Global update for the travel industry (11/17/2017)

Date: Jan 2018

Evacuate Delhi immediately: United Airlines stops Newark-Delhi air-service

It’s a national emergency. New Delhi’s air pollution has reached levels so toxic that United Airlines is canceling flights from Newark to Delhi, India until it improves. Arvind Kumar, a lung surgeon at a local hospital, told NDTV Media. “As a doctor, I have no problem saying that the situation today is a public health emergency.

Travel Law: Avoid dangerous vacations 2017

Planning a vacation? Please consider, among other things, your planned destination and the incidence of criminal activity, terrorism and disease in the local environment as well as the nature and type of accidents which tourists have previously sustained running the spectrum from wrongful death to slip, trips and falls. This is the fifth year that we have posted dangerous destination information collected from news articles and reported law cases.

Rum, sand and sea: Grenada

Formula for a Vacation

There are many beaches in the world, and there are global opportunities to enjoy a shot (tot) or two of rum; however, there are not many parts of the planet where the rum is good, and the beaches are delightful. The locale that meets the criteria for great sand, sea and surf, and a wide selection of artistically designed rums that is perfect for a low-key holiday is Grenada.

Indonesian museum removes wax Hitler after international outrage

An Indonesian museum, which until recently, had allowed visitors to snap selfies with a full-sized waxwork of Adolf Hitler against the backdrop of the Auschwitz death camp gates, has taken down the figure following a storm of criticism.

When in broke Rome… Cash-strapped city eyeing Trevi Fountain tourist coins

The Eternal City is going through somewhat of a budgetary crisis at the moment, and with cash in short supply, Rome’s officials are now even eyeing up the city’s iconic Trevi Fountain.

Every year, millions of tourists flock to the former seat of empire to view the city’s many sites. A good deal of these toss coins into the near 300-year-old fountain, the haul of which reportedly hit $1.5 million in 2016 alone, chump change compared to the city’s estimated €12 billion ($14 billion) debt.

German transgender tourist caught having sex with Saudi visitor: Arrested and deported from UAE

A 31 year old German transgender female  and a 34 male Saudi tourist were apprehended from a Dubai hotel room for being involved in a sexual encounter after cybercrime policemen tracked them down through Snapchat and Twitter.

Will Cerberus end the problems Alitalia airline has floated for years?

A hypothesis that the US-based Cerberus Capital Management could end the controversial situation in which Alitalia airline operates by early 2018, raises a number of questions.

However, the hypothesis released by the Italian online daily Corriere.it, regarding the April 30 deadline indicated by the 3 commissioners to sell (in whole or in part) the company in liquidation is further substantiated, and it is destined to be moved further later in time.

Traveling from train to ship: Comfortable and sustainable

The partnership agreement signed between MSC Cruises and Trenitalia was announced in Naples onboard MSC Meraviglia – the flagship of the fleet launched last June.

The agreement marks a further step towards the development of an integrated mobility project that can enhance the customer experience of tourists and travelers through strategic partnerships. The capillarity and frequency of Frecce (Frecciarossa, Frecciargento, and Frecciabianca), InterCity, and Trenitalia regional sectors, together with the Thello international offer, blends perfectly with the cruising needs of a comfortable and secure connection with their own port of embarkation in Genoa, Venice, and Civitavecchia.

Why does Brazil’s tourism market still perform badly?

Brazil is a huge country, one of the biggest of the world. Its seaside measures over 7,400 km and two worldwide famous cities are located there: Rio de Janeiro and Salvador. On the top of that, Brazil recently hosted two of the biggest events in the world: the Football World Cup and the Olympic Games. However even boasting some impressive figures, locations and events, Brazil still receives very few foreigner tourists. According to Brazil’s Ministry of Tourism, this number was 6.6 mi in 2016. Meanwhile, over 80 mi tourists went to France in 2015 as reported by the Tourism World Organization.

US tourists should continue visiting Cuba despite the travel ban

Tourists from the US should not be deterred from visiting Cuba despite government advice to the contrary, according to an analyst with data and analytics company GlobalData.

Rwanda rise in African tourism under presidential lead at WTM

Rising as Africa’s unique tourist destination by its gorilla and nature conservation with sustainable tourism, Rwanda has seen fast progress resulting from its strategy to develop travel, tourism and hospitality value chain which had attracted a magnitude of world tourism leaders at the just ended World Travel Market in London.

Mexico Tourism’s new global campaign: A World of its Own

The Mexico Tourism Bureau presented its new global campaign, “A World of its Own” in New York.

This is a campaign that is the next chapter in the positioning and promotion of Mexico’s global tourism, focusing on vibrant and varied experiences that make visitors return to the country to visit more and more hundreds of destinations that Mexico offers.

Guests forced to stay at Ritz Carlton Hotel to be taken prisoners

Marriott operates Ritz Carlton and loves this Saudi Arabian Prison. The Ritz Carlton in Riyadh has been commandeered to house almost 50 Saudi royals and dignitaries arrested by Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman’s anti-corruption committee.

Jamaica Tourism Minister to LGBT travelers: Enjoy visiting Jamaica!

A true tourism leader should not have an issue bringing changes. The Hon. Edmund Bartlett, Minister of Tourism for Jamaica, has emerged as a regional leader taking issues by the horn. Today in London and in a surprise sentence, Bartlett indicated: “LGBT travelers should feel relaxed traveling to Jamaica.

Crisis Summit in London: Jamaica to establish global crisis center?

A day after World Travel Market London, organized by Daniela Wagner, Director of International Partnerships for Jacobs Media Group, a well-attended International Travel Crisis Management Summit concluded at Haberdashers Hall in London. The keynote address was presented by Gerald Lawless, Chairman of WTTC (World Travel and Tourism Council), and Head of Tourism and Hospitality.

Travel & Tourism Sector must oppose Trump sabotage of Paris Climate Accords

ICTP International Coalition of Tourism Partners and SUNx president: GLobal warming is real and travel and tourism must resist US Climate Policy and support Paris agreement.

Tourist falls down embankment during party in Mexico: Is Reebok liable?

In this week’s article, we examine the case of Sands v. Grupo Posada S.A. de C.V., 2016 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 65769 (D.N.J. 2016) in which the Plaintiff ‘Sands fell down ‘an approximate two-foot embankment’ after leaving a dinner party on a beach in Mexico. The dinner party was part of a ‘promotional event’ known as ‘Raise the Bar’. ‘As a result of being selected a winner of ‘Raise the Bar’ offered by certain defendants-including the Reebok Defendants-in this action, Sand’s daughter brought Sands to this ‘vacation/event’ in Mexico”.

Italy Tourism: We are the most desired country

“Italy is the most sought-after destination by foreign tourists and it is an honour for us to return to WTM in London as a premier partner.” This is how the president of Enit – Italy’s National Tourism Agency – Evelina Christillin had begun at the press conference that followed the cut of the ribbon of the Italian stand at World Travel Market in London, to which Minister of Cultural Heritage and Tourism and Tourism Dario Franceschini spoke.

Belgium seeks to bring more tourists from India

Flanders, Brussels, and Wallonia have mounted a campaign to promote awareness in the India market of these beautiful regions of Belgium in central Europe.

The occasion marking this push to the Indian tourist market is the State visit to India by the King and Queen of the Belgians.

World Responsible Tourism Day

WTM London Director Simon Press opened Wednesday’s World Responsible Tourism Day by reminding the audience that the focus this year has been on two key topics – overtourism and achieving the Sustainable Development Goals. “Responsible tourism should be the backbone of this industry,” says Simon Press.

UNWTO & WTM Ministers Summit: Tourism industry must act now to tackle overtourism

The tourism industry must act now to tackle overtourism, according to the head of the UNWTO, speaking at World Travel Market London – the leading global event for the travel industry.

Asia-Pacific Millennial travelers prioritize feeling pampered, trip activities and culinary experiences

New generational data released today shows that Australian, Chinese and Japanese travelers are all looking for the best deals and the most value for their money, but preferences and priorities vary by generation and country. The findings, from a survey conducted by Northstar Research Partners, illustrate broad Asia-Pacific travel trends and distinct shopping habits, influences and motivations of travelers across four generations, including Generation Z, Millennials, Generation X and Baby Boomers.

UNWTO: Communities’ protests over tourism a wake-up call to the sector

Community engagement, communication, congestion management, adequate planning and product diversification highlighted as key aspects in dealing with ‘overtourism’.

Destination El Salvador and Avianca: A 48 hour stop – tourism minister explains

At World Tourism Market (WTM) El Salvador went all out to introduce the 48 perfect hours an Avianca transit passenger would have to get a taste of this Central American Country and a quick tourism experience. Organized by the El Salvador Ambassador to the UK, the El Salvador Minister of Tourism, Hon. Mr. José Napoleón Duart.

Travel Industry bosses predict more business will be done in 2018

The International travel industry looks set for further growth around the world in 2018, according to new research from World Travel Market London, the leading global event for the travel industry, released Monday 6 November at the event.

Hello. Can I sit next to someone like you? Adele tops list of fantasy flight companions

Pop star Adele is the passenger we would most like to sit beside on a plane, according to a survey carried out for World Travel Market London – the leading global event for the travel industry, released Monday 6 November at the event.

USA Domestic Leisure Travel Withstands Hurricane Harvey and Irma

USA Domestic leisure travel led all travel segments in September 2017 despite the destructive hurricanes that pummeled U.S. states and territories during a normally busy season, according to the latest Travel Trends Index (TTI).

London’s long-haul tourism growth slows

2017 has been a spectacular year for inbound tourism to London, with growth in long-haul arrivals, during the first three quarters of the year, standing at 13.5% up on the equivalent period in 2016. The analysis has come from ForwardKeys, the company which helps forecast future travel by analysing around 17 million flight booking transactions a day.

UNWTO Ministerial Summit at WTM London: A record today!

At the World Travel  Market in London today a busy 2nd day began. A packed UNWTO ministerial summit took place at 11.00 am today. It was also the last ministerial UNWTO summit current UNWTO Secretary-General Taleb Rifai attended. His words took a dominant role in setting the stage for today’s discussion.

Hurricane and Caribbean Tourism: Latest complete official update

As member countries of the Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO) affected by the recent hurricanes Irma and Maria reopen for business, the CTO presents this update, which includes data provided by our partner, OAG, the leading air travel data provider based in the UK, the state of readiness in the member countries and planned events in the coming months, as provided by the member destinations.

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