LUXURY HOTEL MARKET STILL ON THE RISE

Amid the COVID-19 crisis, the global market for Luxury Hotels estimated at US$174.9bn in the year 2020, is projected to reach a revised size of US$209.3bn by 2027, growing at a CAGR of 2.6% from 2020-2027. The forecast was made in a new report by ResearchandMarkets.com entitled “Luxury Hotels – global market trajectory and analytics”. Business Hotels, one …

NICE AIRPORT INTRODUCES FREE ANTIGEN TESTING

Nice Côte d’Azur Airport has opened a comprehensive technical platform, supervised by health authorities, for organising free antigen tests. Beginning Friday 30 October at 5am, these tests are being offered on a voluntary basis to passengers travelling to French overseas territories via Paris Orly or Paris Charles de Gaulle, or to Rome. They are also …

ADVANCING AN INTERNATIONAL CODE FOR PROTECTION OF TOURISTS

The Committee for the Development of an International Code for the Protection of Tourists has met for a second time, bringing the establishment of the landmark legal framework a step closer to being realised. The UNWTO hosted the consultative virtual meeting which counted on the participation of 92 Member States, as well as one Associate …

ACCOR TAKES FULL OWNERSHIP OF SBE’S LIFESTYLE HOTEL BRANDS

After a 2018 acquisition of a 50% stake in sbe, Accor has taken full ownership of sbe’s hotel brands and management platform from original founder Sam Nazarian. Under the terms of the new agreements, Accor is taking full ownership of sbe’s Hotel asset light business including the Delano, Mondrian, SLS, and Hyde hotel brands along with …

SPOTLIGHT ON REBUILDING TRUST IN INTERNATIONAL TOURISM & TRAVEL

An ITB Virtual Convention on November 19 brought together four industry thought-leaders to discuss solutions for a key issue plaguing the travel and tourism industries: trust. Uncertainty and fear has been sending travel demand into a downward spiral. Travellers in all parts of the world are unsettled by COVID-19. The virtual convention, moderated by Lea …

SOUTH AFRICA REOPENS BORDERS

The South African government has announced that its borders reopened to travellers from all countries (including the US) on November 12. All arrivals into South Africa must present proof of a negative Covid-19 test taken no longer than 72 hours before departure. Without proof of a negative test, travellers will have to quarantine at their …

ACCOR / ENNISMORE DEAL CREATES NEW LIFESTYLE ENTITY

Accor & Ennismore have announced they are entering into exclusive negotiations to form the world’s leading lifestyle operator in the hospitality sector, focusing on one of the fastest growing segments of the industry.  Through this all-share merger, a new autonomous and fully asset light entity will bring together an unrivalled portfolio of world class brands, including …

EXPEDIA RELEASES U.S. TRAVEL TRENDS REPORT

What do Lima, Osaka and Lisbon have in common? These were all trending destinations for US travellers in 2019. Fast-forward to 2020’s trending list: Lincoln, New Hampshire. Lake Havasu, Arizona. The Hamptons, New York. In addition to tapping into its own database of search and demand data, this year, Expedia partnered with the Airlines Reporting Corporation (ARC) for a deep dive on the …

WTTC WELCOMES CUTTING OF UK QUARANTINE DOWN FROM 15 TO 5 DAYS

The UK government’s latest move that will slash the travel quarantine lockdown if passengers test negative on the fifth day, will provide a much-needed economic boost and is a step towards reviving international travel, says the World Travel & Tourism Council. WTTC, which represents the global Travel & Tourism private sector, says the move, which …

FORMER IAG BOSS WILLIE WALSH TO TAKE HELM OF IATA

The International Air Transport Association has announced that Alexandre de Juniac, Director General and CEO, will step down from his role at the Association effective 31 March 2021, and is set to be replaced by Willie Walsh.

ITB BERLIN PRESENTS VIRTUAL PLATFORM FOR 2021

From 9 to 12 March the who’s who of the global B2B travel industry will meet at ITB Berlin NOW – A new virtual platform featuring the main elements: networking, news, business and content – Early Bird rates are available for exhibitors until 15 January – Trade visitor tickets cost 99 euros  – The parallel ITB Berlin Virtual …

QANTAS CHIEF: VACCINATION WILL BE REQUIRED TO FLY

International air travellers will in future need to prove they have been vaccinated against Covid-19 in order to board Qantas flights, the airline says. The Australian flag carrier’s CEO, Alan Joyce, said the move would be “a necessity” when vaccines are available. “I think that’s going to be a common thing talking to my colleagues …

EMIRATES OFFERS FREE MULTI-RISK INSURANCE

Emirates has announced an initiative to provide expanded multi-risk travel cover on top of its current COVID-19 cover. Provided by Emirates at no additional cost to its customers, and provided by AIG Travel, the airline claims this cover is the first of its kind in the airline and travel insurance industry. The multi-risk travel insurance and COVID-19 cover …

IATA TRAVEL PASS – A “KEY TO OPENING BORDERS”

The International Air Transport Association has announced it is in the final development phase of a digital health pass that will support the safe reopening of borders.   Governments are beginning to use testing as a means of limiting the risks of COVID-19 importation when re-opening their borders to travellers without quarantine measures. The new …

TRIPADVISOR AND PHOCUSWRIGHT RELEASE JOINT SURVEY FINDINGS

A new research paper has been released covering the shifting trends in global travel demand and traveller behaviours, charting the industry’s road to recovery in the wake of the ongoing pandemic. The report, entitled “2020 – A Year in Travel: Charting the Travel Industry’s Path to Recovery”, was compiled by Tripadvisor and Phocuswright. It analyses Tripadvisor’s first-party data …