WTTC seeks to limit role of single-use plastics in tourism | News

The World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC) and the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) have launched a new report addressing the complex issue of single-use plastic products within tourism. The work comes as countries around the world begin to reopen and the travel sector starts to show signs of recovery from the devastating impact of the Covid-19 pandemic. The report is a first step to mapping single-use plastic products across the whole tourism value chain, identifying hotspots for environmental leakages and providing practical and strategic recommendations for businesses and policymakers. It is intended to help stakeholders take collective steps towards Read More …

UNWTO works to bolster Brand Africa | News

African members of the United Nations World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO) have agreed to work together to establish a new narrative for tourism across the continent. To better realise the potential of tourism to drive recovery, UNWTO and its members will also work with the African Union and the private sector to promote the continent to new global audiences. With tourism recognised as an essential pillar of sustainable and inclusive development for the continent, UNWTO welcomed high-level delegates to the first Regional Conference on Strengthening Brand Africa. The conference featured the participation of the political leadership of host country Namibia, alongside Read More …

Disappointment as lockdown restrictions are extended | News

The hospitality sector has reacted with dismay to a decision to extend Covid-19 lockdown restrictions in England. Prime minister, Boris Johnson, announced earlier that the full reopening of the sector would be delayed by four weeks, until July 19th. The decision means nightclubs will be unable to reopen, while capacity restrictions will remain in place at venues including pubs, restaurants, theatres and stadiums. In response, UKinbound chief executive, Joss Croft, said: “Tourism businesses across the UK are balanced on a knife edge, struggling to remain viable while adhering to restrictions, and this announcement will put people’s livelihoods at risk and Read More …

Dubai seeks new source markets to drive tourism recovery | News

Officials in Dubai have revealed the emirate hopes to attract over 5.5 million overseas visitors this year. Dubai Tourism chief executive, Issam Kazim, said he hoped that new markets can help make up for the loss of visitors from key outbound markets where travel continues to be restricted. Dubai welcomed 5.5 million overseas visitors last year, compared to 16.7 million arrivals in 2019. Visitors from India, traditionally a top source market, are largely banned from the United Arab Emirates due to the latest outbreak of Covid-19 in the south-Asian nation. Meanwhile, the United Kingdom, the third biggest source market in Read More …