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Six More Airlines Implement IATA Travel Pass

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Six More Airlines Implement IATA Travel Pass

Boston, Massachusetts, United States, October 12, 2021 / TRAVELINDEX / The International Air Transport Association (IATA) announced that Etihad Airways, Jazeera Airways, Jetstar, Qantas, Qatar Airways and Royal Jordanian, will implement IATA Travel Pass in a phased rollout across the airlines’ networks. These five airlines join Emirates Airline as IATA Travel Pass implementation pioneers.

The announcement, made on the sidelines of the 77th IATA Annual General Meeting being held in Boston, follows eleven months of extensive testing by 76 airlines.

“After months of testing, IATA Travel Pass is now entering the operational phase. The app has proven itself to be an effective tool to manage the complex mess of travel health credentials that governments require. And it’s a great vote of confidence that some of the world’s best known airline brands will be making it available to their customers over the coming months,” said Willie Walsh, IATA’s Director General.

The app offers a safe and secure way for travelers to check the requirements for their journey, receive test results and scan their vaccine certificates, verify that these meet the destination and transit requirements and share these effortlessly with health officials and airlines prior to departure. This will avoid queuing and congestion for document checks—to the benefit of travelers, airlines, airports and governments.

IATA Travel Pass is a mobile app that can receive and verify a range of COVID-19 test results and digital vaccines certificates. Currently vaccine certificates from 52 countries (representing the source of 56% of global air travel) can be managed using the app. This will increase to 74 countries, representing 85% of global traffic, by the end of November.

IATA Travel Pass is expected to play a key role in the aviation industry’s recovery from the impact of COVID-19. A digitalized solution to manage the paperwork of COVID-19 travel health credentials will support a return to travel when borders reopen. With many governments relying on airlines for COVID-19 document checking this will be critical in avoiding queues and congestion at check-in as travel ramps up.

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Catch the Ultimate Break and Discover Bali’s Hottest Surfing Spots

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Catch the Ultimate Break and Discover Bali’s Hottest Surfing Spots

Bali, Indonesia, October 12, 2021 / TRAVELINDEX / You know a surfing spot is hot when eleven-time world championship surfer Kelly Slater makes a trek mid-pandemic in search of the perfect wave. In December 2020 he did just that at Uluwatu on the southwestern tip of Bali’s Bukit Peninsula. The beaches around Anantara Uluwatu Bali Resort boast some of the greatest waves in the world and the resort is offering the Ultimate Surf Break Package for surfer’s keen to get back riding Bali’s famous barrels.

The package for two people includes accommodation and breakfast, a private yoga session, a one-hour signature Anantara massage, a three-course dinner and a half day surfing session including transfers and insurance at one of the areas famous beaches. If unsure about which beach to choose, the resort has come up with six of the best:

Impossible Beach
Perched atop the dramatic cliff, Anantara Uluwatu Bali Resort’s contemporary luxury reveals sensational ocean views of the world-renowned Impossible Beach right in front of the resort. This beach is one of the most famous surf points in Bali where surfers can descend through the resort’s beach elevator to the beautiful rocky beach. From there, it’s only 300 metres to paddle out from the aptly named beach to the break that is suitable for surfing pro’s all year round.

For a comprehensive travel guide on Bali, It’s Happening in Bali, go to VisitBali.org

Padang Padang Beach
If the name Padang Padang Beach doesn’t sound familiar just think of ‘Eat, Pray, Love’, as the beach is based-on Elizabeth Gilbert’s best-selling memoir and is the setting for the 2010 movie of the same name starring Julia Roberts. This beach is a stunning stretch of sand that is only accessible by a staircase through a hollow cave entrance. Padang Padang is a bucket listed notch on the belt for all experienced surfers looking for one of the best lefts in the world.

Bingin Beach
One of the island’s hidden gems for wave riding, Bingin Beach is a paradise for surfers. Swells of up to 2.5 metres break over the submerged reef giving strong left-handers to surfers. While getting to the beach is a difficult walk over rocks, it’s well worth the effort with the stunning beachscape and challenging barrels.

Nusa Dua Beach
Famous for Bali’s big wave surf break, the ocean reef at Nusa Dua stretches around the coastline for over two kilometres. It has the most consistent right-hand reef breaks on the island. Depending on the conditions and tides, the breaks tend to vary but on the right day surfers can enjoy the ultimate surfing experience.

Dreamland and Balangan Beaches
Dreamland and Balangan Beaches are only a kilometre apart and separated by a small headland. Both are a mix of soft white sand and rockpools. For pros, the best time to surf is between May and September when south-westerly winds create swells ranging from 1 metre to over 3 metres, which can roll on for a good 500 metres. Both beaches are also great for beginners and intermediate surfers.

Green Bowl Beach
Green Bowl is one of Bali’s untouched beaches often overlooked in favor of other more famous surfing spots. It’s a steep descent down hundreds of steps attracting surfers who favour uncrowded waves and punchy right-handers. Most surfers recommend early morning sessions as the wind picks up throughout the day.

For a comprehensive travel guide on Bali, It’s Happening in Bali, go to VisitBali.org

About Anantara Hotels, Resorts & Spas
Anantara is a luxury hospitality brand for modern travellers, connecting them to genuine places, people and stories through personal experiences, and providing heartfelt hospitality in the world’s most exciting destinations. The collection of distinct, thoughtfully designed luxury hotels and resorts provides a window through which to journey into invigorating new territory, curating personal travel experiences.

From cosmopolitan cities to desert sands to lush islands, Anantara connects travellers to the indigenous, grounds them in authentic luxury, and hosts them with passionate expertise. The portfolio currently boasts over 40 stunning properties located in Thailand, the Maldives, Indonesia, Vietnam, China, Cambodia, Malaysia, Sri Lanka, Mozambique, Zambia, the UAE, Qatar, Oman, Tunisia, Portugal and Spain, with a pipeline of future properties across Europe, Asia, the Indian Ocean, Middle East and Africa.

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ROUND-UP:Oct. 4-8, 2021

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In this week’s round-up: Canada mandates a full vaccination requirement for travellers; a ‘historic moment’ in the fight against malaria; Porter is back in business and Air Transat returns to Cuba.

NEWS

New measures introduced by the federal government will require all travellers in Canada, along with air travel and rail employees, to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 by Oct. 29. Cruise companies will also be required to implement mandatory vaccines for employees and travellers in time for the 2022 season.

Calling it a “historic moment” in the battle against the spread of a parasitic disease that afflicts more 229 million people annually, killing over 400,000, the World Health Organization has approved the world’s first vaccine for malaria.

Foreign tourists won’t be welcomed back to Australia until at least next year as the country instead prioritizes the return of skilled migrants and students after reaching vaccination of 80% of the population aged 16 and older. Australia has had some of the toughest and longest COVID-19 travel restrictions imposed by any democracy during the pandemic.

The Travel Industry Council of Ontario’s (TICO) approved 45 claims against the Compensation Fund totalling $125,321.39 to assist 97 consumers who did not receive the travel services for which they had paid. The claims included Albarkah Travel and Tours Inc., 32 claims to assist 77 consumers, totalling $105,101.99; Fly Jamaica Airways, two claims to assist four consumers, totalling $1,924.99; and Jet Airways, 11 claims to assist 16 consumers, totalling $18,294.41.

RE-OPENING/RE-START

On Oct. 3, Antigua and Barbuda welcomed the resumption of Air Canada service from Toronto.

An international ferry service that links Canada with the United States is set to resume next year after being cancelled three years in a row. An update on the Bay Ferries Ltd. website says its high-speed catamaran ferry service between Yarmouth, NS, and Bar Harbor, Maine – known as “The Cat” – is expected to start in the spring of 2022.

BY THE NUMBERS

What’s a few billion here and there? IATA forecasts that net airline industry losses are expected to reduce to US$11.6 billion in 2022 after a $51.8 billion loss in 2021 (worsened from the $47.7 billion loss estimated in April). Meanwhile, net 2020 loss estimates have been revised to $137.7 billion (from $126.4 billion). Adding these up, total industry losses in 2020-2022 are expected to reach $201 billion.

AIR

Air Transat Flight TS898 arriving in Holguin, Oct. 1

After several months of forced suspension due to the COVID-19, Air Transat has resumed service to Cuba, with service from Toronto and Montreal to Holguin. Other destinations will resume progressively through the winter from Toronto, Montreal, Quebec, Moncton, and Halifax.

On Oct. 6, Porter Airlines reportedly that it had officially returned to all 18 of its year-round destinations today, with the addition of Fredericton, Saint John, NB, Sault Ste. Marie, Sudbury, Timmins, and Windsor.

Air Canada will launch a new service between Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport and Ottawa beginning Oct. 31. The route will start with four return trips daily, increasing to up to eight return trips daily starting in summer 2022. Air Canada presently operates five return flights daily between Toronto Island and Montreal.

Starting next spring, WestJet will introduce new flights between Toronto and Dublin. The new non-stop seasonal flights are set to operate four-times weekly, beginning on May 15, 2022, and will increase to daily by June 2, 2022.

DEALS

The “Keep Palm and Travel On” promo from Air Transat invites travellers to take advantage of specially priced South packages starting at $899. Bookings must be made by Oct. 25 for travel Dec. 17-April 30, 2022. Details on the web site or at Agent Direct.

Throughout October, Canadians who book seven nights or longer at any Sandals or Beaches resort will receive a variety of instant savings (redeemable from tour operators) ranging from $300 to $600 per room. The offers include:

• $300 per room off on all Sandals or Beaches bookings (excluding Sandals Grenada and Beaches Turks and Caicos) for travel through 2022

• $500 per room booked at Sandals Grenada or Beaches Turks and Caicos for travel through 2022

• $400 per room booked at all Sandals Resorts for travel between Aug. 1 and Sept. 30, 2022

• $600 per room booked at all Beaches Resorts for travel Sept. 1-30, 2022.

TOURS

Reflecting an increased interest in Europe from Canadians, G Adventures has launched a new tour featuring Christmas markets in Germany and Austria. The week-long “Christmas in Central Europe – Berlin to Vienna” tour includes the Hellbrunner Christmas Market in Salzburg, home to more than 700 beautifully decorated Christmas trees, and Germany’s Nuremberg market, which is celebrated as one of the oldest markets in the world. Four departures will run from late November to the end of December, with an additional stop in Munich. Tour participants must be fully vaccinated.

Intrepid’s new mandatory vaccination policy for all travellers and tour leaders took effect Sept. 1 and the adventure travel company has also launched a global vaccine equity campaign that focuses on improving COVID-19 vaccine access and education and offering donations to support global equitable access to vaccines. Intrepid has mobilized 23 operational offices across five continents to offer logistical support, transportation resources, training, and education. In Cusco, Peru, for example, Intrepid began offering free transportation to a vaccination hub for trekking porters and their families and also hosted an information and QandA session with a member of the WHO’s technical advisory committee to help educate tour guides about COVID-19 vaccines.

HOTELS

Sunwing reports that 20 of its Blue Diamond Resorts properties have now been fully integrated into Marriott International’s Autograph Collection. The move follows the news earlier this year that the company’s hotel division had signed a mutual partnership agreement with the hotel giant. The 20 participating Blue Diamond Resorts, now including Royalton Grenada, are the first all-inclusive properties to join the Marriott brand, a curated collection of independent properties with distinct perspectives on design and hospitality. The resorts will continue to be independently owned and operated by Blue Diamond Resorts under the Autograph Collection name

The High West Distillery and The Lodge at Blue Sky in Park City, Utah, have teamed up to offer a unique whiskey spa treatment. The Edge Spa at The Lodge at Blue Sky offers a 90-minute ‘High West Whiskey Rubdown,’ channeling the Old West with a whiskey, salt and sage foot soak paired with an herbal-infused whiskey elixir, followed by a massage, foot scrub and scalp invigorator.

RESORTS

St. Somewhere

Bookings for Margaritaville St. Somewhere Punta Coco, Holbox Island by Karisma are now live. The Mexican property, located on Isla Holbox, a budding yet remote island northwest of Cancun, is set to debut later this fall and will be the first in Margaritaville’s new boutique hotel collection, St. Somewhere. With 39 suites and an intimate open-air concept, the resort is nestled over mangrove gardens, and will feature winding wooden bridges elevated two metres above the ground offering scenic views of the destination’s lush flora and over 900 m. of pristine beach. Pre-opening rates start at $495 per night and can be booked through Dec. 31 for reservations through June 30, 2022

CRUISE

Carnival Cruise Line has announced plans for more ship restarts for January and February as it works towards the return of its full fleet sailing from US homeports in the spring of 2022. With 17 ships scheduled to be operating by year-end, Carnival Sunshine will restart from Charleston, SC, on Jan. 13, and Carnival Liberty from Port Canaveral, Fla., on Feb. 11.

Disney Cruise Line has completed a roster of new and reimagined experiences for guests sailing on the Disney Wish next summer. Among the highlights: A high-tech starship on a mission to assist the Resistance, a nautical playground where little cadets train with “the most magical captains at sea,” and a hip hangout for teens and tweens with an ultra-exclusive VIP list. The Wish will sail its maiden voyage on June 9, followed by a season of three- and four-night cruises to Nassau, Bahamas, and Disney’s private island, Castaway Cay, from Port Canaveral, Fla.

PEOPLE/APPOINTMENTS

Patrick Bui has been named Chief Financial Officer of Transat AT effective Nov. 15. Bui was most recently CEO of Kruger Energy, a renewable-energy producer with operations throughout the Americas.

Transat has also announced the appointments of Cole Keitamo and Marie-Eve Charbonneau to group sales managers. Keitamo is responsible for Ontario, Atlantic, and Western Canada; he has over 20 years of experience in various roles at Transat, including group sales manager in Western Canada since March 2017. Charbonneau has been promoted to group sales manager, Quebec, and Ottawa. She joined Transat in 2003 and has held several positions over the years, including various supervisor roles within the group department. They can be reached via email respectively at cole.keitamo@transat.com and marieeve.charbonneau@transat.com.

Red Label Vacations Inc. (RLV) has announced Rod Hanna as the new Director of Branding, Independent Program, and Related Projects. Hanna brings a wealth of Canadian travel industry experience, most recently as director of sales Canada for the Saint Lucia Tourism Authority. He has also held various roles within the Sunwing Travel Group, and previously worked with Selloffvacations.com.

DESTINATIONS

The annual Jasper Dark Sky Festival returns Oct. 15 to 24, 2021 giving star-gazing guests of all ages the opportunity to power down and look up in the world’s largest accessible Dark Sky Preserve. The annual event helps raise public awareness about light pollution while building a deeper connection to the universe and beyond and features an extensive line-up of activities and guest speakers. Click HERE for full details.

The largest Krispy Kreme store in the world, the Times Square Flagship location, is now open in New York. Doughnut patrons can watch the doughnut creation process, browse themed merchandise, and stop by the street-side pickup window that is open 24/7, for hot glazed donuts.

Send info to baginski@travelindustrytoday.com

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Sabre and Emirates Sign New Distribution Agreement

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Sabre and Emirates Sign New Distribution Agreement - TRAVELINDEXDubai, United Arab Emirates, October 11, 2021 / TRAVELINDEX / Sabre Corporation, the leading software and technology company that powers the global travel industry, and Emirates, one of the world’s largest international airlines, have signed a new multi-year, worldwide distribution agreement.

The new agreement will provide Sabre-connected travel buyers and agencies with access to Emirates’ content, through Sabre’s global distribution system (GDS), with immediate effect. Further to this, Emirates will create and distribute NDC offers through the Sabre GDS.

“We are delighted to reestablish our long-standing partnership with Emirates,” said Roshan Mendis, Chief Commercial Officer, Sabre Travel Solutions. “The agreement demonstrates our commitment to creating a sustainable distribution model that benefits all constituents across the travel value chain. Resulting from thoughtful discussions between both parties, our new agreement will provide both Emirates and travel buyers with immense value, removing complexity in the buying process, which is crucial to the recovery of the industry.”

The new contract will connect Emirates to a global network of travelers, while supporting its global vision to provide travel buyers and travelers with personalized offers.

“We are pleased to have reached this distribution agreement with Sabre,” said Adnan Kazim, Chief Commercial Officer at Emirates. “The new contract will support us to meet the needs of our agency partners. Providing agencies with flexibility, choice and efficiency will help them to thrive in the current climate and will help us drive revenue and growth.”

In addition to the new agreement, Sabre will continue to partner with Emirates on advanced retailing, data and analytics capabilities through a number of its industry-leading solutions in areas such as network planning, revenue optimization and market intelligence.

About Sabre Corporation
Sabre Corporation is a leading software and technology company that powers the global travel industry, serving a wide range of travel companies including airlines, hoteliers, travel agencies and other suppliers. The company provides retailing, distribution and fulfilment solutions that help its customers operate more efficiently, drive revenue and offer personalized traveler experiences. Through its leading travel marketplace, Sabre connects travel suppliers with buyers from around the globe. Sabre’s technology platform manages more than $260B worth of global travel spend annually. Headquartered in Southlake, Texas, USA, Sabre serves customers in more than 160 countries around the world.

About Emirates
Emirates is the award-winning airline renowned for its industry-leading services in the air and on the ground. It is the world’s largest operator of the popular Boeing 777 and iconic Airbus A380 aircraft, both modern and efficient widebody aircraft types which offer the latest onboard comforts. Emirates’ global network connects over 120 cities on six continents to, and through, its hub in Dubai. The airline also contributes to vibrant communities as a prominent sponsor of sports and cultural events around the world.

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Focus on Domestic Tourism as Leaders Meet in Maldives

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Focus on Domestic Tourism as Leaders Meet in Maldives

Male, Maldives, October 11, 2021 / TRAVELINDEX / The annual UNWTO Executive Training Programme returned to focus on harnessing the power of domestic tourism to drive recovery and growth in destinations across Asia and the Pacific.

Now in its 15th year, the Training Programme once again served as the leading platform for the region’s tourism leaders to network and develop strategies for guiding the sector forward. The event brought together representatives of 25 countries, with six (Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Iran, Sri Lanka, Mongolia and Nepal) joining hosts the Maldives to attend the training sessions in person.

Read all the latest UNWTO News and Updates here.

High-level political welcome

The sector needs leaders who can recognize ideas that will make a difference, who will innovate and back entrepreneurs and start-ups

The Minister of Tourism of the Maldives, Dr. Abdulla Mausoom, officially opened the Training Session, welcoming delegates taking part in person and online. Further highlighting the host country’s high-level political support for tourism, the UNWTO leadership also met with the Minister and his colleagues to learn more of plans to diversify its sector and make it more gender equal.

Dr Mausoom thanked UNWTO for the opportunity to host the training sessions, highlighting the Maldives’ commitment to growing tourism back sustainably, with a focus on promoting the islands’ rich culture, heritage and biodiversity. Opening the event, UNWTO Secretary-General Zurab Pololikashvili stressed that, as tourism restarts in many parts of the world, “the sector needs leaders who can recognize ideas that will make a difference, who will innovate and back entrepreneurs and start-ups”.

Innovation and private sector partnerships

Reflecting the restart of domestic tourism ahead of international tourism, both across Asia and the Pacific and globally, the Executive Training Programme focused on enabling destinations of all sizes to capitalize on this trend. The opening sessions focused on destination management and was led by UNWTO experts alongside key partners including Google, and featured case studies from Bangladesh, Cambodia, Hong Kong, China, Indonesia, Iran, Mongolia, Pakistan, Sri Lanka and Vietnam. This was followed by sessions focusing on the role of innovation and private sector partnerships in growing domestic tourism, with case studies presented by representatives of Bhutan, Macao, China, Maldives, Myanmar, Philippines, Samoa, India and China.

Read all the latest UNWTO News and Updates here.

Building on UNWTO Support for the Maldives

Since the Maldives re-opened its borders to international tourism in July 2020, arrivals have been steadily increasing. In February 2021, UNWTO signed an agreement with the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) for the implementation of a project on tourism recovery for the Maldives, working closely with the government and private sector stakeholders to accelerate the safe and sustainable restart of the sector.

The 34th Joint Meeting of the UNWTO Commission for East Asia and the Pacific and the UNWTO Commission for South Asia (34th CAP-CSA) will also be hosted by the Maldives next year. It will be held within the framework of Maldives’ celebration of its Golden Jubilee to commemorate the 50th anniversary of its tourism development and its globally recognized status as a world-class tourism destination.

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WTTC Research Reveals Tourism Slow Recovery Hitting Jobs and Growth Worldwide

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WTTC Research Reveals Tourism Slow Recovery Hitting Jobs and Growth Worldwide - TRAVELINDEXLondon, United Kingdom, October 11, 2021 / TRAVELINDEX / The Travel & Tourism sector’s continued sluggish recovery will see its year-on-year contribution to global GDP rise by less than one third in 2021, according to new research from the World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC).

In a slower than expected recovery GDP contribution will only increase by less than one third. Nearly 19 million Travel and Tourism jobs in the balance in 2021. With the right measures, governments could see jobs surpass 2019 levels by 2022.

WTTC, which represents the global Travel & Tourism private sector, says the recovery of the sector has been hampered by the lack of international coordination, severe travel restrictions and slower vaccination rates in some parts of the world which still hamper many regions of the world.

In 2019, the Travel & Tourism sector generated nearly USD 9.2 trillion to the global economy, however in 2020, the pandemic brought Travel & Tourism to an almost complete standstill which resulted in a 49.1% drop, representing a punishing loss of nearly USD$ 4.5 trillion.

While the global economy is set to receive a modest 30.7% year on year increase from Travel & Tourism in 2021, this will only represent USD 1.4 trillion and is mainly driven by domestic spending.

The economic modelling was conducted by Oxford Economics on behalf of WTTC and calculated a baseline scenario based on the current global vaccination rollout, consumer confidence and relaxed travel restrictions in some in regions around the world.

The research reveals that at the current rate of recovery, Travel & Tourism’s contribution to the global economy could see a similar moderate year on year rise of 31.7% in 2022.

Last year, WTTC revealed the loss of a staggering 62 million Travel & Tourism jobs around the world and with the current pace of recovery, jobs are set to rise by only 0.7% this year.

Similarly, research shows a more hopeful potential year-on-year jobs rise across the sector next year, by a positive 18%.

Julia Simpson, WTTC President & CEO said: “Our research clearly shows that while the global Travel & Tourism sector is beginning to recover from the ravages of COVID-19 there are still too many restrictions in place, an uneven vaccine rollout, resulting in a slower than expected recovery of just under a third this year.

“Last year, 62 million Travel & Tourism jobs were lost globally, and our data shows a rise of a meagre 0.7% this year. While next year is looking more positive in terms of the global economy and jobs, the current rate of recovery is simply not fast enough and is in the most part driven by domestic travel, which will not achieve a full economic recovery.

“If governments can start looking internationally and support Travel & Tourism with simplified rules to enable the safe return of travel, there is the opportunity to save jobs and boost economic wealth”.

According to the research, the sector’s contribution to global GDP and the rise in jobs could be more positive this year and next, if the following measures are met:

  1. Allow fully vaccinated travellers to move freely, irrespective of their origin or eventual destination, removing complex tiered systems.
  2. The implementation of digital solutions which enable all travellers to easily prove their COVID status, so in turn speeding up the process at borders around the world.
  3. Recognition of all vaccines authorised by the World Health Organisation (WHO) and/or any of the Stringent Regulatory Authorities (SRA).
  4. Agreement from all relevant authorities that international travel is safe with enhanced health and safety protocols.

The future could be brighter
The research shows that if these four vital rules are followed before the end of 2021, the impact on the global economy and jobs could be significant.

According to the data, the sector’s contribution to the global economy could jump by 37.5% – reaching USD 6.4 trillion this year (compared to USD 4.7 trillion in 2020).

However, there is still hope if restrictions continue being lifted and with more international cooperation, governments could bring back nearly 19 million jobs before the year ends (up 6.8%).

The trend continues into next year when the sector’s contribution to the global economy could see a year on year rise of 34%, reaching USD 8.6 trillion, close to 2019, a record year for Travel & Tourism. Similarly, jobs could surpass 2019 levels – up 20.1% year on year, to more than 349 million.

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Belmond Hotels Names Karl Bieberach as Head of Global Development

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Belmond Hotels Names Karl Bieberach as Head of Global Development

London, United Kingdom, October 11, 2021 / TRAVELINDEX / Belmond today announced the appointment of Karl Bieberach as Senior Vice President of Global Development. Set to begin his new role on 22nd March, 2021, he will be responsible for the global expansion of Belmond’s portfolio which spans hotels, trains, river barges and safaris. Prior to joining Belmond, he served as Chief Development Officer at Rosewood Hotel Group.

Mr. Bieberach brings 25 years of experience to Belmond following a successful career in a variety of senior roles at well-renowned hospitality brands including Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Marriott International and HVS International. Having worked extensively in almost all corners of the world, he has evaluated or transacted nearly 500 deals globally.

Roeland Vos, President & Chief Executive Officer of Belmond said of the appointment: “Already at the forefront of luxury, Belmond has a renewed and ambitious strategy that will position us as the leading provider of incomparable genuine travel experiences. Part of this strategy is our commitment to finding unique assets in remarkable locations that will further expand our collection of one-of-a-kind offerings to today’s discerning travellers.

Karl has an excellent track record and proven ability to grow well-respected hospitality brands. With his wealth of industry knowledge and expertise, he will play an instrumental role in strategically growing the company’s footprint through property acquisitions and new management agreements.”

Mr. Bieberach’s background includes hotel and residential development, acquisitions, feasibility and investment analysis. He speaks English, Spanish and French fluently and is passionate about food, art and travel.

Mr. Bieberach said: “It is a great pleasure to join Belmond, a pioneer in the world of luxury travel. As a brand that sees its role as a custodian of timeless heritage, I will continue to be guided by this philosophy, selectively expanding the footprint where not only can we offer authentic experiences but also play a role in celebrating the legendary art of travel. I am excited about the opportunities that await especially in this momentous time in the history of travel.”

Belmond, now part of the world’s leading luxury group LVMH, steps proudly forward into its next phase of evolution. Alongside its strategic expansion, the company also continues to invest in its sensitive restoration plans including the introduction of new Grand Suites aboard the iconic Venice Simplon-Orient-Express and the renovation of Splendido Mare, A Belmond Hotel, Portofino which will reopen its doors in April 2021.

About Belmond
Belmond has been a pioneer of luxury travel for over 45 years, building a passion for authentic escapes into a portfolio of one-of-a-kind experiences in some of the world’s most inspiring destinations.

Since the acquisition of the iconic Hotel Cipriani in Venice in 1976, Belmond has continued to perpetuate the legendary art of travel, taking discerning global travellers on breathtaking journeys. Its portfolio extends across 24 countries with 46 remarkable properties that include the illustrious Venice Simplon-Orient-Express train, remote beach retreats like Cap Juluca in Anguilla, Italian hideaways such as Splendido in Portofino, or unrivalled gateways to world natural wonders such as Hotel das Cataratas inside Brazil’s Iguazu National Park. From trains to river barges, safari lodges to hotels, each unique property offers an incomparable experience with its own story to tell. The essence of the Belmond brand is built upon its heritage, craftsmanship and genuine, authentic service. Belmond sees its role as custodians of timeless heritage, dedicated to preserving its assets through sensitive ongoing restoration plans. Belmond is part of the world’s leading luxury group LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton.

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Re-Positioning Phuket as Luxury Destination – Thailand Yacht Show

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Re-Positioning Phuket as Luxury Destination – Thailand Yacht Show

Phuket, Thailand, October 9, 2021 / TRAVELINDEX / The 6th edition of the Thailand Yacht Show, postponed for the past 18 months along with most other large scale international events, is gearing up for next year’s re-awakening with the backing of all the major international yachting brands and Thai government stakeholders.

The show will eventually become the central event in a new multi-faceted “Festival of Luxury Tourism” proposed to the Thai government by Verventia and designed to help re-position Phuket as a HNW tourism destination – a policy just confirmed as adopted by the Prime Minister himself (Read more here).

Originally scheduled back in February this year, show organisers Verventia are cautiously optimistic that the pandemic will be brought under control and the population adequately protected so that TYS can be staged in the first quarter of 2022. Nevertheless, arrangements are being kept flexible in line with the industry’s wishes and the government’s advice, ensuring a timetable with which all strategic partners are comfortable given the on- going situation.

Having had to postpone no less than 5 shows over the past 2 years, Verventia CEO Andy Treadwell has refused to make any premature announcements about definitive dates for the reopening, despite pressure from newly-hatched competitors with no experience trying to hijack the show.

“With people and businesses suffering badly and the government resolutely – and completely correctly – putting safety first, we believe it would be highly insensitive, at best, to announce that the virus will have gone away and borders re-opened until it is fact. We believe this is unlikely to be the case in just 3 months from now. We will stage the show when we and all our clients, partners and stakeholders feel it is safe to do so – which we sincerely hope will be early next year.”

GLOBAL YACHTING INDUSTRY IN SUPPORT OF TYS!

All the major brands and regional dealers have already booked their berths at TYS 2022, whenever it can eventually take place, fully endorsing the Show. They also appreciate the investment its owners have made over the past 6 years in helping to grow the regional industry and promote Phuket as the main yachting hub for Asia.

Simpson Marine, the biggest and longest-standing dealer in Asia and founding partner of all three of the Asia Yacht Shows in Singapore, Thailand and Hong Kong, has once again confirmed the biggest number of berths in TYS 2022, and will be showing at least 5 or 6 of the latest models of their brands San Lorenzo, Lagoon, Beneteau, Fairline and Aquila.

Richard Allen, General Manager of Simpson Marine, speaks for the most of the industry when he says: “We do not need another show in Thailand- and with the Covid situation in SEA at present, [even] if there was a show taking place in January (2022), we would not attend. The Verventia team has over the last few years been very active in getting the Thai government to understand the potential economic benefits for their country by allowing superyachts to charter here. Now this has finally been approved, I am certain we will see tremendous growth in the boating industry at large. I just wish everybody would get behind [Verventia] and help them grow the Thailand Yacht Show- we don’t need opportunists trying to jump the bandwagon, destroying the momentum and causing confusion. We have already seen the same situation in Hong Kong, causing great damage to the industry there.”

Ferretti Group, another major global brand enjoying huge success in Asia at the moment and also a founding partner of TYS and all three Asia Yacht Shows, has similarly booked their usual berths on the front row of the exhibition.

Sales & Marketing Director, Asia Pacific, Fabiomassimo Discoli, commented: “We certainly don’t want two competing exhibitions in Phuket. Ferretti Group APAC has a long relationship with Verventia and we trust them in being able to create a quality boat show in the region. We have already invested in their shows and there would be no space for another one in the season 2021/2022.”

Princess Yachts is another one of the biggest leisure boating brands in the world and, having similarly supported every single edition of the 3 Asian Yacht Shows since inception, is equally aghast at the ridiculous situation of a newcomer trying to destroy TYS: “We definitely do not need another boat show. If a new organiser wants to be involved, they need to come together strategically with the existing organisers and agree how they can best represent the industry. We like the idea of a single show covering a larger territory across Asia Pacific, with the tried and tested partners with whom we have worked for the past ten years who can operate a show like the Singapore Yacht Show and deliver a truly positive and genuine experience for our customers.” says Princess Chief Marketing Officer, Kiran Haslam

The Thai government initiated the Thailand Yacht Show in 2015 in a move to stimulate Thailand’s economy through developing a high-end marine tourism industry. Verventia were chosen as the event organisers, and now intend to develop it into an international marketing platform that reaches out to the global HNW and UHNWI community.

The extended event will include separate showcases of other high-end luxury products such as private jets, classic cars and electric cars, wellness and healthcare, and Art & Culture – the combined shows providing an irresistible event to attract many thousands of lifestyle-focused consumers from all over the region.

The global campaign currently being prepared for the launch of this event will provide a year-round marketing platform to re-position Thailand as an elite UHNWI destination, as well as being a catalyst for business opportunities in the privileged universes the campaign will engage with.

Visitors will be able to experience the outstanding venues around Phuket, together with unparalleled hospitality, tropical climate, white sandy beaches and some of Asia’s best golf courses.

Vice Governor of Phuket Khun Piyaphong Choonwong, fully endorses the new event: “The Provincial Government of Phuket is delighted to support the initiative of the Thailand Yacht Show team in creating a global campaign to bring a whole raft of wealthy yachting tourists to our beautiful island. The concept of the Festival of Luxury Tourism, incorporating the Thailand Yacht Show, will surely be exceptionally appealing to exactly the kind of high net-worth holidaymakers and the agencies who spread the word to them. At a recent meeting of Phuket’s business leaders, this project received a 100% vote in favour of support. When we can finally open our borders completely once more, there will be a queue of people waiting to come and experience our luxury tourism offering.”

First published at TravelCommunication.net

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Kew Green Hotels Expands its Global Presence

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Kew Green Hotels Expands its Global Presence

Bangkok, Thailand, October 9, 2021 / TRAVELINDEX / Kew Green Hotels, one of the UK’s leading hotel management companies with over 55 hotels in its portfolio, is continuing its global expansion with the signing of three properties in Bangkok to be delivered by Siamese and Kew Green Management Company Thailand: Crowne Plaza Rama 9, Cassia by Banyan Tree Rama 9 and Cassia by Banyan Tree Ram Intra. This is in addition to the signing of four hotels under the Wyndham Hotels & Resorts brand umbrella which are due to open in Bangkok from the end of 2021, bringing it to a total of seven hotels in Thailand.

As part of Kew Green Hotels’ growing global presence, they have entered into a global partnership with the award-winning Light Human Hotels, announcing the first collection of hotel openings: Light Human Hotels Vila Real Porto in Portugal will open in 2022, followed by Light Human Hotel Curitiba in Brazil from 2023. Future Light Human Hotels, exclusively managed by Kew Green Hotels, will include Paris, Porto Marina in Portugal, Miami, Corsica, São Paulo and Rio de Janeiro.

Confident in Thailand’s position as a world-class tourism destination, and as the country is preparing to open to international arrivals outside of the Sandbox in Phuket, Chris Dexter, Chief Executive Officer of Kew Green Hotels remarked “We are delighted to be continuing our expansion globally, both into South East Asia, as well as in the Americas and in Europe. This announcement reflects Kew Green Hotels’ broadening expertise in the international hotel market and reputation for operational excellence, strong commercial awareness and industry leading profit delivery.”

Siamese and Kew Green Management Company Thailand expansion

Siamese and Kew Green Management Company Thailand will launch a total of seven properties in the heart of Bangkok from late 2021: The Wyndham Queen Convention Centre, Wyndham Garden Sukhumvit 42, Ramada Plaza by Wyndham Sukhumvit 48, Ramada by Wyndham Sukhumvit 87, Cassia by Banyan Tree Group Rama 9, Crowne Plaza Bangkok Rama 9 and Cassia by Banyan Tree Group Ram Intra. Alongside the launch of these seven properties, Kew Green Hotels will also be launching a Commercial Hub for South East Asia to support the region, based in Bangkok.

Cassia by Banyan Tree Rama 9 will launch in 2023 with 300 rooms within a mixed-use development, Siamese Rama 9, which also features high-end apartments, office space and a mall. Close to the Thai capital’s new central business district, the property is conveniently located on the bustling Rama 9, offering exceptional access to world-class shopping at Central Plaza Grand and connectivity to the rest of Bangkok via a nearby MRT station.

Crowne Plaza Bangkok Rama 9, due to launch in 2023, features 285 rooms, also within the mixed-use development, Siamese Rama 9. This marks the first time IHG has completed a franchise agreement in Thailand, as they expand their relationship with long-term partner Kew Green Hotels, as part of the Joint Venture with experienced Thai real estate developer, Siamese Asset.

Cassia by Banyan Tree Ram Intra is a home away from home for leisure and business guests, located in north east Bangkok, with connectivity to the Thai capital’s central business district and leisure attractions. The hotel features 220 rooms and will launch in 2024.

Kew Green Hotels announce global partnership with Light Human Hotels

Light Human Hotels Vila Real Porto opening in the last quarter of 2022, features 124 bedrooms and suites and is nestled within a community of residences and luxury retailers just five minutes’ drive from the centre of Vila Real, an hour east of Porto’s International Airport. The resort is well-located to explore the verdant local area including the lush valleys and towering mountains of Parque Natural da Serra do Alvao and just 20 minutes to the Douro Valley, world-famous for its vineyards and breath-taking scenery.

Light Human Hotels Curitiba opening from 2023, offers 180 bedrooms and suites and is located in the luxurious Batel neighbourhood, offering easy access to the commercial and experiential centre of Curitiba, known as Brazil’s ‘green capital’ (The Guardian) and the “most innovative city in the world”. Bringing together working, moving and living leisure, Curitiba has become the gold standard in sustainable urban planning. The resort is located less than 20 kilometres from Curitba’s Afonso Pena International Airport.

Each of the Light Human Hotels will feature the brand’s signature amenities including gastronomy designed by Michelin Starred Chef Baptiste Danieul, spa services by L’Occitane, a state-of-the-art swimming pool, events and wedding spaces, a family play area and a kid’s bar. Creativity is at the heart of the Light Human Hotels concept with the hotel showcasing art curated by Muzéo, and architecture by the multi-award-winning Atelier Arcau.

As hotel management partners, Kew Green Hotels set themselves apart by combining years of experience with innovative ideas to deliver outstanding hotel services and by delivering exceptional returns for hotel owners and partners across the world. Combining market-leading technology with expert talent, their Commercial Hub integrates proactive and reactive sales, marketing, analytics and revenue management, to support their increasing hotel portfolio, providing a consolidated approach to deliver growth.

About Kew Green Hotels
Kew Green Hotels was founded in 2001 with a single hotel. It is now a leading UK and International hotel management company with over 55 hotels in the portfolio and over 1,400 employees. Working across the spectrum of hotel operations, from limited service through to luxury full service, Kew Green Hotels is set apart from the competition by owning and developing hotels, as well as managing assets on behalf of others. Kew Green Hotels are expanding internationally including launching seven properties in Bangkok, Thailand, delivered by a new joint-venture with Siamese Asset, to form Siamese and Kew Green Management Company, Thailand. Alongside the launch of these seven properties from the end of 2021, Kew Green Hotels will also be launching a Commercial Hub for South East Asia to support the region, based in Bangkok. Kew Green Hotels exclusively provide hotel management services for Light Human Hotels’ international portfolio.

About Siamese Asset Public Company Limited
Siamese Asset, founded in 2010 by the management group of Ritta Co.Ltd., is a multi-award-winning construction company in Thailand, bringing expertise in real estate to create quality residences and provide investment opportunities with sustainable value growth to shareholders.

About Light Human Hotels
Inspired by French founders, Julien Veyron & Jean-Pierre Bandeira, London based company Light Human Hotels is at the cutting edge of hospitality innovation. It is a new, flexible concept that will soon be home to elegant, cool and environmentally friendly hotels. Winner of the Most Innovative Boutique Hotel’s 2019 UK Enterprise Awards, Light Human Hotels, translated as “the shape of things to come,” are designed to generate human interaction, and provide meaningful experiences. A transgenerational, non-binary concept, created with a millennial mindset and welcome to all, each hotel is inspired by local soul and service innovation.

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VANCOUVER, CANADA’S GREENEST CITY

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We dyed in the wool Torontonians have maintained a long-time rivalry with Vancouverites. They think that we think the world (Canada) revolves around us and we think that they think they live in Canada’s most beautiful city—with real estate prices to prove the point. However, I must confess that my recent trip to Vancouver confirms that the city is as vibrant and stunning as my Vancouver buddies like to boast. It’s hard, no impossible, to compete with Stanley Park, the stunning waterfront and backdrop of mountains. I hope you’ll find these “save and splurge” tips to be useful when planning your trip to, amongst other kudos, Canada’s “greenest” city.

THE “YOU ONLY LIVE ONCE” SPLURGE LIST

Bottomless Brunch & Rooftop Buzz

Come hungry to ARC restaurant in the Fairmont Waterfront hotel. The all-inclusive brunch ($49 per person) features a smorgasbord of temptations including smoothies, jerk fried chicken, short ribs poutine, Croque Madame, tacos and salmon Benedict. Throw in a “Let’s Get Fizzical” Mimosa tasting flight ($19) and you’ve got a party.

Guests can work off those calories by taking one of the hotel’s free bicycles for a loop around Stanley Park’s Seawall or doing some lengths in the roof-top pool.

The Fairmont Waterfront also has a rooftop apiary where chief beekeeper Julia Common oversees a lot of busy bees who produce upwards of 200 pounds of honey per year. It’s all part of a Hives for Humanity program. The Waterfront is also dog friendly, so its canine guests receive water bowls, beds and cookies.
www.fairmont.com

Star-Studded Boulevard Kitchen and Oyster Bar:
One of the most awarded restaurants in Vancouver’s recent history, Boulevard Kitchen & Oyster Bar features sensational seafood paired with the culinary visions of Chefs Alex Chen and Roger Ma. Like Ma, Chen also won the Canadian Culinary Championship crown in 2018 and was the first competitor to beat Iron Chef Hugh Acheson in the 2018 reboot of Iron Chef Canada.
Order the seafood tower and imagine you’re on a grand boulevard in Paris.
www.boulevardvancouver.ca

Sole Food
What do movie director Robert Altman and entertainer Madonna have in common? Both have worn the funky shoe creations by Vancouver designer John Fluevog. Everything about his soles and heels have attitude—from pointy-toed pilgrim styles to sexy Mary Janes.
www.fluevog.com

Take a Wok
Guide Robert Sung is a passionate font of information about Chinatown and the Chinese culture. Meet him at the Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Gardens, the first full-scale Ming Dynasty garden of its kind to be constructed outside of China. This oasis was named in honour of the Chinese philosopher, physician and politician, often referred to as the Father of Modern China du to his role in the overthrow of China’s last imperial Qing Dynasty.

From the peaceful garden Sung will lead you on a lively romp of Chinatown, stopping for tastes of warm apple tart and barbecued pork. You will visit a fascinating shop selling herbal remedies such as dried sea cucumber, all sorts of mushrooms and various fish bladders. Sung also stops at fish mongers, grocery and produce stores.

“Dim sum demystified” is how Sung describes lunch. While enjoying a spread of various dumplings and small bites, we learn that dim sum means “touch the heart” and that good manners specify that one never pours one’s own tea but fills the cups of others at the table. We wind up in a traditional tea shop with a demonstration of how to prepare Chinese tea and a chance to buy some exotic leaves. Sung also offers walking food tours of Granville Island.
Tour costs $80 plus tax; minimum two people.
www.awokaround.com

Food choices

THE “CHEAP THRILLS” SAVE LIST

Thai One On
Chef Narong Yumongkol presides at Unchai, named best Thai restaurant by Vancouver Magazine last year. Before coming to Vancouver, chef worked in several luxurious hotels in Thailand and Dubai. His small restaurant on Burrard Street, overlooking a Honda dealership, isn’t fancy but the food is five-star. Due to Covid, they no longer operate the indoor restaurant, so folks line up for take-out, plus there are three tables on a small curbside patio. Dishes from all over Thailand include papaya salad, boat noodle soup and Panang curry. It’s the best Thai food I’ve had in North America with a brilliant menu and just the right balance of sweet, sour, bitter, salty and spicy.
www.unchai.ca

Keefer Yard bar

Putts & Pints
If you’re in Chinatown, check out the hip bar with an indoor putting course called Keefer Yard. You might want to try a sake colada or a rosemary gimlet to get you in the mood to sink some balls. Golf cost is $10 for two. Happy hour goes from 2 to 4 p.m. Monday to Friday when you can order a local beer for $5 or cocktails at reduced prices. Pub grub includes burgers, dim sum and exotic small bites.
www.thekeeferbar.com

Market Grub
Enjoy a DIY picnic at the Granville Island Public Market. Browse the wealth of stalls featuring artisan-made cheeses, meats, breads and sweets, then take your feast outside and enjoy your meal al fresco. Inexpensive and fun, the Aquabus and False Creek Ferries provide short rides across the False Creek Inlet, from the downtown side (north) to the Granville Island side (south).
The ferries run continuously from 7am to 10:30pm in the summer (8:30pm winter).
Aquabus

Hike the Grouse Grind
This steep 2.9-kilometre trail to the top of Grouse Mountain is commonly referred to by locals as “Mother Nature’s Stairmaster.” Average completion time for the Grind is 1.5 hours, with the fastest time just over 26 minutes. Once you reach the summit, order a well-deserved beer, enjoy the stunning views, and then take the tram back down. www.grousemountain.com

Pick of the Park
Stanley Park’s massive urban green space offers a multitude of athletic options. Play tennis or check out the Stanley Park Pitch & Putt, a par-three golf course that winds through mature trees along English Bay. Cyclists, joggers and walkers wanting to escape the crowds on the seawall can check out the park’s 64 kilometres of forested trails.

It’s a Gas
Will Woods runs Forbidden Vancouver, a bunch of walking tours that give guests an animated inside look at the city in the bad old days. On the Lost Souls of Gastown your storyteller will regale you with gruesome tales back in the 1800s when Vancouver was a wild frontier town complete with gangsters, gold rushers, madams, a terrible plague and fire. Cost is $32 for adults.
www.forbiddenvancouver.ca

First published at Travel Industry Today

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