GATES REOPENING… CAUTIOUSLY

Restrictions on travel starting to ease but caution remains, UNWTO reports The world is slowly opening up again, new research from the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) indicates, with destinations cautiously easing travel restrictions introduced in response to COVID-19. As the United Nations specialized agency releases its Global Guidelines for Reopening Tourism, signalling a transition into …

BAHAMAS ANNOUNCE REOPENING PLANS

The Bahamas Ministry of Tourism & Aviation Director-General, Joy Jibrilu has announced a collaborative plan for re-opening the country’s borders and tourism sector, as well as the resumption of international commercial travel starting July 1.  A press conference provided details of the “Tourism Readiness and Recovery Plan” to be used as an approved, comprehensive guide of health and …

POST PANDEMIC CARIBBEAN HOLIDAYS

St Kitts and Nevis explains when it will welcome tourists again, and just what is changing. Commercial flights to the Federation of St Kitts and Nevis remain on hold, the government announced this week. Borders remain open only for essential purposes such as repatriation, departures, and medical emergencies. While some lockdown measures have been relaxed, the government …

GOLFING PUERTO RICO – YES YOU CAN AGAIN!

Many of Puerto Rico’s 18 golf courses have reopened, as recently announced by Gov. Wanda Vázquez.

A NEW WAY TO VISIT BEVERLY HILLS

For the first time, the hospitality experts behind Beverly Hills’ legendary hotels have come together to bring the world-renowned Beverly Hills experience into the homes of viewers everywhere. The seven-part Beverly Hills Home Hotelier series, created exclusively by Beverly Hills Conference & Visitors Bureau (BHCVB), includes timely subjects such as: culinary exploration, wellness and self-care, interior design, and smoothie and cocktail …

TRAVEL IN THE “NEW NORMAL”

The World Travel and Tourism Council has laid-out guidelines for safe and seamless travel in the "new normal".

Post Crisis Roadmap

Calling on innovators and entrepreneurs to accelerate tourism recovery… In the face of an unprecedented challenge, the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO), with the support of the World Health Organization (WHO), calls on innovators and entrepreneurs to put forward new solutions to help the tourism sector recover from COVID-19.  With millions of jobs at risk as …

Sands donates millions of masks for covid-19 crisis

Two million surgical masks have been airlifted by Las Vegas Sands Chairman Sheldon Adelson’s private 767 jet from China to New York and Las Vegas as a donation to help fight the Corona virus on the front lines. After flying to Guangzhou, China, 500 boxes containing one million masks were offloaded in Albany, New York …

Asia – a tourism powerhouse in 2019

UNWTO data show very strong performance with South and Southeast Asia topping the list UNWTO data show very strong performance with South and Southeast Asia topping the list With the coronavirus and ensuing economic difficulties muddying the waters when it comes to any projections, it is more useful to look at overall trends to date, …

Australasia and environs…

Australia highlights key assets as Oceania sees slow tourism growth in 2019 According to UNWTO figures released in January, growth in Oceania (+3%) was rather slow, with modest performance by larger destinations Australia and New Zealand, partly due to the softening of Chinese visitors. The slowdown in Chinese tourism to Australia occurred despite a weaker …

Contrasting travel trends on the American continent

Contrasting travel trends on the American continent Two divergent travel trends have marked the American continent over the past year, according to IPK. In the first eight months of 2019, outbound travel from North America grew at a rate 4.5% higher than the global average, while at -3%, outbound trips from Latin America witnessed a …

Call for urgent action

ICAO, IMO, and UNWTO call for urgent actions to help the aviation and tourism sector withstand COVID-19 impacts The International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), International Maritime Organization (IMO), and the World Health Organization (WHO) joined the UN World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) yesterday for a virtual teleconference on COVID-19. The meeting was introduced with priorities and …

Aman announces janu: a new hotel brand focused on “rekindling the soul”

For more than 30 years Aman’s constellation has stretched from the shores of Phuket to the mountains of Bhutan, and will soon reach the avenues of New York. Welcome to Janu, the sister brand of Aman – a hotel brand which will “deliver harmony through the dynamic balance of opposites”. While Aman is synonymous with …

WOMEN ONLY

Each for Equal – celebrating International Women’s Day at Jumeirah Vittaveli Following this year’s theme of the International Women’s Day, #EachForEqual, Jumeirah Vittaveli will be celebrating the success of all the talented women around the world with a host of special activities on offer for everyone. All female guests will have the opportunity to start …

Siesta key named #1 beach in usa

Visit Sarasota County (VSC) has announced that Siesta Beach in Sarasota County on Florida’s Gulf Coast has once again been designated the TripAdvisor Travelers’ Choice Top Beach in the United States. This recognition was first bestowed on Siesta Beach in 2015, and again in 2017. VSC is thrilled to see TripAdvisor contributors select the destination again for 2020. Siesta Beach was named …