Saudi Arabia's Al Ula to re-open in October 2020

Dubai: In October 2020, AlUa, an open-air museum in North West of Saudi Arabia, which includes the country’s first UNESCO World Heritage Site, will officially re-open and welcome visitors. As the Royal Commission for Al Ula continues to develop Al Ula into a pre-eminent global tourism destination, it is the Saudi residents who will be […]

Cancun Entices Tourists With Discounts, Free Hotel Nights

The Mexican Caribbean state of Quintana Roo is preparing to reopen itself to tourism beginning on June 8, as Governor Carlos Joaquin Gonzalez announced this past week. In the interim, area tourism and hospitality companies, particularly in the popular holiday hotspots of Cancun and the Riviera Maya region, are bringing back employees to begin training […]

Turks and Caicos Islands to Reopen July 22

With safety protocols in place, the Turks and Caicos Islands will begin welcoming travelers on July 22, 2020. “We are eager and excited to reopen our borders and safely welcome travelers back to the picturesque Turks and Caicos Islands later this summer,” said Pamela Ewing, director of tourism for the Turks and Caicos Islands Tourist […]

VisitEngland Announces Launch of Virtual English Tourism Week

WHY IT RATES: VisitEngland is looking towards the future of recovery to ensure a bounce back in the tourism industry. —Codie Liermann, Associate Editor VisitEngland has today announced that this year’s English Tourism Week to highlight the economic importance and value of tourism to local economies across England is going virtual. English Tourism Week is […]

Mexico to Reveal Multi-Phase Tourism Reopening Plan

The Mexican Secretariat of Tourism (SECTUR) announced it would reveal its multi-phase plan to begin opening the travel industry as the coronavirus outbreak continues. According to The Riviera Maya Times, tourism advisor Miguel Torruco Marques said the reopening process would include new health and safety guidelines for all destinations and increased flight service to attract […]

Florida Keys Launches Tourism Video Contest

The Florida Keys remains closed to visitors due to the global COVID-19 crisis, but its tourism council has launched a new social media contest for travelers. Visitors can recreate their favorite Keys memories in video form while staying safe at home and sharing with the hashtag #FLKeysAtHomeChallenge on Instagram. Through May 25, 2020, U.S. residents […]

La Coleccion offers at home experiences

La Coleccion Resorts, a collection of 16 properties in Mexico and the Dominican Republic, has crafted a number of ways for guests to experience their amenities and services at home during Covid-19.  Guests can experience the brand’s chocolate sculptures and colorful rice art bed decor with a behind-the-scenes look on how they are made. They […]

Jamaica rolls out free hospitality training program

Jamaica is offering a free online training program for hospitality workers affected by the impact of Covid-19. Online training and certification courses will be delivered by the Jamaica Centre of Tourism Innovation in partnership with the National Restaurant Association and the American Hotel & Lodging Educational Institute as well as Jamaica’s Human Employment and Resource […]

California Tourism Blighted Following a Decade's Steady Growth

The COVID-19 pandemic has wrought devastation on the entire travel industry, but a new report reveals how the blow to California’s tourism industry, in particular, has ended a record ten-year rise in visitor spending, state and local tax revenue, and jobs created. Ironically, May marks ‘California Tourism Month,’ established by state legislative resolution in 2016 […]

Tourism Officials Fighting for Industry Rebound in Mexico

Tourism in Mexico has been ravaged by the coronavirus outbreak, and industry professionals are working together to fight for assistance from the federal government. According to The Riviera Maya Times, the National Tourism Business Council has been working with local and federal government officials to express how the viral pandemic has devastated the industry and […]