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Tourism after Corona Virus – Fast or Gradual Recovery?

Tourism after Corona Virus - Fast or Gradual Recovery - TRAVELINDEXGeneva (Switzerland) – March 30, 2020 / by Bernard Metzger, Founder, Travelindex – Aggressive containment measures by governments around the world had an immediate severe economic impact but are helping to contain the virus spread, leading to lesser long-term negative economic implications. Previous disease outbreaks recovered to pre-outbreak levels in six to ten months after the peak of the outbreak but for some destinations the visitor numbers recovered only after 19 months.

For tourism to bounce back, we need to see a normalization and all restrictions to be lifted as well as a rebound in consumer confidence.

Gradual recovery – How fast?

Is the covid-19 going to disappear completely in the near future or are we going to get into a period of cyclical virus-waves? Or are we going to end up with low-level endemic disease that we have to deal with in the long term?

The answers to these questions will also determine how governments will modify the current travel limitations or uplift restrictions therefore how tourism will recover.

In an ideal scenario, on September 1st, 2020 (hypothetically) the world will be declared corona virus free and all travel restrictions will be lifted, people start traveling again, airlines resume all their routes and hotel are re-opening.

The World Economic Forum forecasts that once the outbreak is over, it could take up to 10 months for the industry to recover. Tourism Economics expect a full recovery by 2023, based on how the travel industry recuperated from past slumps, once the situation has stabilized.

Several factors will have a direct impact on the speed of recovery (a) official travel restrictions, (b) events reinstatement, (c) travelers risk aversion or fear factor, (d) consumers disposable personal income.

People travel for distinct reasons: business and work, leisure and holidays, events and MICE, family and friends visits but most people don’t have to travel, they choose to. Each category will recover at a different pace, in line with national and international travel restrictions and on their free own choice.

States will modulate their restrictions according to the travel intend of each individual travelers. For economic reasons the “business traveler”, defined as a person contributing essential services to the community or to an enterprise, will be granted “travel privileges” before the leisure traveler. Initially, governments will weight benefits of lifting travel restrictions against traveler’s contribution to the national economy and well-being of its people.

Governments from around the world have to recognize the key role tourism can play in response and recovery of the covid-19 crisis.

Many countries have already enacted multi-billion-dollar fiscal stimulus measures to offset the massive, coronavirus-induced hits to their respective economies, including the tourism sector. In a number of countries, the state will control tourism assets (airlines) which will have a direct bearing on their decisions on travel restrictions and on the reopening of routes, which ones and how soon.

Destination marketing organizations are facing difficult times and 80 percent of destination organizations surveyed in North America have reduced or postponed sales and marketing spending. However, destinations have every reason to launch inventive and genuinely uplifting campaigns, now. Estonia launched a campaign “visit estonia…later…stayhome” in line with the hashtag #TravelTomorrow launched by the UN World Tourism Organization (UNWTO), trending on Twitter and emphasizing that we will travel tomorrow for the right reasons, creating opportunities for all, making positive change and building a better future for people and planet.

The tourism sector is resilient but economic, financial, psychological and even privacy concerns will make travel decision more difficult. The future of global tourism will be determined by us and our behaviour, our governments as much as the virus.

Exploring Chonburi: 6 Things to Do and Places to Visit

Exploring Chonburi: 6 Things to Do and Places to Visit - Koh LarnChonburi, located just 89 kilometers southeast of Bangkok, is a tourist destination that is well-loved by both local and foreign tourists. Being a coastal town (its name means “City of Water”), Chonburi is one of the best places to get fresh seafood. In addition, Chonburi’s tropical climate makes it an ideal place to enjoy the sun, sea, and sand for a good part of the year. April is particularly popular for beachgoers, with sultry temperatures reaching 35°C (95°F).

If you happen to be vacationing in Chonburi province or are planning to visit soon, here are a few ideas for things to do.

Buddha Mountain

Buddha Mountain or Khao Chi Chan Buddha is often the first on the list of popular Chonburi tourist spots. The 130-meter-high image was carved in 1996 in honor and celebration of the 50th anniversary of King Bhumibol’s reign. Using lasers, the computer-designed pattern was etched onto the side of the limestone mountain. This process was done entirely at night so that the workers can clearly see the lasers and ensure the accuracy of the design. As a final touch, the grooves were filled in with gold leaf.

Surrounding Buddha Mountain are landscaped gardens, giving the site a relaxing, tranquil atmosphere. There is also a temple at the foot of the mountain where visitors will often see monks performing their daily duties and rituals. Since this place is a religious site, make sure to dress appropriately when visiting this landmark.

Koh Larn (Coral Island)

เกาะ ล้าน or Koh Larn (also Ko Lan or Coral Island) is one of the most popular beach destinations in Chonburi. The beaches of Koh Larn are surrounded by mountains, giving you views of both deep, sparkling blues and lush, bright greens. Because it’s popular with tourists, Ko Larn has no shortage of restaurants that serve fresh and delicious seafood and a variety of other dishes. You can also participate in various water activities like diving, parasailing, snorkeling, and underwater “sea walking.” What’s great about Koh Larn is that it’s away from the city (about 7 kilometers from the coast of Pattaya) but not too far for it to be inconvenient.

Nong Nooch Tropical Botanical Garden

If you love plants and flowers, one of the best destinations in Chonburi for you would be Nong Nooch Tropical Botanical Gardens. It has nine different divisions, dedicated to various kinds of plants and famous gardens around the world: European Garden, French Garden, Stonehenge Garden, the Ant Tower, Butterfly Hill, Cactus and Succulents, Flower Valley, Orchid and Bromeliad Garden, and Variegated Plants. There are also cultural shows held at Nong Nooch, as well as religious ceremonies and even martial arts demonstrations. Inside the 500-acre garden are two restaurants, a mini zoo, as well as a hotel and Thai-style houses for rent.

Wat Yansangwararam

Wat Yansangwararam, Wat Yan for short, is a Buddhist temple complex covering 145 acres. It features various buildings with different architectural styles, along with several sprawling gardens and a large man-made lake. The first building you will see upon entering Wat Yan is the Viharn Sien Temple, which is also a museum that houses a collection of Chinese artifacts that date as far back as 3,000 years. There is also the main Wat Yan Temple, with a pavilion that contains a replica of Buddha’s footprint. There are also temples with Chinese, Indian, Japanese, and even Swiss influences inside Wat Yan. You can also find monuments in the complex, including one of King Prajadhipok, who was the last absolute monarch and first constitutional monarch of Thailand. Finally, there are also certain areas inside Wat Yan where you can catch a glimpse of Buddha Mountain.

Nong Mon Market

Nong Mon Market is one of the busiest in Thailand and perhaps also the most well-known. That’s because it has the biggest variety of dried foods, like squids, shrimps, and salted fish, which you can’t always buy from any other marketplace. It’s also a popular place to get souvenirs and Thai desserts, like khao lam, palm juice, and khanom chak. In terms of street foods, you can enjoy local favorites like chaeng lon, hoi cho, and tod man pla. Nong Mon Market is a popular pitstop for tourists coming from Bang Saen or those heading to Chan, Trad, and Rayong.

Cartoon Network Amazone Waterpark

Cartoon Network Amazone is the first Cartoon Network-themed amusement and waterpark in the world. It has a total of 10 entertainment zones, which are classified based on their intensity and whether they’re suited for young children. Some of the attractions include Cartoonival and Riptide Rapids for the least intense experience, Rainfall Rainicorn and Banana Spin for the medium level, the Omnitrix and XLR8-TOR for the most heart-pumping experience. There is also a massive food court that serves a variety of dishes from different culinary traditions, and here are also private cabanas if you want to take a break from the wild adventures. Of course, kids will enjoy seeing the likenesses of popular Cartoon Network characters like Ben 10 and the Powerpuff Girls here.

Chonburi is certainly one of the best places to have a refreshing break from the hustle and bustle of Bangkok. The next time you want some time off, head down south and experience beauty and adventure in this exciting coastal city.

Taipei and Tokyo to Get First AI Based Restaurants & Dining Guides

Taipei and Tokyo to Get First AI Based Restaurants & Dining GuidesAugust 1, 2019 (travelindex) – After the very successful launch in 5 cities across Asia, Travelindex is announcing the launch of its “Top 25 Restaurants Guides” in Tokyo and Taipei. Top 25 Restaurants is the World’s 1st Restaurant Guide based on AI through it’s unique “Restaurant Rating Index”.

The ratings and ranking are based on patented, artificial intelligence and natural language processing technology, and, importantly, re-assessed by some of the world’s top culinary experts.

We combine the power of AI (artificial intelligence) and machine learning with the “human” expertise and discernment of culinary experts“, says Bernard A. Metzger, Founder of Travelindex and the Top25Restaurants Guides series.

Henk Savelberg, the famous Michelin starred chef of Savelberg in Bangkok, recently said “ is fast becoming the Michelin Guide of the 21st century…“. is celebrating fine dining in each city highlighting its the culinary dynamism, as well as new trends and chefs supporting local community products. Top 25 Restaurants contributes to the prestige of the local fine dining scene and, with the integration into the Travelindex global ecosystem, contributes to attract more visitors and tourists to the cities and countries.

From niu rou mian, beef noodle soup and considered one of Taiwan’s unofficial national dishes and xiao long bao to soup dumplings, Taipei offers a unique cuisine that’s rich and complex allowing visitors not only to sample some the greatest culinary hits of Chinese cuisine but exceptional international fares as well. Top 25 Restaurants Guide Taipei will soon reveal the best restaurants in Taipei.

Tokyo dubbed by many the “culinary capital of the world” is a city where people are absolutely obsessed with food. With over 165,000 restaurants and more Michelin stars than any other city in the world, Tokyo is a foodies’ paradise. You will find some of the best dishes for any budget with mostly exceptional service. Get ready for the culinary adventure of a lifetime…Top 25 Restaurants Guide Tokyo will soon reveal the best restaurants in Tokyo.

Discover soon some of the world’s finest restaurants in Taipei and Tokyo at:
– for the best restaurants in Taipei, visit
– for the best restaurants in Tokyo, visit
– for the best restaurants in Asia, visit

About Travelindex
Travelindex is content-driven ecosystem for the tourism and hospitality sectors. The company is focused on developing travel and lifestyle discovery products helping businesses to create online solutions for enhance visibility, higher conversions and more customers. We combine the power of human creativity and expertise with technology and machine learning to deliver ground-breaking digital media products. The “Top 25 Restaurants Guide by Travelindex” is the world’s first restaurant guide based on artificial intelligence. The company puts a priority on the integration of reliable data with human discernment to make trusted information accessible to all.

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Top 25 Restaurants Launched in 5 Cities Across Asia

Best Restaurants in Asia by Top 25 Restaurants in 5 Cities Across AsiaTravelindex has launched its restaurant guide, Top 25 Restaurants – the Mastercard Affluent Dining Guide in 5 key cities across Asia Pacific. Top 25 Restaurants is the World’s 1st Restaurant Guide based on AI through it’s unique “Restaurant Rating Index”.

The ratings and ranking are based on patented, artificial intelligence and natural language processing technology, and, importantly, re-assessed by some of the world’s top culinary experts.

The culinary experts are passionate and knowledgeable about food and restaurants they assess the décor, ambience, service, quality of ingredients used and cooking techniques, the personality of the chef in the cuisine, value for money, and overall consistency. is celebrating fine dining in each city highlighting its the culinary dynamism, as well as new trends and chefs supporting local community products. Top 25 Restaurants contributes to the prestige of the local fine dining scene and, with the integration into the Travelindex global ecosystem, contributes to attract more visitors and tourists to the cities and countries.

Begin your discovery of some of the world’s finest restaurants across Asia Pacific at

For the best restaurants in Bangkok, visit
For the best restaurants in Singapore, visit
For the best restaurants in Hong Kong, visit
For the best restaurants in Shanghai, visit
For the best restaurants in Delhi, visit

Travelindex and Snap Productions Unveil a Brand New Website on Langkawi

Travelindex and Snap Productions Unveil a Brand New Website on LangkawiLangkawi (Malaysia) – September 16, 2018 (travelindex) – Travelindex in collaboration with Snap Productions launched their website at the PATA Travel Mart 2018 here in Langkawi today. A website devoted to providing travellers accurate information and inspiring stories about the Magical Island of Langkawi.

The website is aimed to provide a comprehensive and current travel information current to the public and it will serve as a platform where visitors can find as much content as they can on just one website. Developed and designed in house, its features include: mobile – first responsive design to optimise user experience, increased video presence , high impact visuals and real time response to trending topics and to aid visitors with their trip planning.

The new website is leveraging the Travelindex platform one of the world’s largest content marketing ecosystem that owns 80 over travel related websites, integrating hotels, restaurants and tour options all under one roof with direct contact details complete with photos and videos. Combined with an extensive social media platform, the network reaches over 11 million travellers and decision makers in the tourism industry monthly.

“Travelindex has a global travel network and we believe that this website will enhance not only travellers wanting to visit the island but will definitely boost the Langkawi travel industry players as well. We deliver the webs most concentrated audience and to inspires travellers and buyers at every stage of the purchase cycle.” said Bernard Metzger, founder of Travelindex.

The website provides business profile pages and is broken down respectively into key search criteria for visitors to access easily, current news and communications will be distributed to relevant websites and social media handles such as Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

Sasha Aru of Snap Productions stated “ aims to become the most innovative, trusted travel guide and reference source on Langkawi which is currently lacking for the island unfortunately. Especially now that we are living in an age where there is a constant need to provide data, the website will serve as a platform for travellers and business owners alike. The strategy is to build something that will benefit the local industry players as well.”

In Malaysia, Travelindex has joint forces with Snap Productions who runs social media campaigns for tourism boards and travel associated business, as it has extensive knowledge of the local market and is closer to the needs of tourism professionals helping them reach their target audience.

“With this strong synergy between the two companies, we hope to bring a fresh, creative and an interactive website for the Magical island of Langkawi” Bernard added.

The launch during the PATA Travel Mart 2018 in Langkawi was presided by Ybhg. Dato’ Haji Azizan Noordin, CEO of LADA and Mr. Anthony Wong, Group Managing Director of Frangipani Hotels and Resorts.

The website is currently running and is in the initial development stages but already has some resourceful content to start planning for that holiday in Langkawi, Malaysia.

For further information please contact:
Sasha Aru
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Bernard Metzger
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Bangkok First Global City with Top 25 Restaurants Guide by Travelindex

Bangkok (Thailand) – December 1, 2017 (Travelindex) – Travelindex launched today its first Top 25 Restaurants City Guide by Restaurant Rating Index. Bangkok as the top tourism destination in Mastercard’s annual travel index, 20 million overnight visitors and a very diverse and dynamic dining scene was the perfect choice for this first restaurant city guide.

From Michelin-star quality tasting menus to exquisite Thai food or the best sushi you’ll ever have, Bangkok is a gourmet heaven. The city is also the top-ranked destination city by international overnight visitors and Travelindex decided to launch its First Global Restaurant City Guide with the Top 25 Restaurants in the Thai capital.

Restaurant ratings and reviews are critical in the consumer decision making process. The Top 25 Restaurants Guide is based on Travelindex owned and patented, “Restaurant Rating Index”. The 3-tier rating combines the power of crowd wisdom (social media and review sites) with artificial intelligence behavioral algorithms and a zest of human expertise from some of the world’s top culinary experts. The result, the Restaurant Rating Index (RRI), a true and objective measuring standard on a scale between 1 and 100, where 100 is best.

Bernard Metzger, Founder of Travelindex, said “How often are you asked by your friends for restaurant recommendations? Existing guides and websites offer either too much choice, and one gets frustrated by the many layers to go through, or restaurants on curated sites tend to be expensive with Michelin-star quality of cooking and a price tag to match. Our aim, with the Top 25 Restaurants guide series, is to give, diners and foodies alike a tool to fast and easily match their aspirations, location and budget.”

Bernard added “Bangkok is the first in our new series of restaurant city guides and in fact our team of experts is already working on the Singapore and Hong Kong editions”.

The Bangkok guide ranked L’Atelier de Joel Robuchon, the Michelin star world champion, in the top spot while Savelberg, another Michelin star regular and Sra Bua a Thai restaurant offering a modern interpretation of Thai cuisine take respectively second and third positions.

The Top 25 Restaurants Guide brings together not only gourmet dining but the best of all cuisines, with every establishment chosen first and foremost for the quality of cooking. The diversity of cuisine is reflected in the ranking, from the classic French and Italian to hyper-local Thai food restaurant Bo.lan, to Middle Eastern inspired at House on Sathorn and modern American at Bunker. To discover all 25 top restaurants in Bangkok, please visit

About Travelindex
Travelindex is a company focused on developing data driven travel discovery and travel planning products. The Company owns digital media products, brands and a technology framework helping businesses create online marketing solutions. Since 2013 Travelindex has spearheaded the development of the “Travel Rating Index” a system and platform measuring objectively, in the same way across the world, criteria important for travelers. Travelindex puts a priority in the integration of sustainability into distribution and management systems to bring tangible benefits to its partners and clients helping them to improve reputation and goodwill. Travelindex is a UNWTO World Tourism Organization Affiliate Member. Website:

Top 25 Restaurants aims to guide and assist diners to find, in every city and every day of the year, the restaurant matching their aspirations, location and budget. To deliver a true and objective measuring standard Travelindex has develop its own and unique “Restaurant Rating Index” (RRI) combining the power of a mathematical algorithm driven by artificial intelligence and re-assessed through the human discernment of some of the world’s top culinary experts. Website:

Travelindex Endorsed as World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) Member

Taleb Rifai, Secretary General of the World Tourism Organization UNWTO and Bernard Metzger, Founder of TravelindexMadrid (Spain) – September 26, 2017 – The World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) officially approved Travelindex affiliate membership application, adding to a group whose members include such prestigious institutions as CNN, World Tourism Forum Lucerne, Club Med, European Travel Commission, International Air Transport Association (IATA), Hong Kong Tourism Board, Amadeus, George Washington University, Colorado State University, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University – School of Hotel and Tourism Management (HTM).

The Travelindex application for UNWTO Affiliate Membership has been approved by the Executive Council at its 106th session, and has been ratified at the 22nd Session of the UNWTO General Assembly held in September 2017 in Chengdu, China. The UNWTO Affiliate Members Programme recognizes the great potential in collaborating with organizations in generating global sustainable wealth through enhanced tourism knowledge, ethical and responsible principles and joint initiatives.

“We’re truly honored to have been approved as a UNWTO Affiliate Member and to become part of an incredible array of passionate organizations, destinations, NGOs and educational institutions all committed to the UNWTO Mission of promoting responsible, sustainable and universally accessible tourism.” said Mr Bernard Metzger, Founder of Travelindex.

Bernard added “We’re thrilled to be a part of the UNWTO family which will provide an unrivalled opportunity to share and exchange best practice with other members, as well as jointly participate in projects, events and other mutual learning activities. At the same time, through active participation, we’ll be able to share our expertise and experience helping destinations and organizations across the world develop and evolve digital cultures.”

About the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO):
The World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) is the United Nations agency responsible for the promotion of responsible, sustainable and universally accessible tourism. As the leading international organization in the field of tourism, UNWTO promotes tourism as a driver of economic growth, inclusive development and environmental sustainability and offers leadership and support to the sector in advancing knowledge and tourism policies worldwide.

UNWTO generates market knowledge, promotes competitive and sustainable tourism policies and instruments, fosters tourism education and training, and works to make tourism an effective tool for development through technical assistance projects in over 100 countries around the world. UNWTO’s membership includes 156 countries, 6 Associate Members and over 500 Affiliate Members representing the private sector, educational institutions, tourism associations and local tourism authorities. For more, visit

About Travelindex:
Our vision is to become the de-facto digital connectivity node for the travel and tourism industry. The Travelindex portfolio of products includes over 70 destination reference tools and one of the world’s largest, open and curated, database on travel and tourism covering 241 countries and territories. Our integrated platform is fast emerging as the central channel in destination and travel knowledge. Travelindex puts a priority on the integration of sustainability into distribution and management systems to bring tangible benefits to its partners and clients helping them to improve reputation and goodwill. For more, visit

Travelindex Joins Tinder in Campaign to Save the World’s Last Male Northern White Rhino

Nairobi (Kenya) – May 21, 2017 ( – In search of a hookup that might save his species, Sudan, the world’s last male northern white rhino has joined the dating app Tinder in an attempt to save the species from extinction. Sudan needs the internet’s help to make the magic happen. Travelindex has joined the campaign and partnered with the Ol Pejeta Conservancy, where Sudan lives, to raise awarness and help raise funds for an in-vitro fertilization.

Imagine if you were among the last surviving members of your species and also the last male due to the greed of men who see one of your body parts as an aphrodisiac and are therefore willing to kill you and your kind to extinction. Sudan is the last surviving male of the northern white male rhino species, the only solution that can help this majestic species to survive is the use of in-vitro fertilisation.

The procedure on a rhino is expensive due to the research involved and the project needs upto USD 9 Million to save the northern white rhino (Ceratotherium simum cottoni)from extinction. The funds raised will go towards ongoing research into Assisted Reproductive Techniques (ART) by a consortium of institutions. Once perfected, this technology, in particular in vitro fertilization (IVF), will aid to achieve successful pregnancies to gradually build up a viable herd of northern white rhinos.

We joined the campaign with Ol Pejeta Conservancy and Tinder because I strongly believe that we, the human society, and wild ecosystems are one inseparable whole. We want to give Sudan a chance to breed, helping his species to survive for the benefit of our children and for future generations.” said Mr Bernard Metzger, Founder of Travelindex. “Sudan’s banners will be seen on our network in 241 countries and territories and across our network of 60 travel websites.

Click on any banner on our websites or click here now and donate generously to help save the northern white rhinos. Tinder users please swipe right on Sudan’s profile and you will be directed to a site where the public can donate to help to save the species from extinction.

About Ol Pejeta Conservancy
Set on 90,000 acres in Laikipia County, Kenya, Ol Pejeta Conservancy is the largest black rhino sanctuary in East Africa. The Conservancy is home to 114 critically endangered black rhino (making the Conservancy the only “Key 1” population in East Africa), 26 southern white rhino, and the last three remaining northern white rhinos globally (including the last male in existence. Ol Pejeta is one of only two African conservancies to be awarded an IUCN Green Listing. Visit our website:

Ol Pejeta Conservancy works to conserve wildlife, provide a sanctuary for great apes and to generate income through wildlife tourism and complementary enterprise for reinvestment in conservation and community development.

We are caretakers of the land, safeguarding endangered species and ensuring the openness and accessibility of conservation for all. An innovative attitude is part of our make-up, we empower our people to think the same way and embrace new approaches to conservation. We provide natural wilderness experiences, backed up by scientifically credible conservation and genuine interactions with wildlife.

About Travelindex:
Travelindex is a company focused on developing data-driven travel discovery and travel planning products. The Company owns digital media products, brands and a technology framework helping businesses create online marketing solutions. Travelindex puts a priority on the integration of sustainability into distribution and management systems to bring tangible benefits to its partners and clients helping them to improve reputation and goodwill.

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Tourism Leader Meet During the WTTC Global Summit in Bangkok

Bangkok (Thailand) – April 28, 2017 (travelindex) – Some the most influential business executives in the travel and tourism industry have converged on Bangkok for the World Travel and Tourism Council’s 2017 Global Summit. The WTTC Global Summit addresses the issues which affect the sector as a whole, for an invitation-only audience. The Summit kicked off with the launch of the ‘Is It Too Much To Ask’ advocacy campaign, calling on individuals and Travel & Tourism organisations to commit to tackling the issues currently facing the sector and the planet.

The WTTC Global Summit is an event for the leaders of the Travel and Tourism sector, who gather each year, to meet and share their views and insights on many pertinent global topics, in both a business and social environment.

The 2017 Summit was an opportunity for Mr. Alain St. Ange, former Minister of Tourism from the Seychelles and Mr. Bernard Metzger Founder of Travelindex to meet.

Alain St.Ange from the Seychelles is one of six candidates contesting the May elections to head the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO). Armenia, Brazil, Columbia, Georgia, Korea, Seychelles and Zimbabwe are the countries that are in the running with candidates already accepted by the UNWTO Madrid Office. The election will be held on May 12 at the organisation’s headquarters in Madrid, and will be voted on by ministers of tourism from 34 countries.

Bernard A. Metzger, the Founder & Director of Travelindex says: “During the 2017 WTTC Global Summit, Alain informed me, in details, on his plan for the UNWTO Secretary-General’s mandate and I was impressed by his committment, dedication and hard work to make world tourism work for everybody and to make it a force for good.”

Bernard further added: “Alain briefed me also on some of the ‘fake news’ campaigns beeing orchestrated against him and the call by Zambia, on behalf of the African Union, for him to withdraw from the race for Secretary-General of the UNWTO. He confirmed to me that he will not let these tactics affect him but will continued to present ourselves to Member States as the most credible candidate and will continue his campaign through in an ethical and morally upright fashion, right up to the voting day on the 12th of May.”

On the second day of the Global Summit in Bangkok, the World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC) announced the Winners of the 2017 Tourism for Tomorrow Awards. The Awards celebrate inspirational, world-changing tourism initiatives from all over the globe. David Scowsill, President & CEO, WTTC, said: “The Travel and Tourism sector is growing fast, and we have to ensure that this growth does not see short-term gains prioritised over the longer-term health of local environments and communities.”

About the World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC)
The World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC) is the forum for global business leaders in travel and tourism comprising the presidents, chairs and chief executive officers of 100 of the world’s foremost companies. It is the only body representing the private sector in all parts of the travel and tourism industry worldwide.