Doha (Qatar) – November 12, 2017 ( – Qatar Airways are the first Middle East carrier to announce direct flights into Thailand’s third international airport, U Tapao- Rayong Pattaya International Airport (UTP). Starting with four flights a week from 28th January 2018, the airline will use their new Boeing 787 Dreamliner with 232 seats in […]

London (United Kingdom) – November 9, 2017 ( – Over 60 ministers of tourism and private sector leaders gathered on 7 November in London for the UNWTO / WTM Ministers’ Summit on ‘overtourism’. Moderated by CNN International’s Max Foster, the Summit concluded on the need for the tourism sector to engage more and better with […]

Bangkok (Thailand) – November 13, 2017 ( – The Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA) is pleased to welcome the Tourism Association of Sarajevo Canton (Visit Sarajevo) as its newest government member. The announcement was made by PATA CEO Dr. Mario Hardy at PATA’s annual Aligned Advocacy Dinner in London, UK on Monday November 6, 2017 […]

Bangkok (Thailand) – November 13, 2017 ( – The 10th Anniversary of the annual Thailand International Cricket Sixes gets underway in Bangkok next Friday on the 17th November, with up to fourteen teams competing and continuing to make “Friendships Through Cricket”. The event organised by the Asian Cricket Sixes Tour (ACST) will see participants from […]

Dubai (Unitd Arab Emirates) – November 14, 2017 (travelindex) – Global hospitality management software company Xn protel Systems today announced that it is showcasing its new xnPOS Kiosk technology, for the first time, at HITEC Dubai on the 14th – 15th November 2017. Xn protel Systems (ME) will demonstrate, at HITEC Dubai, how its new […]

London (United Kingdom) – November 14, 2017 ( – The Seychelles Tourism Board (STB) has signed an agreement with British Airways, which is preparing to launch direct flights to Seychelles in March next year. The two-year agreement establishes the framework to market and promote Seychelles as a destination and support British Airways’ non-stop, twice-weekly flights […]

Victoria, Mahe (Seychelles) – November 14, 2017 ( – Another tourism trade fair has come and gone and this time it was the WTM (World Travel Market) of London. It is expensive to be at such events, but everyone in the world of tourism knows that it remains a must. Visibility is relevance and the […]

London (England) – November 8, 2017 ( – The Tourism Authority of Thailand will use the World Travel Market 2017 (WTM), one of the world’s leading travel trade shows, as a platform to launch its new marketing concept, “Open to the New Shades of Thailand”. Now in its 37th year, the WTM London will attract […]

Brussels (Belgium) – November 8, 2017 ( – Accepting a 2017 IIPT Peace Ambassador Award, Professor Geoffrey Lipman, Co-founder SUNx said that; “I have been inspired for 25 years by Maurice Strong and the Award is a testimony to his vision, which was a major factor in the evolution of the Sustainable Development Goals and […]

Bangkok (Thailand) – November 8, 2017 ( – The Royal Paragon Hall has been accredited 3 international standards certificates, including; ISO 20121: 2012 Event Sustainability Management System; ISO 22301: 2012 Business Continuity Management System and; TISI 22300: 2550 MICE Security Management System, thus acclaiming and reinforcing the credibility of its status as “The World-Class Venue […]

Bangkok (Thailand) – November 8, 2017 (travelindex) – Best Western Hotels and Resorts today announced that just one year since the launch of its new franchise model – SureStay Hotel Group – the brand has eclipsed 33 properties worldwide with a robust pipeline of 44 additional hotels. Since making its official debut in fall 2016, […]

Singapore – November 8, 2017 ( – Global Hospitality Management Software Company Xn protel Systems today announced the opening of the Valero Grand Suites by Swiss-Belhotel, using its xnPOS F&B Point of Sale system and protel property management software solution. This is the latest addition to the Swiss-Belhotel portfolio that uses Xn protel solutions. The […]

London (United Kingdom) – November 8, 2017 ( – The Minister of Tourism of Madagascar, Roland Ratsiraka, the Minister of Tourism of Mauritius, Anil Kumarsingh Gayan, SC and the Minister for Tourism, Civil Aviation, Ports and Marine of the Seychelles, Maurice Loustau-Lalanne met at the sidelines of the World Travel Market in London to express […]

Hong Kong (Hong Kong SAR) – November 4, 2017 ( – Judgements about ethically unacceptable behaviour may vary amongst cultures, and Western tourists are more likely to engage in such behaviour when on holiday, find Dr Denis Tolkach, Dr Stephen Pratt of the School of Hotel and Tourism Management (SHTM) at The Hong Kong Polytechnic […]

Victoria, Mahe (Seychelles) – November 2, 2017 ( – The Official needed documents for the registration of the new Seychelles Labor Union (SLU) was today received today the 30th October by Mr Bernard Adonis the Registrar of Trade Unions in his Market Street Offices. Alain St.Ange, the President of the new Workers Body and Peter […]

Victoria, Mahe (Seychelles) – November 2, 2017 ( – It was only earlier this year that I promoted the concept of ‘Tourism for All’ as I campaigned in the different parts of the world for the seat of Secretary General of the UNWTO. This was to promote a tourism industry without any discrimination, be it […]

Bangkok (Thailand) – November 3, 2017 (travelindex) – Best Western Hotels and Resorts is delighted to announce that Venti, the team from Bangkok’s Thammasat University, has won the inaugural Best Western Rewards Social Media Business Contest 2017. This exciting initiative challenged undergraduate university students in Thailand to create a real-life business plan for Best Western […]

Bangkok (Thailand) – November 2, 2017 (travelindex) – The World Week of Italian Cuisine reaches its second edition with the aim of promoting Italian culinary traditions and food & wine connoisseurship as a distinctive trait of Italian identity and culture. The second edition of the Week will take place from 20 to 26 November 2017 […]

Antananarivo (Madagascar) – November 2, 2017 ( – The Secretary-General of the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO), Taleb Rifai has visited Madagascar to express the Organization’s full support to the tourism sector. Madagascar’s tourism is facing a challenging situation following a plague outbreak which has prompted some countries to implement travel restrictions with Madagascar. Mr Rifai […]

Noida, Uttar Pradesh (India) – October 31, 2017 (travelindex) – Hoteliers have been putting a lot of thought into how to create that perfect ‘enchanting’ guest experience. If you are looking for guest touch-points to target as points of guest-experience optimisation, the first key guest touch-points to set your sights on are most likely to […]

Vientiane (Lao PDR) October 28, 2017 ( – Lao Prime Minister Thongloun Sisoulith launches the “Visit Lao Year 2018” at the opening of the annual That Luang Festival in Vientiane. Lao PDR officially launched the “Visit Lao Year 2018” on Saturday, October 28, 2017 aiming to promote tourism and preserve the unique and fine traditional […]

Vientiane (Lao PDR) – October 30, 2017 ( – Prime Minister Thongloun Sisoulith invited people from around the world to visit the nation in remarks he delivered to officially launch “Visit Laos Year 2018” in front of the capital”s revered That Luang Stupa on Saturday. A ceremonial gong was struck nine times by the prime […]

Bangkok (Thailand) – October 24, 2017 ( – The first Mekong Trends Aviation Seminar, organised by Destination Mekong in partnership with Amadeus and the Mekong Tourism Coordinating Office (MTCO), shows regional aviation growth continues at an impressive pace to meet demand. The event took place on 10 October at the Amadeus Executive Briefing Centre in […]

Bangkok (Thailand) – October 24, 2017 ( – The Ministry of Energy of Thailand has the honor to be the host of the 7th ASIAN Ministerial Energy Roundtable (AMER7), which will take place in Bangkok, Thailand on 1-3 November 2017. This prestigious biennial event will be a platform for 36 Energy Ministers from energy producing […]

Singapore (Singapore) – October 27, 2017 ( – Asia’s leading travel trade show, ITB Asia 2017 has completed its milestone anniversary event with record-breaking numbers. The tenth edition of ITB Asia came to a close today at the Sands Expo and Convention Centre, Marina Bay Sands in Singapore. Over three days, the event hosted about […]

Berlin (Germany) – October 27, 2017 ( – Luxury travel is booming: high-price trips grew nearly twice as much as global travel did in general over the past years – most luxury travelers come from the USA and China – Germany and France are the most popular luxury travel destinations in Europe – ITB Berlin […]

Singapore (Singapore) – October 25, 2017 (travelindex) – The annual Hotel Management Singapore Summit (HMS), presented by Hotel Management and Questex Hospitality Group, welcomed 31 international speakers and over 150 delegates at the newly built luxurious Sofitel Singapore City Centre on 12 Oct 2017. HMS received rave reviews as it drew a record-breaking number of […]

Singapore (Singapore) – October 25, 2017 ( – The Singapore Tourism Board (STB) is celebrating its long-standing 10-year partnership with Messe Berlin. To mark the occasion, Singapore will be the Official Partner Country for ITB Asia 2017, Messe Berlin’s regional flagship tradeshow. STB’s new brand, Passion Made Possible, will feature prominently across the exhibition show […]

Geneva (Switzerland) – October 25, 2017 ( – The International Air Transport Association (IATA) expects 7.8 billion passengers to travel in 2036, a near doubling of the 4 billion air travelers expected to fly this year. The prediction is based on a 3.6% average Compound Annual Growth Rate (CAGR) noted in the release of the […]

Singapore (Singapore) – October 24, 2017 (travelindex) – Best Western Hotels & Resorts is celebrating this week after it completed an impressive hat-trick at Travel Weekly Asia’s 2017 Reader’s Choice Awards. The world famous hotel group won the title of “Asia’s Best Mid-Range Hotel Chain” for the third consecutive year, as voted for by the […]

Victoria, Mahe (Seychelles) – October 20, 2017 ( – All samples from patients suspected to be ill with the pneumonic plague in Seychelles have been tested at a partner laboratory of the World Health Organisation in Paris and they are all negative, the Ministry of Health confirmed on Wednesday. Ten samples – including several suspected […]

Bangkok (Thailand) – October 20, 2017 (travelindex) – Best Western Hotels and Resorts is celebrating the launch of Asia’s first ever SureStay Hotel with a tempting Double Points promotion. SureStay Plus Hotel by Best Western Sukhumvit 2 opened this month in the heart of downtown Bangkok. This new-build premium economy hotel will provide guests with […]

Bienne (Switzerland) – October 20, 2017 ( – Swiss watch brand Strom today presents the “In Memorian HR Giger” watch, one of the final projects on which the artist worked before his death in 2014. A veritable “wrist sculpture”, the timepiece features HR Giger’s legendary biomechanoid creature. Acclaimed for his “fantastic-realism” works, HR Giger shot […]

London (United Kingdom) – October 23, 2017 ( – The World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC) today announced the election of Christopher J. Nassetta, President and CEO of Hilton, as the Council’s next Chairman. Mr Nassetta joined Hilton in 2007, bringing with him an extensive background in real estate and hospitality. Since assuming the role […]