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USTOA Announces Virtual Annual Conference & Marketplace

Terry Dale, president & CEO of the United States Tour Operators Association, today announced that the 2020 USTOA Annual Conference & Marketplace will transition to a virtual event. Dale said that the virtual conference will be in an abbreviated format …

  • Ethiopian Airlines and Only Merit to jointly promote Medical Tourism in Africa and India

    Published on : Wednesday, October 24, 2018

    Ethiopian Airlines and Only Merit come together to promote Medical Travel Packages from African Territories to India, Malaysia & UAE.   Ethiopian Airlines is the largest and the leading Pan-African airline group. Ethiopian commands the lion’s share of the Pan-African …

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  • Travelport becomes first GDS operator to offer NDC content

    Published on : Tuesday, October 23, 2018

    Travelport, the leading travel commerce platform, has become the first GDS operator to manage the live booking of flights using the International Air Transport Association’s (IATA) New Distribution Capability (NDC) technical standard.     Travelport’s Claire Osborne (left) with Meon …

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  • British travelers show soft corner for Europe

    Published on : Thursday, October 11, 2018

    All the more Brits are packing their bags, with many targeting Greece as their vacation destination of choice as illustrated by the continuously increasing figures presented by the Association of British Travel Agents (ABTA) this week. As per a recent …

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  • Rugby sevens in Southern and East Africa gains momentum in recent years

    Published on : Thursday, October 11, 2018

    In the recent years, Rugby sevens in Southern and East Africa has gained much-deserved momentum, and it is attracting more and more spectators, many of whom are international tourists.   According to Judy Lain, Wesgro’s Chief Marketing Officer, Rugby sevens …

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  • UNWTO, WTO, WTTC & ITC are urging for closer global cooperation on trade and tourism

    Published on : Thursday, October 11, 2018

    Three international bodies are asking for closer global cooperation on trade and tourism, urging for greater participation of the tourism sector in trade policy.   The UNWTO, the WTO, the WTTC, and the International Trade Center (ITC) said in a …

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  • International Tourism Maintains Strong Momentum

    Published on : Wednesday, October 10, 2018

    All world regions enjoyed robust growth in tourist arrivals in January-June 2018. The increase was fuelled by strong demand from major source markets, supported by an upswing in the global economy. It comes after record year-round growth of 7% in …

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  • PTIC 2018 Challenges The Traditional Views Of The Travel and Tourism Industry In The Pacific

    Published on : Wednesday, October 10, 2018

    The second Pacific Tourism Insights Conference (PTIC), successfully brought together 157 delegates from 95 organisations and 16 destinations to influence change and share their thoughts and ideas on the future of tourism in the Pacific.   Organised by the Pacific …

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  • IAATO Launches Version Two of ‘One-Stop’ App for Antarctic Visitors and Guides

    Published on : Tuesday, October 9, 2018

    The International Association of Antarctica Tour Operators (IAATO) has launched version two of its successful IAATO Polar Guide: Antarctica app, that makes it quick and easy for users on-the-go in the field to access essential information, without the need for …

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  • Ras Al Khaimah to host PATA Annual Summit 2020

    Published on : Monday, October 8, 2018

    The Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA) is set to organise the PATA Annual Summit 2020 from May 15-18 in Ras Al Khaimah, one of the fastest growing tourism destinations in the United Arab Emirates (UAE).   The announcement was made …

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  • JITOA to celebrate World Tourism Day on 13th October with “Walk Through Time”

    Published on : Saturday, October 6, 2018

    The Jordan Inbound Tour Operators Association (JITOA) will venerate World Tourism Day (WTD) 2018 on October 13 with “Walk Through Time”, which is a cultural walk for the tourism, sector and its partners which will take participants from the old …

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  • TOTA awarded for leadership in sustainable tourism

    Published on : Friday, October 5, 2018

    The Thompson Okanagan Tourism Association received its second major international award this year for leadership in sustainable tourism.     TOTA has been awarded North America’s Responsible Tourism Award 2018 at the 25th Annual World Travel Awards.     The …

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  • IATA Senior Management Appointment

    Published on : Friday, October 5, 2018

    ​The International Air Transport Association (IATA) announced that Karen Clayton will join IATA as the Association’s Corporate Secretary effective April 2019. Clayton comes to IATA from Air New Zealand where she has held the role of General Counsel and Company …

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  • HSMAI ROC Middle East Launches December

    Published on : Thursday, October 4, 2018

    For the first time in the association’s history, the Hospitality Sales and Marketing Association International (HSMAI) will host its renowned Revenue Optimization Conference (ROC) in Dubai. As one of five ROCs held in international locations this year, Dubai’s conference will …

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  • Travel Trends Index: Domestic Travel a Bright Spot, but Int’l Inbound Projected to Decelerate

    Published on : Thursday, October 4, 2018

    Travel to and within the U.S. grew 3.8 percent year-over-year in August, according to the U.S. Travel Association’s latest Travel Trends Index (TTI)—marking the industry’s 104th straight month of overall expansion. Despite the positive trend, U.S. Travel economists remain wary …

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  • U.S. Travel Reacts to the FAA Reauthorization Bill

    Published on : Thursday, October 4, 2018

    U.S. Travel Association Senior Vice President for Government Relations Tori Barnes issued the following statement on the Senate’s passage of the Federal Aviation Administration Reauthorization Act of 2018:   “The good news is that the FAA bill concludes the years-long …

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  • WTAAA elects new chair & exclusive committee

    Published on : Tuesday, October 2, 2018

    The World Travel Agents Associations Alliance (WTAAA) held its annual General Assembly and bi-annual Board meeting in Abu Dhabi, UAE, September 25-26, 2018 have elected a new executive committee and board.   Outgoing Chair Otto de’Vries has served his two-year …

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  • ABTA is the most trusted travel scheme among UK consumers

    Published on : Tuesday, October 2, 2018

    The Travel Association is the UK’s most trusted travel scheme among members of the public, finds new independent research*.   Respondents were asked to rank the travel organisations they are most confident in, on a scale of 1 to 4 …

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  • Italian exhibition group exports ecomondo’s know-how to China

    Published on : Thursday, September 27, 2018

    On 20th September ITALIAN EXHIBITION GROUP (IEG) inked an agreement with Chengdu ZhongLian Exhibition Co. Ltd., the Chinese company that organizes the Chengdu Environmental Protection Expo (CDEPE).   The agreement was signed in the presence of the undersecretary for Economic …

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  • Hoteliers of Scotland express concern over tourist tax

    Published on : Wednesday, September 26, 2018

    Concern is piling on within the tourism industry of Scotland in terms of the prospect of ministers providing local authorities the power to introduce a tourist tax.   The idea has been controversial as a means for councils to finance …

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  • PATA Recovery Advisory Group ready to assist destinations in need

    Published on : Tuesday, September 25, 2018

    With the frequency and severity of natural disasters occurring around the world, the Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA) is ready to assist affected destinations around the world as they look to quickly rebuild and recover.   The PATA Recovery Advisory …

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