ICAO/UNWTO joint statement: International Civil Aviation Day Message

This International Civil Aviation Day, the UN Aviation and World Tourism organizations (ICAO/UNWTO) have issued a joint call for efforts to reconnect the world to be accelerated. The COVID-19 pandemic brought global air mobility and tourism to an abrupt halt. It also pressed pause on trillions of dollars worth of economic activity. Millions of livelihoods […]

Omicron variant ‘to hit Last-Minute Travel over Christmas’

The emergence of the new Omicron variant coupled with new travel restrictions will inhibit demand for last minute travel over the Christmas period. The warning came from air ticket data firm ForwardKeys which noted a slowdown in bookings, down to 54% of 2019 pre-pandemic levels in late November. The downturn was closely correlated with a […]

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Naan Bar wins Malta’s Best Restaurant 2021 in World Culinary Awards

World Culinary Awards – the global initiative to recognize and reward excellence in the culinary industry – has announced the winners of its 2021 programme, with Valletta’s Naan Bar crowned as Malta’s Best Restaurant 2021. The 2nd annual World Culinary Awards was recently concluded at an awards function held in Dubai at which Naan Bar […]

Malta | Vittoriosa’s Victory Square underground Reservoir Restored

800,000 litres of water capacity restored through the restoration A restoration project on the underground reservoir in Vittoriosa’s Victory Square has given back over 800,000 litres of secondary water to be used in the locality for landscape irrigation and street cleaning among other uses. The rehabilitation of this 17th century reservoir forms part of the […]

Italy offers ICU beds for Germany’s fourth-wave COVID-19 patients

Italy’s northern region of Lombardy has reached out to Germany amid its battle with a fourth wave of COVID-19 infections by offering much-needed ICU beds for German patients, the region’s vice president, Letizia Moratti, announced Friday. German hospitals are facing a dramatic emergency, with the intensive care units on the verge of collapse, Moratti wrote […]

Digitalization to put Turkey’s Health Tourism on Top

Already boasting a strong health sector infrastructure, Turkey aims to rank first globally in health tourism, boosted by recently delivered health infrastructure investments and digitalization projects, according to the general manager of International Health Services (USHAŞ). Mehmet Ali Kılıçkaya was speaking during the “HIMSS Eurasia Health Informatics and Technologies Conference and Fair,” which was held […]

Greece Looking to Link Wine Tourism with Experiences

The next step for Greece is to incorporate the Greek wine experience into the overall travel experience and to enhance the country’s brand name, Greek National Tourism Organization (GNTO) President Angela Gerekou said during the “Synergies of Wine Tourism with Other Thematic Forms of Tourism” event held in Amyntaio, northern Greece. The event took place […]

Fire-hit forests set to get new life with mass planting in Turkey

In 2019, Turkey declared Nov. 11 as National Forestation Day. People everywhere, from President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan to primary school students took to empty lots to plant saplings. Two years on, planting has gained newfound importance in the aftermath of this summer’s devastating wildfires. After months of preparations, authorities plan to start reforestation of burned […]

Diwali 2021: India celebrates festival of lights under shadow of Covid-19

Diwali celebrates the victory of good over evil India has been lit up in a dazzling display of light and colour, as millions of people celebrate the Hindu festival of Diwali. But it comes amid concerns over the coronavirus pandemic and air pollution. A time for feasts, prayers and fireworks, Diwali is one of the […]

Air Malta Makes Travelling with Pets Easier

Travelling with pets on board Air Malta flights just got easier with the release of a new online function on airmalta.com that enables travel bookings for cats and dogs. Travelling with pets has become increasingly popular with Air Malta carrying over 2,500 pets every year, 2,000 of which are carried in the cabin. The new […]

After 129 years, France decides to return Colonial Benin treasures

Over a dozen colonial-era treasures are on display for one last time in a Paris museum as France has announced that the 26 looted artifacts will be returned to their homeland, to Benin, a landmark gesture described by the West African country as “historic” and one that could have potential ramifications for other European museums. […]

Travel Agents urged to take Marketing Inspiration from Squid Game

Hit TV drama Squid Game can inspire agents’ marketing, according to speakers at the Association of Touring and Adventure Suppliers (ATAS) conference. The South Korean show has become the most watched programme on the Netflix streaming platform, surpassing the success of period costume drama Bridgerton. Steve Rushton, founder of Travel Marketing Systems, told delegates: “Why […]

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