Focus: Breaking Travel News interview: Bernadette Romulo-Puyat, minister of tourism, the Philippines

Voters at the World Travel Awards have recognised the Philippines with a duo of top titles. Here Breaking Travel News chats with minister of tourism, Bernadette Romulo-Puyat, to find out how the trophies will aid the recovery of the sector



Focus: BTN interview: Thoyyib Mohamed, managing director, Maldives Marketing & PR Corporation

With the Maldives having claimed a number of top titles at the World Travel Awards, Breaking Travel News here catches up with tourism chief, Thoyyib Mohamed, to discover how the trophies will help the recovery from Covid-19



Focus: Breaking Travel News interview: Harry Theocharis, minister of tourism, Greece

Having taken a top title at the annual World Travel Awards Grand Final, Breaking Travel News here chats with Greek minister of tourism, Harry Theocharis, to find out how it feels to have won



Focus: Breaking Travel News interview: Karam Chand, chief executive, Royal Brunei Airlines

After a challenging year, Royal Brunei Airlines has been recognised as a global leader by the World Travel Awards. Here Breaking Travel News chats to chief executive, Karam Chand, to find out how the title has led to renewed optimism as we move into 2021



Focus: Breaking Travel News interview: Angela Brav, president, international, Hertz

As car rental giant Hertz is honoured with a global title at the World Travel Awards, Breaking Travel News here finds out more from president, international, Angela Brav



Focus: Breaking Travel News interview: Apolónia Rodrigues, president, Dark Sky Association

Dark Sky Alqueva allows guests to stare deep into the cosmos and has been recognised as a global hospitality leader by the World Travel Awards. Here Breaking Travel News chats with Apolónia Rodrigues, president of the Dark Sky Association, to find out more about the project



Focus: Breaking Travel News interview: Srikanth Devarapalli, general manager, Emerald Maldives Resort & Spa

Having been recognised as among the best in the business by voters at the World Travel Awards, Breaking Travel News here chats with Srikanth Devarapalli, general manager at Emerald Maldives Resort, to discover more about the property



Focus: Breaking Travel News interview: Nаtalia Lipets, advisor to the vice president, Academservice

Having been recognised as one of the best in the business by the World Travel Awards, Breaking Travel News here chats with Nаtalia Lipets of Academservice to find out more



News: Maldives leads global winners at World Travel Awards

World Travel Awards – the international initiative to recognise and reward excellence in travel and tourism – has unveiled the 2020 winners of its global titles.



Focus: Istanbul Airport Was Granted the “Best Digital Transformation in Europe” Award

Istanbul Airport with its distinguished concept of ‘smart airport’ as well as its unique architecture, robust infrastructure, state-of-the-art technology and the outstanding travel experience it offers, was awarded the “Digital Transformation Award” by Airports Council International (ACI) as a part of the “16th ACI Europe Awards”.



Focus: BTN interview: Mario Pederzolli, chief operating officer, Lanserhof at the Arts Club

Having opened last year, Lanserhof at the Arts Club has become a fixture of the London wellness scene. Here we find out more about the project from chief operating officer, Mario Pederzolli, as the property is honoured by the World Spa Awards



News: Virgin Atlantic to launch pre-flight testing at Heathrow

Virgin Atlantic customers flying to Barbados or onwards to Antigua and Grenada on selected flights will receive a free, rapid, point of care, pre-departure lateral flow antigen test at Heathrow.



News: Travelodge retains virtually all hotels following landlord dispute

Travelodge has retained a network of 578 hotels following an acrimonious company voluntary arrangement deal with owners, losing just a handful to competitors.



News: Mandarin Oriental moves into Saudi Arabia with Al Faisaliah Hotel deal

Mandarin Oriental has signed an agreement with the Al Khozama Company to manage and ultimately brand the Al Faisaliah Hotel. The group will take over the property early next year.



News: Saga inches closer to resumption of sailing in the spring

Saga has become the first cruise operator to be awarded new Covid-19 health assurance accreditation by Lloyd’s Register, the maritime safety experts.



News: Marriott signs for St. Regis property in Chicago

Marriott International has signed an agreement with Magellan Development Group to introduce its St. Regis Hotels & Resorts brand to Chicago. The project is anticipated to include 191 hotel rooms.



News: Aruba leads latest list of quarantine-free destinations

Aruba, the Pacific Islands, Bhutan, Timor-Leste and Mongolia have all been added to the UK quarantine-free travel list. Guests arriving from the countries will no longer be expected to self-isolate.



News: The Langley reopens ahead of festive season

Located in the heart of Buckinghamshire’s vast Langley Park and just a short drive from central London, The Langley, A Luxury Collection Hotel, Buckinghamshire, has reopened.



News: Park Hyatt London River Thames to open in 2022

Hyatt has entered into a management agreement with R&F UK for a new hotel in London. The 203-room Park Hyatt London River Thames is expected to open in 2022.



News: Reggae Sunsplash festival returns to Jamaica

The ground-breaking Reggae Sunsplash festival returns this weekend for the first-ever virtual staging of the event featuring a special tribute honouring the late reggae icon, Dennis Emmanuel Brown.