Rockville, Maryland, United States, May 7, 2020 / TRAVELINDEX / Enhances best practice guidance for cleaning, disinfecting, hygiene and social distancing to help protect the health and safety of guests, franchisees and their employees amid COVID-19 pandemic. Building on the existing dedication to cleanliness at its nearly 6,000 franchised hotels in the United States, Choice […]

Bethesda, Maryland, United States, May 6, 2020 / TRAVELINDEX / Marriott International, Inc. announced it has signed amendments to its existing co-brand credit card agreements with JPMorgan Chase & Co. and American Express. These amendments will provide the company with $920 million of cash, further enhancing its liquidity, with $570 million coming from Chase and […]

Parsippany, New Jersey, United States, May 5, 2020 / TRAVELINDEX / Highlighting its continued commitment to hotel owners, team members and guests, Wyndham Hotels & Resorts, the world’s largest hotel franchising company with approximately 9,300 hotels across 90 countries, today launched “Count on UsSM,” a new long-term, multi-faceted initiative to build confidence among guests and […]

Hong Kong, Hong Kong SAR, May 2, 2020 / TRAVELINDEX / Hong Kong legacy luxury hotels formed an alliance to combat business challenges presented by the destination’s prolonged social unrest and by the Covid-19 pandemic. The Heritage Tourism Brands private sector group members include Hongkong & Shanghai Hotels, Langham Hospitality Group, Rosewood Hotel Group,Wharf Hotels, […]

London, United Kingdom, May 1, 2020 / TRAVELINDEX / The World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC) has outlined what the “new normal” will look like as countries begin to end their COVID-19 lockdowns and ease travel restrictions. “Travelling in the New Normal” is part of WTTC’s plan which includes critical steps and coordinated actions, including […]

Victoria, Mahé, Seychelles, May 1, 2020 / TRAVELINDEX / On this 1st of May and we join the Community of Nations to celebrate Workers Day. I’d like to take this opportunity to wish every Seychellois a Happy Labour Day! For Seychelles, we are aware that the wishes we extend to you all in the middle […]

Madrid, Spain, May 1, 2020 / TRAVELINDEX / UNWTO received over 1,000 applications from over 100 countries for the Healing Solutions for Tourism Challenge, launched to identify the most disruptive startups, entrepreneurs and drive solutions to mitigate COVID-19’s impact on tourism. The selected shortlisted finalists will be announced on 30 April. Semi-Finalists Healing for People: […]

Bangkok, Thailand, may 1, 2020 / TRAVELINDEX / From today, 1st May 2020, Arnoma Grand Hotel Bangkok is opening its BBQ and the famous Ah Yat Chinese Restaurant with a special “take away” and delivery menu. Open in front of the hotel in the drive thru area from 7am until 7pm every day with prices […]

Geneva, Switzerland, May 1, 2020 / TRAVELINDEX / The International Air Transport Association (IATA) announced that its rescheduled 76th Annual General Meeting (AGM) and World Air Transport Summit will take place in Amsterdam, the Netherlands on 23-24 November 2020. IATA’s 76th AGM and World Air Transport Summit will be hosted by KLM Royal Dutch Airlines […]

Valetta, Malta, April 30, 20 /TRAVELINDEX/ by Julia Farrugia, Malta Minister for Tourism and Consumer Protection – Climate change is a global issue but, as a country, we cannot be passive. With the right policies and decisions, we can make our country more sustainable and at the same time we will be encouraging our stakeholders […]

Bangkok, Thailand, April 29, 2020 /TRAVELINDEX/ – Best Western Hotels and Resorts (BWHR) has launched a “Front Line Heroes” campaign designed to offer a helping hand to front line workers during the COVID-19 pandemic. The campaign includes a custom loyalty offering for essential workers and expanded donation offerings supporting COVID-19 relief efforts. Rewards Benefits and […]

Lisbon, Portugal, April 29, 2020 / TRAVELINDEX / At a time when the recovery of the sector is being prepared, tourism enterprises, tourist entertainment companies and travel agencies have the option to request certification as a “Clean & Safe” establishment. Turismo de Portugal has created a stamp of approval to distinguish tourist activities which are […]

Madrid, Spain, April 28, 2020 / TRAVELINDEX / The COVID-19 pandemic has prompted all destinations worldwide to introduce restrictions on travel, research by the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) has found. This represents the most severe restriction on international travel in history and no country has so far lifted restrictions introduced in response to the crisis. […]

Copenhagen, Denmark, April 28, 2020 / TRAVELINDEX / With over three million confirmed cases and upwards of 200,000 fatalities in the world, there are few signs of the COVID-19 pandemic slowing its rampage across the globe. Thousands of people are contracting the virus every day, with the United States, Spain, Italy, France and Iran some […]

Victoria, Mahé, Seychelles, April 28, 2020 /TRAVELINDEX/ All restrictions of movement of people will be removed from next Monday 4th May. That includes religious gatherings and funerals under guidance of Public Health. All shops (till 8pm) and businesses will reopen with guidance from Public Health. Daycares and post-secondary institutions will open on 11th May, all […]

Geneva, Switzerland, April 27, 2020 /TRAVELINDEX/ The International Air Transport Association (IATA) announced that Sebastian Mikosz will join IATA as the Association’s Senior Vice President for Member and External Relations, effective 1 June 2020. Most recently, Mikosz was Group Managing Director and CEO of Kenya Airways (2017-2019), during which time he served on the IATA […]

Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, April 26, 2020 /TRAVELINDEX/ Vietnam’s tourism industry is set to lead Asia’s return to business as social distancing restrictions are lifted and domestic travel is set to return. The Vietnamese government announced the lifting of social distancing restrictions on April 24 setting the stage for the return of a domestic […]

Copenhagen, Denmark, April 25, 2020 /TRAVELINDEX/ Leading global risk company Riskline has released its latest report detailing risk levels around the world, specific country updates and the latest advice. These travel risks have been compiled by Riskline’s worldwide team of travel risk analysts who monitor and review issues daily. Here are the main points: • […]

Bangkok, Thailand, April 24, 2020 /TRAVELINDEX/ Under the newly updated forecasts from the Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA), the most likely scenario for international visitor arrivals into and across Asia Pacific in 2020 is that visitor numbers are likely to reduce by 32% year-on-year. Taking into account the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, the volume […]

Hong Kong, Hong Kong SAR, April 23, 2020 /TRAVELINDEX/ The Global Sustainable Tourism Council (GSTC) is pleased to announce that Bureau Veritas Certification Hong Kong has achieved the ‘GSTC-Accredited’ status for certifying hotels and tour operators. Achieving the GSTC-Accredited status means that a certification program is following processes and procedures that have been reviewed and […]

Geneva, Switzerland, April 22, 2020 /TRAVELINDEX/ The International Air Transport Association (IATA) called for governments to work with the industry on confidence-boosting measures in the face of an anticipated slow recovery in demand for air travel. “Passenger confidence will suffer a double whammy even after the pandemic is contained—hit by personal economic concerns in the […]

Valletta, Malta, April 22, 2020 / travelindex / SUNx Malta and The Institute of Tourism Studies (ITS) launched the first Tourism course dedicated to the transformation of the Travel & Tourism industry in line with the Paris Climate Accord and tagged to the SDGs. It flows directly from the SUNx Malta Climate Friendly Travel Ambitions […]

Khao Sok National Park, Thailand, April 21, 2020 / / Award winning ecolodge in southern Thailand encourages guests to help with a forest regeneration project. Anurak Community Lodge at Khao Sok National Park in southern Thailand has launched ‘Rainforest Rising’ tree planting initiative for guests to join. Apart from ecotourism activities at the lodge […]

Kent, England, United Kingdom, April 21, 2020 / / Though the golf industry is facing challenging times at present, Golf in Kent has embraced the recent news that The 149th Open will be held at Royal St George’s in 2021 following the cancellation of the Championship in 2020 due to the coronavirus outbreak. The […]

Bangkok, Thailand, April 21, 2020 / / Seeking nominations of inspiring, dedicated and innovative leaders in travel and tourism in the Greater Mekong Subregion. Achieving a prosperous and sustainable tourism industry relies on committed leaders with vision and determination. The Mekong Tourism Coordinating Office (MTCO) is introducing the Mekong Heroes, an initiative operated by […]

Aman, Jordan, April 20, 2020 / / A New World Tourism was launched with supporters in 26 countries; the New Tourism initiative is called Project Hope Travel. Hashtag #projecthopetravel was established to share ideas, initiatives for tomorrow’s tourism. This is a public-private partnership to prepare for a new reality of the travel and tourism […]