Global Travel Media

Headline News

Two Virgins hit headlines as Covid-19 buffets industry

The Virgin name is riding high in the headlines, with Virgin Australia unveiling plans for a “stronger, more profitable and competitive” airline (shedding about a third of its workforce and axing Tigerair in the process) while in the northern hemisphere, Virgin Atlantic dropped a bombshell of its own. … Continue Reading

Latest News under Category: Headline News
Travelers Losing Confidence in Coronavirus Information Sources
Destination weddings hard-hit under COVID’s grip..closed borders, cancelled flights, no gatherings..43% jobs decline
Businesses Can Now Test Workplace Surfaces for Coronavirus Contamination
JOHN ROZENTALS looks at the role of a younger generation at Leeton.



Devastating day for Virgin pilots and Australia’s aviation industry

VIPA says it is devastated at today’s announcement that we anticipate that in excess of 30% of the Virgin pilot group will lose their jobs. … Continue Reading

Latest News under Category: Aviation


Tamtam Bubble 5 August 2020

Airports Vanuatu Ltd (AVL) wishes to congratulate the Republic of Vanuatu on celebrating 40 years of independence and thank the Government of Vanuatu and Hon. Bob Loughman, Prime Minister, for the announcement of the Tamtam Bubble.

… Continue Reading

Latest News under Category: Airport
Security search at BER begins
Number of passengers at Schönefeld and Tegel continues to rise

Appointments / Movers & Shakers

Bob Van Den Oord Promoted To Chief Operations Officer At Langham Hospitality Group

Langham Hospitality Group announced today the appointment of Bob van den Oord as Chief Operations Officer (COO) to support the company’s hotel operations and core business functions that are spread over four continents. … Continue Reading

Latest News under Category: Appointments / Movers & Shakers


Leadership Succession for IATA’s Customer, Financial and Digital Services

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) announced that Muhammad Albakri, IATA’s Regional Vice President for Africa and the Middle East (AME), will be appointed Senior Vice President for Customer, Financial and Digital Services (CFDS), based in Geneva and effective 1 March 2021. At that time Aleks Popovich, who currently holds the position, will retire. … Continue Reading

Latest News under Category: Association
PATA highlights the need for more coordinated and unified public and private cooperation towards tourism recovery
‘CUPID-19’: Prolonged pandemic emboldens romance scammers to prey on emotions


Singapore Celebrities Gather to Celebrate National Day at Madame Tussauds

Stefanie Sun, JJ Lin and Dick Lee are just a handful of the local celebrities who have gathered together for National Day celebrations at Madame Tussauds on Sentosa. … Continue Reading

Latest News under Category: Attraction
Dive into National Science Week with SEA LIFE!


Mindful Drinking Festival Launches In Australia

Originating in the UK, Club Soda’s eighth Mindful Drinking Festival will move online as COVID-19 continues to affect real-world events.  … Continue Reading

Latest News under Category: Beverage

Business News

Global tourism & leisure industry M&A deals total $3.64bn in Q2 2020

Total tourism & leisure industry M&A deals in Q2 2020 worth $3.64bn were announced globally, according to GlobalData’s deals database. … Continue Reading

Latest News under Category: Business News
AFTA Welcomes Virgin Australia’s Action On Credits

Coronavirus (Covid-19)

TripIt Launches New COVID-19 Safety Feature

Today, TripIt, the world’s highest-rated travel-organizing app, launched new health and safety options within its Nearby Places feature, making it easy for travelers to search for nearby hospitals, clinics, and pharmacies close to where they’re staying should they need medical help. … Continue Reading

Latest News under Category: Coronavirus (Covid-19)
“Exacerbating the Other Epidemic: How COVID-19 is Increasing Violence against Displaced Women and Girls”


Viking Unveils Brand-New Panama Canal Cruises

Viking has announced two brand-new Panama Canal itineraries are now open for sale, including a one-off, 18-day Panama Canal & Coastal Holiday sailing departing 24 December 2021, and two departures of a new 11-day Classic Panama Canal Passage voyage, departing 6 and 16 November 2021. … Continue Reading

Latest News under Category: Cruise
Return with Regent Extended for Alaska, Northern Europe and Mediterranean 2021 Voyages
No new cases of Covid-19 on board the Paul Gauguin: passengers will be able to disembark


Moon-Shaped Wonders At Zuan Yuan Chinese Restaurant One World Hotel, Petaling Jaya

Mooncakes have always been the staple dish for the Mid-Autumn Festival and this year, Zuan Yuan Chinese Restaurant of One World Hotel Petaling Jaya is offering 12 types of mooncakes – six baked, five snow skin and one special Teo Chew savoury option. … Continue Reading

Latest News under Category: Dining
All-You-Can-Eat Weekend Tunch At Cinnamon Coffee House One World Hotel Petaling Jaya

Events / Whats On

Brisbane Cycling Festival on show in 2021

The Brisbane Cycling Festival will return in 2021 (24 March – 12 April), with an expanded festival program making it Australia’s biggest cycling event. … Continue Reading

Latest News under Category: Events / Whats On
Countdown to The Cultural Evolution CIAF 2020, Friday 14 – Sunday 23 August 2020


Gogo Inc. to Report Second Quarter 2020 Financial Results on August 10, 2020

Gogo Inc. the leading global provider of broadband connectivity products and services for aviation, today announced it will release its financial results for the second quarter 2020 before the market opens on August 10, 2020. … Continue Reading

Latest News under Category: Financial

Food & Beverage

TTSH-NCID Receives 365kg of Carousel Chocolate Pudding for Nurses’ Day Celebration

Royal Plaza on Scotts sends down 3000 portions, equivalent to 365kg, of chocolate pudding to show appreciation for 3000 Nightingales of Tan Tock Seng Hospital (TTSH) and National Centre for Infectious Diseases (NCID) for Nurses’ Day celebration. … Continue Reading
Latest News under Category: Food & Beverage


Orange Amps Launch Crest Edition Wireless Headphones

Orange Amplification introduce their new Crest Edition Wireless Headphones; with more than fifty years of audio expertise behind them, they offer expert sound for sophisticated ears. … Continue Reading

Latest News under Category: Gadgets

Hotel Deals

SPOTTED: Great value whale watching deals at Mantra Hervey Bay

You don’t have to splash out a fortune to see the whales at play in Hervey Bay this year. … Continue Reading

Latest News under Category: Hotel Deals
Celebrate your National Day Weekend at Accor

Hotel News

“The Show Must Go On” | Arise Hotels & Apartments Brings A Little Bit Of Ekka Delight To Brisbane Holidaymakers

One of Australia’s leading hotel groups, Arise Hotels & Apartments, is not letting the disappointment of the Ekka Royal Queensland Show (Brisbane) being cancelled this year dampen any holiday spirits. … Continue Reading

Latest News under Category: Hotel News
Help Hong Kong People In Need Donate a Meal and “Pay It Forward” at Eaton HK’s Food Hall
Hermes Estate Reopens its Doors for Luxury Stays

Hotel Openings - in Association with

Ultima Collection Reveals The Grand Opening Of Ultima Courchevel Resort For The New 2020/2021 Ski Season

Ultima Collection is delighted to reveal the Grand Opening of Ultima Courchevel on Saturday 12th December 2020 for the new 2020-2021 ski season. … Continue Reading


Australia’s travel insurance to contract by 7.7% in 2020, forecasts GlobalData

The Australian travel insurance business is expected to contract by 7.7% in 2020 due to COVID-19 pandemic, a sharp decline from the 46.3% growth witnessed in 2019, according to GlobalData, a leading data and analytics company. … Continue Reading

Latest News under Category: Insurance


Say Goodbye to Fogged Glasses + Slipping Masks… Introducing Cabeau Tape™

Cabeau Inc, a travel comfort + accessories brand, is excited to announce the launch of Cabeau Tape™, a medical-grade, FDA and dermatologist approved tape that increases both the safety
and comfort of government mandated face masks. … Continue Reading

Latest News under Category: Lifestyle
FrieslandCampina Launches New Organic Milk Formula Organic FRISO PRESTIGE® BIO in Hong Kong

Mobile Travel Advisor - Sponsored by TravelManagers - Australia

Personal Travel Manager’s Travels by Concorde

The tiny town of Charleville is situated almost 700 kilometres inland from Brisbane and has a population of a little over three thousand people. … Continue Reading

OTA News recommends design retreats to inspire your next home makeover – bring the world to your doorstep!

If the time spent at home while the world was on pause has left you tired of looking at the same four-walls and searching for interior design inspiration to freshen up your home, get inspired by some amazing accommodations from around the world. … Continue Reading

Latest News under Category: OTA News

Resort News

Lizard Island Announces Spring Reopening

Long-regarded as one of Australia’s most idyllic tropical island retreats, Lizard Island has announced it will reopen for visitors on September 26 this year, following a temporary closure due to the Coronavirus pandemic. … Continue Reading

Latest News under Category: Resort News

Responsible Tourism

Adventure World Travel Supports Four PAWS Pledge

Adventure World Travel has shown its support for animal protection organisation, FOUR PAWS, in taking a pledge to support their current campaign #ProtectMillions, which aims to end trading of dog and cat meat in South East Asia. … Continue Reading

Latest News under Category: Responsible Tourism

River Cruising

APT announces exclusive Kimberley cruise with acclaimed chef Luke Nguyen

Luke Nguyen’s gastronomic journeys through Vietnam, Cambodia and Myanmar have become a popular highlight of APT’s Southeast Asia tours. … Continue Reading

Latest News under Category: River Cruising
U By Uniworld Announces Big Plans For 2021

Serviced Apartments

Oakwood® Strengthens Safety Protocol With New Mandate: Face Mask Required In Public Areas For All Guests, Associates And Vendors

Oakwood®, a wholly owned subsidiary of Mapletree Investments (“Mapletree”), today announced a new safety measure that requires all guests, associates and vendors to wear face masks in all indoor public areas. … Continue Reading

Latest News under Category: Serviced Apartments

Statistics & Trends

Booking Holdings job cuts show continued struggles of travel operators, says GlobalData

Following the news that Booking Holdings is to cut up to 25% of its employees, around 4,000 in total due to the ongoing impacts of COVID-19, … Continue Reading

Latest News under Category: Statistics & Trends


Amadeus chatbot says ‘Ni Hao’ to Asia with launch of Chinese-language capabilities

Amadeus is today launching traditional and simplified Chinese-language capabilities for its chatbot, to make it available to even more travel agents in Asia Pacific.
… Continue Reading

Latest News under Category: Tech
Perfect World CEO Dr. Robert H. Xiao: Content Consumption to Change Dramatically Thanks to 5G

Tour Operator

Twenty-twenty-one: Looking out for each other

We’ve certainly all had the chance to be introspective this year and looking forward to being rejuvenated in the coming year.  … Continue Reading

Latest News under Category: Tour Operator

Trade Events

ITB China announces “ITB China Industry MeetUp” event series in seven cities across China

The organizers of ITB China, China’s largest B2B exclusive travel trade show, announced the launch of the ITB China Industry MeetUp, at an exclusive networking event for industry senior representatives in Shanghai last Wednesday. … Continue Reading

Latest News under Category: Trade Events

Visit Europe

Plans announced for Northern Ireland’s first socially distanced music festival

The Stendhal Festival was forced to abandon its usual three-day event plans, but is now inviting festival lovers to get back out there to enjoy the experience of live music for the first time in months. … Continue Reading

Latest News under Category: Visit Europe
Stinging Nettle and Cucumber Ice Cream: 12 Most Bizarre Flavours from Lithuania

Visit Hawaii

Hawaii Vacation Rental Performance Report June 2020

In June 2020, the total monthly supply of statewide vacation rentals was 339,400 unit nights (-61.5%) and monthly demand was 46,700 unit nights (-92.8%), resulting in an average monthly unit occupancy of 13.8 percent (-59.8 percentage points) (Figure 1).

… Continue Reading

Latest News under Category: Visit Hawaii
Hawaii Passenger Arrivals By Air

Visit North Asia

Japanese Noh Play “Aoi no Ue” (Tale of Genji) at Odawara Castle Going Online on Sept. 13

Odawara Tourism Co., Ltd. in Odawara city, Kanagawa Prefecture, will hold the first online event at a Japanese Castle. The “Noh” performance, titled “Japanese Noh Theater at Odawara Castle ‘Aoi no Ue’–The Tale of Genji,” will be streamed on Sunday, September 13, 2020. … Continue Reading

Latest News under Category: Visit North Asia

Visit South Pacific & Oceania

Thredbo’s Backcountry Tours Make Their Season Debut

Break free! Explore new frontiers! Once you are au fait with inbound slopes, you may become curious for a little more piste and quiet, and while scanning the Australian Main Range from the top of Karels T-Bar, those untracked slopes and limitless space start calling your name. … Continue Reading

Latest News under Category: Visit South Pacific & Oceania
NEW High Country at Home Experiences Add a Soupçon of Stardust, a Modicum of Magic to a Long Winter in Iso

Visit USA

Plan your next Arkansas adventure with the 2020 ‘Water & Woods’ guide

The 2020 “Water & Woods” guide (Arkansas Adventure Guide) is now available online and in print. Published annually by Arkansas Tourism, this publication features an in-depth look at outdoor activities across the state. … Continue Reading

Latest News under Category: Visit USA

Platinium Partnership


Elite Partnership Sponsors


Premier Partnership Sponsors


Official Media Event Partner


Global travel media endorses the following travel Publication