Madrid (Spain) – March 27, 2020 / – The World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) has released its updated assessment of the likely impact of the COVID-19 on international tourism. Taking into account the unparalleled introduction of travel restrictions across the world, the United Nations specialized agency for tourism expects that international tourist arrivals will be down […]

Doha (Qatar) – March 26, 2020 / Her Highness Sheikha Moza bint Nasser, Chairperson of Qatar Foundation, attended the official opening of the Education City Golf Club as it hosted its first international tournament, the Commercial Bank Qatar Masters 2020 on the European Tour. Her Excellency Sheikha Hind bint Hamad Al Thani, Vice-Chairperson and CEO […]

Montreal (Canada) – March 26, 2020 / Traveling by plane doesn’t necessarily increase the risk of contracting a communicable disease more than another kind of mass transit, according to the World Health Organization, as ventilation systems on aircraft use filters to trap bacteria and viruses before air is recirculated. “Ventilation rates provide a total change […]

London (United Kingdom) – March 26, 2020 ( – World tourism leaders have been urged to execute crucial measures to save the travel and tourism sector, ahead of a special meeting of the G20 hosted by the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia today. The call was made by the World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC), which […]

Geneva (Switzerland) – March 26, 2020 ( – The International Air Transport Association (IATA) welcomed the support of those governments around the world that have provided financial relief to airlines and urged other governments to follow suit before more damage is done. “Airlines are fighting for survival in every corner of the world. Travel restrictions […]

Victoria, Mahé (Seychelles) – March 25, 2020 ( – One Seychelles reacts to statements made by President Danny Faure in his televised address to the Nation. One Seychelles, a political party representing Seychellois in the 26 electoral districts in Seychelles, is under the leadership of former Minister of Tourism Alain St.Ange. It is important to […]

Bangkok (Thailand) – March 25, 2020 ( – Thai Airways International Public Company Limited (THAI) announced, “Due to the ongoing global outbreak of COVID-19, several countries in Europe and Asia has intensely increased preventive measures including screening by local Ministries of Public Health and Civil Aviation Organizations as well as national lockdown. Therefore, THAI has […]

Tokyo (Japan) – March 25, 2020 ( – The President of the International Olympic Committee (IOC), Thomas Bach, and the Prime Minister of Japan, Abe Shinzo, held a conference call this morning to discuss the constantly changing environment with regard to COVID-19 and the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020. They were joined by Mori Yoshiro, the […]

Bangkok (Thailand) – March 25, 2020 ( – The World’s 50 Best Restaurants publishes an annual list of the world’s finest restaurants selected by a panel of culinary experts. The restaurants receive their award during an annual awards ceremony. When Deepak Ohri, the Chief Executive Officer of lebua in Bangkok, the world’s first luxury vertical […]

Zurich (Switzerland) – March 25, 2020 ( – In the current uncertain times, our health and solidarity with others are of the utmost essence. Many anticipated vacations won’t become reality now. But that shouldn’t stop us to dream. That’s why we would like to show you a Switzerland the way you should undoubtedly be able […]

Singapore (Singapore) – March 25, 2020 ( – We have been working closely with all our exhibitors and event partners over the past few weeks to confirm the most suitable new dates for the postponed SYS 2020. We are delighted to finally be able to announce that the 10th Anniversary edition of Asia’s most important […]

Geneva (Switzerand) – March 25, 2020 (travelindex) – The International Air Transport Association (IATA) updated its analysis of the revenue impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the global air transport industry. Owing to the severity of travel restrictions and the expected global recession, IATA now estimates that industry passenger revenues could plummet $252 billion or […]

Bangkok (Thailand) – March 24, 2020 ( – The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) has temporarily redesigned the two main logos for international and domestic tourism, encouraging foreign and Thai tourists to maintain social distancing, as part of the nationwide effort to combat the Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). TAT understands that maintaining social distancing can […]

Victoria, Mahé (Seychelles) – March 23, 2020 (travelindex) – The number of confirmed cases of COVID-19 has almost reached 300,000 in 175 different countries, territories and areas. All European countries have registered confirmed cases, with the rate of infection rising rapidly even where restrictive measures are being taken. WHO has declared Europe as the present […]

Madrid (Spain) – March 23, 2020 ( – by Mr. Xu Jing, Specialist in Tourism of Asia and the Pacific/ Former Director of Asia-Pacific UNWTO – How Asia-Pacific tourism will be impacted in the wake of COVID19? Will NTAs be prepared to confront with the on-going and post crisis? Are we ready for a drastic […]

London (United Kingdom) – March 24, 2020 ( – Significant and Swift Measures are needed to support the Travel & Tourism sector in the turbulent months ahead. WTTC urges governments to implement policies that will directly support the sector across the following three areas, namely: • Protecting the Livelihoods of Workers: Financial help must be […]

New York (United States) – March 22, 2020 ( – During the coronavirus crisis, in particular in the tourism sector, layoffs seems to be one of the first decision taken by corporate leaders. Of course, a cost-cutting reflex is understandable as leaders are obligated to make responsible decisions to keep their companies afloat. But those […]

Bangkok (Thailand) – March 20, 2020 ( – by Imtiaz Muqbil – Prominent Bangkok-based photographer David Lau has captured the grandeur of an East African safari in a catalogue of images exhibited in Bangkok between Feb 20-23. More than just proving his professional prowess, Mr. Lau has raised the value of his artistry to a […]

Bangkok (Thailand) – March 20, 2020 ( – Organisations and individuals making outstanding contributions towards the successful promotion of the travel and tourism industry throughout the Asia Pacific region are encouraged to submit entries to the PATA Gold Awards 2020. The deadline for submissions is May 14, 2020. The PATA Gold Awards Dinner and Presentation […]

Madrid (Spain) – March 20, 2020 ( – The World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) hosted a high-level virtual meeting yesterday, bringing together key UN agencies, the chairs of its Executive Council and Regional Commissions, and private sector leaders. Tourism is the economic sector that has been hardest hit by COVID-19 and all participants accepted an invitation […]

Geneva (Switzerland) – March 20, 2020 ( – The International Air Transport Association (IATA) is appealing to governments in Africa and the Middle East, as part of a worldwide campaign, to provide emergency support to airlines as they fight for survival due to the evaporation of air travel demand as a result of the COVID-19 […]

London (United Kingdom) – A staggering one million jobs are being lost every day in the Travel & Tourism sector due to the sweeping effect of the coronavirus pandemic, according to the World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC). According to the London-based international organisation, which represents the global Travel & Tourism private sector, the growing […]

Le Chaland (Mauritius) – March 19, 2020 ( – The recently opened Anantara Iko Mauritius Resort is nestled on Le Chaland beach on the Southeast coast of the island. Harmonising with both the natural scenery and the history of its location, the resort combines modernity with indigenous design while retaining a true sense of tranquillity […]

Bangkok (Thailand) – March 18, 2020 ( – The long-running PropertyGuru Thailand Property Awards programme is marking its 15th anniversary with title sponsor Hitachi Escalators & Elevators, as well as a fresh set of categories, celebrating the fullness and breadth of the kingdom’s dynamic real estate industry. To mark the milestone, awards organiser PropertyGuru, Southeast […]

Nairobi (Kenya) – March 18, 2020 ( – The travel restrictions announced on Sunday in Kenya will lock out residents of countries that account for 88 percent of foreign travellers to Kenya, hurting Kenya Airways and the wider tourism industry. The government said that for the next 30 days, only Kenyan citizens and foreigners with […]

Paris (France) – March 18, 2020 ( – Mother, activist and Oscar-winning Hollywood actress will star in the luxury brand’s new global marketing campaign launching Spring 2020. Fairmont Hotels & Resorts is delighted to announce a new Global Brand Ambassador – the Oscar-winning actress and UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador, Susan Sarandon. In this unique role, Ms. […]

Madrid (Spain) – March 18, 2020 ( – As the COVID-19 situation evolves, the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) observes that full or partial travel restrictions have been – and continue to be – introduced across the world. These decisions are made with public health as the primary concern. This pandemic affects every level of society […]

Costa Navarino, Messinia (Greece) – March 18, 2020 ( – Costa Navarino the sustainable destination in the Greek region of Messinia, is developing two new luxury beachfront eco resorts close to the two José Mariá Olazábal-designed golf courses already scheduled to be completed in 2021. The resorts are part of Costa Navarino’s development of three […]

Victoria, Mahé (Seychelles) – March 17, 2020 ( – Reference is made to our call to the Government of Seychelles for an open dialogue between the politicians, our Head of State and the relevant authorities and stakeholders, to discuss and agree upon immediate affirmative action moving forward as our vulnerable Nation grapples with COVID-19. Our […]