Category Archives: NTO (National Tourist Offices)

Happy Tours to conduct webinar on Slovenia on Thursday, 25th June

Celebrating 20 years of operations, Happy Tours will conduct a live webinar on Slovenia on June 25, 2020 at 3pm (IST).  Happy Tours has offices in Slovenia, Croatia, London and Athens and a dedicated team based in Pune. Happy Tours is a inbound European tour operator for both MICE and leisure groups throughout Europe. It also owns a hotel near Plitvice Lakes – Hotel Lyra www.lyraplitvice.com in Croatia and has its own coaches. To register, contact Jaspreet Kaur on ‪9650196532‬ or jaspreet.kaur@ddppl.com.  

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Sri Lanka Tourism’s virtual summit on June 22; tourism readiness in focus

Sri Lanka Tourism is hosting a Virtual Summit on Monday, June 22, at 3:00pm, where experts will talk about Sri Lanka’s readiness to restart tourism. To register, please email to jaspreet.kaur@ddppl.com or call +9650196532. Panellists include Arundika Fernando, State Minister of Tourism and Aviation, Sri Lanka and Kimarli Fernando, Chairperson, Sri Lanka Tourism.

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A study by Deep Knowledge Group has ranked Switzerland as the safest country to travel post-COVID-19 in a list of 200 countries

Deep Knowledge Group recently completed a study assessing the Covid-19 condition in 200 countries. Switzerland has been ranked as the safest country in the world, with a total score of 752 points against all 130 parameters under categories of quarantine efficiency, healthcare readiness, risk management among others. Germany emerged as a close second with 749 points. Even though Switzerland was very close to major epicentres of initial COVID-19 spread in Europe, the country has managed to control the virus.  Despite experiencing significant volumes of infection spread and mortality at the early stages of the pandemic, the rates of mortality and new cases now, continue to decline.

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Spain will open its borders to members of the Schengen Zone and the UK on June 21

Spain’s Prime Minister, Pedro Sanchez, has announced that the country will open its borders to the Schengen Zone and the UK on June 21, which were originally due to remain closed until July 1. The Portuguese border, however, will remain shut until July 1. It has also been announced that travellers from non-Schengen countries will not need to self-quarantine July 1 onwards, based on the reciprocal agreement on travel.

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Abu Dhabi launches its specialist programme

Abu Dhabi has launched its exclusive online training programme for travel professionals—Abu Dhabi Specialist programme, which can be accessed on www.abudhabispecialist.com. To become a specialist, agents or tour operators have to successfully complete the training and earn a certificate of achievement plus a window sticker or digital badge that certifies their status as an Abu Dhabi Specialist. The online training allows the professionals to study about Abu Dhabi’s offerings at their own pace and at their own time. They can access course content on mobile, tablet or desktop whenever and wherever they have an internet connection. Qualified Abu Dhabi Specialists will be included on a preferred supplier list. They will be the first to know about destination news and be on the invite list for exclusive events and competitions. The e-learning programme allows the users to stay up to date with everything new and exciting going on in Abu Dhabi and offers the resources and downloads to help them sell the destination.

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Sri Lanka open for international tourists from Aug 1

Sri Lanka, the island nation, is all set to welcome travellers from across the world starting August 1, 2020, as the country has successfully contained COVID-19. Announcing the same, Kimarli Fernando, Chairperson, Sri Lanka Tourism, has said, “Sri Lanka Tourism will provide international visitors with the highest standards of safety as we embrace tourists from across the world to experience the beauty of our paradise island once more. The Sri Lanka Tourism Development Authority (SLTDA) has put in place all precautions recommended by global health and travel authorities to re-open the country to tourists.” Sri Lanka has been on most of the travellers’ wish list for a long time, as it offers a diverse range of attractions, right from pristine beaches to lush green mountains and is known as an island that offers ‘unmissable experiences’. The country has announced that Colombo’s Bandaranaike International Airport (BIA) and Ratmalana International Airport (RIA) as well as Hambantota’s Mattala Rajapaksa International Airport (MRIA) will be opened from 1st August 2020 for international travellers from all nations. The issuing of visas will be only online and must be applied for prior to travel. T he online visa procedure and requirements for tourists from August 1, 2020 include: A negative PCR test report from an accredited laboratory taken within 72 hours prior to landing in Sri Lanka. A confirmed travel itinerary covering at least 5 nights at certified accommodations. A valid return air ticket Travel insurance with health and hospitalization cover A visa fee of USD 100 will be applicable Tourists will not have to undergo quarantine procedures. A mandatory health screening and sanitising process including a PCR test will be conducted at arrival Airports free …

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4th TravTalk Digital Conclave tomorrow; to focus on re-engineering tourism

The 4th TravTalk Digital Conclave is all set to be held tomorrow, Tuesday, 9th June, with a focus on re-engineering tourism and establishing confidence among travellers. To register, please send an email to jaspreet.kaur@ddppl.com or call +9650196532. The three sessions between 10:00 am and 1:30 pm will cover subjects such as a practical vision for the future, managing customer experience, and reducing fears & establishing confidence.

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