IHG GETS A TOTAL BRAND MAKEOVER

It’s no longer just IHG, but IHG Hotels and Resorts. In an official statement, a company spokesman says the aim is to “further reflect the hotel group's purpose of True Hospitality for Good, its evolving story, portfolio and the needs of hotel owners, consumers, and communities around the world”.

CELEBRATING 250 YEARS OF HORTICULTURAL TRADITION IN ERFURT

Germany's Federal Horticultural Show, BUGA, represents an opportunity for international travellers to discover Erfurt.

BUSINESS TRAVEL RECOVERY WILL TAKE TIME

The Global Business Travel Association has published its annual BTI Outlook, which forecasts an eventual full recovery for the industry by 2025.

ENVIRONMENT AT HEART OF ITB READING LIST

With support growing from scientists, climate activists and individuals around the world to combat climate and environment problems and their fatal consequences, a growing number of travel professionals are taking these issues to heart.

ALL LAOS TO BE CONNECTED BY RAIL IN 2021

For the first time in its history, Laos is to benefit from a rail line connecting the north and south of the country. The first nationwide rail track is due to be finished by December 2021 and will offer a direct rail connection from Yunnan to Thailand via the land-locked country… a massive investment financed …

LUXEMBOURG CELEBRATES A YEAR OF FREE PUBLIC TRANSPORT

This month, the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg is celebrating the first anniversary of the introduction of free public transport... an asset that is proving to be a boon to tourism.

FACE-TO-FACE WITH ONE&ONLY CEO – THE ROAD AHEAD

Philippe Zuber joined the Kerzner Group as COO of One&Only Resorts in 2015, and became CEO of the group in July this year. He speaks to Connoisseur Circle about his key achievements over the past five years. When I look back over the past five years, I believe we have really defined the positioning of …

ICELAND TO REOPEN BORDERS TO FOREIGN TOURISTS

Iceland is among the first countries in Europe to lift quarantine for all foreign travellers who are vaccinated or who've already been infected with Covid-19 and have an immunity certificate.

NEW TECH COVID TRAVEL AIDS INTRODUCED

United Airlines has announced what they term as “industry-exclusive” technology to ease the burden of COVID-19 travel restrictions.

ITB BERLIN NOW CONVENTION: “RETHINK, REGENERATE, RESTART”

Under the motto of Rethink, Regenerate, Restart – Tourism for a Better Normal, the ITB Berlin NOW Convention aims to be source of inspiration for the dawning of a new era in global tourism.

TOKYO FOCUSES ON BUSINESS GROWTH OPPORTUNITIES

The 2021 edition of the Tokyo City Promotion Event, running this week, is being held online.

THE IMMOBILE JOURNEY OF A LIFETIME

The train stopped on the Selati Bridge above the Sabie River in South Africa’s Kruger Shalati has reached its final destination. And it is set to become the “not to be missed” attraction of South Africa’s Kruger National Park.

IOC GIVES OPTIMISTIC FORECAST FOR TOKYO’S SUMMER OLYMPIAD

The International Olympic Committee (IOC) says this year’s rescheduled Tokyo Olympics will go ahead, despite reports that fans might be absent due to COVID-19 safety concerns.

A NEW TAKE ON THE RYOKAN EXPERIENCE

Adrian Zecha, founder of Aman, has partnered with Japanese hospitality group Naru Developments to launch a new brand: Azumi.

MEXICO’S TOURISM MIRACLE IN 2020

Mexico saw an influx of international visitors in 2020 despite being affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.