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26 Nov, 2020

Research Shows Younger Millennials Demand Societal Change, Their Top Concerns Now Include Death, Losing Loved Ones and Mental Health

NEW YORK, Nov. 24, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — A new research study of more than 1,000 young Americans aged 14 to 28 found Generation Z and younger Millennials cited “equality for all” among their top hopes, “death and losing loved ones” among their top fears, and “better access to mental and emotional health services” as their […]

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26 Nov, 2020

U.S., Thai Space Research Scientists Develop App to Monitor Air Quality in Mekong region

COLUMBIA, Md., Nov. 24, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — Universities Space Research Association (USRA) scientists have collaboratively developed a web application that will help mitigate the impact of air pollution in Thailand where seasonal air pollution resulting from forest fires and agricultural burning create a major human health issues. The new app builds on existing air quality […]

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18 Nov, 2020

Arabian Travel Market 2021 to run live event in Dubai as “New Dawn” beckons

Dubai, 16 November 2020 (ATM Press Release) – Reed Travel Exhibitions, organiser of Arabian Travel Market (ATM), has announced that the 2021 edition of its annual showcase, will take place live at the Dubai World Trade Centre (DWTC) on Sunday 16 to Wednesday 19 May. Now in its 27th year and working in collaboration with DWTC and […]

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18 Nov, 2020

Five key trends emerge as tourist hotspots glimmer in Europe’s travel gloom

17 November 2020 (European Cities Marketing Press Release) – The latest edition of the ECM-ForwardKeys Quarterly Barometer, published jointly by ForwardKeys, the travel analytics company, and the non-profit organisation, European Cities Marketing, reveals that Europe’s most resilient destinations in the face of the devastating COVID-19 pandemic are leisure hotspots. As at 27th October, total inbound […]

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18 Nov, 2020

Oman Air adds flights to Chennai and Hyderabad, effective Nov 19

Muscat, Oman, (16 Nov 2020) Oman Air media release — Oman Air, the national carrier of the Sultanate of Oman, is adding twice-weekly service to the Indian cities of Chennai and Hyderabad with service set to start on 19 November Flights to and from both cities will be operated on Thursdays and Saturdays. These schedules […]

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18 Nov, 2020

Xigera Safari Lodge: Baobab treehouse elevates experience of the African bush

12 November 2020, Perowne International media release – Opening in the heart of Botswana’s Okavango Delta, Xigera (“Kee-jera”) is a safari lodge set to reinvent what it means to experience the African bush through inspired hospitality and design. Opening in January 2021, the Tollman family have handcrafted every aspect to beguile guests’ senses and stir their souls […]

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17 Nov, 2020

Fast-Moving Consumer Brands Capitalize on Innovation Trends to Drive Business Growth in the New Normal

Hong Kong, 17 November 2020 (Nielsen) – BASES, a Nielsen Global Consumer Business, released its Top Breakthrough Innovation winners for 2020. This year’s winners from Chinese Mainland, Hong Kong, Taiwan and South Korea showcase the winning strategies adopted by companies as they extended their existing product lines to deliver exceptional product experiences. Aside from the above […]

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17 Nov, 2020

‘Staycay’: Marriott Brings Guests’ Favorite Destinations to the Comfort of Their Asia Pacific Backyards

Hong Kong, 17 November 2020 (Marriott International media release) – Guests can now experience signature elements of some of their favourite destinations through Marriott International’s #YourDreamDestinationAwaits campaign. Throughout the month of November and December, 13 Marriott International properties across Asia Pacific will recreate signature iconic destination elements of its sister properties for domestic travelers. “We […]

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17 Nov, 2020

Asian Aviation leaders await travel revival with a focus on survival and continuity

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, 16 November 2020 (AAPA media release) – With cross border travel effectively grounded, the Assembly of Presidents of the Association of Asia Pacific Airlines (AAPA)  during their virtual meeting on 13th November 2020. The Assembly concluded with AAPA, the International Air Transport Association (IATA) and Airports Council International Asia-Pacific (ACI Asia-Pacific), jointly declaring […]

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17 Nov, 2020

Sydney Harbour Bridge becomes a “birthday cake” as Australia marks Qantas Centenary

SYDNEY, 17 November 2020 (PRNewswire) – Sydney has commemorated Qantas Airways’ 100-year anniversary by lighting up its iconic Sydney Harbour Bridge as a larger-than-life birthday cake complete with illuminated candles that were blown out by a Qantas 787 as it did a low level overfly at 1,500 feet. More than 1,300 LED tubes, 126 LED […]

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17 Nov, 2020

U.S. Govt faces accountability for reportedly spying on Muslims using data from religious apps

WASHINGTON, DC – 11/16/2020 — CAIR media release –  The Council on American-Islamic Relations, a leading U.S. Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today strongly condemned the U.S. government’s reported use of personal data from popular Muslim religious applications to target Muslims around the world, called for a congressional inquiry into the possible warrantless surveillance […]

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13 Nov, 2020

SDG 8, Decent Work, Dominates Entries by 30 Finalists of The Hospitality Challenge

LAUSANNE, Switzerland (PRWEB) November 12, 2020 – In June 2020, the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) and Sommet Education launched the Hospitality Challenge. This was designed to identify ideas and individuals capable of accelerating the recovery of the tourism sector in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. The initiative has received almost 600 applications from all […]

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12 Nov, 2020

WHO Director-General reminds the world: “There is no vaccine for poverty, hunger, climate change or inequality”

Geneva, 10 November 2020 (WHO media release) – The resumed 73rd World Health Assembly (WHA73) opened to the tune of the classic hit song “We are Family” by Sister Sledge, the Kingdom of Tonga’ Nurses’ Choir and a powerful speech by the WHO Director-General calling for predictable and sustainable WHO funding, the launch of a Universal Health and Preparedness […]

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12 Nov, 2020

Anantara Celebrates Success with Conde Nast Johansens Awards for Excellence

9 November 2020 (Source: media release) – Anantara Hotels, Resorts & Spas have been recognised by the Condé Nast Johansens Awards for Excellence and Luxury Spa Awards of Excellence with three prestigious accolades.   Anantara Siam Bangkok Hotel – Best Service Banana Island Resort Doha by Anantara – Best for Families Anantara Al Jabal Al […]

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12 Nov, 2020

8th Macao International Travel Industry Expo balances physical and virtual formats for the first time

9 November 2020 (Source: media release) – Organized by Macao Government Tourism Office (MGTO) and coordinated by Macau Travel Agency Association, the 8th Macao International Travel (Industry) Expo (referred to as the “Expo” or “MITE”) culminated in success on Sunday (8 November). The Expo was joined by 188 Mainland hosted buyers offline as well as […]

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12 Nov, 2020

Mastercard now usable as Shanghai Metro App, eliminating ticket purchase

Singapore, November 10, 2020 (Source: media release) – Shanghai Shentong Metro Group recently partnered with Mastercard to launch a card-on-file service for its Shanghai Metro App, which allows overseas travellers to use their Mastercard cards to access the metro system in Shanghai, positioning the group as China’s first urban public transportation system to accept international […]

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12 Nov, 2020

Improved air quality, green areas key to future of Shenzhen Tourism

SHENZHEN, China, 10 November 2020, PRNewswire – 2020 marks the 40th anniversary of Shenzhen, the miracle city in China. The vibrant city made its name as the world’s factory floor when it was set up as an economic free zone at the end of the 1980s. In the past decades, it has transitioned into a […]

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12 Nov, 2020

Travel “Around the World in 180 Minutes” with Sala Hospitality Group’s Wine Dinner

Bangkok, Thailand, 10 November 2020 (Source: media release) – SALA Hospitality Group will transport diners on a culinary journey around the world on 3rd December 2020, when it hosts its second wine dinner. Staged at sala rattanakosin Bangkok, this epicurean evening will feature rooftop canapés and a sensational six-course dinner that showcases exceptional cuisine and fine […]

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12 Nov, 2020

European Tourist Information Centres discuss new ways to adapt and innovate

10 November 2020 (Source: media release) – 140 senior executives from Tourist Information Centres’ representing 42 leading European cities joined the Digital ECM TIC Expert Meeting on September 30 – October 2, 2020 to exchange knowledge and best practices of adaptation and innovation on Tourist Information Centres. The TIC Expert Meeting traditionally takes place physically […]

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12 Nov, 2020

Airline alliances back ICAO’s harmonised approach to health testing

11 November 2020 (Source: media release) – The three global airline alliances, oneworld, SkyTeam and Star Alliance, are in full support of the International Civil Aviation Organization’s (ICAO) second-phase Council on Aviation Recovery Task Force (CART) report released on 10 November. Together, they urge governments to implement the report guidelines for passenger testing protocols, as well […]

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12 Nov, 2020

Onefinestay offers new private in-stay Festive Season experiences

10 November 2020 (Source: Hotel media release) – onefinestay the hospitality brand offering homes and villas with personalised service, launches ‘Festive Magic’ a new menu of private in-stay experiences and amenities to enjoy throughout the holiday season.  Whether reuniting with family and friends or simply looking for a change of scenery, travellers and local residents […]

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12 Nov, 2020

New Michelin Guide Menu at Chiang Mai’s James Bond spy-themed restaurant

10 November 2020 (Source: Hotel media release) – The Service 1921 Restaurant and Bar, Chiang Mai’s James Bond spy themed restaurant, has launched a new Michelin Guide menu just in time for the festive season. Located in the 100 year old colonial British consulate on the grounds of Anantara Chiang Mai the restaurant in a […]

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12 Nov, 2020

Capella Hotels and Resorts boosts festive season cheer with youth education and opportunity

Singapore, November 2020 (Source: Hotel media release) – As the world works together to recover from the impacts of COVID-19, Capella Hotels and Resorts pledges to support the youths of their community with the launch of their Capella Youth initiative, just ahead of the festive season. Focused on empowering younger generations to create a better tomorrow, […]

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12 Nov, 2020

Chatrium Hotel Royal Lake Yangon scores double win at World Travel Awards 2020

11 November 2020 (Source: hotel media release) –  Chatrium Hotel Royal Lake Yangon has been awarded Myanmar’s Leading Business Hotel 2020 and Myanmar’s Leading Hotel Suite 2020 at the 27th Annual World Travel Awards 2020. Ms. May Myat Mon Win, General Manager, said, “I send heartfelt gratitude to all of our loyal guests around the globe who took […]

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12 Nov, 2020

Singapore-based TravelRevive strives to restore the balance with a physical MICE experience

Singapore, 11 November 2020 (ITB Asia media release) – TravelRevive, powered by ITB Asia and Singapore Tourism Board (STB), will be held at the Marina Bay Sands Expo & Convention Centre, Singapore, from 25-26 November 2020. It claims to be the first pilot tradeshow to trial the newly developed ‘hybrid event’ prototype for safe business events, […]

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12 Nov, 2020

Airports hail Singapore-HK Quarantine-free Travel Bubble as “Leading Example for Asia-Pacific Region”

Hong Kong, 11 November 2020 – Airports Council International (ACI) Asia-Pacific welcomes the implementation of a quarantine-free air travel bubble between Hong Kong SAR and the Republic of Singapore, planned to start on Nov 22. The arrangement, open to all types of travelers, is a much-needed progressive step towards recovery of the sector.     “This first-of-a-kind […]

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12 Nov, 2020

Public Development Banks make historic joint commitment to tackle global hunger and poverty

Rome, 11 November 2020 (ADB media release) – For the first time in history, today 13 Public Development Banks (PDBs) made a joint commitment to strengthen investments in food and agriculture in the context of a global pandemic and a changing climate, with more signatories expected in the coming days. This unprecedented move comes as […]

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12 Nov, 2020

From sports cars to boutique hotels: Lamborghini eyes its first luxury property in Phuket

11 November 2020 – Tonino Lamborghini, the legendary Italian brand famous for its luxurious products and designs, has unveiled plans to launch its inaugural hotel project on the idyllic Thai island of Phuket in collaboration with Utopia Corporation. Scheduled to welcome guests in 2023, Tonino Lamborghini Boutique Hotel Phuket will be located on the beachfront […]

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12 Nov, 2020

sbe and Accor Expand Mondrian Brand in Gold Coast, Australia

10 November 2020 – Accor and sbe, international hospitality group that develops, manages and operates award-winning brands, today announced Australia’s first Mondrian hotel and branded residences will be built at the iconic Burleigh Heads Beachfront on the Gold Coast.   The dual tower Mondrian Gold Coast is being developed in collaboration with Chris and Letitia Vitale’s Vitale […]

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12 Nov, 2020

TAT continues to target expats as domestic travel saviours

Bangkok, 6 November 2020 (Source: TAT media release) – The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) will be spreading plenty of festive cheer this holiday season with the ‘Expat Festive Deal 2020’ to take place at the EmQuartier shopping mall in Bangkok from 20-22 November from 10.00-21.00 Hrs. To be held in EmQuartier’s Quartier Gallery and […]

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10 Nov, 2020

World Resources Institute hails Biden win as a “New Day for Climate, Equity and the Economy”

  WASHINGTON (November 7, 2020) — Joseph R. Biden and Kamala D. Harris have been elected as the next president and vice president of the United States. They received the most votes by a presidential ticket in U.S. history and were able to win several states that Donald Trump won in 2016. The U.S. House […]

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10 Nov, 2020

Landmark study by Global Wellness Institute Finds Mental Wellness Is a $121 Billion Market

Palm Beach, FL, 9 November 2020 – The Global Wellness Institute (GWI) today released its major research report for 2020: “Defining the Mental Wellness Economy.” It’s the first study to define mental wellness as opposed to mental health and to clarify the key concepts and pathways. It’s also the first research to measure mental wellness […]

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10 Nov, 2020

Goa bags Skal Club of the Year 2020 at 81st Skal World Congress

Goa, India 5 November 2020 – The 81st Skal World Congress was held as a Virtual Zoom AGM meet on 17th October 2020 where Skal International Goa ( 691 ) was announced as the best of the best winning Skal Club Of The Year 2020 amongst 350 + Clubs in 87 countries across the world. […]

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10 Nov, 2020

The Opposite House in Beijing Unveils a Reimagined Experience with Art, Culture and Cuisine

Beijing, 9 November 2020 – The Opposite House, located in the heart of Beijing within the bustling Sanlitun neighborhood, unveils the completion of an inspired renovation, creating new experiences at its public spaces as well as dining and bar venues. Originally designed by acclaimed Japanese architect, Kengo Kuma in 2008, The Opposite House was the […]

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10 Nov, 2020

Rising Star, Chace, Appointed As The First Guest Music Curator For W Hotels In China

HONG KONG, 9 November 2020 – W Hotels Worldwide welcomes one of China’s most promising musical talents, electro-pop sensation Chace as Guest Music Curator for its new/next #WMUSICSERIES, set to kick-off across China from December 2020 to February 2021. Chace, the talented Chinese musician who has already made waves on the international music scene, will be […]

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10 Nov, 2020

Kamalaya Samui detox programme to help guests become healthier, happier and more beautiful

Koh Samui, Thailand, 9 November 2020 – Our hectic lifestyle, coffee and sweets to keep us going and the stressful times we are all living in take their toll. The skin is often the first to show signs ­- we lose this beautiful shine we had before. BEAUTY & GLOW Kamalaya combines modern research with […]

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10 Nov, 2020

Mövenpick BDMS Wellness Resort Bangkok boosts Alternative State Quarantine programme

BANGKOK, 9 November 2020 – The Alternative State Quarantine (ASQ) programme at Mövenpick BDMS Wellness Resort Bangkok, which blends world-class hospitality and medical monitoring from Bangkok Hospital, all in a soothing natural setting, claims to have become the leading choice for travellers arriving back in Thailand in the post-pandemic era. In addition to offering some of […]

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6 Nov, 2020

EAST Hong Kong reimagines use of space to champion the future of hospitality

Hong Kong, November 2020 – Making waves in the world of business and lifestyle hospitality once again, EAST Hong Kong unveils new renovations and additions to its dining and social spaces fit for modern business travellers, locals and families. Domain, the property’s new part café, part co-working space is perfect for coffee or casual meetings, and […]

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6 Nov, 2020

Maltese Michelin-star chefs link rich culinary experience with unique history

Dubai, United Arab Emirates, 5 November 2020 – The Malta Tourism Authority in collaboration with Heritage Malta’s ‘Taste History’ project and the three Michelin-starred restaurants in Malta – UnderGrain, Noni and De Mondion – launched a year-long initiative called ‘Taste History Meets the Stars’. Through this collaboration, a number of dishes having a historical link […]

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6 Nov, 2020

Volvo Cars Thailand launches an expansive new warehouse in Thailand

BANGKOK, 5 November 2020 – Volvo Cars Thailand has launched a new dedicated Volvo warehouse for the first time in Thailand. The “Volvo Car Thailand Central Distribution & Training Center” (VCT CDTC) on Bangna-Trad Road Km 23, Samut Prakan Province, spread over an area of 23,331 square meters, is set to become Volvo’s one-stop hub […]

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6 Nov, 2020

Centara Inspires Guests to Discover Their Perfect “Place to Be” in Thailand

Bangkok, Thailand, 5 November 2020 – Following the uncertainty of recent months, it is more important than ever that couples and families have an opportunity to rediscover their personal happiness. Now, Centara Hotels & Resorts, Thailand’s leading hotel operator, is now inspiring Thai residents and international travellers to find their own sense of space and place […]

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6 Nov, 2020

Oman National Carrier scores trip wins at the World Travel Awards

Muscat, 5 November 2020 – Oman Air, the national carrier of the Sultanate of Oman, has been recognised in the 2020 World Travel Awards Middle East programme, being named the “Middle East’s Leading Airline” Business Class and “Middle East’s Leading Airline” Economy Class. The airline’s in-flight magazine, Wings of Oman, also earned the title, “Middle East’s Leading Inflight […]

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6 Nov, 2020

Kandolhu celebrates reopening with big wins!

The beautiful island of Kandolhu Maldives has reopened for business. The team at Kandolhu Maldives has worked tirelessly throughout the period of closure to make sure our beloved guests are welcomed back warmly to their home away from home! Through the uncertain times, the team at Kandolhu gained hope and motivation with the exciting announcement of being […]

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6 Nov, 2020

Bangkok Airways forges points partnership with Samui Palm Beach and Celes Beachfront resorts

Bangkok, 6 November 2020 – FlyerBonus, the frequent flyer program of Bangkok Airways PCL, has forged a new partnership with “Samui Palm Beach Resort” and “Celes Beachfront Resort”. FlyerBonus members can now earn points as well as redeem points for a stay at both resorts, starting from only 10,000 points. Celes Beachfront Resort & Samui Palm Beach Resort are […]

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5 Nov, 2020

Enter the tourism industry’s new normal: Learning to live with the pandemic

by Julian Spindler Thailand’s world-class tourism industry, one of the twin drivers of our economy, is in a deep, coronavirus-induced coma, close to death. No life support is currently available. Pandemic paranoia has gripped the nation, freezing our bio-security risk management in full containment mode, meaning zero tolerance for local Covid-19 transmission. The socio-economic, and […]

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15 Oct, 2020

German flag waved at Thai protest rallies

Bangkok — The German flag is being waved at the anti-establishment protest rallies now under way in Bangkok. Due to the sensitive nature of the rallies and the potential threats to journalists reporting on them, this is being pointed out only as a matter of fact. However, it is not at all very difficult to […]

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12 Oct, 2020

Survey Reveals The Impact Of Poor Sleep Quality On Mental Health During Covid

NORTH HOLLYWOOD, Calif. (PRWEB) October 10, 2020 – American mattress company, Puffy, has today released findings from a nationwide sleep survey exploring sleep quality, habits, mental health and well-being in 2020. Puffy surveyed over 4,400 adults from all 50 US states to capture how current world events, employment, health, and lifestyle changes have impacted perceptions […]

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26 Sep, 2020

Covid-19 Leaves Most Millennials Strapped for Cash, TD Bank Survey Finds

COVID-19 has placed additional strain on a generation already saddled with significant debt and increased living costs. More than 28% of millennials said they tapped into their emergency savings during the pandemic. Furthermore, one-in-five (20%) millennials don’t even have a savings account. CHERRY HILL, N.J., 22 September 2020, PRNewswire – TD Bank, America’s Most Convenient Bank®, […]

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26 Sep, 2020

Marketers Struggle to Forge the Future of Customer Experience

“Marketers have plenty of data, but now it’s about leveraging that data across channels and organizational touchpoints in real-time and in a way that feels personal, relevant and even anticipatory. This is the marketer’s mandate today.” In other words: Data, Data everywhere, but not a stat that makes any sense. SAN JOSE, Calif., 22 September […]

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25 Sep, 2020

Tourism Will Never Look The Same Again – Skyscanner Publishes New Trends Report

Search patterns for domestic, regional and international flights indicate that recovery will be multispeed, tied to the global economy and driven by low cost carriers. At the same time, the decline in business travel revenues for other airlines calls for a rethink of this part of the industry.  LONDON, 22 September 2020, PRNewswire – Leading […]

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25 Sep, 2020

How you look impacts on how you well you can sell, study shows

These novel findings, published in the prestigious international academic publication Journal of Marketing, give social sellers and e-marketers insight about how to leverage seller appearances in online selling. HONG KONG, 22 September 2020, PRNewswire – The COVID-19 pandemic has boosted e-commerce around the globe, including the consumer to consumer (C2C) markets on platforms such as […]

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25 Sep, 2020

Spread of Covid-19 Set to Create $8.5 Billion Clean Room Robot Markets by 2025

Looks like hotel housekeeping staff will need to shift their skills towards maintaining robots. DUBLIN, 22 September 2020, PRNewswire – The clean room robot market (including prices of peripherals, software, and system engineering) was valued at USD 5.6 billion in 2019 and is expected to grow to USD 8.5 billion by 2025, at a CAGR […]

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25 Sep, 2020

International students’ learning activities seriously disturbed by Covid-19 pandemic

“The pandemic has impacted the physical and psychological wellbeing of international/non-local higher education students. Universities should do more to help international students to obtain proper health information and learn about local social and healthcare support systems, as well as improve psychological support.” HONG KONG, 22 September 2020, PRNewswire – In a recent survey conducted by […]

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25 Sep, 2020

Remote work set to nearly triple in post-Covid world, reports XpertHR Survey

“COVID-19 will shape the working world for years to come, in particular contributing to a rise in remote work set to last beyond the end of the current health crisis. Given the tremendous strains placed on workers during the pandemic, such as fear of layoffs, isolation of remote work, increased caregiving and homeschooling responsibilities, and […]

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25 Sep, 2020

Survey finds Americans are prioritizing saving during Covid-19 outbreak

“With today’s economic uncertainty, many people have taken steps to adjust their financial habits to save more and better prepare for the unexpected.” This is probably a worldwide trend, and will put another damper on discretionary spending, such as on travel. BIRMINGHAM, Ala., 21 September 2020, BUSINESS WIRE – The latest survey from Regions Next Step, Regions […]

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25 Sep, 2020

FREE Download: Citrix Research Reveals Shape of Future Workplaces – More Robots, Fewer Managers

“Driven by flexible models and intelligent solutions that remove the complexity and noise from work, employees will be more engaged and productive and fuel innovation and growth like never before.” FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla., 21 September 2020, BUSINESS WIRE – What does the future of work hold? In a world where it’s impossible to predict what will happen […]

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25 Sep, 2020

Covid-19 Reshuffles Healthcare Executives’ Priorities

“Healthcare leaders are accelerating digital and payment transformation, with an emphasis on the consumer experience, telehealth, and interoperability. As a result, stakeholders are increasing investment in healthcare IT and fast-tracking initiatives to help prepare for the pandemic’s aftermath and future pandemics.” The result “could be a real game-changer for payers, providers, and consumers.” NASHVILLE, Tenn., […]

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25 Sep, 2020

Visa Helps Prepare Small Businesses for the Holiday Buying Season

This is a laudable lifeline for Small Businesses. While it will certainly help them survive over the short-term, it will also accelerate the long-term shift towards contactless payments and cryptocurrencies. The jury is still out on those, with a lot more homework needed to assess their impact on security, privacy and, at a broader level, […]

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25 Sep, 2020

Avaya Enables Students and Teachers to Bridge the Gap in the Digital Classroom Era

Another example of the edu-revolution set to roll out, impacting international education. Students will be able to access quality education from anywhere, at significantly reduced costs and minus the onerous visa requirements. Student travel worldwide will certainly be impacted. SANTA CLARA, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE – Avaya (NYSE: AVYA), which claims to be a global leader in solutions […]

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24 Sep, 2020

American Workers Experiencing Work-From-Home Culture Shock

The Work-From-Home culture is creating a whole new set of risks, threats and opportunities, and will prove to be a double-edged sword for Travel & Tourism. Traffic rush-hours may become a thing of the past but corporate espionage will become a piece of cake. MINNEAPOLIS, 21 September 2020, BUSINESS WIRE – Today, EPIC unveiled the results of […]

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24 Sep, 2020

Taiwan Claims Launch of World’s First Business Speed-dating Platform

These techno-events will impact the MICE sector in the same way that social media has decimated the traditional media and OTAs decimated the travel agents. Given the pressure on costs and the growing time-hassle factor of travelling, business matchmaking platforms will become perfectly viable alternatives to trade shows. Convention Centres and MICE bureaux face some […]

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24 Sep, 2020

Stand together and build a just world, UN chief says in Int’l Day of Peace message

Even though Peace is the basic prerequisite for Tourism, this important commemorative day is usually ignored by the Travel & Tourism industry. Long after the Covid-19 pandemic fades into history, Travel & Tourism flows worldwide will continue to face the threat of regional, local and global conflicts, all of them man-made. Do industry leaders ever […]

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24 Sep, 2020

Global solution to Covid-19 in sight, ‘we sink or we swim together’ – WHO chief

Why isn’t the Travel & Tourism industry inviting public health officials to give talks on the prospects and politics of vaccine development? I have yet to see them on any of the “resilience, recovery, rebuild, restructure, etc., etc.,” forums, local, regional or global. As normalcy will not return until a vaccine is made public, the […]

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24 Sep, 2020

Peace Pilot completes circumnavigation of the only two places on Earth where there has always been peace

What a trip! Travel & Tourism could do with more such inspirational adventures. SAN DIEGO, 21 September 2020, BUSINESS WIRE – Nine months and several “pandemic pauses” after takeoff on a planned five-month global Pole-to-Pole peace mission “One Planet, One People, One Plane: Oneness for Humanity,” San Diego pilot and former Naval officer Robert DeLaurentis returned home […]

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24 Sep, 2020

The future of MICE events in the age of machines: The Great Wave—a Transformative, Global Business Festival

Travel & Tourism forums are badly in need of some heavy-duty restructuring away from their boring and now outdated structure. This event offers some brainstorming ideas. BERLIN, 21 September 2020, BUSINESS WIRE – The House of Beautiful Business, a global think tank and community to humanize business in the age of machines, officially announces the full scope […]

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24 Sep, 2020

Covid-19 forces one of the biggest surges in tech investment in history

This news may make the tech sector salivate, but the speed and scope of the upheaval will only replace one set of problems with another. That will create more headaches, especially for the Travel & Tourism sector. LONDON, 22 September 2020, PRNewswire – Companies spent the equivalent of around US$15bn extra a week on technology to […]

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24 Sep, 2020

FORTUNE announces Sixth Annual “Change the World” List of Companies That Are Doing Well By Doing Good

Does such a list exist in Travel & Tourism? May be worth replicating. NEW YORK, 21 September 2020, PRNewswire – Today, FORTUNE reveals its sixth annual “Change the World” list, which showcases over 50 companies that have made an important social or environmental impact through their profit-making strategy and operations this year. Companies are recognized for innovative business strategies […]

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24 Sep, 2020

Employers brace for mental health crisis

The disruptions caused by the Covid-19 pandemic will lead to significant increases in human insecurity and instability, as this report indicates. Families already under financial stress will face the highest levels of mental stress. That may create another opportunity, or aggravate existing social crises like alcoholism and domestic violence. CHATTANOOGA, Tenn., 21 September 2020, PRNewswire – Mental […]

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24 Sep, 2020

Report probes how employers can improve job satisfaction and retention in post-Covid era

This report is for sale, but provides a good template for HR departments to conduct a similar exercise. The questions asked are quite enlightening in themselves. INCLINE VILLAGE, Nev., 21 September 2020, PRNewswire – MetricNet has published the results of its 2020 Job Satisfaction and Employee Retention Survey. The complete 100+ page report is now available for immediate […]

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24 Sep, 2020

Life Insurance Industry Invests In Cognitive Health To Tackle Future Of Aging

This announcement says that the insurance industry is moving “towards serving the whole person — from heart disease and diabetes prevention to stress management, and, now, cognitive health.” In other words, prevention is better than cure to bolster profits. A holistic approach is essential, and early warnings are imperative. Same formula could be applied to […]

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18 Sep, 2020

Top UN economists warn of crises of our own making if five danger-zone ‘megatrends’ left unchecked

United Nations, 17 September 2021, (UNCTAD News release) — Five human‑made “megatrends” will continue to dominate and frustrate global efforts to put the world on a more sustainable and prosperous path, unless urgent policy interventions to influence them are taken now, the UN Economist Network warned today in a new report. The chief economists in the […]

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18 Sep, 2020

Swiss Running Brand ‘On’ Launches Ground-Breaking Sustainability Initiative With The Shoe You’ll Never Own

Sustainability ideas in full bloom. Same concept could be applied to thousands of other products, reducing the volume of waste by a quantum. ZURICH, 15 September 2020, PRNewswire – Swiss-based high-performance running brand, On, today announces the launch of its world-first, subscription-based service to bring fully recyclable sportswear to On customers worldwide.  The subscription service, named […]

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18 Sep, 2020

Middle School Students Lend a Helping Hand to Small Businesses Struggling with Covid-19 downturn

SAN JOSE, Calif., 15 September 2020, PRNewswire – As small businesses across the country are struggling to bring in revenue during the COVID-19 pandemic, the California-based nonprofit, Elevate the Future (ETF) is providing them with free assistance. So far, they’ve helped over 20 businesses and are beginning to scale nationwide. Businesses interested in these services may sign […]

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18 Sep, 2020

UAE’s Jewish Council Celebrates Abraham Accords: “Will Forever Redefine Life in the Middle East”

The Accords will only “Redefine Life in the Middle East” when the Jewish state of Israel ends its double-standards and delivers on statehood for the people of Palestine. If Jews are entitled to statehood, independence and freedom in their own state, so too, are the Palestinians. Until that happens, Jews will continue to be seen […]

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18 Sep, 2020

New White Paper outlines strategies for ‘Aging in Place with Remote Patient Care’

Very useful tips and ideas for coping with the challenge of ageing societies. PLANO, Texas, 15 September 2020, PRNewswire – Vivify Health, the developer of the nation’s leading connected care platform for remote patient care, today announced the release of a new white paper, “Aging in Place with Remote Patient Care.” The paper examines the accelerated adoption […]

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18 Sep, 2020

Food Tourism Innovation Summit Slated for October 30

LONDON, 15 September 2020, PRNewswire – This year’s FoodTreX Innovation Summit is slated to take place online on Friday, October 30. FoodTreX Innovation is where professionals working in food, beverage, tourism and hospitality come every year to get ideas and inspiration about how to leverage better the power of food tourism for their own businesses, organizations and […]

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18 Sep, 2020

Nine Key Trends Reshaping Industries Caused by COVID-19

NEW YORK, 15 September 2020, PRNewswire – No economy, industry, or businesses has been spared from the effects of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19). Some industries have naturally been affected more than others and the impacts have been on a larger scale.  Major economies were already experiencing a slowdown due to other factors and this global pandemic […]

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18 Sep, 2020

24HourDocs.com Launches Online Telemedicine Website in California

This will impact the entire Health & Wellness sector, for sure. But privacy and consumer protection issues will need to be addressed. Insurance coverage, too. LOS ANGELES, 15 September 2020, PRNewswire – 24HourDocs.com launched an online portal for patients in California to see a doctor 24 hours a day, 7 days a week from the comfort […]

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18 Sep, 2020

Superb Images Star in Ad Campaign Paying Homage to the Strength of New York City

NEW YORK, 15 September 2020, PRNewswire – This week, EmblemHealth launched “New New York,” a brand advertising campaign featuring original photography by humanitarian photojournalist Peter Turnley. EmblemHealth has provided New York families with quality, affordable health coverage for more than 80 years and has seen its members through pivotal moments in the city’s history. New York has […]

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18 Sep, 2020

How to Hire an Intern: Find the Best Student Interns With Barefoot Student

May be better to hire an intern and create a job than to deploy a robot. SCOTTSDALE, Ariz., 15 September 2020, PRNewswire – Hiring an intern is a valuable way to develop leadership programs, delegate tasks, seek out future talent and improve the overall structure of your company. But what should you look for in an intern, […]

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18 Sep, 2020

Survey: Most Teens Say Online Learning Is Worse Than In-Person, but Only 19% Favour Return to Full In-Person Instruction

This survey result proves that the rush to shift all life online may not work out the way it is projected to. Human touch will always prevail. A balance needs to be found. Good news for the MICE sector. SAN FRANCISCO, 16 September 2020, PRNewswire – A new poll released by Common Sense/SurveyMonkey shows that teens are taking […]

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18 Sep, 2020

You Are Worth $1,275 on the Dark Web, New Study by PrivacyAffairs Finds

Does this matter to the Travel & Tourism industry? Sure it does. When was the last time anyone saw it being raised at a Travel & Tourism technology forum? NEW YORK, 16 September 2020, PRNewswire – Credit card details, online banking logins, and social media credentials are available on the dark web at worryingly low prices. Researchers […]

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18 Sep, 2020

Deloitte and Kellogg School of Management Chief Strategy Officer Study: Most CSOs feel uncomfortable with technobabble gobbledygook

A very powerful, insightful study. It finds that “many Chief Strategy Officers feel uncomfortable with all the nuances, jargon, acronyms and complexity that is associated with technology.” Absolutely spot on. If no-one understands what all this stuff means, how can anyone be expected to know what it is supposed to do? Message to the technobabblers: […]

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18 Sep, 2020

Debt.com survey: When health suffers, finances go on life support

The economic fallout will be the next chapter of the Covid-19 crisis, impacting countries, communities and societies for years after the health issues are resolved. Dealing with that, too, will require money — lots and lots of it. Where will it come from? FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla., 16 September 2020, PRNewswire – Even adults who do not contract […]

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18 Sep, 2020

New wave of famine could sweep the globe, overwhelming nations already weakened by years of conflict, warn UN officials

  United Nations, 18 September 2020,  (UN News) – The global hunger crisis caused by conflict – and now compounded by COVID-19 – is moving into a dangerous phase, the head of the UN World Food Programme (WFP) said on Thursday, stressing that without resources, a wave of famine could sweep the globe, overwhelming nations […]

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18 Sep, 2020

Bespoke’s Customer Engagement Chat Service ‘Bebot’ Launches at Vienna Airport

Travel & Tourism was once very proud of its human touch and personal service. Strangely, it does not seem to have much to say about its fraying credibility as robots take over nearly all points-of-contact jobs. TOKYO, 15 September 2020, PRNewswire – Vienna Airport and Bespoke Inc. are proud to announce the launch of Artificial Intelligence (AI) […]

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18 Sep, 2020

Groundbreaking AI-based Platform Maps And Monitors The Drivers Of California Wildfire

Satellite imagery, sourced from the “eyes in the skies”, is a highly effective way to address many of the sustainability challenges facing Travel & Tourism, such as a deforestation, marine pollution, flooding, water levels, forest encroachment, and much more. If the industry can overcome its myopic obsession with social media, it may realise that technology […]

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17 Sep, 2020

KnowLedger Publishes NextGen Wealth Management Trends for 2020 and Beyond

KIMBERTON, Pa., Sept. 15, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — KnowLedger, a fast-growing accounting technology company, has published a new white paper that examines the challenges and opportunities for family offices and other wealth management firms in today’s volatile economy. This special, 20-page report examines how recent events and market trends—as well as demographic, social, and technology shifts—are creating […]

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17 Sep, 2020

Fodor’s and WebMD Launch E-book to Help Travelers Decide Whether, When, and Where to Travel in the Age of COVID-19

NEW YORK, Sept. 15, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — As millions of people look forward to a return to travel, a new e-book, launched today from Fodor’s and WebMD, can help travelers navigate the ‘new normal’ in the age of Covid-19. Fodor’s Guide to Safe and Healthy Travel: Practical Tips and Information for the Age of COVID-19 […]

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17 Sep, 2020

Tech Companies Pledge to Preserve Addressable Advertising with Privacy

Such a pledge would be welcome in the Travel & Tourism industry too. NEW YORK, Sept. 15, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — As the IAB Tech Lab’s REBOOT 2020 virtual summit kicks off today (and continues on the 16th and 17th), IAB Tech Lab Board members have committed to the principles of Project Rearc and collaboration towards open […]

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17 Sep, 2020

“State of Women in Tech” Report Details Rampant Harassment and Discrimination Across Silicon Valley and Tech Industry

Has similar research ever been conducted in Travel & Tourism? No? I wonder why… May prove embarrassing to some heavyweight CEOs. WASHINGTON, Sept. 15, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — Nearly 50% of women founders and women working in tech have experienced harassment, a statistic that has barely budged since 2017, according to Women Who Tech’s new report State […]

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17 Sep, 2020

Californians Move To Protect Their Privacy, Restrict the Sale of Personal Information

As the Covid-19 pandemic triggers massive shifts to online communications, payments, education, health & wellness, meetings, and more, the issue of privacy protection is rarely mentioned. Travel & Tourism technobabble forums tend to gloss over this issue, which is not surprising, give the industry’s long-standing fondness for sweeping sensitive issues under the carpet. One day, […]

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16 Sep, 2020

Certification scheme tests all seafood for mercury levels

As hygiene, health and safety are now global priorities, this certification would help restaurants boost their competitive advantage. Assuring patrons that all the fish consumed in the restaurant has been tested for mercury levels would certainly go a long way towards boosting sales. Surely, our institutes of technology across Asia can come up with something […]

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16 Sep, 2020

U.S. 2020 aerospace and defense report shows why global conflicts and crises are here to stay

This report should be must-reading in the Travel & Tourism sector. It proves that the benign sounding “aerospace and defense” (read: armaments and weaponry) industry is a major driver of jobs and economic livelihood in the U.S. If this is expanded worldwide, the numbers become even more sinister. To survive economically, the “aerospace and defense” […]

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16 Sep, 2020

70% of Consumers say They Will Exclusively Shop with Brands that “Personally Understand Them” this Holiday Season

This media release is a clear indication of the extent to which technology can be used (or misused) to influence decision-making. This sentence says it all: “The retailers that use real-time data to understand individual consumer preferences, make changes the data shows are needed, and effectively leverage multiple channels will be much more successful in […]

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16 Sep, 2020

Trust, Balance, Communication: Employees Worldwide Share Top COVID-19 Concerns for the Workplace of Today and Tomorrow

Technology is pervading and intruding into every aspect of life, but when crises strike, old-fashioned human relations count for everything. It’s all about trust, balance, communications. That message comes out loud and clear in this survey. LOWELL, Mass., 15 September 2020, BUSINESS WIRE – In a sweeping survey of employees and business leaders across 11 nations, The […]

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1 Sep, 2020

Customers Want Effective Experiences Most of All, Aspect Software’s Consumer Index Reveals

WESTFORD, Mass.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–August 20, 2020 – As part of Aspect’s ongoing desire to report on current customer experience sentiment across a variety of customer service and contact center interactions, Aspect Software, in partnership with Farrell Insight, conducted a national study of 1,100 Americans 18–74 years of age. The macro objective of this specific study is […]

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1 Sep, 2020

Pandemic To Drive Web Conferencing Market to $78.5 Billion by 2030

NEW YORK, Aug. 31, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, lockdown measures have been imposed in various countries, so that person–person contact can be limited and the virus spread contained. This has forced a large number of companies across all verticals to either cease operations or shift to the work-from-home (WFH) model, till […]

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1 Sep, 2020

10 Key Trends gathered at the 2020 China Beauty Expo

SHANGHAI, Aug. 31, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — On July 11, the 25th China Beauty Expo and Supply World came to a successful end at the Shanghai New International Expo Centre. Featuring 15 large halls, 10 theme halls, and dozens of brand VIP halls, the expo covered a total exhibition area of 220,000 square meters, the three-day […]

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1 Sep, 2020

“Doesn’t dining out sound good?”: U.S. Restaurant Association Launches Revival Campaign

WASHINGTON, Aug. 31, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — Grills firing up; silverware against a plate; and the familiar clink as glasses connect over the laughter of friends together again, these are the rhythms and rituals of dining out that the National Restaurant Association is highlighting in its new multimedia Restaurant Revival campaign launching today. The national ad taps […]

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