Tokyo, Japan, April 16, 2021 / TRAVELINDEX / Global leaders back the need for more technology governance to tackle the most pressing global problems at the World Economic Forum’s inaugural Global Technology Governance Summit. The summit, hosted by the Government of Japan, was opened by Prime Minister Suga Yoshihide with a welcome address in which […]

Mumbai, India, April 16, 2021 / TRAVELINDEX / The virtual edition of the inaugural ITB India was successfully held, with three days of networking, travel news and business opportunities. The annual B2B trade show and conference will build the bridge to the Indian and South Asian travel markets. ITB India 2021 Virtual welcomes over 400 […]

Singapore, April 15, 2021 / TRAVELINDEX / Sabre Corporation, a leading software and technology provider that powers the global travel industry, today announced that Singapore Airlines has successfully migrated to Sabre’s new generation Crew Manager solution. This latest implementation builds on Sabre’s longstanding and valued relationship with Singapore Airlines and means that Singapore’s national flag […]

Madrid, Spain, April 15, 2021 / TRAVELINDEX / The World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) will continue to build on its successful partnership with the Spanish ONCE Foundation and the European Network for Accessible Tourism (ENAT). The three parties have agreed to extend their partnership agreement for a further four years to ensure that their work to […]

Huravalhi Island, Maldives, April 14, 2021 / TRAVELINDEX / Lending itself naturally to social distancing where one can truly unwind in spacious outdoor environments in a ‘one island, one resort’ setup, the Maldives has always been a dream vacation choice for most travellers. If you have been visualising a tropical luxury scene of embracing pure […]

Macao, Macao SAR, April 14, 2021 / TRAVELINDEX / The three-day (3 – 5 April) Ching Ming Festival Holidays of the Mainland fell between the Easter Holidays (2 – 6 April) this year. During the five-day holidays, Macao welcomed nearly 100,000 (99,568) visitor arrivals, with an average daily volume of almost 20,000 visitors (19,914). The […]

Berlin, Germany, April 13, 2021 / TRAVELINDEX / The World Travel & Tourism Council’s annual Economic Impact Report (EIR) today reveals that the dramatic collapse of Germany’s Travel & Tourism sector has wiped out €161 billion from the nation’s economy. COVID-19 sparks a dramatic 46.9% collapse in the sector’s contribution to GDP. More than 440,000 […]

Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, April 12, 2021 / TRAVELINDEX / The World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) has again convened its Global Tourism Crisis Committee to lead the sector in harmonizing travel and health protocols and securing vital financing for businesses struggling to survive an historic crisis. The ninth meeting of the Crisis Committee advanced solutions to the […]

Malaga, Spain, April 12, 2021 / TRAVELINDEX / World’s largest global network of Tourism Professionals dedicating the entire month of April 2021 for Skål Celebrations and Doing Business Among Friends in the Travel and Tourism Industry. First Skål club was established in 1932 in Paris, France. After its foundation, the club was promoted by the […]

Wakayama, Japan, April 9, 2021 / TRAVELINDEX / The Global Sustainable Tourism Council (GSTC) is pleased to announce that the Japan Sustainable Tourism Standard for Destinations (JSTS-D) has achieved the ‘GSTC-Recognized Standard’ status. The Japan Sustainable Tourism Standard for Destinations (JSTS-D) which is based on the GSTC Criteria for Destinations, was developed by Japan Tourism […]

Bangkok, Thailand, April 9, 2021 / TRAVELINDEX / The Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA) is calling for urgent action from all Thai travel and tourism industry stakeholders from both the public and private sectors to address the COVID-19 impacts on the local tourism supply chain. Between December 2020 and March 2021, PATA, in partnership with […]

Denham, United Kingdom, April 9, 2021 / TRAVELINDEX / IHG Hotels & Resorts has announced the appointment of Haitham Mattar as Managing Director of India, Middle East & Africa (IMEA), effective 18 April 2021. Haitham Mattar joins IHG Hotels & Resorts from the Saudi Ministry of Tourism where, as Senior Advisor and a member of […]

Phuket, Thailand, April 8, 2021 / TRAVELINDEX / Utopia Corporation, Phuket’s pioneering property developer and hospitality company, is forging even closer bonds within the island’s business community with the launch of Club Utopia, an attractive new membership program that brings together many prestigious local partners and creates a wealth of benefits for local residents, visitors […]

Madrid, Spain, April 8, 2021 / TRAVELINDEX / The World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) has launched a new competition to identify the best ideas that will help rural communities recover from the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic. The Global Rural Tourism Startup Competition will also support the entrepreneurs and enterprises that can help rural communities seize […]

Singapore, April 7, 2021 / TRAVELINDEX / The International Air Transport Association (IATA) welcomed Singapore’s acceptance of pre-departure COVID-19 PCR test results on the IATA Travel Pass. From 1 May 2021, passengers traveling to Singapore will be able to use IATA Travel Pass to share their pre-departure COVID-19 PCR test results upon check-in with their […]

Houston, Texas, United States, April 7, 2021 / TRAVELINDEX / SpaceFund announced it has reached and surpassed the planned first close of $5 million for its $20 million BlastOff Fund today. The Houston and Austin-based company says commitments to the fund have reached $9 million as of Monday morning. “We are thrilled to see how […]

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, April 6, 2021 / TRAVELINDEX / WISeKey to launch the NFT auction of the original SWATCH created for the 1992 Rio Earth Summit, on Earth Day, April 22, 2021. This unique, first-off-the-line watch, designed by Maurice Strong under the theme “It’s in our Hands” it was given to his widow Hanne […]

Lucerne, Switzerland, April 4, 2021 / TRAVELINDEX / The World Tourism Forum Lucerne announced that the Innovation Festival, Moving Forward, will not go ahead as planned on 29-30 April. Unfortunately, the Swiss government has ongoing restrictions on physical events, therefore we have no choice but to postpone the Innovation Festival. It will now take place from […]

Geneva, Switzerland, April 5, 2021 / TRAVELINDEX / The International Air Transport Association (IATA) urged governments to accept best-in-class rapid antigen tests in fulfillment of COVID -19 testing requirements following the publication of new research by OXERA and Edge Health. The OXERA-Edge Health report, commissioned by IATA, found that antigen tests are: Accurate: The best […]

Jakarta, Indonesia, April 3, 2021 / TRAVELINDEX / Seychelles former Minister of Tourism, Civil Aviation, Ports and Marine, Alain St. Ange, is set to reposition tropical islands tourism in Indonesia. The movement also spearheads the promotion of tourism between AFRICA UNION and ASEAN, said Mr. St Ange. Indonesia is one among the largest member states […]

Madrid, Spain, April 3, 2021 / TRAVELINDEX / The devastating impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on global tourism has carried on into 2021, with new data showing an 87% fall in international tourist arrivals in January as compared to 2020. The outlook for the rest of the year remain cautious as the World Tourism Organization […]

Phoenix, Arizona, April 2, 2021 / TRAVELINDEX / Best Western Hotels and Resorts today announced that Erwann Mahe has been appointed Managing Director – Asia. His extensive industry knowledge and experience make Mahe the ideal candidate to drive Best Western Hotels & Resorts’ future growth in the Asia Pacific (APAC) region. “I’m pleased to welcome […]

Hanoi, Vietnam, April 2, 2021 / TRAVELINDEX / Capella Hanoi has officially opened its doors, ushering in a new era of art and elegance in the heart of Vietnam’s vibrant capital city. Located just steps away from the iconic Hanoi Opera House, this beautiful boutique hotel has been dreamt up as a “petite auberge” – […]

Alicante, Spain, April 2, 2021 / TRAVELINDEX / The World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) has recognized the Bataller family, founders of the of the SHA Wellness Clinic in Alicante, Spain, for their strong and ongoing commitment to health and medical tourism. Demand for health and wellbeing-centred experiences is expected to be strong, once tourism is able […]

Bangkok, Thailand, April 1, 2021 / TRAVELINDEX / Experience the best of Bangkok with these irresistible Bangkok’s staycation deals to book right now from over 50 uber-luxe hotels across the city at “Siam Paragon Bangkok World-Class Staycation Fair,” from 30 March – 8 April 2021 at Fashion Hall, 1st Floor, Siam Paragon, Bangkok. Elevate the […]

Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, April 1, 2021 / TRAVELINDEX / Sustainability is at the forefront of Qasr Al Sarab Desert Resort by Anantara, whose ethos can be summed up as ‘Sustainable Luxury’. In line with this, Qasr Al Sarab by Anantara launches a host of new sustainable initiatives that build upon a broad platform […]

Madrid, Spain, April 1, 2021 / TRAVELINDEX / Only with strong and coordinated political action can Europe reopen to tourism in time for the peak summer season. The World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) has again stressed the importance of collaboration as it welcomed European Commission Vice-President Margaritis Schinas to Madrid for a high-level meeting focused on […]

London, United Kingdom, April 1, 2021 / TRAVELINDEX / The World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC) – together with the world’s largest cruise company, Carnival Corporation & plc (NYSE/LSE: CCL; NYSE: CUK), and the leading global hospitality company Hilton Worldwide Holdings Inc. (NYSE: HLT) – today announced the 2021 Global Scientific Summit on COVID-19. • […]

Manila, Philippines, April 1, 2021 / TRAVELINDEX / The Asian Development Bank (ADB) partnered with the UN World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) to lead a conversation on what the COVID-19 pandemic’s impact on global tourism means for development across the Asia-Pacific region. Held as part of the World Trade Organization’s Aid-for-Trade Stocktaking Event, the special session […]

Bangkok, Thailand, April 1, 2021 / TRAVELINDEX / For those seeking a magical Easter weekend with family and friends, Anantara Siam Bangkok Hotel is offering a host of Easter themed dining, art workshops and staycation packages worthy of the Easter Bunny himself. On Easter Sunday, Paron School of Art will be hosting an Easter Wonderland […]

Bangkok, Thailand, March 31, 2021 / TRAVELINDEX / In celebration of the up and coming summer months, Royal Osha luxury Thai fine dining and Michelin recommended restaurant – a venue to wine and dine very special people in your life as well as for auspicious occasions and dates – is introducing the popular Khao Chae […]

Madrid, Spain, March 31, 2021 / TRAVELINDEX / The World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) is calling for the international community to show solidarity with Small Island Developing States by ensuring they have access to COVID-19 vaccinations. • Read all the latest UNWTO News and Announcements here. With tourism a leading employer and economic pillar for many […]

Bangkok, Thailand, March 31, 2021 / TRAVELINDEX / The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) is hosting the Amazing Songkran Festival 2021 in Bangkok as well as supporting unique festivities in seven destinations – Ayutthaya, Buri Ram, Chiang Mai, Khon Kaen, Lampang, Nong Khai, and Sukhothai – in line with the traditional aspects of the festival […]

Madrid, Spain, March 30, 2021 / TRAVELINDEX / More than 100 countries, alongside international organizations and leading business groups have agreed to adopt harmonized standards for assisting tourists caught up in emergency situations. The Committee for the Development of an International Code for the Protection of Tourists has agreed on the text of the first […]