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War in Ukraine risks delaying recovery o...

DENPASAR (BALI) – War. Spiral air fares. Canceled flights. So far, the recovery that Southeast Asia’s tourism industry was hoping for in 2022 is looking anything but. For two years, hotels and resorts here bided their time, hoping vacationers from Asia, Europe and Australia would return to soak up the sun, rent a villa and […]

International tourism key to recovery, e...

VIETNAM, March 9 – Foreign tourists visit the War Remnants Museum in Ho Chi Minh City on February 25. — VNS Photo Thu Hằng Thu Hằng HCM CITY — A sense of caution dampens excitement as stakeholders prepare for the full resumption of international tourism on March 15. Will Việt Nam’s quarantine rules be […]

61% of station workers administered remi...

As of Wednesday, 61.8% of station workers had received their Covid-19 reminders. The Ministry of Tourism, through its latest weekly figures, shows that 97.6% of people employed at resorts in the Maldives’ tourism industry were fully vaccinated against coronavirus as of Wednesday. Additionally, 99.8% of station workers have received the first doses of the Covid-19 […]

Thai tourism wants to rebound – but it m

Open up Thailand without restrictions or risk the country being left behind by competitors, according to travel and hospitality figures. IT was a unanimous call among leading figures in Thailand’s tourism industry: let go with Test & Go. “Thailand is now at a crossroads. There is no choice but to open and get rid of […]

Travel agents ask to help Ukrainian tour...

Ukrainian travel agencies and agents have collectively called on the Maldivian tourism industry to provide support and assistance to Ukrainian travelers currently stranded in the island nation. The call from Ukrainian travel agencies came at a time when the country is facing problems with financial transactions and a general aviation lockdown. Ukrainian travel professionals have […]

More than 50% of station workers receive...

By Tuesday, more than 50% of station workers had received their Covid-19 reminders. The Ministry of Tourism, through its latest weekly figures, revealed that the percentage of resort workers who received booster doses had been pushed to 52.9% as of February 22. Statistics also showed that 97.6% of people employed at resorts in the Maldives’ […]

Increase in creative travel packages as ...

HARDER. The competition will be tougher in the coming months as more and more destinations around the world compete for a good share of returning foreign travellers. /SUNSTAR FILE WITH the reopening of the country’s borders, tourism players will have to come up with unique and exciting travel packages and itineraries to offer foreign tourists. […]

40% of station workers receive booster s...

40% of station workers received their booster shots against Covid-19. The Ministry of Tourism, through its latest weekly figures, revealed that the percentage of resort workers who received booster doses had been pushed to 40% by February 16. Statistics also showed that 97.5% of people employed at resorts in the Maldives tourism industry were fully […]

Cities with the highest number of sustai...

It is paramount for us to understand how we contribute to the environment while working on successful businesses and businesses. Nor does it exclude the tourism industry on a global scale. In the wake of the global Covid-19 pandemic, many travelers are reorienting their travel plans while making newer and fresher adjustments; that is, most […]

Velana International Airport Recovery Sh...

February 20, 2022 – Despite the devastating effects of the pandemic in 2020, the aviation sector continues to recover. Efforts are being made by the industry, show optimistic growth in 2021. It looked a lot like Velana International Airport (VIA); Your gateway to the sunny Maldives. The number of international passengers carried by VIA last […]

Travel is back, but don’t forget to chec

The Covid-19 vaccination certificate is not the only administrative document to update before your trip. — Image courtesy of ronstik/Shutterstock via ETX Studio NEW YORK, February 20 – The tourism industry is back in business after the pandemic. To make sure your next trip goes smoothly, we’ve decided to go over some of the paperwork […]

Thailand News Today | Tourism sector ca...

Tourism operators wrote an open letter to Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha and other government officials, calling for the country to be fully reopened to foreign visitors from March. In the letter, the groups say they want all entry restrictions dropped, including the Thailand Pass and PCR testing on arrival, and want Covid declared endemic. They […]

Thai hoteliers call for dropping PCR tes...

Thailand’s Hotel Association says the government must drop the PCR test requirement for foreign visitors if there is any hope of saving the country’s tourism industry. THA President Marisa Sukosol Nunbhakdi said demand for the revamped Test & Go program is weaker now than when it launched in November, due to the upcoming end of […]

Maldives leads new training campaign for...

The Maldives Marketing and Public Relations Corporation (MMPRC) is working with the online B2B reseller platform, 2HUB, to conduct the Destination online training program in India. From February 16 to May 16, 2022, the program aims to provide travel agents in India with the latest information on the Maldives tourism industry, from safety measures taken […]

FPCCI official identifies obstacles to t...

LAHORE: Irfan Iqbal Sheikh, Chairman of the FPCCI Management Committee, explained the bottlenecks in realizing the true trade potential that quantifiably exists between Pakistan and the Maldives; which currently stands at a measly $9 million. Lack of direct flights, lack of B2B contacts, insufficient government facilitation and failure to target the right sectors are the […]

Easing of quarantine, Cov testing rules ...

KOLKATA: This is good news for international passengers arriving in Kolkata from this week as a number of restrictions in terms of RT-PCR testing and home quarantine have been lifted as the Omicron wave diminishes in the country. The travel and tourism industry suffered a sudden setback due to the third wave at the end […]

The curious case of adventure tourism an...

We know how, during the 2010s, the Government of the Maldives actively implemented a brand new tourism mandate focused on growing and promoting local tourism. This was under the presidential administration of Mohamed Nasheed, when his government actively focused on expanding the country’s tourism industry outside of its conventional comfort zone. Traditionally, the Maldivian tourism […]

The India-Maldives travel bubble; what ...

Earlier in 2021, it was announced that the governments of India and the Maldives had entered into a bilateral agreement to establish an air transport bubble, which was the first such agreement in the South Asian region. Air bubbles or otherwise known as “transport bubbles” or “air travel arrangements” are temporary air arrangements between two […]

Keong Hong: Memorandum of Understanding ...

KEONG HONG HOLDINGS LIMITED Incorporated into the Republic of Singapore (Company registration number: 200807303W) CONCLUSION OF A MEMORANDUM OF UNDERSTANDING WITH CONTINENTAL HOPE SINGAPORE INDUSTRIAL DEVELOPMENT PTE. LTD. FOR THE JOINT EXPLORATION AND DEVELOPMENT OF HOTEL PROJECTS INTRODUCTIONThe Board of Directors of Keong Hong Holdings Limited (the […]

More than 16% of station workers receive...

More station workers received booster doses against Covid-19. The Ministry of Tourism, through its latest weekly figures, revealed that the percentage of resort workers who received their reminders had been pushed to 16.6% at the end of January. Statistics also showed that 98% of people employed at resorts in the Maldives tourism industry were fully […]

a country-by-country guide to the comple...

Britain has relaxed rules for returning travellers, with all testing for vaccinated arrivals ending on February 11, and unvaccinated arrivals no longer required to self-isolate from that date. However, a complex web of rules exists in many of our favorite vacation destinations. The rules will likely be relaxed in the weeks and months to come. […]

The tourism paradox: is the Maldives fac...

The Maldives are a tropical paradise with pristine white sand beaches and spectacular coral reefs – but they could disappear by the end of the century. That’s the verdict of the country’s environment minister, Aminath Shauna, who says that unless urgent action is taken to stem the climate crisis, the Indian Ocean archipelago of more […]

Adansi Travels Limited opens its new off...

Adansi Travels Limited, a leading travel and excursion company in Ghana, has officially opened its new office in East Legon with the address at 136 La Bawaleshie Road, American House. The award-winning company with consistency and perseverance navigated through small beginnings of an office in Obuasi with only three staff to have a place in […]

“Protected and guided” tourism to defeat

Considering the current spread of Omicron variant of Covid-19 across the country, Javed Ahmed, CEO of Bangladesh Tourism Board (BTB), said the government will implement a restricted and guided tourism policy to protect the sector and overcome the impact of the pandemic. Bangladesh tourism industry has been growing steadily across the country with significant contribution […]

Anime’s Impact on the Japanese Tourism I

The United States is famous for many things; Hollywood and the vibrant pop culture of the country including several different elements, one of which is said to be comics that emerged in the United States in the 1930s and have become a global phenomenon. Comics and graphic novels have also been credited with boosting tourism […]

Tourist arrivals for January 2022 see an...

Tourist arrivals recorded in the first days of January 2022 grew by 56.4% compared to the same period in 2021. On Friday, the Tourism Ministry released its latest weekly figures, revealing that 24,527 tourists were welcomed to the Maldives between January 1 and 5, a 56.4 percent growth from the 15,680 visitors received during the […]

Fitch: Omicron “cloudy prospects” for th

The return of quarantine and lockdowns in many countries, combined with the massive disruption of international air travel late last year, is clouding the outlook for the besieged tourism industry, according to Fitch Ratings. In their industry update for Q4 2021, Asia Pacific Sovereign Ratings Manager Stephen Schwartz and Associate Director George Xu paint a […]

Emirates ready for full throttle in 2022...

Emirates Premium Economy As another year begins with the lingering shadow of the global pandemic, Emirates stands ready to step up a gear with quiet confidence and optimism, and the benefit of continued investments in product upgrades, sustainability initiatives and a rebuilt network of destinations, said an aviation veteran. Chandana De Silva, Area Manager for […]

Where Americans want to travel abroad an...

Gaviota Azul Beach in Cancun, Mexico. Getty Images Just as countries have started lifting travel bans in the event of a pandemic and Americans are at least starting to think about booking vacations abroad, the spread of the delta and omicron variants of Covid-19 has once again put the fortune of the windward tourism industry. […]

Expats Join Bahraini Citizens to Fuel Ou...

TDT | Manama The Daily Tribune – www.newsofbahrain.com The pandemic season has drastically changed the travel outlook for expatriates in the Kingdom, as they constitute a significant portion of outbound tourists during the current travel season. Sources within the travel and tourism industry reveal that, unlike in previous years, many expats – either alone or […]

In the Maldives, tourism is on the rise....

The Maldives are now recognized as one of the most exotic tourist destinations in the world, surpassing their image as a fishing nation for decades. The main tourist attraction is the resort islands which have the motto “One Island, One Resort” which means that one hotel occupies the entire island. After landing at Velana International […]

Long wait for the tourism industry for “

Stakeholders say permission to accept foreign currency will benefit the tourism industry Despite promised ‘export’ status, tourism industry is in two-year wait for guidelines Sri Lanka tourism chief says dollarization should be done to reach industry’s full potential Emphasizes a strong necessary collaboration, in particular tax rulings Aspire to achieve a module similar to that […]

What will Martian tourism look like?

How should the Bangladesh hotel and tourism industry develop by taking advantage of advanced technologies such as 4IR? “Visit Mars! Was the first topic of discussion of the 4IR workshop at the Ministry of Civil Aviation and Tourism, with heads of agencies and senior officials of the ministry in the presence of the Minister and […]

Travel year 2022: Cautious confidence

Just a few weeks ago, it looked like things were looking up for the travel industry. Despite the pandemic, the summer season has gone well in many places. And the ski resorts were also preparing for a smooth season, having had to cancel it entirely in Austria, for example, during the first pandemic winter. But […]

Tour operators feel the pinch as many co...

NEW DELHI : India’s outbound tourism industry is likely to see further trip cancellations as more foreign governments work to keep the Omicron variant of the coronavirus at bay. Thailand has temporarily suspended the Thailand Pass, while Singapore will freeze all new airline ticket sales under its no-quarantine travel program from December 23 to January […]

The Male City Experience – A Guide for I

The Maldives is world famous for its tourism industry and the pantheon of wealthy tourist properties – from conventional enclave resort tourism and nearly five decades to the nascent and burgeoning local tourism which has given rise to a multitude of tourist homes. Colorful hosts on various residential islands and even safaris and cruises – […]

Scientific marine tourism: how ready are...

Sri Lanka’s potential for “ecological and scientific marine tourism”, while immense, has still not been properly harnessed. To promote this unconventional tourism product, sustainable environmental practices are fundamental. We spoke to several stakeholders who questioned collaborative efforts and community involvement to make these best practices a reality. *Lankan’s highly diverse and resource-rich coastline is now […]

The Italian Embassy in Colombo launches ...

Sri Lanka’s potential for “ecological and scientific marine tourism”, while immense, has still not been properly harnessed. To promote this unconventional tourism product, sustainable environmental practices are fundamental. We spoke to several stakeholders who questioned collaborative efforts and community involvement to make these best practices a reality. *Lankan’s highly diverse and resource-rich coastline is now […]

Unemployed tourism workers protest trave...

Some 300 people in the tourism industry demonstrated at Ben-Gurion Airport on Monday against COVID-19 measures which they say are strangling their sector as no state-funded compensation is offered to cover the losses . Last month, Israel closed the entrance to foreign nationals in an attempt to slow the spread of the highly infectious Omicron […]

The global aviation industry in the mids...

2021 has been a year of economic recovery for many countries after a nearly one-year battle against the global Covid-19 pandemic in 2020 that resulted in a strong backlash on various economic sectors and industries across the globe. One of those countries was the Maldives, which relied mainly on income generated by the tourism industry […]

Is it safe to book a vacation for 2022? ...

When the pandemic took hold almost two years ago, most would have thought that booking a vacation in 2022 was a pretty safe bet. But the turbulence of successive lockdowns and COVID variants has taught us that it is much more difficult to emerge from a global pandemic than we initially thought. There is no […]

ADNEC acquires Etihad Holidays – Hotel N

The Abu Dhabi National Exhibitions Company (ADNEC), part of ADQ, one of the largest holding companies in the region, is taking a new step in its business diversification strategy with the transfer of strategic assets from the Etihad Airways tourism business unit in the ADNEC group. . Etihad Holidays will be acquired by Abu Dhabi […]

Travel industry stimulus halted by Omicr...

Tourism businesses that had just found their place after nearly two years of devastation from the COVID-19 pandemic are shaken again as countries erect new travel barriers in a bid to contain the omicron variant. From shopping districts in Japan and tour guides in the Holy Land to ski resorts in the Alps and airlines […]

Fiji reopens to fully vaccinated Austral...

Incredible scenes were recorded both at the airport and on the streets after Fiji once again welcomed its first tourists in nearly two years. Incredible scenes were recorded after Fiji welcomed its first tourists in almost two years, pushing the reopening despite the unknown threat from Omicron. Despite the potential threat, Fiji welcomed hundreds of […]

Sunny, Safe and Sophisticated Destinatio...

Sunny beaches, clear blue skies and numerous marine therapies have won over tourists from all over the world to the Maldives. So it’s no surprise that it was one of the first countries to open its borders to tourists after the Covid-19 epidemic that brought the world to its knees last year. Since the Maldives […]

Tech-Enabled Travel Could Be The ‘Next B

Earlier, discussions took place regarding the popularity of digital nomad tourism and what it really meant. The central idea behind the concept revolved around the technology-driven ease of allowing people to work remotely. Therefore, when someone says “Technology Assisted Travel” there can be some confusion to mix the two. However, this cannot be further from […]

MICE tourism; a potential new direction...

Earlier in October, the Maldives’ main tourism promoter presented the island nation as a potential and emerging tourism destination for MICE at the MICE India and Luxury Travel Congress (MILT Congress). This is perhaps one of the first and most significant efforts by a state-initiated Maldivian body to promote the heavy tourist destination as a […]

Okyeame Kwame and Adansi Travels Launch ...

Musician Okyeame Kwame, born Kwame Nsiah-Apau and Adansi Travels, is expected to delight fans with an upcoming OK’s Family Fun tour to promote Ghana. The partnership with Adansi Travels, with the main aim of promoting the “beyond the return” agenda in Ghana, with a world tour in Dubai, Greece, Mexico, the Maldives, Turkey, South Korea, […]

The evolution of the minimum wage in the...

Tourism operators in the Maldives have welcomed the government’s application of a minimum wage for local workers in all industries and sectors, a move that would greatly benefit workers in the tourism sector. Tourism is the country’s largest currency-generating industry with nearly 50,000 workers in more than 150 resorts, nearly 50 percent of whom are […]

The government will fulfill its promise ...

Tourism Minister Dr Abdulla Mausoom said the government would successfully fulfill President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih’s presidential pledge to increase the number of available tourist beds in the country by 35,000. He made the statement on Friday on AVAS Online’s ‘Suvaalakahfahu Suvaaleh’ talk show. The minister said the COVID-19 pandemic has turned 2020 into a loss, […]

Qatar Travel Mart 2021 draws huge crowds

Speakers at the QTM 2021 conference in Doha. Doha: The ongoing Qatar Travel Mart (QTM) 2021 has drawn huge crowds since opening and has received an overwhelming response from sponsors, partners as well as exhibitors. Organized by NeXTfairs for Exhibitions and Conferences, the three-day event will conclude today at the Doha Exhibition and Convention Center […]

The watchmaker, the manta ray and the Ma...

Elsewhere, the rules are not so strict. Around Africa, in Mexico and Sri Lanka, for example, manta fisheries are decimating populations. Stevens tells me that mantas remain extremely vulnerable. They mature late (it is believed that they can live up to 40 years) and reproduction rates are slow. The gestation of the female is 12 […]

Mode of transport – Editing

We all love to travel, visit foreign and exotic places. But flying beyond your borders can often be extremely expensive if you’re not careful enough. If you plan to travel during peak travel seasons when demand is on the rise, you should be prepared to spend a lot on airline tickets as well as accommodation […]

Local tourism expected to recover as pan...

This was made possible thanks to the massive vaccination campaign across the country to contain the spread of the new virus The Bangladesh Tourism Board (BTB) envisions 3 million local tourists over the next five years as the economy is steadily on the road to recovery after being hit hard by the Covid-19 pandemic. This […]

Maldives facing crisis more serious than...

The impressive reconstruction of the Maldives’ tourism industry over the past year is overshadowed by a much greater existential threat: the climate crisis. The gates of the airport reopen. After 20 months of locked borders, people across Asia are starting to book vacations, visit family abroad, and most importantly, reconnect with the world. Already in […]

TAT seeks quality, beginners

A tourist takes a photo at the Grand Palais on November 1, the day it reopens to the public and officially reopens Thailand to fully vaccinated travelers from 63 countries without the need to quarantine. (Photo: Pattarapong Chatpattarasill) Thai tourism is poised to restart in the post-pandemic era by targeting the quality market and new […]

As Thailand opens its borders, tourists ...

The streets of Bangkok are buzzing with traffic and crowds as Thailand completes its first week of relaxed border controls that lift the quarantine for travelers from more than 60 countries and territories. Tourist attractions, shops and restaurants that had been closed for much of the year are reopening, cautiously optimistic for a recovery in […]

The Maldives offers a slice of paradise ...

“Travelers are increasingly aware of the carbon footprint of travel. “ Known for its pristine beaches, luxury resorts and exciting water sports, the Maldives is one of the favorite international destinations for Indians. In 2020 and 2021, India became the primary source market for the Maldives. This year, from January 1, 2021 to October 13, […]

Indian High Commission promotes Maldivia...

The Indian High Commission in the Maldives has started promoting various Maldivian tourism products in India. They organized a series of round tables on Wednesday to explore the issue further. Tour operators, travel agents, travel editors and senior officials from Mumbai’s Outbound Travel Market (OTM) participated in these discussions. Speakers from the Maldivian tourism industry […]

Restrictions on international travel wil...

The streamlined system merges the Amber and Green Lists and retains the Red List. The system of international traffic light restrictions put in place to protect public health needs to be significantly overhauled to make it simpler for travelers. The green and orange classifications will merge, but the red list will be retained for countries […]

Summer travel restrictions update for Ju...

Summer travel is now in full swing and many places no longer have travel restrictions. But there are still a few entry requirements that you will need to follow for some domestic and international destinations. Here are some things you should know before you travel. Aerial view from a drone of Balos beach, the incredible […]

The Maldives will offer vaccines to vaca...

The Maldives will soon offer visitors vaccinations upon arrival as part of their three-pronged initiative to revive the country’s hard-hit travel sector, according to its tourism minister. The “3V” strategy, which encourages tourists to “visit, vaccinate and vacation,” will provide a “more convenient” way to visit the country, Abdulla Mausoom told CNBC on Wednesday. Currently, […]

Tourism-dependent Maldives step up effor...

NurPhoto | NurPhoto | Getty Images Dotted with island resorts and blessed with white sandy beaches and turquoise seas, the Maldives has always presented itself as a leading tourist destination. But the coronavirus pandemic crippled the global travel and tourism industry last year, forcing the island nation to step up efforts at economic diversification by […]