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IPW Orlando 2022 Registration Open – Silvija Travel Tips

IPW Orlando 2022 registration is officially open for all categories. U.S. Travel Association’s IPW is the travel industry’s premier international marketplace and the largest generator of travel to the United States.

Sign up for the monumental IPW event, where you can conduct face-to-face business meetings and participate in unforgettable networking and evening events at some of Visit Orlando‘s most iconic theme parks. 4-8 June 2022.

CAMBODIA reopened for tourist starting from 30th November 2021

Cambodia – Kingdom of Wonder, Feel the Warmth is now reopened for ✈️ vaccinated tourist starting from 30th November 2021 for Preah Sihanouk city and Koh Rong city of Preah Sihanouk province and Dara Sakor tourist resort in Koh Kong province followed by Siem Reap province in January 2022. International visitors enjoy a quarantine-free stay and visit in Safe and Green Destinations for up to 5 days.  Read The Ministry of Tourism, Cambodia’s notices here: #CambodiaReopened #CambodiaVaccinatedTouristPackage #PreahSihanoukCity #KohRongCity #DaraSakorTouristResort #PreahSihanoukProvince #KohKongProvince #SiemReapProvince #ATF2022 #ATF2022Cambodia #ASEANTourismForum #ASEAN

Stepping stone: Sandbox schemes a prelude to opening up Kingdom

The government has embarked on a “roadmap” towards restoring and promoting tourism in Cambodia during and after the Covid-19 crisis.

Minister of Economy and Finance Aun Pornmoniroth said yesterday that the special sandbox scheme to allow quarantine-free visits to Sihanoukville, Koh Rong and Dara Sakor from November 30 was only a first step in the overall strategy to gradually reopen the country to international visitors.

He said the sandbox scheme will be closely monitored and evaluated and, if successful, will lead to the opening up of the whole country for quarantine-free visits.

Pornmoniroth said that looking at the overall tourism market after the outbreak of Covid-19, the international and regional international tourism movement has changed with emphasis now on high consideration for safety, confidence in destination selection and use of technology and innovation in tourism, both in demand and supply.

He said that in this context, the strategic plan on the opening of vaccinated tourism and policy measures to promote the internal tourism movement from 2021-2023 is based on the principle of maintaining a balance between socio-economic activities and ensure safety and public health for citizens and tourists.

Pornmoniroth noted that after Sihanoukville, Koh Rong and Dara Sakor, the sandbox scheme will be extended to Siem Reap province in January, also as part of the overall strategy.

He also requested to the Ministry of Tourism and the private sector to continue their efforts to attract target tourists from safe and low-risk international market sources, as well as to diversify tourism products and services in line with the new context of the needs and supply of international and domestic tourism markets.

International Tourism and Investment Conference at WTM – Invest, Finance and Restart

ITIC International Tourism & Investment Conference

Want to prepare your business for the future of travel and tourism in our post-Covid era? Then there’s no better place to be than the International Tourism and Investment Conference’s Global Tourism Investment Summit at WTM London, which is only a few days away!  
Titled “Invest, Finance and Restart”, this conference on 1-2 November will cast new perspectives and insights on the restart of the global tourism industry, and aims to connect investors with owners or developers of untapped tourism projects as well as under-explored destinations from all over the world. Featuring the latest and greatest names in the world of travel, these speakers promise to give you the knowledge you need for a massive ROI in 2022 and beyond.  And it’s all happening at ExCeL, during WTM London!
Here are 10 (yes we said 10!) benefits you’re sure to gain by attending the conference:

  1. An informed plan for the future: The conference will discuss the current economic outlook for the tourism industry.
  2. How to re-start the travel and tourism sector:Experts will share best practices.
  3. How to build tourism resilience: Expanding air connectivity holds the key.
  4. Learn more about Botswana: Is this an untapped market?
  5. Money talks: The ITIC Tourism Investment Ministerial Panel will discuss incentives to attract FDI to tourism destinations, and to reposition the industry as a main driver of economic growth
  6. Have you thought about your health? An investment in regional vaccination plants could be a prerequisite to restoring trust in travel and tourism.
  7. The importance of China: How to attract tourism and investments from China towards the global recovery.
  8. How to stay in the black: The conference will discuss restructuring travel and tourism businesses to lower debt exposure, with new strategic investments to return to a profitability path.
  9. Invest locally: You’ll hear about investment opportunities in the United Kingdom.
  10. Boost tourist arrivals: Re-energise regional destinations through branding and investments to boost tourist arrivals.

We’d hate for you to miss the very knowledge you need to increase your profits as we rebuild our industry. The journey begins at WTM London in only a few days! For more information, view the summit program here.
WTM London’s in-person event will take place at ExCeL London from 1 November to 3 November, followed by WTM London Virtual from 8 November to 9 November.

How a Taiwan influencer raised €140K for a Lithuanian ‘crisis pregnancy centre’

After Lithuania donated COVID-19 vaccines to Taiwan in June, many people in the country rushed out to buy Lithuanian beer, chocolates and other products in gratitude.

Taiwanese social media influencer Jill Chang directed her followers to a list of Lithuanian charities, triggering a flood of donations. But she says she didn’t know that one of the charities had a controversial agenda: campaigning against abortion.

Within weeks, Chang had helped to raise about €140,000 for the Krizinio Nėštumo Centras (KNC – literally ‘crisis pregnancy centre’) in Vilnius, the Lithuanian capital. She then received information and an online backlash that surprised her.

KNC’s website says that it seeks “to prevent abortion in Lithuania” – which has been legal in the country for generations, since 1955.

The centre’s director Zita Tomilinienė has said: “if a woman is expecting an unwanted child from an unloved man, the best she can do is to carry the baby and give birth.”

Chang shared the group’s GlobalGiving page, where it asks givers to “Save a new life by supporting pregnant women.”

“When I did my due diligence, I […] mainly looked at their financial reports, board meeting notes and the decision-making process,” Chang told openDemocracy.

Lithuania celebrates its Expo 2020 National Day with opera and jazz
Lithuania celebrates its National Day at Expo 2020 today with an impressive line-up of cultural and entertainment activities – including jazz, opera and a gala concert on Expo’s Jubilee Stage.
His Excellency Sheikh Nahayan Mabarak Al Nahayan, UAE Minister of Tolerance and Coexistence and Commissioner General of Expo 2020 Dubai, welcomed Ingrida Šimonytė, Prime Minister of Lithuania to the flag-raising ceremony at Al Wasl Plaza’s Stage of Nations and praised the country’s varied achievements.

UNWTO, WTTC Summit at WTM to Home in on Sustainable Tourism

Tourism leaders from around the world will once again come together for the UNWTO, WTTC & WTM Ministers’ Summit at WTM London this November, to commit to investing in the sector’s sustainable future.

The summit is the largest annual gathering of tourism ministers and will take place on Tuesday 2nd November during WTM London – the leading global event for the travel industry. Ministers, industry leaders, entrepreneurs, and experts are invited to take part.

For more than 10 years, the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) and WTM Londonhave partnered to host a high-level summit, focusing on key challenges and opportunities facing the sector.

The 2021 Summit will also be presenting an opportunity for leaders to discuss ways to build back better and invest in a sustainable future for the travel and tourism industry.

The Ministers’ Summit 2021 could not be more timely and will provide a blueprint for promoting investments in tourism’s sustainable future, one of UNWTO’s key priorities as we guide the global restart of the sector

The UNWTO, WTTC & WTM Ministers’ Summit 2021 will provide a practical platform for tourism leaders of the public and private sectors to share best practices and explore investment opportunities, uniting sector leaders and top thinkers to examine tourism’s sustainable future and the essential role that targeted ‘green investment’ will play in achieving this.

The UNWTO, WTTC & WTM Ministers’ Summit – Investing in Tourism’s Sustainable Future takes place on the WTM Global Stage at WTM London from 10:30-12:30 on Tuesday 2 November 2021. The Ministers’ Summit is available for anyone who has registered for WTM London to attend.

WELCOME MESSAGE ASEAN Tourism Forum 2022 Cambodia, Sihanoukville

On behalf of the Ministry of Tourism of the Kingdom of, it is my great pleasure to re-announce that Cambodia is ready to host the ASEAN Tourism Forum in Preah Sihanoukville, which will be held from 16th – 22nd January 2022 under the theme “ASEAN – A Community of Peace and Shared Future” toward tourism recovery and reopening our region in a more resilient, sustainable and responsible future.

Cambodia Bay and Preah Sihanouk Province are well known as the Rising Star in the Southwest by the Most Beautiful Bays in the World Organization. Furthermore, it is one of the fastest developing tourism attractions, and investment cities in the country. As the smooth implementation of Covid-19 vaccination and new normal protocols are in place, Preah Sihanoukville will be a safe venue.

I look forward to welcoming you all in Cambodia – Kingdom of Wonder in 2022. Thank you.

H.E. Thong Khon, Minister, Ministry of Tourism, Cambodia

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“ASEAN – A Community of Peace and Shared Future”, ATF 2022

2022 marks 41 years of active collaboration between ASEAN member states to promote Southeast Asia as a single destination and drive the region’s sustainable travel and tourism sector. It is with great pride that we host this significant milestone in Cambodia – the Kingdom of Wonder.

Themed “ASEAN – A Community of Peace and Shared Future”, ATF 2022 echoes the vision of tourism playing a key role to foster a unified and collaborative ASEAN. Tourism sows the seeds of a shared future of peace that can bring about economic growth, social and cultural development, and progress in the region.

Tourism plays an increasingly important role in Cambodia’s national, economic and social development. It is our top priority to build and develop the necessary tourism infrastructure to help drive this industry forward. We have sensibly invested in pro-poor, sustainable, and responsible community-based tourism development projects in north-eastern provinces in partnership with international organizations and development partners such as ADB, UNWTO, and SNV. We believe this will create positive results analogous to global and regional tourism development trends for the present and in the future, and more importantly, sustain ASEAN tourism’s contribution towards the realisation of ASEAN integration goals in 2025.

As one of the fastest-growing tourism destinations in Southeast Asia, we welcome you to strengthen travel partnerships at ATF 2022 and also discover the rich Cambodian heritage, culture, and nature that will offer a cultural and eco-tourism experience that are both dynamic and sustainable.

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ATF 2022 moves to Sihanoukville, Cambodia – Silvija Travel Tips

Sihanoukville, Cambodia

The coastal port city in the south, Sihanoukville has been designated by the Kingdom as a special multi-purpose economic zone as part of its larger plans to grow and diversify its economy. Well-known as the Rising Star in the Southwest by the Most Beautiful Bays in the World Organization, pristine white sand beaches and azure blue waters await you.

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Good MEMORIES IPW2019 Anaheim

Grammy-nominated singer Natasha Bedingfield, who has English and New Zealand roots, performed in the streets of downtown Anaheim at IPW’s Press Brunch kick-off, and then staged an encore on the final day in California Plaza, an activation space created by Visit California that connected IPW2019 host hotels with the convention centre.