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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…

CREATING A NEW DYNAMIC IN BERLIN’S LUXURY HOTEL SECTOR

With Berlin’s Regent hotel, located on the Gendarmenmarkt square, reopening this month, its management was not content to simply “carry on as usual”. Intent on creating a new dynamic in the luxury market in the German capital, General Manager Claus Geißelmann has announced a number of original initiatives aimed at “going the extra mile” for…

DELANO COMES TO EUROPE

Miami’s iconic Delano brand is coming to Europe, with Delano Porto Cervo in Sardinia, Italy, expected to open by June 2023. It represents the next stage of international growth for the Delano brand in one of the world's most idyllic and sought-after travel destinations… part of a bigger plan by the sbe group in partnership with Accor. Delano is…

MORE COUNTRIES CLOSE BORDERS TO FRENCH TRAVELLERS

An increasing number of countries are closing their borders to visitors from France as Covid-19 infections continue to rise in a “second wave” across the country. Denmark has closed its borders to French travellers since 29 August. Borders will reopen when the number of cases is less than 20 for every 100,000. Hungary also decided…

HISTORIC DIRECT FLIGHT FROM ISRAEL TO UAE FOLLOWING PEACE DEAL

The first commercial flight from Israel to the UAE has landed, marking a major step in normalising relations after the announcement of a peace deal. The El Al airliner made the three-hour trip, carrying a delegation of Israeli and US officials. The flight was allowed to cross Saudi Arabian airspace, normally blocked to Israeli air…

NO EXCEPTIONS TO WEARING MASKS ON BOARD – IATA

The International Air Transport Association is appealing to all travellers to wear face covering during the travel journey for the safety of all passengers and crew during COVID-19. The organisation is emphasising the need for passengers to comply with the recommendation following recent reports of travellers refusing to wear a face covering during a flight.…

TAKING DIGITAL TRAVEL MARKETING FROM WECHAT 1.0 TO WECHAT 2.0

In a recent webinar co-hosted by ITB China and TravelDaily China, Dave Rumsey, CEO of digital marketing company ASAP+ underlined the importance for retail brands to reassess their investment and performance on China’s WeChat platform. Rumsey describes his company as a "digital business that is passionate about helping foreign brands engage with the Chinese travelling…

ETIHAD, NASA AND BOEING TEST SAFER, CLEANER WAYS TO FLY

In a collaboration between Boeing and NASA, Etihad Airways has commenced flight testing this week for Boeing’s ecoDemonstrator programme. For this, an Etihad Airways 787-10 Dreamliner has been decked out with special equipment, which, says the airline, can enhance safety and reduce CO2 emissions and noise. Flight testing, at Boeing’s facility in Glasgow, Montana, is…

TRAVEL PRODUCTS CHANGE TACK IN CHINA

The ITB China Travel Trends Report has revealed that health and safety are key concerns impacting the travel intentions of Chinese tourists in the “new normal”. The report is a yearly publication, conducted by ITB China, based on a survey among 200 Chinese outbound travel agencies and travel companies, including interviews with several industry experts.…

BALPA WELCOMES VIRGIN ATLANTIC RESTRUCTURING PLAN

The British Airline Pilots’ Association has welcomed a deal thrashed out this week by Virgin Atlantic to remain solvent throughout the Covid-19 crisis. This Tuesday, Virgin Atlantic moved a step closer to completing a restructuring devised to secure its future beyond the coronavirus crisis, with remaining creditors voting in favour of a UK£1.2 bn rescue…

BALI EXTENDS BAN ON FOREIGN TOURISTS UNTIL END OF YEAR

Bali’s Governor Wayan Koster has officially announced that the tourist island will not open for international tourism until the end of 2020. Koster explained that after speaking with Minister of Foreign Affairs, Bali will delay its reopening until 2021 in line with the Government of Indonesia. “After considering all the current factors that are of serious concern, it can’t be done” the…

CROATIA, GHANA AND ECUADOR GET WTTC SAFE TRAVELS STAMP

Croatia, Ecuador and Ghana are the latest in a long line of major destinations to be granted the safety and hygiene stamp launched by the World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC). Other holiday hotspots such as Turkey, Portugal, Kenya, and Mauritius, have already been given "the stamp". Ecuador received its WTTC Safe Travels Stamp following…

ACCOR OPENS FIRST MONDRIAN IN ASIA

Mondrian Seoul Itaewon is set to become a "lifestyle destination" in South Korea's coolest district, marking the 5th property in the Mondrian portfolio. Located in the internationally diverse district of Itaewon, the Mondrian, developed in partnership with sbe hospitality group, will present what the group describes as an "immersive" destination with bold design, colourful art,…
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