Travel Forward, the leading global event for travel technology, has revealed an impressive line-up of big name brands to present live on stage as a part of sister event Arabian Travel Market (ATM).
This year’s ATM is a hybrid event. Travel Forward is part of the in-person event taking place at Dubai World Trade Centre from 16-19 May 2021, co-located with ATM Dubai.
ATM Virtual will take place from 24-26 May and all sessions from the in-person event will be available to view during the virtual event.

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New concept goes beyond the hotel company’s traditional spa offering to deliver meaningful experiences focused on holistic well-being.
Dusit International, one of Thailand’s leading hotel and property development companies, has responded to the increasingly health-conscious aspirations of global travellers by introducing its new group-wide wellness concept – ‘Devarana Wellness’ – which aims to weave well-being elements throughout the entire stay experience at Dusit Hotels and Resorts worldwide.
According to the Global Wellness Institute, global wellness tourism has increased from a USD 563 billion market in 2015 to USD 639 billion in 2017, or 6.5% annually. Following the COVID-19 pandemic, holistic health experiences are only expected to be in even higher demand. In Dusit’s home base of Thailand, the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) has set a goal for the country to become the ‘Medical and Wellness Resort of the World’ by 2024.

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This week, the Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA) announced the new position of their next chairwoman. Liz Ortiguera will take the position as the next CEO effective May 17, 2021, succeeding Dr. Mario Hardy who will finish his term at the end of May. The announcement was made at the Association’s Board Meeting held earlier.
PATA Chair Soon-Hwa Wong said, “We are delighted to welcome Liz to the PATA family, especially as she will be the first Asian American female CEO in PATA’s 70 year history. Her extensive leadership experience across different industries in the Asia Pacific region is what PATA needs to lead the Association to new heights. The Executive Board looks forward to working closely with her as we rebuild a more resilient, responsible, sustainable and stronger travel and tourism industry.”

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according to GlobalData
Peru was the most affected by the pandemic with a 73% drop in international visitors, followed by Venezuela (71%) and Ecuador (70%)
Chile was the least affected with international tourists falling by 25% followed by Argentina (27%) and Colombia (30%)
GlobalData projects South America’s International tourism market will not reach pre-pandemic levels until at least 2022

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Up to 750 attendees allowed for approved events, with pre-event testing and safety protocols in place.
Larger business-to-business (B2B) events in the Meetings, Incentives, Conventions and Exhibitions (MICE) industry are set to return to Singapore with up to 750 attendees with effect from 24 Apr 2021. This is an increase from the current limit of 250 attendees and is in line with the safe and progressive resumption of economic activities in Singapore.

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GlobalData reveals top 10 travel and tourism influencers on Twitter during Q1 2021
An analysis of GlobalData’s Travel and Tourism Influencer Platform, which tracks more than 200 leading industry experts and their discussions pertaining to the emerging trends, pain areas, new fields of innovation and other popular areas on Twitter, revealed Melvin Bocher, Founder of Traveldudes, as the top Travel and Tourism influencer during the first quarter (Q1) of 2021. He largely shares travel guides related to beautiful travel destinations across the world.

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