Category Archives: NTO (National Tourist Offices)

Singapore Tourism Board stands with the trade, launches Whatsapp channel to provide real-time updates

As part of its #UnitedWeStand trade engagement initiatives, Singapore Tourism Board (STB) has launched a Whatsapp channel that offers the latest updates on Destination Singapore and STB’s various initiatives in a real-time fashion. STB India had recently organised its first Virtual Trade-show series, under the theme “Charting Our Pathways to Tourism Recovery”, over four days in January for South, North, West and East India regions. Over 45 Singapore tourism stakeholders (comprising airlines, attractions, cruise, DMCs and hotels) attended the event. More than 2,500 buyers logged in from all over India and each booth had an average of 400 unique visitors.   The Virtual Trade-show was aimed to update the Trade fraternity about refreshed tourism offerings and experiences as well as new norms adopted by Singapore as part of Safety Management Measures to manage the COVID-19 pandemic and prepare for re-start of tourism.   GB Srithar, Regional Director, India, Middle East & South Asia, Singapore Tourism Board , says, “There is much work that lies ahead. Our theme ‘Charting our Pathway to Tourism Recovery’ is an invitation and request for all of us to come together, share and exchange ideas and jointly configure the tourism journey ahead from India to Singapore. It is a rallying call to prepare and be ready, whenever the restart comes. My team and I will continue engaging and working with the trade.”   To subscribe to STB’s WhatApp Channel, click this link: http://bit.ly/stbindia            

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Spain Tourism to conduct next webinar on Costa del Sol-Malaga on April 15, 3pm

Tourism Office of Spain – Mumbai will organise its next webinar ‘Costa del Sol-Malaga: The Real Gateway to Andalucia’ on April 15 at 3pm, conducted by representatives from the regional tourism board. Attendees stand a chance to win Amazon vouchers on attending all webinars. To register, write to jaspreet.kaur@ddppl.com or 9650196532.

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Turkey to vaccinate all its tourism employees by onset of summer season

Türkiye started full fledge vaccination of the tourism employees in coordination with The Ministry of Culture and Tourism, Ministry of Health and Türkiye Tourism Promotion and Development Agency (TGA). Vaccination program will cover the employees of the airlines, airports, accommodation facilities, travel agencies as well as the professional guides. Vaccination of the entire tourism staff will be completed before the beginning of 2021 summer season. Within the scope of ‘Safe Tourism Certification Program’, vaccination program aims to welcome international travellers for the upcoming summer season and ensure the health and safety of tourism employees and its residents. Since the launch of ‘Safe Tourism Certification Program’ in June 2020, Türkiye has been following stringent health and safety guidelines and taking all necessary steps to ensure it continues to be safe. Before the opening of the season, the Ministry of Culture and Tourism started to work on inclusion of the tourism sector employees into the vaccination program to ensure that the tourism services in the country remain open throughout the year. The vaccination program is carried out meticulously in coordination with the Ministry of Health. Vaccination program of tourism employees started in line with priorities and within the scope of the ‘Safe Tourism Certification Program’. As part of continuing effort to fight against COVID-19 and further enhance position as one of the world’s safest destinations, Türkiye is continuing to invest in ‘Safe Tourism Certification Program’ which is one of the first and most successful examples in the world in this field. The Country has expanded the scope of the practice and made it compulsory for accommodation facilities with 30 or more rooms. Up to now more than 8.000 facilities were certified. As …

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Atout France concludes online alpine B2B showcase bringing French suppliers and worldwide buyers together

Atout France organised the first virtual edition of its B2B alpine showcase Grand Ski in its new avatar ‘Destination Montagnes – Grand Ski’ in the last week of March for buyers worldwide. A total of 150 French suppliers met 465 tour operators from 59 source markets including 15 agents from India. Sheetal Munshaw, Director, Atout France India says, “Over the years, we have proactively tried to develop winter tourism through various initiatives and we are pleased to see that the concept of travelling to France in the winter has found favour with the discerning Indian traveller. The event was perfectly in sync with our strategy to showcase France as a year-round destination to Indian travellers.”

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Spain Tourism to conduct webinar on MICE in Sevilla today at 3pm IST

The Tourism Office of Spain – Mumbai will conduct a webinar ‘Returning to Sevilla’ on April 8 at 3pm IST for travel trade professionals to showcase MICE experiences in Sevilla by representatives from the Congress and Convention Bureau Sevilla. The city of Sevilla that leaves its mark on every visitor. Perhaps its because of the grandeur of its monuments or maybe the scent of jasmine in its squares, or it could be the rhythm of flamenco dancing or the Spanish guitar music in its streets, or the grand celebration of its festivals. Participants stand a chance to win Amazon vouchers on attending all webinars. To register, contact Jaspreet Kaur at jaspreet.kaur@ddppl.com or 9650196532.

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DCT Abu Dhabi focuses on importance of collaborations within the industry

The Department of Culture and Tourism – Abu Dhabi (DCT Abu Dhabi) will be taking part in the inaugural edition of ITB India. This first edition of ITB India, which will take place from 7th to 9th April, has been organised to connect stakeholders to the Indian travel market through a three-day, business-to-business, virtual event. DCT Abu Dhabi will be presenting a virtual exclusive session as part of the event, where HE Ali Hassan Al Shaiba, Executive Director of Tourism and Marketing at DCT Abu Dhabi, will be discussing Abu Dhabi’s roadmap for the future of travel and tourism. Addressing the UAE capital’s continuous efforts to overcome the challenges which have been brought on by the pandemic, he will focus on the importance of collaboration within the industry and highlights the emirate’s long-term vision to deliver appealing yet distinctive tourism and cultural destination that is ready to welcome the world. Showcasing the ambitious Go Safe campaign, which has standardised health and safety protocols across the emirate, he will also discuss other pioneering initiatives, real-time trends, and upcoming projects and attractions that will create memorable experiences for travellers in Abu Dhabi. “We are delighted to participate in the inaugural ITB India. India is a key source market for us and we value the trust that Indian travellers have in us as a destination,” said HE Al Shaiba. “Through our ongoing initiatives to maintain high standards of safety and hygiene, including the Go Safe initiative and a countrywide efficient vaccination drive, we aim to make Abu Dhabi the preferred travel destination for Indian travellers. “Abu Dhabi boasts a wide range of tourism and MICE offerings, catering to all types of travellers. We …

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STB’s CruiseWorld India concludes with an optimistic note

Close to 300 Indian travel agents tuned in to CruiseWorld India 2021 organised by the Singapore Tourism Board (STB) and Northstar Travel.  Helmed by Genting Cruise Lines, Royal Caribbean International, STB and leading cruise agents, the session instilled confidence in Singapore”s cruise recovery and the steps taken by the Singapore cruise industry in the safe resumption of cruising even as Singapore has not opened for international cruise travel. Singapore has pioneered the world’s first Cruise Safe certification programme with stringent hygiene and safety measures throughout the passenger journey. The results have been very encouraging.  More than 90 sailings had taken place and 120,000 Singapore residents had experienced seacation with cruise to nowhere itinerary.

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Spain Tourism to conduct webinar on MICE in Sevilla on 8th April at 3pm IST

The Tourism Office of Spain – Mumbai will conduct a webinar ‘Returning to Sevilla’ on 8th April at 3pm IST for travel trade professionals to showcase MICE experiences in Sevilla by representatives from the Congress and Convention Bureau Sevilla. The city of Sevilla that leaves its mark on every visitor. Perhaps its because of the grandeur of its monuments or maybe the scent of jasmine in its squares, or it could be the rhythm of flamenco dancing or the Spanish guitar music in its streets, or the grand celebration of its festivals. Participants stand a chance to win Amazon vouchers on attending all webinars. To register, contact Jaspreet Kaur at jaspreet.kaur@ddppl.com or 9650196532.

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Saudi Arabia prepares to open a new ultra-luxury resort destination Amaala by 2022

Opening in 2022, Amaala will be an ultra-luxury resort destination spanning three sites – a first for the region. Its pristine natural environment and temperate climate will provide a magnificent backdrop to premium facilities, diverse offerings and engaging experiences. Hidden in plain sight on Saudi Arabia’s north western coast, Amaala will be a place of self-transformation inspired by the arts, wellness and the purity of the Red Sea.

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STB organises CruiseWorld India 2021 to re-connect with Indian stakeholders

CruiseWorld India 2021 is slated on 6th April 2021. “With this virtual event, STB India aims to re-engage with our partner-friends in the cruise holiday business. Themed “Charting our Pathway to Cruise Recovery”, the event will highlight the safe, gradual resumption of cruise operations in Singapore and provide destination updates,” shares GB Srithar, Regional Director, India, Middle East and South Asia, Singapore Tourism Board.

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