News Pick

  • Spain to introduce new low-cost, high-speed train services

    Published on : Friday, December 13, 2019

    A new low-cost, high-speed train services will start running between Madrid and Barcelona on April 6, 2020 which will be at significantly lower fares.     For almost three decades Spain’s Ave network has been in operation with trains travelling …

  • Abu Dhabi, Dubai gets 15.88 million overnight tourists

    Published on : Thursday, December 12, 2019

    The total number of international tourist arrivals to Dubai and Abu Dhabi increased to 15.88 million during the first nine months of the year, as compared to 15.26 million during the same period last year, according to the Q3 Economic …

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Global Travel News

  • ITB Berlin Convention 2020 will focus on sustainability and “Smart T

    Published on : Friday, December 13, 2019

    Sustainability, digitalisation, shifting customer demands and luxury travel are the key topics at the ITB Berlin Convention 2020. Groundbreaking changes lie in store for the global tourism industry. The big themes are sustainability, digitalisation, shifting customer demands and luxury travel. …

  • Emirates to serve 500,000 Christmas meals at 40,000 feet

    Published on : Saturday, December 7, 2019

    The festive spirit is in full swing as Emirates prepares to serve 500,000 Christmas meals across all classes to customers travelling on select flights from December 9 to 31. In addition to a delicious festive menu, travellers can also enjoy …

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  • ANA HOLDINGS to Launch a Range of Avatar-powered Services in Nihonbash

    Published on : Saturday, December 7, 2019

    ANA HOLDINGS INC. (hereinafter “ANA HD”) has partnered with Mitsui Fudosan Co., Ltd.Opens in a new window and Isetan Mitsukoshi Ltd.Opens in a new window to launch shopping, conference and entertainment services powered by its avatar technology across the dynamic …

  • Update on Prohibited and Restricted Zones on Airport Island

    Published on : Saturday, December 7, 2019

    In light of the recent developments and operational needs at the Hong Kong International Airport (HKIA), the prohibited and restricted zones at the airport have been updated with effect from 6 December 2019. The relevant legislative amendments, made under the …

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Local/Regional

    EUROPE

  • Tourism criticizes Tories’ plans to stop EU citizens coming to the UK

    Published on : Friday, December 6, 2019

    Joss Croft, chief executive of trade association UKinbound, showed his hesitation that people would buy a passport simply to explore the Channel.   He mentioned that passport ownership in many countries of Europe is much lower compared to the UK …

  • New England lobster industry and shellfish industry looking for new markets

    Published on : Friday, December 6, 2019

    With Europe and China effectively off-limits due to trade tariffs, the New England lobster industry and other components of the region’s shellfish industry are looking for new markets.   In September, the nonprofit Food Export – Northeast, in association with the …

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    AMERICA

  • New grant to promote downtown tourism

    Published on : Saturday, December 7, 2019

    A new grant from the state tourism department is expected to boost up the statewide communities.   The grant will help projects that will attract people to the downtowns, highlighting exclusive ideas or those that fill a niche and will …

  • Nine killed including the pilot in a plane crash in U.S.

    Published on : Monday, December 2, 2019

    Nine were killed including the pilot in a plane crash that happened in the U.S. state of South Dakota. Apart from the pilot, two children also died in the plane crash, and it left three people injured. Worth mentioning here …

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    MIDDLE EAST

  • Emirates to serve 500,000 Christmas meals at 40,000 feet

    Published on : Saturday, December 7, 2019

    The festive spirit is in full swing as Emirates prepares to serve 500,000 Christmas meals across all classes to customers travelling on select flights from December 9 to 31. In addition to a delicious festive menu, travellers can also enjoy …

  • Dubai becomes the only Middle Eastern city in the top ten list of Euro

    Published on : Friday, December 6, 2019

    Once again, the UAE has bagged the title of hosting one of the top 10 destinations in the world worth visiting.   In its latest publication, Euromonitor International unveiled the Top 100 City Destinations Ranking for 2019, naming Dubai as the first …

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    ASIA

  • North Korea plans to launch medical tourism, targets patients from Chi

    Published on : Saturday, December 7, 2019

    North Korea, one of the world’s most secretive countries, plans to branch out into medical tourism next year, offering foreign patients, probably from China, treatments including cataract surgery, dental implants and tumours.   North Korean state media reported on Friday …

  • Bhutan to charge tourists from India, Bangladesh, and the Maldives

    Published on : Thursday, December 5, 2019

    The Royal Kingdom of Bhutan has recently announced that it would be levying charges on tourists from India, Bangladesh, and the Maldives. Previously, entry was free for all of them.   Tourism levies are not new for Buddhist Bhutan, which charges …

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    AIRLINE NEWS

  • Passport scanning now possible in American Airlines updated app

    Published on : Wednesday, December 11, 2019

     American Airlines has launched passport scanning in its mobile app so checking in for an international flight got more easier.     Passport chip scanning is first introduced by American Airlines that securely transmits passport information directly from the near …

  • Emirates announces the launch of Mexico City service, via Barcelona

    Published on : Tuesday, December 10, 2019

     Now reaching Mexico City is possible through Emirates as it has launched its first passenger flight to Mexico. With over 300 passengers Emirates flight EK255, departed at full capacity which was led by a group of VIP guests and media …

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    CRUISE NEWS

  • Princess Cruises celebrates the women of NASA at dedication ceremony n

    Published on : Monday, December 9, 2019

    Princess Cruises has christened its newest ship, Sky Princess today in a moving tribute to the pioneering women of the U.S. Space Program who represent crowning achievements in science, research and technology through innovation and their desire to explore the …

  • Cruise from only £599 per person and enjoy ‘FREE Drinks & Tips

    Published on : Friday, December 6, 2019

    Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines is offering guests ‘FREE Drinks & Tips’ on over 120 cruises from April to December 2020 – on all new bookings made up to 4th February 2020 inclusive – with prices as low as £599 per person. …

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    HOTEL NEWS

  • Marriott International plans to opens 30 new luxury brands in 2020

    Published on : Friday, December 13, 2019

    Marriott International has announced plans to open more than 30 Luxury brand hotels in 2020, while continuing to change its perception of the premium hospitality segment by expanding its portfolio of eight iconic brands in this segment. Thanks to such …

  • ONOMO Hotels acquires BON Hotels

    Published on : Friday, December 13, 2019

    With the announcement, today of the acquisition of BON Hotels by ONOMO Hotels, the hospitality industry on the African continent is set for a major shake-up. ONOMO Hotels has acquired a 60, 1% controlling stake in BON Hotels.     …

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    TOURISM NEWS

  • Alessandra Alonso recognised by Natwest Wise100 as a leading woman in

    Published on : Friday, December 13, 2019

    Alessandra Alonso, founder of Women in Travel (CIC), the social enterprise dedicated to empowering women through employability and entrepreneurship in the travel industry, has been recognised by NatWest WISE100 as a top 100 leading woman in social enterprise.     …

  • Hotelbeds partners with RateGain to lead the sector in rate integrity

    Published on : Friday, December 13, 2019

    Hotelbeds reported the launch of a partnership with RateGain, the market leader in hospitality and travel technology solutions.   RateGain will provide Hotelbeds with ‘Parity+’ – an advanced end-to-end rate integrity management solution that use artificial intelligence (AI) to track …

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IN CONVERSATION WITH

Simon Press, Senior Exhibition Director for WTM London, in an exclusive interview with Travel And Tour World, speaks on Brexit travel constraints, the agenda of responsible travel and the downturn of Thomas Cook. He gave a preview of the programmes during the 40th edition of WTM London.

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Freja Annamatz

Head of Media Relations International SAS

Kris Theerarak

General Manager, Thai Airways International PCL

Vijaye Haulder

Deputy Director of Mauritius Tourism

Sumathi Ramanathan

Director of Destination Marketing, Expo 2020

Alexey Kalachev

Director, Russian Convention Bureau

Jin Hyeok Park

Director of Seoul Convention Bureau (SCB)

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