MAURITIUS OFFERS FREE COVID JABS TO PREMIUM VISA HOLDERS

Mauritius’ Premium Visa allows international visitors to stay on the island for up to 12 months to work remotely, retire or simply enjoy a longer holiday. The visa is renewable and best of all, it also opens the possibility for a free Covid-19 vaccination. In November 2020, in an effort to maintain tourism activities, the …

WORLDPRIDE AND EUROGAMES TO GO AHEAD IN COPENHAGEN DESPITE RESTRICTIONS

“Copenhagen 2021” which groups both the WorldPride and Eurogames will take place from 12-22 August. The world largest international LGBTQ event will adhere to rules set by the Danish government to avoid a spike in Covid cases. Major events can go ahead in Denmark from 1 August, as long as capacity is capped at 5,000 …

ACCOR MOVES INTO SERVICES, COMPLEMENTING CORE HOTEL BUSINESS

The global hospitality group Accor has announced its intention, subject to market conditions, to sponsor a Corporate Special Purpose Acquisition Company (SPAC) — the Accor Acquisition Company (AAC) — to be listed on Euronext Paris. AAC aims to raise approximately €300m. Accor’s objective in creating the Accor Acquisition Company (AAC) is external growth of its …

NEW ATTRACTIONS TO HELP POST-COVID REVIVAL IN SINGAPORE

An ice-cream museum, a thrill ride and a rotating panoramic platform on Sentosa Island are the new attractions to open their doors in 2021/2022 in Singapore. Despite the Covid pandemic, Singapore continues to plan its tourism future. Recently, tourism authorities unveiled plans for new attractions which would contribute to enhance Singapore’s appeal. Keith Tan, Chief …

TRIESTE CONVENTION CENTRE USHERS IN NEW ERA FOR TOURISM

The city of Trieste, at the crossroads to Slovenia and Croatia, has a brand-new convention centre. It has the largest auditorium in northeastern Italy equipped with the latest technologies. City authorities believe that the centre, combined with a string of new museums, will give a new impetus to the destination. Trieste has long been marginalised …

MEDITERRANEAN COUNTRIES REOPEN FOR VACCINATED VISITORS

Countries on the Mediterranean Sea are opening one by one to either vaccinated or Covid-negative tested Europeans.

RESEARCH HIGHLIGHTS POSITIVE EFFECTS OF VACCINATION ON TRAVEL

The latest research from ForwardKeys reveals that vaccinations appear to hold the key to reviving international travel.

NEW BOSS FOR ACCOR LUXURY BRANDS

Accor has announced the appointment of Stephen Alden to the role of Chief Executive Officer Raffles & Orient Express, effective May 3rd.

VIENNA READY FOR RECOVERY

INTERVIEW - Norbert Kettner, Vienna Tourist Board’s Director: "we will promote Vienna in a way nobody did before…"

FRANCE LAUNCHES EUROPEAN “RECOVERY CAMPAIGN”

Atout France is launching a recovery campaign entitled “What really matters! #ExploreFrance”. It will be the largest strategic campaign to date for the reconquest of travellers by the national tourism development agency. Next to Atout France, the campaign involves 13 Regional Tourism Committees / Tourism Agencies as well as a number of private companies in …

INTERVIEW: UNWTO / IATA DESTINATION TRACKER

An exceptional new project has been launched between UNWTO and IATA, named the “destination tracker”. In order to get the “low down” on how it works and how it’s rolling out, journalist Richard Barnes spoke to Sandra Carvão, Chief of Tourism Market Intelligence and Competitiveness at UNWTO and Linda Ristagno, Assistant Director, External Affairs – IATA.

SAXONY: A TOP GERMAN SUMMER DESTINATION

Summer 2021 might well be the perfect time to enjoy the hospitality of Saxony. The region offers all elements of a dream destination: from exceptional historical sites to preserved wild or man-made landscapes to a bicycle ride on dedicated trails.

BREATHTAKING “PRIVATE ISLAND VACATIONS” IN FIJI TO OFFSET COVID TRAVEL SLUMP

Fiji's COVID-19 Risk Mitigation Taskforce (CRMT) is promoting “Luxury Vacations in Paradise” in partnership with Fiji Airways and the Fijian tourism industry.

DISCOVERING THE SOCIET DREAM OF SPACE CONQUEST IN KAZAKHSTAN

Kazakhstan has begun promoting the visit of Baikonur space station in Kazakhstan – the place from which the world’s first cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin was sent into space during the era of the now defunct Soviet Union. Not everyone is born to be a cosmonaut, but everyone can now get a bit closer to the stars …