What’s New in Hotel Online Distribution and Tech Trends? W4, September 2023

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

  • Global tourism sustainability standard in the works by UNWTO 
  • Soul Beach Dubai reopens with unmissable festivals 
  • Marriott announces Autograph Collection hotel for AlUla 
  • Maldives long weekend getaway: Centara Hotels & Resorts 
  • India welcomes Indonesia’s travel roadshow 

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UNWTO sets global standards to promote sustainable tourism practices 

In line with its pledge to encourage tourism as a catalytic agent for commercial growth and success, sustainability of the environment and inclusive development, UNWTO is collecting consensus around the Statistical Framework for Measuring Sustainability of Tourism. UNWTO has followed a UN process that will conclude in presenting the Statistical Framework for MST to the United Nations Statistical Commission. 


Soul Beach Dubai unveils lineup of unmissable festivals for season reopening 

Soul Beach Dubai, a curated environment that awakens and nurtures the soul, is renowned for seamlessly transitioning the guest experience from day to night. Sun-seekers are invited daily to gather their friends and feel in tune with themselves as they vibe to the cool house music sounds of the resident DJ. Entry to the adults-only beach club is AED 200 with 150 redeemable on F&B on weekdays and AED 200 with 100 redeemable on F&B on weekends. Those who choose to lounge at one of the VIP cabanas will receive a special welcome bag filled with poolside must-haves. 


Marriott to debut Autograph Collection Hotel in AlUla, Saudi Arabia 

Marriott’s growth in Saudi Arabia continues with a new deal for an Autograph Collection property in AlUla. The hospitality giant has signed a deal with AlUla Development Company (UDC) to open the hotel in downtown AlUla by 2025. Spanning 22,635 sq m, the Autograph Collection hotel will be situated in central AlUla, positioned next to the AlUla Museum and opposite the Farmer’s Market. Autograph Collection’s portfolio currently features over 290 hotels globally.  


Experience the Maldives on a long weekend with Centara Hotels & Resorts 

Discover a captivating marine paradise at Centara Grand Island Resort & Spa, nestled within the enchanting South Ari Atoll. Your journey to this tropical haven begins with a mesmerizing seaplane ride from Male, revealing pristine turquoise waters that invite exploration. Here, a healthy marine life thrives, and the resort boasts the acclaimed 2nd Best House Reef in Maldives, as honoured by the Travel + Leisure Luxury Awards for Asia Pacific 2023, located right on the resort’s doorstep. 


Wonderful Indonesia hosts multi-city roadshow in India 

Wonderful Indonesia, in collaboration with the Ministry of Tourism and Creative Economy of the Republic of Indonesia, is set to engage the Indian traveller market through its recently concluded dynamic multi-city roadshow in India. The Wonderful Indonesia Roadshow was hosted at Hyderabad on September 11, 2023, in Mumbai on September 13, 2023, and in Ahmedabad on September 15, 2023. The event sought to promote Indonesia as the ultimate destination for Indian tourists seeking immersive experiences. 


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