JORDAN BOOSTS ITS AIR CONNECTIVITY IN 2022

With new routes scheduled through WizzAir, Turkish Airlines, United Airlines and of course the national airline, Royal Jordanian, Jordan is boosting its appeal to foreign visitors. In partnership with the Jordan Tourism Board (JTB), the Jordanian government has been looking at ways to boost the country's appeal to international travellers. With a host of new…

🌍 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 🌍

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…

QANTAS CELEBRATES CENTENARY

Queensland and Northern Territory Aerial Services (QANTAS) today marks 100 years since it was founded in the Australian outback. On 16 November 1920, two veterans of the Australian Flying Corps, Hudson Fysh and Paul McGinness, together with local grazier Fergus McMaster, founded what would later become the national carrier. This happened just 17 years after…

NEW HEALTH SECURITY VERIFICATION PLATFORM LAUNCHED BY INTERNOVA

Internova Travel Group has partnered with Sharecare and Forbes Travel Guide to validate the procedures and protocols at more than 50,000 hotels booked through its systems.  The dynamic solution will help the travel industry align on a common approach, consistent protocols, and an established system of health security, say company executives. “This verification process will…

TRAVEL MEMORY DEFICIT: WHAT BRITS MISS MOST ABOUT TRAVEL

A new survey by Hilton group in the UK has revealed what Brits miss most about travelling, with the chance to create new memories topping the list of the most longed for experiences. Almost two thirds (64%) claim this is the part of travel they yearn for the most, with Generation Z feeling the most…

SAXONY CELEBRATES THE CHRISTMAS SPIRIT

While the German state of Saxony is regarded as a "Christmas wonderland", visitors are able to find the same atmosphere throughout the year. The federal state has more than one reason to celebrate, as it has been declared the Official Cultural Destination of ITB Berlin 2021 and a year later will be the host country…

ETC CALLS FOR NATIONS TO JOIN FORCES ON CRISIS SOLUTIONS

The head of the European Travel Commission says with a second wave of Covid-19 sweeping Europe, it is now more important than ever for European nations to join forces and agree on common solutions to a number of current burning issues.   Speaking following the publication of the ETC’s latest quarterly report, the organisation’s Executive…

MENTAL WELLNESS ECONOMY ESTIMATED AT US$120BN

The Global Wellness Institute has released a major research report for 2020: “Defining the Mental Wellness Economy.” The study defines mental wellness as opposed to mental health, clarifying the key concepts and pathways, and measures mental wellness as a global industry identifying and benchmarking its key sub-segments. In a press conference on November 9, during…
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