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Emirates Completes Engine Ground Testing with 100% Sustainable Aviation Fuel

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Emirates Completes Engine Ground Testing with 100% Sustainable Aviation Fuel - - TRAVELINDEXDubai, United Arab Emirates, January 28, 2023 / TRAVELINDEX / Emirates has successfully completed the ground engine testing for one of its GE90 engines on a Boeing 777-300ER using 100% Sustainable Aviation Fuel (SAF). The objective of the ground testing and analysis is to demonstrate the capability of the GE90 engine to run on the specially blended 100% SAF without affecting its performance, requiring no modifications to the aircraft systems, or special maintenance procedures on the Boeing 777-300ER or GE90 engine to operate. SAF reduces carbon emissions over the fuel’s life cycle by up to 80%.

The ground test results will now pave the way for the airline’s first experimental test flight using 100% SAF in one engine, which is due for take-off this week. The testing activities involved running one engine on 100% SAF and the other on conventional jet fuel to better analyse the fuel system´s behaviour and performance under each fuel type, compare specific outputs of each engine, and ensure seamless operation of the aircraft’s engine and airframe fuel systems during the planned test flight.

During the ground testing at the state-of-the-art Emirates Engineering Centre in Dubai, the aircraft first went through its standard pre-inspection activities. After that, the stationary operating testing began by first running the Honeywell 331-500 auxiliary power unit (APU) on 100% SAF. The APU was then put under full load with SAF to start the engines. The left engine was exercised through its full power range, utilising the same settings that will be used for the experimental flight. This included idle, ‘take-off’ and ‘climb settings’ at full flight profile durations, running at maximum speed and intensity. Engines were then run at ‘cruise’ settings for 15 minutes. After the simulation ended, the engines were cooled down. Fuels were isolated in separate fuel tanks to maintain segregation of test fuels. Upon completion of the ground test, engine data was downloaded for review, comparison, and analysis.

At the Dubai Airshow 2021, Emirates, GE Aerospace and Boeing signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to develop a programme for conducting a test flight using 100% SAF on an Emirates 777-300ER powered by GE90 engines.

Emirates has been working with its partners GE Aerospace, Boeing, Honeywell, Neste and Virent Inc., a subsidiary of Marathon Petroleum Corp throughout 2022 on SAF fuel blend testing. The partners have developed a blend with the same qualities and performance characteristics of conventional jet fuel and have collaborated on the technical analysis and operational requirements surrounding ground testing and experimental flight activities. The results of this initiative will provide additional data and research around synthetic fuel blend components and biofuels, supporting standardization and future approval of 100% drop-in SAF. Following the successful trial on one engine, Emirates will then continue to develop these initiatives with the engine airframe manufacturers as well as SAF providers with the goal of certifying these blends for commercial use. Currently, SAF is approved for use in blends of up to 50% with conventional jet fuel.

Emirates has long been a supporter of industry and government efforts to encourage the development of the SAF industry, and regularly participates in initiatives to contribute to SAF deployment. Its first flight powered by SAF blended with jet fuel was in 2017, operating from Chicago O’Hare airport on a Boeing 777. Emirates received its first A380 powered by SAF in December 2020, and uplifted 32 tonnes of SAF for its flights from Stockholm earlier that year, with the support of Swedavia’s Biofuel Incentive Programme. Flights from Oslo have also begun operating on SAF.

Emirates is on the Steering Committee of the World Economic Forum’s (WEF) Clean Skies for Tomorrow initiative, which seeks to promote SAF deployment worldwide. The airline has also contributed to the UAE government’s work on a SAF roadmap and the WEF-supported Power-to-Liquids Roadmap for the UAE.

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Unchecked Cyberattacks Are Growing Threat to Global Economy

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Unchecked Cyberattacks Are Growing Threat to Global Economy - TRAVELINDEX - WORLD ECONOMIC FORUMDavos-Klosters, Switzerland, January 27, 2023 / TRAVELINDEX / Adoption of connected devices during the pandemic led to a dramatic increase in cyberattacks. According to a new report launched today at the World Economic Forum Annual Meeting 2023, if left unchecked, the cost of cyberattacks will continue to rise, threatening a fragile global economy.

The report, The State of the Connected World 2023 edition, a collaboration of the World Economic Forum with the Council on the Connected World, says the immediate threats can be mitigated through robust security protocols and governance through public-private cooperation.

The State of the Connected World is the only global report that tracks and quantifies governance gaps for the universe of connected devices, known as the internet of things (IoT). The report surveyed 270 experts around the world to understand the state of play and establish clear priorities for technology governance.

“At a time when the global economy is fragile, we have the necessary tools to reduce at least one of the major threats to the global economy – cyberattacks,” said Jeff Merritt, Head of Urban Transformation, World Economic Forum. “The State of the Connected World report is a call to action for protecting against cybercrimes, which would also improve individual security and protect small and medium-sized business, transit systems, utilities – everything that relies on connected devices.”

“Our increasingly connected existence brings with it vulnerabilities that can be exploited by malicious actors,” said Akshay Joshi, Head of Industry and Partnerships, Centre for Cybersecurity, World Economic Forum. “Despite calls for embedding cybersecurity by design, the low level of confidence in the security of connected devices expressed by experts in this report is a testament to the fact that we still have a long way to go in terms of realizing trust in the technology we use.”

The report calls for increased consumer education through digital literacy campaigns, standardization practices of cybersecurity measures, prioritizing security by design and default (as opposed to reacting after the fact) and developing more agile policies to better address the quick-changing landscape of cybersecurity.

“We find ourselves at an inflection point this year with a number of global forces putting downward pressure on the economy,” said Madeline Carr, Professor of Global Politics and Cyber Security, Department of Computer Science, University College London. “It is essential that cybersecurity challenges are not left unchecked to further exacerbate this but are taken seriously as an integrated element of a thriving global economy.”

What other experts are saying:

“Open standards in technology have always led to greater innovation and greater consumer confidence. This year’s report from the Forum really emphasizes the importance of that direction. We’re very pleased to see the focus on privacy and security as a key priority. Solving for these ensures the greatest adoption of IoT, and the greatest likelihood of landing on valuable solutions for consumers in the ever-growing connected world.”
Tobin Richardson, President and CEO, Connectivity Standards Alliance

“Planned spending on a security programme costs less than unplanned spending by 10 to 100 times, so it really makes sense now to evaluate and redouble your efforts to attain and maintain a mature programme. The year 2023 is predicted to deliver a perfect storm – from expected challenging economic conditions, ransomware up over 30% from last year, cyber insurance rates dramatically rising, coverage lowering, a severe skill and staff shortage, massive growth in vulnerable IoT connected devices and security products becoming the breach vector. Now is the time to redouble your focus on your security posture.”
Peter Nicoletti, Field Chief Information Security Officer of the Americas, Check Point Software Technologies

“At Schneider Electric, we envision a fully connected, net-zero world which is more electrified, digitized and sustainable for future generations. To realize this future, businesses, organizations and governments must work together to address challenges such as cybersecurity, open standards and accessibility. I’m proud of our work with these stakeholders and the World Economic Forum and commit to continued vigilance to make the needed progress.”
Scott Harden, Chief Technology Officer, Innovation, Schneider Electric

“As the world gets more connected, complex and at times unpredictable, it is critical to drive and govern the change in a way that we not only address and mitigate risks but also emphasize the positive impact that connected technology brings.”
Anton Kotov, Chief Digital and Strategy Officer, ABB Electrification, ABB

“The ongoing advancement of emerging technologies highlights the importance of establishing strong governance to ensure safe and secure use of the technology. Security, privacy, trust and interoperability among IoT devices are serious issues that need to be addressed to accelerate IoT adoption and embrace a connected world. This can be achieved through collective action from the international community and by establishment of public-private partnerships. The 2023 report on the state of the connected world highlights the current gaps in governance and paves the path to address the associated risks for the benefit of humankind.”
Mariam Nouh, Vice-President of Economies of the Future Sector, King Abdulaziz City for Science and Technology (KACST)

“In order to ensure that connected devices and related technologies are accessible and beneficial for all members of society, adaptive and sustainable governance is needed for multistakeholders to expand the boundaries of their respective scope of works, to share risk and co-invest in the digital infrastructure together.”
Fanyu Lin, CEO, Fluxus

About the World Economic Forum Annual Meeting 2023
The World Economic Forum Annual Meeting 2023 convenes the world’s foremost leaders under the theme Cooperation in a Fragmented World. It calls on world leaders to address immediate economic, energy and food crises while laying the groundwork for a more sustainable, resilient world.

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ROUND-UP: Jan. 26-29, 2023

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Protests and pilots were in the news last week, while CATO called for consumer contributions to the Ontario Compensation Fund. Jamaica was jammin’ over its new numbers, and Porter introduced a new loyalty program…


Canada’s surge of low-cost airlines is adding to an already existing pilot shortage that could become an even bigger problem for this country’s aviation industry in the years to come, claim industry experts. Start-up discount airlines such as Flair, Lynx, Canada Jetlines and Swoop have been rapidly expanding since the COVID-19 pandemic, but even before that a 2018 report by the Canadian Council for Aviation and Aerospace said that a third of flight operators in this country cited pilots as their biggest skills shortage and that an additional 7,300 pilots would be needed by 2025.

Consumers should help fund Ontario’s Compensation Fund, says the Canadian Association of Tour Operators, echoing long-held views by the retail industry that its members should not be solely responsible for mandatory consumer protection against supplier failure in the province, and equally that the Fund is insufficient to meet current needs. CATO’s call comes as the Travel Industry Council of Ontario continues a comprehensive review of its overall funding framework, including the “comp fund,” begun last year.

Over 400 visitors, 300 of them foreigners, were stranded in Machu Picchu on Saturday when Peru’s government shut the famed ancient ruins indefinitely in the wake of anti-government protests that are increasingly engulfing the South American country. The Culture Ministry said it had closed the country’s most famous tourist attraction, as well as the Inca Trail leading up to the site, “to protect the safety of tourists and the population in general.”


Led by growth from the Canadian market, Jamaica is “leapfrogging” previous forecasts and on track to achieve 11% growth this year. The projected growth is based on Jamaica’s primary markets with Canada strengthening its position to deliver 38.7% growth, the US showing steady growth of 7%, and UK/Europe ticking ahead at 5.3%.


Porter Airlines is relaunching its VIPorter loyalty program with additional membership levels, added benefits, and the enhanced ability for economy travellers to earn perks. The upgrades coincide with Porter’s new Embraer E195-E2 jet service on Feb. 1. VIPorter members will earn a minimum of five VIPorter points for every dollar they spend with Porter, including on airfares, checked bags, flight changes and seat selection. Points can be redeemed for flights across the growing Porter network using either points-only or a combination of points and cash.

 Air Canada has announced that Lucie Guillemette, Executive VP and CCO will retire at the end of April 2023, ending a career that touched five decades at the airline. A resulting realigned senior management structure will see Mark Nasr become Executive VP Marketing and Digital, and President of Aeroplan, while Mark Galardo will become Executive VP, Revenue and Network Planning, including responsibility for Air Canada Vacations. The new appointments will be effective May 1, 2023.


American Express Global Business Travel (Amex GBT), the world’s leading B2B travel platform, has announced a new agreement with climate tech company CHOOOSE to integrate its carbon emissions calculations across Amex GBT’s travel booking and reporting tools. The aim is to enhance Amex GBT’s sustainability solutions by increasing the precision and consistency of greenhouse gas emissions data and to build architecture for future carbon compensation.


Rocky Mountaineer is offering $150 p.p. off on all Canadian journeys and US$150 p.p. on its US route on select travel dates in 2023 when booked by Feb. 24. The “Explore the Rockies” and “See the Southwest” offers apply only to GoldLeaf service in Canada and SilverLeaf and Silver+ in the US.

For bookings made by Feb. 28. Silversea Cruises guests can save up to 20% on selected all-inclusive expedition voyages to Greenland, Arctic Canada, and Arctic Norway. Deposits have also been reduced to 15%. Sample excursions include the 10-day “Greenland: Reykjavík to Kangerlussuaq,” departing June 25; “Arctic Norway: Longyearbyen to Tromsø” on July 12; and, on Aug. 10, “Canadian High Arctic: “Pond Inlet, Nunavut (Round Trip).”


Three new South Australia tours join AAT Kings roster in 2023-24: the four-day “Outback Explorer” itinerary takes guests from Uluru through the stunning Red Centre to the winelands of Adelaide; and also the five-day “Adelaide to Kangaroo Island” tour and comprehensive week-long “South Australian Eyre Peninsula.” AAT Kings is a division of The Travel Corporation.

In Marathon, in the Florida Keys, the dog-friendly Salty Pup Adventures enables visitors to spend time on the water with their dogs (under 18 kg.) on a eight-metre catamaran-style vessel with Yamaha engines. The World Cat 270 SD offers spacious lounge seating at the bow, bench seating at the stern and is equipped with a large ladder for easy access to and from the water. Excursions include a two-hour sunset, four- and six-hour sandbar, four- and six-hour snorkel and sandbar, and six-hour island getaway tours from Marathon Sailfish Marina at 100 Avenue I.


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Hilton has announced the signing of the Waldorf Astoria Hotels & Resorts brand’s third property in Mexico, the new-build Waldorf Astoria San Miguel de Allende expected to open in early 2025. Located in the heart of one of the most popular vacation destinations in the country, Waldorf Astoria San Miguel de Allende will offer 120 hotel guest rooms and 24 best-in-class Waldorf Astoria branded residences in the colonial city – a UNESCO World Heritage site – known for its architecture, thriving art scene and rich history.

 Marriott Hotels has debuted its first resort in the United Arab Emirates. The Marriott Resort Palm Jumeirah Dubai is situated along the island’s golden West Beach across over 7,000 sq. m. of white sand seafront and features 10 dining concepts, an expansive pool, kids club, spa, fitness centre, water sports, and marine activities.


Cambria Hotel Orlando Universal Blvd. will welcome guests this winter. Located in the International Drive Resort area – near major attractions as well as local shopping and restaurants – this 118-room property offers amenities including a rooftop pool and lounge, state-of-the-art fitness centre, the sophisticated Veer Kitchen & Bar restaurant, rooftop bar and more.

The iconic St. Moritz hotel, dating from 1906, will re-open its doors this summer under its new name, Grace La Margna St. Moritz. The Swiss hotel sits above the local railway station, with a panoramic view over Lake St. Moritz. The rebirth of the 74-room property includes a new, modern extension with new rooms and an extensive spa area, next to the original historic Art Nouveau building. Bookings are being taken for July.


Effective April 7, UnCruise Adventures will allow guests to cruise regardless of vaccination status. Masks and tests are also not required and the cruise line will no longer sail with limited capacity.

Cunard reports that in the first week of January it booked more guests than any equivalent period in the last decade. The luxury brand saw strong booking momentum across 2023 and 2024 sailings, with summer itineraries and Queen Anne’s maiden season proving to be particularly popular.


Universal Orlando Resort’s annual Mardi Gras celebration will run daily Feb. 4 through April 16 at Universal Studios Florida. The parkwide celebration will feature cuisine inspired by Carnaval celebrations from New Orleans to Brazil to Belgium and beyond, plus a lively parade filled with vibrant floats where partygoers can catch beads by the handful. And on select nights, guests can cap the festivities with live concerts by top names in music. Access to Universal’s Mardi Gras: International Flavors of Carnaval is included with regular admission to Universal Studios Florida.

The largest cross-company global celebration in the history of The Walt Disney Co. kicked off Jan. 27 at Disneyland Resort – the heart of the celebration – with limited-time offerings taking place throughout the year. Highlights include platinum-infused décor throughout the resort; two all-new nighttime spectaculars: “World of Colour – One” at Disney California Adventure Park and “Wondrous Journeys” at Disneyland Park; the new Mickey & Minnie’s Runaway Railway attraction; the opening of the reimagined Mickey’s Toontown in spring 2023; and the long-awaited return of the “Magic Happens” parade at Disneyland Park in time for spring.


Carnival Cruise Line’s annual ‘Amp Up Commission Challenge’ offering travel advisors the opportunity to qualify for higher commission rates in 2023. Through the program, agents will be able to increase their commissions up to 15% for the full 2023 year based on bookings made from Jan. 1 through March 31, 2023. Agencies that currently qualify for 10 to 14% commission will need to make from 20 to 125 bookings during the January to March 2023 booking period to qualify for higher commission levels between 11 and 15%, which will be applied to bookings made from April 1 through Dec. 31, 2023. Opt-in must be completed by Feb. 15 at


The Tourism Industry Association of Canada (TIAC) kicked off its 2023 series of Tourism Town Halls. The coast-to-coast road show is designed give tourism stakeholders across the country an opportunity to meet with TIAC and its partners to better understand efforts on national and local tourism issues, and offers a forum for open dialogue, discussion, and debate. Dates are:  Jan. 27, Vancouver; Feb. 1, Toronto; Feb. 21, Halifax, and with locations TBA – Feb. 22, Quebec; Feb. 23, New Brunswick; March 7, Manitoba; March 15, Yukon; March 17, Nunavut; March 21, Newfoundland and Labrador; March 30, Prince Edward Island; April 4, Northwest Territories; date TBD, Alberta For information and to register, visit HERE.


TIAC has announced the addition of five new members to its Board of Directors: Matthew Jelley, President, Maritime Fun Group​; Philip Mondor, President, Tourism HR Canada;​ Jean-Francois Cote, Quebec City Tourism​; John Wilson, President, CEO, Wilson’s Transportation, BC​; and Laura Pallotta, VP Sales and Distribution, Marriott International. The organization is also announcing its new all-female Board executive team: Chair: Nina Kressler, Shaw Centre; and Vice Chairs Michelle Caine, Centennial College, and Teresa Ryder, Indigenous Tourism Association of Canada.

Greek small ship cruise company, Variety Cruises, has named Steven Simao as VP of Sales for North America. For 30 years, Simao has honed his skills throughout the cruise industry for companies such as Norwegian Cruise Line and Holland America, and more recently, at Windstar Cruises where he served as VP of Global Sales.


The Islands of the Bahamas is celebrating 50 years of independence this year. While formal Independence Day is July 10, events will take place throughout the year.

The idea to link Lake Geneva and the lakes of Thun and Brienz dates to 1873, but the launch of the new GoldenPass Express in Switzerland marks the first non-stop train route between Interlaken and Montreux. The new trains combine metric and standard gauge, bridging the gap between mountain railways and high-speed trains, and will feature 2nd class, 1st class, and Prestige class, where there are 18 rotating seats that provide passengers with 360° views.


In 1970, the Boeing 747 made its first commercial flight when a Pan Am jumbo jet flew from New York to London.

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The Walt Disney Company marks its 100th anniversary this year and the Disneyland Resort will commemorate the milestone with new experiences, entertainment and more throughout 2023. Disney100 will celebrate our incredible storytellers and creators, along with the fans and families who’ve brought us into their hearts, as they together spark the magic and wonder of Disney. This celebration honours the journey we’ve been on and the memories we’ve created together, and it will bring new experiences with our beloved characters along with heartwarming new stories.

We can’t wait to have Guests join us to celebrate at the Disneyland Resort! From an all-new attraction and entertainment to dazzling décor and special food and beverages, here’s everything you need to know about the 100th anniversary happenings at The Happiest Place on Earth – and more magic to come later in the year.

Mickey & Minnie’s Runaway Railway

Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse star in their very first ride-through attraction at the Disneyland Resort! Inside the El CapiTOON Theater in Disneyland Park (which houses an exhibit unique to Disneyland), this family-friendly experience transports Guests into the wacky and unpredictable cartoon world of Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse, where Guests will board a train engineered by Goofy and embark on a zany adventure.

To experience Mickey & Minnie’s Runaway Railway, you’ll need to join the complimentary virtual queue*, which is only accessible via the Disneyland app.** There will not be a standby line for this attraction at this time. The virtual queue enrollment times will be twice daily, at 7 a.m. and 1 p.m. PT. Guests may also get quicker entry to this attraction with the purchase of an individual Lightning Lane arrival window, subject to availability.

“World of Color – ONE”

This all-new nighttime spectacular at Disney California Adventure Park celebrates the storytelling legacy started by Walt Disney, illustrating how a single action, like a drop of water, creates a ripple that can grow into a wave of change. This is the first Disneyland Resort nighttime spectacular to feature characters, music and moments from Walt Disney Animation Studios, Pixar Animation Studios, the Avengers and Star Wars in the same production.

Guests will be able to access the viewing area for “World of Color – ONE” through the virtual queue system* available only via the Disneyland app. Distribution for the complimentary virtual queue will begin at 12 p.m. PT, daily (subject to availability) and is available for guests who have entered Disney California Adventure Park for the day or have entered Disneyland Park with a Park Hopper ticket. More information and how-to details are available on Joining the virtual queue is not required, but it is highly recommended as walk-up viewing options for each performance are available on a first-come, first-served basis.

“Wondrous Journeys”

Each evening at Disneyland Park, “Wondrous Journeys” transforms Main Street, U.S.A., Sleeping Beauty Castle, the façade of “it’s a small world” and the Rivers of America into an artist’s canvas with lighting effects, customized projections and more. This nighttime spectacular by Disney Live Entertainment will take you on an epic adventure through 100 years of Walt Disney Animation Studios storytelling. On select nights, “Wondrous Journeys” takes to the skies with sparkling fireworks.

Platinum-Infused Décor and Limited-Time Offerings

Both theme parks, the Downtown Disney District and the Hotels of the Disneyland Resort will be adorned in beautiful, platinum-infused décor.

Around the resort, Guests will find platinum statues and medallions – which make great photo opportunities!

At Disneyland Park, Sleeping Beauty Castle will be accented by two new water fountains and dressed in platinum banners and bunting, a magnificent cabochon and a shining wishing star. On Main Street, U.S.A., Guests may find Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse and their pals in platinum-inspired looks designed to reflect the optimism and creativity that are at the heart of everything Disney.

Feeling hungry amidst all these festivities? Savour a century of magic through specialty food and beverages like the platinum trifle and potato and cheddar cheeseburger. Plus, Guests can collect novelties such as the Disney100 Mickey Mouse sipper and platinum Mickey Mouse balloon bucket.

Guests can also bring the magic home with commemorative Disney100 merchandise and collectibles released throughout the year, such as the Disney100 Platinum Celebration Collection, collectible medallions and pressed pennies.

The Disney Gallery Presents: Disney 100 Years of Wonder

We’re excited to announce that The Disney Gallery on Main Street, U.S.A., at Disneyland Park will house a new exhibit inspired by Walt Disney’s vision for Disneyland to be where his films come to life. Inside, you’ll see beautiful artwork created by original Disney animators for some of Walt’s early films, alongside artwork concepted by original Disney Imagineers to recreate those stories in the park.

The exhibit will also display an animator’s desk, a model of a multi-plane camera and more. It’s a magnificent tribute to Disney films that became Disneyland Resort attractions, park experiences that later inspired Disney films and the rich traditions they both share.

“Magic Happens” Parade – Returning Feb. 24

Even more fun is still to come! The “Magic Happens” parade makes its highly anticipated return to Disneyland Park on Feb. 24. Led by Mickey Mouse and his pals, the daytime spectacular celebrates moments of magic from Walt Disney Animation Studios and Pixar Animation Studios films with grand floats, artistic costumes and an energetic musical score.

Mickey’s Toontown – Reopens March 8

Mickey & Minnie’s Runaway Railway will be joined by additional new experiences and returning favourites when the reimagined Mickey’s Toontown reopens on March 8, 2023! The beloved land will feature more play activities and attractions than ever before, as well as grassy play spaces for you to unwind.

There’s so much to look forward to this year at Disneyland Resort!

Entertainment, experiences, and offerings may be modified, limited in availability or unavailable, and are subject to restrictions, and change or cancellation without notice. Both valid Theme Park reservation and admission for the same Park on the same day are required for Park entry. Park reservations are limited, subject to availability and not guaranteed. Park admission and offerings are not guaranteed. Visit for important information to know before visiting the Disneyland Resort.

*Virtual queues are limited and subject to availability, and joining a virtual queue does not guarantee entrance to any experience. Guests may only enter the virtual queue for each experience once per day. Subject to other restrictions, and change or cancellation without notice.

**Message, data and roaming rates may apply for the use of the Disneyland app and Play Disney Parks app. Availability subject to handset limitations and features may vary by handset or service provider. Coverage and app stores not available everywhere. If you’re under 18, get your parents’ permission first.


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Anantara Chiang Mai Resort Unveils Its New Afternoon Tea Service

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Anantara Chiang Mai Resort Unveils Its New Afternoon Tea Service - TRAVELINDEXChiang Mai, Thailand, January 27, 2023 / TRAVELINDEX / Anantara Chiang Mai Resort unveils its new afternoon tea service, an ode to the English ritual of refinement and enjoyment, held daily in the gardens of the former British consulate on the banks of the Ping River.

The ritual of afternoon tea began among the English aristocracy in the 1800s. It was a small indulgence, an occasion to look forward to, to dress up for, and to share with friends.

Anantara Chiang Mai Resort’s new afternoon tea pays homage to the historic roots of the tradition. The setting could not be more ideal, on the verandah of what was Her Majesty’s consulate which dates back 100 years.

Each detail of the experience has been carefully designed by Chef David Eldridge and team, beginning with the fine porcelain. It has been sourced from Wedgwood, official potter to Her Majesty since the time of Queen Charlotte. The Paeonia Blush collection was chosen in a nod to Chiang Mai’s floral surrounds – it also has a hint of the Asian exotique.

The tea begins with delicate finger sandwiches and tartlets, then freshly baked scones with authentic Devonshire clotted cream. A selection of patisserie follows, and, perfect for Thailand’s warm weather, homemade tropical sorbet.

Guests enjoy a choice of loose-leaf teas from the TWG and Monsoon collections, as well as hot or iced coffee. Additional options include sparkling wine, an old-fashioned G&T, or a bubbly cocktail.

Afternoon tea is served daily 2.00 pm to 5.00 pm, beginning at THB 790++ per person or THB 1,390++ for two. For more information or reservations, call +66 53 253 333


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Be My Valentine at Cooling Tower Rooftop Bar Carlton Hotel Bangkok

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Be My Valentine at Cooling Tower Rooftop Bar Carlton BangkokBangkok, Thailand, January 27, 2023 / TRAVELINDEX / Cooling Tower Rooftop Bar at Carlton Hotel Bangkok Sukhumvit unveils curated celebration menus to mark Valentine’s Day.

Romance is best celebrated with an evening sunset and rooftop views. A specially curated 4-course menu awaits, alongside live band music with love ballads.

Explore our special menu created for this day of love. Sip special Valentine’s cocktails by guest mixologist from Bacardi Thailand. Bring your soulmate and celebrate your love now and forevermore.

Regular Package
THB 3,499++ for 2 persons inclusive of a 4-course romantic set dinner with cocktail pairing plus a complimentary bouquet of flowers

Premium Package
THB 4,999++ for 2 persons inclusive of a 4-course romantic set dinner and a bottle of bubbles, free flow soft drink plus a complimentary bouquet of flowers and a Carlton teddy bear

Be My Valentine
Venue: Cooling Tower Rooftop Bar
Time: 5:30 pm – midnight

• Vegetarian Menu available, please let us know on the date of reservation
• The regular Cooling Tower menu and Happy Hour will not be available on 14 February 2023

For more information or reservations, please contact us at 02 090 7888

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There’s a museum for almost everything it seems, so it’s of little surprise that automobile aficionados can get their hearts racing at a Kentucky venue dedicated to North America’s first sports car, the Corvette.

Located in Bowling Green, the state’s third largest city, the museum traces the post World War II development of the American sports car, culminating in the introduction of the Corvette in 1953.

The attraction is situated roadside off the I-65 making for an easy stop for visitors heading to or through Nashville, about an hour south, and complements the vehicle’s assembly plant. (It is the only place in the world Corvettes are made).

Indeed, a key feature of the museum is its “nursery,” where new owners can come to pick up their vehicle, to applause from watching visitors. Available at a price, the service includes day-long instruction on optimum use for vehicles that range in cost from US$60,000 for a base model to $100,000 for Z06 that can do zero to 60 mph in 26 seconds. A video feed allows friends and family to watch the ceremony.

For others, there are still plenty of cool cars to see, with approximately 70 sparkling vehicles showcased in appropriate period settings.

Vintage ‘vettes

Among them are classic and rare cars in mint condition, including the millionth Corvette ever made and the only 1983 model in existence (the other 42 were purposely destroyed – the story why is told by guides).

An exhibit also details the shocking 2014 sinkhole that suddenly appeared during the night in the central section of the museum and costing eight classic cars their lives.

A guided tour (11 a.m. and 1 p.m. daily) is the best way to experience the museum and learn some of the intriguing stories behind the vehicles, but self-guided visits are also possible. Several interactive exhibits exist, including a drive simulator and a simulation of the sinkhole cave-in.

Patrons can also drive a Z06 Corvette on an adjacent racetrack (appointments are necessary, previous experience is not) at a cost of $299 for about 30 minutes. Or drivers can take their own vehicle on the track for $125. And there’s also a Go Kart track with both adults and kids karts.

Of course, there’s also an expansive Corvette store, where a giclée print of a Corvette will set you back 100 bucks. Then again, that and the museum may be as close as most people get to the real thing.

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PUBS, PATIOS & BARS: The Beatles Bar Varadero, yeah, yeah, yeah

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In the land of Fidel and Che, a venue based on the memory of John, Paul, George, and Ringo certainly comes as a surprise. Nevertheless, The Beatles Bar Varadero is one of the Cuban beach resort’s most popular hangouts, drawing crowds nightly for live music and mojitos under the stars – or more accurately, under leafy trees on a patio.

Located at Calle 59, guests are welcomed by a sculpture/requisite photo op of the Fab 4 and the small interior bar is plastered with paraphernalia recalling the band’s career, garnished with shout-outs ensure the bar’s primary patrons (Canadians) feel at home – such as Canada and Quebec flags, and a Toronto Raptors banner.

But it’s outside on the patio where guests settle in, in front of a small stage that boasts nightly cover bands that invariably span the classic rock scale from ACDC to ZZ Top, prompting singalongs, dancing, and occasional spontaneous arm waving.

On a recent visit, the band did belt out “Hey, Jude,” but otherwise did not actually play any other Beatles songs.

Three bands rotate throughout the week, taking the stage nightly at 9 and playing non-stop till midnight (Mondays excepted). The venue opens at 1 p.m.

Like all visitors, our group, which was in town for Swoop’s inaugural flight to Varadero earlier this month, was limited to drinks in the rum family – mojitos, rum punch, and rum & cola – which cost $2.50 a pop. Notably, there was no wine or beer, the latter which, like in most Cuban bars, comes and goes according to availability.

(A general insider’s tip in Cuba: “If there are people on the patio, it means they have beer!”).

As for the Beatles Bar, lack of beer on the night notwithstanding, and despite a few vocal Internet reviews suggesting otherwise, the place was a blast. Just ask those among the throng of nightly patrons, or the ones queuing to get in.

Without a doubt, we loved it, yeah, yeah, yeah!

Merseyside via Varadero

With glass purposefully in hand, we at Travel Industry Today continue our series on some of the planet’s best bars, patios and rooftop venues. For more articles in the series, click here:


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At ITB Berlin Technology, Tours and Activities Platform for Fastest-Growing Markets

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At ITB Berlin Technology, Tours and Activities Platform for Fastest-Growing Markets - - TRAVELINDEXBerlin, Germany, January 26, 2023 / TRAVELINDEX / For the second time, the Technology, Tours and Activities (TTA) segment is represented live at the World’s Largest Travel Trade Show. The TTA marketplace and TTA Forum augment a wide-ranging programme with networking events and convention sessions for trade visitors and exhibitors.

Four years ago the Technology, Tours & Activities (TTA) segment was the first of its kind in Europe to successfully debut at ITB Berlin. In 2019 already, exhibitors, trade visitors, speakers and several hundred participants were able to build contacts, exchange experiences and discuss forward-looking topics surrounding one of the fastest-growing markets of the travel industry. From 7 to 9 March at ITB Berlin 2023, the TTA segment will again gather the relevant players of the tourism industry.

Inside the display area in Hall 4.1, the TTA segment is the main platform for three of the tourism industry’s most important markets, which all have one goal: to promote and sell in-destination services. The TTA marketplace at ITB is an important meeting place for tour managers, operators, technology specialists, travel destinations and agencies. This is where trade visitors will find startups as well as established companies exhibiting their products.

eTravel Track – TTA Forum focuses on trends, discussions and innovations

At the ITB Berlin Convention at the TTA Forum of the eTravel track, informative sessions on Tours & Activities featuring the latest survey findings, trends, numerous insights and discussions await trade visitors. Industry experts will provide first-hand information on specialist topics. Ahead of Wednesday’s TTA Forum, on Tuesday, 7 March 2023 on the Orange Stage in Hall 7.1, Johannes Reck, CEO of GetYourGuide, and Douglas Quinby, co-founder and CEO of Arival, will kick off themed events.

Charlotte Lamp Davies of A Bright Approach, the moderator at the TTA Forum, said: “I am really delighted to be able to moderate a live TTA Forum again. In 2019, when the event was launched, we witnessed one of the busiest days at ITB Berlin. The industry is desperately awaiting its return. We have prepared a wide-ranging programme and look forward to live participation from the audience. The afternoon session will provide insights and specific tips for travel and tour operators.”

On the afternoon of Wednesday, 8 March 2023, industry experts will take a look at the future and discuss changing consumer behaviour, sustainability, corporate partnerships and the use of new technologies. The ITB Berlin Convention slogan ’Mastering transformation’ is particularly relevant to the Tours & Activities industry. Recent events and profound challenges have changed consumer behaviour, the focus and booking patterns in this sector.

At several interactive sessions on the ITB eTravel Stage in Hall 6.1, TTA specialists will have information on the latest trends, look to the future and offer practical tips. Douglas Quinby, co-founder and CEO of Arival and moderator of a C-Suite panel hosted by TourRadar, Tiqets and Viator, will highlight how adjusting to new technologies has changed consumer behaviour. Travel Curious, Hyatt, G Adventures and Planeterra will present case studies illustrating successful partnerships. Layered Reality will demonstrate the potential AR has for the industry and explain how this technology can augment traditional tour products.

ITB Berlin in partnership with Arival and Bookingkit

ITB Berlin, Arival and Bookingkit have established a closed partnership that extends beyond activities at ITB Berlin 2023. Over the coming weeks the two companies will host some fascinating events for the TTA community: at a conference, Arival 360 | Berlin will provide the setting for travel and adventure tour operators to network and engage with other companies, distributors and prospective partners. Exclusive research findings will also be available, highlighting the most important industry trends. Experiences Connect 2023, a free event hosted by Bookingkit, will take place on 2 February online from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Additional information is available at online event: Experiences Connect 2023. ITB Berlin is also a partner of this event.

About ITB Berlin and the ITB Berlin Convention
ITB Berlin 2023 will take place from Tuesday, 7 March, to Thursday, 9 March, as a pure B2B event. Since 1966, ITB Berlin has been the World’s Leading Travel Trade Show. The internationally renowned ITB Berlin Convention will take place parallel to the show and will be held live on the Berlin Exhibition Grounds – selected sessions will be streamed on ITBxplore. The ITB Berlin convention is the world’s largest travel industry event of its kind. In 2022 it took place as a virtual event on the brand’s website and registered 60,700 attendees from 125 countries who took part in more than 100 sessions featuring 223 speakers. In 2022, under the heading ’TRVLX by ITB’, ITB Berlin has planned a series of B2B networking events in European markets – the kick-off event took place in May in Georgia. Before the pandemic at ITB Berlin 2019, around 10,000 exhibitors from 181 countries displayed their products and services to some 160,000 visitors, including 113,500 trade visitors.

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UNWTO and Development Bank of Latin America Partner for Tourism Investments

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UNWTO and Development Bank of Latin America Partner for Tourism Investments - - TRAVELINDEXCaracas, Venezuela, January 26, 2023 / TRAVELINDEX / UNWTO and the Development Bank of Latin America (CAF) will partner to promote and retain investment in tourism across the Latin American and Caribbean Region. As the sector’s recovery continues, the United Nations specialized agency for tourism has highlighted the importance of investments for building a more sustainable and resilient sector. The new cooperation agreement with CAF was announced against the backdrop of the FITUR trade fair in Madrid. Here, UNWTO welcomed high-level representatives from Member States of the region and from the private sector.

The joint plans will see the two organizations work together to develop a set of comprehensive tourism investment guidelines. The guidelines will be focused on five countries, namely Ecuador, Uruguay, Panama and El Salvador in the Latin American region, as well as and Barbados in the Caribbean region.

With this new partnership agreement, UNWTO and CAF will work together to boost investment into the sector and to target it towards projects and initiatives that will make the biggest difference

Alongside this, UNWTO and CAF will collaborate on the development of frameworks to attract, promote and retain foreign direct investment (FDI) towards sustainable tourism initiatives and to accelerate economic recovery and foster sustainability and resilience throughout the tourism sector.

Tourism as a driver of regional growth

UNWTO Secretary-General Zurab Pololikashvili says: “Tourism is a recognized driver of sustainable development, growth and opportunity across the Latin American and Caribbean regions. With this new partnership agreement, UNWTO and CAF will work together to boost investment into the sector and to target it towards projects and initiatives that will make the biggest difference.”

CAF Executive President, Sergio Diaz-Granados, says: “We are implementing an agenda to become the Green Bank of Latin America and the Caribbean, that will also include the development of sustainable and regenerative tourism. A proof of our commitment is that we are the first multilateral institution to sign the Glasgow Declaration on Climate Action in Tourism. The partnership with UNWTO will boost our tourist sector approach and will help us reach our goals.”

Growing investments in tourism

UNWTO recently confirmed that World Tourism Day 2023 (27 September) will be held around the theme of ‘Tourism and Green Investments’. This new partnership with CAF builds on its work promoting investments in tourism, including through its Doing Business Guidelines, publications focused on individual countries in every global region.

CAF is an accredited entity of the Green Climate Fund and in collaboration with UNWTO, their member countries will be able to access innovative financing models that reduce investment risk, supporting climate adaptation and mitigation policies and reducing the energy dependence of the sector. The work will complement the progress being made through the Glasgow Declaration: A Decade of Action for Climate and Tourism, launched at the UN Climate Summit in 2022 with the aim of guiding the sector to Net-Zero emissions by 2050 at the latest.

About CAF

CAF – Development Bank of Latin America- was created in 1970, is owned by 19 countries – 17 of Latin America and the Caribbean, Spain and Portugal- as well as 13 private banks in the region which aim is to promote sustainable development and regional integration, by providing multiple financial services to clients in the public and private sectors of its Shareholder Countries.

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