Good news in tourism November 1 – 7, 2020

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“Good Tourism” news
In a fresh “GT” Insight published Tuesday, VisitScotland chief Malcolm Roughead shares how his organisation has worked with host communities and other travel & tourism stakeholders to plot a responsible and sustainable route out of the COVID crisis. Enjoy “Scottish tourism plans transformational path to post-COVID recovery”.

“GT” Destination Partner WeAreLao reports that a new tourism and hospitality training facility, The Academy Training Hotel & Restaurant, has opened in Vang Vieng, Laos. Co-financed by the governments of Laos, Luxembourg, and Switzerland, and implemented by Laos’ Ministry of Education & Sports and the Luxembourg Development Cooperation Agency (LuxDev), The Academy offers six guestrooms and a 32-seat restaurant.

Geoffrey Lipman of “GT” Partner SUNx — Strong Universal Network reports that Chumbe Island Coral Park is the first African organisation to sign up to the Climate Friendly Travel Registry. Chumbe Island is a privately-owned nature reserve in Tanzania’s Zanzibar Archipelago. Keynoting at the t‑Forum 2020 event in Portugal, Friday, Prof Lipman said climate-friendly travel was an appropriate response to United Nations secretary general Antonio Guterres’ recognition of “the importance of tourism in a post-COVID-19 global socioeconomic recovery”.

To keep prices down for locals, Zimbabwe’s government has scrapped value added tax (VAT) on tourism products. It is pinning hopes on domestic tourism to revive an industry that has been reliant (>80%) on international visitors.

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