Month: November 2020

  • Launched a global initiative for sustainable tourism – Travalyst

    first_imgOn the other hand, according to the WTTC, travel and tourism generated $ 8,8 trillion for the global economy in 2018. With each trip, the number of opportunities to do something good grows. Thus, according to the UNWTO, last year the number of international trips globally reached 1,4 billion, two years faster than originally predicted. It is also significant that the initiative connects global companies and leaders in the tourism sector, ie those who focus on connecting users and service providers in the tourism sector, to take advantage of their unique position and educate, raise awareness and promote positive change. Photo: Booking.com Individuals and organizations wishing to participate in this can visit www.travalyst.org. ‘Travalyst’ was launched to mobilize the travel sector as a driver of positive trends with the aim of transforming the future of travel for all, and this initiative is the first of its kind dedicated to discovering and promoting solutions that will make travel more sustainable. His Kingdom Highness, the Duke of Sussex stated that the journey has a unique power to open the human mind to different cultures, new experiences and encourage us to truly appreciate what the world has to offer. “Given the inevitable growth of tourism, it is crucial to accelerate the adoption of sustainable practices around the world and to find a balance between growth and the needs of the environment as well as the local community. Encouraging collaboration between businesses, consumers and communities is our best opportunity to protect destinations and ecosystems for future generations.” The Duke of Sussex has launched a new global initiative for sustainable travel – ‘Travalyst’, with the aim of preserving, protecting the environment and improving the economic development of local communities through the promotion of sustainable tourism throughout the sector. Working with businesses, consumers and local communities, the partnership will initially explore and promote solutions that foster sustainability and consumer choice in areas such as supporting local people, protecting wildlife, tackling climate change and environmental impact, and reducing the impact of excessive tourism. Gillian Tans, Chair, Booking.com, said: “The commitment of these different brands to working together and helping to develop a global network of social entrepreneurs, NGOs and policy makers who share the same opinion is truly inspiring. Collaboration is the only way to progress if we want to drive real change in the world of travel. We want to protect the destinations we all love and guarantee that everyone will be happy and healthy for several future generations, but we cannot achieve this alone. And although we don’t have all the answers yet, we are committed to finding them together. ” Booking.com, Ctrip, Skyscanner, TripAdvisor and Visa have joined forces with the Duke of Sussex in a first-of-its-kind initiative across the tourism sector to discover and promote solutions to increase travel sustainability. As the number of people traveling grows, so does the impact on local communities and the environment 71% of travelers around the world believe that travel agencies should offer more options for sustainable travel, and 68% of passengers said it was important for them to redirect the money they spend to local communitiesIn the last 12 months, 10 million Skyscanner users have chosen a flight with the lowest possible CO2 emissions75% of Crip’s partners are committed to their initiative, which has the following formula as a guiding thread: reduce, reuse, recycle resources and regenerate lives in the travel ecosystem The goal of Travalyst is to use the strength and breadth of the global travel market, encourage a higher level of cooperation in the entire sector and encourage and support new solutions and initiatives in sustainable tourism.  More than half of all travelers said they were even more determined this year in their desire to choose more sustainable travel than last year, but many don’t know how. Obstacles to achieving this desire in practice include lack of knowledge, seemingly higher costs, and insufficient availability or attractive options. Nevertheless, for many travelers around the world, the impact on local communities and the environment comes first, according to Booking.com data. Travelers increasingly want to have easy and transparent access to more opportunities for more sustainable travel. Travalyst wants to help companies meet that demand and take advantage of this platform to convey the importance of sustainable travel to consumers. This partnership will also prioritize working with local communities, working with local entrepreneurs and promoting best practices. Trends among consumers indicate an increasing demand for positive impactlast_img read more

  • Booking.com’s new rules make it easier to cancel bookings due to coronavirus

    first_img– Force majeure / coercive conditions now also apply to guests affected by the travel ban, to people who have recently, in most cases, been in China in the last 14 days or, in some cases, also in Hong Kong, Macau, Singapore, Taiwan and Thailand. These restrictions, which currently apply in over 60 countries, may include entry bans, mandatory quarantine on arrival or suspension of visas on arrival. Namely, as stated on the website booking.com, from February 19, 2020, the rules of coercion or force majeure apply to all guests affected by international travel restrictions imposed on people who have recently been in China, and also in Hong Kong. , Macau, Singapore, Taiwan and Thailand. These restrictions, which currently apply in over 60 countries, may include entry bans, mandatory quarantine on arrival or suspension of visas on arrival. – All reservations made by travelers from countries other than China, Hong Kong and Macau, regardless of the date of booking or check-in date, are subject to the usual mode of operation as mentioned in the General Terms and Conditions of Delivery of the booking.com platform. In these cases, the property is not allowed to cancel the reservation without the permission of the guest. – For each reservation made by travelers from China, Hong Kong and Macau with a check-in date of February 29, 2020, a refund in advance and a waiver of all cancellation charges are expected in situations where guests / passengers have requested cancellation.Booking.com will waive commissions in these cases. Due to the outbreak of coronavirus, Booking.com published rules of coercion or force majeure, which abolished the standard cancellation rules for reservations in the countries most affected by this disease, as well as for travelers coming from those countries. – For all bookings made for real estate in the above countries with the date of registration on or before February 29, 2020, booking.com expects a refund in advance and waives all cancellation costs (fees, charges and / or other amounts) in situations where guests / passengers requested cancellations. Booking.com will waive commissions in these cases. Coercive circumstances extend to:- all reservations with the date of registration until February 29, 2020.- all properties in China, Hong Kong and Macau- all reservations made by travelers from China, Hong Kong and Macau- any guest affected by international travel restrictions related to coronavirus. As a result of official travel advice regarding coronavirus, guests are unlikely to be able to travel or stay in accommodations in China, Hong Kong and Macau. To protect the health of its partners and guests, booking.com has declared forced circumstances. The explanation on the booking.com website states, among other things, the effect of forced circumstances on real estate in China, Hong Kong and Macau.last_img read more