Madrid, Spain, September 17, 2020 / TRAVELINDEX / International tourist arrivals plunged 93% in June when compared to 2019, with the latest data from the World Tourism Organization showing the severe impact COVID-19 has had on the sector. According to the new issue of the World Tourism Barometer from the United Nations specialized agency, international […]

New York, NY, USA, September 17, 2020 / TRAVELINDEX / President Bill Clinton and Chelsea Clinton will virtually convene members of the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) Action Network — leaders from business, government, and civil society – to drive action on resilience efforts in the Caribbean. The Action Network’s efforts started in 2018 in direct […]

Madrid, Spain, September 15, 2020 / TRAVELINDEX / As restrictions on travel begin to ease globally, destinations around the world are focusing on growing domestic tourism, with many offering incentives to encourage people to explore their own countries. According to the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO), with domestic tourism set to return faster than international travel, […]

London, United Kingdom, September 21, 2020 / TRAVELINDEX / The World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC) is delighted to announce that in just three short months, 100 destinations are now using its ‘Safe Travels’ stamp, with the Philippines becoming the official 100th destination. WTTC, which represents the global Travel & Tourism private sector, made history […]

New York, NY, United States, September 19, 2020 / TRAVELINDEX / The World Travel & Tourism Council presents its first in a series of Travel & Tourism focused virtual events next week, kicking off with “One Voice – Accelerating the Sustainability Agenda” in the context of Climate Week NY. Last year, during the same week […]

Tbilisi, Georgia, September 18, 2020 / TRAVELINDEX / The Executive Council of the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) has met in-person and virtually for its 112th session. This was the first major in-person event involving tourism and the United Nations held since the COVID-19 was declared a pandemic. The Executive Council was able to gather 170 […]

Montreal, Canada, September 18, 2020 / TRAVELINDEX / The International Air Transport Association (IATA) urges the Canadian government to support the COVID-19 testing initiatives of Air Canada and WestJet as a means to safely reopen Canada to international and domestic travel without the need for blanket quarantine measures. International traffic to Canada has plummeted since […]

Macao, Macao SAR, September 12, 2020 / TRAVELINDEX / Vice-Chairman and Secretary-General of the Global Tourism Economy Forum (GTEF), Pansy Ho gave a keynote speech at the World Conference on Tourism Cooperation and Development (the Conference) on September 5 in Beijing. Hosted by the World Tourism Cities Federation, the Conference is held under the framework […]

New York, USA, September 14, 2020 / TRAVELINDEX / Emerging technologies such as artificial intelligence (AI), 5G, distributed ledger technologies and quantum are increasingly being used by financial services firms and forming clusters that are driving innovation throughout the sector. These advances can offer new services and savings to both consumers and financial institutions. While […]

London, United Kingdom, September 14, 2020 / TRAVELINDEX / Gloria Guevara, WTTC President & CEO, said: The World Travel & Tourism Council shares the dismay and severe disappointment of thousands of British holidaymakers and the Travel & Tourism sector as Portugal once again goes back on the quarantine list. “Taking Portugal and Hungary off the […]

Bangkok, Thailand, September 11, 2020 / TRAVELINDEX / The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) is organising the ‘Expat Travel Deal 2020’ to offer domestic tourism promotions for expatriate residents to encourage them to travel more domestically, and enjoy Thailand’s many attractions. The event will take place from 11 to 13 September, 2020, from 10.00 to […]

London, United Kingdom, September 9, 2020 / TRAVELINDEX / Gloria Guevara, President & CEO WTTC, said: WTTC is encouraged the government is beginning to listen and has now introduced its ‘island policy’. This move appears to show a more strategic approach and signals a change from its previous blanket country-wide approach. We look forward to […]

Madrid, Spain, September 11, 2020 / TRAVELINDEX / A majority of destinations around the world (53%) have now started easing travel restrictions introduced in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Though many remain cautious in view of the development of the pandemic, the seventh edition of the UNWTO COVID-19 Related Travel Restrictions: A Global Review for […]

Oakland, California, United States, September 11, 2020 / TRAVELINDEX / Deem, a leading mobile and cloud technology provider for the corporate travel industry, today announced its partnership with GeoSure, the global leader in providing timely, hyper-local safety information and digital duty of care solutions. Deem clients, including many Fortune 500 companies, rapidly growing small and […]

London, United Kingdom, September 10, 2020 / TRAVELINDEX / Airport testing pilot corridor between London and New York could herald the return of international travel Global inbound business travel contributes more than US$272 (£215) billion a year The restoration of ‘air corridors’ between the world’s top financial centres are vital to reviving international business travel and […]

Geneva, Switzerland, September 10, 2020 / TRAVELINDEX / The International Air Transport Association (IATA) urged governments to begin careful planning with industry stakeholders to ensure full preparedness when vaccines for COVID-19 are approved and available for distribution. The association also warned of potentially severe capacity constraints in transporting vaccines by air. Preparedness Air cargo plays […]

London, United Kingdom, September 7, 2020 / TRAVELINDEX / Gloria Guevara, WTTC President & CEO, said: “WTTC shares the bewilderment of British holidaymakers and those working throughout the Travel & Tourism sector, at the absurd spectacle of completely different quarantine rules in England, Scotland and Wales for those now returning back from Greece. A similar […]

Haikou, Hainan, China, September 5, 2020 / MYGOLFWORLD / Abeles will be delivering the keynote address at WGE to be staged at the Mission Hills Golf Resort on Haikou, Hainan from March 16 – 18, 2021. Mission Hills Golf Resort, the world’s largest facility of its kind will play host to WGE and a myriad […]

London, United Kingdom, September 7, 2020 / TRAVELINDEX / Following the recent announcement that Delta Air Lines has joined American Airlines and United Airlines in scrapping a range of ticket-change fees, Ralph Hollister, Travel & Tourism Analyst at GlobalData offers his view on the situation. “Last year, Delta accumulated US$830m in change fees, more than […]

London, United Kingdom, September 4, 2020 / TRAVELINDEX / The World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC) has unveiled the latest set of measures designed to rebuild global consumer confidence, reduce risk and encourage the return of Safe Travels. The latest protocols for the global Travel & Tourism sector focus on measures to ensure the reopening […]

Valletta, Malta, September 4, 2020 / TRAVELINDEX / At a press conference at the Gozo Campus of the Institute for Tourism Studies, Minister for Tourism and Consumer Protection Julia Farrugia Portelli launched the government’s continuous effort towards climate-friendly travel through 30 scholarships aimed at mitigating climate change. Supporting Students From Developing Countries and Small Island […]

Bangkok, Thailand, September 3, 2020 / TRAVELINDEX / A 32-kilometre motorway opening in Thailand’s rapidly developing Eastern Economic Corridor (EEC) will significantly enhance access to a broad range of new destinations, sites, and attractions in the coastal provinces of Chon Buri, Chachoengsao, and Rayong. The motorway will also facilitate connections between Bangkok’s main aviation hub […]

Paris, France, September 2, 2020 / TRAVELINDEX / The International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) and the World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC) have published a set of recommendations for safely re-opening customer facing businesses in the age of COVID-19. The COVID-19 pandemic has caused widespread disruptions to global supply chains and businesses of all sizes. […]

Geneva, Switzerland, September 1, 2020 / AIRLINEHUB / The International Air Transport Association (IATA) is calling on governments to work together to urgently find ways to re-establish global connectivity by re-opening borders and to continue with relief measures to sustain airlines during the COVID-19 crisis. IATA’s call reflects deep industry frustration as government policies such […]

Madrid, Spain, August 31, 2020 / TRAVELINDEX / If tourism brings us together, then travel restrictions keep us apart. More importantly, restrictions on travel also prevent tourism from delivering on its potential to build a better future for all. This week the United Nations Secretary-General launched the Policy Brief “COVID-19 and Transforming Tourism”, which UNWTO […]

Bangkok, Thailand, August 27, 2020 / TRAVELINDEX / Golf plays a huge part in Thailand’s tourist industry, in fact, over 700,000 international golf vacationers spent their tourist dollars coming to Thailand back in the busy period of 2018. Naturally those figures have dropped now due to the Covid 19, however there is still a large […]

Cairo, Egypt, August 26, 2020 / TRAVELINDEX / A high-level delegation from the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) has concluded an official visit to Egypt to offer firm support for the government’s work to restart tourism and direct its benefits towards supporting livelihoods and preserving cultural heritage. As the United Nations released its landmark Policy Brief […]

Bangkok, Thailand, August 28, 2020 / TRAVELINDEX / Best Western Hotels & Resorts is pleased to announce several exciting promotions for guests attending the 56th Thai Teaw Thai fair, Thailand’s biggest tourism event, which features exclusive deals for desirable destinations across the Kingdom. Guests attending the four-day event will learn more about these promotions that […]

New York City, New York, United States, August 25, 2020 / TRAVELINDEX / The Policy Brief provides an overview of the socio-economic impacts from the pandemic on tourism, including on the millions of livelihoods it sustains. It highlights the role tourism plays in advancing the Sustainable Development Goals, including its relationship with environmental goals and […]

Bangkok, Thailand, August 25, 2020 / TRAVELINDEX / The Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA) will be announcing the PATA Gold Awards 2020 live during Virtual PTM 2020. Supported and sponsored since 1995 by the Macao Government Tourism Office (MGTO), this year’s awards will recognise the achievements of 21 Gold Awards and three Grand Title Winners […]

London, United Kingdom, August 22, 2020 / TRAVELINDEX / A new in-depth data dashboard highlighting the recovery of travel demand across flights and hotels, as well as revealing the shifting intentions of travellers through online travel searches, has been launched by the World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC). The one-stop data shop or Interactive COVID-19 […]

London, United Kingdom, August 2020 / TRAVELINDEX / Croatia, Ecuador and Ghana are the latest in a long line of major destinations to use the world’s first ever global safety and hygiene stamp, launched recently by the World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC). Removal of quarantine sees Ecuador get the renowned stamp Guam, the U.S. […]

Montreal, Canada, August 20, 2020 / TRAVELINDEX / The International Air Transport Association (IATA) released an airline self-assessment health checklist to support the International Civil Aviation Organization’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 […]

Washington D.C., United States, August 19, 2020 / TRAVELINDEX / Today, Trade & Travel (T&T) announced that the World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC), which represents the global Travel & Tourism private sector, has joined T&T as a “Leading Voice.” WTTC Members will have an opportunity to engage with technology companies participating in T&T’s inaugural […]

Glion, Switzerland, August 18, 2020 / TRAVELINDEX / The World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) and Sommet Education are calling on career climbers and switchers, entrepreneurs and innovators to put themselves forward for the joint “Hospitality Challenge”. The initiative, which closes at the end of the month, will grant 30 scholarships for world class education programmes that […]

Tokyo, Japan, August 18, 2020 / TRAVELINDEX / Best Western Hotels and Resorts announces the opening of the Best Western Hotel Fino Tokyo Akasaka, located at 3-7-12, Akasaka, Tokyo. The hotel features 87 guest rooms, which include Standard, Superior and Deluxe room options. Hotel amenities include a laundromat, complimentary WI-FI and an onsite restaurant. The […]

Bangkok, Thailand, August 17, 2020 / TRAVELINDEX / The Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA) today announced that Virtual PATA Travel Mart (PTM) 2020 will take place from September 23 – 27. Virtual PTM is a business-to-business travel contracting and virtual networking event that both mirrors and enhances the features of the long-standing PTM, which boasts over four decades […]

Valetta, Malta, August 17, 2020 / TRAVELINDEX / SUNx Malta is working to build a “Climate Friendly Travel” future – Low-carbon: SDG-linked: Paris 1.5 trajectory. Our goal is to help companies and communities boost their Climate Resilience. We know that Covid-19 is today’s harsh reality, but we believe that existential Climate Change will be many […]

London, United Kingdom, August 17, 2020 / TRAVELINDEX / No response from the UK Government to the letter signed by 100+ of the most influential CEOs. Gloria Guevara, WTTC President & CEO, said: “WTTC is deeply disappointed that thousands of British holidaymakers have had their holidays ruined, now the UK government has added more countries […]

Bangkok, Thailand, August 15, 2020 / TRAVELINDEX / Sindhorn Kempinski Hotel Bangkok, a new luxury hotel and wellness destination, set in the centre of Bangkok’s newly developed upscale residential extension to the green expanse of Lumphini Park, began its partial opening on 1 August 2020 when the Lobby Lounge and Firefly Bar opened and will […]

Hua Hin, Thailand, August 14, 2020 / TRAVELINDEX / Pioneering luxury real estate development, Banyan Residences, is fighting back against Covid-19 by refocusing its strategy to concentrate on the fast-growing Thai domestic market for the purchase of its elite hillside residences as second homes or investments. As a leading player in the Hua Hin real […]