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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…

LUÍS ARAÚJO ELECTED NEW PRESIDENT OF ETC

The European Travel Commission has announced that Luís Araújo from Turismo de Portugal has been elected as its President for a three-year term. Mr Araújo was selected by the 99th General Meeting to lead ETC’s efforts towards sustainable tourism recovery in Europe. He is a long-standing member of the tourism sector with over 20 years of…

IATA CALLS FOR URGENT RESCUE PLAN FOR UK AIR TRANSPORT

The International Air Transport Association has outlined the need for an urgent rescue plan for UK aviation in the face of an imminent unemployment catastrophe. The United Kingdom is experiencing an unprecedented air transport crisis which threatens to put more than 820,000 people out of work across the entire UK economy, and further damage the…

THOMAS COOK SET TO BE REVIVED – ONLINE

The Thomas Cook travel brand is reportedly close to being re-launched in the UK, following the company's spectacular collapse last year that cost thousands of jobs. However, the new firm will be online-only without the aircraft, hotels and shops of the old business. The brand's owner, China-based Fosun, is set to revive Britain's oldest travel…

JAPAN AND SINGAPORE OPEN BUSINESS “GREEN LANE”

Japan’s Minister for Foreign Affairs Motegi Toshimitsu (pictured above) and Singapore’s Minister for Foreign Affairs Dr Vivian Balakrishnan have announced the conclusion of negotiations between their nations on a reciprocal “Green Lane” for business travel. It’s the first time such a business track has been implemented, setting the stage for other major trading partners to…

OMAN REOPENS TO INTERNATIONAL FLIGHTS ON 1 OCTOBER

Oman is reopening its airports to international flights on October 1. The country's Supreme Committee responsible for the Covid-19 response said international flights to and from the sultanate could start next month depending upon health data for specific destinations. International flights into Oman stopped on Sunday 29 March in a bid to prevent the spread…

NEW TV CAMPAIGN: A K-POP TOUR OF SEOUL

BTS, the face of K-pop, are highlighting “the beauty of Seoul” in the worldwide release of the 2020 Seoul City TV commercial. The Seoul Metropolitan Government and Seoul Tourism Organisation co-produce new videos of various themes every year that promote the beauty of Seoul and vitalise Seoul tourism. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic’s halting of…

WTTC OUTLINES NEW PILOT SCHEME FOR COVID-19 TESTING

The World Travel and Tourism Council is calling for the introduction of a pilot scheme involving airport-based testing, followed by a second test just days later, for travel between the financial hubs of London and New York, with the aim of re-starting business travel. The organisation says the restoration of “air corridors” between the world’s…

ENCOURAGING EVENTS AND INITIATIVES IN MIAMI BEACH

The Miami Beach Visitor and Convention Authority (MBVCA) has announced details of its annual grant program, a collection of grants to be awarded to qualifying organisations in seven major categories to support key events and initiatives. Miami Beach is home to a variety of marquee events and experiences that bring travellers to the destination each…

SAXONY CELEBRATES INDUSTRIAL CULTURE

With the 4th Saxonian State Exhibition "500 Years of Industrial Culture in Saxony" (11th July-31st December 2020), the Free State of Saxony in Germany is organising, for the fourth time, a state-wide exhibition for the occasion of this anniversary.  Throughout 2020, Saxony is celebrating its multifaceted industrial history. In this context, the Cultural Foundation of the Free State of Saxony supports numerous projects throughout Saxony,…

ETC CONFIRMED AS CO-HOST OF ITB CHINA INDUSTRY MEET-UP

The European Travel Commission and ITB China have formalised an agreement for the co-hosting of all ITB China Industry Meet-up events in 2020. On Monday, 7 September, Eduardo Santander, Executive Director of the European Travel Commission (pictured above) and David Axiotis, General Manager of Messe Berlin Exhibitions (Shanghai), organisers of ITB China, signed the agreement.…

NEW PRESIDENT FOR EUROPEAN TRAVEL COMMISSION

The European Travel Commission has announced that Luís Araújo from Turismo de Portugal has been elected as ETC’s President for a three-year term. Mr Araújo was selected by the 99th General Meeting to lead ETC’s efforts towards sustainable tourism recovery in Europe. Luís Araújo is a long-standing member of the tourism sector with over 20 years…

BAHAMAS ANNOUNCE DETAILS OF TOURISM RECOVERY PLAN

In a national address on September 7, Bahamas Minister of Tourism & Aviation Dionisio D'Aguilar announced additional details of the forward-looking recovery and reopening plan for his nation. D'Aguilar reiterated The Bahamas Ministry of Tourism's commitment to revitalising the country's tourism industry while emphasising that the "health and wellbeing of citizens, residents and visitors of…
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