Domestic Tourism Campaigns Support Travel Recovery, Safeguard Jobs; FINN Partners Travel + Lifestyle Releases Global Report Ahead of World Tourism Day

NEW YORK, Sept. 26, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — Ahead of World Tourism Day on September 27, global agency FINN Partners has released a new report – Domestic Tourism – Recovery Starts at Home. The report highlights 25 of the world’s most innovative and creative campaigns that showcase how domestic tourism is helping destinations recover until international travel returns.

As travel restrictions around the world remain in flux, the impact of the global pandemic on tourism and hospitality continues to weigh heavy. Domestic tourism is returning faster than international tourism and is proving to be the critical lifeline for the global travel industry’s recovery.

Domestic Tourism – Recovery Starts at Home features domestic tourism initiatives from around the globe including: Destination New South Wales’ ‘Sydney Playcation’ campaign, France’s #CetÉtéJeVisiteLaFrance (this summer I am visiting France) incentive, Hong Kong’s ‘Holiday at Home’ initiative, Italy’s Bonus Vacanze (Holiday Bonus), Malta’s voucher

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European Tourism Pummeled as Whitbread Cuts 6,000 Jobs

(Bloomberg) — Europe’s tourism industry is reeling from the resurgence of Covid-19 and new measures to curb it, with U.K. hotel operator Whitbread Plc planning to eliminate almost one in five jobs.



a person sitting on a bed: A chambermaid makes a bed in a bedroom at a Premier Inn hotel, operated by Whitbread Plc, in London, U.K., on Wednesday, Jan. 17, 2018. The hotel and restaurant group, that owns Premier Inn hotels and Costa Coffee, is due to report third quarter results on Thursday.


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A chambermaid makes a bed in a bedroom at a Premier Inn hotel, operated by Whitbread Plc, in London, U.K., on Wednesday, Jan. 17, 2018. The hotel and restaurant group, that owns Premier Inn hotels and Costa Coffee, is due to report third quarter results on Thursday.

The operator of Premier Inn hotels said it will cut as many as 6,000 workers. Tourism-related companies are resorting to drastic measures as consumers cancel travel plans and heed advice to stay home to avoid catching or spreading the coronavirus.

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The U.K. announced Tuesday that bars will start closing earlier this week, amid a range of new restrictions. Prime Minister Boris Johnson reversed course on a drive

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South Carolina unemployment falls, but tourism jobs vanish

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — South Carolina’s unemployment picture has improved overall, with 20,000 people finding work and businesses reopening as they adjust to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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But restaurants, hotels and other tourism businesses continue to struggle, having lost more jobs even in the height of the summer season, according to the August unemployment figures released Friday by the South Carolina Department of Employment and Workforce.

The unemployment rate in South Carolina dropped to 6.3% in August, down from 8.7% in July and 12.8% in April during the peak of the outbreak, the agency said.

The unemployment rate has recovered quicker in this downturn than the Great Recession, where the drop from the 11.7% peak in December 2009 to 6.3% took more than four years, agency director Dan Ellzey said.

“We are by no means back to normal in our state, but these milestones should be acknowledged and celebrated,”

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SDP launches tourism sector skills development project in rural provinces

The Ministry of Tourism has announced the launch of the second phase of the Skills Development Programme (SDP) – funded by the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) – between 2020-2024 in the provinces of Kratie, Stung Treng, Preah Vihear, Ratanakiri and Mondulkiri.

The programme will focus on providing vocational training for young, low-skilled professionals across the five provinces aimed at boosting incomes and developing human resources in the tourism sector.

The launch took place on Friday at Mondulkiri Provincial Hall and was presided over by a Secretary of State of the Ministry of Tourism Pak Sokhom, deputy governor of Mondulkiri province Cheak Mengheang and director of SDP of the Swiss Confederation Christian Volker Ide.

Speaking at the launch, Sokhom said that Phase 2 of the SDP will target tourism  sector vocational education and training, especially in hospitality.

“The programme will help young men and women to develop real

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