World Travel Awards lands in Seychelles ahead of Africa & Indian Ocean Gala Ceremony 2015


World Travel Awards (WTA) has arrived in the paradise destination of Seychelles ahead of the Africa & Indian Ocean Gala Ceremony 2015.

The prestigious red-carpet ceremony will welcome industry leaders from across the regions to Kempinski Seychelles Resort Baie Lazare on Saturday, June 20th.

The Gala Ceremony – which will welcome nearly 200 industry leaders to the luxury resort – will be hosted by the glamorous former Miss Seychelles, Sherlyn Furneau, and leading presenter Galen Bresson.

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Hilton starts digital check-in & room selection in India


Hilton Hotel

Hilton Worldwide has announced that its pioneering digital check-in and room selection technology is now available across more than 4,300 hotels spanning 12 brands worldwide, including 14 hotels operating in India. A first for the hospitality industry, the scale of this digital roll out marks the largest of its kind to date across the sector. Through their Hilton HHonors accounts, guests will be able to check-in and choose their exact room from digital floor plans or lists, on their desktop, tablet and mobile devices. They will also be able to further customize their stays by requesting upgrades or making special requests for items to be delivered to their rooms ahead of their arrival, with the simple click of a button. Geraldine Calpin, Global Head of Digital, Hilton Worldwide, says, “Digital check-in and room selection rewards our HHonors members for their loyalty and puts our guests in the driving seat by giving them unprecedented choice and control across their entire stay.

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Japan, Nepal and India shortlisted for ATM New Frontiers Recovery Award 2015

New-FrontiersArabian Travel Market (ATM) has revealed the 2015 shortlist for its annual New Frontiers Recovery Awards, with three Asian nations nominated for this year’s award, which will be announced at ATM live on ARN, Thursday afternoon, 7th May.
The shortlisted destinations Japan, Nepal and India have been recognized for dealing with the dual trauma of significant human and economic losses in the last 12 months due to devastating natural catastrophes, their effect on local tourism and their remarkable efforts to recover.

“On a humanitarian level we are all obliged to assist those nations suffering the consequences of a natural disaster, the effects which can be devastating,” explains Nadege Noblet, Exhibition Manager, Arabian Travel Market.

“The tourism industry is unique in that it not only experiences the direct consequences of a natural disaster, but it is also able to highlight a country’s plight to a broader international audience. The New Frontiers Recovery Award, which is now in its 11th year, highlights and recognizes the efforts made by nations, to rebuild and recover, after suffering from an environmental catastrophe.”

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Chengdu Arts Troupe performs for the first time in the Seychelles

international travel latest newsThe Chengdu Arts Troupe closed the curtain on the second edition of the weekend-long China Day festivities and promised to be back next year.

Held at the International Conference Centre Seychelles (ICCS) on Sunday, February 15, the one-and-a-half-hour-long, full-house variety show kept the audience enthralled with captivating singing, dancing, acrobatics, and magic performances.

China is a country known for preserving its strong cultural identity and the aptly named “Welcome New Year; Colourful Flowers and Tea House Ladies” choreographies showcased different aspects of this culture. The facial expressions and calculated flawless movements of the dancers were in perfect harmony with the beats and rhythm of the music.

The audience was in for a surprise and clapped loudly when a male solo artist performed his interpretation of “Nasyon Seselwa.”

Fire was a popular element in the show, first in the “Face Changing and Fire Spitting” piece, then in the magic performance where there was the sound of an explosion and fire, as a giant red Chinese fan appeared.

The gravity-defying acrobatic acts involved a group of four young girls juggling drums on their feet and later a shirtless man balancing on a single hand on top of a delicate-looking mechanism, demonstrating the strength of the human body.



MGTO again promotes “Quality Tourism Services Accreditation Scheme” Open for applications in March

MGTOMacau Government Tourist Office (MGTO) held a promotion seminar today (2 February) to promote the “Quality Tourism Services Accreditation Scheme” (QTSAS) and invite local trade to join the Scheme in 2015. This year the Office again targets the catering industry and encourages more restaurants to join and strive for an improvement in their service quality. The scheme is open for applications starting on 2 March 2015.
MGTO launched the QTSAS last year, aiming not only to establish service quality standards for the tourism industry but also to encourage and support industry partners to improve their service quality. The scheme’s objective is also to acclaim tourism businesses for their remarkable service management and outstanding services provided to customers. The scheme includes two accolades namely “Star Merchant Award” and “Service Star Award”.


eTravel World at ITB Berlin 2015 to be attended by over 50 exhibitors from 19 countries

ITBThis year, more than 50 exhibitors from 19 countries will be gathering at the eTravel World of ITB Berlin, which will be held from March 4-8. Trade visitors can find out more about innovative products and apps for tour operators, the hospitality industry, and destinations in Hall 6.1, as per a release. A wide range of papers and workshops will offer information on the important changes taking place in the digital world.

This year, for the first time, the event will feature the ’toolsLounge’ – a collaboration between ITB Berlin and the ‘tools’ Expo + Conference. Under the slogan ‘working web-based in tourism’, Schober Information Group Deutschland GmbH and United Planet GmbH will be showcasing web-based business solutions that target tourism market professionals and show how business processes can be successfully digitised and automated. The ’toolsLounge’ is already booked up.

The eTravel Insiders Lounge invites visitors to meet and network and to view the latest posts about ITB Berlin on the ’Twitterwall’. Travel bloggers from around the world will be gathering at the eTravel World to take part in the ITB Blog Camp and the Blogger Speed Dating event.


French tourist fear to visit Tunisia in fear of terror attacks

French Tourist

There has been a drop in French tourist visitation in Tunisia with holiday bookings being cancelled by French tourist on security reason in light of the attacks on the French Journalists, said the French minister.

French make the largest group of tourist in Tunisia with the number dropping to 6.1 in 2014.

Tunisia depends largely on French tourists and tourism is the major source of their economy. The country had touched it high point by making maximum profits in 2010 but the revolution in the year which overthrew dictator Zine El Abidine Ben Ali constantly brought its tourism prospects down.

The political turmoil in the country with strikes, protests and political assassinations had led to the decline of tourism with foreign visitors showing lesser interest to visit the country and its pristine beaches.