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Celebrating Mother’s Day Around Asia

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Celebrating Mother’s Day Around Asia - TRAVELINDEXFrom indulgent spa therapies to special stay packages that the whole family can enjoy (and we mean multiple generations), we’ve rounded up a range of Mother’s Day offers from around Asia that might just make the perfect gift this May.   

Slowing Down at Fusion Resort Phu Quoc
This Mother’s Day Fusion Resort Phu Quoc is taking things slow – really slow. To mark the special day on the tropical island mothers and their children are invited to take part in a Slow Bike Race, where the winner is whoever takes the longest to cross the finish line. Riders can enjoy ocean views as the pace of the race comes almost to a standstill. The winners will receive a free adult and kids beverage. Later in the evening, the all-villa resort property is offering a Seafood Date Night by the pool with a multi-course meal and wine being served up for VND 2,800,000 ++ (USD 122++) for two. The highlight of the feast is a seafood platter with grilled red snapper in banana leaf, king prawns, calamari, scallops, and oysters. 

Afternoon Tea Beside a Moat at Palace Hotel Tokyo
For an impressive treat this Mother’s Day book a table for the hotel’s ever-popular afternoon tea at The Palace Lounge. Though many hotels invoke the majesty of the word palace, few can claim such palatial trappings as a moat. The Palace can.The property’s regal waterside setting can be enjoyed on Grand Kitchen’s outdoor terrace, or through the floor to ceiling windows of The Palace Lounge while enjoying high tea. The springtime selection features dishes like blanc manger made with steamed turnip, bitter field mustard flowers sauced with grainy mustard, and the subtle texture of bamboo shoots steamed with rice, along with an array of sweet treats – all artfully presented in an elegant, three-tiered jyubako lacquered box. The Spring Afternoon Tea set is JPY6,200 or JPY8,800 if you’d like to add a glass of champagne. For further indulgence the hotel’s evian SPA, is currently offering Mother’s Day Gift certificates (JPY27,000) for a 75-minute facial and eye care treatment using warew, a premium Japanese beauty brand, that uses natural botanical ingredients, grown in Japan since ancient times. Mothers will be gifted a warew gift set of trial size bottles on the day of their appointment. 

​​Alma Resort Cam Ranh
Thirty-hectare beachfront resort Alma on Vietnam’s scenic Cam Ranh peninsula is offering a two-night getaway suited to multigenerational travel in celebration of Mother’s Day this year. Priced at 30,432,000 VND (USD 1330), the Mother’s Day offer is anchored by a stay from May 6-8 for up to seven adults and two children in a contemporary three-bedroom ocean view pavilion with a private pool and terrace affording vistas of Long Beach. With a spacious living room and four bathrooms, the pavilion totals 224sqm and is designed to accommodate family members across the entire age spectrum, spanning two, three and even four generations. A welcome cake on arrival, daily breakfast, a buffet lunch, dinner at one of Alma’s restaurants, such as beachfront restaurant Atlantis that specializes in fresh seafood and Italian fine-dining restaurant La Casa, and a 20 per cent discount on additional F&B and treatments at Le Spa are among the getaway’s inclusions. Activities such as making Vietnamese fresh spring rolls at Atlantis, taking family photos at street-style venue Chill’s Snack & Bar featuring American-style food trucks, watching movies under the stars at Alma’s Amphitheater and more are also on offer to pay tribute to mothers. For further information,  call +84 258 399 1666.

A Dining Treat for Mother in Phnom Penh
The culinary team at Raffles Hotel Le Royal have taken some of the tastiest recipes handed down from their mothers to compile a special menu that will run all week. From May 2 – 6, reserve a table for two for either lunch or dinner, and your mother will receive a free Lillet cocktail to complement her dining experience. Or, from May 2- 8, at the new Le Phnom 1929 restaurant in the hotel’s west wing, an Afternoon Tea set will be available, which will include a complimentary bottle of Prosecco for all mothers. And on May 8, there’s a Swim n’ Brunch event at Le Royal’s iconic poolside,where from 11am- 3pm families can choose from that same menu of mother-inspired recipes, as well as BBQ, cocktails and Champagne. In the evenings during Mother’s Day week, the hotel’s Elephant Bar will be in a festive mood with live music. Dance the night away at the Mojo Afterworks party, which will include a selection of tapas and oysters, as well as special Ladies Night drinks. For reservations, call +855 23 981 888

First published at – Global Travel News

World’s Largest Truffle Tasting Event with Chefs from Eight Countries

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World's Largest Truffle Tasting with Chefs from Eight Countries - - TRAVELINDEXSoria, Spain, April 26, 2022 / TRAVELINDEX / The World’s largest truffle tasting event was held in Soria earlier this year. An international jury evaluate the teams. A special prize called “Pequetrufa” was be awarded by a children’s jury. The contest had parallel activities open to all audiences. The objective was to position at an international level, the truffle in Castilla y León, a leading community in myco-tourism.

The acting Minister of Education, Rocío Lucas, accompanied by the president of the Soria Provincial Council, Benito Serrano, and the Councilor for Tourism of the capital of Soria, Yolanda Santos, presented the III International Contest “Cooking with Truffles”, which was be held in Soria.

The international competition, organized by the Government of Castilla Y Leon with the collaboration of the City Council and the Provincial Council of Soria, has as its objective the dissemination of a mycological product such as the truffle, one of the most emblematic of haute cuisine, appreciated by chefs all over the world and especially in the province of Soria, with the largest truffle farm in the world, with more than 600 hectares of mycorrhizal oaks.

Rocío Lucas has presented this new edition, framed in the International Gastronomy Festival of Castilla y León, which alternates every two years with the International Contest “Cooking with Truffles” and the International Congress of Mycological Cuisine “Soria Gastronómica”, which will be held in autumn of the next year. The Minister highlighted “the important effort made by the Board in the organization of both events, which are helping the international positioning of mycotourism in Soria and Castilla y León as a great reference, while at the same time betting on its repercussion at the tourist level, through the promotion of gastronomic products in which Castilla y León maintains an important leadership”.

The III International Competition “Cooking with Truffles” reinforces, in the words of the Minister, “the commitment to the gastronomy of Castilla y León, as well as the determined support for all professionals in the sector, with a defined strategy based on specialized tourism products of quality that are also sustainable with the environment”. In this sense, it must be remembered that the annual economic impact of myco-tourism in Castilla y León is estimated at around 33 million euros, with more than 250,000 myco-tourists per year at harvest time in the community, according to the latest data published by the Fundación Cesefor.

International competition
The III International Competition “Cooking with Truffles” took place in Soria with different promotional activities open to the public, with the culinary competition at the Palacio de la Audiencia, with the participation of eight teams of top-level chefs from Italy, Ecuador, Thailand, USA, Mexico, Slovenia, France and Spain.

The representative of the Spanish team was be the Soria chef Juan Carlos Benito, trained at the Soria School of Hospitality, currently responsible for ‘Grumer Catering’ and winner, on several occasions, of the first prize at the Abejar Truffle Fair. Giuseppe D’Errico, with two Michelin stars, participated from Italy; Representing Ecuador was be Alejandro Chamorro, who has entered the list of the 50 best restaurants in Latin America; Anthony Burd of Tony’s restaurant in Bangkok represented Thailand. From the USA, the Top Chef Masters competitor, chef Debbie Gold, participated; Eduardo Morali has been runner-up in Top Chef Mexico; Jure Dretnik, chef de cuisine at the two-Michelin-star restaurant Hiša Franko, represented Slovenia; Lastly, Nicolás Pailhes represented France, where he runs a restaurant in Richerenches, capital of the black truffle.

In addition, enhancing the marked international character of the event, a professional jury has been selected, with personalities of great relevance in world gastronomy such as Clare Reichenbach, Chief Executive Officer of the renowned James Beard Foundation, which bestows the most important culinary awards in the United States; Colombian chef Leonor Espinosa with her restaurant LEO, distinguished among the best restaurants in the world; or the Galician and one of the most influential chefs in Spain, Lucía Freitas, with a Michelin star. Also part of the jury are television chef Javier Peña; the chef from La Mancha Fran Martinez, with two Michelin stars and the champion of the previous edition of Cooking with Truffle and runner-up of Top Chef Spain, Antonio Arrabal.

The winning team of the Competition received the title of “World Truffle Cooking Champion” and an cash prize of 4,000 euros. In addition, the second place received a prize of 2,000 euros and the third place got 1,000 euros. As a novelty, the ‘Pequetrufa’ award has been established, and was awarded by the children’s jury to the best chef, receiving a prize of 1,000 euros.

Soria’s restaurants was invigorated as well as the province’s hotel professionals, creating possibilities for future exchanges, as well as enriching relationships between chefs. The participating restaurants were: La Galiana, La Taberna del Kiosco, Mesón Castellano, El Trashumante, La Lobita, La Chistera, El Baluarte and the Parador de Soria. This activity is carried out in collaboration with the Association of Hospitality and Tourism Entrepreneurs of Soria, ASHOTUR.

Truffle Technical Conference The Aula Magna Tirso de Molina, a Technical Conference was aimed at professionals in the kitchen, the press and the general public, to promote the responsible use of the black truffle in restaurants and at a private level. Within the Conference, quality control was carried out on the black truffle that were used in the International Competition “Cooking with Truffles” and that were provided by the Association of Black Truffle Collectors and Growers of Soria, ATRUSORIA and the Association Forest of Soria, ASFOSO.

Through this Technical Conference, the organization of the International Competition “Cooking with Truffles” has established a rigorous quality control, carried out by independent professionals, so that all the contestants had homogeneous specimens of truffles and in perfect conditions, taking care of aspects such as the roundness, maturity or weight of the product.

Promotion of ‘Trufi-Tourism‘ With the aim of involving all citizens, different activities have been scheduled around the truffle, such as two “Truffle Trails”, consisting of an informative talk on the truffle ecosystem and a practical outing to a truffle plantation. The objective is to be able to visit a truffle farm with the help of an expert, where there will be a truffle hunting demonstration.

In addition, together with the truffle growers’ associations: ATRUSORIA and ASFOSO, a ‘Truffle Market’ was be organized in the Palacio de la Audiencia, to promote and market the product, aimed both at the final consumer and at the professionals of the sector who attended participated in a commercial meeting with the truffle growers at the end of the Technical Day of truffle selection.

First published at – Global Travel News

Tourism Leaders Discuss Lessons Learnt from Pandemic at WTTC Global Summit

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Tourism Leaders Discuss Lessons Learnt from Pandemic at WTTC Global Summit - TRAVELINDEX - VISITPHILIPPINES.orgManila, Philippines, April 21, 2022 / TRAVELINDEX / The world’s leading Tourism Ministers and business leaders from the private sector joined together to discuss the important lessons learnt from the COVID-19 pandemic at WTTC’s 21st Global Summit, which is being held in Manila in the Philippines this week.

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Ministers and business leaders participated in the event, which enabled those taking part in the forum, to discuss how vital public private partnerships are to the sector’s recovery to ensure a safe and sustainable future for the sector.

Ministers, officials, and business leaders shared their thoughts around the crucial need for increasing cooperation and harmonisation to build upon the continued recovery of the global Travel & Tourism sector.

Reflecting on the theme of the Summit, ‘Rediscovering Travel’, this high-level session explored how the sector will continue to adapt to COVID-19 and emerge resiliently from the pandemic.

From border closures, furlough schemes and digital solutions, those attending discussed the highs and lows from the past two years and identified lessons learnt, best practices and trends and set the pathway for a more resilient and sustainable Travel & Tourism sector.

Julia Simpson, President & CEO, said: “The COVID-19 pandemic presented some of the biggest challenges humanity has ever faced. The Travel & Tourism sector was devastated by it. We were hit 18 times harder than the global economy.

“During these uncertain times and following the war in Ukraine, our sector has once again shown its heart and resilience, standing up and providing shelter, supplies and financial support.

“We’ve had to make the toughest decisions but have also seen the true value of our sector. Our sector has used this an opportunity as a catalyst for change, to ensure we move into the future more inclusively, sustainably, and resiliently.”

Among those participating in WTTC’s Global Leaders Dialogue, moderated by international news journalist Sharanjit Leyl, were government ministers from Bangladesh, the European Parliament, India, Japan, Maldives, Philippines, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, South Africa, Thailand, and the United States.

The Philippines was represented by Her Excellency, Bernadette Romulo-Puyat, Secretary, Philippines Department of Tourism.

The private sector was represented by some of the world’s top Travel & Tourism business leaders, including Arnold W. Donald, President and CEO, Carnival Corporation and WTTC Chair, Dan Richards, CEO of Global Rescue, Federico J. Gonzälez, President and CEO, Radisson Hotel Group, Gilda Perez Alvarado, CEO JLL Hospitality, Hiromi Tagawa, Executive Advisor JTB Corp., and Sandra García-Sanjuán, President Starlite Festival and Foundation.

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The attendees also discussed what the next challenges will be and how the sector could best unlock and maximise its potential to create a long-lasting positive impact.

First published at – Global Travel News

Thailand to Host 2022 Global Summit of Women

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Thailand to Host 2022 Global Summit of Women - - TRAVELINDEXBangkok, Thailand, April 1, 2022 / TRAVELINDEX / The Global Summit of Women 2022, the world’s major international business and economic forum for women leaders, is set to be held in Thailand in June, announced by the Summit President and the Thailand Host Committee in a press conference at ICONSIAM. Thailand is honored to host the Summit in its 32nd year, which is an excellent opportunity to showcase Thailand’s potential as an international conference and convention host, and “World Destination” following the coronavirus pandemic.

Global Summit of Women 2020 will be held from 23-25 June 2022 at the Centara Grand Hotel and Bangkok Convention Centre under the theme “Women: Creating Opportunities in the New Reality.” Women leaders in business and government sectors from around the world will attend, in a great opportunity to highlight the potential of Thailand to international delegates as a “World Destination,” both in hosting international conferences and the readiness to open the country for tourism. Thailand was previously scheduled to host the event in 2020, but this was postponed to 2022 by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Ms Irene Natividad, President of the Global Summit of Women 2020, said that apart from its natural and historic bounty, Thailand ranks high in women’s economic participation in business and government at both the regional and global levels.

“As Summit President, I am looking forward to bringing this renowned Summit to Thailand, a global gathering of women in business and government from around the world. The 2022 Summit theme: ‘Women: Creating Opportunities in the New Reality,’ will focus on driving the post-pandemic economy. The new global marketplace has been changed by technology and innovation, meaning that now there are new ways for women engage in business transformation through e-commerce. Male and female senior executives of multinational corporations are expected from countries as diverse as South Africa, Vietnam, France, Spain, Mexico, Germany, and Kazakhstan. There is genuine excitement in being able to meet in person for the first time, in over two years since the COVID-19 pandemic.”

The Summit President said that the upcoming Summit would be a dynamic, fact-filled, and engaging conference on what can be done to move the needle on economic equity for women and create new opportunities post-pandemic. It will help with active cross-border networking, robust best practice exchanges, inspiring presentations, focusing on creative solutions to advance women’s economic progress globally in a post-COVID world as workers, small business owners, consumers, and investors.

The conference will underline how women will be critical players in the economic recovery, as throughout the last decade, women have contributed to raising national GDPs globally.
Ms Kobkarn Wattanavrangkul, Chair of the Thai Host Committee and former Minister of Tourism, said that the Thai Host Committee has delighted and honored that Thailand will be hosting this year’s Summit. It is the biggest stage for international women leaders in the world. It confirms our capabilities to host conferences that will impress participants and enhance Thailand’s image and confidence in its economy.

“The Global Summit of Women 2022 will generate confidence in the Thai economy, focusing on continued economic development and promoting new investment. I am sure that this Summit will empower women and encourage cooperation between every sector to build a new generation for economic recovery and a better world. The content of the three-day conference will highlight future business opportunities and enable networking to promote mutual economic success.”

Ms Kobkarn is also confident in strict measures implemented to control the spread of COVID-19 at the Summit. This Summit edition is also special for its “Carbon Neutral” format, which will monitor greenhouse gas emissions from its various activities. The activities include electricity, participants’ travel, catering, and waste management. There will be support for offsetting emissions from activities by purchasing carbon credits from the Project to Reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions in Thailand. The Summit will also present community products from around Thailand to create opportunities for local communities to develop as entrepreneurs at the international level.

Mr Siripakorn Chiosamut, Deputy Governor for Marketing Communications, and Marketing Director at the Tourist Authority of Thailand (TAT), talked about Thailand’s readiness to open the country to women leaders at this international conference and international tourists.

“This world-level convention in Thailand is an important step to build confidence internationally that Thailand is ready to welcome tourists after the long slowdown in tourism during the recent COVID-19 pandemic. It is also an opportunity to provide an impressive tourist experience to the women leaders who are delegates at the Global Summit of Women 2022. TAT has designated 2022 as Visit Thailand Year 2022: Amazing New Chapters. Women currently have a key role in driving the economy because of their capabilities for increased income. They are also one of the major market segments with high tourism potential because of their confidence and courage in deciding to travel.”

Mr Siripakorn was confident that this Global Summit of Women would be successful due to the cooperation of various departments and organizations in Thailand, who have come together to host the event and show off Thailand’s potential in tourism and business investment. It will help promote Thailand as a Preferred Destination and a World Destination.

Ms Nichapa Yoswee, Senior Vice President of the Thailand Convention and Exhibition Bureau, thanked the Summit Organizing Committee for seeing the promise of Thailand as a forum for vital social topics at the international level, showcasing Thailand’s potential to host international conferences.

“The Global Summit of Women is a world-class International Convention supporting the roles and rights of women at a global forum for women leaders. It will inspire the world community to see the importance of Gender Equality, Diversity, and Inclusiveness, consistent with Thailand’s 12th National Economic and Social Development Plan. The Summit will welcome women leaders from 60 countries worldwide as delegates and demonstrate Thailand’s capability to host world-class conferences. We expect the Summit to generate inward income for the country of around 80 million baht.”

Ms Nichapa said that although Thailand has been continually impacted by the COVID-19 situation recently, the MICE industry in Thailand could generate income to Thailand of over 33.3 billion baht, creating over 46,000 jobs. Many international conferences are scheduled in Thailand this year, including the APEC Thailand 2022 Leaders’ Summit.

The Global Summit of Women is an international forum providing crucial connections for women business leaders, professionals, and administrators in the government, private and social sectors worldwide, in a network of cooperation and sharing experiences. The aim is to expand business opportunities and promote sustainable global economic development. This year, the Global Summit of Women will prioritize women’s engagement in economic recovery after the impact of COVID-19, which has caused many changes in lifestyles and ways of doing business. It also prioritizes technology and innovation to have a vital role in this critical transformation. The Summit also promotes equality between the sexes in business roles and driving the economy, which has been a core component of the Summit over the last 30 years.

First published at – Global Travel News

Montreux Jazz Festival – They All Came Out To Montreux

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Montreux Jazz Festival – They All Came Out To Montreux

Montreux, Switzerland, March 10, 2022 / TRAVELINDEX / Documentary mini-series on the extraordinary story of Claude Nobs and the Montreux Jazz Festival, presented by BMG Films, Beyond TNC, Radio Télévision Suisse, Montreux Sounds & Montreux Media Ventures.

Directed by British filmmaker Oliver Murray, the documentary retraces the incredible story of Claude Nobs and his now legendary event, the Montreux Jazz Festival. The three episodes will have their world premiere on 20 March 2022 at 8.45pm on RTS 2, after which it will be made available online at PlaySuisse and distributed abroad.

With over 70 performances and testimonials from: David Bowie, Ray Charles, Miles Davis, Deep Purple, Aretha Franklin, Gilberto Gil, Buddy Guy, Herbie Hancock, Alicia Keys, Questlove, Quincy Jones, John Mclaughlin, Marcus Miller, Prince, Rag’n’Bone Man, Keith Richards, Carlos Santana, Nina Simone, Sting, Shania Twain, Jack White and many more.

Three one-hour episodes, more than 40 testimonies, 30 concert performances and a variety of previously unseen images: never before has a documentary of this magnitude been made on the history of Claude Nobs and the Montreux Jazz Festival. By immersing the audience in the Festival’s exceptional archives, They all came out to Montreux offers a breath-taking panorama of half a century of music history. In total, more than thirty concert excerpts, from the 1960s to the present day, are included in the documentary.

Although the artists occupy a prominent place in the series, the main protagonist of this incredible story is obviously Claude Nobs, nicknamed Funky Claude by Deep Purple. We discover how he managed to transform a small Swiss town into an unmissable live music event, out of love for his region and for jazz. The documentary tells the story of Claude’s journey from his childhood and the challenges he had to face in a society often hostile to his projects and his personality, considered too different at the time. Narrated by a host of artists, relatives and sometimes by Claude himself, the series paints a portrait of an extraordinary and visionary character.

An International Documentary Directed by Oliver Murray

They all came out to Montreux is the third documentary by British director Oliver Murray, who has previously made films about Ronnie Scott, founder of the famous London jazz club, and Bill Wyman, bassist of the Rolling Stones. It was while working with Wyman that Oliver Murray first heard the name Montreux:

“Rolling Stones bassist Bill Wyman told me that the greatest moment of his career was playing the Montreux Jazz Festival with his heroes Muddy Waters and Buddy Guy. That’s how I discovered the amazing extent of the Montreux audiovisual archives.”

Oliver Murray
Oliver Murray and the production teams faced a major challenge in making this series during the covid crisis: interviews with artists and relatives of Claude Nobs were conducted remotely around the world, while production was managed between Switzerland, London, Paris and Sydney.

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Meetings Africa Returns in Style

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Meetings Africa Returns in Style - - TRAVELINDEXJohannesburg, South Africa, March 9, 2022 / TRAVELINDEX / If there is one thing that Meetings Africa can do, it is to create opportunities to reignite Africa’s economy so that it can grow back stronger than ever before.

This was the consensus at a pulsating Meetings Africa trade floor opening ceremony on 1st March at the Sandton Convention Centre, Johannesburg. The 16th edition of Africa’s premier business events show – a flagship of the South African National Conventions Bureau (SANCB) – has brought together some 161 buyers and 216 exhibitors from 13 African countries.

Speaking at the trade floor opening, Tourism Minister, Lindiwe Sisulu, said that Meetings Africa presents an opportunity to collectively review and realign our African business events industry – one that embraces the increasing interconnectedness of trade and tourism. “Opening trade corridors across the continent must also open pathways for intra-African tourism to thrive, and vice versa. It is us – the African business events sector that have to be intentional and strategic in ensuring that we leverage this mutual benefit between trade and tourism.”

Sisulu added that the business events industry accelerates progress as it is a platform for sharing information and collective engagement. “This, in turn, results in innovation and re-invention which are key for economic and professional development and advancement.”

She does not doubt that the industry will be able to recuperate swiftly after a dormant two years. “During our Global Brand campaign launch on Monday evening, we shared with you how we have risen time and time again, from many episodes of destruction and devastation of continent’s history. We shared our ability in always being able to rise with pride and resilience- that is the essence of Africanism. It is our ability to live again and build back better that sets us apart.”

Building Africa’s brand together

Amanda Kotze-Nhlapo, SANCB’s Chief Conventions Bureau Officer, said Meetings Africa will play a part in our sector’s recovery mainly by focusing on regional buyers to align with South Africa’s Tourism Industry Recovery Plan, which focuses on domestic and regional recovery first. It will also look at reintroducing international buyers to Africa as the Covid travel restrictions are eased. “Platforms like these allow us to come together as Africa. In our sector, while we are in competition, we are also in co-operation. And then of course, we need to build on our brand together go out there and tell the world that Africa is ready.”

She said bidding – a process by which a country competes against others to attract international events – can be a tool that will encourage collaborative efforts among African countries. “It is a collaborative effort to go out there and bid for these big events. With our culture of sharing, we as a continent have the opportunity to rotate meetings among each other. We can help build that knowledge economy on the continent.”

She said the business events industry is the catalyst to get the world to open up its borders again. “After two years of shutting our imaginary national borders to each other, now is the time to allow for a freedom of movement. Sharing minds and economies does not mean we sit behind our desks and stare at each other through screens. It means being able to travel from one place to another freely so as to create and grow relationships.”

She added that Africa can start the business events economy rolling by using its African Continental Free Trade Area (AcFTA) as a springboard to achieving a shared economy. The AcFTA was signed into existence in 2018 and was effectively underway in January 2021. It will push all African countries towards greater collaboration with each other so as to boost trade and tourism.

First published at VoyageAfriq

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Thailand Hospitality Leaders Sign Pledge at Thailand Tourism Forum

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Thailand Hospitality Leaders Sign Pledge at Thailand Tourism ForumBangkok, Thailand, March 3, 2022 / TRAVELINDEX / Tourism leaders call for a full opening up of the country as concerns emerge that Thailand is losing the initiative to regional competitors and will not achieve 10 million arrivals in 2022. More than 500 delegates, including many of Thai tourism and hospitality’s most senior figures, came together at the 11th Thailand Tourism Forum (TTF 2022) on 1st March 2022, with the aim of charting a strong and sustainable path out of the global pandemic.

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TTF 2022, Thailand’s largest annual tourism and hospitality event, taking place as the industry grapples with an unprecedented period of crisis, opportunity, threat and disruption, ran under the theme #ThaiTourismUnited and kicked off with the Thailand Tourism Leadership Summit, which saw influential CEOs set out their joint vision for the future and jointly sign the Thailand Tourism Pledge.

Together, these leaders committed to forging a new strategic direction for Thailand, including placing tourism at the forefront of the national economy, putting the service sector back to work, achieving sustainable growth, and making international visitors feel safe and secure. The Thailand Tourism Pledge will lay the foundations upon which Thai tourism can be rebuilt from the ground up, following the devastation of the global pandemic.

Key to the discussion and among the excitement of the opportunity to create a better tourism future for Thailand, was a clear call by all leaders that it was time the country fully opened up.

Ms. Proudputh Liptapanlop, Executive Director of Proud Group, which owns numerous tourism assets including two InterContinental branded hotels in Hua Hin and Phuket, said: “In Thailand we need to open up. We need everyone to understand that we need to open up the country for their good and for the benefit of the country.”

Mr. Bill Heinecke, Chairman/Founder Minor International, added: “If we don’t open up we can’t be competitive. Currently the rules are just too complicated. We are not even 10% of where we were pre-Covid and Thailand will not reach its target of 10 million arrivals in 2022. We are falling behind. We are not even keeping up with our neighbours.”

“There’s no choice anymore,” commented Marisa Sukosol, President of Thailand Hotels Association. “Thailand must open up and stop Test & Go. In fact, it must Let It Go! We need to move our mentality from a pandemic to an endemic.”
(from left) Bill Heinecke, Chairman/Founder Minor International; Proudputh Liptapanlop, Executive Director, Proud Group; Marisa Sukosol, President of the Thailand Hotel Association.

TTF 2022 kicked off with a series of addresses, debates and discussions to help attendees devise strategies to survive and thrive in the post-pandemic era. Jesper Palmqvist, STR’s Area Director for Asia Pacific, presented the latest critical data, while Clarence Tan of Hilton and Charles Blocker, CEO of IC Partners, discussed “Why Hotel Operators Must Change”, Jakkrapong Chinkrathok, CEO & founder of Find Folk, focused on environmental issues with his “Green Thailand” session, and Wimintra Raj, Editor-in-Chief at Hotel Intel, went “Behind the Mask” to discuss new travel experiences. Other hot topics on the quickfire agenda included cryptocurrencies, hybrid spaces, hotel transactions and more.

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Mr. Bill Barnett, Managing Director of C9 Hotelworks, concluded: “The reason we are here in-person is that this is where it starts. Travelling again starts today. We have to open the country and be competitive with Vietnam and the Maldives and put our service sector back to work.”

TTF 2022 was hosted in compliance with all necessary health and safety regulations. The host venue, Conrad Bangkok, is SHA+ certified and all attendees will be required show proof of two vaccinations.

First published at – Global Travel News

Bali and Beyond Travel 2022 as Hybrid Event

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Bali and Beyond Travel 2022 as Hybrid Event - - TRAVELINDEXBali, Indonesia, February 12, 2022 / TRAVELINDEX / In light of the current situation the BBTF Committee regrets to announce that BBTF 2022 will once again have to be a hybrid event combining online and offline face to face events. BBTF 2022 will be an online only event for international participants. Both online and offline meetings will be available for domestic participants. Only vaccinated or recovered visitors or exhibitors will be allowed to attend in person.

We’re in this together. We need to strike a balance between protecting health and mitigating the social and economic consequences of this pandemic. The decision to change management from offline to online virtual this year event was not easy, but definitely right, Mr. I Putu Winastra S.SOS – new Chairman of the Board, and the head of Committee BBTF 2022 explained.

BBTF is an annual event with the intention to establish a benchmark for travel and tourism events and destinations in Indonesia. Supported by the Ministry of Tourism Indonesia, BBTF held a B2B event and aims to advance the tourism industry through business sessions and direct promotion of best practices in MICE and Leisure management. Together with exhibitors and buyers from numerous countries around the world, BBTF facilitates Pre-Scheduled Appointments (PSA) and business sessions for buyers and sellers to negotiate on their long-term leisure and corporate travel needs. Corporations, travel agents, hotel & resort chains, cruise operators, convention planners, venue operators and travel buyers can leverage within the two full working days of business to business sessions to enhance their respective brands in the Indonesia and Asia Pacific markets.

Our million thanks and appreciation goes to the Ministry of Tourism and Creative Economy of the Republic of Indonesia, the Government of Bali Province and the Bali Tourism Board, as well as our other partners across all the sectors and the stakeholders of tourism industry who have supported us tirelessly from the beginning. We will come back stronger and optimistic to bring the best of Indonesia to the 9th BBTF 2023. We look forward to welcoming our international BBTF participants next year at Indonesia’s Leading Travel and Tourism Fair, in the month of June 2023.

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World Leaders Call for Urgent Action to Protect the Oceans

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World Leaders Call for Urgent Action to Protect the Oceans - TRAVELINDEXBrest, France, February 12, 2022 / TRAVELINDEX / Tourism’s central role in advancing the Blue Economy was highlighted as UNWTO chaired a special session and joined a Heads of State panel at the One Ocean Summit, hosted by the French Presidency this week.

In a session on “Tourism in the Blue Economy” co-hosted with the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and France, high level representatives stressed how implementing a blue economy can combat the threats of climate change, plastic pollution and over exploitation of resources. At the same time, the panel, representing Colombia, Kenya, Seychelles and Palau, made clear how a stronger focus on sustainability can help deliver more competitive and inclusive tourism activities.

Addressing the Summit, UNWTO Executive Director Zoritsa Urosevic, said: “Tourism is one of the pillars of the Blue Economy and plays a key role in the preservation of oceans by providing financial incentives and mechanisms to protect ecosystems. But we can, and must, do more. As part of the recovery, tourism shall play a key role in the regeneration of coastal and marine ecosystems for resilience, putting people at the center of our efforts.”

As part of the recovery, tourism shall play a key role in the regeneration of coastal and marine ecosystems for resilience, putting people at the center of our efforts

Opportunity out of crisis

At present, tourism represents 40% of the blue economy – as the largest share in export value according to the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD). Global tourism’s restart and recovery from the impacts of the pandemic represents an opportunity for the sector to support the transformation of coastal and marine destinations towards more sustainable and resilient models that are anchored on ocean protection and responsible use.

Sylvestre Ragedonde, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Tourism of the Seychelles said: “The destinies of tourism and the blue economy must be intertwined to make responsible use of the limited resources. Our mother ocean should take a commanding role in tourism strategies. For the Seychelles, the blue economy represents a holistic approach for the tourism sector and local economy.”

Private sector transition

Corporate leaders from Accor, ClubMed, Costa Cruises, Iberostar Group, PONANT, TUI Group and the Blue Climate Initiative joined policy makers in the call to prioritize ocean protection and made bold commitments to address plastic pollution through practical solutions in line with the framework proposed by the Global Tourism Plastics Initiative which supports transitioning to a circular economy of plastics.

Hervé Gastinel, CEO PONANT said: “We are happy to announce our commitment to the Global Tourism Plastics Initiative with the goal of eliminating single use plastics in our operations by 2022. Following the example of the polar exploration ship Le Commandant Charcot, PONANT is rolling out its “Single use Plastic” objective on all its ships.”

The workshop was moderated by Jorge Laguna-Celis, Head of the One Planet Network and closed with a call to action from Brune Poirson, Director of Sustainable Development of Accor, for tourism stakeholders to join the collective movement around the Global Tourism Plastics Initiative and the Glasgow Declaration on Climate Action in Tourism. Mr Laguna-Celis said: “The One Planet Network is pleased to partner with the One Ocean Summit to raise ambitious commitments from tourism businesses and governments. The Tourism sector can be a vector of education and prevention of plastics pollution and a source of sustainable recovery from the pandemic and generation of decent revenues for millions of people”.

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Thailand Yacht Show to Be Staged in Gulf of Thailand

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Thailand Yacht Show to Be Staged in Gulf of Thailand - TOP25 YACHTS - TRAVELINDEX

Pattaya, Thailand, February 8, 2022 / TRAVELINDEX / The first part of the 6th edition of the government-initiated Thailand Yacht Show will be staged in the Gulf of Thailand, with the second part to follow in Phuket later in the year

TYS 2022 will be the first boat show to take place in Asia for over two years – a welcome event indeed, something that the whole industry has been eagerly looking forward to.

Sales of yachts and boats have skyrocketed in Asia during the pandemic, and Thailand is no exception, with the local market having at last woken up to the pleasure – and safety – of the boating lifestyle. People from Bangkok and other major cities have flocking to the easily accessible waters and islands around Pattaya in record numbers, and Thai dealers and distributors of the world’s best-known boating brands, as well as steadily increasing number of local boat builders, suppliers, and service companies, want to capitalize on this new market on the Eastern Seabord and the Thai Riviera.

The long-awaited 6th edition, postponed from January 2021, and all future annual editions, will take place in two venues at different times of the season. The Gulf of Thailand event in Pattaya will focus mainly on production yachts, with as many superyachts as are available in the area.

The Phuket event, which will take place in December at the beginning of the next high season, will similarly cover the whole industry, but will have a major focus on the fleet of foreign-owned superyachts that are expected to arrive from November to spend the winter chartering in Thailand in future – thanks to the new superyacht charter license.

The two shows between them will attract thousands of newly-interested boat buyers from Bangkok, and yacht charterers from all over the world when the pandemic finally passes, as well as the hundreds of businesses that make up the leisure boating industry community in Thailand and the region.

Since 2016, the Thailand Yacht Show has provided a professional platform for the world’s major boating brands, brokers, dealers, suppliers, and leisure marine service providers, as well as the luxury lifestyle products that complement the yachting world and the people who frequent it. Industry leaders can meet plenty of new buyers from the newly interested but so far uninitiated affluent lifestyle-seekers, and at the same time expand their business network in South East Asia.

The 2022 Pattaya edition is already showing all the signs of seeing significant numbers of qualified visitors coming for the weekend, particularly from Bangkok (who, by and large, haven’t wanted to travel to the various boat shows in Phuket in the past). Special features will include the re-furbished Ocean Marina Yacht Club, a diving exhibition, live sailing and boating experiences plus sea trials on high-quality charter yachts.

For brand visibility and credibility, exhibiting at the Thailand Yacht Show affords you and your business a unique opportunity. Whether you are looking to establish your presence in the region or expand your business in this rapidly-developing new market, TYS provides a powerful platform for meeting new customers, reaching out to your existing clientele, and helping you to build a more established and prominent business.

As well as the exceptional line-up of yachts – 22 have already been booked in and we are expecting over 50 – there will be many famous luxury products on display, as well as an extensive programme of family-friendly activities spanning the entire weekend. Visitors and exhibitors alike can look forward to live music, entertainment, a variety of water sports, helicopter rides, and diving instruction. We will be presenting new exhibitors and partners each week from now on, along with some important announcements about the development of the industry here.

The two-show format will make the Thailand Yacht Show bigger, more representative of the whole of the industry, and far more easily accessible to visitors from all over Thailand, as well as to exhibitors from all parts of the industry. Thailand is the natural destination for the Asian Yachting Lifestyle Community, and TYS is the long-term marketing platform for the region’s yachting industry. We invite you to be part of it.

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