With worldwide travel restrictions steadily easing, the World Tourism Organization predicts domestic tourism will recover before international travel, one reason being incentivized travel.
“UNWTO expects domestic tourism to return faster and stronger than international travel. Given the size of domestic tourism, this will help many destinations recover from the economic impacts of the pandemic, while at the same time safeguarding jobs, protecting livelihoods and allowing the social benefits tourism offers to also return,” said Zurab Pololikashvili, Secretary-General, UNWTO.
Domestic tourism is one of the most valuable commodities for both economically developed and developing countries. A growing trend since the COVID-19 pandemic, incentivizing domestic travel is one innovative way many countries grow their markets:
Argentina is creating an Observatory for Domestic Tourism for local tourists.
Costa Rica moved all 2020-2021 holidays to Mondays so residents can enjoy long weekend getaways.
France’s campaign #CetÉtéJeVisiteLaFrance, (This Summer, I Visit France), encourages locals to explore their country.
Italy boasts the Bonus Vacanze initiative: Italian families with a household income up to €40,000 can receive up to €500 worth of domestic tourism accommodations.
Malaysia is offering travel discount vouchers for domestic travel to residents, worth $113 million and personal tax relief of up to $227.
Thailand is subsidizing 5 million nights at 40 percent of normal hotel room rates, for up to five nights.
I arrived in Mexico City on a sunny late afternoon and zipped through light traffic from Benito Juarez International Airport to the heart of Mexico City, Paseo de la Reforma. Four Seasons Mexico City sits in the middle of the bustling area; but once you arrive in the covered driveway, you are transported into a sense of calm, art and luxury.
Though air travel slowed as airports temporarily closed and borders shuttered to stifle the spread of coronavirus, the airline industry — led by oneworld alliance member airlines — enacted enhanced protective measures to reduce risk and protect passengers.
Windstar Cruises introduces a new point and tier system to its Yacht Club loyalty program to provide recognition and rewards for guests who continue to sail with Windstar. Its loyalty program always provided special benefits, like a 5 percent discount on all voyages, a $100 shipboard credit referral gift, early notification on new ports and itineraries, private sales and more.
Uniworld Boutique River Cruises contracted Danish company CleanCoat A/S to employ its ACT CleanCoat solution across all Uniworld-owned ships. This makes Uniworld the first river cruise company to adopt this solution, renowned for its ability to render surfaces self-disinfecting after one application.
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Singapore Airlines returns to New York City (JFK) Nov. 9 with its launch of non-stop flights between the Big Apple and Singapore (SIN). An Airbus A350-900 long-range aircraft will service the route, with 42 business-, 24 premium-economy and 187 economy-class seats. Currently, Singapore Airlines is operating non-stop flights to Los Angeles (LAX). The airline will continue to review its operations to the United States and assess demand before reinstating more U.S. flights.
I took a much-needed vacation to somewhere I’d never been before but had heard about for years: Montana. We chose The Resort at Paws Up outside of Missoula, as it blends miles of open land and outdoor activities with luxury accommodation and service.
Finding a beachfront Punta Cana all-inclusive resort for all ages can be daunting when you want to take home great memories with loved ones but also experience a sophisticated escape. Now, you can have both thanks to a new resort: Finest Punta Cana.
Hyatt plans to expand its luxury portfolio in the Asia Pacific region with several new openings and a strong development pipeline. Its luxury portfolio presence in the region will grow by nearly 15 percent with recent openings and expected 2021 openings.