UNWTO Recognizes Safe and Responsible Restart of Tourism on the Canary Islands

UNWTO Recognizes Safe and Responsible Restart of Tourism on the Canary Islands

Gran Canaria, Canary Islands, Spain, July 14, 2020 / TRAVELINDEX / The Secretary-General of the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) has paid an official visit to the Canary Islands to recognize the reopening of the destination and the steps the local authorities have taken to keep both visitors and tourism workers safe as the sector restarts.

UNWTO Secretary-General Zurab Pololikashvili was accompanied by the Spanish Minister of Industry, Trade and Tourism, Reyes Maroto, for a series of high-level meetings with both public and private sector leaders. The delegation met with the President of the Canary Islands Ángel Víctor Torres and the Secretary of Tourism for the Canary Islands Yaiza Castilla, as well as with the Spanish government’s representative on the islands, Anselmo Pestana and the President of Town Hall of Gran Canaria, Antonio Morales.

Mr Pololikashvili said: “Tourism is one of the most important economic sectors for the Canary Islands, providing jobs and livelihoods and supporting many local businesses. The responsible restart of the sector will allow the many benefits tourism offers to return, and UNWTO welcomes the measures that have been taken to build confidence and trust in the sector.”

Tourism is one of the most important economic sectors for the Canary Islands, providing jobs and livelihoods and supporting many local businesses

This official visit follows a successful visit to Italy – the first trip undertaken since restrictions on international travel were eased within the Schengen Zone of Europe. Both visits recognize how tourism is a lifeline for many countries and highlights support for tourism at every political levels and the close collaboration with the private sector.

The UNWTO Regional Director for Europe, Alessandra Priante, said: “Health and safety, including the state of healthcare systems, are now key elements for all destinations. This needs to be reflected in their marketing and communications strategies, both now as tourism restarts and into the future as the sector recovers. Tourism has proven its resilience and its unique ability to drive the recovery and development of societies and it will do so again, and this time sustainability and innovation must be front and centre.”

Maximizing security and open to the media

Alongside meetings with public sector leaders, the UNWTO delegation also saw first-hand the steps being taken by the private sector to ensure the highest level of public safety and hygiene in tourism destinations.

In parallel, UNWTO officials visited each of the eight islands of the Canarian Archipelago to see first-hand the safety protocols put in place to maximize security and safety. A group of up to 60 Spanish and international media also witnessed the safety updates along the whole tourism value chain.

Sunderland of Scotland Collection Engineered to Perform, Built to Last

Sunderland of Scotland Collection Engineered to Perform, Built to Last

Lanark, Scotland, Great Britain, July 14, 2020 / TRAVELINDEX / Sunderland of Scotland, the original technical weatherwear golf brand reveals its Autumn Winter 2020 (AW20) collection with the new men’s Citrus and Aqua for ladies’.

Men’s Collection Highlights
In Rainwear all with Lifetime Waterproof Guarantee, the s.Whispedry Pro-Lite jacket has been introduced in a modern sporty Black Camo and is featherlight, breathable and fully waterproof with stretch (RRP £150). New for AW20 is the s.Valberg jacket (RRP £140) in 4 colours. The jacket is highly technical with 4-way stretch panels in high impact zones to promote freedom of movement throughout the swing. It is finished with silver retro reflective trims and branding and a groove cleaning device on an elasticated pocket cord. The ever popular Vancouver Pro Jacket (RRP £120) has been given an injection of the new Citrus colour way in the zips and piping which strikes through the Navy body.

Windshirts made from a signature 3-layer interlock 4-way stretch fabric are extremely wind and shower proof whilst remaining lightweight. Silver/Navy/Citrus colour options have been added to the s.Nevis (RRP £80) and its half sleeve counterpart the s.Himalayas (RRP £80).

The popular Coldwear range sees Navy/Silver/Citrus colours added to the s.Anton Padded Gilet (RRP £75) and s.Zermatt Padded Jacket (RRP £80). Built with a robust nylon and padded down which retains heat to insulate the body whilst being incredibly lightweight and breathable. This is combined with stretch side panels to enhance movement. The s.Aspen midlayer (RRP £70), refreshed in the new Navy/Silver/Citrus colourway, protects from the elements with its Teflon coated interlock stretch and breathable fabric.

Ladies’ Collection Highlights
The Lifetime Waterproof Guarantee ladies’ Waterproof s.Killy jacket (RRP £120) engineered with a lightweight polyester technical fabric with mechanical stretch combined with flattering panels looks fresh in the new Silver/Aqua colourway. The luxuriously soft touch featherlight s.Whispedry Tech-Lite jacket (RRP £150) in Navy/White merchandises with the new Aqua colour story.

For the popular ladies’ Coldwear collection the s.Arosa (RRP £70) thermal water repellent midlayer, the s.Nova water repellent thermal fleece jacket (RRP £80) and the s.Zonda stretch lined sweater (RRP £75) have all been introduced in the striking new Aqua options. Whilst the s.Tania windproof padded gilet in Navy/White merchandises well in the Aqua colour story and the popular accessories to protect from the elements conclude the collection.

Mikhel Ruia – Managing Director, Sunderland of Scotland adds: “Sunderland of Scotland combine cutting edge technologies with design to build technical high performance products for the modern female and male golfer. The Autumn Winter 2020 collection epitomizes our ‘Never Weather Beaten’ mission and we are excited to continue on our journey of development and innovation to engineer products which achieve this purpose”.

WTTC: Travellers Should – Wear to Care – in New Normal

WTTC: Travellers Should – Wear to Care – in New Normal

London, Great Britain, July 13, 2020 / TRAVELINDEX / Mandatory mask wearing will protect travellers and workers. People need to learn to live with COVID-19 until a vaccine is widely available. The World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC) has called upon all travellers to don protective face masks to show they ‘wear to care’ in the new normal of travelling.

As countries transition from lockdowns to reopening their borders, the wearing of face masks helps signal the return of safer travels, while also providing personal protection for users as well as those around them.

The advice from WTTC in favour of mandatory mask wearing comes from evidence that countries which are recovering faster and avoid second COVID-19 spikes are those where the use of face masks have been widely enforced and encouraged.

Following medical guidance from the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, WTTC advises the wearing of masks on all forms of transport throughout the entire traveller journey, as well as when visiting any interior venue or those with restricted movement which results in close personal contact of two metres or less.

WTTC has asked governments around the globe to enforce the wearing of face masks, as well as enlisting the support of the private sector to remind customers of their obligations to protect their health and that of fellow travellers.

Travellers around the world are being encouraged to join in the WTTC social media campaign which is launching with the hashtag #wear2care.

Embracing the use of face masks will reduce the risk of transmission, protect the user and those around them, as well as reintroducing a sense of normality. as we learn to live with the virus until a vaccine is found.

The new recommendations follow in the wake of WTTC recently issuing its new guidelines for Safe & Seamless Travel including testing and tracing to ensure people can enjoy Safe Travels in the ‘new normal’.

Frequent handwashing and using hand sanitiser complement the use of face masks which can significantly reduce the risk of COVID-19 transmission.

Gloria Guevara, WTTC President & CEO, said: “The safety and hygiene of travellers and those who work in Travel & Tourism is of paramount importance, which is why we now strongly recommend masks being mandatory. 

“‘Wear to care’ promotes the protection of face mask users and visibly shows they care about the welfare and safety of their fellow travellers, which will help save lives and encourage the return of Safe Travels.

“The wearing of masks should not be politicised. Wearing a mask needs to become part of everyday life to ensure everyone enjoys travelling in safety until a vaccine for COVID-19 is found. We implore the private sector and global governments to encourage their use so wearing a mask becomes the new normal.”

Ramon Sánchez, Principal Investigator and Research Associate at Harvard University, T.H. Chan School of Public Health, said: “Wearing face masks has been proven to provide the highest level of protection against transmission at 82%. Constant hand hygiene and surface cleaning, which kills more than 90% of viruses that are found on surfaces, also prevents the virus from reaching the face from the hands. 

“The public should keep a two metre distance whenever they can, however if that simply isn’t possible, people should increase the ventilation around them. Inside buildings this can be done by opening doors and windows which decreases the viral concentration by more than 70%. 

“Mechanical ventilation, such as air conditioning decreases it by 80%, while going outdoors proves more effective by decreasing the viral concentration between 90% and 95%.”

WTTC has led a series of initiatives designed to rebuild global consumer confidence and encourage the return of Safe Travels.

Safe Travels Protocols were developed for the global Travel & Tourism sector which focused on measures to drive business to car hire companies, airports, tour operators, attractions and short short-term rentals among many other travel sectors, to enable them to follow strict health and hygiene regimes when re-opening their businesses.

The welfare of travellers and the millions of people working across the Travel & Tourism sector is central to the protocols. In addition to being backed by the United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) they were also widely embraced by thousands of businesses around the world.

Travellers around the world can get involved with the WTTC campaign by sharing pictures of themselves proudly travelling with their masks and sharing the hashtag #wear2care.

The Sukhothai Bangkok Named #1 City Hotel in Bangkok

The Sukhothai Bangkok Named #1 City Hotel in Bangkok

Bangkok, Thailand, July 13, 2020 / TRAVELINDEX / The Sukhothai Bangkok has achieved the most prestigious awards in the annual “Travel + Leisure 2020 World’s Best Awards”, which is celebrating its 25th anniversary of the World’s Best Awards this year.

#1 City Hotel in Bangkok
#4 Hotel among all Asian Cities
#37 Hotel Worldwide

Travel + Leisure magazine, a compendium of the highest-ranking hotels and resorts worldwide as voted by readers in the Travel + Leisure World’s Best Awards survey.

The Sukhothai Bangkok, a resort-style sanctuary, is set amid six acres of lush greenery and lotus ponds in the heart of Bangkok, with the combination of traditional Thai refinement, immaculate contemporary style and personalized service.

As of 1 August 2020, The Sukhothai Bangkok will resume our service of delighting guests with a unique Thai experience.

Will the Sukhothai Bangkok make it into the Top 25 Hotels – World’s Best Luxury Hotels, in Bangkok and the World?

About The Sukhothai Bangkok
The Sukhothai Bangkok combines traditional refinement with immaculate contemporary style. A haven of calm set amid six acres of lush gardens and water ponds in bustling Bangkok. Once inside its classically elegant grounds, guests are quite literally far from the madding crowds. Wining and dining is a pleasure with world class Restaurants and Bars, including the award-winning La Scala Italian Restaurant, Celadon, home of delicious Thai cuisine and Colonnade an international cuisine Restaurant. On-site leisure facilities include Spa Botanica, a Fitness Studio with fully-equipped Gym, Sauna and Jacuzzi and a 25-metre outdoor Swimming Pool.

Post-COVID-19 Green Recovery Must Embrace Sustainable Aviation Fuels

Post-COVID-19 Green Recovery Must Embrace Sustainable Aviation Fuels

Geneva, Switzerland, July 10, 2020 / TRAVELINDEX / The International Air Transport Association (IATA) emphasized the aviation industry’s commitment to its emissions reduction goals and called for the International Energy Agency (IEA) to prioritize investment in sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) to help power aviation’s contribution to the post-COVID-19 recovery.

IATA’s call comes on the eve of the IEA Clean Energy Transitions Summit which will meet virtually to debate moves toward a low-carbon future. The IEA is well placed to promote SAF production with its stakeholders both in government and in the fuel industry.

The world must “build back better” from the COVID-19 crisis with attention focused on investment in carbon reduction technologies and in SAF, which will create jobs at this critical time and boost aviation’s progress towards its goal to cut aviation emissions to half 2005 levels by 2050.

Current SAF production rates are too low for aviation to reach this goal despite SAF’s proven potential and airline efforts to date:

  • SAF can cut CO2 lifecycle emissions up to 80% compared with conventional jet fuel
  • SAF uses sustainable fuel sources which do not compete with food or water, or damage biodiversity.
  • Due to extensive testing and investment from airlines, SAF are certified as safe, sustainable, and ready-to-use.
  • Over 250,000 flights have already taken off with a blend of SAF.

“The enormous amounts of money that governments are investing in the economic recovery from COVID-19 are an opportunity to create a legacy of energy transition for the aviation industry. To achieve this, governments, the finance community and the fuel producers—both large and small—must work together with the goal of rapidly increasing production of affordable sustainable aviation fuel,” said Alexandre de Juniac, IATA’s Director General and CEO.

IATA estimates that current SAF production is 50 million litres annually. To reach a tipping point where the scale of production will see SAF costs drop to levels competitive with jet fuel, production needs to reach 7 billion litres or 2% of 2019 consumption.

“As much as airlines want to use SAF, production is well below the scale needed for prices to fall to competitive levels. Attaining the right price point is even more crucial as industry losses and debt levels rise. But if governments can use this unique time to combine a safe fiscal and regulatory framework supporting SAF production with the direct allocation of stimulus funds to SAF production, it is possible to reach the 2% tipping point in 2025. That would power greener flight, create jobs and fuel the economic recovery together,” said de Juniac.

IATA and the wider aviation community are ready to work with the IEA, governments and fuel companies to cut aviation’s emissions with SAF. “SAF is our biggest emissions reduction opportunity. The time is right to push it forward so that, together, we can achieve major carbon reductions on the way towards fossil fuel-free flight,” said de Juniac.

Kew Green Hotels Expands to South East Asia with Seven Properties in Bangkok

Kew Green Hotels Expands to South East Asia with Seven Properties in Bangkok

Bangkok, Thailand, July 10, 2020 / TRAVELINDEX / Kew Green Hotels, one of the UK’s leading hotel management companies with over 55 hotels in its portfolio, is expanding into the South East Asia market through a joint venture with Siamese Asset. The new entity, Siamese and Kew Green Management Company Thailand, are launching seven properties in the capital city of Bangkok, four of which are under the Wyndham Hotels & Resorts brand umbrella. Alongside the launch of these seven properties, Kew Green Hotels will also be launching a Commercial Hub for South East Asia to support the region, based in Bangkok.

Confident in Thailand’s position as a world-class tourism destination, Siamese and Kew Green Management Company Thailand will launch four hotel and branded residences in the heart of Bangkok in early 2021: The Wyndham Queen Convention Centre, Wyndham Garden Sukhumvit 42, Ramada Plaza by Wyndham Sukhumvit 48 and Ramada by Wyndham Sukhumvit 87, with an additional three properties in the pipeline. Guests staying at each of the Wyndham Hotels & Resorts will benefit from access to Wyndham Rewards, the global award-winning hotel loyalty rewards program.

As hospitality experts, Kew Green Hotels set themselves apart by combining years of experience with innovative ideas to deliver outstanding hotel services and by delivering exceptional returns for hotel owners. Combining market-leading technology with expert talent, the Commercial Hub will integrate proactive and reactive sales, marketing, analytics and revenue management, to support their increasing hotel portfolio in the region, providing a consolidated approach to deliver growth.

Chris Dexter, Chief Executive Officer of Kew Green Hotels, said “We are delighted to be expanding into South East Asia and form Siamese and Kew Green Management Company Thailand, a joint venture, in partnership with Siamese Asset, one of Thailand’s most prominent property developers. We look forward to delivering world-renowned Thai hospitality in these seven properties, supported by our state-of-the-art commercial hub. As a growing company, this milestone reflects Kew Green Hotels’ broadening expertise in the international hotel market and reputation for operational excellence, strong commercial awareness and industry leading profit delivery.”

James Kim, President of Siamese and Kew Green Management Company Thailand, remarked “We are thrilled to form this new joint venture company with Siamese Asset, the winner of Thailand’s Best Developer in the 2019 Thailand Property Awards. Along with the excellent track record of Kew Green Hotels, we look forward to bringing together our collective expertise to deliver on our commitment to launch these exceptional properties.”

The Wyndham Queen Convention Centre Hotel & Residences, with 120 rooms and suites, is conveniently located just 50m from Queen Sirikit National Convention Centre MRT station, yet close to the greenery of Benjakitti and Lumpini parks. The hotel and residences offer panoramic views of the city, the bustling Port of Bangkok and outstanding surroundings. Amenities include rooftop gardens, a sky lounge, infinity pool, restaurant, executive lounge and an expansive fitness room, all with spectacular panoramic cityscape views. The hotel is a home away from home for leisure and business guests, just five minutes from contemporary shopping centres within the vibrant Central Business District of Bangkok.

Wyndham Garden Sukhumvit 42 sits in the heart of Ekkamai, known for its lively collection of popular cafés, bars and restaurants and just 300m from Ekkamai BTS station and five minutes from the Ramindra-Art-Narong Expressway. The hotel offers 120 rooms with city views, a roof-top garden, a restaurant, a Kafeology coffee bar on the terrace, swimming pool, spa and gym.

Ramada Plaza by Wyndham Sukhumvit 48 offers 100 rooms together with a sky bar, restaurant, bar lounge and spa with far reaching views across the city plus a swimming pool and gardens. The hotel is less than 10 minutes’ walk from Phra Khanong BTS station with easy connectivity to world-class shopping, dining and nightlife.

Ramada by Wyndham Sukhumvit 87 is located between BTS Bang Chak and BTS Onnut at 430m and 550m respectively, with convenient access to shopping malls and entertainment in the Ekkamai area. With 85 rooms, the hotel offers a dedicated yoga room and roof-top gardens, a swimming pool, garden and Kafeology coffee bar.

About Siamese and Kew Green Management Company
Siamese and Kew Green Management Company was founded in February 2020 as a Joint Venture Company between Kew Green Hotels UK and Siamese Asset in Thailand. It is a third-party management company cooperating with IHG, Hilton and other global brand companies under a Brand Franchise Agreement. Currently it has signed management agreements for four hotels under Wyndham Hotels & Resorts brands and is negotiating the brand franchise agreement for three upcoming hotels and branded residences in the Bangkok area.

About Kew Green Hotels
Kew Green Hotels was founded in 2001 with a single hotel. It is now one of the UK’s leading hotel management companies with over 55 hotels in the portfolio and over 3000 employees. Working across the spectrum of hotel operations, from limited service through to luxury full service, Kew Green Hotels is set apart from the competition by owning and developing hotels, as well as managing assets on behalf of others.

About Siamese Asset Public Company Limited
Siamese Asset, founded in 2010 by the management group of Ritta Co.Ltd., is a multi-award-winning construction company in Thailand, bringing expertise in real estate to create quality residences and provide investment opportunities with sustainable value growth to shareholders.

About Wyndham Hotels & Resorts
Wyndham Hotels & Resorts (NYSE: WH) is the world’s largest hotel franchising company by the number of properties, with 9,300 hotels across approximately 90 countries on six continents. Through its network of over 828,000 rooms appealing to the everyday traveller, Wyndham commands a leading presence in the economy and midscale segments of the lodging industry. The Company operates a portfolio of 20 hotel brands, including Super 8®, Days Inn®, Ramada®, Microtel Inn & Suites®, La Quinta®, Baymont®, Wingate®, AmericInn®, Hawthorn Suites®, The Trademark Collection® and Wyndham®. Wyndham Hotels & Resorts is also a leading provider of hotel management services. The Company’s award-winning Wyndham Rewards loyalty program offers 83 million enrolled members the opportunity to redeem points at thousands of hotels, vacation club resorts and vacation rentals globally.

Sabre Announces New Synxis Platform Agreement with Resorttrust Japan

Sabre Announces New Synxis Platform Agreement with Resorttrust Japan

Nagoya, Japan, July 10, 2020 / TRAVELINDEX / Sabre Corporation, the leading software and technology company that powers the global travel industry, today announced a new agreement with Japan’s Resorttrust, Inc. to provide industry-leading technology solutions to enable the luxury chain to fine-tune its distribution strategies, grow geographic reach, increase booking conversions, boost revenue-per-room and deliver improved guest experiences. Under the new deal, advanced technology solutions from Sabre’s SynXis Platform will enable Resorttrust hotels to update operations and grow footprint while maximizing revenue opportunities through direct and indirect channels.

Membership-based hotel chain Resorttrust, Inc. has selected Sabre’s SynXis Booking Engine to increase conversion of website traffic into bookings, improve visibility, and provide guests with enhanced customer experience, resulting in future revenue-generating opportunities. Resorttrust, Inc. will also gain a greater global presence through the SynXis platform which will connect the chain to nearly 900,000 travel agents across multiple GDSes and over 600 online channels across the world, while also providing further opportunities to increase valuable corporate travel bookings by connecting with major corporations and streamlining RFP contracting.

The chain, which has an extensive network of iconic properties across Japan as well as the Kahala Hotel and Resort in Hawaii, will be able to leverage the highly-flexible and scalable SynXis Booking Engine to increase engagement, trigger conversions and drive direct revenue to convert website visitors into guests The SynXis Booking Engine provides real-time rates, offers, and availability to the website shoppers with a streamlined booking path and modern e-commerce features to boost direct bookings on the hotel websites.

“We are thrilled to be partnering with Sabre to boost direct and indirect bookings to our resorts. We’re already seeing the first green shoots of recovery in the Japanese tourism industry, and we needed robust and scalable solutions to support us in our plans to grow our reach and revenue as well as further improving the guest experience for domestic and international visitors.” , said Kiyoshi Aruga, Department Manager, Hotel Trusty Department, Hotels & Tourism Division, Resorttrust, Inc.

“Sabre is proud of our already strong, and valued, relationships with travel partners in Japan. This new agreement with Resorttrust, Inc. further strengthens Sabre’s existing presence in the Japanese market, and demonstrates our ongoing commitment to the recovery and continued success of Japan’s tourism industry,” said Frank Trampert, Managing Director and Chief Commercial Officer, EMEA & APAC, Sabre Hospitality Solutions. “This new partnerships will enable some of Japan’s best-loved hotels and resorts to refine their distribution strategies, reach new markets, improve the conversion rates of web browsers to bookings and deliver an improved guest experience. We are thrilled to be able to play our part in enabling more travellers to discover Japan’s already renowned, and lesser-known destinations as we partner with our hotels and hospitality partners to make travel happen.

About Sabre Corporation
Sabre Corporation is the leading technology provider to the global travel industry. Sabre’s software, data, mobile and distribution solutions are used by hundreds of airlines and thousands of hotel properties to manage critical operations, including passenger and guest reservations, revenue management, flight, network and crew management. Sabre also operates a leading global travel marketplace, which processes more than US$120 billion of global travel spend annually by connecting travel buyers and suppliers. Headquartered in Southlake, Texas, USA, Sabre serves customers in more than 160 countries around the world.

About Resorttrust, Inc.
Resorttrust, Inc. engages in the construction and operation of membership-based hotels, sale of hotel membership rights, and golf and medical businesses. It operates through the following segments: Membership, Hotel and Restaurant, Medical, and Others. The Membership segment handles the sale of hotel membership rights and provides loans to hotel membership purchasers. The Hotel and Restaurant segment involves in the operation of hotels and restaurants, cleaning services, inter-facility access service of the member hotels, non-life insurance agency, manufacture and sale of hair accessories, total beauty services, and telemarketing business. The company was founded by Yoshiro Ito on April 2, 1973 and is headquartered in Nagoya, Japan.

PATA and Asian Development Bank to Expand Crisis Resource Center

PATA and Asian Development Bank to Expand Crisis Resource Center

Bangkok, Thailand, July 9, 2020 / TRAVELINDEX / The Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA) is collaborating with the Asian Development Bank (ADB) to expand its Crisis Resource Center (CRC) to provide further aid in the rapid, robust and responsible renewal of the Asia Pacific travel and tourism industry.

“Timely, accurate, and useful information is the need of the moment for our members as they manage their recovery from COVID-19,” said Trevor Weltman, PATA Chief of Staff. “The generous support we received from ADB has allowed us to invest in bringing these essential tools to our region at this critical time. As 65% of PATA members polled had no crisis plans pre-COVID, the CRC will be a permanent offer from PATA going forward to continue meeting their evolving needs for crisis preparedness, management and recovery from this crisis, and beyond.”

The PATA Crisis Resource Center and Tourism Recover Monitor was launched in April 2020, to provide reliable and up-to-date policy statements, authoritative information, and tourism indicators from around the globe. The new CRC will officially be launched on Tuesday, July 14, 2020.

The ultimate vision of the CRC is to lead, coordinate and sustain a comprehensive world-class digital resource for crisis response, management, and recovery for the Asia Pacific Travel Industry. In the immediate term, PATA believe Asia Pacific will be the leading force of tourism’s global recovery from COVID-19, as both an inbound destination as well as a robust source market.

“The tourism industry accounts for a substantial amount of private sector employment and investment in the Asia Pacific, especially within the Greater Mekong Subregion. The COVID-19 pandemic has exposed the industry’s vulnerability to crisis. Through the Crisis Resource Center, PATA is building much-needed infrastructure to make the Asia Pacific tourism sector more resilient,” said Dominic Mellor, ADB Senior Investment Specialist and head of the Mekong Business Initiative, which supported the CRC through technical assistance.

As part of the expansion, the Association has formed a CRC advisory team to help provide further content and development of online toolkits and resources for industry stakeholders to navigate their way through the challenges of the global COVID-19 pandemic.

Destination marketing and crisis management expert Damian Cook will provide resource and recommendation kits for destinations, airlines and airports, hospitality, tours operators and SMEs; while crisis communications and communication strategy expert, John Bailey, will draft best practice guidance documents on how to develop and implement a holistic communication strategy to support a destination recovery campaign.

John Bailey, Managing Consultant at Global Communications Consulting, has spent more than 25 years helping companies around the world to prepare for, and respond to, reputation challenges and crises. He is the author of the Best Practice Guidelines on Crisis Communication and Reputation Management in the Digital Age, published by the International Air Transport Association (IATA). He has been involved in the response to numerous crises, including several airline accidents and the December 2004 Indian Ocean Tsunami. More recently, he was part of the team advising the senior management of Malaysia Airlines on their response to the disappearance of flight MH370, a crisis unprecedented in aviation history.

The CRC Advisory Team also includes PATA Immediate Past Chair Sarah Mathews, who led the pilot Expert Task Force (ETF) that originally created the online resource in order to accumulate knowledge, generate support, and help members and industry stakeholders across the globe access solutions by governments, while also assisting governments in understanding the challenges through the travel impact survey.

About PATA
Founded in 1951, the Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA) is a not-for-profit membership association that acts as a catalyst for the responsible development of travel and tourism to, from and within the Asia Pacific region. The Association provides aligned advocacy, insightful research and innovative events to its more than 800 member organisations, including 95 government, state and city tourism bodies, 20 international airlines and airports, 102 hospitality organisations and 70 educational institutions, as well as thousands of young tourism professional (YTP) members across the world. The PATA network also embraces the grassroots activism the PATA Chapters and Student Chapters, who organise numerous travel industry training programmes and business development events across the world. Thousands of travel professionals belong to the 35 local PATA Chapters worldwide, while hundreds of students are members of the 22 PATA Student Chapters globally. The PATA mPOWER platform delivers unrivalled data, forecasts and insights to members’ desktops and mobile devices anywhere in the world. PATA’s Head Office has been in Bangkok since 1998. The Association also has official offices or representation in Beijing and London. PATA’s Annual Theme for the 2020 calendar year is ‘Partnerships for Tomorrow’.

WTTC Welcomes UK Government Budget Statement

WTTC Welcomes UK Government Budget Statement

London, United Kingdom, July 9, 2020 / TRAVELINDEX / Gloria Guevara, WTTC President & CEO said: “Thousands of tourism businesses large and small across the country will be breathing a collective sigh of relief now that the Chancellor has announced a VAT holiday of 15% for the hospitality industry from next Wednesday.

WTTC warmly welcomes this measure, which will save struggling companies millions of pounds and provide a much-needed boost to a sector which has been on the verge of collapse.

“We have congratulated the UK Tourism Minister Nigel Huddleston for the move in a call today with WTTC Members, which will go some way to restoring consumer confidence in a sector which last year generated nearly £200 billion GDP, or 9% to the UK economy, supporting four million jobs.

“This shows the commitment the UK government has to the industry and we hope to see these examples of continued support for Travel & Tourism around the world.”

First Raffles Hotel in Indonesia Opens in Bali

First Raffles Hotel in Indonesia Opens in Bali

Jimbaran, Bali, Indonesia, July 9, 2020 / TRAVELINDEX / Raffles Hotels & Resorts is pleased to announce its 15th Raffles Hotel in the world, with the launch of the lavish Raffles Bali, which offers unparalleled views over the Indian Ocean and the famous Jimbaran Bay sunsets. With just 32 private pool villas, Raffles Bali epitomises distinguished charm for well-travelled connoisseurs seeking elegant spaces, privacy and cultural discovery.

The private limousine transfer from Ngurah Rai International Airport to the luxurious Balinese resort takes less than half an hour; yet despite its brevity, the journey has the power to transport you from one world to another. As the crowded streets of Jimbaran give way to sun-spangled gardens, a sense of tranquility descends. The winding road takes you deep into the heart of nature, to a hidden corner of the island that is steeped in local legend and defined by beliefs and customs that have remained unchanged for hundreds of years.

“Whether you are looking for a romantic getaway or an intimate oasis of emotional wellbeing, Raffles Bali offers unparalleled panoramic ocean views and captivating sunsets from every villa,” says Katya Herting, General Manager, Raffles Bali. “Our beachfront resort is surrounded by lush tropical gardens, providing utmost relaxation due to its generosity of space.”

From each of the exquisite Pool Villas – the largest and most private in Jimbaran – abundant sunlight streams in through the patio doors to gleam off rich hardwood floors. The soft batik tapestry hanging behind the king bed is a tribute to the skill of Bali’s local craftsmen, while rustic rattan furniture complements sweeping views of your private garden and the ocean beyond. Step outside into Bali’s restorative warmth for a morning spent lounging at your private pool or reading on the gazebo’s shaded daybed, enjoying the gentle breeze. When you feel like exploring the rest of the resort, your Raffles Wellbeing Butler will gracefully take you on a journey of discovery to wherever you want to go. All villas include indoor and outdoor showers, yoga mats and bespoke beach accessories, in addition to an indulgent soaking tub.

Located at the resort’s highest point, Rumari restaurant is caressed by cooling breezes, which carry the tantalising scent of Balinese cooking from the kitchen, unveiling a culinary journey on a sunset terrace overlooking the ocean. Loloan Beach Bar and Grill is located on the resort’s secluded beach, overlooking a 25-metre infinity pool. Enjoy a sumptuous seafood feast beneath the shade of the Balinese-style ceilings. As twilight falls, the atmosphere shifts from laid-back fun to casual elegance.

For unforgettable romance, elegant and intimate dining experiences can be arranged at The Secret Cave, illuminated with flickering torches and candlelight, or at the Purnama Honeymoon Bale, built on the rocks at the edge of the resort’s ocean front.

Connoisseurs will also enjoy the brand’s iconic Writers Bar and the adjoining Library, a relaxing haven to savour classic or whimsically spiced cocktails, a glass of Champagne, or an after-dinner digestif. Set in the heart of the resort, this intimate bar brings the Raffles heritage to Bali, with the bespoke Raffles Bali Sling, especially curated by our expert mixologist.

With an extensive and genuine knowledge of the island, our Raffles Wellbeing Butlers will enrich your time with an insider’s perspective on local customs. They can also arrange unique cultural experiences, from temple dance ceremonies to traditional cooking classes. Any wish is only a request away.

Relaxation comes easily at Raffles Bali, where the sound of tropical birds calling through the flora and the scent of the sea soothe the soul. Unwind beneath the hands of an expert therapist at Raffles Spa. There are two treatment suites, with their own soaking tub and sliding doors that lead to a hill-view terrace or experience our remote hillside treatment suite, The Sanctuary, hidden in nature.

“We are delighted to introduce our most iconic hotel brand to the beautiful island of Bali,” says Michael Issenberg, Chairman & CEO Accor Asia Pacific. “The highly-anticipated Raffles Bali will be the brand’s second hotel in Indonesia, joining the stunning Raffles Jakarta, and is set to become a special retreat for guests to feel pampered, through meaningful experiences and service that is both gracious and intuitive.”

Today, the Raffles brand continues to set the standard for luxury hospitality with a carefully curated list of distinguished addresses in leading markets around the world. Raffles Bali will be the first Raffles to launch the brand’s new wellbeing programme, Emotional Wellbeing by Raffles, which is based on the understanding that true luxury is not about what you own, but what you feel.

“Indulge in our Bespoke Opening Offer of two nights’ stay at our private pool villa, inclusive of return limousine transfer, daily a la carte breakfast as well as selections of Wellbeing and Cultural Experiences. Starting from USD $2,660++ for three days and two nights.”

About Raffles Bali
Raffles Bali is an intimate oasis of emotional well-being. Located in beautiful Jimbaran Bay within Jimbaran Hijau development area, the resort is perched on a hill offering unparalleled views of the ocean and its own secluded beach. With just 32 well appointed pool villas providing utmost relaxation due to its generosity of space, each featuring their own outdoor terrace and private pool, Raffles Bali is one of the most exclusive hotels in Jimbaran and boasts stunning sunsets, lush tropical gardens and exquisite dining. Guests can indulge in a signature Jimbaran Sling in the iconic Writers Bar, enjoy a romantic dinner in The Secret Cave or rejuvenate at the indulgent Raffles Spa. Raffles Wellbeing Butlers can arrange a variety of bespoke treatments, cultural immersions and activities to deliver the ultimate in Emotional Wellbeing in the Island of the Gods.

About Raffles
Raffles Hotels & Resorts boasts an illustrious history and some of the  most prestigious hotel addresses worldwide. In 1887, Raffles Singapore set the standard for luxury hospitality, introducting the world to private butlers, the Singapore Sling and its enduring, legendary service. Today, Raffles continues its tradition in leading cities and lavish resort locales, enchanting travellers with meaningful experiences and service that is both gracious and intuitive. Connoisseurs of life choose Raffles, not merely for its aura of culture, beauty and gentility, but for the extrraordinary weay they feel when in residence with Raffles. Each Raffles, be it Paris, Istanbul, Warsaw, Jakarta or the Seychelles, serves as a venerated oasis where travellers arrive as guests, leave as friends and return as family. Raffles is part of Accor a world-leading augmented hospitality group offering unique experiences in 5000 hotels and residences across 110 countries.