Tuesday, September 26, 2023

HKTB invites Henry Golding to visit and share the unforgettable journey of Hong Kong...

This summer, the Hong Kong Tourism Board (HKTB) invited international actor and global icon Henry Golding, who rose to fame back in 2018 after starring in Crazy Rich Asians, to embark on an exhilarating trip in Hong Kong. Through his perspective, Henry Golding explored and recommended several popular attractions and hidden gems in the city to global audience.
Cheryl Hood, Global Client Relationship Director at WTP

World Travel Protection promotes stalwart Cheryl Hood to the role of Global Client Relationship...

Travel risk management and emergency assistance firm World Travel Protection (WTP) has appointed Cheryl Hood as Global Client Relationship Director. Hood joined WTP over 13 years ago and has risen through the ranks since starting as Emergency Assistance Case Manager in 2010. She has held various roles, including five years as the Australian Operations Manager. 
Phil Callow, Chief Executive Officer of OAG

OAG acquires Infare and gets new investment from Vitruvian Partners

OAG, one of the world’s leading data platform for the global travel industry, announced that it has acquired Infare, the world-renown provider of competitor air travel data, from Ventiga Capital in a deal valuing the combined entity at over US$500 million. Together, OAG and Infare have an exciting journey ahead to leverage a revolutionary market-leading end-to-end data platform to serve mission-critical air travel intelligence needs across the world.
How bleisure could boost work-life balance and how to pull it off

How bleisure could boost employee work-life balance and how to pull it off

Many employees find it appealing to blend work trips with vacations. And from a logical standpoint, it's a no-brainer. If you're already in a new destination for a work-related event, why not take advantage of the opportunity and extend your stay to enjoy the new location? The primary concept behind the trend is that, more often than not, employers cover the trip's expenses, including transportation and accommodation. So, adding a few extra days for leisure activities makes sense without incurring significant additional costs.
Hon. Ms. Manuela Roka Botey, Prime Minister of Equatorial Guinea

Equatorial Guinea launches E-Visa service for all nationalities to boost tourism and business-related travel

As part of the Government of Equatorial Guinea’s endeavour to encourage tourism and business-related travel to the country, Visa Facilitation Services Global (VFS Global) has been onboarded as the technical partner to offer a new E-Visa service that will enable a faster and convenient application, processing, and issuance of visa for leisure and business travellers.
AliPay company

Alipay and Mastercard partner to offer international travelers an easier way to make cashless...

With the resumption of travel to China in full swing, Mastercard and Alipay, China’s digital open platform under Ant Group, launched new payments option that provides international arrivals to China with simple and secure way to go cashless when visiting the country. Expanding on a partnership established in 2019 to offer enhanced digital payment solutions to consumers and merchants, the service by Alipay and Mastercard offers another safe and convenient way for international visitors to China to pay like a local when traveling around the Chinese Mainland, regardless of where in the world their Mastercard card was issued.
James Thornton, Chief Executive Officer at Intrepid Travel

Intrepid Travel included on TIME100 Most Influential Companies list

American news magazine TIME announced its the third-annual TIME100 Most Influential Companies list, highlighting companies that are making an extraordinary impact around the world. Intrepid Travel, a B Corp certified, world-renowned leader in responsible tourism, has been included on the list for its work towards advancing a more sustainable travel industry.
Boat sailing

Hong Kong International Dragon Boat Races returned to Victoria Harbour

The “Hong Kong International Dragon Boat Races,” organised by the Hong Kong Tourism Board (HKTB) and the Hong Kong China Dragon Boat Association (HKCDBA), was held on 24 and 25 June 2023. The two-day event took stage at the Tsim Sha Tsui East waterfront. It consisted of 17 races with over 160 teams of about 4,000 top athletes from ten countries competing for various titles, including first-time participants from Poland, as well as Australia, Dubai, Japan, Malaysia, Thailand, the Philippines, the Mainland China, Macao and Hong Kong.
Tony Malkin, Chairman, President, and Chief Executive Officer at Empire State Realty Trust

The Empire State Building named #1 attraction in the U.S. by Tripadvisor Travelers for...

The Empire State Building (ESB) took the number one spot on the list of Top Attractions in the U.S. for the second consecutive year – and placed fifth worldwide – in Tripadvisor’s 2023 Travelers’ Choice Best of the Best. Determined by a full year of traveler reviews, the awards honor the best in travel and recognize places that deliver the most exceptional experiences.

Business aviation soars as corporate buyer roars back to life, Jetcraft finds

Ever Forward, Jetcraft’s 2023 Pre-Owned Business Jet Market Forecast reveals that continued growth is predicted for the years ahead, despite inevitable market correction in 2023, setting benchmarks for volume and value. In 2022, transaction values hit a record $16.3B, driven in part by the resurgence of corporate aviation, following a dip during COVID.