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COUNTDOWN STARTS FOR SAXONY AS OFFICIAL PARTNER DESTINATION OF ITB BERLIN 2022

In 2022, Saxony will be the Official Partner Destination of ITB Berlin. This is the culmination of a two-year partnership with ITB Berlin, during which Saxony has already been the Official ITB Culture Destination in 2021. “Next year’s official partnership gives Saxony a big opportunity to promote itself to the world tourism industry as an…

WE ARE EUROPE

The European Travel Commission has teamed up with Euronews to create and launch a new media campaign entitled “We are Europe”. The campaign is designed to inspire people to get ready to travel again as travel restrictions across Europe are gradually being eased. The campaign, which will air on Euronews’ TV and digital platforms, as…

TOURISM REBOUND

New research has been released showing very strong consumer demand for post coronavirus travel. The interactive report, “Bouncing Back: Consumer Views on Traveling Again”, by Flywire, is based on an independent survey of adult leisure travellers from the United States, Canada, United Kingdom and Japan. The research looks at the impact of the coronavirus crisis…

CHINA GETS EVEN

IHG’s lifestyle and wellness brand, Even, has arrived in China, with the group’s first property opening in Nanjing. It is the first Even hotel in Asia and also the first outside of the Americas.  Since the first Even Hotels opening in 2014, IHG’s lifestyle and wellness offering is designed to meet the large and growing…

AIR FRANCE PHASES OUT A380

The Air France-KLM Group has announced the definitive end of Air France Airbus A380 operations. The company has announced the move “in the context of the current COVID-19 crisis and its impact on anticipated activity levels.” Five of the Airbus A380 aircraft in the current fleet are owned by Air France or on finance lease,…

EUROPEAN COMMISSION LAUNCHES “REOPEN EU” WEBSITE

The European Commission has launched “Re-open EU”: a web platform to support a safe relaunch of travelling and tourism across Europe. The Re-open EU platform is part of the Commission’s Tourism and Transport package of 13 May 2020, launched to rebuild confidence among travellers in the EU and help European tourism resume safely, in line the necessary health precautions. he…

SAFE TRAVELS STAMP SET TO BOOST TOURISM CONFIDENCE

Major destinations around the world are signing up to the world’s first ever global safety and hygiene stamp, launched recently by the World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC). Endorsements have come from many major holiday destinations around the world, from Bulgaria to Turkey and Jamaica to Mauritius, among many others. WTTC, which represents the global…

WTTC SAYS GOVERNMENTS MUST ACT TO SAVE SECTOR

The World Travel and Tourism Council is calling on governments to take urgent action to save the sector in the light of the Covid-19 crisis. According to new WTTC research, more than 197 million jobs could be lost in the global Travel & Tourism sector if barriers to global travel, such as blanket anti-travel advisories…

50% OF AMERICANS STILL PLAN TO TRAVEL IN 2020

A Travel Leaders Network survey of nearly 2,700 frequent travellers in the USA found that half are starting to make finite plans for their next holidays or have already made plans, while the other half say they are dreaming of when they can travel again. 50% of those surveyed said they plan to take their…

SILVERSEA TAKES DELIVERY OF SILVER ORIGIN

Silversea Cruises has taken delivery of its first-ever destination-specific ship, Silver Origin, from Dutch shipyard De Hoop. An intimate ceremony, held on Wednesday June 3, 2020, marked the first in-person cruise ship delivery since the pandemic prompted a global lockdown. Select Silversea top executives—including Manfredi Lefebvre d’Ovidio, Chairman; Roberto Martinoli, President and CEO; Damien O’Connor, SVP Hotel Operations & Onboard Revenue; and…

NEW HILTON PARTNERSHIP AVERTS FOOD WASTAGE IN UK

Hilton hotels across the UK are partnering with Open Kitchens to help divert enough surplus food to create more than 50,000 meals a month. One in eight people in the UK has difficulty accessing regular food1 – a figure which continues to grow as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic – whilst 250,000 tonnes of surplus…

LONG HAUL TRAVEL BAROMETER

Global travellers are revealing the impact of Covid-19 on their plans to visit Europe in Summer 2020. To better understand and respond to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on overseas travel, the European Travel Commission (ETC), the European Tourism Association (ETOA), Eurail B.V. and the European Commission continue to monitor the shifts and trends…

COVID-19 INTERACTIVE TRAVEL MAP LAUNCHED

IATA has launched an interactive map giving travellers the latest COVID-19 restrictions with real-time alerts. The International Air Transport Association (IATA) introduced a free online interactive world map to provide travellers with the latest COVID-19 entry regulations by country. The map relies on IATA’s Timatic database which contains comprehensive information on documentation required for international…
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