Skål International honored to participate in Mediterranean Tourism Forum – Breaking Travel News

Skål International honored to participate in Mediterranean Tourism Forum  Breaking Travel News

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Italy's travel & tourism could reach pre-pandemic levels next year, reveals WTTC report – Breaking Travel News

Italy’s travel & tourism could reach pre-pandemic levels next year, reveals WTTC report  Breaking Travel News

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Coronavirus Travel and Tourism News

Follow the latest news about coronavirus and its impact on hotels, airlines, cruise lines, tourism destinations, and other sectors of the travel industry.

We are over a year into the Covid-19 global pandemic, and the impact on the travel industry has been severe to say the least. Skift has been covering this on a day-to-day basis since January 2020. You can read the latest news, as well as all of our coverage, on the pages below.

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Saudi Arabia’s $1 Trillion Tourism Investment and Other Top Stories This Week

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In Skift’s top stories this week, Saudi Arabia invests heavily in its tourism economy, 30 exclusive interviews cover the history of short-term rentals, and Sabre hands American Airlines a dollar after a decade-long case.

Throughout the week we are posting original stories night and day covering news and travel trends, including on the impact of coronavirus. Every weekend we will offer you a chance to read the most essential stories again in case you missed them earlier.

Saudia Arabia to Spend $1 Trillion Over a Decade to Build a Global Tourism Economy: With a goal to attract 100 million tourists a year by 2030, Saudi Arabia realizes that it will have to promote itself aggressively as a leisure destination. A trillion dollars looks pretty aggressive.

The Definitive Oral History of Short-Term Rentals: Airbnb disrupted vacation rentals. Will short-term rentals take a chunk out of the hotel business? History shows that’s a distinct problem.

Marriott to Debut Ad Network to Reach Travelers Via App and Room TVs: Marriott’s move to let advertisers reach its guests with Yahoo’s help is really interesting. The hotel brand has a few great channels for brands to efficiently target travelers via its app and, eventually, its guestroom TVs.

Uber Takes Further Steps Into Travel Through Itinerary Aggregator, and More: Uber may not become a superapp anytime soon, but wants to become a bigger part of your journey and everything you do in it, that is for sure.

Japan Airlines Gave This Startup Travel Subscription Service a Lift: Japanese startup Kabuk Style has thousands of travelers booking hotels and guesthouses via subscription. A recent promotion with the airline JAL boosted the company’s profile.

Tourists Ditch Shopping Sprees for Big Nights Out Since Pandemic: Bars, nightclubs, theme parks and museums will be the winners this summer. The “experience economy” is back.

Latin America Is Showing a Resurgence of Group Travel: Extended family and friends’ groups, delayed weddings and graduation trips are contributing to a revival in group travel in destinations like Argentina, Colombia, Perú, Paraguay and Bolivia. The residual effect is that travel agents are in demand again, and back into bricks-and-mortar offices to help travelers plan more book these trips asap.

Chinese Outbound Travel Will Look Like This When It Eventually Returns: Prepare now or get left out when the Chinese outbound tourist wave returns in 2023, says China Outbound Tourism Research Institute. Considering the country’s staunch zero-Covid policy, the timeline seems a little too good to be true.

American Airlines Wins Just $1 From Sabre in 11-Year-Old Antitrust Case: The long-running case revolved around practices that the leading U.S. provider of airline fare data to travel agents imposes on nearly all airlines. If the verdict stands, it doesn’t make Sabre change, well, anything. Except maybe a smaller tip for a barista.

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Cornwall holiday let registration: Mandatory registration to combat tourism issues | Travel News | Travel

The proposed system would require holiday accommodation providers to register their property. It is hoped the scheme would make tourists safer and combat overtourism.

But could it end up putting some tourists off? Malcolm Bell, CEO of Visit Cornwall, spoke to to explain the plans.

He said: “I was brought up in Cornwall in the 70s and 80s. At that time, all of a sudden we were very popular, every road into any resort, there were B&B signs shoved in hedges.

“So then a lot of things like fire regulations were brought in as people got involved without thinking about the consequences.”

Malcolm said that a new compulsory registration system would ensure guest safety as providers would have to comply with legislation.

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He said: “The most important thing is the safety of the guest. With platforms like Airbnb it makes it very easy for people to put their property on the market as a holiday let without fully or even marginally understanding what they’ve done.

“There’s a lot of people that have started putting properties on particularly in the last two years during the pandemic.

“That’s resulted in people entering the market and buying houses without realising the safety responsibilities.”

Malcolm thinks the plan will protect guests from threats such as Legionnaires’ disease which can be transmitted in unclean hot tubs.


As Cornwall was overrun with visitors during 2021, many residents complained that local infrastructure couldn’t cope.

Some local residents have also been priced out of areas as house prices surge to meet the high demand for holiday lets.

Malcolm thinks registration could ease the issue. He said: “I think some people, when they realise what’s involved in a holiday let, might decide not to do it and return to residential letting.

“We’ll also have absolute knowledge of how many rooms are let out so I would hope residents think it’s a positive thing.

“It’s been welcomed on social media by people who normally have a go at us. But most probably think it’s too little, too late.”

Malcolm told it could cost people as much as £5,000 to bring a property up to standard for holidays.

He said: “I think a lot of the entrants entering the holiday market last year were the worst examples of people exploiting the price issue.

“People heard they could get £3,000 for a week’s rental but in a normal year they’ll realise they can’t charge that.

“There’s the cleaning of the property every week and the checking of the property, and then they’ll think it’s not worth it.”

Malcolm said if the plan goes ahead it will take holiday let owners around 15 minutes to register their property.

They’ll then be invited to relevant webinars and awareness sessions as well as educated on the regulations.

The plan is also supported by the South East Cornwall Tourism Association, Penzance & District Tourism Association, We are Bude, Tamar Valley, Visit Falmouth and Land’s End Accommodation.

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How ‘Tourism Cares’ Is Paving The Way for Sustainable Travel

As the world emerges from the pandemic, travelers and, in turn, the travel industry, are increasingly interested in ways to turn travel into a force for good.

Maybe it’s the fact that the whole world has weathered a common crisis, or that climate change is nearing a tipping point after which ramifications will become irreversible; but, for whatever reason, people are looking to make more conscientious choices when planning their travels.


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Environmental and social development goals suddenly seem more urgent and more personal, travelers more fully realize the impacts that each of us (and our tourism dollars) can have on the course of the future.

But, at least one organization, the U.S.-based 501c3 nonprofit Tourism Cares, was already ahead of the curve when it comes to catalyzing positive social, environmental, and economic change for the travel industry and the communities it touches.

Sustainability is a multi-faceted principle and Tourism Cares has been doing its part to guarantee the sector’s long-term survival since its inception by supporting all types of sustainability efforts and creating solutions for specific challenges.

The organization was established when the United States Tour Operators Association’s (USTOA) Travelers Conservation Foundation and the National Tour Association’s (NTA) National Tourism Foundation combined into a single foundation, the primary purpose of which was awarding tourism-related grants.

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Environmental sustainability concept. (photo via iStock/Getty Images Plus/RomoloTavani)

Sometimes, necessary changes come in the wake of catastrophe. In the aftermath of 9/11, the organization first recognized the travel industry’s need to shift from a competitive approach to a collaborative one. It was in that spirit that the foundation’s signature program, then called ‘Tourism Cares for America’ (now the Meaningful Travel Summit) was launched in 2003.

At that first gathering, more than 300 travel professionals from around the U.S. came together to volunteer to give back to beloved tourism destinations in need of assistance. “‘Giving back’ became the legacy for Tourism Cares,” explained Jessica Flores, Chief Experience Officer at Tourism Cares, who said, “it sparked a collaboration we had not seen before in travel and joined us together in purpose.”

“What started with revitalization volunteer efforts has grown into involvement and investment in social and environmental impact organizations that provide real and sustainable change, and many direct economic benefits for communities worldwide,” she added.

Since 2003, Tourism Cares has donated a total of over $1.2 million in grants and volunteer efforts to aid the growth and recovery of destinations all around the globe.

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The road that leads to a sustainable future. (photo via iStock/Getty Images Plus/smshoot)

The list of companies and organizations that constitute the Tourism Cares community reads like a “who’s who” of the travel industry, with members coming from across all segments. The roster includes more than 160 groups and businesses whose reach extends to millions of travelers every year.

Asked how Tourism Cares has managed to attract involvement and investment by so many prominent industry names, Flores said, “I think companies are moving beyond the marketing value of sustainability and, while many of our member companies want to be in good company, I think our membership genuinely believes travel can change the world and are willing to do the work.”

“Every organization is in a different place in how they are making a positive impact on the planet and on communities,” continued Flores. “I think that is what is attractive in joining Tourism Cares, it is a place for all. We truly strive to build an inclusive community, and most importantly, we don’t do the work for our members. We provide the resources, the education, the connections so that they can build more sustainable practices into their work. That’s empowering and drives change for the long haul.”

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Sustainability has become an important consideration for travelers. (photo via iStock/Getty Images Plus/VichienPetchmai)

She explained, “We primarily have two Summits annually, one in the spring and fall, with one always hosted in North America and the other globally. We typically focus on destinations that are either emerging in the sustainable tourism space, or leading and can set a strong example for our industry.”

When it comes to selecting a proposed project for funding, Flores said, “there really isn’t ‘one’ way we select our Meaningful Travel Summit projects.” She explained, “The projects and organizations we fund often suffer from a lack of resources, and often do not have a strong connection to the mainstream travel marketplace, so we help elevate their visibility. The organizations we choose to fund have a connection to travel and tourism, and, by supporting them, it strengthens the foundation of our industry.”

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