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Accolades

TEC named one of Asia’s fastest growing companies by the Financial Times

The Executive Centre (TEC), the leading premium flexible workspace provider across Asia Pacific and the Middle East, announced that it was ranked in the Financial Times Top 500 Asia-Pacific High-Growth Companies 2021. … Continue Reading

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Aviation

Appointments / Movers & Shakers

Marriott International appoints Sandeep Walia as Chief Operating Officer for the Middle East and Jerome Briet as Chief Development Officer for Europe, Middle East & Africa

Marriott International, Inc. (NASDAQ: MAR) (www.Marriott.com) has announced today the appointments of Sandeep Walia as Chief Operating Officer, Middle East and Jerome Briet as Chief Development Officer for Europe, Middle East & Africa. … Continue Reading

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Business News

Experience Co. expands portfolio with two major tourism acquisitions

Leading Australasian adventure tourism company, Experience Co (EXP) which offers “mild to wild” adventures, has acquired two well-known Australian tourism entities, Wild Bush Luxury – operator of premium experiences in South Australia and the Northern Territory, and The Maria Island Walk in Tasmania. … Continue Reading

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E-commerce market in China will reach US$3 trillion in 2024, forecasts GlobalData
Flight Centre launches first global brand campaign showcasing the power of its collective travel expertise

Casino

Will Robots Replace the Human Workforce in the Future?

Robots and AI technology taking over several aspects of our lives is no longer the sole property of sci-fi movies. We can already see this happening in our everyday life from simple aspects like an online casino with free slots that runs entirely by itself and doesn’t need any human to regulate the games and set the decks. … Continue Reading

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Coronavirus (Covid-19)

IATA and Unilabs Partner to Help Passengers Manage Covid-19 Tests

Unilabs, the leading European diagnostic services provider, and the International Air Transport Association (IATA), the trade association for the world’s airlines, have signed an agreement to incorporate Unilabs’ worldwide Covid-19 testing network into IATA Travel Pass. … Continue Reading

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Cruise Deals

Exclusive $1,300 to Spend on Oceania Cruises’ 21-Night Australian Extravaganza with Discerning Traveller

Discerning Traveller, a luxury and experiential Australian travel agent, has launched an exclusive bonus of US$500 shipboard credit per stateroom for any cabin booked on the Oceania Cruises 21-night Australian extravaganza itinerary from Bali to Sydney on Oceania Regatta. … Continue Reading

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Uniworld Enhances Its Group Offering For 2022

Cruise News

Events / Whats On

Parrtjima 2021 lighting the way for Parrtjima 2022

Parrtjima – A Festival in Light has wrapped up in the Red Centre after 10 nights filled with light, music, talks, workshops and film. Organisers have now confirmed the dates for Parrtjima 2022 as 8-17 April next year. … Continue Reading

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BYO Coffee Cluster with Club Med, Viking & FEH

Exhibitions

Sydney Caravan Camping Holiday Supershow a huge success

The 2021 Caravan Camping Holiday Supershow has been a huge success with the biggest turnout since the new six day format was introduced in 2017, record sales and a many very happy campers. … Continue Reading

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Financial

Mastercard to Acquire Ekata to Advance Digital Identity Efforts

Trust is the key ingredient to conducting digital commerce. Central to creating trust in a digital world is the ability to prove your digital identity – who you are, whether you are interacting in person, online or in app. … Continue Reading

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Food & Beverage

Wienerschnitzel, The World’s Largest Hot Dog Chain, Is Searching For International Partners To Go Global

Founded in 1961 by John Galardi in Southern California, Wienerschnitzel has become the world’s largest hot dog chain, with more than 300 locations and serving over 120 million hot dogs per year. … Continue Reading

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Gadgets

GoPro Expands Lifestyle Collection with New Floating Sunglasses, Weekender Backpack and Limited-Edition T-Shirts

Today, GoPro announced new additions to its lifestyle gear collection. The new products include: … Continue Reading

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GDS

Trip.com selects Amadeus’ cloud-based flight search platform to power recovery and global expansion

Trip.com Group, home to leading online travel brands Trip.com, Ctrip, Skyscanner, and Qunar, has ambitious expansion and recovery plans for 2021. … Continue Reading

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Hotel Deals

Ramada Beach Hotel Ajman unveils room and iftar offers for Ramadan

If you are looking for a change of scenario this Holy Month of Ramadan, Ramada by Wyndham Beach Hotel Ajman has the perfect offer for you. … Continue Reading

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The Ritz-Carlton, Perth Romance Package

Hotel Developments

Accor announces the signing of Mercure Cebu Downtown

Accor has signed another hotel in Cebu, as part of the hospitality group’s pioneering expansion across the Philippines. … Continue Reading

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Cross Hotels & Resorts Signs Third Hotel in Pattaya

Hotel News

Far East Hospitality rides on first quarter’s momentum for regional expansion

Riding on the momentum of opening two properties – The Clan Hotel Singapore and Quincy Hotel Melbourne, in the first quarter of 2021, Far East Hospitality today announced that it will continue with its regional expansion plans. … Continue Reading

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Le Bristol Celebrates Oetker Collection’s Hotel La Palma with Capri À Paris Offer

Loyalty

Preferred Hotels Introduces New “Points for Good” Loyalty Benefit for Earth Day

To celebrate the annual event, Preferred Hotel Group – which operates Preferred Hotels & Resorts & the newly launched Beyond Green – is pleased to announce the launch of I Prefer Points for Good – a new way for travelers to give back in a meaningful way by donating earned points through their I Prefer Hotel Rewards program membership. … Continue Reading

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MICE

NAB Show Premiere Session to Explore Emerging Benefits of Edge Technology for Broadcasters

NAB Show Premiere will examine the future impact of edge technology on radio and television broadcasters during a session titled “Livin’ on the Edge: Advances in Computing and Networking to Drive Innovation in Broadcasting.” … Continue Reading

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Motoring

American joined with dozens of other Texas-based companies today in an open letter to state lawmakers, making clear the airline supports the inclusion of LGBTQ people in nondiscrimination laws and opposes any effort to exclude the LGBTQ community from full civil rights protections under the law. The effort was led by Texas Competes, a coalition of businesses aligned on ensuring a fair and welcoming Texas for LGBTQ people. “Discrimination of any kind runs counter to American’s mission of taking care of people on life’s journey. Equity and inclusion are core values critical to the success of our company, and laws that create unequal treatment are not only bad policy, but are also bad for business,” said Molly Wilkinson, Vice President of Regulatory Affairs and PRIDE EBRG Executive Sponsor. “For decades, American has proudly stood with the LGBTQ community and will continue to advocate for full inclusion, equity and protection under the law, because all of our team members and customers deserve to feel welcome and safe.” In March, American joined Freedom for All Americans, a group of major U.S. companies opposed to legislation targeting transgendered youth in more than 30 states. The airline is also actively advocating for passage of the Equality Act, federal legislation that would provide the same basic protections for LGBTQ people provided to other protected groups under federal law. In February, the Equality Act passed the U.S. House of Representatives, and is under consideration in the U.S. Senate. In addition to advocating for LGBTQ rights, American is working to ensure all 50 states have laws against hate crimes on the books. American has joined with the business communities in South Carolina, Arkansas and Wyoming, three states in the U.S. that do not currently have laws against hate crimes, to advocate that each state’s legislature draft and pass legislation that explicitly and effectively prohibits crimes motivated by bias or prejudice. “The rise in hate crimes against the Asian community are a reminder that bias crimes and racism are not limited to one race, ethnicity or sexual orientation. The necessary work required to combat targeted attacks requires all of us not just to watch with heavy hearts, but to also act with commitment,” said Cedric Rockamore, American’s Vice President, Diversity Equity and Inclusion. “At American, caring for people is not limited to one ethnicity or origin, one gender or age. We are tasked with caring for all people of all walks of life.” American has long been an ally and advocate for LGBTQ rights, and has been recognized by the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) for nearly two decades as a leader among U.S. companies when it comes to workplace policies and practices for LGBTQ team members. American was the first major U.S. airline to protect LGBTQ team members by including gender identity and expression, and sexual orientation in workplace nondiscrimination policies. American’s commitment to Diversity, Equity and Inclusion American Airlines proudly celebrates the diversity of our team members and our customers, and we work hard to create an open, inclusive culture where people from all backgrounds feel welcome. Through American’s Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, we are doing the work we laid out in our commitment to examine our corporate values, evolve policies and improve access and opportunities for all. In August, American Airlines was named to the Diversity Best Practices 2020 Inclusion Index, which recognizes top companies and organizations engaging in effective practices of diversity and inclusion.

Following the news that Toyota is set to unveil the concept version of the first model in its new battery electric vehicle (BEV) series, the Toyota bZ4X, in Shanghai and establish a full line-up of EVs to reduce CO2 emissions with the aim of having 70 electrified models by 2025; … Continue Reading

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OTA News

The Pandemic Effect: Booking.com Reveals An Increased Desire To Travel More Sustainably

Earth Day 2021 will be a moment of reflection for travelers around the world. Instead of reminiscing about the trips they have taken in the past 12 months, it will be a milestone moment for many to reflect on how their future travels can have a more positive impact, both on the environment and on local communities. … Continue Reading

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Booking.com reveals surprising data on Aussies intentions to get back to travel – and where they want to go first
Expedia Announces New Direction in Brand Positioning in Anticipation of Post-Vaccination Travel Demand

Rail

Journey Beyond Rail Expeditions Opens 2022 Travel Season

Journey Beyond Rail Expeditions’ 2022 season is now open, giving guests the greatest choice and flexibility when planning a rail holiday. … Continue Reading

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Responsible Tourism

Banyan Tree Group Partners With EARTHDAY.ORG’s Canopy Project To Amplify Sustainability Awareness

Global greenhouse gas emissions are rising every year, and a 2018 study revealed that worldwide tourism accounted for 8% of such emissions from 2009 to 2013. … Continue Reading

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River Cruising

European Waterways creates authentic “slow travel” experiences on luxury French Canal Barge Trips

‘Slow travel’ experiences that allow you to wind down and truly appreciate a place rather than just start ticking off tourist attractions for the sake of it, are more popular than ever. … Continue Reading

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Social Media

GlobalData reveals top 10 travel and tourism influencers on Twitter during Q1 2021

An analysis of GlobalData’s Travel and Tourism Influencer Platform, which tracks more than 200 leading industry experts and their discussions pertaining to the emerging trends, pain areas, new fields of innovation and other popular areas on Twitter, revealed Melvin Bocher, Founder of Traveldudes, as the top Travel and Tourism influencer during the first quarter (Q1) of 2021. … Continue Reading

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Sustainable Tourism

Three Days of Global Climate Action Events Begin Tomorrow

Earth Uprising, Hip Hop Caucus, Education International, and EARTHDAY.ORG are producing three days of climate action events to bring awareness to humanity’s greatest existential threat and raise ambition across numerous environmental issues. … Continue Reading

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Trade Events

GTM Germany Travel MartTM 2021 focuses on recovery of German inbound tourism

Current trends and strategic approaches to revitalizing incoming tourism post-Corona are the lead motives of this year’s GTM Germany Travel MartTM (GTM) organized by the German National Tourist Board (GNTB). … Continue Reading

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Swiss-Belhotel International Confirms its Participation at Arabian Travel Market 2021

Travel Deals

Garden City Helicopters launches Heli Winery Tour to Waipara Valley

Taking off from Christchurch, people can leave the car behind and fly into five wineries, all with different personalities and unique wines in the beautiful North Canterbury Waipara Valley wine region right on the doorstep of Christchurch City. … Continue Reading

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Enjoy savings of up to $600 per couple on selected Guided Holidays with AAT Kings and Inspiring Journeys
Big savings, bigger adventures – 20 per cent off more than 300 itineraries

Visit Middle East / Dubai

World-class wellness resorts open in Qatar

One in three holidaymakers plan to take part in wellness activities on holiday*, so as travellers start planning and booking getaways, Qatar National Tourism Council (QNTC) announces the opening of world-class spa and wellness properties. … Continue Reading

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Visit North Asia

2021 Starry Taitung Night 2.0 towards Sustainable Economy

The Starry Taitung Night Concert has made huge strides this year. This event is now more than just beautiful, it’s sustainably amazing. … Continue Reading

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Visit Queensland

30 days of flowers and flavours: Toowoomba Carnival of Flowers unveils month long celebration for 2021

There’s power in petals! The multi-award-winning Toowoomba Carnival of Flowers (TCOF) has unveiled a joy-filled month-long program of celebrations for 2021. … Continue Reading

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Visit South Pacific

Beautiful Samoa Welcomes Travel Bubble Development!

The Samoa Tourism Authority (STA) is encouraged by the quarantine-free travel arrangement started last night between Australia and New Zealand. … Continue Reading

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Visit USA

What’s New in Scottsdale, Ariz. – Summer ‘21

Triple digits on the thermometer means triple the fun in Scottsdale. As the summer months roll in, so do new and updated spots for wining and dining, plus cool attractions and resort programs. … Continue Reading

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