Bangkok, Thailand, February 19, 2021 / TRAVELINDEX / Best Western Hotels and Resorts is celebrating two decades of professional excellence in Asia, as it marks the 20th anniversary of the launch of its first regional office in Bangkok, Thailand, when it was an emerging travel destination. This historic US-based hotel group anticipated the onset of […]

Madrid, Spain, February 18, 2021 / TRAVELINDEX / Startups from around the world have been recognized for their unique contributions to sustainable and responsible tourism in the UNWTO SDGs Global Startup Competition. The competition, which was supported by the United Nations Innovation Network, attracted some 10,000 initial proposals. From these, the jury chose 25 winners […]

Cancun, Quintana Roo, Mexico, February 17, 2021 / TRAVELINDEX / The highly-anticipated World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC) 20th Global Summit, will now take place in April – one month later than the originally planned date. The Global Summit is being organised in partnership with the Government of Quintana Roo in Mexico and will be […]

Tbilisi, Georgia, February 17, 2021 / TRAVELINDEX / ITB Berlin NOW Digital Adventure & Sustainability Partner 2021 – Official Cultural Destination 2022 – Official Host Country 2023 – A big commitment by an ambitious country: Georgia and ITB Berlin have agreed a wide-ranging partnership that will span three successive years. Within this framework Georgia and […]

Los Angeles, California, February 16, 2021 / TRAVELINDEX / Two acclaimed African American developers – Victor MacFarlane of MacFarlane Partners and R. Donahue Peebles of The Peebles Corporation – are doubling-down on their multi-million-dollar effort to bring thousands of new jobs and economic benefits to the nation’s second-largest city as development partners of Angels Landing, […]

London, United Kingdom, February 15, 2021 / TRAVELINDEX / Latest research shows the ongoing restrictions to travel and blanket quarantines has seen the UK suffer greater GDP losses than many of its European counterparts which have less stringent barriers in place, says the World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC) • Read all the latest WTTC […]

Bangkok, Thailand, February 15, 2021 / TRAVELINDEX / For connoisseurs of fine Thai dining that pushes contemporary boundaries, Chef Duangporn Songvisava (Bo)  and her husband Dylan Jones (Lan) have been fixtures in Bangkok’s culinary arts scene under the name of Bo.lan for over a decade and for one night only they’ll be bringing their legendary […]

Bangkok, Thailand, February 12, 2021 / TRAVELINDEX / Clinique La Prairie Aesthetics & Medical Spa at the St. Regis Bangkok, the first flagship facility outside of Europe welcomes, Annika Sofia Bjorka as Spa Director. With over fourteen years’ experience in luxury hospitality and spa, Annika is regarded as an influential leader, medical spa expert and […]

Rabat, Morocco, February 9, 2021 / TRAVELINDEX / The World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) and the Kingdom of Morocco met to advance the organization of the 24th UNWTO General Assembly in October 2021, the first global high-level United Nations event to be held since the beginning of the pandemic. • Read all the latest UNWTO News […]

London, United Kingdom, February 8, 2021 / TRAVELINDEX / The World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC) is calling for governments to abandon the concept of ‘high-risk countries’ and instead focus on how individual ‘high-risk travellers’ are treated at borders. WTTC, which represents the global Travel & Tourism private sector, is urging governments around the world […]

London, United Kingdom, February 11, 2021 / TRAVELINDEX / The World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC), which represents global Travel & Tourism private sector, has released a new Social Impact Paper focusing on the Travel & Tourism sector, which has been compiled to showcase the importance of Travel & Tourism as a driver of social […]

Bangkok, Thailand, February 10, 2021 / TRAVELINDEX / Best Western Hotels & Resorts announced today that its award-winning Best Western Rewards (BWR®) program is cutting its Elite Status eligibility qualifications in half for 2021 – enabling travelers worldwide to earn Elite Status with just five nights, three stays or 5,000 points. Additionally, the reduction in […]

Macao, Macao SAR, February 9, 2021 / TRAVELINDEX / Amid fanfare and spectacle, Sands China Ltd. launched the first phase of The Londoner Macao Monday evening with an opening ceremony at the integrated resort, featuring a special video message from Sands Resorts Macao global ambassador, David Beckham. The Londoner Macao is Sands China’s bold British-themed […]

Geneva, Switzerland, February 4, 2021 / TRAVELINDEX / Underlining the day’s theme, Advancing Global and Regional Cooperation, two prime ministers and more than a dozen other ministers tackled subjects ranging from resetting geopolitics to improving international trade. Lee Hsien Loong, Prime Minister of Singapore, echoed many of the ideas and fears espoused by fellow world […]

London, United Kingdom, February 4, 2021 / TRAVELINDEX / Gloria Guevara, WTTC President & CEO, said: “The World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC) recognises the tremendous progress made by the UK government to lead the world with its comprehensive vaccine rollout across the country, together with a highly-targeted testing programme, to stop the spread of […]

Panama, Panama City, February 5, 2021 / TRAVELINDEX / The International Air Transport Association (IATA) is partnering with the government of the Republic of Panama and Copa Airlines to trial IATA Travel Pass – a mobile app to help passengers easily and securely manage their travel in line with government requirements for COVID-19 testing or […]

Geneva, Switzerland, February 5, 2021 / TRAVELINDEX / The International Air Transport Association (IATA) announced full-year global passenger traffic results for 2020 showing that demand (revenue passenger kilometers or RPKs) fell by 65.9% compared to the full year of 2019, by far the sharpest traffic decline in aviation history. Furthermore, forward bookings have been falling […]

Geneva, Switzerland, February 3, 2021 / TRAVELINDEX / Klaus Schwab, Founder and Executive Chairman of the World Economic Forum, and author of the best-selling books “The Fourth Industrial Revolution” and “COVID-19: The Great Reset” released his new book, “Stakeholder Capitalism: A Global Economy that Works for Progress, People and Planet”, co-authored with Peter Vanham. In […]

Galle, Sri Lanka, February 2, 2021 / TRAVELINDEX / If like us you’ve been pining for a dose of tropical island life, you’ll welcome the news of Sri Lanka’s reopening with open arms. International travel to Sri Lanka has now resumed and both Anantara Peace Haven Tangalle and Anantara Kalutara resorts have been granted ‘Safe […]

Geneva, Switzerland, February 1, 2021 / TRAVELINDEX / As nations around the globe struggle to cope with the manifold disruptions of the COVID-19 crisis, innovators have stepped up and offered solutions to build a greener, fairer and more resilient world as we emerge from the pandemic and head towards COP26. UpLink, created by the World […]

London, United Kingdom, January 30, 2021 / TRAVELINDEX / Gloria Guevara, WTTC President & CEO, said: “WTTC is implacably opposed to quarantines as while protecting the public is paramount, there needs to be a balance struck between health and economic priorities. “These latest government proposals, to impose a 10-day hotel quarantine on those UK inbound […]

Phuket, Thailand, January 2, 2021 / TRAVELINDEX / SAii, the fun and free-spirited upper-upscale lifestyle brand from S Hotels and Resorts PCL, Thailand’s homegrown hotel group, has arrived in its spiritual home with the opening of its first two resorts in the “Land of Smiles”: SAii Laguna Phuket and SAii Phi Phi Island Village. Book […]

Geneva, Switzerland, January 28, 2021 / TRAVELINDEX / On a day where 61 senior business leaders announced their commitment to the Stakeholder Capitalism Metrics – a set of environmental, social and governance (ESG) metrics and disclosures – world leaders called for greater collaboration and issued warnings of the perils awaiting if we do not. Ursula von […]

Madrid, Spain, January 28, 2021 / TRAVELINDEX / Global tourism suffered its worst year on record in 2020, with international arrivals dropping by 74% according to the latest data from the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO). Destinations worldwide welcomed 1 billion fewer international arrivals in 2020 than in the previous year, due to an unprecedented fall […]

Geneva, Switzerland, January 27, 2021 / TRAVELINDEX / On 1 January 2021, the African Union launched the Africa Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA), the world’s biggest free trade area and Africa’s most ambitious and recent effort to liberalize trade. The World Economic Forum’s Connecting Countries and Cities for Regional Value Chain Integration – Operationalizing the […]