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MOSCOW LEADS THE WAY – UNDERLINING HOSPITALITY AS ITS KEY ASSET

If Moscow was named as Europe’s Leading City Destination 2021 at the recent World Travel Awards, one of the key reasons for the selection is the city's globally renowned hospitality. A modern metropolis with almost 900-years’ history, Moscow offers the visitor a huge variety of attractions: historical sights, cuisine from all around the world, cultural…

SPOTLIGHTING EXPO 2020 DUBAI’S “STAND-OUT” PAVILIONS

With 192 countries represented at Expo 2020 Dubai, each with its own pavilion, the choice is mind-boggling. For this reason, most international tour operators are recommending that those attending the event should plan ample time to visit the huge array of displays. Each pavilion is exceptional in its design and concept, but it’s true to…

Australasia and environs…

Australia highlights key assets as Oceania sees slow tourism growth in 2019 According to UNWTO figures released in January, growth in Oceania (+3%) was rather slow, with modest performance by larger destinations Australia and New Zealand, partly due to the softening of Chinese visitors. The slowdown in Chinese tourism to Australia occurred despite a weaker…

Contrasting travel trends on the American continent

Contrasting travel trends on the American continent Two divergent travel trends have marked the American continent over the past year, according to IPK. In the first eight months of 2019, outbound travel from North America grew at a rate 4.5% higher than the global average, while at -3%, outbound trips from Latin America witnessed a…

Call for urgent action

ICAO, IMO, and UNWTO call for urgent actions to help the aviation and tourism sector withstand COVID-19 impacts The International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), International Maritime Organization (IMO), and the World Health Organization (WHO) joined the UN World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) yesterday for a virtual teleconference on COVID-19. The meeting was introduced with priorities and…

Aman announces janu: a new hotel brand focused on “rekindling the soul”

For more than 30 years Aman’s constellation has stretched from the shores of Phuket to the mountains of Bhutan, and will soon reach the avenues of New York. Welcome to Janu, the sister brand of Aman – a hotel brand which will “deliver harmony through the dynamic balance of opposites”. While Aman is synonymous with…

WOMEN ONLY

Each for Equal – celebrating International Women’s Day at Jumeirah Vittaveli Following this year’s theme of the International Women’s Day, #EachForEqual, Jumeirah Vittaveli will be celebrating the success of all the talented women around the world with a host of special activities on offer for everyone. All female guests will have the opportunity to start…

Siesta key named #1 beach in usa

Visit Sarasota County (VSC) has announced that Siesta Beach in Sarasota County on Florida’s Gulf Coast has once again been designated the TripAdvisor Travelers’ Choice Top Beach in the United States. This recognition was first bestowed on Siesta Beach in 2015, and again in 2017. VSC is thrilled to see TripAdvisor contributors select the destination again for 2020. Siesta Beach was named…

COVID-19 STATEMENT- UNWTO

As the COVID-19 situation evolves, the World Tourism Organization observes that full or partial travel restrictions have been – and continue to be – introduced across the world. These decisions are made with public health as the primary concern. This pandemic affects every level of society and we stand by those affected in these times. The impact of the pandemic…

What travel restrictions mean to Europe’s airlines

The travel analytics company, ForwardKeys, has revealed the potential impact of this week’s decision by EU member states to adopt EU guidelines on the closure of EU borders for 30 days, for all but essential travel into the bloc. Up to 48,200 flights and 10.2 million seats are in jeopardy. Olivier Ponti, VP Insights, ForwardKeys, commented:…

SAUDI TOURISM BOOM

Short leisure breaks are set to drive a 38% increase in visitors to KSA by 2024, says new ATM research. Visitors to Saudi Arabia are predicted to increase 38% from 15.5 million in 2019 to 21.3 million by 2024, according to new research by Colliers International, commissioned by Arabian Travel Market (2020), which takes place at Dubai…

Martinique “goes the extra mile” in eco-responsibility

Featured article With the French government officially requesting World Heritage status for Martinique's Pelee Mountain region, the island's extraordinary biodiversity is even more under the spotlight. Martinique is truly a global biodiversity hot-spot: one of just a few dozen in the world.  The preservation of endemic flowers, shrubs and animals, along with the respect for…

MICHELIN GUIDE ADDS MOSCOW AS A KEY CULINARY DESTINATION

In Q3 2021, Moscow joined the ranks of the world's leading gastronomy capitals, as the first-ever Michelin Guide Moscow was launched at a glamorous gala ceremony. The Michelin Guide Moscow highlights 69 restaurants, making Moscow is the first city of the former Soviet Union to be acknowledged as a culinary capital by Michelin's gastronomic experts.…

Secret Paradise: celebrating sustainability and education in the Maldives for 10 years

Secret Paradise Maldives pride themselves in being one of the most highly recognised sustainable and educational tour operators in the region - now celebrating ten years serving travellers from around the world in a very special way. A spokesperson told ITB News: "Travelling with Secret Paradise means as a responsible traveller, you support steps to…
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