Cancun, Mexico, November 19, 2020 / TRAVELINDEX / The first major conference in the “new normal” of the COVID-19 world will take place in Cancun, Mexico on 23-25 March 2021, hosted by the World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC). Cancun in Mexico to host 2021’s world’s first physical/virtual hybrid summit. The world’s leading Travel & […]

Mumbai, India, November 19, 2020 / TRAVELINDEX / Due to the ongoing travel restrictions and the circumstances around the current pandemic situation, ITB India organiser has decided to hold the inaugural ITB India 2021 as an entirely virtual event, set to take place from 7 – 9 April 2021. The new event format provides exhibitors […]

Madrid, Spain, November 19, 2020 / TRAVELINDEX / The World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) and Sommet Education launched the Hospitality Challenge. This was designed to identify ideas and individuals capable of accelerating the recovery of the tourism sector in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. The initiative has received almost 600 applications from all around the […]

London, United Kingdom, November 18, 2020 / TRAVELINDEX / Gloria Guevara, WTTC President & CEO, said: “The opening of an ‘air corridor’ between the UK and the UAE is great news not only for British holidaymakers, but also for the struggling UK Travel & Tourism sector. “The UAE is a major winter sun hot spot […]

Bethesda, Maryland, United States, November 18, 2020 / TRAVELINDEX / Pebblebrook Hotel Trust (NYSE: PEB) and six industry-leading hotel operators today jointly announced the launch of Curator Hotel & Resort Collection, a hand-selected collection of small brands and independent lifestyle hotels and resorts worldwide. Curator’s distinct owner-centric platform offers an alternative for independent lifestyle hotels […]

Pattaya, Chonburi, Thailand, November 17, 2020 / TRAVELINDEX / The Gems Mining Pool Villas Pattaya threw a sparklingly extravagant grand opening at the resort on 12 November 2020. The grand opening was presided over by the Mayor of Pattaya, Mr. Sontaya Khunpluem, with many guests of honour attended. The celebration started in the morning with […]

London, United Kingdom, November 16, 2020 / TRAVELINDEX / The World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC), which represents the global Travel & Tourism private sector, presents its second in a series of Travel & Tourism focussed virtual events next week, with “One Voice – To Recovery & Beyond” taking place on 1 December. The “One […]

Seville, Spain, November 16, 2020 / TRAVELINDEX / Tourism recovery is possible if countries start collaborating and developing systems to ensure a safe travel and experience through antigen tests or technology. Seville will prove this idea at the upcoming event Tourism Innovation Summit, held on 25, 26 and 27 November, where all participants will have […]

Madrid, Spain, November 13, 2020 / TRAVELINDEX / The World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) has once again brought leaders from across the sector together for high-level talks aimed at strengthening cooperation between the public and private sectors. The 42nd Plenary Session of the United Nations specialized agency’s Affiliate Members focused both on immediate priorities for tourism’s […]

New York City, New York, United States, 13 November 2020 / TRAVELINDEX / The Sustainable Aviation Fuels as a Pathway to Net-Zero Aviation Report shows that a transition to carbon-neutral flying is possible, with SAF the most promising decarbonization option in the near term. There are enough sustainable, renewable feedstocks to fuel all aviation using […]

London, United Kingdom, November 12, 2020 / TRAVELINDEX / In a joint statement issued today, the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) and the International Maritime Organization (IMO) highlight the importance of the cruise sector for the world economy. According to industry data, the cruise sector supports 1.2 million jobs and contributes US$150 billion to the global economy every year. Tourism is […]

Washington DC, United States, November 12, 2020 / TRAVELINDEX / A staggering 9.2 million jobs could be lost in the U.S. Travel & Tourism sector in 2020 if barriers to global travel remain in place, the World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC) revealed. The new figure comes from WTTC’s latest economic modelling, which looks at […]

Kennedy Space Center, Florida, United States, November 10, 2020 / TRAVELINDEX / The prospects of a robotic manufacturing base operating off Earth is not as far-fetched an idea as it used to be, according to a study published by a team of researchers led by a physicist at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida. • […]

London, United Kingdom, November 9, 2020 / TRAVELINDEX / The City of London Corporation, in collaboration with the Green Finance Institute, and supported by the World Economic Forum, is hosting a virtual summit 9-11 November that will focus on the role of green finance in the recovery from COVID-19. The Green Horizon Summit will bring together leaders […]

Lake Buena Vista, Florida, United States, November 7, 2020 / TRAVELINDEX / Disney’s Animal Kingdom Theme Park just welcomed a baby white rhinoceros to the family, boosting efforts to save the magnificent and endangered species. After a 16-month pregnancy, the male calf was born to mom Kendi, who was the first rhino born at Disney’s […]

Geneva, Switzerland, November 6, 2020 / TRAVELINDEX / The International Air Transport Association (IATA) announced that passenger demand in September remained highly depressed. Total demand (measured in revenue passenger kilometers or RPKs) was 72.8% below September 2019 levels (only slightly improved over the 75.2% year-to-year decline recorded in August). Capacity was down 63% compared to […]

Madrid, Spain, November 5, 2020 / TRAVELINDEX / The Ubuntu: Africa Invites You To Live campaign, developed by ATREVIA, a global Communication and Strategic Positioning company, won the Inspiration Africa Branding Challenge  organized  by  the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) in collaboration with CNN International.  Its proposal was selected from more than 200 entries received. • […]

Victoria, Mahé, Seychelles, November 5, 2020 / TRAVELINDEX / The Seychelles former and most popular Tourism Minister Alain St.Ange, who made a bid for the highest office for Tourism Ministers in the position of Secretary General of the UNWTO and who only in October was a candidate for the Seychelles Presidential elections has announced he […]

Bangkok, Thailand, November 4, 2020 / TRAVELINDEX / Established in 1993, IT&CMA is at the forefront of fostering MICE growth opportunities for the Asia-Pacific and beyond. Its multi-faceted programme engages regional and international industry suppliers and buyers in the realms of business, education and networking. IT&CMA also features dedicated platforms designed around the interests of […]

Singapore, Singapore, November 3, 2020 / TRAVELINDEX / The double-bill trade event, IT&CM Asia and CTW APAC, will maintain its presence this year amid ongoing travel restrictions with a virtual format that weaves in 24-hour access to the exhibition, flexible meetings and buyer showcases, among others. The five-day event will be held from November 16 […]

Lisbon, Portugal, November 2, 2020 / TRAVELINDEX / Turismo de Portugal is the official Portuguese Tourism Board, responsible for the promotion, development and sustainability of tourist activity in the country. It thus unites in one single body all the institutional powers relating to the development of tourism, in all areas ranging from supply to demand, […]

London, United Kingdom, October 30,2020 / TRAVELINDEX / New figures from the World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC) reveal that despite a slight improvement since June, a staggering 174m Travel & Tourism jobs could be lost in 2020 if barriers to global travel remain in place. Research reveals small yet positive job gains, driven by […]

London, United Kingdom, October 28, 2020 / TRAVELINDEX / Gloria Guevara, WTTC President & CEO, said: “The opening of ‘air corridors’ between the UK and the Canary Islands, the Greek island of Mykonos and the Maldives is great news for British holidaymakers and a boost for the hard-pressed Travel & Tourism sector. “Hard working British […]

Bangkok, Thailand, October 27, 2020 / TRAVELINDEX / The Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA) has taken the bold move to make significant changes to the design of its organisational governance at the recent Board Meeting and Annual General Meeting held on October 12 and 14, respectively. Over the past three years, PATA has been reviewing […]

Las Palmas, Gran Canaria, Spain, October 27, 2020 / TRAVELINDEX / The Canary Islands has been confirmed as the latest member of the growing International Network of Sustainable Tourism Observatories (INSTO), overseeing the responsible development of tourism worldwide. The announcement came as INSTO, an initiative of the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) held its annual meeting, […]

Denpasar, Bali, October 26, 2020 / TRAVELINDEX / The island’s once-thriving MICE sector will play a significant role, more so than the leisure sector, in the government’s tourism recovery plan. Critical for Bali’s MICE associations to “prioritise togetherness, not competition,” in order to win, says province deputy governor. As provincial and central governments focus on […]

Singapore, Singapore, October 24, 2020 / TRAVELINDEX / ITB Asia, Asia’s Leading Travel Trade Show, successfully concluded today rounding off the first virtual event in its 13-year history. The highly-anticipated trade show was hosted virtually on the newly established online platform, ITB Community in Asia (ITB Community). Over three days, the virtual event welcomed over […]

Nur-Sultan, Kazakhstan, October 24, 2020 / TRAVELINDEX / Following the resolution of the Mayor’s office of Nur-Sultan, Astana Convention Bureau LLP and Astana Invest LLP have been merged and continue operating under the Astana Invest umbrella. Astana Invest LLP has been established as the international trade, investment, and promotion agency for the City of Nur-Sultan. […]

London Heathrow Airport, United Kingdom, October 23, 2020 / TRAVELINDEX / Travel industry executives met at London Heathrow Airport as part of a transatlantic trial of CommonPass, a digital health pass aimed at enabling safer travel and the reopening of international borders. Officials from Internova Travel Group, the World Travel & Tourism Council, The Commons […]

Fukuoka, Japan, October 22, 2020 / TRAVELINDEX / Best Western Hotels and Resorts continues to expand its portfolio in Japan with the launch of Best Western Plus Fukuoka Tenjin-minami — the brand’s inaugural hotel in Fukuoka, an attractive coastal city and the largest metropolis on the island of Kyushu. Best Western Plus Fukuoka Tenjin-minami is […]

Monrovia, Liberia, October 22, 2020 / TRAVELINDEX / One of the main attractions of Liberia is its coastal tourism product. In recent years, several initiatives have been undertaken to develop and diversify Liberia’s tourism product, based on the country’s natural and cultural heritage. In particular, surf tourism has been identified as a niche market that […]

London, United Kingdom, October 21, 2020 / TRAVELINDEX / Gloria Guevara, WTTC President & CEO, said: “It is very encouraging to see the door beginning to open to allow airport testing on departure. We have been calling for a rapid and cost-effective testing on departure regime at airports around the world for several months now, […]

Bangkok, Thailand, October 20, 2020 / TRAVELINDEX / The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) is hosting the “Delightful Colours of the River, Loi Krathong Celebrations 2020” in Ayutthaya and five unique destinations – Chiang Mai, Sukhothai, Tak, Samut Songkhram and Roi Et – in line with the new normal practice to prevent the transmission of […]

Bangkok, Thailand, October 20, 2020 / TRAVELINDEX / mu Space revealed the space technology development plan after the press conference of MoU signing between TOT and muSpace for advancement of research and development in space industry This time is considered to be the fourth launch of payload and experimental equipment that will be delivered into […]

Madrid, Spain, October 19, 2020 / TRAVELINDEX / The World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) will work alongside the Expedia Group to strengthen ties between the public and private sectors and drive tourism’s recovery from the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic. The two parties signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) that will see them collaborate on a […]

London, United Kingdom, October 19, 2020 / TRAVELINDEX / The World Travel & Tourism Council is to spearhead a major global drive to revive international travel with the public and private sector working together in partnership. Last week, G20 Tourism Ministers hosted more than 45 CEOs and Members of WTTC, who at the request of […]

New York City, New York, USA, October 17, 2020 / TRAVELINDEX / An overwhelming majority of US and Canadian travelers (99 percent) are eager to travel again, with 70 percent stating that they plan to take a holiday in 2021, according to a Travel Leaders Group survey of nearly 3,000 frequent travelers. The survey was […]

The Presidential Debates were a momentous step forward for our fragile democracy. My only regret was that there were no questions pertaining directly to human rights which were put to the candidates. With key groups of people and the vulnerable members of society being traditionally overlooked and oppressed by Government, it is a pity that […]

Brussels, Belgium, October 15, 2020 / TRAVELINDEX / The Secretary-General of the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) has led a high-level delegation to Brussels for a series of meetings aimed at ensuring tourism remains at the top of the political agenda of the European Institutions. As UNWTO guides the global restart of tourism, Secretary-General Zurab Pololikashvili […]