Ski industry leaders collaborate for World Ski Awards #Restart campaign | News

World Ski Awards has published the first series of interviews with ski industry leaders as part of its #Restart campaign to galvanise the recovery efforts of the collective global ski tourism industry in the wake of Covid-19. The initiative includes interviews with the heads of ski resorts, hotels and chalets, ski agents and heliskiing operators on their experiences during lockdown, and their advice on how to navigate the crisis. The #ReStart initiative is an on-going resource of information, practical advice, marketing and PR support, and a platform to aid the…

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Disney World to reopen in Florida this week | News

Walt Disney World is preparing for a phased reopening in the United States – with significant reductions in capacity. Magic Kingdom Park and the Animal Kingdom Theme Park will reopen on July 11th, while EPCOT and Disney’s Hollywood Studios will follow July 15th. The decision has caused consternation, as Florida continues to record around 10,000 Covid-19 cases each day. After being closed for nearly four months, the parks are reopening with what is being called a “deliberate, responsible approach”. The company said it was drawing on experiences from the relaunch…

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Voting opens for World Spa Awards 2020 | News

World Spa Awards – the global initiative to recognise and reward excellence in the spa and wellness sector – has opened voting for its 2020 programme. Nominees cover the entire spectrum of the spa and wellness industry, ranging from hotel spas, detox programmes and aromatherapy brands to wellness apps, spa destinations and wellness retreats. The full list of nominees can be viewed here. Voting runs until September 30th. During the 12-week voting window, industry professionals, along with spa consumers, are invited to vote for the brands they consider the very…

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World of Wine to open in Porto this summer | News

This summer will see the opening of World of Wine (Wow) in Porto. Following five years of development and €105 million of investment, Wow is a collection of six immersive museum experiences, nine restaurants, bars, and cafes, event spaces, temporary exhibition space, retail outlets and a wine school. Covering more than 55,000 square metres of restored and regenerated wine cellars, it is a new cultural district within the city and is one of the largest tourism projects to launch in Europe this year. Designed around a central open-air square to…

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World of Wine to open in Porto this summer | News

This summer will see the opening of World of Wine (Wow) in Porto. Following five years of development and €105 million of investment, Wow is a collection of six immersive museum experiences, nine restaurants, bars, and cafes, event spaces, temporary exhibition space, retail outlets and a wine school. Covering more than 55,000 square metres of restored and regenerated wine cellars, it is a new cultural district within the city and is one of the largest tourism projects to launch in Europe this year. Designed around a central open-air square to…

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Coin laying ceremony for MSC World Europa | News

A maritime coin ceremony tradition took place earlier at the Chantiers de l’Atlantique shipyard in Saint-Nazaire, France, as the keel was laid for MSC Cruises’ first liquified natural gas-powered ship, MSC World Europa. The 200,000-plus GT ship is scheduled to enter service in 2022, become the LNG-powered vessel to be built in France. Zoe Africa Vago, daughter of Alexa Aponte-Vago and her husband Pierfrancesco Vago, MSC Cruises executive chairman, and Aurore Bezard from Chantiers de I’Atlantique performed the traditional maritime ritual. The pair will serve as godmothers to the ship,…

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Voting underway as World Travel Awards resumes 2020 programme | News

World Travel Awards is calling on industry professionals and consumers around the globe to vote for the finest travel and tourism brands in the world. Voting is now open for Africa, Asia, Europe, Indian Ocean, North America, Middle East and Oceania. Meanwhile, organisations wishing to enter the World Travel Awards 2020 programme can still submit their application to participate and stand a chance to win the most prestigious accolade in travel and tourism. The late entry deadline is June 30th. Graham Cooke, founder, World Travel Awards said: “With voting now…

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World Spa Awards unveils nominees for 2020 programme | News

World Spa Awards – the global initiative to recognise and reward excellence in the spa and wellness sector – has unveiled the nominees for its 2020 programme. Nominees cover the entire spectrum of the industry, ranging from hotel spas, detox programmes and aromatherapy brands to wellness apps, spa destinations and wellness retreats. The full list of nominees can be viewed here. Voting opens July 8th, and runs until September 30th. During the 12-week voting window, industry professionals, along with spa consumers, are invited to vote for the brands they consider…

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Software will reshape our world in the next decade – TechCrunch

Alfred Chuang Contributor As I was wrapping up a Zoom meeting with my business partners, I could hear my son joking with his classmates in his online chemistry class. I have to say this is a very strange time for me: As much as I love my family, in normal times, we never spend this much time together. But these aren’t normal times. In normal times, governments, businesses and schools would never agree to shut everything down. In normal times, my doctor wouldn’t agree to see me over video conferencing.…

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IATA tracks border closures with interactive world map | News

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) has introduced an online interactive world map to provide travellers with the latest Covid-19 entry regulations by country. The map relies on IATA’s Timatic database which contains comprehensive information on documentation required for international travel. To keep pace with the dynamic situation with respect to Covid-19, Timatic is updated more than 200 times per day to provide accurate travel restrictions specific to the current pandemic, based on one’s citizenship and country of residence. “As the aviation industry prepares to safely restart, travellers will need…

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