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 […]

Beijing, People Republic of China, January 26, 2021 / TRAVELINDEX / Chinese President Xi Jinping called for both greater global efforts in the fight against an unprecedented public health crisis and a renewed commitment to multilateral cooperation, in a special address on Monday to business, government and civil society leaders taking part in the World […]

Fort Worth, Texas, United States, January 26, 2021 / TRAVELINDEX / The app is for all passengers flying on American’s international routes into the US. American Airlines has become the first US airline to roll out a “health passport” app for inbound international travelers from all destinations it serves, a move the airline believes will […]

London, United Kingdom, January 25, 2021 / TRAVELINDEX / Gloria Guevara, WTTC President & CEO: “The latest expected announcement from the UK government, which will force UK arrivals to quarantine in a hotel for up to two weeks at their own cost, will be yet another crushing blow to the ailing UK Travel & Tourism […]

Geneva, Switzerland, January 25, 2021 / TRAVELINDEX / The International Air Transport Association (IATA) urged all branches of the European Union to support an initiative from Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis to agree a common digital European COVID-19 vaccination certificate that would enable those who are vaccinated to travel freely within Europe without COVID-19 testing. […]

Nairobi, Kenya, January 23, 2021 / TRAVELINDEX / The Kenyan Ministry of Tourism and Wildlife has announced the appointment of English supermodel Naomi Campbell to become Magical Kenya International Ambassador. Naomi Campbell wants to inspire people to travel to Kenya. The supermodel, who is known for showing her love for the African continent. The appointment […]

London, United Kingdom, January 22, 2021 / TRAVELINDEX / More than 100 million jobs could return to the global Travel & Tourism sector during 2021, as the world recovers from the crippling COVID-19 pandemic, says the World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC). A strong summer of travel is expected as the sector begins its road […]

Madrid, Spain, January 22, 2021 / TRAVELINDEX / The Global Tourism Crisis Committee has met for the first time in 2021. Organized by the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO), the cross-sector body met in Madrid during the 113th session of the UNWTO Executive Council to advance solid plans to restart tourism. The meeting focused on the […]

London, United Kingdom, January 21, 2021 / TRAVELINDEX / Gloria Guevara, WTTC President & CEO, said: “The World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC) warmly welcomes the Biden-Harris inauguration in what will be a pivotal first year in office. WTTC looks forward to working with the incoming administration to help revive the struggling Travel & Tourism […]

Valletta, Malta, January 21, 2021 / TRAVELINDEX / Travel & Tourism urged to help save the planet. Geoffrey Lipman, President of SUNx Malta, greets the start of Joe Biden’s Presidency with a challenge for us all to act now to take advantage of new US leadership to help redress the devastating impact of climate change. […]

Abu Dhabi, UAE, January 21, 2021 / TRAVELINDEX / The International Air Transport Association and Etihad Airways, the national airline of the UAE, today announced a partnership to launch the IATA Travel Pass for Etihad Airways’ guests. The IATA Travel Pass is a mobile app to help passengers easily and securely manage their travel in […]

Geneva, Switzerland, January 20, 2021 / TRAVELINDEX / The World Economic Forum Davos Agenda, taking place virtually on 25-29 January, will bring together the foremost leaders of the world to address the new global situation. Heads of state and government, chief executives and leaders from civil society will convene under the theme: A Crucial Year […]

Madrid, Spain, January 19, 2021 / TRAVELINDEX / The Executive Council of the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) has expressed its continued support for Secretary-General Zurab Pololikashvili. Meeting in Madrid, its members nominated him to continue leading the United Nations specialized agency for four more years. At the end of the 113th session of the Executive […]

New York, NY, United States, January 16, 2021 / TRAVELINDEX / Amidst climate, health and job fears, the UN’s worldwide consultation reveals optimism for the future and appetite for transformative global action On January 8, the United Nations released the final report on a year-long consultation to mark its 75th anniversary. The report was launched […]

Geneva, Switzerland, January 18, 2021 / TRAVELINDEX / Earth Observation [EO] data provides a billion-dollar opportunity for economies on the African continent, one that could create jobs and build new resilience after COVID-19. The newly released report Unlocking the Potential of Earth Observation to address Africa’s critical challenges lays out the multiple economic benefits from […]

Madrid, Spain, January 18, 2021 / TRAVELINDEX / The global tourism sector is starting the new year prepared to #RestartTourism when conditions allow, with the World Tourism Organization set to again bring together leaders from across the public and private sectors. Tomorrow in Madrid, the UNWTO Global Tourism Crisis Committee will hold its first meeting […]

London, United Kingdom, January 15, 2021 / TRAVELINDEX /  The World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC) has launched its new mental health guidelines for the Travel & Tourism sector, which have been compiled to support businesses of all sizes to support the mental health of their employees. • Read all the latest WTTC News and […]

Bangkok, Thailand, January 15, 2021 / TRAVELINDEX / Anantara Siam Bangkok Hotel announces it is the first hotel in Thailand to become Sharecare Health Security VERIFIED® with Forbes Travel Guide. The comprehensive facility verification helps ensure that guests and travel planners can book with confidence at properties that have appropriate health safety procedures in place. […]

London, United Kingdom, January 14, 2021 / TRAVELINDEX / Comprehensive testing will allow free and safe movement for all. Gloria Guevara, WTTC President & CEO, said: “WTTC wholeheartedly supports the testing on departure of all travellers to ensure passengers can prove they are COVID-19 free and thus avoid the spread. • Read all the latest […]

London, United Kingdom, January 10, 2021 / TRAVELINDEX / Gloria Guevara, WTTC President & CEO, said: “WTTC supports measures designed to curb COVID-19 and protect public health but calls for the complete removal of unnecessary quarantines. “Requiring inbound travellers and holidaymakers to provide proof of a negative COVID-19 pre-departure test should ensure safe travel. This […]

London, United Kingdom, January 9, 2021 / TRAVELINDEX / Gloria Guevara, WTTC President & CEO, said: “The whole Travel & Tourism sector will be breathing a sigh of relief that the EU and UK government have been able to agree a deal at the 11th hour. “It is good news for a sector which has […]

Geneva, Switzerland, January 13, 2021 / TRAVELINDEX / The International Air Transport Association (IATA) announced that the recovery in passenger demand which had been slowing since the Northern hemisphere’s summer travel season, came to a halt in November 2020. Total demand (measured in revenue passenger kilometers or RPKs) was down 70.3% compared to November 2019, […]

Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, January 12, 2021 / TRAVELINDEX / Fewer than one in 10 tourism workers in the Middle East are women though this proportion is steadily increasing, new research has found. The Regional Report on Women in Tourism in the Middle East, released today by the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) and the Ministry of […]

Ras Al Khaimah, UAE, January 11, 2021 / TRAVELINDEX / The Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA) today announced that the PATA Annual Summit (PAS) 2021 will take place online from April 27-29. The three-day virtual event, organised with the support of Platinum Sponsor, the Ras Al Khaimah Tourism Development Authority (RAKTDA), will bring together international […]