Armonk, New York, United States, April 4, 2020 / by Dario Gil, Director of IBM Research – At IBM, I have the privilege of working with colleagues who have dedicated their lives and careers to advancing science and creating innovative technology that can be a force for progress in the world. Since the start of […]

Bangkok (Thailand), April 3, 2020 / It is unprecedented in our lives to experience such uncertainty and vulnerability as a society, and never before has our industry been impacted so heavily and so comprehensively. Clearly this global crisis will change us and what we do. While I am no more qualified than the next to […]

Paris (France), April 3, 2020 / Over the past three weeks, the crisis has severely deepened with over half the worldwide population either confined and/or under lock-down. This has resulted in a virtual standstill of travel, dining and entertainment, which is vastly affecting our industry. Today more than half Accor branded hotels worldwide are closed, […]

Glasgow, Sctotland, United Kingdom, April 2, 2020 /travelindex/ The COP26 UN climate change conference set to take place in Glasgow in November has been postponed due to COVID-19. This decision has been taken by the COP Bureau of the UNFCCC (United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change), with the UK and its Italian partners. Dates […]

Geneva, Switzerland, April 2 2020 /travelindex/ – Leading World Economic Forum representatives and members, including Klaus Schwab, Founder and Executive Chairman, Bank of America CEO Brian Moynihan, Siemens and Maersk Chairman Jim Snabe, and Royal DSM Hon. Chairman Feike Sijbesma, on Wednesday asked the global business community to step up their coordination in the response […]

Madrid (Spain) – March 31, 2020 / Supporting jobs and the economy through tourism: set of recommendations on measures to mitigate the impact of COVID-19 and accelerate recovery to be approved and announced soon A new meeting of the Global Tourism Crisis Committee, chaired by UWTO Secretary General Mr. Zurab Pololikashvili, took place on Thursday, […]

Madrid (Spain) – April 1, 2020 /travelindex/ The World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) has released a set of recommendations calling for urgent and strong support to help the global tourism sector not only recover from the unprecedented challenge of COVID-19 but to ‘grow back better’. The Recommendations are the first output of the Global Tourism Crisis […]

Bangkok (Thailand) – April 1, 2020 /Travelindex/ Newly opened Villa de Pranakorn, the only luxury boutique hotel in Bangkok’s historic Sam Yot district, has just become a member of Relais & Châteaux, the leading global hotel and restaurant association. Villa de Pranakorn is the first hotel to join their collection in the country’s capital. Known […]

Luang Prabang (Laos PDR) – March 31, 2020 / The eco-friendly five-star resort in northern Laos offers tips and techniques on how to stay fit at home, and creates a special Wellness Retreat for when life returns to normal. During the unprecedented times in which we currently live, it is more important than ever that […]

Bangkok (Thailand) – March 31, 2020 / Anantara celebrates every day with an invitation to discover a new passion, whether it’s indigenous Spice Spoons cooking classes, Anantara Spa rituals that channel local wellness traditions, or unique travel experiences that are true memory makers. With the current situation worldwide, Anantara understands that it is a difficult […]

Geneva (Switzerland) – March 30, 2020 / by Bernard Metzger, Founder, Travelindex – Aggressive containment measures by governments around the world had an immediate severe economic impact but are helping to contain the virus spread, leading to lesser long-term negative economic implications. Previous disease outbreaks recovered to pre-outbreak levels in six to ten months after […]

Dubai (United Arab Emirates) – March 30, 2020 / UAE-headquartered hospitality company, Time Hotels, has implemented a number of new initiatives to boost morale and promote positive wellbeing among all of its staff members, as well as improving guest experience across its portfolio of properties. UAE-headquartered hospitality company to introduce new initiatives to promote positive […]

Montreal (Canada) – March 26, 2020 / Traveling by plane doesn’t necessarily increase the risk of contracting a communicable disease more than another kind of mass transit, according to the World Health Organization, as ventilation systems on aircraft use filters to trap bacteria and viruses before air is recirculated. “Ventilation rates provide a total change […]

Doha (Qatar) – March 26, 2020 / Her Highness Sheikha Moza bint Nasser, Chairperson of Qatar Foundation, attended the official opening of the Education City Golf Club as it hosted its first international tournament, the Commercial Bank Qatar Masters 2020 on the European Tour. Her Excellency Sheikha Hind bint Hamad Al Thani, Vice-Chairperson and CEO […]

Madrid (Spain) – March 27, 2020 ( – The World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) has released its updated assessment of the likely impact of the COVID-19 on international tourism. Taking into account the unparalleled introduction of travel restrictions across the world, the United Nations specialized agency for tourism expects that international tourist arrivals will be down […]

London (United Kingdom) – March 26, 2020 ( – World tourism leaders have been urged to execute crucial measures to save the travel and tourism sector, ahead of a special meeting of the G20 hosted by the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia today. The call was made by the World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC), which […]

Geneva (Switzerland) – March 26, 2020 ( – The International Air Transport Association (IATA) welcomed the support of those governments around the world that have provided financial relief to airlines and urged other governments to follow suit before more damage is done. “Airlines are fighting for survival in every corner of the world. Travel restrictions […]

London (Great Britain) – March 25, 2020 ( – Up to 75 million jobs are at immediate risk in global Travel & Tourism due to the coronavirus pandemic, according to the World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC). The alarming figure, based on research from WTTC, shows a punishing Travel & Tourism GDP loss to the […]

Madrid (Spain) – March 26, 2020 ( – In the face of an unprecedented challenge, the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO), with the support of the World Health Organization (WHO), calls on innovators and entrepreneurs to put forward new solutions to help the tourism sector recover from COVID-19. With millions of jobs at risk as the […]

Victoria, Mahé (Seychelles) – March 25, 2020 ( – One Seychelles reacts to statements made by President Danny Faure in his televised address to the Nation. One Seychelles, a political party representing Seychellois in the 26 electoral districts in Seychelles, is under the leadership of former Minister of Tourism Alain St.Ange. It is important to […]

Bangkok (Thailand) – March 25, 2020 ( – Thai Airways International Public Company Limited (THAI) announced, “Due to the ongoing global outbreak of COVID-19, several countries in Europe and Asia has intensely increased preventive measures including screening by local Ministries of Public Health and Civil Aviation Organizations as well as national lockdown. Therefore, THAI has […]

Tokyo (Japan) – March 25, 2020 ( – The President of the International Olympic Committee (IOC), Thomas Bach, and the Prime Minister of Japan, Abe Shinzo, held a conference call this morning to discuss the constantly changing environment with regard to COVID-19 and the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020. They were joined by Mori Yoshiro, the […]

Bangkok (Thailand) – March 25, 2020 ( – The World’s 50 Best Restaurants publishes an annual list of the world’s finest restaurants selected by a panel of culinary experts. The restaurants receive their award during an annual awards ceremony. When Deepak Ohri, the Chief Executive Officer of lebua in Bangkok, the world’s first luxury vertical […]

Geneva (Switzerand) – March 25, 2020 (travelindex) – The International Air Transport Association (IATA) updated its analysis of the revenue impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the global air transport industry. Owing to the severity of travel restrictions and the expected global recession, IATA now estimates that industry passenger revenues could plummet $252 billion or […]

Luang Prabang (Laos) – March 25, 2020 ( – The perfect wedding does not need to be a lavish celebration with hundreds of guests. True romance is about finding your own space – a secluded sanctuary to create deeply personal moments with your loved one, without any unnecessary distractions. Interested couples can start planning their […]

Zurich (Switzerland) – March 25, 2020 ( – In the current uncertain times, our health and solidarity with others are of the utmost essence. Many anticipated vacations won’t become reality now. But that shouldn’t stop us to dream. That’s why we would like to show you a Switzerland the way you should undoubtedly be able […]

Singapore (Singapore) – March 25, 2020 ( – We have been working closely with all our exhibitors and event partners over the past few weeks to confirm the most suitable new dates for the postponed SYS 2020. We are delighted to finally be able to announce that the 10th Anniversary edition of Asia’s most important […]

London (United Kingdom) – March 24, 2020 ( – Significant and Swift Measures are needed to support the Travel & Tourism sector in the turbulent months ahead. WTTC urges governments to implement policies that will directly support the sector across the following three areas, namely: • Protecting the Livelihoods of Workers: Financial help must be […]

Bangkok (Thailand) – March 24, 2020 ( – The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) has temporarily redesigned the two main logos for international and domestic tourism, encouraging foreign and Thai tourists to maintain social distancing, as part of the nationwide effort to combat the Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). TAT understands that maintaining social distancing can […]

Victoria, Mahé (Seychelles) – March 23, 2020 (travelindex) – The number of confirmed cases of COVID-19 has almost reached 300,000 in 175 different countries, territories and areas. All European countries have registered confirmed cases, with the rate of infection rising rapidly even where restrictive measures are being taken. WHO has declared Europe as the present […]

Madrid (Spain) – March 23, 2020 ( – by Mr. Xu Jing, Specialist in Tourism of Asia and the Pacific/ Former Director of Asia-Pacific UNWTO – How Asia-Pacific tourism will be impacted in the wake of COVID19? Will NTAs be prepared to confront with the on-going and post crisis? Are we ready for a drastic […]

Victoria, Mahé (Seychelles) – March 22, 2020 ( – With COVID-19 cases now spreading in many African countries African Interests are going all out against the threat of the deadly coronavirus and destroying the continent’s travel and tourism industry. With the launch of the COVID 19 Tourism Task Force for Africa, Taleb Rifai and Alain […]

New York (United States) – March 22, 2020 ( – During the coronavirus crisis, in particular in the tourism sector, layoffs seems to be one of the first decision taken by corporate leaders. Of course, a cost-cutting reflex is understandable as leaders are obligated to make responsible decisions to keep their companies afloat. But those […]

By Professor Geoffrey Lipman, President SUNx Malta : Let me start by making it clear that today and for the coming months every government and industry action must be focused on a total response, repeat total response, to the global enemy of COVID 19. To health issues: livelihood issues: family issues and business survival issues. […]

Bangkok (Thailand) – March 20, 2020 ( – by Imtiaz Muqbil – Prominent Bangkok-based photographer David Lau has captured the grandeur of an East African safari in a catalogue of images exhibited in Bangkok between Feb 20-23. More than just proving his professional prowess, Mr. Lau has raised the value of his artistry to a […]