AlUla sets the stage for the next big tourism boom
AlUla is home to historic treasures, including the Nabataean city of Hegra, Saudi Arabia’s first UNESCO World Heritage site, and the tombs of Dadan, the stone-built capital of the Dadanite and Lihyanite Kingdoms
Marriott International Set to Expand Portfolio
Marriott International, Inc., today announced plans to expand its select service portfolio in Greater China with the expected addition of 30 hotels in the segment by the end of 2023.
Cuc Phuong National Park again wins at World Travel Awards 2022
The Cuc Phuong National Park, a famous tourist destination in the northern province of Ninh Binh, has once again been named “Asia’s Leading National Park”. This is the fourth consecutive year, the park has been honoured at the 29th World Travel Award (WTA) Asia & Oceania Gala Ceremony held recently in Ho Chi Minh City.
Iraq ancient ruins open up to tourism after IS atrocities
Strolling along the ancient ruins of Hatra in Iraq’s north, dozens of visitors admired the site, where local initiatives seek to turn over a new leaf after a brief but brutal jihadist rule.
4 Vietnamese airlines earn kudos at World Travel Awards
Four Vietnamese carriers have been named winners in different categories at this year’s World Travel Awards, with Vietravel Airlines present for the first time since establishment.
Kazakhstan Sees Increased Interest in Domestic Travel
Kazakhstan is observing an increase in domestic tourism demand in recent years primarily influenced by the pandemic-related restrictions, reported the press service of the Prime Minister.
Cat Ba island, the ‘pearl’ of the north for tourists
Cat Ba island, the ‘pearl’ of the north for tourists Vietnam has made an impressive comeback in tourism with ten nominated categories in the 2022 World Travel Awards.
Torbay plans to be the UK’s top tourist destination by 2030
Torbay has set itself a two-year target to get its tourism business back to pre-Covid levels and add millions of pounds to the amount visitors pump into the economy. The targets are part of a new Destination Management Plan designed to make Torbay the UK’s premier visitor destination by 2030
Ardhah recognised with UNESCO heritage status
Ardhah means ‘to perform’ in Arabic and the horse and camel Ardhah is a spectacular performance that often takes place during religious and national celebrations.
UNESCO recognises Christian history of Japan with new World Cultural Heritage Site
UNESCO has designated a series of sites associated with the hidden history of Christians in 16th- to 19th-century Japan as the country’s 18th World Cultural Heritage Site.
UNESCO recognition for Indawgyi Lake in Myanmar
In another nod to the huge potential of tourism in Myanmar, UNESCO has designated Indawgyi Lake in Kachin State as a Biosphere Reserve. The lake is the largest freshwater lake in the country and the third largest in south-east Asia, while the recognition is the second of its kind for Myanmar.
UNWTO and UNESCO to organise first World Conference on Tourism & Culture
Officials at the UNWTO and UNESCO have announced the first World Conference on Tourism & Culture. The event will bring together, for the first time, ministers of tourism and ministers of culture from around the world, experts and stakeholders from both sectors to explore new models of partnership. The event will take place in Siem Reap, Cambodia, from February 4th-6th next year.