Aarhus and Pafos have taken up the title of European Capital of Culture for 2017. The cultural programme will officially begin on January 21st in Aarhus. The opening ceremony for Pafos 2017 will take place on January 28th, with Christos Stylianides, commissioner for humanitarian aid and crisis management, and Nicos Anastasiades, president of Cyprus in attendance.
Innovations in travel technology will continue to transform the tourism industry, with cloud passports, personalised travel, virtual reality and apps predicted to re-shape consumer habits and marketing strategies over the short to mid-term, according to a report by Colliers International. In its Tourism & Technology Trends report, produced ahead of Arabian Travel Market 2017, Colliers International named five trends driving the travel industry.
Coinciding with the International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development to be celebrated throughout 2017, the third International Congress on Ethics and Tourism will be held in Poland, on April 27th-28th, 2017. Organised by the World Tourism Organisation, the event will focus on the shared responsibility of all stakeholders in promoting a more sustainable tourism sector.
easyGolf Worldwide Travel & Tours chief executive Richard Tessel has announced that Ian Baker-Finch has joined the team as a new ambassador. Tessel described Baker-Finch’s love of sport and his professional career as being a perfect fit for the luxury golf travel company.
Steven Small has been appointed brand director of Routes with responsibility for heading the events business in Manchester, UK, and setting its future strategic direction. Routes was established in 1995 to organise events that bring aviation professionals together to plan new air services.
The secretary general of the United Nations World Tourism Organisation, Taleb Rifai, has congratulated St Petersburg on its recent success at the World Travel Awards. The Russian cultural hotspot was recognised with the title of World's Leading Cultural City Destination by voters at the World Travel Awards during the Grand Final Gala Ceremony in the Maldives earlier this month. The title is in addition to that of Europe’s Leading Destination, which St Petersburg won for the second year in succession in September.
The revitalised Darling Harbour precinct, including International Convention Centre Sydney, has formally opened to the public at the Celebrate Darling Harbour event, designed to give Sydneysiders a taste of the vibrant new city hub. Visitors were invited to enjoy a parade of musical acts, including Grammy Award winner KIMBRA, and get a glimpse of Australia’s premier convention, exhibition and entertainment venue.
Tourism Australia and Qantas have signed on for a content-led campaign with The Guardian and Telegraph newspapers in the UK. The campaign, which will run in February and March, shares the story of why there’s nothing like attending a major sporting event in Australia and encouraging people travelling to the Ashes to enjoy experiences beyond the cricket grounds.
Marriott Hotels has hosted a spectacular event to celebrate the grand opening of the Marriott Hotel and Marriott Executive Apartments Downtown Abu Dhabi. Over 400 special guests gathered in the hotel’s Grand Ballroom for a memorable celebration that showcased the property, the hotel’s three restaurant outlets, spectacular live entertainment and Marriott Hotel’s unique perspective on travel.
Dubai Airports, operator of Dubai International and Dubai World Central, has signed a memorandum of understanding with the Bureau Dubai Expo 2020 to ensure a world-class experience for the millions of guests that will visit Dubai during the event. Following the signing of the deal the airport operator is now an official supporter of Dubai Expo 2020.
Tourism hotspot Chile has been selected as the World’s Leading Adventure Tourism Destination by voters at the World Travel Awards. The accolade demonstrates the potential of the South American country’s striking geographic contrasts, providing tourists with incomparable natural scenery for sports and adventure tourism. The winner was selected by people, both from within the hospitality industry and members of the public, from around the world through online voting.
Macao is getting ready to host its first ever International Film Festival, which will take place between December 8th-13th. Spanning six consecutive days, the event will showcase the best of Asian and international cinema with a programme of film premieres and screenings for both Asian and Western film, red-carpet presentations, industry events, master classes and an awards ceremony.