Archives: Feature Releases

To the new UNWTO Secretary-General Zurab Pololikashvili: Congratulations!

September 14, 2017 | By forimmediaterele | No Comments | Filed in: Feature Releases.

Ambassador Zurab Pololikashvili from Georgia was confirmed as UNWTO Secretary General at the General Assembly today. The confirmation was not elected by secret vote. Dr. Walter Mzembi from Zimbabwe was the first to congratulate him and committed his support. Mr.Pololikashvil said this was a vote of friendship, and thanked Taleb Rifai for his work and • Read More »

IMEX America announces dates and venues up to 2025

September 13, 2017 | By forimmediaterele | No Comments | Filed in: Feature Releases.

The IMEX Group – organizers of IMEX America – have announced the dates and locations for their industry leading Las Vegas show through 2025. Ray Bloom, Chairman of the IMEX Group said, “We know that our industry partners from across North America and around the world plan numerous activities and co-located events around IMEX America. • Read More »

WTTC statement of support to destinations impacted by Hurricane Irma

September 13, 2017 | By forimmediaterele | No Comments | Filed in: Feature Releases.

Today, the Chairman and the President & CEO of the World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC) issued a joint statement in response to the devastation caused by Hurricane Irma, extending the Council’s full support to all impacted destinations. Chairman Gerald Lawless and President & CEO Gloria Guevara offered the services of WTTC and called upon • Read More »

From Heidelberg to the world’s first gas station!

September 13, 2017 | By forimmediaterele | No Comments | Filed in: Feature Releases.

Guests from abroad often name Heidelberg as their favorite destination in Germany. Around 12 million guests a year make their way to explore the flair of the historic university town in a picturesque location. The city on the Neckar not only offers magnificent history, but also advanced modernity, culture, entertainment, diverse shopping possibilities and a • Read More »

Experts at WTM London to predict key trends in UK market

September 12, 2017 | By forimmediaterele | No Comments | Filed in: Feature Releases.

A panel of senior executives will debate the impact of Brexit, currency movements and other geopolitical trends during a ‘World Travel Leaders’ session at WTM London – the leading global event for the travel industry.Called ‘UK Markets – What can we expect in 2018’, the crystal ball-gazing will cover major issues in the UK’s outbound, • Read More »

FRAPORT August results: Strong Growth Continues

September 12, 2017 | By forimmediaterele | No Comments | Filed in: Feature Releases.

In August 2017, passenger numbers at Frankfurt Airport (FRA) rose by 5.0 percent to nearly 6.3 million passengers. During the eight-month period from January to August 2017, FRA posted accumulated passenger growth of 4.5 percent. Cargo throughput (airfreight + airmail) also continued to increase by 5.4 percent year-on-year to 181,102 metric tons in the reporting • Read More »

Seychellois chef joins Seychelles Tourism Board to promote Creole food in South Korea

September 9, 2017 | By forimmediaterele | No Comments | Filed in: Feature Releases.

Seychellois Creole food, which combines flavors from various corners of the world as a result of the Seychelles’ historical connections, is one of the islands’ attributes that appeal to visitors. Seychellois chef, Marcus Freminot, had the chance to showcase this unique factor of the island destination in South Korea, at the invitation of the Seychelles • Read More »

Hotel van Oranje: Smart planning saves the environment

September 8, 2017 | By forimmediaterele | No Comments | Filed in: Feature Releases.

Hotel van Oranje, Autograph Collection® is perfectly situated right on the beach and the lively boulevard of Noordwijk, just 30 minutes from Amsterdam. Green Globe recently recertified Hotel van Oranje for the sixth consecutive year. Jaap Liethof, Managing Director at hotel, said, “We did it again and we are so proud. It’s a way of • Read More »

Star Alliance launches “Connection Service” at Chicago O’Hare

September 7, 2017 | By forimmediaterele | No Comments | Filed in: Feature Releases.

Star Alliance has launched a new Connection Service to assist customers arriving at Chicago O’Hare International Airport to reach their onward flight with another Star Alliance member carrier. The enhancement for customers in United’s home hub will carry new branding that will be progressively rolled out for similar services operating at 11 major airports around • Read More »

UNWTO: International tourism – strongest half-year results since 2010

September 7, 2017 | By forimmediaterele | No Comments | Filed in: Feature Releases.

Destinations worldwide welcomed 598 million international tourists in the first six months of 2017, some 36 million more than in the same period of 2016. At 6%, growth was well above the trend of recent years, making the current January-June period the strongest half-year since 2010. Visitor numbers reported by destinations around the world reflect • Read More »

During WTM: World Responsible Tourism Day – the largest day of responsible tourism action in the world

September 7, 2017 | By forimmediaterele | No Comments | Filed in: Feature Releases.

This year sees big developments in WTM’s Responsible Tourism programme, as it seeks to build on its ever-growing popularity and increase its profile amongst its mainstream audience. For the first time, almost all of the sessions will take place in the main halls, with the introduction of a dedicated WTM Responsible Tourism Theatre on the • Read More »

Oktoberfest at Frankfurt Airport

September 7, 2017 | By forimmediaterele | No Comments | Filed in: Feature Releases.

Dirndls and lederhosen will be on display at Frankfurt Airport for four weeks starting on September 4, coinciding with the annual Oktoberfest season in Bavaria. In the non-Schengen zones, passengers can look forward to hearty food, traditional beer tent music and attractive shopping in the spirit of Germany’s most famous popular festival. There will be • Read More »

Seychelles Tourism Board opens new doors for Small Enterprise Promotion Agency in South Korea

September 6, 2017 | By PressEditor | No Comments | Filed in: Feature Releases.

The 10th anniversary celebration of the Seychelles Tourism Board (STB) office in Korea was the perfect opportunity to showcase various aspects of the island destination’s entrepreneurship sector. The Chief Executive of the Seychelles’ Small Enterprise Promotion Agency (SEnPA) Penny Belmont joined the STB’s Chief Executive Sherin Francis on her recent mission trip to Seoul from • Read More »

UNWTO partners with World Tourism Cities Federation

September 6, 2017 | By forimmediaterele | No Comments | Filed in: Feature Releases.

As tourism has become a powerful engine for the local economic and social development of cities, the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) has partnered with the World Tourism Cities Federation (WTCF) to develop an instrument that can measure the performance of the sector in metropolitan areas. Under the title ‘UNWTO-WTCF City Tourism Performance Research’ the project will • Read More »

“Blue Port” Illumination starts spectacular Cruise Week in Hamburg

September 4, 2017 | By forimmediaterele | No Comments | Filed in: Feature Releases.

The Blue Port Hamburg installation designed by the light artist Michael Batz has been attracting international attention since 2008. Blue light once again transforms the Hanseatic city’s night-time port into a magically glowing stage. In 2017 the Elbphilharmonie Hamburg and a number of the other buildings in the Northern European City are bathed in mystical • Read More »

China to host 22nd UNWTO General Assembly

September 4, 2017 | By forimmediaterele | No Comments | Filed in: Feature Releases.

“A unique opportunity to get the sector united towards the common goal of making tourism a true driver of sustainable development.” This is how the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) Secretary-General, Taleb Rifai, described the forthcoming UNWTO General Assembly. The bi-annual event, which takes place in Chengdu, China on 11-16 September, will discuss how to advance • Read More »

Kwita Izina: Why Amahoro Tours’s Bakunzi was among baby gorilla namers?

September 4, 2017 | By forimmediaterele | No Comments | Filed in: Feature Releases.

At the just concluded Kwita Izina, Rwanda’s annual baby mountain gorilla naming and conservation ceremony, Amahoro Tours and Red Rocks Cultural Centre founder Greg Bakunzi was among the 19 namers – a star-studded list that also included Howard Buffett, the son of American billionaire investor Warren Buffett, as well as acclaimed Nigerian movie star Patience • Read More »

Kwita Izina: Why Amahoro Tours’ Bakunzi was among baby gorilla namers

September 4, 2017 | By forimmediaterele | No Comments | Filed in: Feature Releases.

At the just concluded Kwita Izina, Rwanda’s annual baby mountain gorilla naming and conservation ceremony, Amahoro Tours and Red Rocks Cultural Centre founder Greg Bakunzi was among the 19 namers – a star-studded list that also included Howard Buffett, the son of American billionaire investor Warren Buffett, as well as acclaimed Nigerian movie star Patience • Read More »

Jamaica Tourism Minister Bartlett Mourns Passing of Hotelier Pablo Piñero

September 3, 2017 | By forimmediaterele | No Comments | Filed in: Feature Releases.

The Jamaica Minister of Tourism, Hon. Edmund Bartlett has expressed deep sadness at the passing of Pablo Piñero, the president and founder of the Grupo Piñero company – which includes mega-hotel chain Bahia Principe Hotels & Resorts. “On behalf of the Government of Jamaica, I offer my condolences to the family and friends of Pablo Piñero. • Read More »

Seychelles Tourism Board & Seoul Tourism Association signs MOU for closer cooperation

September 2, 2017 | By forimmediaterele | No Comments | Filed in: Feature Releases.

Sherin Francis, Chief Executive officer of the Seychelles Tourism Board (STB) who is in a working visit to Seoul Korea signed a memorandum of Understanding with the Seoul Tourism Association (STA). The MOU was signed on the side of the Seoul Tourism Association by Mr Jeongrok Park, the Vice Chairman of the association. The event was attended • Read More »

Mount Cinnamon Resort & Beach Club: Community projects a top priority

September 1, 2017 | By forimmediaterele | No Comments | Filed in: Feature Releases.

Mount Cinnamon Resort & Beach Club is a relaxed, high-end resort set in tropical gardens around a central clubhouse on Grand Anse Beach in Granada. This year marks the fourth year of Green Globe certification for the property. Pursuing sustainable goals has not only been a fulfilling journey for staff, it has resulted in successful • Read More »

Community goodwill in Dominican Republic: Catalonia Royal Bavaro resort

September 1, 2017 | By forimmediaterele | No Comments | Filed in: Feature Releases.

Catalonia Royal Bavaro is located in Playas de Bavaro (Punta Cana) in the Dominican Republic. Green Globe recently recertified Catalonia Royal Bavaro for the second year in acknowledgement of the resort’s commitment to sustainable management and operations. Social initiatives sponsored by Catalonia Hotels & Resorts provide a much-needed lifeline for local residents. Every year at • Read More »

UNWTO Secretary General: Heavyweight vs Lightweight

August 31, 2017 | By forimmediaterele | No Comments | Filed in: Feature Releases.

The Outgoing UNWTO Secretary-General And The Proposed Incoming Secretary-General Elect:Heavyweights vs lightweights qualified vs unqualified, it is never too hard to spot. We all can understand anyone reaching for a position one is not qualified to perform in. But not if the world’s largest single industry is placed at risk. Perhaps if one owns a football club, • Read More »

Jamaica Tourism earns US$2 billion

August 31, 2017 | By forimmediaterele | No Comments | Filed in: Feature Releases.

Jamaica Minister of Tourism, Hon. Edmund Bartlett, has disclosed that the country earned a record US$2 Billion during the first eight months of this calendar year from 2.8 million visitors. The figure represents an increase of 8.3 percent in gross foreign exchange earnings than the US$1.83 billion earned last year over the same period. In • Read More »