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Etihad Airways and Boeing will work together starting in August on the seventh iteration of the ecoDemonstrator programme to test innovative technologies in the air, building on the core innovation and sustainability tenets of their strategic partnership signed in November 2019. Test flights will be flown on a blend of sustainable fuel, which significantly lowers aviation’s environmental footprint. The testing programme is expected to last approximately four weeks before Etihad’s Boeing 787-10 is entered into service in Abu Dhabi.

The ecoDemonstrator programme utilises commercial aircraft as flying testbeds to accelerate technology development that will make commercial aviation safer and more sustainable now and into the future. The 2020 program will be the first to use a Boeing 787-10 Dreamliner. It will leverage the Etihad Greenliner programme as part of the broader Etihad-Boeing Strategic Partnership to test cutting-edge technologies and explore “blue sky” opportunities to improve airspace efficiency, reduce fuel use, and cut CO2 emissions.

Tony Douglas, Etihad Aviation Group Chief Executive Officer, said: “This is the latest programme under Etihad’s industry-leading strategic partnership with Boeing, focusing on innovating real-world solutions to the key sustainability challenges facing the aviation industry. 

“When we launched the partnership with the announcement of the Etihad Greenliner programme at the Dubai Airshow last year, we promised it was just the beginning of a deep, structural partnership between our two organisations that would go on to lead the industry towards a sustainable future. The ecoDemonstrator programme is founded on innovation and sustainability. These are core values for Etihad Airways, Abu Dhabi, and the United Arab Emirates, and Etihad and Boeing see a great opportunity to collaborate and share knowledge to minimise the impact of aviation on the environment.”

Boeing Commercial Airplanes President and CEO Stan Deal said: “Industry collaboration is a key aspect of Boeing’s ecoDemonstrator programme that enables us to accelerate innovation. We’re proud to broaden our sustainability partnership with Etihad Airways by testing promising technologies that can reduce emissions, help commercial aviation meet our climate goals, and allow the industry to grow in a responsible manner that respects our planet and its natural resources.”

Boeing and Etihad will work with industry leading partners, including NASA and Safran Landing Systems, to conduct aircraft noise measurements from sensors on the airplane and the ground. The data will be used to validate aircraft noise prediction processes and the sound reduction potential of aircraft designs, including landing gear, that are modified for quieter operations. In addition, a flight will be conducted during which pilots, air traffic controllers and an airline’s operations center will simultaneously share digital information to optimize routing efficiency and enhance safety by reducing workload and radio frequency congestion.

Marriott International announces the opening of its 800th property in Asia Pacific, the JW Marriott Nara in Japan. The opening marks the entry of the JW Marriott brand into Japan. The company also expects the EDITION and Aloft brands to debut in Japan before the end of the year.  Across the Asia Pacific region throughout 2020, the Moxy brand anticipates its first hotel opening in China. 

“We remain confident in the resilience of travel, our owners and franchisees, guests and associates as well as the future prospects of lodging in Asia Pacific, our second largest market, ” said Craig S. Smith, Group President, Asia Pacific for Marriott International.“We are encouraged by recent trends, especially in China, where demand has been driven primarily by domestic tourism, and we will continue to focus on strengthening our footprint in this important, growing market.”

Marriott International in Asia Pacific has, on average, added close to 80 hotels per year in the last three years, with its pipeline growing by nearly 10 percent annually over the same time period. In the first half of 2020 alone, the company recorded 73 new signings, including 43 in the Greater China region.

“These highly anticipated brand debuts are a testament to the confidence that the owner and franchisee community has in Asia Pacific, as well as Marriott International’s long-term vision, especially in today’s challenging business climate,” said Paul Foskey, Chief Development Officer, Marriott International, Asia Pacific. “Our owners and franchisees trust and choose Marriott International because of our overall reputation for product quality, our powerful and differentiated portfolio of brands, our Marriott Bonvoy loyalty program with more than 142 million global members, and our proven track record of operational excellence.”

Louvre Abu Dhabi has announced a new partnership with VPS Healthcare to offer a comprehensive plan to provide COVID-19 precautionary measures and further ensure the safety of the museum's staff and visitors.

Manuel Rabaté, Director of Louvre Abu Dhabi, said:  "We are so pleased to engage in this innovative partnership with VPS Healthcare. For our reopening, Louvre Abu Dhabi is furthering its commitment to be a mindful museum. Offering the safest experience possible is a key element of this mission. As our healthcare partner, VPS will provide key resources and expertise that will allow us to maintain a safe and healthy environment for our staff and visitors. I am thrilled to see the art and medical communities come together through this unique collaboration. We look forward to working closely with VPS now and into the future as Abu Dhabi marks its steps towards recovery."

Commenting on the partnership, Shamsheer Vayalil, Chairman and Managing Director of VPS Healthcare, said: "We are proud to partner with Louvre Abu Dhabi, which is one of the most prominent cultural sites and landmarks in Abu Dhabi. VPS Healthcare and Burjeel Hospital will be supporting in providing the safest environment for visitors and staff at the museum. The reopening of the museum signifies how effectively the UAE Government has tackled the spread of COVID-19 in the country. VPS Healthcare has been working in close association with government and health regulatory bodies from the beginning of the outbreak. We will be utilising the expertise and experience gained from working on the ground in providing the best experience for visitors at the museum."  

Booking.com is taking measures to support travellers and its property partners, as and when it's safe to travel.Looking to help secure demand and deliver customers to property partners to help them with long-term recovery, Booking.com continues to evolve the support it provides in an effort to begin rebuilding domestic travel together.

It is focusing its efforts on bringing partners the tools and tailored insights they need to effectively respond to the evolving travel environment, capture new bookings and rebuild their business. With an updated search experience, Booking.com has made it simple for customers looking for the types of accommodations they are seeking. It  is also promoting flexible rates to customers who may need to change their plans and is making it easy for its partners to adjust their policies to ensure their property benefits.

Booking.com is also introducing initiatives to bring additional exposure to partners, such as its Partner Performance Investment Initiative, which gives financial benefits to eligible partners who participate in its visibility boosting Preferred program as well as the great value of the Booking.com Genius program. In India, partners who activate both Genius and Preferred programs within the month of July receive the Preferred Program for free for a period of 3 months.  In this way Booking.com helps partners capture and convert as much demand as possible into stayed reservations

“A significant portion of our business in India is domestic bookings and as we foresee domestic travel demand gradually picking up, we want to ensure we do everything we can to support our local partners and bring them what they need most to effectively respond to the evolving travel environment. We will continue to work around the clock to support them as recovery begins. We believe that with a strong partnership together, we can ensure that everyone can experience the world again, in time and when it is safe to do so,” Ritu Mehrotra, Country Manager, India, Sri Lanka & Maldives, Booking.com, said.

Presented by Ashima Gupta, Commissioner of Income Tax, Indore and Sarita Alurkar, Singapore based marketing professional, the webinar showcased the richness of the destinations covered under the mystical triangle and acquainted the viewers with the serene, captivating getaways in State of Madhya Pradesh namely Maheshwar, Mandu & Omkareshwar.

The first stop of the mystical triangle was Maheshwar or Mahishmati. The city got its name after Lord Shiva/ Maheshwara, it also finds a mention in the epics Ramayana and Mahabharatha. The Town lies on the north bank of the Narmada River.  Ghats in Maheshwar are the best places to see the beauty of sunrise and sunset and the fort complex can also be seen at its best from Ahilya ghat. One can also go on a boat ride, evenings after sunset boat men light small diyas as an offering to Narmada River. Baneshwar temple which is dedicated to Lord Shiva is one of the must-see temples of Maheshwar especially during sunsets. Narmada aarti is performed after sunset at Narmada ghat.  

Omkareshwar has 33 deities and 108 impressive shivlingas in divine form and this is the only Jyotirlinga which is situated on the north bank of Narmada. Omkareshwar is a spiritual town in Madhya Pradesh, 78kms away from Indore.  

Mandu is about 98km. away from Indore and at an elevation of 633 meters. TheFort in Mandu is spread over an area of 47 sq km and the fort wall is 64 kms. Mandu is mainly known for the love story of Sultan Baz Bahadur and Rani Roopmati.

Prahlad Singh Patel, Union Minister of State (IC) for Tourism & Culture recently inaugurated the webinar on “Cross Border Tourism” organised by the Association of Buddhist Tour Operators on 15th July 2020 

Inaugurating the webinar, Patel listed the important sites in India related to the life of Lord Buddha.  He mentioned that Buddhism has a large following across the world and India being the ‘Land of Buddha’ and endowed with rich Buddhist heritage attracts very small percentage of Buddhist Pilgrims. Shri Patel stressed the point that it was important for all to ascertain the reasons for India receiving a fraction of global Buddhists as tourist/Pilgrims and take corrective measures accordingly.

 The Minister also shared the initiative of having signage in international languages at important Buddhist sites in the country including signages in Chinese language that have been put up at 5 Buddhist sites / monuments in Uttar Pradesh including Sarnath, Kushinagar and Sravasti. Similarly, since Sanchi receives many tourists from Sri Lanka, signages in Sinhalese language have been put up at the Sanchi monuments.

He also highlighted the decision of Government of India to declare the Kushinagar Airport in Uttar Pradesh as an International Airport which will offer better connectivity to the air-travellers resulting in boosting of domestic/international tourism and economic development of the region. He further informed that the Ministry of Tourism, under its various schemes has taken several initiatives for the development and promotion of Buddhist sites in the country.

SpiceJet has announced that it has aqui-hired the team and technology of Travenues, a Bengaluru based airline technology company that built several innovative products for airline e-commerce.

Launched in 2019, Travenues is a wholly owned subsidiary of ixigo. With this acqui-hire, the technology team of Travenues has joined SpiceJet and  SpiceJet will inherit the airline technology and commerce platform built by Travenues that specialises with its deep tech advancements in mobile apps, UX, engagement, cross-selling, payments, ancillaries, personalisation and more.

Commenting on the development, Ashish Vikram, Chief Technology and Innovation Officer, SpiceJet, said - “We are glad to welcome Team Travenues to SpiceJet. This acqui-hire will help SpiceJet strengthen its e-commerce platforms as we continue to innovate across multiple technology areas and achieve our vision of being the worldwide leader in aviation technology.”

Chandramouli Gopalakrishnan, Chief Digital Officer, Travenues added - “We are proud of the team and the full stack airline commerce suite we have built and we wish the SpiceJet team all the best in taking it to the next level with a talented and motivated team”

Rajnish Kumar, Co-founder & CTO, ixigo said - “We are happy that we were able to incubate a startup and build a next generation platform with a motivated tightly-knit team that can truly disrupt airline direct sales and airline commerce. The possibilities this unfolds for SpiceJet are endless!”

Liverpool FC has announced a new global partnership with the Mauritius Tourism Promotion Authority (MTPA) and Economic Development Board Mauritius as the club’s official tourism and economic development partner.

The deal forms part of the country’s drive to become a leading global tourist destination and business hub of Africa. The three-year partnership will see Mauritius benefit from a range of LFC digital, social media and marketing assets.

As well as being one of the top premier luxury holiday destinations in the world with one of the highest rates of return visitors, Mauritius is also one of the most business and investment-friendly locations in the world. The island has been an established centre for international banking and finance for at least 20 years and plans to grow this reputation for business around the world.

Billy Hogan, Managing Director and Chief Commercial Officer, Liverpool FC, said, “This is an exciting partnership and we’re delighted to build on our existing relationship with Mauritius following the opening of the LFC International Academy on the island in July 2019. We have a large, passionate fan base in Mauritius, and we’re pleased to be able to bring our supporters closer to the club through this partnership. We look forward to working with Mauritius Tourism and its Economic Development Board to support their ambition to further establish the country as a leading tourist destination and economic forum.”

Pravind Kumar Jugnauth, Prime Minister, Mauritius, added, “Mauritius is proud to be an official partner of Liverpool Football Club, a global football elite and Premier League champions. We both share common values of dedication, determination and unity. This collaboration aims at strengthening and propelling Mauritius as a thriving economic powerhouse and a world-class tourism destination.”

Plaza Premium Lounge has commenced re-opening select locations globally. The company, which specialises in departure and arrival airport lounges, is serving passengers from over 100 airlines including American Airlines, Air China, Air France, British Airways, Cathay Pacific, China Eastern Airlines, China Southern Airlines, Etihad Airways, Eva Air, Garuda Indonesia, Japan Airlines, Qatar Airways, Singapore Airlines, Turkish Airlines, Virgin Atlantic, WestJet and Xiamen Air in Abu Dhabi, Hong Kong, Hyderabad, Jakarta, Kota Kinabalu, Kuala Lumpur, Kuching, Langkawi, Macau, New Delhi, Penang, Phnom Penh, Taipei and Vancouver.

Song Hoisee, CEO and Founder, Plaza Premium Group said, “As a pioneer and innovator of airport hospitality this is a crucial time for us to work with our airline and airport partners to rebuild trust and assurance in travel by providing a safe environment for travellers at the airport.”

To further strengthen safety and hygiene protocols, Plaza Premium Lounge (Gate 1) at Hong Kong International Airport, where the Plaza Premium Group headquarters is located, has reopened after a renovation to reconfigure zoning and introduce smart self-ordering system for travellers to choose made-to-order dishes.

Hoisee said, “We are committed to continuously enhancing our lounges, which have become an integrated component of a journey especially during and post pandemic as travellers seek a safe and worry-free environment to relax and enjoy prior to boarding. Our guests’ and our staff’s health and wellbeing is of utmost importance to us.”

Plaza Premium has introduced a series of health and safety measures including body temperature checks, frequent sanitisation of all surfaces, provision of hand sanitisers at different areas, encouraging social distancing and having a tailored minimalistic approach to food options to minimise human contact.

The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) has compiled more than 200 of its amazing destination brochures, leaflets, books, maps, and media covering all aspects of Thai tourism into one easily searchable eBook platform to make it easy for visitors to find their place and activity of interest.

The Amazing Thailand eBook allows both domestic and foreign tourists an easy one-stop opportunity to explore all 77 provinces as well as Emerging Provinces, Top Destinations, Special Interest activities and Thai culinary locations including 12 Tourist Maps and guidebooks.

Designed both as an app and website, the Thai-English guidebook can be accessed via smartphone and tablets with clear categorisation for searching and downloading the information.

“These are all part of the preparations we are making for a projected return to normal travel and tourism flows in the next few months. Due to our high rate of success in curbing the spread of the COVID-19 virus, and the positive publicity it is attracting, we expect Thailand will be in big demand as a priority destination. Our tourism products, facilities and services are reopening at a rapid pace, and this eBook will act as a one-stop-shop to help visitors easily and efficiently find their destination and activity of choice. In line with our commitment to sustainability, the eBook offers the environmental benefit of eliminating all paper,” Vinid Rangpueng, Director of the Marketing Service Department, TAT said.

Tablet and smartphone users can either scan the QR code or visit the App Store for Apple iPhone users and Google Play for Android users. Then, type the word amazingthailandebook (no space between the letters). The application can be downloaded for immediate use or accessed via the website www.amazingthailandebook.com.

Special kiosks with the QR code have also been placed at the TAT offices at the Head Office building, Suvarnabhumi and Don Mueang International Airports.

 

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