What’s New in Hotel Online Distribution and Tech Trends? W2, July 2023

Here is your weekly industry news round-up. Check out the short snippets here and follow below for more details. 

  • Portugal’s travel & tourism sector hits record high in 2023 
  • Four Seasons Hotel Madinah joins the religious tourism market 
  • Morocco attracts 1.4 million tourists in June 
  • Tanzania’s new embassy in Indonesia to focus on tourism 
  • Radisson Blu Resort, Kumbhalgarh launches in India 

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Newshound w2, July 2023

Portuguese travel & tourism sector soars to unprecedented heights in 2023 

Today, the World Travel & Tourism Council’s (WTTC) 2023 Economic Impact Research (EIR) reveals that the Portuguese Travel & Tourism sector is projected to exceed the 2019 peak this year. According to the report, the sector is set to contribute €40.4 billion to the Portuguese economy by the end of 2023, surpassing the 2019 pre-pandemic high of €40.1 billion. 


Four Seasons Hotel Madinah confirmed for religious tourism market 

Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts has confirmed a hotel in the holy city of Madinah as the high-end Canadian operator moves into the world of religious tourism. The Four Seasons Hotel Madinah will feature 245 keys, two restaurants, a tea lounge, a spa, a fitness centre, a barber shop and a “curated collection” of retail outlets. 


In June, Morocco attracted 1.4 million visitors 

In the first six months of 2023, tourist arrivals in Morocco reached 6.5 million. This accounted for 1.4 million visitors and points to new Ministry of Morocco Tourism statistics. The ministry said that in tourism arrivals, Spain contributed to a rise of 79% compared to 2019. Later, it was followed by the UK with 23%, Portugal with 16% and Israel with 96%. 


Tanzania’s new embassy in Indonesia to boost tourism cooperation 

Targeting tourism and business development cooperation with Indonesia, Tanzania has opened its Embassy in Jakarta to coordinate and strengthen cooperation between the two countries. Tourism and hospitality industries are among the leading and targeted investment areas designated to enhance the relationship between the two states. 


Radisson Blu Resort, Kumbhalgarh unveiled in India 

Radisson Blu Resort, Kumbhalgarh is located in proximity to the Kumbhalgarh Fort, a UNESCO World Heritage site renowned for its architectural splendour. The resort’s strategic location ensures convenient access to other prominent attractions, including the revered Ranakpur Jain Temple and the captivating wildlife of Kumbhalgarh Wildlife Sanctuary. 


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