🌍 Episode #1 – Building Tourism Destination Recovery

Welcome to the ITB News podcast . In this first episode is all about building tourism destinations recovery and we’ve got a great interview coming up with 🇯🇴 Nayef Al Fayez, Minister of Tourism and Antiquities for the Kingdom of Jordan but first let's look back at the recent ITB Berlin convention 🌍

ITB BERLIN PRESENTS VIRTUAL PLATFORM FOR 2021

From 9 to 12 March the who’s who of the global B2B travel industry will meet at ITB Berlin NOW – A new virtual platform featuring the main elements: networking, news, business and content – Early Bird rates are available for exhibitors until 15 January – Trade visitor tickets cost 99 euros  – The parallel ITB Berlin Virtual…

QANTAS CHIEF: VACCINATION WILL BE REQUIRED TO FLY

International air travellers will in future need to prove they have been vaccinated against Covid-19 in order to board Qantas flights, the airline says. The Australian flag carrier's CEO, Alan Joyce, said the move would be "a necessity" when vaccines are available. "I think that's going to be a common thing talking to my colleagues…

EMIRATES OFFERS FREE MULTI-RISK INSURANCE

Emirates has announced an initiative to provide expanded multi-risk travel cover on top of its current COVID-19 cover. Provided by Emirates at no additional cost to its customers, and provided by AIG Travel, the airline claims this cover is the first of its kind in the airline and travel insurance industry. The multi-risk travel insurance and COVID-19 cover…

IATA TRAVEL PASS – A “KEY TO OPENING BORDERS”

The International Air Transport Association has announced it is in the final development phase of a digital health pass that will support the safe reopening of borders.   Governments are beginning to use testing as a means of limiting the risks of COVID-19 importation when re-opening their borders to travellers without quarantine measures. The new…

TRIPADVISOR AND PHOCUSWRIGHT RELEASE JOINT SURVEY FINDINGS

A new research paper has been released covering the shifting trends in global travel demand and traveller behaviours, charting the industry's road to recovery in the wake of the ongoing pandemic. The report, entitled “2020 - A Year in Travel: Charting the Travel Industry's Path to Recovery”, was compiled by Tripadvisor and Phocuswright. It analyses Tripadvisor's first-party data…

QATAR AIRWAYS AND AIR CANADA SIGN CODESHARE AGREEMENT

Qatar Airways has finalised a codeshare agreement with Air Canada applicable for travel between Doha and Toronto. Sales have started with the first codeshare flight to operate from 15 December 2020. The agreement boosts Canada’s global connectivity - supporting the recovery of tourism and trade. Qatar Airways’ passengers can now enjoy one-stop connections to and…

EUROPEANS MAINTAIN A ROBUST DESIRE TO TRAVEL, DESPITE COVID-19 SECOND WAVE

European travellers have a stable and positive attitude towards travel but concerns over falling ill at the destination and quarantine restrictions have resulted in postponing more trips to 2021. This is according to the latest report “Monitoring Sentiment for Domestic and Intra-European Travel: Wave 2” released this week by the European Travel Commission (ETC). This is the…

ITB INDIA GOES VIRTUAL IN 2021

Due to the ongoing travel restrictions and the circumstances around the current pandemic situation, ITB India organiser has decided to hold the inaugural ITB India 2021 as an entirely virtual event, set to take place from 7 - 9 April 2021. Katrina Leung - Managing Director of Messe Berlin (Singapore) The new event format provides…

NEW BRAND – BEYOND GREEN – LAUNCHED BY PREFERRED HOTEL GROUP

Preferred Hotel Group has announced the birth of a new hotel brand: Beyond Green - guided by an inherent passion to transform travel as a force for good. This new hospitality brand debuts with a global portfolio of 24 founding member hotels, resorts, and lodges that exemplify sustainable tourism leadership. Driven by purpose, the new brand represents Preferred’s commitment…

AMBASSADORS TO SPAIN JOIN CALL FOR COLLABORATIVE RESTART OF TOURISM

Ambassadors to Spain from the region of Europe have gathered together for a high-level meeting with the Secretary-General of the UNWTO. The virtual meeting with Secretary-General Zurab Pololikashvili focused on the timely and responsible restart of tourism across the continent. The Ambassadors are acting as a bridge between the Secretariat of the United Nations specialised agency in…

UNITED LAUNCHES FREE TRANSATLANTIC COVID TESTING

United customers travelling on flight 14 on 16 November from Newark to London Heathrow were the first to experience the airline's free transatlantic COVID-19 testing pilot programme. The airline provided rapid tests to every passenger over two years old and all crew members on board, free of charge, guaranteeing everyone on the flight tested negative…

KOREAN AIRLINE INDUSTRY SHAKE-UP

With the Korea Development Bank set to inject over US$700m to further prop up its local airline industry, Korean Air has announced a take-over bid for troubled Asiana Airlines - at US$1.6bn. Asiana has long been plagued by financial problems, prompting parent company Kumho Industrial to put its 31% stake up for sale last year…
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