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20@EXPO 2020 – MAKING EXPO DUBAI 2020 TWENTY TIMES MORE EXCITING

Expo 2020 Dubai is just around the corner… opening its gates on the 1st October 2021. And in order to allow visitors make the most of their stay, the event's organizers have produced a series of “20@Expo2020” tips and ideas for attending the show, as well as getting around Dubai. World Expos are the world’s…

LUXURY AND ADVENTURE COME TOGETHER IN THE ANTARCTIC WITH A NEW OFFERING FROM QUARK EXPEDITIONS

Quark Expeditions are preparing to set-off with their brand-new ultra-luxurious polar vessel, Ultramarine, for the clear, chilly waters of the Antarctic.   The official handover of the technologically-advanced ship took place in Split, Croatia, in April, at the Brodosplit shipyard team. Andrew White, President of Quark Expeditions describes the Ultramarine as a “game-changing vessel”.  …

BAHIA DEL DUQUE IS NOW SYNONYMOUS WITH… JAPANESE CUISINE

One of the most prestigious hotels in Tenerife, the Bahia del Duque, is set to grow further in fame, thanks to its newest Japanese restaurant, Kensei. Bahía del Duque, a member hotel of the Tais Hotels & Villas in Tenerife, has constantly been voted among the top European hotels since it opened 27 years ago.…

INTERVIEW: BRUGES, THE SHIFT FROM “NOT MORE” TO “BETTER” TOURISM

Bruges in West Flanders in Belgium is an iconic destination for tourists. The Covid pandemic has been an opportunity for the city to rethink its tourism towards a softer, more sustainable approach to growth, says Dieter Dewulf, Tourism Manager Visit Bruges. We asked him how tourism has been recovering. It was not a great spring…

DAKAR RALLY WORKS TOWARDS SAUDI 2030 GOALS

Dakar is getting involved in a huge programme that brings together the entire rally raid community in an effort to make sure that all the vehicles on the grid are powered by low-emission energies from 2030. In terms of showcasing a country, motor sports events have, over the decades, been recognised as a key driver…

GLOBAL TRAVEL TECH MARKET SET TO REACH US12.5BN BY 2026

A new market study published by Global Industry Analysts Inc. presents fresh perspectives on opportunities and challenges in a significantly transformed post COVID-19 travel marketplace. The report is entitled Travel Technologies - Global Market Trajectory & Analytics It looks at planning (pre-travel), flight tracking systems, and post-travel experience review. Travel technology is also referred to as…

CALIFORNIA INVESTS US$95 MILLION TO ACCELERATE TOURISM RECOVERY

In what represents the nations largest post-pandemic stimulus effort, the new state budget agreed upon this summer by Governor Gavin Newsom and state lawmakers includes $95 million in one-time stimulus to boost California’s tourism economy. The move will directly support Visit California’s domestic marketing efforts as California communities begin to welcome back visitors from both…

OMAN SPOTLIGHTS THE DHOFAR REGION – AN ECOLOGICAL PARADISE

Oman's Ministry of Heritage and Tourism is planning to develop tourism destinations in Dhofar as part of a vast plan to spend over €12bn to boost tourism. The Dhofar region is already a well established destination for Middle-Eastern travellers. Over 760,000 travellers visited the region in 2019, of which 30% were foreigners - mostly from…

PEACE, TOLERANCE AND COEXISTENCE: JORDAN’S AS-SALT ADDED TO UNESCO WORLD HERITAGE LIST

The World Heritage Committee of UNESCO has decided to approve the addition of the Jordanian city of As-Salt, "the city of tolerance and civilised hospitality" to the World Heritage List. The decision was made during the organisation's forty-fourth session, held virtually in China. As-Salt is a thriving city situated North West of the capital Amman.…

MEETING FREDDIE MERCURY OR CHARLIE CHAPLIN IN MONTREUX-VEVEY

In the footprints of Freddie Mercury in Montreux or in the intimacy of Charlie Chaplin in Vevey. Both Swiss cities along Lake Geneva can be (re)discovered through the eyes of two artistic icons of the 20th century. Montreux and Vevey, the two small towns nestled on the shores of Lake Geneva in Switzerland, seduced the…

USAID TO BUILD A STRONG TRAVEL BRAND FOR CENTRAL ASIA

USAID has launched, in cooperation with four tourism authorities of Central Asia, a social media campaign which has reached more than 14 million viewers during a six-month period. Tourism has been high on the agenda of US international development agency USAID since 2014. Prior to the Covid-19 pandemic, the governments of Central Asia identified tourism…

UNWTO HOSTS THE FIRST GLOBAL YOUTH TOURISM SUMMIT IN ITALY

The first Global Youth Tourism Summit, held in Sorrento, Italy, has been described by organisers as the first of this kind on a global level. The summit allowed young participants to be part of a unique experience, aiming to promote youth engagement in the tourism sector and empower younger generations in driving a more sustainable…

2021, A YEAR OF GREAT INNOVATION AT THE CITE DU VIN IN BORDEAUX

As it approaches its 5th anniversary, the Cité du Vin has launched a number of new attractions and developments. From the permanent exhibition through digital tools to a new cultural programme, this year is marked by changes to exhibition spaces and content, giving new reasons to (re)visit the Cité du Vin. Located in Bordeaux, the…
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