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The World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC) announced the launch of a Net Zero Roadmap for the travel and tourism sector to support the industry in combatting climate change during its virtual climate week event.

IBTM Americas, which was held at Centro Citibanamex from August 18-19, had concluded with close to 8,000 business meetings taking place over the two-day event, around USD1,000 million in business opportunities and an economic benefit of over 70 million Mexican pesos, bolstering the meetings industry in Mexico and Latin America.

Vaccine tourism, where tourist hotspots are now offering COVID-19 vaccinations on holiday to attract visitors, is a double-edged sword as, while it could assist travel’s restart, it also raises the question of vaccine equity as it will further increase the divide between the wealthy and less privileged, according to GlobalData, a leading data and analytics company.  

On September 15, the European Travel Commission (ETC), representing 33 national tourism organisations in Europe, has published the new ‘Handbook on Encouraging Sustainable Tourism Practices’, a guide which explains how national and local tourism organisations can encourage tourism stakeholders at every level to build sustainable tourism practices into their everyday operations. 

International tourists have lauded Germany’s COVID-19 safety precautions with the country ranking lowest for risk of infection in a new survey, while more tourists are now staying in Germany for longer, according to new data.

The Republic of Mauritius has reached its vaccination target of 60 percent of the total population, one month ahead of schedule.

Supporting our world-class tourism industry to continue operating during this challenging period and to rebuild even stronger from COVID-19 is a priority for the Tasmanian Government.

With Australia battling a rise in COVID-19 cases, domestic travel has reduced drastically. While Australia’s domestic recovery was strong in the first half (H1) of this year, the reintroduction of lockdowns and state border closures will serve as a blow, and set to weaken and slow down the domestic travel recovery. Additionally, Qantas airline standing down its staff signals the prospect of a longer road to recovery, according to GlobalData, a leading data and analytics company.

Kayak, one of the world’s leading travel search engines, has recently unveiled its ultimate ranking of the best island holiday destinations in Europe, with Crete, Greece, topping the list and Cyprus taking the third spot.

Tourist Arrivals A total of 184,159 tourist arrivals were recorded in June of this year, compared to 9,119 in June 2020, a period during which measures were implemented to prevent the spread of the coronavirus pandemic (COVID-19) in Cyprus.