Business travel is an important driver for building personal connections, for corporate culture, career development and for more profit and sales. “Back to Blue Skies”, a joint study by American Express and American Express Global Business Travel (GBT) with clear survey results, underpins these fundamental findings.
The survey of travelers and travel managers at U.S. companies of all sizes and industries offers insights of general validity:

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The Tourism Commission and City University of Hong Kong have launched ‘City in Time’, a tourism project which uses Augmented Reality (AR) and multimedia technologies to take visitors on a 360-degree journey to experience the history of Hong Kong via an app.
Bringing Hong Kong’s heritage to life, the app showcases 360-degree illustrations based on historical images of Hong Kong combined with real-time surroundings, to create an immersive experience. It is also enriched with animations, sound effects, historical facts and a selfie function to enables users to share their ‘City in Time’ experience.

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The Hong Kong Tourism Board (HKTB) held its annual Tourism Update this morning where it announced its latest campaigns to help promote the city in a post pandemic world.
Dane Cheng, HKTB’s executive director, told travel industry representatives that HKTB was preparing to launch a new round of the Hong Kong Neighbourhoods campaign.

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The TOPHOTELPROJECTS construction database reveals that 17,790 keys are in the pipeline across New York City, with Virgin Hotels and Ace Hotels among those on the march.
Our researchers report that 67 hotel schemes with 17,790 keys are currently in the works around New York City. We take a closer look at these new properties and consider which ones you should particularly take note of.

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The COVID-19 pandemic has had a devastating effect on Mexican outbound travel, with the number of trips falling by 73%. This figure is the second-highest fall in the Americas, after Peru (76%). Despite commercial flights operating throughout the year at a limited capacity, many countries were reluctant to open their borders amid Mexico’s high COVID-19 infection and death rate. Ultimately, this has led to a devastating drop in outbound travel which will not recover until 2024, according to GlobalData, a leading data and analytics company.

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Fahd Hamidaddin, CEO, Saudi Tourism Authority addressed travel and tourism industry professionals at the ATM 2021 Saudi Arabia Tourism Summit
Travel and tourism industry in Saudi Arabia remained buoyant throughout 2020 and Q1 2021 due to success of domestic tourism campaign, says tourism chief
SAUDIA to return to profitability by 2024, if not earlier, according to the airline’s CEO
As Saudi Arabia forges ahead with Vision 2030, with tourism earmarked as a key economic driver, tourism and travel leaders from the Kingdom convened at the ATM 2021 Saudi Arabia Tourism Summit on the Global Stage yesterday to discuss the strategy’s positive repercussions for the country, its people, investors and millions of global travellers.

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