rankings research is packed with information on national wellness markets from average spend on wellness spend per capita to the market’s contribution to each nation’s overall economy. The report is a companion to…

17 UNESCO World Heritage sites in Portugal

Portugal's 17 UNESCO World Heritage sites put the country firmly on Europe’s tourism podium offering a rich variety of experiences from vineyard culture to Roman ruins and prehistoric rock art. Europe is home to almost half of the world’s 1,154 sites, of which 17 are in Portugal. The Laurisilva of Madeira is the sole natural…

IRELAND SECURES RECORD €150M FUNDING FOR SPORTS CAPITAL AND EQUIPMENT PROGRAMME

Ireland's sports tourism, which is estimated to be worth around €500 million per year to the country, has landed a €150 million grant package. Last month, it was announced that Ireland had received a package of €150 million in new capital grants for its Sports Capital and Equipment Programme (SCEP). As announced by Catherine Martin,…

LANGKAWI REOPENS WITH EXCITING NEW OFFERINGS

With Malaysia set to reopen its borders on April 1st, Langkawi has already been welcoming international tourists since the creation of a travel bubble last November. And the island destination is putting forward some exciting novelties... Thanks to its excellent infrastructure and its international airport, Langkawi has offered the ideal conditions for a safe and…

AIR CORSICA TO BOOST COOPERATION WITH TOUR OPERATORS FOR EUROPEAN DESTINATIONS

The massive development of Air Corsica international routes for summer 2022 is an opportunity for European tour operators to boost their offerings for Corsica. Air Corsica is back in force for the 2022 season, opening several new routes to Europe and resuming those that were suspended during the sanitary crisis. In total, Air Corsica will…

GEORGIA: THE OFFICIAL CULTURAL DESTINATION OF ITB BERLIN 2022

Georgia has been named the official cultural destination of ITB Berlin 2022 ahead of the convention. The country is showcasing its vast cultural heritage and natural attractions and will become the official host country of the world's leading travel trade show in 2023.Georgia will introduce itself to a wider audience next week as the Convention…

MOSCOW TRAVEL HUB CONNECTS THE INDUSTRY

Travel industry representatives keen to build partnerships, develop new products and services and improve their professional skills can get connected through the Moscow Travel Hub. With this platform, Moscow City Tourism Committee aims to strengthen the tourism sector by promoting communication and partnerships between those involved in the industry. Last year, more than 30 “speed-dating”…

ALL THAT MOSCOW OFFERS IS AT DISCOVERMOSCOW.COM

Visitors to Moscow can find out about attractions, restaurants, theatres, shopping malls, parks and a great deal more on the award-winning website discovermoscow.com. Whether they are seeking a Michelin-starred restaurant or an interesting museum, daring architecture or a relaxing park, the site has everything tourists may want – including stunning photos. Indeed, Moscow City Tourism…

NEW EUROPEAN BORDER SECURITY SYSTEM – ETIAS – ARRIVES IN 2022

ETIAS or the European Travel Information and Authorisation System, a security system due to protect and strengthen borders, is due to become operational before the end of 2022. The new administration procedure will have a three-year validity, and implies a pre-approval for non-EU citizens to travel in the Schengen area without a visa. The main…
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