April 3, 2023

Abu Dhabi Starts Fund to Boost Business Tourism in the Emirate

Abu Dhabi has launched a new fund aimed at further increasing corporate events and incentive travel in the emirate, as the UAE capital seeks to expand business tourism.

The fund will leverage public-private partnerships to boost business-to-business events, providing financial support and incentives to event organisers, agencies and companies to host their meetings in the emirate.

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How Airlines Can Embrace IT System Modernization (HELP NET SECURITY)

Hong Kong Borders Are Open, So Why Aren’t Mainland Chinese Visitors Flying In?... (SCMP)

FAA Asks Major Airlines to Slash Flights at Busy Airports Due to Staffing Shortage (NBC NEWS)


Kayak Bows Out of Opening Lifestyle Hotels Under Its Own Brand (YAHOO!)


Dutch Refinery to Serve Airlines’ Clean Fuel Needs (TAIPEI TIMES)

Japanese Group Begins Blending, Supplying Domestic SAF (ARGUS MEDIA)


Women Take 'Centre Stage' in Tourism Development (4HOTELIERS)

Expedia, Wheel the World Partner for More Accessible Travel (PHOCUSWIRE)

Troop Adds $11M in Funding for Meetings Tech Push (PHOCUSWIRE)

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GBTA Webinar
Inclusive and Transgenerational Communication for Travel Professionals

Tomorrow, April 4 | 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM CEST
Language: Italian

The webinar will illustrate how the way to communicate has changed in the recent years, how to communicate effectively with the different generations working in the company, how to reach the various internal and external stakeholders of the company and the importance of feedback.

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Crisis24 Intelligence Brief

France - Activists likely to continue strikes, protests against pension reform in France through early April. Nationwide strike planned for April 6.

Portugal - Unionized rail workers plan passenger and freight rail strike in Portugal April 6. Rail service disruptions likely. Protests possible.

United States - Adverse winter weather forecast across parts of the northern and western US through at least April 5. Hazardous travel conditions likely.

Vanuatu - Flight disruptions ongoing in Vanuatu April 3 due to Air Vanuatu mechanical issues. Reconfirm flight schedules.

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