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Eco-artist Sarah Turner's giant suitcase made of plastic is on display at Heathrow.
BA plans to remove 30,000 suitcases of plastic from their flights

British Airways has set a new target to remove more than 700 tonnes of single-use plastic on board its flights in 2020...

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WTM Africa continues commitment to advance sustainable travel in 2020
WTM Africa continues commitment to advance sustainable travel in 2020

WTM Africa 2020 is tackling travel sustainability at macro and micro levels this year, by lining up a number of eco-conscious initiatives alongside recognising game-changing sustainability practices in the African travel industry...

20 Feb 2020

UNITED ARAB EMIRATES

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Etihad Airways launches TravelPass

Etihad Airways has announced a partnership with Norwegian technology developer Braathens IT, to develop TravelPass, an innovative travel solution initially aimed at corporate and frequent travellers which will launch later this year.

18 Feb 2020

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Major airlines say they're acting on climate change. Our research reveals how little they've achieved
Major airlines say they're acting on climate change. Our research reveals how little they've achieved

We analysed what the world's top 58 airlines - such as American Airlines, British Airways and Qantas - are doing about climate change. Even the best airlines are not doing anywhere near enough...

By Susanne Becken 17 Feb 2020

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Airline passenger market: Africa leads all regions with a 5.0% demand increase

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) has released its global passenger traffic results, which shows that passenger demand rose by 4.2% compared to 2018...

11 Feb 2020

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Air travel restrictions won't protect us from the coronavirus
Air travel restrictions won't protect us from the coronavirus

Suspending flights and screening passengers is mainly about reassuring us, not keeping us healthy...

By Lucy Budd and Stephen Ison 10 Feb 2020

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#ATMDubai: Travel trends for Boomers, Gen X, Y and Z to look out for

"Although all generations are now looking for activities and experiences, above all else, what makes this market more complex, is the individual preferences and demands of each generation and of course ultimately, the challenge facing marketers trying to engage with them."

6 Feb 2020

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The coronavirus will hit the tourism and travel sector hard
The coronavirus will hit the tourism and travel sector hard

The economic impacts of the new coronavirus on the travel and tourism industry will be felt in every corner of the world and almost every sector of the economy...

By Marion Joppe 3 Feb 2020

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UNWTO addresses travel industry on coronavirus

During times of crisis, tourism has to live up to its responsibility as an integral part of the wider society. The sector must put people and their wellbeing first...

By Juergen T Steinmetz 3 Feb 2020

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Could sleeper trains replace international air travel?
Could sleeper trains replace international air travel?

Since 2019, night train networks have seen a remarkable revival across Europe...

23 Jan 2020

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Experiences aren't always better for the planet than products - here's how to make memories sustainably
Experiences aren't always better for the planet than products - here's how to make memories sustainably

Many businesses are capitalising on the rise in experience-seeking with new and expensive ways to make memories -- and many of them are just as damaging for the planet as products...

By Brendan Canavan 11 Dec 2019

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Euromonitor reveals top 100 city destinations for 2019
Euromonitor reveals top 100 city destinations for 2019

This year's report, covering the world's leading cities ranked by international tourist arrivals shows that 5 out of the top 10 most visited cities in 2018 are in Asia Pacific, with Hong Kong listed as the most visited city in the world, followed by Bangkok...

3 Dec 2019

SOUTH AFRICA

Removing mini-shampoos from hotel rooms won't save the environment
Removing mini-shampoos from hotel rooms won't save the environment

InterContinental Hotels Group plans to switch miniature toiletries for bulk products, but it isn't likely to do as much for the environment as activists might think.

By Yossi Sheffi 30 Aug 2019

SOUTH AFRICA

Improved baggage tracking key to ensuring passenger satisfaction
Improved baggage tracking key to ensuring passenger satisfaction

Enabling the air transport community to scale up tracking capabilities without needing massive capital investment from the community, has the potential to grow every airport's passenger capacity by orders of magnitude...

By Peter Drummond 20 Aug 2019

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Stronger regulation of powerful airports needed to protect consumers

The International Air Transport Association has welcomed the European Commission's evaluation of the Airport Charges Directive which highlights the need to further strengthen the Directive to protect consumers...

17 Jul 2019

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To protect us all, babies travelling overseas may need the measles shot at 6 months instead of 12
To protect us all, babies travelling overseas may need the measles shot at 6 months instead of 12

Babies are normally vaccinated against measles at 12 months old. But doctors are now suggesting having the shot as early as six months might be worthwhile for youngsters traveling overseas.

By Nicholas Wood, Alexis Pillsbury and Jean Li-Kim-Moy 28 Jun 2019

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New X booking code for non-binary gender travellers

As on 1 June 2018, Travelport will be implementing a new booking code for non-binary gender airline passengers. The new code offers the option to choose "X", rather than "M" or "F"...

31 May 2019

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Rethinking tourism so the locals actually benefit from hosting visitors

The future of tourism depends on ensuring visitors do not wear out their welcome. Giving locals more of a say in tourism can help ensure they share in the benefits and minimise the costs...

By Freya Higgins-Desbiolles 24 May 2019

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TPConnects launches IATA NDC-based SaaS software for global travel agents
TPConnects launches IATA NDC-based SaaS software for global travel agents

TPConnects SaaS-based solution addresses the current problem of 99% of the travel agents lacking their own digital assets...

2 May 2019

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Qatar Airways strengthens ties with Amadeus to maximise revenue, improve customer experience

Last summer, the aviation industry set a new record, with over 200,000 aircraft taking to the skies every day. In a competitive marketplace, airlines are looking for the right technology that enables them to deliver memorable experiences for their customers...

26 Apr 2019

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New study reveals top trends in online payments in MENA
New study reveals top trends in online payments in MENA

In the fourth quarter of 2018, the approval rate rose by 5.1% bringing MENA's rate just 3% behind the rest of the world. Due to the high transaction value in the travel industry, card approval rates have seen a slower growth rate than other industries...

By Fundisiwe Maseko 25 Apr 2019

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Event buyer tips on the benefits of booking an arena venue
Event buyer tips on the benefits of booking an arena venue

To many, arenas are the place to go to see your favourite band or sporting team play. However, increasingly arenas are becoming the 'hidden gem' of the business events world...

25 Apr 2019

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Forbes Travel Guide to open new office in Cape Town
Forbes Travel Guide to open new office in Cape Town

"Forbes Travel Guide has been verifying luxury for more than 60 years, and we look forward to sharing the finest properties in the region with consumers."

24 Apr 2019

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Travellers called to comply with SA's import regulations
Travellers called to comply with SA's import regulations

The Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries has called all international travellers, who will be visiting or returning to South Africa during the Easter holidays, to comply with the country's import requirements for agricultural and related regulated products...

18 Apr 2019

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6 aviation claim trends to watch
6 aviation claim trends to watch

The global airline industry has experienced some of its safest years ever, yet the number of claims shows no sign of abating...

17 Apr 2019

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Boeing crashes and Uber collision show passenger safety relies on corporate promises, not regulators' tests
Boeing crashes and Uber collision show passenger safety relies on corporate promises, not regulators' tests

Government regulators and industry experts often overlook the complexities and risks of human-technology interactions and increasingly rely on companies' voluntary oversight and self-assessments...

By Adam Gabriele and Thaddeus R. Miller 17 Apr 2019

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MSC Cruises unveils plans for new cruise terminal at PortMiami
MSC Cruises unveils plans for new cruise terminal at PortMiami

The new terminal will provide enhanced end-to-end customer experience for the benefit of both embarking and disembarking MSC Cruises guests...

12 Apr 2019

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Tourists behaving badly are a threat to global tourism, and the industry is partly to blame
Tourists behaving badly are a threat to global tourism, and the industry is partly to blame

Tourism brings many benefits to communities around the world. But tourism hotspots are feeling the strain as tourist numbers increase. Locals resent being crowded out of restaurants and parks. They resent paying inflated prices. Most of all they resent tourists behaving badly...

9 Apr 2019

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2019 Henley Passport Index: Top global passports revealed, SA improves ranking
2019 Henley Passport Index: Top global passports revealed, SA improves ranking

South Africa has ranked 51st on the 2019 Henley Passport Index, occupying third place in sub-Saharan Africa...

29 Mar 2019

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Why chefs are key in promoting sustainable food systems

Chefs play an important role in inspiring people around the world to support sustainable food production, adopt healthy diets and avoid food waste...

28 Mar 2019

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