Visit Maldives Invites Participation for MATTA 2024 to Boost Southeast Asian Tourism

(IN SHORT) The Maldives Marketing and Public Relations Corporation (MMPRC), also known as Visit Maldives, has announced the opening of participation for MATTA 2024, an event held for Malaysia and the Southeast Asian region from 22-24 March 2024. The initiative aims to showcase the Maldives as the preferred holiday destination in Southeast Asia, emphasizing its… Read the full press release

Japan Airlines Joins Global Sustainable Tourism Council, Spearheading Eco-Friendly Travel Initiatives

Building Relationships and Connections through Movement and Contributing to Social Solutions (IN SHORT) On September 1, 2023, Japan Airlines (JAL) made history by becoming the first airline group worldwide to join The Global Sustainable Tourism Council (GSTC), a body dedicated to establishing and overseeing global standards for sustainable tourism. Through a strategic partnership with Sakura… Read the full press release

PATA’s Women in Travel Conference in the Philippines: Empowering Diversity and Sustainability in Tourism

(IN SHORT) The Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA) is gearing up to host the PATA International Conference on Women in Travel from March 20-22, 2024, in the Philippines, showcasing the commitment to gender equality and empowerment in the tourism sector. With a focus on addressing gender disparities and promoting women’s leadership, the conference aims to… Read the full press release

UN Tourism Focuses on Resilience Building in Jamaica

(IN SHORT) During an official visit to Jamaica, UN Tourism led by Secretary-General Zurab Pololikashvili emphasized the importance of building a resilient tourism sector. With international arrivals nearing pre-pandemic levels, the focus has shifted to protecting the industry from future shocks. The visit coincided with the second Global Tourism Resilience Day, marked by high-level meetings… Read the full press release

UN Tourism Secretary-General Concludes Successful Visit to Iran, Emphasizing Tourism Resilience and Rural Development

(IN SHORT) Zurab Pololikashvili, the Secretary-General of UN Tourism, concluded a fruitful official visit to the Islamic Republic of Iran. Leading a high-level delegation, Pololikashvili participated in the inauguration of the Tehran International Tourism Exhibition and engaged in bilateral meetings aimed at advancing shared objectives in tourism resilience, diversity, and rural development. During the visit,… Read the full press release

Forbes Travel Guide Awards Five Stars to La Casa de la Playa and Muluk Spa in Riviera Maya

La Casa de la Playa, an ultra-luxury boutique hotel by Grupo Xcaret located in Riviera Maya, Mexico, and its renowned Muluk Spa have been honored with the prestigious 2024 Forbes Travel Guide Five-Star award. This recognition positions the hotel and spa among the best in Mexico, marking a significant achievement for the property as it… Read the full press release

Arkansas Filmmaker Jeff Nichols to Headline 50th Annual Governor’s Conference on Tourism

(IN SHORT) Arkansas filmmaker Jeff Nichols, renowned for his compelling storytelling in feature films like “Take Shelter” and “Loving,” will deliver the opening keynote speech titled “Natural State Storytelling: A Conversation with Jeff Nichols” at the 50th annual Arkansas Governor’s Conference on Tourism. Hosted from Feb. 25-27 in Jonesboro, the conference aims to unite tourism… Read the full press release

PATA Forecasts Strong Growth in Asia Pacific International Visitor Arrivals Amid Post-COVID Recovery

(IN SHORT) The Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA) unveils its Executive Summary report detailing forecasts for international visitor arrivals (IVAs) across the Asia Pacific region from 2024 to 2026. Despite potential scenarios ranging from mild to severe, the report predicts robust annual growth, with pre-COVID arrival levels anticipated to be surpassed by 2024. PATA CEO… Read the full press release

PATA Travel Mart 2024: Uniting Asia Pacific’s Tourism Industry in Bangkok

(IN SHORT) The Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA) is gearing up to host the 47th edition of PATA Travel Mart (PTM) at the Queen Sirikit National Convention Center (QSNCC) in Bangkok, Thailand, from August 27-29. With Thailand serving as the backdrop for this significant event, PATA Chair Peter Semone highlights the enduring partnership between PATA… Read the full press release

IHG Hotels & Resorts Forges Ahead with Ambitious Expansion Plans in Greater China

(IN SHORT) IHG Hotels & Resorts announces its ambitious plans for 2024, buoyed by the revival of Greater China’s cultural and tourism industry. Under the vision of “True Hospitality for Good,” IHG is poised to explore both established and emerging destinations, anticipating strong market confidence and energy consumption in the region. The company aims to… Read the full press release

UNWTO Workshop in Victoria Falls Promotes African Tourism Through Media and Communication

(IN SHORT) The UNWTO, in collaboration with the Ministry of Tourism and Hospitality Industry of Zimbabwe and the Zimbabwe Tourism Authority (ZTA), organized the first Communication, Media, and Tourism Training Workshop in Victoria Falls from November 13 to 15, 2023. The event brought together tourism professionals, journalists, media, and communication specialists from 20 African countries…. Read the full press release

UN Tourism Invites Applications for 2024 Best Tourism Villages Initiative Promoting Rural Prosperity

(IN SHORT) UN Tourism, formerly known as the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO), has initiated the call for applications for the 2024 edition of its “Best Tourism Villages” program. This initiative aims to recognize rural destinations where tourism is harnessed as a tool for sustainable growth, cultural preservation, and economic development. Member states are encouraged to… Read the full press release

ITB BookAwards 2024 Recognizes Outstanding Travel and Tourism Publications

(IN SHORT) The ITB BookAwards 2024, held in conjunction with ITB Berlin from March 5 to 7, 2024, celebrated excellence in travel and tourism publications. Notable awards include the Lifetime Award presented to French author Sylvain Tesson, while two publisher awards were bestowed upon Verlag Coppenrath and oekom publisher Jacob Radloff. Additionally, special honors went… Read the full press release

FITUR 2024: UNWTO Highlights Tourism Investment, Sustainability, and Collaboration

(IN SHORT) The FITUR International Tourism Trade Fair, with Ecuador as the official partner country, is set to be a platform for tourism innovation and collaboration from January 23 to 26, 2024. The UNWTO will focus on fostering investment opportunities, strengthening international partnerships, and addressing sustainable development and climate action. Key highlights include investment forums,… Read the full press release

UNWTO Launches ‘TourismConnectsRural’ Digital Hub to Strengthen Rural Tourism Worldwide

(IN SHORT) The United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) has introduced the ‘TourismConnectsRural’ platform, the world’s largest digital hub dedicated to rural tourism communities. This platform aims to facilitate collaboration among the Best Tourism Villages in the UNWTO Network, connecting approximately 200 rural destinations from across the globe. ‘TourismConnectsRural’ enables villages to share experiences, knowledge,… Read the full press release

Let Your Star Sign Guide Your 2024 Travel Adventures with WeRoad’s Astrology-Based Recommendations

(IN SHORT) WeRoad, a group travel operator for millennials, has partnered with psychic and astrologer Inbaal Honigman to recommend travel destinations based on each star sign’s personality traits. Inbaal suggests ideal travel destinations for various star signs, considering their preferences and characteristics. For example, Aries may enjoy Mexico for its physical challenges, while Taurus might… Read the full press release

Qatar Airways Reveals 2024 Network Expansion, Including Venice Resumption and Hamburg Addition

(IN SHORT) Qatar Airways has unveiled its network expansion plans for 2024, offering travelers new and exciting destinations along with the resumption of services, all available for booking in advance of the New Year. The airline will recommence flights to Venice, Italy in June and introduce an exciting new route to Hamburg, Germany in July…. Read the full press release

UNWTO Concludes Gastronomy Tourism Project in Ubud, Indonesia, Aiming for Sustainable Culinary Excellence

(IN SHORT) The United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) has successfully completed the Gastronomy Tourism Project in Ubud, Indonesia. This initiative, conducted in collaboration with the Ministry of Tourism and Creative Economy, seeks to establish Ubud as a global center for sustainable gastronomy tourism. The project, initiated in 2018 but paused during the pandemic, resumed… Read the full press release

Arkansas Culinary Scene Takes Center Stage in New York Cinematic Showcase

(IN SHORT) Arkansas chefs and restaurants are set to be featured in a cinematic culinary experience called “A Southern Night at the Cinema” in New York on December 7. This event will showcase bite-sized stories highlighting Southern chefs and their favorite culinary spots, inviting filmgoers into the world of Southern cuisine. The film includes segments… Read the full press release

Over 10,000 Pledges Received for #TravelforTomorrow Initiative Promoting Conscious Travel

(IN SHORT) Travelzoo, a global internet media company, has reported that within the first 72 hours of its #TravelforTomorrow initiative launch, over 10,000 people have publicly pledged to become conscious travelers. The initiative encourages travelers worldwide to make personal pledges for conscious travel, which can include supporting local businesses, reducing single-use plastic, opting for public… Read the full press release

UNWTO Startup Competition Seeks Innovators Shaping the Future of Hospitality and Business Models

(IN SHORT) The World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) is collaborating with Infecar (Feria de Gran Canaria) to identify entrepreneurs and startups at the forefront of reshaping the hotel industry and new business models. The UNWTO Startup Competition for Tourism Technologies and Solutions in Hotels and New Business Models is open to global startups and entrepreneurs, focusing… Read the full press release

UNWTO Seminar Advances International Code for the Protection of Tourists, Promoting Legal Framework for Tourism Sector

(IN SHORT) The United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) hosted its inaugural legal seminar in Salamanca, Spain, focusing on the International Code for the Protection of Tourists. This landmark code, established in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, has garnered support from 22 countries and aims to provide legal certainty to the global tourism sector. During… Read the full press release

Historic Honours of Scotland Return to Edinburgh Castle After Extensive Conservation Efforts

Scotland’s ‘crown jewels’ have returned to display at Edinburgh Castle after conservation (IN SHORT) The Honours of Scotland, which include the Crown, Sceptre, and Sword of State and are among the oldest crown jewels in Europe, have been put on display at Edinburgh Castle following extensive conservation work. Experts from Historic Environment Scotland (HES) meticulously… Read the full press release

Gloria Fluxà Appointed Vice-Chair of WTTC and Chair of Sustainability Committee, Taking the Helm from Darrell Wade

(IN SHORT) The World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC) has named Gloria Fluxà, Vice-Chairman and Chief Sustainability Officer of Iberostar Group, as its new Vice-Chair and Chair of the Sustainability Committee, succeeding Darrell Wade, Intrepid Group Co-founder and Chairman. Gloria Fluxà, who has held the position of Vice-Chairman and Chief Sustainability Officer at Iberostar Group… Read the full press release

PATA and ICCA Forge Partnership to Boost Business Travel and Sustainability in Asia Pacific

(IN SHORT) The Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA) and the International Congress and Convention Association (ICCA) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to strengthen their collaboration in promoting responsible and sustainable growth within the travel and tourism industry, both regionally and globally. The agreement, signed during the 62nd ICCA Congress hosted by the Thailand… Read the full press release

Maldives Promotes Sustainability and Atoll Diversity at Exclusive Media Meet During WTM London 2023

(IN SHORT) The Maldives Marketing and Public Relations Corporation (MMPRC) hosted a highly-anticipated Maldives Media Meet at WTM London 2023. The event, led by CEO Thoyyib Mohamed, emphasized sustainability and the Maldives’ five-year marketing journey. Thoyyib highlighted the transformative shift in the country’s tourism sector and its alignment with the Maldives Fifth Tourism Master Plan… Read the full press release

Maldives Tourism Promotes Atoll Diversity with New Website Segment

(IN SHORT) The Maldives Marketing and Public Relations Corporation (MMPRC) has launched a new section on its Visit Maldives website dedicated to showcasing the diverse atolls of the Maldives. The segment, available at “atolls.visitmaldives.com,” offers detailed information about different regions, starting with Addu Atoll and Fuvahmulah Atoll. With 26 atolls in the Maldives, this initiative… Read the full press release

Chicago’s 110th Annual Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony to Brighten Millennium Park with Festive Performances and Holiday Activities

45-foot Colorado Blue Spruce donated by De La Cruz Family (IN SHORT) The 110th Annual City of Chicago Christmas Tree, a 45-foot Colorado Blue Spruce donated by the De La Cruz family of Darien, IL, will be illuminated during the Tree Lighting Ceremony on November 17, 2023. The ceremony will include performances, emceed by Irika… Read the full press release

Albania to Shine as Official Host Country for ITB Berlin 2025, Boosting Tourism on a Global Stage

Albania and the World’s Leading Travel Trade Show announce close collaboration for ITB Berlin in 2025 (IN SHORT) Albania and ITB Berlin have announced a close collaboration for ITB Berlin in 2025. Albania will be the Official Host Country of ITB Berlin 2025, taking place from March 4 to 6, 2025, as a pure B2B… Read the full press release

7th UNWTO Global Conference on Wine Tourism in La Rioja, Spain to Explore Sustainable Future and Innovation in Wine Tourism

(IN SHORT) The 7th UNWTO Global Conference on Wine Tourism, set to take place in La Rioja, Spain, from November 22-24, 2023, will focus on the future of sustainable wine tourism. Co-organized by UNWTO, the Government of La Rioja, and the Ministry of Industry, Trade and Tourism of Spain, the conference will address key themes… Read the full press release