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Le Méridien Hotels & Resorts Marks Milestone with Grand Opening of Le Méridien Visconti Rome

Le Méridien Hotels & Resorts, part of Marriott International, Inc. (NASDAQ:MAR), today marked a milestone: reintroducing the brand to Italy and reimagining an iconic palace to debut Le Méridien Visconti Rome. Following its meticulous renovation and conversion, Le Méridien Visconti Rome, owned and managed by the Toti Group, now boasts custom-designed guestrooms, suites and a transformation of the hotel’s public ...

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Cash-strapped WHO spends $200 million a year on travel

By Associated Press The World Health Organization routinely spends about $200 million a year on travel — far more than what it doles out to fight some of the biggest problems in public health including AIDS, tuberculosis or malaria, according to internal documents obtained by The Associated Press. Malaria: A persistent global killer China tests malaria drug on an entire ...

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Visa Openness Index shows Africans travelled more freely in 2016

Overall, Africans were able to travel more freely across the continent in 2016 as visa openness levels improved compared to 2015. This was revealed at the launch of the second edition of the Africa Visa Openness Index undertaken by the African Development Bank (AfDB), in collaboration with the African Union Commission (AUC) and the World Economic Forum, ahead of the ...

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Africa Travel Indaba ends with calls for innovation, cooperation

The continental tourism extravaganza, Africa Travel Indaba ended on a high note on Thursday night with calls for innovation, cooperation between Africa countries and also with role players to make the industry prosperous. The 2017 Travel Indaba was hailed as a resounding success with 20,000 confirmed meetings being held over the three-day show, a 20 percent increase compared to last ...

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First non-stop UK-Rwanda air link set for take off

The first non-stop air link between the UK and Rwanda in Africa is to take off next week. RwandAir is to run three flights a week from Gatwick to the Rwandan capital of Kigali from May 26. The airline will deploy a three-class Airbus A330-200 on the route on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays with a flight time of 8 hours ...

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South Africans reminded to ‘Do Tourism’

South African Tourism has used INDABA as a platform to launch I Do Tourism (IDT) – an initiative that seeks to remind South Africans of the importance of the tourism industry and the role they can play as advocates for South Africa and for tourism. The purpose of the campaign, according to SA Tourism CEO, Sisa Ntshona, is to show ...

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105th UNWTO Executive Council meeting concludes in Madrid

Madrid, Spain, hosted the 105th meeting of the Executive Council of the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) between 11 and 12 May. The Meeting focused on current trends and challenges facing the tourism sector and on the three priorities of the Organization – safe, secure and seamless travel; the impact of technology in the tourism sector and sustainability. The Executive Council, ...

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Jumia Travel launches travel smart to incentivize loyal customers

Jumia Travel has announced the launch of its loyalty programme aimed at creating more value for its loyal customers by enabling them to save as much as 10 to 20% exclusive discount on hotel plus flight bookings and holiday packages. The programme comes with incentives such as late checkout, free airport pickup, welcoming drink and early check-in. The Chief Executive ...

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First JW Marriott to open in Istanbul

The first hotel in Istanbul Tourism Center which is under construction by DATİ Yatırım Holding will be JW Marriott Istanbul Hotel & Conference Center. With 449 room capacity having elegant and splendid architecture, JW Marriott Istanbul Hotel & Conference Center will be realized with the investment of US$200 million by DATİ Yatırım Holding. A press meeting was held on 10 ...

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High Level Task Force Meeting on Tourism and Security convenes in Madrid

The integration of national security with tourism security, crisis communication and travel advisories were some of the key issues discussed at the 1st Meeting of the High Level Task Force on Tourism and Security, organized by the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) today in Madrid. The event took place ahead of the 105th UNWTO Executive Council meeting to be held in ...

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