Category: Government and Public Sector Tourism News

News and information on tourism boards, ministers of tourism and the public sector in the travel and tourism industry.

UNWTO Trending: Tourism, Culture and a Woman Secretary-General
Cultural Travel News

UNWTO Trending: Tourism, Culture and a Woman Secretary-General

Juergen T Steinmetz Juergen T Steinmetz- November 28, 2020

The new reality for the global travel and tourism industry will look different. It's no secret that new leadership in ... Read More

Kauai says no to tourism for right now
Hawaii Travel News

Kauai says no to tourism for right now

Juergen T Steinmetz Juergen T Steinmetz- November 28, 2020

The Garden Island of Hawaii, Kauai received approval by Hawaii Governor David Ige today temporarily opt-out of the state’s pre-arrivals ... Read More

COVID-19 in North Korea: Executions, capital lockdown, fishing ban
North Korea travel news

COVID-19 in North Korea: Executions, capital lockdown, fishing ban

mm Harry S. Johnson- November 27, 2020

According to the latest reports, North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un is taking some drastic steps, such as shutting down the ... Read More

Investments and education focus of UNWTO high-level visit to Tunisia
Breaking Travel News

Investments and education focus of UNWTO high-level visit to Tunisia

mm Harry S. Johnson- November 27, 2020

The Secretary-General of the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) has met with H.E. Kais Saied, President of Tunisia, and his Prime ... Read More

Berlin converts its old airports to COVID-19 vaccination centers
Airport news

Berlin converts its old airports to COVID-19 vaccination centers

mm Harry S. Johnson- November 27, 2020

Berlin city officials announced that of the city's closed airports will be converted into COVID-19 vaccination centers capable of servicing ... Read More

Africa Tourism Day: An all star celebration just finished
Breaking Travel News

Africa Tourism Day: An all star celebration just finished

Juergen T Steinmetz Juergen T Steinmetz- November 27, 2020

The Africa Tourism Day on November 26 just finished with a 4-hour virtual event organized by Desigo Tourism Development Company ... Read More

EASA: Boeing 737 MAX could return to European skies ‘within weeks’
European travel news

EASA: Boeing 737 MAX could return to European skies ‘within weeks’

mm Harry S. Johnson- November 26, 2020

Boeing's troubled 737 MAX jet could be cleared within weeks to return to European skies after a nearly two-year grounding ... Read More

Minister Bartlett lauds JHTA’s COVID-19 Ambassador Program
Jamaica travel news

Minister Bartlett lauds JHTA’s COVID-19 Ambassador Program

mm Harry S. Johnson- November 26, 2020

Jamaica's Tourism Minister, Hon. Edmund Bartlett has lauded the Jamaica Hotel and Tourist Association (JHTA) for their new COVID-19 Ambassador ... Read More

Delta to launch first quarantine-free, COVID-free travel to Europe
Airline News

Delta to launch first quarantine-free, COVID-free travel to Europe

mm Harry S. Johnson- November 26, 2020

Delta Air Lines, the Aeroporti di Roma and Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport have joined in a first-of-its-kind trans-Atlantic COVID-19 testing ... Read More

Tourism Trinidad to unveil new destination marketing website
Breaking Travel News

Tourism Trinidad to unveil new destination marketing website

mm Harry S. Johnson- November 25, 2020

Tourism Trinidad Limited (TTL) will unveil the new completely redesigned destination marketing website for the island of Trinidad on Monday ... Read More

St. Kitts & Nevis confirms two new COVID-19 cases since border reopened
Saint Kitts and Nevis travel news

St. Kitts & Nevis confirms two new COVID-19 cases since border reopened

mm Harry S. Johnson- November 25, 2020

St. Kitts & Nevis reports two additional confirmed cases of COVID-19 since the reopening of the Federation’s borders on October ... Read More

IATA calls on governments to support industry move to Sustainable Aviation Fuel
Aviation News

IATA calls on governments to support industry move to Sustainable Aviation Fuel

mm Harry S. Johnson- November 25, 2020

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) called on governments worldwide to support the development of Sustainable Aviation Fuel (SAF) as ... Read More

UNWTO Global Tourism Plastics Initiative welcomes 26 new signatories
Responsible Tourism News

UNWTO Global Tourism Plastics Initiative welcomes 26 new signatories

mm Harry S. Johnson- November 25, 2020

The Global Tourism Plastics Initiative has welcomed 26 new signatories, including businesses and organizations from every part of the global ... Read More

IATA: International air connectivity crisis threatens global economic recovery
Aviation News

IATA: International air connectivity crisis threatens global economic recovery

mm Harry S. Johnson- November 25, 2020

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) released data revealing that the COVID-19 crisis has had a devastating impact on international ... Read More

Tunisia exempts foreign tourists from mandatory COVID-19 quarantine
Tunisia travel news

Tunisia exempts foreign tourists from mandatory COVID-19 quarantine

mm Harry S. Johnson- November 25, 2020

Tunisian Ministry of Tourism announced the decision of the country's authorities to lift a mandatory 14-day COVID-19 quarantine requirement for ... Read More

England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland ease COVID-19 restrictions for Christmas
UK Travel News

England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland ease COVID-19 restrictions for Christmas

mm Harry S. Johnson- November 25, 2020

There will be some holiday relief for the Brits this Christmas season, as UK's four countries have concurred to ease ... Read More

IATA calls for governments to support safe and sustainable industry restart
Aviation News

IATA calls for governments to support safe and sustainable industry restart

mm Harry S. Johnson- November 24, 2020

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) 76th Annual General Meeting (AGM) unanimously approved a resolution re-confirming the airlines’ unwavering commitment to ... Read More

IATA announces leadership changes
Aviation News

IATA announces leadership changes

mm Harry S. Johnson- November 24, 2020

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) announced leadership changes approved by the 76th IATA Annual General Meeting (AGM).  Robin Hayes, ... Read More

8 Candidates for UNWTO Secretary-General Election
Government and Public Sector Tourism News

8 Candidates for UNWTO Secretary-General Election

Juergen T Steinmetz Juergen T Steinmetz- November 23, 2020

The World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) confirmed today in a "Note Verbale" that 8 applications from candidates competing for the post ... Read More

IATA Director General to step down in March
Aviation News

IATA Director General to step down in March

mm Harry S. Johnson- November 23, 2020

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) announced that Alexandre de Juniac, Director General and CEO will step down from his ... Read More

Abu Dhabi reports positive signs of recovery for tourism sector
Breaking Travel News

Abu Dhabi reports positive signs of recovery for tourism sector

mm Harry S. Johnson- November 23, 2020

The Department of Culture and Tourism – Abu Dhabi (DCT Abu Dhabi) held its quarterly industry development committee meeting this ... Read More

Mandatory COVID-19 safety standards  for airlines and airports urged as holiday travel season begins
Responsible Tourism News

Mandatory COVID-19 safety standards for airlines and airports urged as holiday travel season begins

mm Harry S. Johnson- November 23, 2020

As the holiday travel season approaches, travel experts and consumer advocates are repeating their calls for Department of Transportation Secretary ... Read More

Venezuela resumes Russia flights
Breaking Travel News

Venezuela resumes Russia flights

mm Harry S. Johnson- November 23, 2020

Air traffic between Russia and Venezuela resumes on November 23, the civil aviation service of the Latin American country announced. ... Read More

Israel ratifies visa-free agreement with UAE
International Visitor News

Israel ratifies visa-free agreement with UAE

mm Harry S. Johnson- November 22, 2020

The Israeli government unanimously ratified a visa-free agreement between the Jewish state and the United Arab Emirates (UAE). The UAE ... Read More

Venice postpones new tourist levy till 2022 over COVID-19 crisis
Breaking Travel News

Venice postpones new tourist levy till 2022 over COVID-19 crisis

mm Harry S. Johnson- November 21, 2020

Venice city authorities announced that the city would postpone the launch of a new tourist levy as it tries to ... Read More

IATO Asks Government for Restoration of Tourist Visas
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IATO Asks Government for Restoration of Tourist Visas

Anil Mathur - eTN India Anil Mathur - eTN India- November 21, 2020

India travel industry players continue to make great efforts to see that tourism gets back on track once the COVID-19 pandemic ... Read More

Safest and unsafest Airports in the world for COVID-19 travel
Airport news

Safest and unsafest Airports in the world for COVID-19 travel

Juergen T Steinmetz Juergen T Steinmetz- November 20, 2020

Safe Travel Barometer rates airports from a score from 5 to 0 in regards to COVID-19 safety. Rating qualifications include ... Read More

Brazil’s airline industry to regain 80% of its capacity in December
Brazil travel news

Brazil’s airline industry to regain 80% of its capacity in December

mm Harry S. Johnson- November 20, 2020

Brazil's average daily flights fell from original 2,500 to about 200 during the COVID-19 pandemic lockdown period. In the months ... Read More

China keeps 737 MAXs grounded despite FAA clearance
Aviation News

China keeps 737 MAXs grounded despite FAA clearance

mm Harry S. Johnson- November 20, 2020

Despite recent US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) approval of the troubled Boeing 737 MAX's return to commercial service, China has ... Read More

Mauritius PM calls for equitable distribution of COVID-19 vaccines internationally
Breaking Travel News

Mauritius PM calls for equitable distribution of COVID-19 vaccines internationally

mm Harry S. Johnson- November 20, 2020

A strong public healthcare infrastructure and the development of a multi-layered response driven by scientific and medical data lie at ... Read More

Great news at UNWTO is kept a secret
Breaking Travel News

Great news at UNWTO is kept a secret

Juergen T Steinmetz Juergen T Steinmetz- November 20, 2020

No one is allowed to openly talk about it in Madrid at the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO). Zurab Pololikashvili, the ... Read More

Visiting Hawaii no longer possible for Americans?
Hawaii Travel News

Visiting Hawaii no longer possible for Americans?

Juergen T Steinmetz Juergen T Steinmetz- November 20, 2020

Japanese and Canadians are in the process to select Hawaii again as a holiday destination. Visitors from Taiwan and South ... Read More

Visit California Disappointed by Governor’s Stay-at-home Order
USA Travel News

Visit California Disappointed by Governor’s Stay-at-home Order

mm Linda Hohnholz, eTN editor- November 20, 2020

The President & CEO of Visit California, Caroline Beteta, issued the following statement in reaction to California Governor Newsom’s stay-at-home ... Read More

Destination Jamaica begins series of “Doctor Bird Sales Calls” across US
Jamaica travel news

Destination Jamaica begins series of “Doctor Bird Sales Calls” across US

mm Harry S. Johnson- November 19, 2020

As Jamaica continues on the road to recovery, the Jamaica Tourist Board (JTB) Sales team has kicked off an exciting ... Read More

Grenada Tourism Authority announces new Board of Directors
Grenada travel news

Grenada Tourism Authority announces new Board of Directors

mm Harry S. Johnson- November 19, 2020

The Grenada Tourism Authority (GTA) is pleased to announce the appointment of its new eleven-member board of directors, with tourism ... Read More

California issues Stay at Home order as COVID-19 rages on
Breaking Travel News

California issues Stay at Home order as COVID-19 rages on

mm Harry S. Johnson- November 19, 2020

COVID-19 is increasing at alarming rates in California and all Californians are urged to do their part to stop the ... Read More

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