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Sink Venice: City counts cost following historic floods

Luigi Brugnaro, mayor of Venice, has said flooding in the city will leave a “permanent mark”. With severe flooding in leaving much of the Italian tourism capital under water, the mayor said the disaster was a direct result of climate change. “Now the government must listen,” he added on Twitter. “These are the effects of climate change; the costs will […]

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A Visit to Raffles Hotel Le Royal, Cambodia

The history of Cambodia flows through Raffles Hotel Le Royal. Originally opened in 1929 in the heart of capital Phnom Penh, the property played host to a revolving cast of global stars – including Charlie Chaplin and André Malraux – as it grew in prestige over the following decades to rival any hotel in the region. The French colonial elite […]

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Swissôtel Kursaal Bern to open next autumn

More than 20 years after opening, the Kursaal Bern has entered a new chapter in its history. Kongress + Kursaal Bern entered into an agreement with Swissôtel Hotels & Resorts whereby, effective in autumn 2020, Hotel Allegro will then be operated as Swissôtel Kursaal Bern. As part of this exciting next chapter for the hotel, Kongress + Kursaal Bern will […]

Aquatrek
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Aquatrek Xtreme launches at Atlantis, the Palm

Atlantis, the Palm lends itself to real life Bond adventures with advanced aquatic mechanisms, the likes of which the region has yet to see. With the launch of the brand-new Aquatrek Xtreme experience, which will offer adventure lovers the chance to explore the depths of the Ambassador Lagoon, guests can go deeper than ever before. The latest state-of-the-art water thrill […]

Accor
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AHIF 2019: Mantis to welcome eco-lodge innovation hub

Accor has sought to reaffirm its commitment to sustainable tourism development on the African continent at this week’s Africa Hotel Investment Forum as it unveils the world’s first eco-lodge innovation hub by Mantis. The one-of-a-kind concept, which will be launched in early 2020 at South Africa’s famous Mantis Founders Lodge, will bring together conservation partners from across the globe to […]

Thomas Cook
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Thomas Cook takeover hits last minute hitch

Thomas Cook has been told it needs to find an extra £200 million in extra funding in order to secure its future. The troubled operator has hoped to seal a rescue deal led by Fosun Tourism Group this week. However, lenders are now insisting the cash-strapped travel firm must come up with the new contingency funds. The money would be used if […]

Gran Meliá
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Gran Meliá Arusha takes brand into Africa for first time

Gran Meliá Hotels & Resorts has announced the opening the first property under the flag in Africa, Gran Meliá Arusha. Based in the heart of Arusha within northern Tanzania, the exclusive east African resort will be the perfect base for visitors looking to explore the natural beauty of some of Africa’s most striking landscapes, including the Serengeti and Kilimanjaro. Gran […]

Accor
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Accor launches budget hotel brand – greet

Accor has launched a new economy segment brand, greet. Alert to new trends, Accor claims the new flag is a sustainable tourism offering that combines environmental considerations with a socially responsible approach for travellers seeking authenticity. greet is a community-based, responsible and non-standardised brand, that is in keeping with current trends and seeks to serve travellers who are looking to […]

CLIA
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Rowlett to lead newly-created incident analysis group at Carnival

Carnival Corporation has appointed Sandra Rowlett as vice president of a newly created incident analysis group. Rowlett reports directly to Peter Anderson, the newly appointed chief ethics and compliance officer for Carnival Corporation, and is based at the company’s headquarters in Miami. In this role, leading Carnival Corporation’s new internal investigations group, Rowlett will oversee a team of global investigators […]

Marriott
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JW Marriott Maldives Resort to open in November

JW Marriott Maldives Resort & Spa will open on the island of Vagaru, Shaviyani Atoll, on November 1st. Headed up by general manager Marc Gussing, the beautiful property will feature 60 spacious villas starting at an enormous 234 square metres, all with private pools. Exceptional dining is a at the resort’s core; it will showcase one of the most impressive […]