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    Climbing Adventure Awaits at Munich Airport Center: High-Rope Course Returns for Summer Fun

    During the summer vacation, climbing enthusiasts will have the opportunity to test their personal limits at dizzying heights in the Munich Airport Center (MAC). Experienced climbers and newbies alike will get to try out new challenges between August 7 and August 30, 2023, when the MAC Forum will play host to a high-rope course specially designed for the airport. Experienced trainers will be at hand to provide instructions and the safety equipment required to use the various climbing stations, which span a height of 15 meters and a width of 23 meters. A two-hour climbing session costs EUR 9 for adults aged 15 and over and EUR 7 for children up to the age of 14.
    Slots can be booked by e-mail [email protected] or in person directly on site subject to availability. The high-rope course is open from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday to Thursday, and from 1 p.m. to 8 p.m., Friday to Sunday. After hitting the heights, visitors can relax in a deckchair with a cold drink at the “Surf and Turf Bar”. A ticket for a climbing session entitles the holder to a one-euro drinks discount. The “Surf and Turf Bar” is open from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., Monday to Thursday, and from 12 p.m. to 9 p.m., Friday to Sunday.
    Climbers must be at least 125 cm tall and children under 140 cm must be accompanied by an adult.

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    New Global Heat Warning By Experts

    The United States’ National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration recently reported that the world’s oceans had their warmest June on record, making it the third consecutive month that global ocean temperatures had broken records.According to NOAA, June’s worldwide average temperature of 61.79 degrees made it the warmest June on record.
    Ahira Sanchez-Lugo, a climate scientist at NOAA, referred to the rise over last June’s record as “a very substantial leap,” since worldwide monthly records are typically so broad that they frequently move by hundredths less than quarters of a degree.
    Climate scientist Natalie Mahowald of Cornell University, also stated that the recent unprecedented temperatures, as well as the dramatic fires, pollution, and floods are exactly the phenomena expected to happen in a warmer environment, as we are only experiencing a tiny fraction of the consequences that are predicted to become more severe as a result of climate change.
    The land and sea temperatures set new records for the month of June. Scientists report that the North Atlantic has been abnormally warm since the middle of March, and that monthly high temperatures were established all across the world’s sea surface in the last three months. The United Kingdom and the Caribbean areas both broke records.
    Robert Rohde, a researcher at Berkeley Earth, has also said that his team anticipates an 80% possibility that 2023 would set a new global temperature high.ADVERTISEMENTIn an unofficial and early research, the Climate Reanalyzer at the University of Maine found that eleven of the first twelve days of July were hotter than any previously recorded day. According to the globe Meteorological Organization and the Japanese Meteorological Agency, the globe has recently experienced the warmest week on record.
    According to Russ Vose, the head of NOAA’s global analysis division, the record-breaking heat of June can be attributed to two main factors: (1) long-term warming due to heat-trapping gases emitted by the burning of coal, oil, and natural gas; and (2) El Nino, which heats parts of the Pacific and changes weather patterns across the globe.
    However, since El Nino continues to be regarded as mild to moderate at this point, most of June’s warming was attributable to long-term human factors. According to NOAA and other predictions, 2024 will be considerably hotter than this year since it will reach its peak then.
    El Nino and its counterbalance, La Nina, are natural climate fluctuations that have a huge influence on year-to-year temperatures, but their impacts are far lower over the long term than human-caused warming, according to climate scientist Zeke Hausfather of Berkeley Earth and the technology startup Stripe. Every decade, global warming caused by humans contributes as much heat to the atmosphere as a persistent El Nino.
    According to NOAA, both the Arctic and Antarctic sea ice levels reached historic lows in June.
    Moreover, the global warming is expected to continue, even if many ecosystems and human populations have reached their threshold for heat stress.

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    Successful Conclusion to IATA Wings of Change Americas 2023 in Mexico City

    The International Air Transport Association (IATA) successfully hosted the 13th edition of Wings of Change Americas (WOCA 2023), bringing this keynote aviation conference to Mexico for the first time.“Fostering aviation in support of socioeconomic recovery” was the conference theme, which brought together more than 400 delegates to Mexico City on 27-28 June 2023. Participants engaged in dialogue between the airline industry, governments, the tourism sector, and other stakeholders in the air travel value chain, discussing the various aspects of harnessing the potential of aviation in driving economic resurgence and social progress across Latin America and the Caribbean.
    Key highlights and takeaways include:Collaboration for Success: One resounding message was the importance of collaboration among stakeholders. Governments, airlines, airports, and regulatory bodies acknowledged that the potential of aviation and the wider travel & tourism sector across the region could best be maximized through joint efforts. IATA looks forward to working with the Mexican Government to create a joint agenda to further utilize aviation to create jobs and economic opportunities for the country and its people.
    Sustainable Aviation: Airlines are fully committed to achieving net zero carbon emissions by 2050. However, the regulatory framework to support this goal is still lacking across Latin America and the Caribbean. Governments need to act quickly to create the right production incentives for the advancement of Sustainable Aviation Fuels.
    Inclusive and Diverse Industry: Speakers highlighted the need for equal opportunities, gender balance, and diverse representation across all levels of the industry. By fostering an inclusive environment, aviation can harness the power of diverse perspectives, talent, and ideas, driving innovation and progress. IATA’s 25by2025 campaign was also showcased, with ANAC, Brazil’s Civil Aviation Agency, official signing up to the initiative during the event.
    Technology as an Enabler: The transformative power of technology in aviation was showcased. Speakers and innovators shared cutting-edge solutions, highlighting the important role of data analytics in enhancing safety, efficiency, and the passenger experience. It was evident that embracing personalization and digitalization is key to meeting today’s passengers’ expectations.ADVERTISEMENTIn his remarks, Peter Cerdá, IATA’s Regional Vice President for the Americas, highlighted the resilience of the aviation industry, which despite the pandemic and ongoing economic, political and social instabilities, had recovered to just shy of 2019 traffic levels across Latin America and the Caribbean. Given that more than 90% of tourists to the region arrive by air, he reminded all that supporting aviation directly sustains tourism and the well-being of the country. As air transport unites people, families, communities, cultures, creating business opportunities and dreams, and plays a key role in the value chain of important commodity exports, governments must address aviation as a state priority that transcends political change.
    The next Wings of Change Americas event is planned for April 2024 in Santiago de Chile.

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    ITB Asia 2023 Unveils Top Exhibitors and Introduces New Hall for Travel Tech Asia 2023

    ITB Asia, Asia’s leading travel trade show, is pleased to announce the top exhibitors for its highly anticipated 16th edition, set to take place from 25 – 27 October 2023 in Singapore
    Co-located with MICE Show Asia and Travel Tech Asia, this year’s event promises three full days of networking opportunities with international exhibitors, complemented by insightful conference sessions at the threeconference theatres located at the Sands Expo & Convention Centre in Singapore.
    Well ahead of the show in October, many exhibitors confirmed their participation with expansion at ITB Asia 2023. With an impressive line-up of National Tourism Organisations (NTOs) including Brand USA, Croatian National Tourist Board, Czech Tourism Authority, Japan National Tourism Organization, Jordan Tourism Board, Korea Tourism Organization, Malta Tourism Authority, Marianas Visitors Authority, PROMPERU, Singapore Tourism Board, Taiwan Tourism Bureau, Tourism Authority of Thailand, Tourism Promotions Board Philippines, Tourism Seychelles, Visit Estonia, Visit Finland, Visit Iceland, Visit Maldives, Visit Monaco, Visit Norway, and more.
    Attendees can expect a comprehensive showcase of global destinations and tourism products. Latest floorplan can be found on:
    “At ITB Asia attendees can feel the pulse of innovation, network with global trailblazers and boost their business growth to seize the opportunity to shape the future of the travel industry. By expanding the Travel Tech segment with another hall, we’re opening doors to limitless possibilities, ensuring we stay ahead in this rapidly evolving industry”, says Katrina Leung, Managing Director of Messe Berlin (Singapore), the organiserof ITB Asia, MICE Show Asia and Travel Tech Asia.Trade visitors are invited to join the event with an all-access pass, granting entry to all three shows – ITB Asia, MICE Show Asia, and Travel Tech Asia. They can take advantage of the Super Early Bird rate available until 3 September 2023 by registering at hall dedicated to Travel Tech AsiaIn conjunction with ITB Asia, Travel Tech Asia will expand its exhibition and conference theatres at Level 1 of Marina Bay Sands Expo & Convention Centre. Travel Tech Asia is the most important travel technology marketplace for digital travel leaders. Building on its successful comeback last year, the show will feature exhibitors from the travel technology sector, including renowned companies like Amerilink InternationalCorporation, DerbySoft, Go Global Travel, Hotelbeds, Infor, Korea Tourism Startup Center, Rakuten Travel Xchange, SUNRATE,, TBO Holidays, and UNIFIFI Group.
    Travel Tech buyers who are sourcing for travel technology systems may apply for a free pass on:
    For visitors specifically interested in travel technologies, the Travel Tech Asia Visitor Pass offers exclusive access to the Travel Tech Asia exhibition and conferences. The Super Early Bird rate is available now, visitors may register before 3 September 2023 at:

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    2023 Winners of IATA Diversity & Inclusion Awards Announced

    The International Air Transport Association (IATA) announced the winners of the 2023 edition of the IATA Diversity & Inclusion Awards.
    Inspirational Role Model: Poppy Khoza – Director of Civil Aviation, South African Civil Aviation Authority (SACAA)High Flyer: Camila Turrieta – Chair of the Diversity, Equity, Belonging, and Inclusion Committee, Air Line Pilots Association (ALPA), and First Officer, JetBlue AirwaysDiversity & Inclusion Team: Virgin Atlantic Airways“In their fourth year, the IATA Diversity & Inclusion Awards play an important role in recognizing the work done by those who go above and beyond in engraining diversity and inclusion in the aviation industry. Through breaking taboos to introducing innovations and changing the status quo, this year’s winners exemplify the true nature of the industry: resilience, persistence and unhindered motivation to drive change,” said Karen Walker, Editor in Chief, Air Transport World and chair of the judging panel.
    The other members of the judging panel include the winners of the 2022 awards: Güliz Öztürk, CEO, Pegasus Airlines; Kanchana Gamage, Founder and Director of the Aviatrix Project, and Alina Aronberga, SVP Human Resources, airBaltic.
    “I congratulate the winners of the 2023 awards. By their example, they are leading the way to a gender balanced aviation industry. They have pushed boundaries to demonstrate that diversity and inclusion is fundamental to business success. Congratulations to three truly inspirational winners. Women are still under-represented in aviation, but with the help and example of these and previous award winners, we are making progress,” said Willie Walsh, IATA’s Director General.
    Qatar Airways is the sponsor of the Diversity & Inclusion Awards for the fifth consecutive year. Each winner receives a prize of $25,000, payable to the winner in each of the categories or to their nominated charities.ADVERTISEMENTThe 2023 IATA Diversity & Inclusion Awards were presented during the World Air Transport Summit (WATS) which followed the 79th IATA Annual General Meeting in Istanbul, Türkiye.
    ProfilesInspirational Role Model: Poppy Khoza – Director of Civil Aviation, South African Civil Aviation Authority (SACAA)
    The international respect for Poppy Khoza was evident in her unanimous election to serve as President for the 41st Assembly of the International Civil Aviation Organization in 2022.  She was the first ever woman to hold that role in ICAO’s 78-year history.
    At SACAA, Khoza’s work focuses on providing equal opportunities for women and she has led the transformation of the organization which now boasts women in 50% of executive roles. In her work, Khoza spares no effort in mentoring and coaching other women to challenge the status quo and create a more gender balanced aviation industry.
    She is the recipient of numerous awards including the Aviation Sector and Regional Leader Award, Best Chief Executive Officer Award (2015 and 2018). She was also named the Business Leader of the Year during the annual Oliver Empowerment Awards (2018).
    High Flyer: Camila Turrieta – Chair of the Diversity, Equity, Belonging, and Inclusion Committee, Air Line Pilots Association (ALPA), and First Officer, JetBlue Airways
    At ALPA, Turrieta is the voice for diversity, equity and inclusion initiatives for the Association’s 63,000 pilots at 40 airlines. She leads ALPA’s efforts to use gender inclusive terms, expand the Association’s anti-harassment and anti-discrimination policy to promote an environment of inclusiveness in the piloting profession. This led to the FAA requesting her assistance in creating an inclusive culture through positive regulatory changes within the aviation sector.
    Camila is a leader and mentor through her work with non-profit affinity organizations such as the Latino Pilots Association, Organization of Black Aerospace Professionals, Women in Aviation, and the International Society of Women Airline Pilots which have the common goal of promoting the piloting profession to underrepresented and marginalized communities.
    All this led Camila to receive the President’s Call to Service Award under former US Presidents George W Bush and Barack Obama.
    Diversity & Inclusion Team: Virgin Atlantic AirwaysVirgin Atlantic Airways is a true pioneer in the area of diversity, equity and inclusion. To support the refresh of the airline’s “Be Yourself” strategy, the company introduced bold changes which included:
    Revising policies to allow visible tattoos while in uniform,Launching the reasonable workplace adjustment policy to ensure its employees with disabilities get the support they need,Transforming recruitment to remove barriers by focusing on inclusion and accessibility.These changes were supported with digital training to create awareness and enable confident conversations among employees on the Be Yourself strategy. As a result of the successful implementation of the Be Yourself strategy, Virgin Atlantic’s internal employee network membership has increased over 120% while the company’s employee engagement scores for inclusion increased by 6 percentage points.
    Alongside this, Virgin Atlantic Airways relaunched its pioneering “Passport to Change” program, which aims to address inequity in educational learning within local communities.

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    Garden Exposition Unveils in N. China’s Cangzhou City

    The 6th (Cangzhou) Garden Exposition of Hebei Province kicked off on May 26 in Cangzhou, China’s northern city that thrives on canal. A total 19 activities in five categories, including academic exchanges, gardening, skill competitions and cultural exhibitions will be presented until the end of August, according to Cangzhou municipal government.
    With the theme of “Thousand Miles of Thoroughfare, Grand Beauty of the Grand Canal”, the Exposition aims to showcase Cangzhou’s Grand Canal culture, display garden art and promote ecological civilization in an all-round way from site selection, planning, construction and various cultural activities planning.
    The Beijing-Hangzhou Grand Canal, a world cultural heritage, runs through the Exposition Park from north to south. Cangzhou has elaborately built a Grand Canal scenic belt—- a city exhibition park and a specialized plant exhibition on both banks.
    Last year, the Cangzhou section of the Beijing-Hangzhou Grand Canal navigated afresh, which connected this cultural beauty with the Exposition Park, providing an all-factor tourism for visitors. In recent years, while building the Exposition Park along the Grand Canal, Cangzhou recreated the historic buildings Nanchuan and Langyin on both sides.
    The China Grand Canal Intangible Cultural Heritage Exhibition Hall is the most prominent exhibition place along the Grand Canal. The Hall displays the unique and diverse folk arts of Cangzhou, allowing visitors to fully experience the charm of the Grand Canal while appreciating modern garden art.ADVERTISEMENTThe natural ecological scenery, the intangible cultural heritage is organically integrated with the Exposition Park’s courtyard architecture and landscape, and has become a dazzling pearl on the 216-kilometre Grand Canal scenic belt in the central area of Cangzhou.
    This year’s Garden Art Exhibition and Urban Planning and Design Competition will take place at Cangzhou Dahua Industrial Heritage Cultural Zone. Adjacent to the Garden Expo Park, the Zone is a virtual node for this year’s Garden Exposition as well, which was originally one of the 13 chemical fertilizer plants built in the early 1970s.
    It is reported that since 2017, Hebei Province’s provincial garden fairs and the five Garden Expositions have expanded the green park space by 13,050 mu (about 2150 acres)  for the host cities.
    Cangzhou is a city that thrives on canal. Stretching more than 200 kilometers, the water course of the Grand Canal is well preserved, and there are numerous historical relics along the canal.

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    The Republic of San Marino will host the second edition of the UNWTO European Conference on Accessible Tourism in November. Further advancing UNWTO’s commitment to making tourism open to all, the Conference will showcase innovation, public-private partnerships and inclusive policymaking.
    Accessible Tourism: A Priority for the SectorUNWTO is committed to guiding the global tourism sector towards greater accessibility and inclusivity.
    According to the World Health Organization (WHO) 1.3 billion people worldwide experience significant disability, making participation in tourism challenging.Around one quarter of the EU population, 87 million people, already has some form of disability (EUROSTAT).Article 30 of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities advocates for ensuring that persons with disabilities have access to cultural, sporting, recreational and tourism facilities, activities and services.UNWTO: Building a More Accessible TourismIn June 2021, the first comprehensive international standard on accessible tourism, ISO 21902 Accessible Tourism for All, was published by ISO. UNWTO and partners led the development of this new global guidance tool.
    The UNE-ISO 21902 standard establishes requirements and recommendations for accessible tourismIt addresses service providers and tourism operators as well as public administrations and tourism destinations.Towards the 2nd European Conference on Accessible TourismDuring the 68th meeting of the UNWTO Commission for Europe held in the Bulgarian capital, Sofia, the Minister of Tourism of the Republic of San Marino, Federico Pedini Amati, formally announced the 2nd European Conference on Accessible Tourism: Tourism for All will take place in San Marino on 16-17 November 2023.
    UNWTO and San Marino will provide a platform for governments, destinations, the private sector and civil society to discuss the best ways to prioritize accessibility in any tourism policy or strategy.The Conference will make clear the many benefits of more accessible tourism, from creating jobs and boosting economies to allowing more people to travel and strengthening international solidarity and cooperation.The Conference will further discuss how the application of Universal Design principles and cutting-edge solutions to making natural and cultural environments more accessible, is a game-changer.ADVERTISEMENT

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    Arabian Travel Market 2023 sees 29% year-on-year growth in attendees

    More than 40,000 people – including 30,000 visitors – attended the 30th edition of Arabian Travel Market (ATM), which concluded last week in Dubai, UAE.
    This not only represents a year-on-year increase of 29% in attendees compared to 2022, it also represents a 5% increase over 2019, establishing a new record for the show, demonstrating that the Middle East’s travel and tourism sector is booming.
    In line with ATM 2023’s theme, ‘Working Towards Net Zero’, more than 2,100 exhibitors and representatives from over 150 countries gathered at Dubai World Trade Centre (DWTC) to explore how the industry can ensure sustainable travel for future generations.
    Danielle Curtis, Exhibition Director ME, Arabian Travel Market, said: “My colleagues and I are thrilled that so many tourism professionals were able to join us in Dubai to celebrate the 30th edition of the show and shine a spotlight on our sector’s ongoing journey to net zero. The fact that we witnessed record attendance at ATM 2023 is extremely encouraging and a strong indication that the Middle East’s travel industry is once again in excellent shape.”
    To mark three decades of ATM, there were a number of special events on the agenda during the four-day exhibition. Hilton won the inaugural Sustainable Stand Award. Selected by an independent panel of judges, the hospitality brand was chosen for its decision to use a local supplier in the creation of its stand as well as its commitment to repurposing materials as much as possible over the coming three years. Hilton also used a carbon calculator to measure the carbon footprint associated with its involvement in the show and has taken steps to mitigate this output.ADVERTISEMENTThe prestigious Pearl Award was also created exclusively for the 30th edition of ATM and awarded to Colm McLoughlin, Executive Vice Chairman and CEO of Dubai Duty Free, for his outstanding contribution to the travel and tourism sector in the UAE. McLoughlin began his career at Dubai Duty Free in 1983 and has since helped to transform the organisation into a $2 billion company.
    Moderated by Eleni Giokos, Anchor and Correspondent CNN, the show’s opening session delved into a climate change debate as tourism heads took to the Global Stage. The prestigious line-up of speakers included Sujit Mohanty, Regional Division for the Arab States, United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNDRR); Dr Abed Al Razzaq Arabiyat, Managing Director, Jordan Tourism Board; and HE Walid Nassar, Lebanon’s Minister of Tourism.
    ATM 2023 was held in conjunction with Dubai World Trade Centre, and its strategic partners include Dubai’s Department of Economy and Tourism (DET) as the Destination Partner, Emirates as the Official Airline Partner, IHG Hotels & Resorts as the Official Hotel Partner and Al Rais Travel as the Official DMC Partner.

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