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Uniglobe marks 40-year anniversary with optimism and future focus

Linda Hohnholz, eTN editor Linda Hohnholz, eTN editor- March 3, 2021 20:05

Uniglobe, a leading travel management company for the global SME market, today kicks off its 40th anniversary with a series of #Uniglobe40Strong events to recognize four decades of business success ... Read More

Pandemic may allow VR to shake off ‘gimmick’ image in tourism

Harry Johnson Harry Johnson- March 3, 2021 19:04

Spending considerably more time indoors with an abundance of spare time, combined with an urge to travel, the aspiring travelers have been turning to VR to fill a void that ... Read More

Twinning: Skal Roma and Prague set the stage

Mario Masciullo - eTN Italy Mario Masciullo - eTN Italy- March 3, 2021 02:29

Skal International Roma and Skal International Prague held a twinning ceremony at the historical headquarters of the Czech Club located at the magnificent Grand Hotel Bohemia. Read More

Democratic Republic of Congo apples to join East African Community

Apolinari Tairo - eTN Tanzania Apolinari Tairo - eTN Tanzania- March 3, 2021 01:21

In a summit held over the weekend, the 6 EAC Heads of State considered the application by DRC to join one of fastest-growing regional economic communities and directed the Council ... Read More

Amazon quietly changes its ‘Hitler’s smirk’ app logo

Harry Johnson Harry Johnson- March 2, 2021 23:52

It is not known when Amazon changed the logo, but social media users started to notice the change last week Read More

Russia: EU vaccine passport plan could lead to forced vaccination

Harry Johnson Harry Johnson- March 2, 2021 23:26

It seems that the initiative runs counter to the rules of democracy because EU countries decided that vaccination would be voluntary Read More

Clean Air in Hotel Rooms: How and Why

Linda Hohnholz, eTN editor Linda Hohnholz, eTN editor- March 2, 2021 22:16

In a World Tourism Network (WTN) event, Alan Wozniak of Pure Air, Juergen Steinmetz, and Dr. Peter Tarlow talk about the importance of clean air in hotel rooms especially during ... Read More

U.S. Travel eager to work with Commerce Secretary Raimondo

Linda Hohnholz, eTN editor Linda Hohnholz, eTN editor- March 2, 2021 20:42

In an overwhelming US Senate vote of 84-15, the now former Governor of Rhode Island, Gina Raimondo, has been confirmed as the next Commerce Secretary. Read More

Saudi Arabia: No COVID-19 vaccination, no Hajj!

Harry Johnson Harry Johnson- March 2, 2021 19:46

Last year’s rituals were limited to just 1,000 pilgrims who lived in Saudi Arabia Read More

From bad to worse: January air passenger demand plummets

Harry Johnson Harry Johnson- March 2, 2021 17:53

Global standards to securely record test and vaccination data in formats that will be internationally recognized are urgently needed Read More

A Global Tourism Discussion African Style

Linda Hohnholz, eTN editor Linda Hohnholz, eTN editor- March 2, 2021 01:38

Today, wtn.travel hosted an African Tourism Board meet and greet event of new members. The discussion also went behind the scenes to see what's new in African tourism. The meeting ... Read More

EU greenlights COVID vaccine passport – with reserve

Mario Masciullo - eTN Italy Mario Masciullo - eTN Italy- March 1, 2021 20:50

A pass linked to immunization: it is a common goal but difficult to implement until vaccines are available for everyone. Read More

Sandals Royal Barbados: Impressive expansion in time for summer

Linda Hohnholz, eTN editor Linda Hohnholz, eTN editor- March 1, 2021 20:13

Sandals Resorts International (SRI) continues its development in the Caribbean as Sandals Royal Barbados breaks ground on an exciting new expansion, just in time for the summer season. Set to premiere ... Read More

French President Sarkozy sentenced to three years in prison for corruption

Harry Johnson Harry Johnson- March 1, 2021 15:55

Sarkozy was put on trial over accusations of trying to bribe Gilbert Azibert, a French magistrate, by offering him a well-paid job in Monaco in return for information about a ... Read More

The 50 most Deadliest COVID-19 Countries

Juergen T Steinmetz Juergen T Steinmetz- March 1, 2021 05:31

The countries with the most COVID-19 infections are not necessary also the deadliest countries. This list compares the number based on 1 million population, so it can be easily compared. Read More

Akel Beltaji, a Giant in Tourism lost his Battle with COVID-19

Juergen T Steinmetz Juergen T Steinmetz- February 28, 2021 20:49

Akel Beltaj was the mayor of Amman, the Minister of Tourism of Jordan, a big supporter for the Climate Change issue, and a global voice for decency and tourism. CORONAVIRUS ... Read More

NDC: Helping or hindering travel industry recovery?

Linda Hohnholz, eTN editor Linda Hohnholz, eTN editor- February 27, 2021 19:46

Designed to transform the way air products are retailed to corporations and travelers, the New Distribution Capability (NDC) is to be a new standard that will allow airlines to personalize ... Read More

US Travel: COVID Relief Bill helps, but more is needed

Harry Johnson Harry Johnson- February 27, 2021 19:13

Given the severity of the impact on the travel and tourism industry, more work remains to provide critical recovery and stimulus measures to safely restore our industry Read More

Geological Tourism: New tourist product in East Africa

Apolinari Tairo - eTN Tanzania Apolinari Tairo - eTN Tanzania- February 27, 2021 19:12

Ngorongoro Conservation Area Authority (NCAA) management is now developing tourist lodges and other visitor service facilities in the Geopark to attract more tourists, both foreign and local visitor Read More

The newly appointed ICAO Secretary-General is the right man at the right place at the right time

Juergen T Steinmetz Juergen T Steinmetz- February 27, 2021 04:17

The future of the aviation industry has big challenges. A new Secretary-General for the international body assigned to regulate aviation will have a challenging position. Read More

Pattaya area quarantine urged by Mayor to boost tourism

Linda Hohnholz, eTN editor Linda Hohnholz, eTN editor- February 27, 2021 03:06

Pattaya City is proposing to be designated as a safe bubble in order to push tourism into the spotlight and break open its doors from the COVID-19 lockdown. Read More

Uganda Tourism agencies merge in latest government spin

Tony Ofungi - eTN Uganda Tony Ofungi - eTN Uganda- February 27, 2021 01:49

For the third time in just about as many years, the Government of Uganda has come full circle on their decision to merge departments and agencies. Read More

Travel and Tourism hiring will be low in 2021

Harry Johnson Harry Johnson- February 26, 2021 23:03

2021 job additions in the travel and tourism will be low compared to the pre-COVID-19 hiring trend as the sector reels under stress of new strains emerging. Read More

IAG’s leisure brands well equipped to capture pent-up travel demand

Harry Johnson Harry Johnson- February 26, 2021 15:50

Transatlantic flying has virtually been non-existent since March 2020, and its recovery will be vital for IAG Read More

U.S. bill to bring back millions of travel jobs

Linda Hohnholz, eTN editor Linda Hohnholz, eTN editor- February 26, 2021 01:35

Tax relief in the form of credits and deductions are the foundation of a bipartisan bill designed to aid the travel industry as it struggles to move beyond the effects ... Read More

Re-strategizing Tourism through festivals, food and culture

Anil Mathur - eTN India Anil Mathur - eTN India- February 26, 2021 01:05

Even as vaccines are being administered and there is hope for the return of travel and tourism post COVID-19, the strategies to build the industry back is a challenge in ... Read More

Jamaica Tourism Minister calls for fair and united approach needed in global distribution of vaccines

Linda Hohnholz, eTN editor Linda Hohnholz, eTN editor- February 25, 2021 20:57

Jamaica Tourism Minister, Hon. Edmund Bartlett, has called for a fair and united approach to the global distribution of COVID-19 vaccines, amid growing criticism worldwide, that advanced countries are hoarding ... Read More

India puts social media companies on a short leash

Harry Johnson Harry Johnson- February 25, 2021 17:56

Indian government announces new draconian rules for Facebook, Twitter and other social media companies operating in the country Read More

IGLTA partners with Copenhagen 2021 supporting WorldPride and EuroGames

Linda Hohnholz, eTN editor Linda Hohnholz, eTN editor- February 25, 2021 03:00

LGBTQ+ tourism and operators will be linked in with the upcoming Copenhagen 2021 through the extensive IGLTA+ Travel Association network. This event includes WorldPride and EuroGames that is taking place ... Read More

Government and Tourism: Why the two must work together

Piriye Kiyaramo - special to eTN Piriye Kiyaramo - special to eTN- February 25, 2021 01:44

In planning, development, and promotion, it behooves a nation to have government involved every step of the way in the tourism product. Read More

US Ambassador has close encounter with rhino at Mkomazi National Park

Apolinari Tairo - eTN Tanzania Apolinari Tairo - eTN Tanzania- February 25, 2021 00:40

The US Ambassador to Tanzania had a once-in-a-lifetime experience – for now anyway – when he visited Mkomazi National Park in Northern Tanzania. There he came face-to-face with a rare ... Read More

Sandals Emerald Bay reopens its doors

Linda Hohnholz, eTN editor Linda Hohnholz, eTN editor- February 24, 2021 23:59

Sandals Emerald Bay, Golf, Tennis & Spa Resort in Great Exuma, The Bahamas, has officially reopened its doors today, welcoming guests back with its warm Bahamian hospitality and enhanced health ... Read More

Hawaii returns favor to CDC: Lessons learned

Linda Hohnholz, eTN editor Linda Hohnholz, eTN editor- February 24, 2021 23:18

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) provides guidance that has helped Hawai‘i to effectively respond to the COVID-19 pandemic. This week, Hawai‘i returns the favor to the CDC ... Read More

IATA: COVID-19 Travel Pass to launch by March

Harry Johnson Harry Johnson- February 24, 2021 22:19

IATA expressed concerns that the ongoing global restrictions around COVID-19 are still hitting airlines, with its chief economist warning it will likely take longer than planned for companies to be ... Read More

Thai Airlines Association names inaugural President

Linda Hohnholz, eTN editor Linda Hohnholz, eTN editor- February 24, 2021 22:16

Along with organizing the association meeting to discuss guidelines and measures to reduce the impact of the COVID-19 situation, the Thai Airlines Association appointed its inaugural President, Mr. Puttipong Prasarttong-Osoth, ... Read More

EU aviation and tourism urge coordinated COVID-19 measures to save jobs

Harry Johnson Harry Johnson- February 24, 2021 16:16

The current patchwork of restrictions across Europe is causing confusion for Europe’s travel and tourism industries, and amongst its workers Read More