• ITIC and WTM Press Release

    COVID-19 proves tourism’s vital role in the world economy and Governments must work together to get people travelling again Global travel leaders come together for mammoth five-hour virtual conference hosted by WTM London and ITIC The COVID-19 global pandemic has underlined the vital role travel and tourism play in the world economy, a distinguished panel …

  • These 4 charts show the crisis faced by airlines – and the possible way ahead

    – COVID-19 has grounded airlines all over the world. These four charts show the industry’s main challenges now and in the near future. – Quarantines, economic recession and health fears are likely to continue to weigh on passenger numbers. – Record losses have already forced governments to step in – but continued support may be …

  • REPLAY: The Future of Travel & Tourism. Financial Strategies for the Recovery. June 10, 2020

    REPLAY: The Future of Travel & Tourism. Financial Strategies for the Recovery. June 10, 2020

  • SUMMIT REVIEW: Traveller trust and unified standards are vital for recovery of travel and tourism

    Conference speakers and guests presented varying paths that the sector could pursue: from a completely new foundation that incorporates a closer relationship with green campaigners, to some who focused on lesser travellers to those who believed business travels is a key. Many speakers found comfort from the fact governments have now fully accepted the vital role travel and tourism play.
    But all speakers and guests were united in the belief that trust is vital if they are ever going to return to the levels of guests and travellers seen in 2019.

  • CEO of hotel giant IHG reveals post-Covid standards for its 5,600 properties

    New IHG rules across its 5,600 properties means no more than three people will be allowed into an elevator at the same time,  buffets and restaurants will be eliminated in favour of grab-and-go dining, and room service will be contactless.

  • Virtual summit guest says governments must enforce social distancing to ensure tourism can start

    He believes it is the responsility of individual governments to ensure safe, social distancing was enforced if safe travel was to be provided: “We need governments to rigorously enforce physical distancing and other measures to rebuild confidence – but guests will return.

  • Greek MEP backs smartphone tracing apps to save European tourism…but wants more done

    The former Greek Minister of Tourism joined the European Parliament last year and supports smart phone tracing apps to help curb the spread of the virus. She feels the app could be part of the solution but fears older people may be excluded, like the over-50s in her own country.

  • Meet the Professor who predicted the pandemic FIVE years ago. But what do we do now?

    “I felt very strongly, and still do, a pandemic, like this one, is the biggest threat to our financial systems and economies. In an interview with the BBC Hardtalk programme on March 13 – as Italy’s crisis became clear but Western nations including he UK where he is based were weeks away from lockdown- he foresaw much of what we have lived through this past 10 weeks.

  • Reopening Jamaica to travellers is “a matter of economic life or death”

    You can see, therefore, that the phased reopening of our borders to international travelers on June 15 is not just about tourism. It is a matter of economic life or death.

  • PRESS RELEASE: WTM London partners with ITIC Virtual Summit

    “WTM London is honoured to partner with ITIC and is committed to support the travel industry as it adapts to the unique challenges of COVID and prepares for recovery – providing platforms for the global travel and tourism industry to share insights.

  • WTM London’s Senior Exhibition Director previews June 10 virtual summit

    “Annually, WTM London connects travel industry professionals from 182 countries, offering unrivalled commercial opportunities and business insights and ITIC Virtual Summit will carry on our conversation on how to reopen the tourism industry.” “WTM London is honoured to be partners with ITIC and is committed to support the travel industry as it adapts to the …

  • Conference Review June 3: How the Middle East could help lead the world out of the travel & tourism crisis

    Conference Review June 3 2020 Restructuring to Attract Sustainable Development and Customers in the New World Order From the growth of single-use plastic to protect diners in the new post-pandemic world which undermines years of moving toward sustainability through to the vital need to increase domestic tourism in the short term ensure survival, today’s conference …

  • New safety approval standard is key to recovery for travel & tourism, says WTTC chief

    “We have learned from past crises that standardised protocols and global consistency give travellers confidence,” she said, speaking as the WTTC launched its new seal of approval stamp already adopted by more than 200 companies.

  • ‘Anyone in travel & tourism should be part of ITIC’s June 10 Virtual Summit’

    “This conference is, therefore, very timely and ITIC and WTM London have joined hands to bring this Virtual Summit to you. We must start planning for tomorrow and we must introduce ways and means of bringing back a sense of normality to the world in which we live.

  • EU countries begin selective opening of borders across the Schengen area

    While EU countries as Poland give no signs of a near reopening of the borders for non-essential travel for the rest of the block’s citizens, others as Germany, Spain and Italy, plan to reopen through June.

  • Thai Airways files for bankruptcy protection and ticket holders will have to wait six months for refunds

    Its fleet has been grounded since late March and there are thousands passengers waiting for refunds of their tickets. But under Thai law bankruptcy protection, also known as Debt Rehabilitation will leave ticket holders with a long wait.

  • Emirates chief says Covid recovery could take four years

    “I think probably by the year 2022/23, 2023/24 we will see things coming back to some degree of normality and Emirates will be operating its network as it was and hopefully as successfully as it was,” he said in the webcast interview.

  • Final list of speakers revealed for the future of travel & tourism Middle East conference

    HE Issam Kazim, CEO of Dubai Corporation for Tourism and Commerce will speak on Wednesday June 3, 2020, to reveal his vision for Dubai in the Post-Covid19 world. Dubai is the Middle East’s top tourist destination and one of the most popular in the world.

  • Europe: flight searches online go up as governments relax Covid lockdowns

    Flight searches and bookings remain down overall, however we are beginning to see positive signals that travel intent is improving in some markets that have announced an easing of travel restrictions. We will look deeper into these countries in the next section.

  • Business chiefs call on UK government to scrap 14-day quarantine

    Industry News: 28th May 2020 Business leaders have called on UK government to scrap its 14-day quarantine on visitors and concentrate on ‘air bridges’ with countries deemed safe. Low risk visitors would avoid the need for quarantine, due for introduction on June 8, otherwise they warn British business will suffer serious damage and it will …

  • Spain: 10 days of mourning for its 27,000 virus victims

    As the virus spread subsides it has been revealed that eight out of every 10 victims of Covid-19 in Spain were older than 70.

  • Why Germans are optimistic about foreign holidays this year

    The premiers of Germany’s 16 states are due to discuss with the chancellor, Angela Merkel, on Wednesday how to further relax restrictions aimed at containing Covid-19 after its initial relaxation, two weeks ago, showed no significant impact on infections.

  • German government gives Lufthansa €9 billion bailout

    The largest German corporate rescue since the coronavirus crisis struck will see the government get a 20 per cent stake, which could rise to 25 per cent plus one share in the event of a takeover attempt, as it seeks to protect thousands of jobs

  • Saudi Arabia begins releasing lockdown with end in four weeks

    From June 21, the Kingdom expects to lift the lockdown entirely and return to normal life, according to SPA and people should continue taking precautionary measures while leaving their homes by using face masks and hand gloves.

  • Dubai tourism leaders meet key stakeholders to plan for the future

    Dubai’s high global profile including the ongoing #TillWeMeetAgain digital activation. With the hospitality sector being a key pillar of Dubai’s economy, the discussions between Dubai Tourism and partners focused on the steps being taken to pave the way for the reopening of hotels and other tourism facilities across the city

  • ‘Ski resorts were Covid-19 breeding ground in Europe’

    “I don’t want to draw a doomsday picture but I think we have to be realistic. That it’s not the time now to completely relax.”

  • Turkish Airlines further extends flight suspensions until June

    According to a statement issued by Turkish Airlines, the suspension of domestic and international flights will be extended due to the pandemic to June 4 for domestic and June 10 for international flights.

  • Hard hit Dubai hotels prepare for September recovery

    Hotel occupancy slumped to 23 per cent since the pandemic hit from about 80 per cent one of the highest in the world, according to STR.

  • Why Brits plan to spend up to £3.8bn on hospitality in first week after lockdown ends

    New survey reveals British people plan to spend millions visiting pub and restaurants within days of the end of the Covid-19 lockdown which began eight weeks ago closing all pubs, restaurants and hotel facilities

  • Air France dumps the A380 superjumbo and Emirates wants out of new orders

    “The phase-out of Airbus A380 fleet fits in the Air France-KLM Group fleet simplification strategy of making the fleet more competitive, by continuing its transformation with more modern, high-performance aircraft with a significantly reduced environmental footprint.”

  • Africa escapes worst of first Covid-19 wave by acting quickly, says United Nations

    UN chief calls on the international community on Wednesday to show solidarity with Africa in the face of the threat of the coronavirus.

  • Italy opens its borders to European tourists next month

    Italy will reopen its borders on 3 June, following a decision taken over the weekend by Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte and the Council of Ministers. From this date, EU citizens and people living in the Schengen area will be able to travel to Italy, without being placed in quarantine for two weeks. According to an …

  • Dr Taleb Rifai, former UN WTO secretary calls for ‘safe’ tourist areas to be created

      Tourist destinations will have to consider offering Corona-free hotels, beaches and areas to ensure that visitors feel safe ‘from the minute they leave home until they return”. The initiative was voiced by  Dr Taleb Rifai, the Former Secretary General of the United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) and chairman of the ITIC advisory board. …

  • QATAR AIRWAYS REVEALS ‘SUBSTANTIAL’ STAFF CUTS

    Qatar Airways has warned today (May 6) of “substantial” redundancies as it struggles with a collapse in demand. Its chief executive Akbar Al Baker wrote to staff warning of the job losses, although the airline has not revealed the numbers. Qatar Airways said it needed to “act decisively to protect the future of the business”. …

  • Dubai Expo 2020 delayed for 12 months amid cronavirus fears

    World Expo 2020 in Dubai will be delayed by a year it was confirmed today (May 4), after weeks of speculation.The United Arab Emirates’ city has invested millions of dollars preparing for Expo 2020 with more than 100 hotels under construction. Dubai was forecasting 25 million visits over the six months – 145,000 visits for …

  • BA reveals plan to cut 12,000 jobs

    One of the world’s biggest airlines BA revealed plans to axe up to 12,000 of its staff because of the global collapse in air travel in the face of the coronavirus pandemic.

  • Poland government allows hotels to begin operating again next week

    Polish hotels will reopen on May 4 along with the country’s shopping malls becoming the second European country to relax hospitality restrictions.  Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki said on Wednesday, part of efforts to ease restrictions imposed to curb the spread of the new coronavirus (continues below picture) Hotel Polonia, Warsaw, Poland (file picture) CC BY-SA 3.0, …

  • Closing Speech Hon. Memunatu B. Pratt, Minister of Tourism and Cultural Affairs of Sierra Leone

    Minister of Tourism of, Sierra Leone “ This conference is one of the most informative and exciting I have participated since becoming Minister 16 months ago. ” Honourable Memunatu B. Pratt Minister of Tourism of Sierra Leone and Cultural Affairs

  • Closing Speech Hon. Edmund Bartlett CD, MP Minister of Tourism of Jamaica

    Minister of Tourism of , Jamaica “ The International Global Tourism Resilience and Crisis Management (GTRCM), Global Resilience Council (GRC) & ITIC, these three organisations have come together to provide a force not just for sustainability and resilience building but to create a new platform for tourism development particularly in highly vulnerable states. ” Honourable …

  • Hon. Nikolina Angelkova, Minister of Tourism of the Republic of Bulgaria

    Minister of Tourism Republic of, Bulgaria “ The International I’m very privileged to be able to say that for us tourism forms more than 12% of our GDP and gives a higher input of this sector in our government in our priorities and moreover in our economy. I could confess and I could confirm that …

  • Global tourism challenges and investment opportunities to be addressed at the International Tourism & Investment Conference (ITIC) – London

      This yearly event will be staged on the 1st and 2nd November 2019 at InterContinental Park Lane. It will stimulate a new thought process on key global tourism challenges, business and investment opportunities with a special focus on Africa and Island destinations. ITIC will also provide an investment platform and act as a catalyst …

  • ITIC joins in the celebrations marking the World Tourism Day

      The International Tourism & Investment Conference (ITIC) chaired by Dr Taleb Rifai, former Secretary-General of UNWTO, wishes to join all the peoples and nations around the world in the celebrations marking the World Tourism Day. The ITIC which will be held in London on the 1st and 2nd November 2019 at the InterContinental Park …

  • ITSC 2019 Post-Event

      The inaugural Investing in Tourism Sustainability Conference (ITSC) www.investingintourism.com – held from 30 May to 1 June at Bulgaria’s leading Sunny Beach Helena Resort focusing on new investment opportunities in the Country and neighbouring Southeast Europe destinations was jointly organized by the Ministry of Tourism of Bulgaria and London-based ITIC and Invest Tourism. The …

  • Thank you note – Mr. Ibrahim Ayoub

    Thank You Note from Mr Ibrahim Ayoub – ITIC Organiser & Daiichi Display CEO

  • Press Release

    Official Launching of the International Tourism & Investment Conference (ITIC) on 02 November, 2018 at the InterContinental Park Lane, London. The International Tourism and Investment Conference was successfully launched on the 2 November 2018 at the InterContinental Park Lane, Mayfair, London in the presence of Her Excellency Mrs. Marie-Louise Coleiro Preca, President of Malta who …

  • Message from Honourable Najib Balala

    The International Tourism and Investment Conference comes at a time when global tourism leaders are continuously engaged in the development of sustainable tourism and product differentiations; promotion of safe and secure travel and in the advent of technological innovation.

  • Message from Honourable Edmund Bartlett

    This theme comes at a very critical time. Issues of sustainability, which have long been on the agenda of island destinations, now need our immediate attention especially as they are issues over which we have little or no control.

  • Message from Dr. Taleb Rifai

    The International Tourism and Investment Conference (ITIC) 2019 takes place amidst rapidly changing geopolitical scenes. It is intended to trigger a new thought process in sustainable tourism development driven by new technological innovations such as blockchain, virtual reality and artificial intelligence.

  • Rebranding tourism in Africa

    Despite its wealth of natural attractions, Africa still only attracts 4.2% of the world’s tourists. Unchallenged negative stereotypes about the continent and an over-reliance on traditional markets are undermining growth in the sector. This can be corrected. Report by Thomas Collins.While much has been said about the political and economic realities of Africa, one sector …