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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…

IATA RELEASES HEALTH CHECKLIST AS COVID-19 GUIDANCE FOR AIRLINES

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) has released an airline self-assessment health checklist to support the International Civil Aviation Organisation’s (ICAO) Take-off: Guidance for Air Travel through the COVID-19 Public Health Crisis.  The Take-off guidance is the global standard framework of risk-based temporary measures for governments and the air transport value chain for safe operations during…

ETC CALLS FOR HARMONISED EUROPEAN APPROACH TO TRAVEL RESTRICTIONS

The European Travel Commission is calling on EU governments to better coordinate COVID-19 recovery efforts. The organisation is calling on governments to adopt a harmonised approach to lifting or reinstalling restrictions and safety measures, as tourism confidence plummets to a record low across the continent. Taking into account the latest epidemiological developments across Europe, The…

WTTC SLAMS UK GOVERNMENT OVER NEW QUARANTINE MOVES

The World Travel and Tourism Council has issued a strongly worded statement, criticising the UK Government over its recent decision to impose quarantines on travellers entering the country from France, Holland and several other countries. The organisation also said there had been no response from the Government to an open letter signed by over 100…

SMART TOURISM RESEARCH CENTRE OPENS IN YUNNAN, CHINA

The Yunnan Engineering Research Center of Smart Tourism has been inaugurated, underlining research achievements such as block chain-based digital identity cards for tourism commodities. Referred to simply as "the Center", the unit was inaugurated simultaneously on August 6 at Yunnan Tengyun Information Co., Ltd. and Yunnan University. It aims to be a catalyst for the development of tourism,…

COSTA CRUISES: ITALIANS ONLY, THANKS!

Costa Cruises has announced that the September cruises of Costa Deliziosa from Trieste and Costa Diadema from Genoa will be reserved exclusively for Italian guests. With the aim of ensuring maximum safety for guests, crew and the destination communities, and in line with what the cruise line describes as its decision to restart responsibly, one-week itineraries will call at Italian ports only, allowing…

PATA’S MARIO HARDY – ON ASIA PACIFIC AND THE COVID-19 CRISIS

Pacific-Asia Travel Association CEO, Dr Mario Hardy talks to us about the current state of affairs in the region, and how tourism will change in the future How has APAC fared compared to other regions? Essentially at this time, we are all equal in this crisis. If you look back to the month of July…

MASS EXODUS OF BRITISH TOURISTS FROM FRANCE AS QUARANTINE LOOMS

Britain's Transport Minister said Thursday that quarantine measures will be re-imposed for travellers entering the country from France and the Netherlands due to rising cases of Covid-19 in these countries. Paris quickly announced reciprocal measures. British Transport Minister Grant Shapps (pictured above) wrote on Twitter: "Data shows we need to remove France, the Netherlands, Monaco,…

SENEGAL’S TOURISM GETS HUGE BOOST FROM “AKON CITY” PROJECT

Tourism in Senegal is set to receive a huge boost in the next decade, with the launching of the US$6bn “Akon City” project. The contract to build the ultra-futuristic eco-city has just been granted to US-based consulting and engineering firm KE International, already known for the design and execution of the Mwale Medical and Technology…

SMART TRANSPORTATION SYSTEMS SET TO EXPAND BY 50% IN NEXT FIVE YEARS

According to a new market research report, the Smart Transportation Market size is projected to grow from €80.3bn in 2020 to €133.1bn by 2025, at a Compound Annual Growth Rate (CAGR) of 10.6%.The new market research report "Smart Transportation Market by Transportation Mode (Roadways, Railways, Airways, and Maritime), Solution (Smart Ticketing, PIS, Freight Management), Service, Communication Technology, Application, and Region - Global Forecast to 2025", was published by MarketsandMarkets in July 2020. The…

SAVING VIRGIN ATLANTIC

Virgin Atlantic Airways filed for Chapter 15 bankruptcy protection in the US this week, as part of moves to keep the company in the air in coming years. US Chapter 15 protection allows foreign companies with US assets to protect themselves against claims while they work on a turnaround plan at home. Like all other…

SAUDI TRAVELLERS INVITED TO “BREAK FREE”

Saudi leisure travellers are setting sail for the first time cruising the Arabian Red Sea as part of the Kingdom's "Break Free" domestic tourism campaign. The Saudi Tourism Authority (STA) announced the initiative as part of the Kingdom's efforts to provide "exceptional leisure tourism services" on the Red Sea, providing a wider array of options…

UK “DISCOVERY” SHIPPING LINE SWAN HELLENIC IS BACK IN BUSINESS

Seventy years on from Swan Hellenic’s discovery cruise beginnings, the British born expedition cruise line is back. Two state-of-the-art expedition ships are being built in Helsinki Shipyard Oy, Finland aimed at providing 152 guests what the line describes as "an elegant, intimate and personal onboard experience" delivered by 120 warm, friendly and knowledgeable staff. The…
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