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Accolades

Virtualware finalist for Innovative VR Company of the Year.

The Academy of International Extended Reality (AIXR) has announced the finalists for the fifth International VR Awards, naming Virtualware, a unique company mastering Virtual Reality since 2004 finalist in the “Innovative VR company of the Year” category. … Continue Reading

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New Zealand Tourism Awards 2021 finalists revealed
Bangkok and Khao Yai National Park named among “The World’s Greatest Places of 2021”

Aviation

Bangkok Airways resumes Samui-Singapore flights on 1 August 2021

The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) would like to advise that Bangkok Airways will resume its first international flight from 1 August, 2021, onwards – a three times weekly service between Samui and Singapore. … Continue Reading

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Airport

Wild Earth setting up camp at Skygate Home & Life

Australia’s most comprehensive range of outdoor adventure gear is now available at Brisbane Airport, with Wild Earth opening a store at Skygate Home & Life. … Continue Reading

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Appointments / Movers & Shakers

Visit Sacramento Announces New Leadership Position To Address Diversity, Equity & Inclusion

Visit Sacramento announced that longtime leader and Chief Marketing Officer Sonya Bradley will become Chief of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion (DEI). This new position was created specifically to address the organization’s commitment to taking action and creating change when it comes to DEI within Visit Sacramento, the tourism industry in the Sacramento region and throughout the country. … Continue Reading

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FCM Meetings & Events welcomes industry expert Andrew Yell
Crystalbrook Collection Announces Stellar Line-Up of New General Manager Appointments
The Jaffa Hotel, Tel Aviv Appoints New General Manager- Michael Schmid

Attraction

Get your Aussie Animal Passport at the Aquarium!

Discover unique sea creatures from all over Australia with SEA LIFE Melbourne Aquarium’s Aussie Animal Passport on weekdays until Friday 27 August! … Continue Reading

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Beverage

Queenstown’s first Gin Garden set to open

Multi-award-winning distillery Broken Heart Spirits is gearing up to launch Queenstown, New Zealand’s first ever boutique gin tasting room.   … Continue Reading

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Bowmore® Single Malt Scotch Whisky introduces Designed by Aston Martin collection
Bondi’s ‘Kerbside Bars’ Hit With 7-Day Ban

Business News

Cargo & Freight

Korean Air operates 10,000 cargo-only passenger flights

Korean Air has operated 10,000 cargo-only passenger flights as of August 1. The airline launched its first cargo-only passenger flight on the Incheon-Ho Chi Minh route in March 2020, and has operated these flights on 65 routes to North America, Europe, Southeast Asia, China and Japan, transporting 400,000 tons worldwide. … Continue Reading

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Conferences

Global leaders to join Virtual Cruise Forum

Cruise industry leaders from across the globe will put a focus on the sector’s revival in Australasia and Asia this month as Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) hosts a Virtual Cruise Forum. … Continue Reading

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Coronavirus (Covid-19)

C-MOR Consortium Releases Findings on Excess Mortality from the Pandemic in 22 Countries

Global consortium representing 27 institutions compared mortality in the previous five years to deaths between January and August 2020.

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Cruise Deals

Save almost A$8000 per couple and enjoy complimentary bonuses on a luxury Australia-NZ cruise and Blue Mountains stay in 2023

A new indulgence package that pairs a luxury summer cruise from Australia to New Zealand in 2023 with a relaxing stay in the Blue Mountains has been released by Australian small ship cruise specialist, Cruise Traveller. … Continue Reading

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Cruise News

Dental

Peak Orthodontic Body Urges Australian Regulators To Better Inform And Protect Consumers Regarding Direct-To-Consumer Products

The peak body for orthodontists, the Australian Society of Orthodontists (ASO), is again calling for Australian health regulators to provide clear guidance to the Australian public regarding direct-to-consumer (DTC) clear aligner products. … Continue Reading

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European News

Ireland on Screen

While The Quiet Man was the first movie that put Ireland on the tourist map in the early 50’s thanks to the film’s Oscar winning cinematographers and director, many other big name productions continued to feature the island’s spectacularly dramatic, romantic and even historical landscapes since then, drawing in millions of visitors to those filming locations each year. … Continue Reading

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Gadgets

Channel your inner Olympian with HUAWEI WATCH GT 2 Pro

Over the coming weeks, as we take inspiration from Aussie athletes competing at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics, Huawei’s wearables range will help you get up, get moving, and stay fit from home. … Continue Reading

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Hotel Deals

East Hotel, Canberra Package

The Get Fed package is the perfect way to nurture the soul during this cold COVID winter and live life again.  Dine in Agostinis and escape to Italy. Great for locals & regional tourists. … Continue Reading

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Hotel News

Hotel Openings

Hotel Trends

STR: U.S. hotel results for week ending 24 July

U.S. weekly hotel occupancy reached its highest level since October 2019, while room rates hit an all-time high, according to STR‘s latest data through 24 July. … Continue Reading

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U.S. hotel profit reached 84% of 2019 level, labor rises slightly

Medical Tourism

Danone Specialized Nutrition introduces SouvenaidTM, a medical food for the dietary management of early stages of Alzheimer’s disease

Danone Specialized Nutrition (Thailand) launches SouvenaidTM, a medical food that supports memory function in the early stages of Alzheimer’s disease (AD). This over-the-counter innovative product, for use under medical supervision, is backed by 20 years’ research into the nutritional needs of people living with the early stages of the disease. … Continue Reading

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MICE

Melbourne to host world’s largest psychology congress

Melbourne has been chosen as host city for the International Congress of Psychology (ICP) 2028, the world’s largest gathering of psychologists from across the globe. Held every four years, ICP 2028 will mark 40 years since it has been held in Australasia and only for the second time in its 132-year history. … Continue Reading

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Middle East News

Job postings in the UAE have increased by 148% since July 2020 largely driven by Dubai Expo, finds GlobalData

The United Arab Emirates (UAE) has ramped up hiring activity across a number of different industry areas. The majority of this activity has occurred in the travel and tourism sector, largely coming from hotel chains and airline operators. … Continue Reading

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North Asia News

Explore Discovery Bay with the brand new “FUNtastic DB Guide” and enjoy FUNtastic Summer Rewards

Discovery Bay launches a new “FUNtastic DB Guide” tailored for summer explorers who want to dive deep into the destination. One can also spending rewards while unwinding in Discovery Bay for a total FUNtastic Summer holiday. … Continue Reading

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OTA News

New research reveals price no longer primary driver of travel decisions

New research from Expedia Group reveals shifting views on travel, including positive sentiment on vaccine passports, increased budgets, and an enduring demand for safety and financial security. … Continue Reading

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Resort News

Say “Yes” On The Piano Deck At Baros Maldives

Since its opening in 1973, Baros has been known as the perfect hideaway for couples; a dreamlike idyll where the notion of ‘romance’ is redefined in the most sensational tropical settings. … Continue Reading

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Social Media

GlobalData reveals top 10 cruise influencers on Twitter in Q2 2021

GlobalData’s Cruise Influencer Platform, which tracks about 100 leading industry experts and their discussions pertaining to the emerging trends, pain areas, new fields of innovation and other popular areas on Twitter, revealed Doug Parker, Producer / Host of Cruise Radio Podcast and Cruise News Today, as the top cruise influencer during the second quarter (Q2) of 2021. … Continue Reading

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South Pacific News

Tourism industry team up to deliver vaccine and medical resources to the Yasawa Islands

Fiji’s drive to fully vaccinate its targeted population continued last week with South Sea Cruises working alongside Sea Mercy, a non-profit charity, and the Ministry of Health and Medical Services to deliver nearly 4,000 vaccines, PPE and other essential medical equipment to the Yasawa Islands. … Continue Reading

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Flights from Korea Resume to Guam

Thailand News

“Green List” Sandbox Destinations To Drive Global Tourism Recovery – KP Ho, Founder, Banyan Tree Group

As Bangkok grapples with rising numbers of Covid infections, leading tourism voice KP Ho, Executive Chairman of Banyan Tree Group, has told European envoys, airlines, senior officials and business leaders, that for Phuket Sandbox to succeed it is imperative for Phuket to be given “green” destination status. … Continue Reading

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Theme Parks

Walt Disney World Resort Making Plans for a Magical Holiday Season in 2021

Beginning Nov. 12, festive entertainment, whimsical décor, seasonal food and drinks, special merchandise and more will all be a part of the 2021 holiday season across Walt Disney World Resort. Here is a first look at the merrymaking to come this year as part of “The World’s Most Magical Celebration” honoring the resort’s 50th anniversary. … Continue Reading

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Travel Deals

Kirkhope Aviation’s Air Touring Division Expands Nationally, Becomes Australian Air Safaris

Melbourne: Kirkhope Aviation, which has been operating small group air tours by private aircraft throughout Australia for 49 years, is expanding and rebranding. … Continue Reading

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West Arnhem Land with Crooked Compass

USA News

U.S. Travel Reacts to Updated CDC Guidance

U.S. Travel Association President and CEO Roger Dow issued the following statement on the CDC’s updated guidance announced yesterday:

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U.S. Travel Reacts to England Reopening Plan
Discover Atlanta Announces New Guides In Apple Maps for Destination Discovery

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