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GreenStep Sustainable Tourism Standard is a GSTC-Recognized Standard

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Wakayama, Japan, April 9, 2021 / TRAVELINDEX / The Global Sustainable Tourism Council (GSTC) is pleased to announce that the Japan Sustainable Tourism Standard for Destinations (JSTS-D) has achieved the ‘GSTC-Recognized Standard’ status. The Japan Sustainable Tourism Standard for Destinations (JSTS-D) which is based on the GSTC Criteria for Destinations, was developed by Japan Tourism Agency (JTA)…

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PATA Calls for Urgent Action to Address COVID-19 Impacts on Thai Tourism

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Bangkok, Thailand, April 9, 2021 / TRAVELINDEX / The Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA) is calling for urgent action from all Thai travel and tourism industry stakeholders from both the public and private sectors to address the COVID-19 impacts on the local tourism supply chain. Between December 2020 and March 2021, PATA, in partnership with focusright, a Swiss consultancy that works with…

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Haitham Mattar Joins IHG Hotels as Managing Director of IMEA Region

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Denham, United Kingdom, April 9, 2021 / TRAVELINDEX / IHG Hotels & Resorts has announced the appointment of Haitham Mattar as Managing Director of India, Middle East & Africa (IMEA), effective 18 April 2021. Haitham Mattar joins IHG Hotels & Resorts from the Saudi Ministry of Tourism where, as Senior Advisor and a member of the Executive Leadership Committee, he contributed to the development and…

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WE THE SOUTH: Border blues a boon for snowbird fans

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The “We the North” rallying cry had its horizons expanded when the Toronto Raptors temporarily relocated to Tampa, Florida. Now the NBA team is getting some Canadian company in the Sunshine State. The Toronto Blue Jays kicked off their 2021 home at TD Ballpark in nearby Dunedin yesterday. And Toronto FC will soon join their sporting cousins with a home opener at Orlando’s Exploria Stadium – about…

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LOOKING GOOD: Playing with Your Food Holland America Style

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I know, I know: Mom always told you not to play with your food. But when a chef known for being an artist on plates invites you to have fun with food, there’s only one choice: indulge. April 6 was National Food Faces Day, a celebration cooked up by Holland America Line to get us dreaming about cruising again. I was invited by Holland America’s Master Chef Rudi Sodamin to gather up some ingredients…

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Utopia Launches Exciting Island-Wide Membership Program Club Utopia in Phuket

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Phuket, Thailand, April 8, 2021 / TRAVELINDEX / Utopia Corporation, Phuket’s pioneering property developer and hospitality company, is forging even closer bonds within the island’s business community with the launch of Club Utopia, an attractive new membership program that brings together many prestigious local partners and creates a wealth of benefits for local residents…

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Startup Competition to Accelerate Rural Development Through Tourism

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Madrid, Spain, April 8, 2021 / TRAVELINDEX / The World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) has launched a new competition to identify the best ideas that will help rural communities recover from the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic. The Global Rural Tourism Startup Competition will also support the entrepreneurs and enterprises that can help rural communities seize the economic and social opportunities…

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COPING WITH QUARANTINE: Horsing around in hotel helps

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By Day 3 of being confined to his Australian hotel room for quarantine, David Marriott was getting bored. He’d watched a few seasons of “The Sopranos” and his eyes were getting tired from reading. Then his lunch arrived in a brown paper bowl and he thought “Aha! That’s a hat waiting to happen!” The paper cowboy was born. Using the good quality paper bags his food was delivered in each day…

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Singapore Accepts IATA Travel Pass

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Singapore, April 7, 2021 / TRAVELINDEX / The International Air Transport Association (IATA) welcomed Singapore’s acceptance of pre-departure COVID-19 PCR test results on the IATA Travel Pass. From 1 May 2021, passengers traveling to Singapore will be able to use IATA Travel Pass to share their pre-departure COVID-19 PCR test results upon check-in with their airline, as well as on-arrival at the…

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SpaceFund Venture Capital Announces First Close of Second Fund

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Houston, Texas, United States, April 7, 2021 / TRAVELINDEX / SpaceFund announced it has reached and surpassed the planned first close of $5 million for its $20 million BlastOff Fund today. The Houston and Austin-based company says commitments to the fund have reached $9 million as of Monday morning. “We are thrilled to see how many investors are placing their trust in our team…

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