The 1st UNWTO World Conference on Smart Destinations was organized by the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) in cooperation with the Ministry of Industry, Tourism and the Digital Agenda of Spain and the Region of Murcia on 15-17 February. More than 100 speakers from 20 countries convened in Murcia, Spain to present solutions and experiences for ‘smart destinations’.
Destination Canada announced the release of the year end data on tourist arrivals to Canada. Almost 20 million travellers came to explore Canada from coast to coast to coast in 2016. This marks the highest arrivals in 14 years—and is just short of the best year on record, 2002.
RCI, the global leader in vacation exchange and part of the Wyndham Worldwide family of brands, added more than 170 new affiliated resorts to its exchange network in 2016. The additions, which include some resorts currently under construction, span across every populated continent.
To mark the 20th anniversary of World Book Day on 2nd March 2017 new research from VisitEngland shows that more than half of British holidaymakers would visit a literary attraction on holiday in England. Findings also show that one in four Brits visited a literary location in England during a holiday break in the last year. The same amount had read literature relating to a place they had visited in the country.
Tourico Holidays, the world’s fastest growing wholesale travel brokerage company, today shared data revealing a 37 percent increase in 2016 cruise bookings compared to 2015 – with an 8 percent increase in average transaction size.
JetBlue celebrates its 17th anniversary this month with eye-catching additions to the airline’s fleet with the very first special livery for an Embraer 190 and a new tailfin design that will appear on multiple aircraft this year.
Did you see the new face of the redesigned Munich Airport website? The site is used by approximately 13 million visitors annually and now it has a new contemporary design, comprehensive information, new features, and with functionality optimized for all devices.
CRN, the historical ship builder and Italian brand, part of the Ferretti Group, specialising in the construction of fully-custom steel and light aluminium alloy pleasure vessels between 40 and 100 meters in length, will be taking part in the Dubai International Boat Show, to be held from February 28 through March 4.
Vietjet Aviation Joint Stock Company (“Vietjet Air”) has received full membership from The International Air Transportation Association (IATA), affirming the new-age carrier’s role and position in the aviation community, both in Vietnam and overseas.
Dubai hosted yet another important event in the Emirati, becoming the first city in the GCC region to host the IAPCO meeting and general assembly. 120 participants from over 30 countries attended the 48th International Association of Professional Congress Organisers (IAPCO) Annual Meeting & General Assembly, which took place on 16-19 February at the Hyatt Regency Dubai Creek Heights.
The National Basketball Association (NBA) and the National Basketball Players Association (NBPA) announced that NBA Africa Game 2017, the NBA’s second game in Africa, will take place Saturday, Aug. 5 at the Ticketpro Dome in Johannesburg, South Africa.
TAV Airports Holding President and CEO Sani Şener said, “2016 was a challenging year for the aviation sector, both in Turkey and abroad. Security-related concerns had a negative impact on the aviation industry. And yet, TAV achieved to increase the number of passengers served by 2 percent compared to 2015 thanks to its stable portfolio."
Governor Rick Scott announced that Florida set another record in tourism by welcoming the highest amount of visitors in the state’s history with 112.8 million visitors in 2016. This is the sixth consecutive record year for visitation to Florida, exceeding the previous high of 106.6 million in 2015 by 5.9 percent. Tourism jobs also hit a record high in 2016 of 1.4 million jobs, exceeding the previous record in 2015.
"Get up people and get mixed, hold meetings and help companies grow," called Jonathan Medved, the founder of the OurCrowd Club, a leading global equity crowd funding platform in the world. Our Crowd hosted at the International Congress Center Jerusalem, nearly 3,000 investors, market players, start-ups entrepreneurs and mature companies representatives, from dozens of countries around the world.
The Le Hotels Group expanded its capacity thanks to its new member - Majestic Plaza hotel - which offers 182 rooms in the heart of Prague. The Majestic Plaza hotel will be managed by Jan Hamouz, whose aim is to build a new, more efficient structure of the hotel management and services.
Alain St.Ange, United Nations World Tourism Organisation Secretary General candidate and former Seychelles Minister of Tourism, Civil Aviation, Ports and Marine went live to the world from London! On Valentine’s Day, Mr. St.Ange shares his love towards the travel and tourism industry by joining two live programs at Sky News and CNN.
Cayan Group, the leading property developer in the Middle East strongly condemned Russian model Viki Odintcova and her assistants’ daredevil stunt of hanging off the edge of the Cayan Tower roof without any restraints, or safety precautions.
When Crystal River Cruises’ newest luxury vessel; Crystal Bach embarks on her maiden voyage this June, guests will enjoy a complimentary exclusive concert at Amsterdam’s Royal Concertgebouw, considered one of the finest concert halls in the world.
Quito prepares to host more than 800 members of the aviation industry after being designated the official host city of Routes Americas 2018, the most important event in the aviation industry in the continent.
Ferrari World Abu Dhabi, the first Ferrari-branded theme park in the world, has unveiled “Turbo Track”, a new, heart-pounding rollercoaster set to open at the end of March. The three-stage experience, which gives guests an authentic feel of what it’s like to become a Ferrari test driver, is the latest thrilling addition to the Park.
User experience – UX and Usability professionals from world’s leading companies will gather together in Istanbul, Turkey for the 3rd UXistanbul Conference that will be hosted by UXservices at Renaissance Istanbul Polat Bosphorus Hotel on February 21st, 2017.
Air Canada expands its services between Canada and Israel, with the introduction of a seasonal non-stop service between Montreal and Tel Aviv and an increase in its current Toronto-Tel Aviv non-stop service to a daily frequency year-round.
SureStay Hotel Group reveals its first hotel in Asia by unveiling details of its first SureStay Plus℠ hotel in Bangkok. Introduced in late 2016, SureStay Hotel Group is a hotel family that’s committed to providing superior service and the right amenities at an exceptional travel value. It is also designed to allow economy and lower-midscale hotels to harness Best Western’s global network, without compromising the company’s established brand standards.
UNWTO Secretary-General Taleb Rifai recently made an official visit to Portugal. During his visit, Mr. Rifai came together with Prime Minister Antonio Costa, with whom he discussed the importance of raising the public visibility of the socio-economic impact of tourism.
Istanbul Music Festival, organised by the Istanbul Foundation for Culture and Arts (İKSV) under the sponsorship of E.C.A. Presdöküm Sanayii A.Ş., celebrates its 45th year. The festival’s programme was announced at a press meeting on Wednesday, 15 February at The Marmara Pera Hotel, the Official Hotel Sponsor of İKSV.
The Rezidor Hotel Group introduces its first residence property in Dhahran, bringing Saudi Arabia to a new standard of excellence. With 92 stylish and sophisticated apartments, a restaurant and a gym, guests will find everything they need to feel at home at the Radisson Blu Residence, Dhahran.
After the huge success of debuting the Caribbean’s first-ever Over-the-Water Villas in Jamaica, Sandals Resorts announced nine new Over the Water Honeymoon Butler Bungalows at Sandals Grande St. Lucian, which are available to book now for travel beginning in May 2017.
A new initiative of the India’s Tourism Ministry is launched by the country’s Tourism and Culture Minister; Dr. Mahesh Sharma. The new initiative will provide pre-loaded Sim Card to foreign tourists arriving in India on e-Visa.
Grand Kempinski Hotel Shanghai will host the World Travel Awards Asia & Australasia Gala Ceremony 2017. It will be the second time that World Travel Awards has visited China’s commercial capital, following a rapturously received debut at the Swissotel Grand Shanghai back in 2008.
Following the success of its 4th official Gala Ceremony in 2016, the Seven Stars Luxury Hospitality and Lifestyle Awards (SSLHLA) announced its 5th Annual Gala Ceremony to be hosted at the The Ecali Club, Athens.
Shamwari - one of South Africa's most high-profile and innovative wildlife conservation areas – has marked its 25th anniversary this year by achieving Fair Trade Tourism certification for all eight of its tourism products. Set on 25,000ha of reclaimed farmland, Shamwari is renowned for its wildlife conservation initiatives and commitment to surrounding communities.
Mexico's Pacific coast beach resort town of Acapulco enjoys warm winter days with record number of guests. One of the destination’s most successful winter seasons in the last few years reporting an average hotel occupancy of 95 percent for the holiday period of December 20 – 31 and 80 percent over the Mexican holiday weekend of February 4-6.
The 2017 CEV Snow Volleyball European Tour will be starting this coming weekend with the first of seven events on schedule taking place (18-19 February) on Mount Erciyes, which is one of the highest peaks in Turkey, Turkey and six more to follow in the Czech Republic, Turkey, Switzerland, Slovenia, Liechtenstein and Italy.
The Iranian Volleyball Federation staged a snow volleyball tournament for the first time at the Dizin resort in the Alborz mountain near Tehran. The competition is held on 12 – 13 February in association with Austrian agency Chaka2, which is the agency responsible for creating and organizing parts of the 2017 CEV Snow Volleyball European Tour.
U.S. President Donald Trump’s Presidential Order 13768 issued January 25th of this year will create a rash of lawsuits and disastrous consequences for a number of reasons that are not facially apparent. Steven Riznyk, a business and immigration attorney, from San Diego Biz Law APC analyzes issues with examples that demonstrate the disastrous consequences that we are facing.
Deutsche Hospitality has signed 14 contracts for new hotel on three continents over the past year. One particular milestone to mark the New Year is the launching of the one hundredth hotel to operate under a Deutsche Hospitality brand. The company opens the Steigenberger Hotel El Tahrir in Cairo.
The Mekong Innovative Startup Tourism (MIST) Initiative has announced two new accelerators designed to make it easier and faster for innovative tourism businesses to get established in Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, and Vietnam.
Vietjet Aviation Joint Stock Company is set to open its latest international route from Da Nang to Seoul, South Korea on 31 May, 2017. Vietjet currently operates four routes connecting Vietnam and South Korea between Ho Chi Minh City, Hanoi, Hai Phong and Seoul and Hanoi and Busan.
Beginning 17 July 2017, Qatar Airways will connect two capitals; Doha and Skopje. The airlines will launch four-weekly flights to Skopje, the capital of the Republic of Macedonia. Skopje provides a gateway to a country of dramatic scenery, including lakes, mountains and historic towns, while the city itself is home to both Ottoman and European architecture.
The International Trade Centre (ITC) and the Women Entrepreneurs Association of Turkey announced that the Women Vendors Exhibition and Forum (WVEF Istanbul) will take place on 23 and 24 February 2017 at the Hilton Istanbul Bomonti Hotel. WVEF is the premier global event for women entrepreneurs to learn, to do business and to create lifetime opportunities to grow and internationalize their businesses.
An elite squad of seven of the world’s top 10 women’s singles tennis players and more than 40 elite women’s tennis players compete in Doha for the Qatar Total Open 2017, which will be held at Khalifa International Tennis and Squash Complex between 13 and 18 February.
"Tourism for all" without discrimination is the message being pushed as GIHP, the important lobby group for the involvement of the Physically Handicapped of France throws support behind Alain St.Ange for Secretary-General of the UNWTO.
Comic Con Brussels returns to the buildings of Tour&Taxis during the weekend of Saturday 25 and Sunday 26 February 2017. Thousands of fans, Cosplayers and other visitors will be able to immerse themselves in the world of science fiction, fantasy and contemporary pop culture of the immensely popular comic books.
Bahrain’s national carrier Gulf Air announced a partnership between the airline’s FalconFlyer Loyalty Programme and Agoda PointsMax, one of the fastest-growing online hotel booking platforms worldwide, allowing Gulf Air FalconFlyer members to earn loyalty miles with every Agoda hotel booking made on agoda.com.
Travel between the port of Piraeus and Athens International Airport will take approximately 45 minutes on an electric train set to operate in June 2017. Transport and Infrastructure Minister Christos Spirtzis said, “The Athens station will be fully operational in April and delivered to the citizens and to the public who will be able to enjoy a modern electric train. The train will reach Piraeus and works will be continued… in efforts to link the railway with the Metro station”.
A few weeks following the launch of the International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development, the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) has announced that the city of Murcia in south-eastern Spain will host the World Conference on Smart Destinations on 15-17 February 2017.
“Orlando International Airport experienced its busiest and most successful year in airport history,” says Frank Kruppenbacher, Chairman of the Greater Orlando Aviation Authority when he was talking about airport’s performance in 2016.
Turkey’s national carrier Turkish Airlines continues to contribute to the Turkey’s tourism by launching a new direct flight between Antalya and Algiers, Algeria. Turkish Airlines flies to 296 destinations in 120 countries, now adds Antalya-Algiers-Antalya route to its expanding flight network during this year’ summer season.
Are you still planning where to travel this year? The Top 10 most voted European destinations below can give you some idea at finding your dream destination for 2017. 20 selected destinations have just competed for the prestigious title of Best European Destination 2017. Participants from Tourism Offices, community managers and the 426,859 voters selected top travel destinations in Europe for 2017. Here are the 10 most popular European holiday destinations for 2017
The Association of Destination Management Executives International (ADMEI) announced the only comprehensive event emergency preparedness and risk management training course customized for meeting, event, and destination management professionals. The Emergency Preparedness Certificate Program is developed by ADMEI in collaboration with MSA Security, a leader in security, intelligence, training and investigative services.
Swissôtel The Bosphorus Istanbul is hosting the second edition of World Business Angels Investment Forum (WBAF) on 13 and 14 February 2017. This year’s forum, with the theme of ‘Partnering with Corporate Ventures from Start-up to Scale-up to Exit’, will focus on how corporate businesses can foster open innovation and deliver more business value through partnerships with angel investors, start-ups, and SMEs.
After a successful year in 2016, Club Med will accelerate its strategy of growth and international expansion. In 2016, Club Med generated revenue of €1,469 million and ended the year with a profit. Net income before tax and non-recurring items totaled €30 million, versus €6 million in 2015, and EBITDA rose a strong 15% year-on-year to €109 million.
The Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) announced the operation of a traditional abra on the Dubai Water Canal. The traditional abra, which would be available on demand, has a capacity to accommodate 20 riders (minimum 8 riders) and ferry them on a journey that starts off Sheikh Zayed Road Marine Transport Station.
Iberia has unveiled its new popular walk-on air shuttle service between Madrid and Barcelona, known as the “Puente Aéreo” (“Air Bridge”), in which it will maintain existing advantages, while adding flexibility, new facilities for customers, and more flights to choose from, thanks to the agreement reached with Vueling to operate this route jointly.
Thanks to visa free travel between Turkey and Ukraine, in 2016 Turkey welcomed more than 1 million Ukrainian travelers. Turkish carriers including Turkish Airlines, AtlasGlobal, and Pegasus introduce new routes between the two countries. And today, it was announced that soon citizens of the two countries would be able to just show their national identity to gain entry into Ukraine and vice versa.
The FIS Alpine World Ski Championship from 6th to 19th February 2017 will take place for the fifth time in St.Moritz. St. Moritz and the Engadine will present themselves at their very best. The goal is to create the perfect stage for the world’s top skiers, and a fitting setting for the expected 140,000 guests and fans.
Prague Congress Centre amused MICE and press delegates at a conference; bringing a circus atmosphere into its conference hall using holographic technology. Roman Ray Staub, the General Manager of the Prague Congress Centre, who stands with his team behind the organization of an extraordinary performance, did not mind to wear a magic hat with funny ears and entertain MICE and press delegates of the conference.
Tourists visiting China will be fingerprinted. China's Ministry of Public Security announced that China will collect fingerprints of international travelers visiting the country. It will apply to people between the ages of 14 and 70.
Marriott International, Inc. has opened an Aloft hotel at Miami International Airport. Aloft Miami Airport becomes the brand’s fourth hotel in greater Miami. The Pan American Bank Building has transformed into a sleek, new hotel, catering to today’s hyper connected global traveler. Developed by Grass River Property and managed by HEI Hotels and Resorts, the hotel features 125 spacious, loft-like rooms, forward-thinking technology and an active social scene.
Samoa will be celebrating its 55th year of independence by making sporting history when it hosts its first Investec Super Rugby Championship match on 2nd June. The match between the Auckland Blues vs Queensland Reds will be played under lights at the Apia Park Stadium in the nation’s capital.
Xavier-Luc Duval, the former President of the Indian Ocean Vanilla Islands has written to Tabeb Rifai, the Secretary General of the United Nations World Tourism Organisation to endorse Alain St.Ange, the Seychelles Candidate for the post of Secretary General of the UNWTO.
High-speed rail operator Eurostar partners with Hahn Air. The UK-based train services are now available to travel agents worldwide for ticketing on Hahn Air’s HR-169 document with the exception of the United States, the United Kingdom, Germany, France, Belgium and the Netherlands.
Danube, Europe's second-longest river after the Volga River, and also the longest river in the European Union region flows through ten countries, offering all kinds of experiences along its entire length of 2,860 kilometres. At ITB Berlin visitors can find out more about the cultural, natural and tourist attractions of various European destinations from the stand of the Danube Competence Center in Hall 1.1. and also try their luck to earn a free trip.
Viajes El Corte Inglés has signed the Private Sector Commitment to the UNWTO Global Code of Ethics for Tourism, a key element of tourism enterprises’ efforts in the field of corporate social responsibility. Viajes El Corte Inglés is also one of the companies participating in the project carried out by UNWTO and the Global Compact on tourism and the Sustainable Development Objectives (SDGs).
W Hotels Worldwide, part of Marriott International, will open W Prague in 2020. Owned by PPH Evropa s.r.o, W Prague marks the brand’s debut into the Czech Republic, and will be located on Wenceslas Square in the heart of the Czech capital city.
Boeing Co. won orders for 39 wide-body aircraft from Singapore Airlines. Southeast Asia’s biggest long-distance carrier has announced its commitment to purchase 20 777-9s and 19 787-10 Dreamliners for $13.8 billion at list prices.
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