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80% of business travel executives say health and safety is pivotal in driving return to travel

The UK-based Business Travel Association (BTA) has outlined its trends and guidance for the future of business travel in 2021 via a White Paper, produced in partnership with global travel technology company Amadeus. Taking global data from Amadeus alongside interviews with eight of the BTA’s Board members, the new White Paper provides an in-depth look at how travel can recover from the effects of ...

World Travel & Tourism Council moves its Global Summit to April in Cancun

The World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC) 20th Global Summit, will now take place at the end of April – one month later than the originally planned date. The Global Summit is being organised in partnership with the government of Quintana Roo in Mexico and will be held in Cancun, 25-27 April. WTTC, which represents the global travel and tourism private sector, moved its Global Summit from March...

WTTC praises UK government’s vaccine roll out, reiterates call for testing over border closure

The World Travel & Tourism Council has released a statement praising the UK government’s “tremendous progress” with the vaccine rollout and targeted testing to curb Covid-19. The statement from WTTC president and CEO Gloria Guevara (pictured), goes on to warn borders will be harder to reopen under a blanket shutdown. “The WTTC recognises the tremendous progress made by the UK government to lea...

WTTC opposes travel quarantine, calls for balance between health and economic priorities

The World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC) has responded to the UK government’s focus on 10-day quarantines for travellers from ‘high risk’ countries, saying it will cause “enormous damage” to the travel and tourism sector. Gloria Guevara (pictured), WTTC president & CEO, said: “WTTC is implacably opposed to quarantines as, while protecting the public is paramount, there needs to be a balan...

Guanajuato offers Covid-19 testing at airport and hotels to address new US requirements

The central Mexican state of Guanajuato has responded to the need to strengthen sanitary safety measures involved in international and domestic travel following on from the US executive order to increase sanitary safety, due to Covid-19. New US president Biden had signed the new regulation on 21 January and, given that the US is the main source market for international tourists in Mexico, the Gove...

Warm WTTC welcome for incoming Biden administration

The World Travel & Tourism Council has issued a statement welcoming the incoming US administration with a pledge to work in partnership to revive the travel and tourism sector. Gloria Guevara (pictured), WTTC president & CEO, said: “The WTTC warmly welcomes the Biden-Harris inauguration in what will be a pivotal first year in office. WTTC  looks forward to working with the incoming adminis...

WTTC welcomes Brexit free trade deal as ‘good news’ for travel sector

London-based World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC) has issued the following statement on the Brexit free trade deal agreed between the UK and the EU: Gloria Guevara (pictured), WTTC president and CEO, said: “The whole Travel & Tourism sector will be breathing a sigh of relief that the EU and UK government have been able to agree a deal at the 11th hour. “It is good news for a sector which ...

Dubai launches virtual working programme to attract remote workers

Dubai has launched a new programme that enables overseas remote working professionals to live in Dubai while continuing to serve their employers in their home country. The move aims to “offer remote workers the opportunity to re-locate, on an annual basis, to one of the world’s leading tourism and business destinations”. Dubai, and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) have been recognised fo...

World Travel Market London to go digital-only in November 2020

The World Travel Market (WTM) and Travel Forward shows are going digital only this year, and will take place on 9-11 November as ‘WTM Virtual’. The live shows organised by Reed Travel Exhibitions had been set to take place at ExCeL London 2-4 November 2020. However, organisers say the continuing travel restrictions, imposition of quarantine requirements and local lockdowns across Europe has meant ...

WTTC calls on G7 leaders to take a lead in saving travel and tourism sector

The World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC) has “urgently” called on the UK and nine other major governments for strong leadership and international collaboration to save the travel and tourism sector. Over 100 of the world’s major travel and global business leaders, from airlines, airports, hotels, tour operators and travel companies, have backed the WTTC and its letter calling for ur...

WTTC calls for comprehensive testing facilities at airports

The World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC) is calling upon governments to begin a “substantial programme of investment” to ensure that comprehensive testing can take place at airports to combat Covid-19. Gloria Guevara, WTTC president and CEO said: “It is imperative that all airports, catering for international travel, implement globally recognised testing standards for both inbound...

WTTC advises regional approach rather than country-wide border closures to fight Covid-19 spread

Regional and local measures are advised to combat Covid-19 spikes and help power the global economic recovery, rather than any further country-wide border closures, according to the World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC). WTTC is urging authorities to take a more carefully calibrated approach and introduce localised measures and only when necessary. Such an approach would avoid blanket restrictio...

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