Global update for the travel industry (02/11/2018)

Date: Aug 2018

Truffle hunting in Umbria, Italy: Gourmets take note

Truffle Search Truffles and Umbria have been linked for centuries and the region produces the most high-end black truffles in Italy. Truffle hunting here combines the best of the culture and cuisine including: 1. Running outdoors, in the forest, with dogs; 2. Digging in the soil to retrieve the fungi; 3. Eating the delicious morsels in gourmet cuisine and 4. Pairing with appealing Italian wines.

Heavy fog shuts down Wellington Airport

Numerous planes have been unable to land at Wellington Airport in the last few hours due to poor weather conditions and low visibility. All flights scheduled to arrive at Wellington airport until 7pm tonight have been canceled, with many others throughout tonight also canceled or diverted.

19 killed and 40 injured in Hong Kong double-decker bus crash

At least 19 people have died and 40 more have been injured after a double-decker bus crashed in the New Territories of Hong Kong, a special administrative region in southeastern China. 

27 killed and 16 injured in Bali bus crash

At least 27 people died in a traffic incident on the Indonesian island of Java, the local police reported. A bus carrying around 40 people, most of them domestic tourists, hit a motorbike as it was speeding down a hill, causing it to roll over numerous times. 

Breaking in Korea: Tourism, Sports and Peace take over the Pyeongchang Olympics

What has happened on Saturday in Pyeongchang may be seen in future history books. What happened shows sports and tourism are industries of peace. 

Travel community releases priorities for rebuilding U.S. infrastructure

Ahead of Monday’s expected announcement of the Trump administration infrastructure plan, the U.S. Travel Association has released four guiding principles and a set of public policy recommendations for reforming America’s transportation infrastructure and fueling economic growth through travel. 

Former Zimbabwe minister Mzembi files 10 Million Dollar law suit against Corruption Commission

Dr. Walter Mzembis is one of the most known respected and talked about celebrities in world tourism. Before he was appointed as the former Zimbabwe Minister of Foreign Affairs he was one of the longest-serving tourism ministers in Africa. 

Heathrow kicks off nationwide tour of longlisted sites bidding to build new runway

London Heathrow Airport today launches a nationwide tour of 65 sites still in the running to be the off-site construction centres for Heathrow expansion. 

US loves Japanese tourists and Tourism EXPO Japan can help

US destinations are planning to attend Tourism EXPO Japan in full force, recognizing the potential buying power of Japanese tourism. Set to take place in Tokyo from September 20-23, 2018, this event will be held at Tokyo Big Sight and is expecting to welcome close to 200,000 visitors, with 1,310 companies and organizations representing 130 countries and regions represented.

Ngorongoro Conservation Area Authority: No tour operators banned from crater

Ngorongoro Conservation Area Authority (NCAA), the jewel of tourism activities in the northern Tanzania tourist circuit, has refuted a widely-circulated report that it has banned over 30 tour companies from taking visitors to its crater over misconduct accusations.

ETOA: Brexit damaging inbound travel industry

This morning, Tom Jenkins, CEO, ETOA, the European tourism association gave evidence to EU Internal Market Sub-Committee in the Houses of Parliament. He said that Brexit is already harming the inbound travel industry and that unless carefully handled, it will further damage productivity.

Can South Korea sustain surge in tourism from 2018 Winter Olympics?

The Winter Olympics and the Olympic Games are two of the world’s biggest sporting events and consequently attract large spectator and huge audience numbers from all over the globe. Airlines and hotels benefit from increased tourist flows – both international and domestic – to the city where the Games are held, and so the city where the Games are held, and so the city of PyeongChang can expect more demand and hence higher prices.

Lufthansa or Austrian Airlines: How to always safe 50 Euro in row 4 when flying economy long haul

A sure 50 Euro saving when flying on Lufthansa German Airlines or Austrian Airlines long haul in economy class after March 18 is easy. Simply sit in row 4 or behind – any seat. How does this work?

How Turkish Airlines is going for the kill on rival Etihad, Emirates and Qatar Airways?

Dubai, Abu Dhabi and Doha with their main airline carriers Emirates, Ethiad and Qatar Airways had taken enormous market-shares from airlines everywhere, Europe, Asia, North America and even South America and Australia. 

Child rape by tourists: UNWTO’s surprise at ITB Berlin may not be without victims

The activities of the World Tourism Network on Child Protection are co-ordinated by the United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) Secretariat and monitored by an Executive Committee established in November 2000. At least members of this executive committee thought this was the case.

Airline passenger injured while boarding inter-terminal bus: Who’s liable?

In this week’s article we examine the case of Brannen v. British Airways PLC and Viking River Cruises, Inc., No. 1:17-cv-00714 (M.D. Pa. 2017) wherein the Court noted that “Brannen’s allegations stem from an incident that took place on November 1, 2015 at Heathrow Airport in the United Kingdom.

Chaos at Munich Airport

US ski legend Lindsey Vonn sent an emergency twitter when she got stuck on a Lufthansa flight in Munich on her way to Seoul. While heading to Korea for the Olympic games, Lindsey Vonn got stuck for hours at the gate at Munich Airport on a Lufthansa flight. Great suspense. 

Exclusive ‘SuperShe Island’ resort is a sexist paradise with strict no-men policy

A luxurious island resort exclusively for women is set to open off the coast of Finland, with a strict no-men policy in force. The brainchild of entrepreneur Kristina Roth, ‘SuperShe Island’ aims to inspire women and allow them to focus on themselves without the distraction of the opposite sex. 

Europe bounces back as a top travel destination for Americans in 2018

Europe is once again a top travel destination for Americans. Five European countries—Italy, Ireland, France, Iceland and the United Kingdom—comprised half of the top 10 spots for vacation plans in 2018. London’s Calling The U.K. saw the biggest increase in interest among U.S. travelers, rising from tenth to fifth place year over year.

Active millennials are being priced out of skiing and golf holidays

While millennials desire active holidays more than any other generation, financial limitations mean that fewer of millennials are participating in particular types of sporting holidays, such as golf and skiing, according to the latest data. 

Fernando Hierro named new UNWTO Ambassador for Responsible Tourism

International football star Fernando Hierro has been named Ambassador for Responsible Tourism in a meeting held today at the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO), with its Secretary-General, Zurab Pololikashvili. “As tourists, each of us can change the world if we act responsibly with regard to the places, the people and the cultures we visit.

Transforming the Hotel Industry and Its Implications for Small and Medium Hotels

The example is Mauritius, but this scenario is true for numerous regions. With an average occupancy rate of 48% during peak season, small and medium hotels (SMHs) in Mauritius are no longer competitive as compared to large hotels (LHs). 

Airbus strengthens position in Asia-Pacific expecting fleet to triple

While air traffic is doubling every 15 years in the world, the Asia-Pacific fleet is set to almost triple by 2036. For services, this translates into more than a third of the global MRO business coming from this region by 2036.

Assassination of famous US wildlife anti-poaching czar shocks East African conservation fraternity

The killing of the famous American anti-poaching investigator in Kenya last Sunday has brought shock among the wildlife conservation fraternity in Tanzania, bringing to 3 the number of foreign anti-poaching campaigners killed in East Africa in recent years. 

Wynn Resorts CEO resigns amidst sexual abuse allegations

Stephen A. Wynn has stepped down as chief executive and chairman of Wynn Resorts Ltd. the company said in a statement Tuesday night. Matt Maddox, the company’s president, will take over as Chief Executive Officer. 

2018 Spring Break travel trends and destinations

Spring Break season is right around the corner and Americans will be taking off on trips throughout the U.S., Caribbean and Mexico in search of sprawling beaches, lively nightlife, and inspiring culture. 

Earthquake traps 30 people in collapsed Hualien hotel

A hotel in Hualien has collapsed following the 6.4-magnitude earthquake has struck the east coast of Taiwan. The epicenter of the quake was reportedly just 1km deep, some 22km east-northeast of Hua-lien.

Maldives Ministry of Tourism: State of Emergency does not affect tourism

Maldives Ministry of Tourism issued a statement, which highlights that all tourism related businesses will be operating as usual. It also states that the State of Emergency does not force any restrictions on traveling to the Maldives and airports and all resorts in the country remain open and in full operation. 

Brussels Airline soon based in Germany together with Eurowings?

Lufthansa is gaining more and more absolute control over Europes Aviation Industry. Brussels Airlines, Eurowings, airberlin, LTU, Swiss overall big Daddy Lufthansa German Airlines is showing power and might over all of them. Not only the aviation industry in Belgium is in a state of panic. 

Traffic nightmares: 1360 cities and 38 countries analyzed

Of the 784 European cities analyzed, Moscow topped the list as the most congested in Europe for the second year in a row, where drivers spent 91 hours last year in traffic congestion at peak hours. 

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