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May 27, 2020

Thailand opens for Domestic Tourism

Thailand opens for Domestic Tourism Thailand’s domestic tourism reopening is shaping up to see Bangkok as the hub for an early return of daytrips, staycations and inter-provincial road trips.  With over eight million residents coupled with a sprawling megacity catchment with a population base in excess of 15 million, the recovery of the country’s tourist

News

Vacation rental regulation catches up with innovation and UNWTO

Vacation rental regulations are a big issue in many parts of the world and of course for companies like AIRBNB. The World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) has published the first systematic overview of how both national governments and local authorities are addressing and managing new business models in the accommodation industry. The so-called “sharing economy” has experienced significant

UNWTO and EBRD partner to strengthen sustainable and inclusive tourism

The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) and the UNWTO are joining forces to strengthen sustainable and inclusive tourism as a tool for achieving growth and development. Under an MoU, signed by EBRD President Suma Chakrabarti and UNWTO Secretary-General Zurab Pololikashvili at the UNWTO Headquarters in Madrid, the two institutions pledge to work together in promoting and fostering tourism

UNWTO: Tourism is a global force for growth and development

The World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) has met in Baku, Azerbaijan, for the 110th Session of its Executive Council (16-18 June). At the meeting, Member States endorsed the Organization’s progress and future plans, as outlined Secretary-General Zurab Pololikashvili, and warmly welcomed the participation of the United States as it explores the possibility of rejoining UNWTO. With

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Ministers & CEO

ETOA CEO Tom Jenkins has one word: “Ugh”

How to tourists travel to Europe and the UK after Brexit? These are the questions many in Europe have today after Brexit will now happen by the end of January 2020. How do travel and tourism leaders feel? “Ugh” could be interpreted as disgusting.  Ugh is the comment made to eTurboNews by the CEO of the

Australia’s South West Sustainable Tourism Observatory joins UNWTO Observatory Network

Australia’s South West Sustainable Tourism Observatory, has officially become the latest member of the World Tourism Organization’s International Network of Sustainable Tourism Observatories (INSTO). The Observatory will work to monitor tourism in the south-west region of Australia and help guide its sustainable development. The Australia’s South West Sustainable Tourism Observatory (ASWTO) is the first of its

UNWTO: United States moves closer to rejoining World Tourism Organization

A high-ranking official delegation from the US Department of State has met with head of the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) as the United States of America moves closer to rejoining the United Nations specialized agency for tourism. Assistant Secretary of State for International Organization Affairs Kevin Moley and Assistant Secretary for Economic and Business Affairs Manisha Singh

Todays UNWTO Star: Hon. Najib Balala from Kenya

The Minister of Tourism of Kenya, The Hon. Minister Najib Balala was elected today to chair the UNWTO executive council. This election took place Friday during the UNWTO General Assembly in Saint Petersburg, Russia. Immediately after this important election the African Tourism Board chairman Cuthbert Ncube congratulated in saying: “The African Tourism Board congratulates the

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Opinion

Domestic markets could offer struggling tourism companies a lifeline

Domestic markets could offer struggling tourism companies a lifeline 80% of the respondents polled in a COVID-19 consumer survey claiming they are extremely or quite concerned about the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, a large proportion of the population is expected to also be apprehensive about traveling internationally – even when travel restrictions are lifted. Furthermore, 76%

Opinion

Macao Tourism cancels International Fireworks Display Contest due to COVID-19

Macao Tourism cancels International Fireworks Display Contest due to COVID-19 Due to the global spread of the Novel Coronavirus Pneumonia (COVID-19), after careful assessment and consideration, Macao Government Tourism Office (MGTO) announced its cancellation of the 31st Macao International Fireworks Display Contest originally slated to be held this September and October. Organized by MGTO, the

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