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2020 International Cultural Tourism Summit and 13th World Hotel Forum will be held in Haikou, Hainan

BEIJING, Oct. 23, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — A sudden outbreak of “black swan incident” has frozen the progress of the industry, increased the downward pressure of economic growth, and accelerated the reshuffle of the industry. At the same time, with the rapid growth of China’s tourism industry in the past 20 years, many deep-seated problems in the industry are hidden under the light of prosperity, which forces us to rethink the nature of the market and commerce. Rescue and cooperation between different industries are becoming the key words of the current big accommodation industry. In the current situation of the epidemic situation has basically improved, it is the responsibility and obligation of the relevant industry personnel to explore the “rescue and carefree” of the cultural and tourism industry.

On the occasion of the 13th anniversary of the establishment of “World Hotel Association” (WHA) and “Pan tourism cultural system”, a series of activities of “International Cultural and Tourism Summit and World Hotel Forum” will be held at Hilton Hotel, Luneng, Haikou from November 18 to 19 this year (report before 15:30 on the 18th). It is specially supported by Haikou Municipal People’s government, Hainan Provincial Department of tourism (to be confirmed), radio, television and sports, Ministry of culture and tourism, China Tourism Publishing House, World Hotel Association, international tourism and hotel Federation of the United Nations Department of economic and social affairs. It is supported by Pan tourism culture group, international Research Institute of culture and tourism, Hainan satellite TV, pan travel news agency, Shanghai Pan Travel Culture Communication Co., Ltd. and pan travel (Beijing) International Culture Communication Co., Ltd It is sponsored and undertaken by Haikou Luneng Hilton Hotel and other units, and co sponsored by Haikou Commerce Bureau, Haikou Tourism, culture, radio, television and Sports Bureau, Hainan Tourism Association, Hainan Tourism Hotel Industry Association and DeRUCCI. The theme of this forum is “rescue and carefree – the light of economic revival of the global cultural and tourism industry”. It aims to discuss with the counterparts of Cultural Tourism & Hotel & tourism industry the development direction, cross-border playing methods and forward trend of large accommodation industry under the environment of rethinking the nature of market and commerce. This summit and forum will include political businessmen, celebrities in cultural and tourism industry, famous entrepreneurs, etc. The chairman and President of tourism and hotel group, as well as a large number of cultural and tourism complex investors, operators, hotel professional managers, designers, representatives of domestic institutions from a few foreign countries and regions, and media reporters attended the meeting.

At the same time, a more comprehensive and professional “Continental Diamond Award” was launched. Through authoritative expert review and public selection, a list of hotel industry chain with high gold content was gathered. The 12th Continental Diamond Award was presented at the summit and forum to reward outstanding people, design institutions, tourism destinations, hotel groups, hotel and hotel supplies.

The summit and forum will include: opening ceremony and main

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Coordinated federal leadership is needed for recovery of US travel and tourism

No major U.S. industry has been more severely impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic than travel and tourism, and states and localities that rely on tourism dollars are suffering greatly. The Visit America Act would direct the coordinated federal response that will be indispensable for recovery.

Before COVID-19, U.S. travel and tourism generated about $2.6 trillion in economic output and supported some 16 million jobs, or one in ten of all U.S. jobs. In 2018, the United States was the third-most popular tourist destination in the world, with over 80 million international arrivals. It ranked first in international tourism receipts; more than the next three countries combined. With its component industries of hotel and lodging, food and beverage services, recreation and entertainment, transportation, and travel services, tourism was a major U.S. export and trade surplus contributor to the country, and all that is before accounting for the huge add of domestic travel and tourism.

COVID-19 changed all that precipitously, devastating many state and local economies. The U.S. Travel Association estimates that the pandemic has caused over $386 billion in cumulative losses for the industry since March, with some $50 billion in lost federal, state and local revenues. Every state and locality that has some travel and tourism, has taken some hit, and has an interest in recovery. But it is especially acute for tourism-dependent regions and states, many of which have reported 90-plus percent declines in visitation numbers compared to a year ago.

Small businesses and workers in the travel and tourism industry have borne the brunt. Over 80 percent of the travel and tourism industry are small businesses, the majority of which expect a recovery of well over six months if they make it through this pandemic at all. Over a quarter of all leisure and hospitality sector workers remain unemployed, double the next most hard-hit industry.

By the end of this year, total losses to travel and tourism could be as much as nine times worse than after the Sept. 11 attacks, with a recovery that even with across-the-board focus may take years to return to pre-pandemic levels.

Amidst this crisis, there are some promising signs for our travel and tourism industry. While international travel will take longer to recover, domestic travel has been gradually recovering since March, with many Americans opting to pursue road trips. Data from surveys show that most Americans want to travel and look forward to future vacations. Travelers that successfully and safely complete a trip also reported increased confidence in future travel.

To turn this widespread desire for travel into action, we need to restore public trust and confidence in the safety of travel, both for tourists and for the communities they will be visiting. As the travel and tourism industry moves to adapt to evolving traveler preferences and new demands for health and hygiene during and after this pandemic, we need high-level, mid- and long-term federal coordination and support.

The industry needs continued short-term emergency assistance so that states and communities can continue

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Here’s the Opportunity Covid-19 Could Offer Travel and Tourism Brands



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Here’s the Opportunity Covid-19 Could Offer Travel and Tourism Brands

Focus on relationship-building with your customers, rather than getting them to take action

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It’s not a rosy time for the travel and tourism industry.

Hundreds of thousands of people depend on travelers to make their living, from the event planning companies that orchestrate multinational conferences, to the individuals who work behind hotel, car rental, and cruise ship reception desks. Entire communities, like those in the Virgin Islands or Hawaii, depend on tourism as the very foundation of their economies.

With global tourist arrivals expected to be down anywhere from 58 to 90 percent throughout 2020, tourism-based brands are having to rethink the way they market themselves, and the value they can offer, to a public that likely won’t book a trip or a stay until 2021.

Here are a few guidelines.

Use this time to focus on relationship-building with your customers, rather than getting them to take action.

Generally, travel and tourism marketing focuses on encouraging people to take action: to book a trip, or a stay, or a flight, now.

During the pandemic, that call to action will fall flat with a large percentage of potential customers, and even come off as irresponsible or aggressive with others.

That’s why the right thing to do is to shift your focus to strengthening and deepening your relationship with your customers. From enhancing your brand’s storytelling, to creating additional personalization options for when customers are ready to travel, relationship-building takes many forms.

Use the avenues available to you, like social media and video, to communicate the steps you’re currently taking to protect your staff and guests from the virus, as well as to reassure the public that you’ll be there for them–with safety and health precautions in place–when they do decide to come back.

Finally, one effective relationship-building step you can take is to invest in your customer service team. Customers who’d planned upcoming trips before the pandemic struck may be canceling or changing their plans now. It’s in everyone’s best interest to make that process as smooth and accommodating for them as possible, so that once the world does open back up again, those customers will return.

Partner with other local businesses and associations.

Travel and tourism depends on partnerships in the best of times. Now, those partnerships are even more critical to the industry’s survival.

One great example I’ve seen is from the Kapaa Business Association (KBA) in Kauai, Hawaii. Kauai, along with the other Hawaiian islands is struggling, with tourism down 96-98 percent. Estimates are that it won’t be up to pre-pandemic levels for at least four years.

One strategy that the KBA is using to help its member organizations stay afloat is creating a single online marketplace where businesses can list their goods and services for sale. The

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Thailand Seeks Travel Bubble Pact With China to Spur Tourism

(Bloomberg) — Thailand is in talks with China to establish a quarantine-free travel corridor by January to rescue its ailing tourism industry.

The agreement with Beijing will be subject to the success of a limited reopening of the Thai tourism industry to foreign travelers this month, according to Tourism Minister Phiphat Ratchakitprakarn. China, which accounted for more than a quarter of Thailand’s tourist arrivals before the pandemic, will be the first low-risk country the Southeast Asian nation will sign up for quarantine-free travel, he said.

The current mandatory quarantine will be replaced by coronavirus testing and a mobile tracking application for the Chinese visitors if the return of foreign tourists does not lead to fresh Covid-19 outbreaks, Phiphat said. About 11 million Chinese holidaymakers visited Thailand in 2019, netting the country about $17 billion, official data show.



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Thailand has struggled in its efforts to reopen its borders to tourists due to opposition from a section of the local industry and concern among the public that the government is ill-prepared to deal with a second wave of infections. But a pact with China may open the door for similar travel agreements with countries such as Japan, South Korea, Singapore and Taiwan, Phiphat said.

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“It can be a very happy new year as Thailand’s travel high season is the perfect time to allow people into the country,” Phiphat said in an interview in Bangkok on Thursday. “Most Chinese visitors come to Thailand for a week, so being quarantined would not be worth the trip for many.”

READ: Hong Kong-Singapore Travel Bubble to Reopen Financial Hub Links

The minister expects tourist arrivals to total between 5 million to 10 million next year, compared with an estimated 7 million this year. While Thailand has weathered the virus outbreak better than most other Southeast Asian nations, the pandemic has devastated its tourism industry, which netted more than $60 billion in revenue from about 40 million visitors in 2019.

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“China has about 800 million people in 22 provinces that have been free from infections,” Phiphat said. “If we can attract even just 1% of those people to travel here, that would already be plenty.”

The first group of visitors from China under a previously announced long-term tourist visa program will arrive in Bangkok on Oct. 20, the minister said. The government expects to issue about 1,200 visas a month under the program to help the industry that’s reeling from no foreign tourists arrivals for five months in a row.

“Thais don’t have enough money to boost the industry, so either way we have to find a way to bring in foreign tourists,” Phiphat said. “If we don’t receive any foreign tourists, our economy will suffer a heavy contraction.”

Thailand is also grappling with mounting anti-government protests, prompting authorities to impose a state of emergency in Bangkok on Thursday. The protesters are now planning more rallies in the capital and outside in the coming days, scaring away potential foreign

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Thailand Chases Travel Bubble Pact With China to Boost Tourism

(Bloomberg) — Thailand is in talks with China to establish a quarantine-free travel corridor by January to rescue its ailing tourism industry.

The agreement with Beijing will be subject to the success of a limited reopening of the Thai tourism industry to foreign travelers this month, according to Tourism Minister Phiphat Ratchakitprakarn. China, which accounted for more than a quarter of Thailand’s tourist arrivals before the pandemic, will be the first low-risk country the Southeast Asian nation will sign up for quarantine-free travel, he said.

The current mandatory quarantine will be replaced by coronavirus testing and a mobile tracking application for the Chinese visitors if the return of foreign tourists does not lead to fresh Covid-19 outbreaks, Phiphat said. About 11 million Chinese holidaymakers visited Thailand in 2019, netting the country about $17 billion, official data show.



chart, pie chart: Big Spenders


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Thailand has struggled in its efforts to reopen its borders to tourists due to opposition from a section of the local industry and concern among the public that the government is ill-prepared to deal with a second wave of infections. But a pact with China may open the door for similar travel agreements with countries such as Japan, South Korea, Singapore and Taiwan, Phiphat said.

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“It can be a very happy new year as Thailand’s travel high season is the perfect time to allow people into the country,” Phiphat said in an interview in Bangkok on Thursday. “Most Chinese visitors come to Thailand for a week, so being quarantined would not be worth the trip for many.”

READ: Hong Kong-Singapore Travel Bubble to Reopen Financial Hub Links

The minister expects tourist arrivals to total between 5 million to 10 million next year, compared with an estimated 7 million this year. While Thailand has weathered the virus outbreak better than most other Southeast Asian nations, the pandemic has devastated its tourism industry, which netted more than $60 billion in revenue from about 40 million visitors in 2019.

“China has about 800 million people in 22 provinces that have been free from infections,” Phiphat said. “If we can attract even just 1% of those people to travel here, that would already be plenty.”

The first group of visitors from China under a previously announced long-term tourist visa program will arrive in Bangkok on Oct. 20, the minister said. The government expects to issue about 1,200 visas a month under the program to help the industry that’s reeling from no foreign tourists arrivals for five months in a row.

“Thais don’t have enough money to boost the industry, so either way we have to find a way to bring in foreign tourists,” Phiphat said. “If we don’t receive any foreign tourists, our economy will suffer a heavy contraction.”

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HOTELCAREER.com opens your doors to new job opportunities

With a job platform specialising in the hospitality, gastronomy and tourism industry, you have an interesting selection of job offers to choose from. Luxury hotels, resorts as well as Michelin starred restaurants and many other companies and establishments publish their job offers on our platform. We attract future employees from the respective sector for the companies advertising jobs and vice versa. Imagine being a hotel director or head chef for an upper-class restaurant. Inside the walls of restaurants and hotels where customer satisfaction is paramount, jobseekers can follow their dreams and prepare exquisite meals and feasts for the palate as a cook, give guests a warm welcome when they walk through the doors of a hotel as a receptionist and much more. Become a travel agent and advise people on the many dream destinations around the world. The tourism industry is full of new and interesting cultures, working as a tour operator gives you the chance to reveal all the jewels that travelers want to discover. When guests check in at a hotel a hotel manager is the one engaging with them in an upbeat manner, demonstrating the company culture and values and representing it in front of the media and general public. When guests arrive late at night after a tiring journey you’d be fulfilling the job of a night audit checking them in during your night shift in the front office area. Or will you be the page greeting and helping the guests carry in their suitcases up to their rooms, driving their cars to the parking spots and running different errands?

One cannot think well, love well, sleep well, if one has not dined well as goes the proverb by Virginia Woolf… That is why there are jobs in the gastronomy sector to satisfy the guests’ culinary needs.

Thus gastronomy is a decisive factor in tourism and for any touristic establishment. It also plays an important role in conveying the culture and culinary traditions of a destination or country. Either as a pastry chef, barista, sous-chef, waiter/waitress or any other job in service or the kitchen, here it’s all about the art of food and giving the guests a memorable experience. In the hotel industry many resorts and hotels have their own restaurant in the same building or on the premises, so pleasure for the eyes and stomach is just a few steps away for the guests. Gourmet food and a fine dining experience is the priority here. On our jobsite you can use our job search to narrow down your results. Maybe you will soon join cooking and wait staff at a nice hotel or restaurant where you can help to prepare meals or something pleasurable for the guests? Is it a part-time job as kitchen help that you are looking for to wash the dishes and do the minor chores? Or rather the job of a head chef who is handling the pots and pans, adding the

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Vacation rental ban could cause ‘irreversible’ damage to Franklin County tourism

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With peak beach season around the corner, owners of vacation housing companies in Franklin County are worried that a continued prohibition on rentals will all but kill their business. (Photo: Cara Fleischer)

With peak beach season around the corner, owners of vacation housing companies in Franklin County are worried that a continued prohibition on rentals will all but kill their business.

The ban, extended until Phase 2 of reopening the state begins in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic, excludes hotels, motels, inns, resorts and long-term rentals, a caveat that is drawing ire from at least one rental company on St. George Island.

“We are the working people who help fuel the economy in many panhandle counties and we will help lead the economic recovery,” wrote Alice D. Collins, the president of Collins Vacation Rentals in a letter to Gov. Ron DeSantis. “We support your efforts and appreciate all that you are doing, but our tourist community is furious over this disparate treatment and we respectfully ask you to reconsider before the damage is irreversible.”

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Collins, who has operated her business on the island since 1973, said the ban inhibits her and other vacation rental businesses but has a cascading effect on others, from restaurant and grocery workers to cleaning services and plumbers, that rely on tourism.

The reopening plan allows restaurants to have a 25% capacity on indoor seating and to allow socially distanced outdoor diners. It also permits retail establishments to operate at 25% capacity.

She pointed to the hazards associated with hotels – shared lobbies, pools, dining areas, elevators and the proximity of rooms – and asked that two “poison pills” outlined in the Phase 2 reopening guidelines be amended.

The guidelines prohibit rentals to anyone traveling internationally or from an area with substantial community spread of the virus and would require a three-day wait time between guest arrivals.

“The provision requiring 72 hours between guests is irrational and not based on sound science. If it were, it would be equally applied to others in the hospitality industry who pose an equally if not more significant public health threat than vacation rentals,” Collins wrote. “Second, the ban on out-of-state renters is a disaster.”

The island, which brings in 60% of the tourism revenue of the coastal county, is geographically isolated, making it a popular driving destination for people from surrounding states. Add in the slow return of vacation rentals following Hurricane Michael in 2018, and the ban adds additional strain on the county’s income. 

Franklin County officials opened beaches last week with limited hours at sunrise and sunset, but Memorial Day weekend and the summer months are typically when Panhandle communities bring in most of their revenue

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When will Europe fully reopen for tourism? Not anytime soon.

The most optimistic countries — Greece and Portugal among them — hope there’s a chance they might be able to pitch themselves as safe options by the second half of summer. Others, including Italy, are looking to regional travel to partially salvage their tourism industries and economies, while they sort out when to reopen borders and whom to let in.

“It is too soon to say whether we can take holidays,” President Emmanuel Macron told French citizens Tuesday. “What I can say is that we will limit major international travel, even during the summer. We will stay among Europeans and depending on how the epidemic evolves, we might have to reduce that a little more.”

And in Sicily, though money has been set aside to relaunch tourism, it isn’t yet clear when the promotion will become possible.

Travel has been tightly restricted in Europe since March, when the continent’s vaunted open borders closed in quick succession, and the European Union shut its external boundaries to nonessential travel. European leaders credit the combination of those closures and strict social distancing measures with helping them to slow the spread of the novel coronavirus.

Now, as governments seek to get their societies moving again without triggering an unmanageable spike in transmissions, they are counting on continued or even reinforced restrictions at their borders to help maintain some level of control.

The European Union’s ban on nonessential travel from countries outside the bloc is set to expire May 15. But one E.U. official, speaking on the condition of anonymity to discuss deliberations, said the ban was highly likely to be extended for another month at least.

On top of that, some countries are considering mandatory quarantines for international arrivals.

British Transport Secretary Grant Shapps told the BBC last weekend that he was “actively looking at” the possibility of a 14-day quarantine, “so that when we have infection rates within the country under control, we’re not importing.”

A provision under consideration by the French Parliament this week would require 14 days of isolation for new arrivals and up to 30 days for people with symptoms.

The government has clarified that people from the European Union would be exempt, as would, for instance, truck drivers transporting goods. But it remains unclear whether the measure would apply to travelers from all other countries or only those on a French government list of “zones where the virus is circulating.” Macron earlier voiced particular concern about the United States being behind Europe on the outbreak curve.

Within Europe, too, the progression of the virus may influence when border restrictions between countries come down.

Thierry Breton, a member of the European Commission who handles tourism policy, told French radio that it is likely that certain areas of the European Union would be open to tourists and others not. He said borders could turn on and off between E.U. countries depending on the outbreak.

“It is like this, and it has to be accepted,” he said. “The borders of the pandemic

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