THE GRAND EGYPTIAN MUSEUM: CULTURAL HIGHLIGHT OF 2021

Originally scheduled to open in 2011, one of the world's most prestigious museum complexes, the Grand Egyptian Museum (GEM), is finally set to open its doors mid-2021.

THE CHANGING FACE OF LUXURY TRAVEL: UNIQUE EXPERIENCES ADD VALUE

In pre-COVID days, travel and leisure—especially in the luxury sector—were considered an ever-expanding growth industry. In addition to tangible luxuries, sustainable and one-of-a-kind experiences were becoming increasingly attractive to high-end travellers. Luxury travel was on track to emerge in the 21st century both as a consumer good and as a journey towards self-awareness. Experts predicted …

TOWARDS A TRANSFORMATION OF TOURISM IN GEORGIA

With the global Covid-19 crisis changing the “normal” for travel now and in the future, the small nation of Georgia has totally changed tack when it comes to international tourism.

INTRODUCING THE MAISON DELANO BRAND

Katara hospitality and Accor have announced the launch of the Maison Delano Brand, with the first property set to open in Paris in 2022.

GOTHENBURG EMERGES AS #1 SUSTAINABLE MICE DESTINATION

Gothenburg, Sweden’s second largest city, has become a model in developing sustainability for tourism. It was rewarded the title of the world’s most sustainable destination according to the Global Destination Sustainability Index 2016, 2017, 2018 and 2019. A positioning which was recently confirmed again by Lonely planet. The travel guide attributed to Gothenburg the title …

TECH, TOURS AND ACTIVITIES AS A WAY OUT OF THE CRISIS

Tours and activities now make up the third-largest market in the international travel industry. And indeed, in order to overcome the coronavirus crisis, many tourism organisations are focusing on selling their attractions to the domestic travel market. What's more, modern technology has set a new standard for contact-free booking of tours and activities at holiday destinations.

AIR FRANCE-KLM SUSTAINABLE AVIATION FUEL PROGRAMME DEDICATED TO CORPORATE CUSTOMERS

At a time when awareness of climate issues is at the heart of the strategy of many companies, the Air France-KLM Corporate SAF programme gives customers the opportunity to become players in the reduction of CO₂ emissions in the context of their business trips.

ISRAEL REACHES OUT TO THE WORLD

The recent signing of a tourism agreement with Greece is the latest in a list of actions being taken by Israel to reach out to the world, following a thawing of relations with a number of middle-eastern neighbours.

PORTUGAL PROMOTES RESPONSIBLE AND SUSTAINABLE TOURISM

Portugal has set out a plan for the next three years as part of its long-term goal to become one of the most sustainable destinations worldwide by 2027.

STRONG INDUSTRY DEMAND FOR ITB BERLIN NOW

With more than 2,000 exhibitors from around the world – and counting -- the World’s Leading Tourism Trade Show is a virtual mirror of the industry.

GOLF QUARANTINE: THAILAND SWINGS TO AN ALTERNATIVE SOLUTION FOR FOREIGN VISITORS

While Thailand is reopening very cautiously to international tourists with very strict sanitary protocols and rules, the Kingdom is attempting to ease the blow by introducing golf quarantine packages.

BEST PRACTICE: SONEVA – SUSTAINABILITY AS A DRIVING FORCE

Can we still make the world a better place by travelling sustainably? Even though this question may seem to point to a contradiction or, at the very least, to a pious wish, more and more hotels and resorts are trying to solve this riddle as they gradually respond to an increasing demand for sustainable travel. One of the first hoteliers…

HOSPITALITY MARKET VALUE SET TO RECOVER FROM PANDEMIC IN 2021

The global hotel and other travel accommodation market is expected to grow from US$673.02bn in 2020 to US$801.9bn in 2021 according to a report from Reportlinker. Growth will come from the increased use of technologies and new strategies to adapt to a post-COVID world. Technology company ReportLinker released its report “Hotel And Other Travel Accommodation …

YOUR COVID PASSPORT, PLEASE SIR…

Sweden and Denmark have announced they will begin the development of digital vaccine certificates for travel and eventually other motives.

SPAIN LAUNCHES LOW-COST, HIGH-SPEED TRAIN SERVICE

Meet Spain's newest innovation for travellers: Avlo, operated by state rail operator Renfe.