Athens, Greece, January 2, 2021 / TRAVELINDEX / Greece’s Tourism Minister Haris Theocharis has said the country is trying to do everything possible to ensure that the country remains an attractive tourist destination with a low rate of coronavirus infections. Talking to BBC Radio he said that the country’s measures to control the pandemic has […]

Hua Hin, Thailand, January 1, 2021 / TRAVELINDEX / Medical doctors in Hua Hin are advising expat residents to be extra-mindful of the risks of COVID infections this weekend, with an influx of domestic tourists from affected provinces expected”. Medical experts of the Be Well Medical Center have sent an advisory notice to local residents […]

Bangkok, Thailand, December 31, 2020 / TRAVELINDEX / For the first time ever, Clinique La Prairie launches a flagship outlet outside of Europe with the debut of Clinique La Prairie Aesthetics Medical & Spa at The St. Regis Bangkok. Rejuvenating new year wellness resolutions are given an uber luxe transformation with the arrival of the […]

Victoria, Mahé, Seychelles, December 30, 2020 / TRAVELINDEX / End of year message from Alain St.Ange, former Minister for Tourism, Civil Aviation, Ports & Marine of the Seychelles – “Tourism needs more than an IMF-led program; it necessitates a larger, more specific group of multinational stakeholders, such as the UNWTO, to join in the recovery.” […]

Macao, Macao SAR, December 30, 2020 / TRAVELINDEX / As the pandemic situation basically stabilized in the Mainland and Macao, Macao Government Tourism Office (MGTO) has been actively promoting Macao as a safe and quality destination in accord with the reinstatement of travel permit issuance for Mainland residents. Boosted further by the charm of the […]

Madrid, Spain, December 29, 2020 / TRAVELINDEX / All five global regions are represented as the UNWTO SDGs Global Startup Competition reaches its final stages. The competition was launched to identify innovators whose ideas can advance tourism’s contributions to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and attracted more than 10,000 participants from 138 countries. Now, the […]

Madrid, Spain, December 28, 2020 / TRAVELINDEX / We are almost at the end of what has been the most challenging year in the history of tourism. Almost overnight, the pandemic brought global tourism to a complete standstill. Millions of people missed chances to explore different places and embrace different cultures and customs. And the […]

London, United Kingdom, December 24, 2020 / TRAVELINDEX / Following its launch in May this year, the World Travel & Tourism Council’s (WTTC) highly popular Safe Travels stamp, has now been adopted by 200 destinations around the world. WTTC, which represents the global Travel & Tourism private sector, made history when it launched the world’s […]

Valletta, Malta, December 23, 2020 / TRAVELINDEX / SUNx Malta will host the first ever climate friendly youth travel summit in April 2021. The ‘Strong Earth Youth Summit’ (SEYS) will include lectures, workshops and other educational activities aimed at highlighting the need for a clean and green post-Covid future for the tourism sector, in accordance […]

Madrid, Spain, December 26, 2020 / TRAVELINDEX / The First meeting of the Online Education Committee took place today, online, with the presence of high-level representatives from the public and private sector, with the objective to make education a key pillar for tourism´s recovery. • Read all the latest UNWTO News and Announcements here. As […]

Lisbon, Portugal, December 25, 2020 / TRAVELINDEX / Meeting on the occasion of the Global Tourism Crisis Committee, virtually from Lisbon, Portugal, on 9 December 2020, to accelerate the coordination of international cross-border travel principles and protocols in view of a safe and seamless restart of tourism, the members of the Committee recalled, in line […]

Madrid, Spain, December 25, 2020 / TRAVELINDEX / Tourism leaders from 18 countries met for the 14th annual UNWTO Asia-Pacific Executive Training Programme. In line with UNWTO’s Year of Tourism and Rural Development, the three-day programme focused on sharing knowledge and good practice relating to harnessing the power of the sector to create opportunities for […]

Ha Noi, Viet Nam, December 24, 2020 / TRAVELINDEX / Viet Nam’s leading environmental policy-makers, experts, business leaders, local and international organizations today endorsed an action platform, which aims to help Viet Nam dramatically reduce the flow of plastic waste into land and ocean, develop a roadmap to eliminate single-use plastic, non-biodegradable plastic bags, especially […]

Bangkok, Thailand, December 26, 2020 / TRAVELINDEX / The Tourism Authority of Thailand, together with ICONSIAM and other agencies, associations and businesses along Bangkok’s Chao Phraya River is turning the New Year countdown into a new-normal celebration. The ‘Amazing Thailand Countdown 2021 – Celebrate the Shining Spirit of Thailand, being staged on New Year’s Eve […]

London, United Kingdom, December 23, 2020 / TRAVELINDEX / The World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC) and the World Economic Forum, today announce a reinforced partnership to promote the importance of the sustainable growth of the global Travel & Tourism sector. The strategic partnership will see enhanced collaboration between WTTC and the Forum, with the […]

Geneva, Switzerland, December 22, 2020 / TRAVELINDEX / The International Air Transport Association (IATA) announced that Kamil H. Al-Awadhi will be appointed IATA’s Regional Vice President for Africa and Middle East (AME), effective 1 March 2021. Al-Awadhi succeeds Muhammad Albakri who will become IATA’s Senior Vice-President for Customer, Financial, and Digital Services (CFDS), also effective […]

Bangkok, Thailand, December 21, 2020 / TRAVELINDEX / King Power Mahanakhon, Bangkok’s iconic landmark destination recently partnered up with the Thai Astronomical Society for a live broadcast on “The Great Conjunction 2020” from the 78th floor of Bangkok’s highest rooftop. The rare astronomical phenomenon attracted astronomy enthusiasts and local visitors who attended the event under […]

London, United Kingdom, December 21, 2020 / TRAVELINDEX / Gloria Guevara, President & CEO, WTTC said: “WTTC is encouraged by the commitments put forward from the UN Climate Ambition Summit which included many new measures, policies and plans all aimed at reducing greenhouse gas emissions, and ensuring that the warming of the planet is limited […]

Bangkok, Thailand, December 21, 2020 / TRAVELINDEX / Michelin Guide Thailand 2021 introduces two new awards and a new distinction; Young Chef Award, Service Award, and Michelin Green Star signify Michelin Guide’s true appreciation to Thailand’s entire restaurant ecosystem. To honour the 120-year legacy of the ultimate in culinary accolades, we are pleased to announce […]

Madrid, Spain, December 21, 2020 / TRAVELINDEX / International arrivals fell by 72% over the first ten months of 2020, with restrictions on travel, low consumer confidence and a global struggle to contain the COVID-19 virus, all contributing to the worst year on record in the history of tourism. According to the latest tourism data […]

Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, December 19, 2020 / TRAVELINDEX / The United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) in partnership with Google hosted their second edition of the global Tourism Acceleration Program in the Middle East region, a program designed to boost innovation and digital transformation in the tourism sector in each of the UAE, Saudi Arabia, […]

Geneva, Switzerland, December 18, 2020 / TRAVELINDEX / The International Air Transport Association (IATA) unveiled key design elements of the IATA Travel Pass. IATA Travel Pass is a mobile app to help travelers easily and securely manage their travel in line with any government requirements for COVID-19 testing or vaccine information. “Testing is the immediate […]

London, United Kingdom, December 15, 2020 / TRAVELINDEX / The UK government and the EU must agree a deal over Brexit to save and secure millions of Travel & Tourism jobs, says the World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC). WTTC, which represents the global Travel & Tourism private sector, has urged the two sides to […]

Macao, Macao SAR, December 14, 2020 / TRAVELINDEX / The Global Tourism Economy Forum · Macao 2020, “GTEF” or the “Forum”, was held smoothly on 9th December, bringing together around 50 Mainland, local and international government and industry leaders as well as heads of international tourism organizations to explore new strategies and momentum for restoring […]

Tbilisi, Georgia, December 14, 2020 / TRAVELINDEX / UNWTO is moving ahead with plans to revise its strategic collaboration with the private sector. This follows up on the commitment made at 112th UNWTO Executive Council held in Tbilisi, Georgia, in September 2020. • Read all the latest UNWTO News and Announcements here. To advance a modernized […]

Bangkok, Thailand, December 17, 2020 / TRAVELINDEX / S Hotels & Resorts Public Company Limited, the flagship hospitality arm of Singha Estate PCL, is gearing up for a defining year in 2021, as it completes a series of milestone rebrands, smart refurbishments and expansion projects that keeps the company firmly on track to reach its […]

Madrid, Spain, December 16, 2020 / TRAVELINDEX / After partnering back in May for a campaign asking the world to be patient, responsible and “travel tomorrow”, the World Tourism Organization and CNN International Commercial (CNNIC) have teamed up again to celebrate the transformative power being unleased as the restart of tourism gets underway. Centred around […]

Bangkok, Thailand, December 15, 2020 / TRAVELINDEX / BWH Hotel Group has triumphed again at the Travel Weekly Asia 2020 Readers’ Choice Awards, after it was named as the “Best Midscale Hotel Chain” for a sensational sixth year in a row! The Travel Weekly Asia 2020 Readers’ Choice Awards are a highlight of the travel […]

Bangkok, Thailand, December 14, 2020 / TRAVELINDEX / Top 25 Restaurants, published by Travelindex Media Group and the world’s first and only restaurant guide based on AI, is proud to announced it’s rankings and Top 25 Restaurant Awards for 2021. Almost half of the restaurants in the ranking are new. Our team is working hard […]

Denpasar, Bali, December 10, 2020 / TRAVELINDEX / UNWTO has concluded a first in-person visit to Bali since the start of the pandemic. The delegation met with key figures from the Government of the Republic of Indonesia to advance collaboration as the country gets ready to reopen its borders to international visitors and restart tourism. […]

Victoria, Mahé, Seychelles, December 10, 2020 / TRAVELINDEX / Presidential candidate of One Seychelles political party in the just concluded elections held in October 2020 and Former Tourism Minister, Alain St. Ange, has been praised for his immense contribution to the tourism industry and the Republic of Seychelles following his retirement from politics. Editor and […]

Berlin, Germany, December 11, 2020 / TRAVELINDEX / At the ITB Virtual Convention on ITB.com, industry experts talked about how the coronavirus pandemic has impacted on sustainability efforts in the hotel trade, cruise industry and at destinations At the year’s final session of the ITB Virtual Convention, leading industry experts discussed how the coronavirus pandemic […]

Geneva, Switzerland, December 11, 2020 / TRAVELINDEX / The COVID-19 pandemic has wrought economic and social disruption worldwide. As people and businesses focus on recovery, governments must ensure that innovation which will power economic growth and solve the world’s most pressing social and environmental challenges is not held back by outdated regulations. Speaking at a […]