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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…

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…

IHG HOTELS & RESORTS LAUNCHES ITS NEW LUXURY & LIFESTYLE BRAND: VIGNETTE COLLECTION

IHG Hotels & Resorts have announced the Vignette Collection as their new luxury & lifestyle brand, with hotels in Australia and Thailand the first to join the collection. Vignette Collection becomes the sixth addition to IHG’s brand portfolio in the past four years, taking it to 17 in total across nearly 6,000 hotels in more…

EUROMONITOR INTERNATIONAL HIGHLIGHTS CHANGING CONSUMER TRAVEL PREFERENCES FOR “NEW NORMAL”

Euromonitor International’s Voice of the Consumer: Travel Survey 2021 provides detailed insights into changing consumer travel preferences needed to navigate the new normal.  Caroline Bremner, Euromonitor International’s Industry Manager, Travel, said that post-pandemic, there has never been a more critical time to understand consumers’ travel preferences and habits.  Bremner said: “Everything has changed, especially consumer…

USHUAIA CRUISE SEASON STARTS AGAIN ON OCTOBER 20

Ushuaia, the Argentinian gateway to the Antarctic, will officially see cruise tourism re-starting from October 20, 2021. At the Southern tip of Patagonia in Argentina, Ushuaia was, before 2020, a major hub for tourism cruises towards the Antarctic. The city has long been a magnet for adventure travellers. And they will now be able to…

COMTRAVO NAMED AS ONE OF GERMANY’S TOP 25 STARTUPS

German start-up Comtravo helps in finding the best travel options for SMEs by offering personalised service with cutting-edge technology. This positioning has enabled the company to be recognised by gruender.de as one of Germany's top 25 start-ups in 2021. Created back in 2015, start-up Comtravo is a Berlin-made success story. With €40m in funding, the…

CIAO ALITALIA… BENVENUTI ALL’ITA

Italy's flagship carrier Alitalia will belong to the history books from October 15, as its successor ITA (Italia Trasporto Aereo) takes off. First flights can already be booked for the new Italian national carrier. It is almost officially complete. Last week, Italy's national carrier Alitalia announced it was suspending the sale of tickets for any…

A RAILWAY STATION SET TO BECOME KAOHSIUNG’S NEW CITY ICON

The future Kaohsiung Station in Taiwan is one of the largest rail infrastructures to be constructed in the world. It is not only a massive project but will also become an iconic structure giving the city an identity. It will help unify the urban landscape of Taiwan's southern metropolis with a string of new parks,…

MIAMI IS BACK AS CRUISE CAPITAL OF THE WORLD

With the return of the first cruise ships out of Miami in late June, the US city wants to reassert its title of "cruise capital of the world". No place in the world is more closely tied to the cruise industry than Miami. PortMiami is indeed the largest hub for cruises in the world. In…

ITB’S RIKA JEAN-FRANCOIS TO HOST KEY SESSION AT 2021 SUSTAINABLE TRAVEL CONFERENCE IN PORTUGAL

Rika Jean Francois, Commissioner, Corporate Social Responsibility, ITB, will be moderating a conference session on “The Positive Role of Tourism” at the upcoming “A World for Travel – Évora Forum” event in Portugal. The new annual sustainable travel industry event will take place on September 16 and 17 of this year. A World for Travel…

HOLIDU SECURES €37 MILLION IN FUNDING

Start-up company Holidu aims to make the search and booking of holiday rentals easy. The principle behind the company is paying dividends. Revenues grew substantially in 2020, helping the company in securing €37m in capital. The new investment brings the company’s total funding to more than €100m since its foundation. Holidu is active in 21…

WOMEN OWN THE ROOM WITH WYNDHAM

Wyndham Hotels & Resorts have announced a new programme, “Women Own the Room” designed to advance and empower female entrepreneurs. “As the hotel industry resets and recovers from one of the most difficult periods in its history, we all have a unique opportunity to help advance and champion diversity in hospitality to help our industry prosper. At…

ITB ASIA 2021: “THE DECADE AHEAD: BRAVING NEW REALITIES IN TRAVEL”

Messe Berlin (Singapore) has announced that the ITB Asia Virtual Conference 2021, under the overarching theme of “The Decade Ahead: Braving New Realities in Travel”, will address the most pressing issues looking forward to the travel year 2022.  From October 25-29, leading figures will be having their say and sharing their up-to-date insights, and will…
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