TASKFORCE EXAMINES COVID TESTING TRIAL

American Airlines, British Airways and oneworld have teamed up with researchers at the Oxford Internet Institute (OII), the University of Oxford, in the review and analysis of survey data from the COVID-19 testing trial recently launched by the airlines and alliance. The project, Trust, Testing and Travel, Technology Use, Traveller Knowledge and Compliance with COVID-19 Health …

THE RESHAPING OF AIR TRAVEL

Nine in ten American air passengers do not expect to return to previous travel routines after the COVID-19 pandemic, according to a new Inmarsat survey. The “Passenger Confidence Tracker” is reported to be the world’s largest survey of air passengers since the coronavirus pandemic began, reflecting the attitudes of 9,500 respondents from 12 countries about …

SLOVENIA TO PROMOTE “GREEN GASTRONOMY” IN 2021

With Slovenia named “European Region of Gastronomy” 2021, the country’s tourism board is promoting the unique selling points of its regional cuisine. Slovenia combines a rich natural larder and historic food traditions with influences spanning Italy in the west, Austria in the north and Hungary and Croatia to the east. Pair this with world-class chefs, a new Michelin guide and world leading wines, …

KUONI SAYS “BIG TRIPS” TOP WISH-LISTS FOR 2021

While holiday plans for most people were thrown into disarray this year due to the Covid-19 crisis, the “big overseas trip” is topping lists for 2021 and the year, according to a new report by Kuoni in the UK. Enquiries and bookings for departures more than a year out are well ahead of where they’d …

POST-COVID TOURISM: ECONOMIC RECOVERY, OR SUSTAINABILITY FIRST?

An ITB Virtual Convention on December 10 discussed the future of sustainable tourism in a post-pandemic world. Themes included: “Will sustainability goals be sacrificed to the economic recovery of the tourism sector? And will the Covid-19 crisis be a catalyst or a pitfall for sustainability in tourism?” The answer was unanimous among the four industry leaders …

CREATING A SAFE AND SEAMLESS JOURNEY IN THE NEW NORMAL

The World Travel & Tourism Council has unveiled a major new report that recommends global guidelines for a Safe & Seamless Traveller Journey related to traveller identity and security in the “new normal”.  Developed in partnership with Oliver Wyman Consulting Group, and Pangiam as one of the advisors, the report emphasises the need for swift action for a harmonised approach …

ABTA REVEALS TRAVEL TRENDS FOR 2021

ABTA – The Travel Association – has revealed six key trends that are shaping people’s travel plans for 2021, with two distinct types of traveller starting to emerge: those keen to return to familiar favourites, and those looking to indulge in bucket list trips. Booking trends and ABTA’s research suggest that, with overseas travel being …

UNWTO WORKS WITH INDONESIA ON TOURISM RESTART IN BALI

The World Tourism Organisation has concluded its first in-person visit to Bali since the start of the Covid-19 pandemic. The delegation met with key figures from the Government of the Republic of Indonesia to advance collaboration as the country gets ready to reopen its borders to international visitors and restart tourism. In partnership with Indonesia’s …

CYPRUS OPENS GATES TO VACCINATED TRAVELLERS

Cyprus is set to become the first European Union Member State to abolish entry requirements such as testing or quarantine for travellers who’ve been vaccinated against COVID-19. It is reported that a government plan, set to come into force next March, means vaccinated travellers will not need to meet other COVID-related entry rules. The news …

KHIRI TRAVEL GOES “CARBON NEUTRAL”

Asian DMC Khiri Travel is introducing a comprehensive offsetting programme with ClimateCare and new low emissions “slow travel” holiday options. As part of its approach to take responsibility for its impact on the environment, Khiri Travel has partnered with climate and sustainable development experts ClimateCare. The result will be the complete offsetting of carbon emissions for …

WTTC ENCOURAGES 72-HOUR QUARANTINE-FREE BUSINESS TRIPS

International business travel could restart if agreement is secured to safeguard journeys of up to 72-hours free from quarantines, says the World Travel & Tourism Council. The joint recommendation for the short stay exemption comes from the European Union Aviation Safety Agency and the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (EASA/ECDC) and is welcomed …

ITB BERLIN @ IPK: HIGH TRAVEL SATISFACTION IN SUMMER DESPITE COVID-19

For the second time this year and with the participation of ITB Berlin, IPK International conducted a special survey on international travel behaviour in times of Coronavirus. The evaluation of the German market revealed the following interesting results: In the summer months Germans travelled abroad more than the average. Thereby the experiences gained were significantly …

ITB CHINA INDUSTRY MEETUP EVENTS ATTRACT OVER 1,000 BUYERS

ITB China’s Industry MeetUp Events 2020 concluded last week, attracting more than 1,070 buyers from leading local travel agencies around the nation. Agents from Shenzhen, Changsha, Beijing, Shenyang, Chengdu and Shanghai, as well as industry professionals attended the events. “Onsite meetings and face-to-face conversations will always be the most important things, this is how you …

SINGAPOREIMAGINE: ISLAND STATE LOOKS TOWARDS FUTURE OF TRAVEL

The Singapore Tourism Board has announced a new initiative to reimagine travel for Singapore and the rest of the world, by sparking conversations, stories and ideas to collectively shape the future of our sector. Called “SingapoReimagine”, this platform will kick off with “Reimagine Travel – Global Conversations”, a series of forums around the world to catalyse discussions …

70% OF DESTINATIONS LIFT TRAVEL RESTRICTIONS, BUT GLOBAL GAP EMERGING

The number of destinations closed to international tourism has continued to fall. According to the eighth edition of the UNWTO Travel Restrictions Report, 70% of all global destinations have eased restrictions on travel introduced in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. In comparison, just one in four destinations continue to keep their borders completely closed to international …