Belize Joins Forces with Sustainable Hospitality Alliance for Greener Tourism

Belize Joins Forces with Sustainable Hospitality Alliance for Greener Tourism

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Published on March 10, 2024

In a pioneering move for sustainable tourism, the Belize Tourism Board has become the first Destination Partner of the Sustainable Hospitality Alliance. This partnership, announced at ITB Berlin on March 5th, 2024, signifies Belize's commitment to advancing sustainable tourism practices and climate goals on a global scale. Belize, known for its dedication to preserving its natural and cultural heritage, including the globally renowned Belize Barrier Reef, is setting a precedent in the tourism industry for environmental and social responsibility.

The Sustainable Hospitality Alliance, which unites the hospitality sector to address global sustainability challenges, welcomes Belize as a trailblazer in the movement towards Net Positive Hospitality. The Destination Partner initiative aims to unify tourism organisations and authorities under a shared sustainability agenda, accelerating the industry's progress towards more sustainable and socially responsible practices.

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As part of this groundbreaking partnership, Belize will actively participate in the inaugural 2024 World Travel Sustainability Awards in September. These awards aim to promote sustainability in the travel and tourism industry, highlighting innovative practices that contribute positively to the environment and local communities. Additionally, Belize will engage in various Environmental and Social Accelerator programs orchestrated by the Alliance, aimed at fostering sustainability across the hospitality sector within the country and sharing valuable insights and innovations with the global community.

Glenn Mandziuk, CEO of the Sustainable Hospitality Alliance, expressed enthusiasm about Belize joining as a Destination Partner, applauding the country's leadership in sustainability and responsible tourism. This collaboration not only showcases Belize's ongoing efforts in sustainable tourism development but also encourages other countries to follow suit in prioritising environmental stewardship and social impact in their tourism strategies.

Anthony Mahler, Minister of Tourism for Belize, reaffirmed the country's dedication to sustainable tourism, emphasising Belize's pride in being the first country to join the alliance. "We look forward to collaborating with the Sustainable Hospitality Alliance to drive positive change in the industry," Mahler stated, highlighting the mutual goal of achieving responsible travel and sustainable development.

This partnership between Belize and the Sustainable Hospitality Alliance marks a significant step forward in the global tourism industry's journey towards sustainability. By joining forces, Belize and the Alliance aim to create a more responsible, prosperous, and sustainable hospitality sector that benefits both the planet and its people.

For further information, media inquiries can be directed to the Sustainable Hospitality Alliance and the Belize Tourism Board through their respective contact details.


IndiGo Elevates Travel Experience: Introducing Business Class

IndiGo Elevates Travel Experience: Introducing Business Class

By Nithyakala Neelakandan

Published on May 25, 2024

Get ready to experience travel like never before as IndiGo, India's premier airline, announces its exciting new venture – Business Class services! Amidst the dynamic growth of India's economy, IndiGo is stepping up to redefine premium travel with tailor-made offerings, enhancing the journey for passengers across the nation's busiest routes.

With a fleet of over 360 aircraft and around 2,000 daily flights, IndiGo has been a cornerstone of India's aviation landscape for nearly 18 years. Now, the airline is set to revolutionize business travel with its innovative approach to service.

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"In a groundbreaking move to redefine business travel in India, IndiGo announces the plan to launch a tailor-made business product for India’s busiest and business routes," says Pieter Elbers, CEO of IndiGo. "As India gears up to become the third largest economy in the world, it's our privilege to provide the New India even more options to choose from as they travel business."

The new Business Class service will offer a desired option for many passengers, catering to their evolving aspirations. Set to be operational before the end of the year, the service will be available on the busiest routes of the nation, providing a seamless blend of comfort and convenience for travelers.

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Detailed information about the product offering, launch date, and routes will be unveiled in August, coinciding with IndiGo’s 18th anniversary. This milestone marks a significant step in the airline's evolution, reflecting its commitment to innovation and excellence in service.

As IndiGo continues to grow and adapt to the changing needs of passengers, the introduction of Business Class is another testament to its dedication to providing exceptional travel experiences. Stay tuned for more updates as IndiGo transforms the way we fly, one journey at a time.


Jordan Tourism Board Launches New Brand Film Tailored for Indian Travelers

Jordan Tourism Board Launches New Brand Film Tailored for Indian Travelers

By Nishang Narayan

Published on May 24, 2024

The Jordan Tourism Board has unveiled a new brand film crafted specifically for the Indian market, encapsulating the stunning beauty and rich cultural tapestry of Jordan. Featuring Bollywood elements and led by popular Indian influencers Aakriti Rana Gill and Shaurya Sandhya Tulshyan, the film aims to draw Indian adventurers to the mesmerizing landscapes and historical wonders of Jordan.

Set against the backdrop of iconic locations like the ancient city of Petra and the vibrant capital, Amman, the film merges traditional Jordanian visuals with a Bollywood flair to create a relatable and enthralling experience for Indian viewers. The influencers guide viewers through a series of adventures, from exploring the majestic ruins of Petra to the modern streets of Amman, highlighting the diverse attractions Jordan has to offer.

The film also promotes the convenience of travel for Indian tourists, emphasizing the visa-on-arrival facility available for Indian passport holders. It showcases a range of activities including historical exploration, culinary journeys, and thrilling adventures in Wadi Rum and Aqaba.

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Accompanied by the soulful tune “Zahir” by Indian artist Akanksha Sethi, the film not only showcases the scenic beauty of Jordan but also its cultural resonance with Indian traditions. The inclusion of local dining experiences and unique accommodations, like Martian tents in Wadi Rum, promises a blend of excitement and comfort tailored to Indian tastes.

This strategic initiative by the Jordan Tourism Board is designed to enhance its visibility and appeal in the Indian market, encouraging more travelers to explore the rich heritage and natural beauty of Jordan. The film concludes by inviting viewers to experience the timeless allure of Jordan, positioning it as a top destination for Indian travelers seeking a blend of adventure, history, and cultural immersion.


EU Announces Increase in Schengen Visa Fees by 12% Starting June 2024

EU Announces Increase in Schengen Visa Fees by 12% Starting June 2024

By Nishang Narayan

Published on May 23, 2024

The European Union has confirmed a 12% hike in the fees for Schengen visas, a change set to take effect on June 11, 2024. This increase adjusts the cost from EUR 80 to EUR 90 for adults and from EUR 40 to EUR 45 for children aged six to twelve. The revision, part of a routine assessment conducted every three years, reflects ongoing economic factors including inflation and the salaries of civil servants. Notably, countries not cooperating on the readmission of citizens may see fees surge to EUR 135 or even EUR 180.

This fee adjustment was decided after a review in December 2023 under the Schengen Visa Code, which governs the framework of EU visa charges. The last modification occurred in February 2020, marking a significant rise from EUR 60 to EUR 80. The decision, however, has sparked discontent among various groups, particularly Turkish citizens, who have been anticipating a visa-free agreement with the EU.

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In 2023, the Schengen area, which comprises 29 European countries, received over 10.3 million short-stay visa applications. This figure represents a 37% increase from the previous year, although it still does not match the pre-pandemic peak of 17 million applications in 2019. Indian nationals, showing a significant interest in European destinations, contributed to this volume with 966,687 visa applications, ranking third after China and Turkey.

The surge in applications has led to logistical challenges, including a shortage of available slots for visa interviews, affecting travel plans for many. To alleviate some of these issues, the European Commission has introduced a new visa "cascade" system for Indian nationals, facilitating easier access to multi-entry visas with longer validity periods, enhancing the travel experience for frequent visitors to the Schengen zone.

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