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20@EXPO 2020 – MAKING EXPO DUBAI 2020 TWENTY TIMES MORE EXCITING

Expo 2020 Dubai is just around the corner… opening its gates on the 1st October 2021. And in order to allow visitors make the most of their stay, the event's organizers have produced a series of “20@Expo2020” tips and ideas for attending the show, as well as getting around Dubai. World Expos are the world’s…

“ITB CHINA INDUSTRY MEETUP” PLANNED FOR SEVEN CITIES

The organisers of ITB China have announced the launch of the "ITB China Industry MeetUp": a series of events set to take place in seven major cities in China between September and November 2020. The announcement was made at an exclusive networking event for industry senior representatives in Shanghai on Wednesday 29 July. The events…

TOURISM RESTARTS: 40% OF DESTINATIONS HAVE NOW EASED TRAVEL RESTRICTIONS

The responsible restart of tourism is underway around the world as growing numbers of destinations ease COVID-19 related travel restrictions and adapt to the new reality. According to the latest analysis from the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO), 40% of all destinations worldwide have now eased the restrictions they placed on international tourism in response to…

DESTINATION MARKETING ORGANISATIONS TAKE POST-COVID ACTION

Numerous destination marketing organisations and local operators have been taking decisive action to get tourism up and running again after the global lock-down. While there are far too many to list in one article, we have selected ten highly dynamic actions which can be taken as "best practices". 1 - Thailand  The Thai government has…

AGENCIES JOIN FORCES TO BUILD “BRAND NEW ZEALAND” ON THE WORLD STAGE

For the first time, Tourism New Zealand, New Zealand Trade and Enterprise, Ministry for Primary Industries, Education New Zealand and New Zealand Story are working together on a joint global campaign to promote New Zealand’s brand on the world stage. The new ‘Messages from New Zealand' content builds New Zealand’s reputation offshore as a great place to live, study in,…

NEW STUDY FINDS GERMANS WANT TO TRAVEL ABROAD DESPITE COVID-19

ITB Berlin is set to publish a study by IPK on the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on international travel behaviour, showing Germans’ interest in travel abroad remains high. When asked what their travel intentions were in during the current pandemic, 70% of German outbound travellers said they would continue to travel abroad – despite…

TRAVEL INDUSTRY LEADERS CALL ON U.S. ADMINISTRATION TO STEP UP COVID-19 TESTING

14 top hospitality CEOs have sent a joint letter to President Trump urging the US Federal Administration to step-up Covid-19 testing. Signatories include Roger Dow of the US Travel Association, Hilton's Chris Nassetta, Marriott International's Arne Sorenson and Elie Maalouf of IHG, along with Wyndham Hotels & Resorts, Accor North America and Choice Hotels. The…

CHINESE TRAVEL AGENTS SAY RECOVERY WILL COME IN LESS THAN ONE YEAR

A comprehensive survey of Chinese travel agencies by ITB China has found that over 70% believe the industry should recover in less than 12 months. The 2020 China Market Recovery Special Edition was conducted by ITB China to analyse and present the most important Chinese market trends in a post-COVID-19 world.The report is based on a survey of 200 Chinese outbound travel agencies…

BOTSWANA FORGES INTO THE DIGITAL WORLD WITH NEW eVISA TECHNOLOGY

Botswana has launched a new eVisa for foreign tourists as part of the country’s expansion of digital services. Online visas are becoming more popular around the world as both governments and travellers are increasingly embracing the digital age. Visa requirements for many countries are already available online and more countries have also introduced the option…

CAN’T VISIT? EXPERIENCE THE AMAZING JOURNEY ON VIDEO…

Now’s the perfect time to experience the history of Beppu Hot Springs, when a visit is out of the question. Announcing "Beppu, The Onsen Journey", a video depicting the birth of Japan's Beppu hot springs over 2.6 million years. Beppu City’s tourism economy was hit with an unprecedented shock as COVID-19 began to spread in…

WTTC CALLS FOR OPENING OF ESSENTIAL AIR CORRIDORS

The World Travel & Tourism Council is urging for the opening of air corridors between global financial centres such as London, Frankfurt and New York, to help restart business travel - crucial to kick-starting the economic recovery. The WTTC has warned governments around the world that further country-wide border closures could seriously jeopardise global economic…

CRUISE AND MARITIME VOYAGES PLACED INTO ADMINISTRATION

South Quay Travel Limited, which traded under the name Cruise & Maritime Voyages (CMV) has gone into administration, falling victim to the Covid-19 crisis. Founded in 2009, the British line last year celebrated the addition of a sixth ship to its fleet. With all operations stalled since March, cruises were to have restarted in mid-August.…

CORONAVIRUS: AIRLINES SUPPORT JOINT US-EUROPEAN TESTING SCHEME

Major airlines have asked for a joint coronavirus testing programme, so that travel may resume between the US and Europe. The owner of British Airways and United Airlines are among the carriers that have signed a letter to US and European Union leaders. Currently travel between Europe and the US is largely barred. Carriers are…
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