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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…

USHUAIA CRUISE SEASON STARTS AGAIN ON OCTOBER 20

Ushuaia, the Argentinian gateway to the Antarctic, will officially see cruise tourism re-starting from October 20, 2021. At the Southern tip of Patagonia in Argentina, Ushuaia was, before 2020, a major hub for tourism cruises towards the Antarctic. The city has long been a magnet for adventure travellers. And they will now be able to…

COMTRAVO NAMED AS ONE OF GERMANY’S TOP 25 STARTUPS

German start-up Comtravo helps in finding the best travel options for SMEs by offering personalised service with cutting-edge technology. This positioning has enabled the company to be recognised by gruender.de as one of Germany's top 25 start-ups in 2021. Created back in 2015, start-up Comtravo is a Berlin-made success story. With €40m in funding, the…

CIAO ALITALIA… BENVENUTI ALL’ITA

Italy's flagship carrier Alitalia will belong to the history books from October 15, as its successor ITA (Italia Trasporto Aereo) takes off. First flights can already be booked for the new Italian national carrier. It is almost officially complete. Last week, Italy's national carrier Alitalia announced it was suspending the sale of tickets for any…

A RAILWAY STATION SET TO BECOME KAOHSIUNG’S NEW CITY ICON

The future Kaohsiung Station in Taiwan is one of the largest rail infrastructures to be constructed in the world. It is not only a massive project but will also become an iconic structure giving the city an identity. It will help unify the urban landscape of Taiwan's southern metropolis with a string of new parks,…

MIAMI IS BACK AS CRUISE CAPITAL OF THE WORLD

With the return of the first cruise ships out of Miami in late June, the US city wants to reassert its title of "cruise capital of the world". No place in the world is more closely tied to the cruise industry than Miami. PortMiami is indeed the largest hub for cruises in the world. In…

ITB’S RIKA JEAN-FRANCOIS TO HOST KEY SESSION AT 2021 SUSTAINABLE TRAVEL CONFERENCE IN PORTUGAL

Rika Jean Francois, Commissioner, Corporate Social Responsibility, ITB, will be moderating a conference session on “The Positive Role of Tourism” at the upcoming “A World for Travel – Évora Forum” event in Portugal. The new annual sustainable travel industry event will take place on September 16 and 17 of this year. A World for Travel…

HOLIDU SECURES €37 MILLION IN FUNDING

Start-up company Holidu aims to make the search and booking of holiday rentals easy. The principle behind the company is paying dividends. Revenues grew substantially in 2020, helping the company in securing €37m in capital. The new investment brings the company’s total funding to more than €100m since its foundation. Holidu is active in 21…

WOMEN OWN THE ROOM WITH WYNDHAM

Wyndham Hotels & Resorts have announced a new programme, “Women Own the Room” designed to advance and empower female entrepreneurs. “As the hotel industry resets and recovers from one of the most difficult periods in its history, we all have a unique opportunity to help advance and champion diversity in hospitality to help our industry prosper. At…

ITB ASIA 2021: “THE DECADE AHEAD: BRAVING NEW REALITIES IN TRAVEL”

Messe Berlin (Singapore) has announced that the ITB Asia Virtual Conference 2021, under the overarching theme of “The Decade Ahead: Braving New Realities in Travel”, will address the most pressing issues looking forward to the travel year 2022.  From October 25-29, leading figures will be having their say and sharing their up-to-date insights, and will…

NICE TOURISM CELEBRATED BY UNESCO

Since the end of July, Nice has been inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List for its unique urban heritage as "the winter resort town of the Riviera". The precious UNESCO status glorifies the positive role played by tourism in Nice's destiny. It has taken almost ten years for Nice, France's largest metropolis along the…

SPORT: A KEY DRIVER FOR ORLANDO’S TOURISM RECOVERY IN 2021

Orlando has identified sport as a key driver to aid tourism recovery, following Covid-19 lockdowns. Al Kidd, President and CEO of Sports ETA, the international association for the sports events and tourism industry, said: “As we emerge from the restrictions and challenges of the pandemic and return to business, great cities like Orlando are poised…

MAJOR LUXURY EXPANSION MOVE FOR HYATT

Hyatt Hotels Corporation has announced it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Apple Leisure Group (ALG), a leading luxury resort-management services, travel and hospitality group for US$2.7 billion in cash.  ALG’s resort brand management platform AMResorts provides management services to the largest portfolio of luxury all-inclusive resorts in the Americas under the AMR Collection brand portfolio, including well-known brands Secrets Resorts…
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