Press Releases

“I just want to congratulate you on the updates from your event, including this one in Africa. You are wise enough to send interesting, newsworthy reports coming out of the conference, especially for media who cannot attend. These are useful (we published more than one) and show understanding for what serious journalists want and need to cover an event without it reading like PR. Kudos to you and your team.”    HOTELS Magazine, Editor in Chief

Below is a selection of recent press releases.

  • Chinese New Year travel was 69.3% down

    Research undertaken by ForwardKeys, the travel analytics firm, reveals that domestic air travel in China during New Year Golden Week (11th – 17th February) was 69.3% down on the equivalent period in 2019, when travel was at normal, pre-pandemic levels. […]

  • Congress Approves $250m for Middle East Peace

    The United States Congress passed the Nita M. Lowey Middle East Partnership for Peace Act, historic legislation delivering unprecedented levels of funding for peacebuilding in Israel and Palestine. The law provides $250 million over five years to expand peace and […]

  • Last-minute uplift in Christmas travel

    Research undertaken by ForwardKeys, the travel analytics firm, reveals that despite the COVID-19 pandemic and the consequent collapse in aviation, there has been a last-minute surge in flight bookings for the Christmas period. In a normal year, tickets issued for […]

  • WebBeds appoints Pepita Borrajo as Regional Director of Sales – Central Europe

    WebBeds, the world’s second largest and fastest growing B2B bedbank (comprising the Sunhotels, totalstay and Destinations of the World trading platforms in Europe) has appointed Pepita Borrajo as Regional Director of Sales for Central Europe. Pepita brings with her more […]

  • Boris reinforces the business case for going green

    The Energy & Environment Alliance (EEA) has welcomed today’s announcement by the UK Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, of an ambitious target to cut greenhouse gas emissions by at least 68% by 2030, compared to 1990 levels. The Alliance, which is […]

  • Americans return to the skies for Thanksgiving

    Research undertaken by ForwardKeys, the travel analytics firm, reveals that despite the COVID-19 pandemic and the collapse in aviation, many Americans are planning a last-minute return to the skies this Thanksgiving, travelling to be with their families at home or […]

  • Tourist hotspots glimmer in Europe’s travel gloom

    The latest edition of the ECM-ForwardKeys Quarterly Barometer, published jointly by ForwardKeys, the travel analytics company, and the non-profit organisation, European Cities Marketing, reveals that Europe’s most resilient destinations in the face of the devastating COVID-19 pandemic are leisure hotspots. […]

  • Singapore-Hong Kong bubble spurs Christmas travel bookings

    Research undertaken by ForwardKeys, the travel analytics company, reveals that the announcement, on 15th October, that Hong Kong and Singapore have reached an in-principle agreement to establish a bilateral Air Travel Bubble (ATB), which would allow leisure travel between them […]

  • WebBeds announce partnership to establish standards in response to COVID-19

    30,000+ directly contracted hotels globally invited to participate Programme based on WHO recommendations and covers minimum standards for hotel cleaning, hygiene, social distancing, and guest communication WebBeds partnering with Cristal Standards to administer the programme WebBeds, the world’s fastest growing […]

  • Future Hospitality Summit will reveal cutting edge technology that could allow the world to travel again

      One of the most eagerly anticipated sessions at the Future Hospitality Summit, taking place on Monday 26th October, live in Riyadh and virtually over the internet, will look at new technology that could allow the world to travel again.  […]

  • Low fares and last-minute holidays to Mexico and the Caribbean trigger a travel rebound

    It is common knowledge that the global pandemic has wreaked destruction on the travel industry, with total international arrivals in the third quarter of the year 94% down on the same period in 2019. But now, research undertaken by ForwardKeys, […]

  • WebBeds announce partnership with Thomas Cook

    WebBeds, the world’s second largest and fastest growing B2B bedbank, has announced a partnership with the new Thomas Cook that launched last month as an online-only travel business. WebBeds is providing Thomas Cook with access to a selection of its […]

  • UK Energy use: mining and construction sectors are lagging

    A new report from Ignite Economics, comparing the best and worst performing sectors of the UK economy for energy use over the past three decades, has identified that mining and construction have shown the most disappointing performance, whereas professional services […]

  • Till and Ibrahim launch Energy & Environment Alliance

    [caption id="attachment_2815" align="alignright" width="150"] Peter Till, Chairman, EEA[/caption] [caption id="attachment_2816" align="alignright" width="150"] Ufi Ibrahim, CEO[/caption] Peter Till, Managing Director of Choice Hotels UK & Western Europe and Ufi Ibrahim, the former CEO of the British Hospitality Association, today announced the […]

  • Flying low

    According to research undertaken by ForwardKeys, the travel analytics company, Europe’s airlines have been offering significantly discounted fares for the September to December period in a bid to attract back travellers. Analysis of air fares from the four major northern […]

  • ForwardKeys calls full recovery in Chinese domestic air travel

    ForwardKeys, the travel analytics company, is predicting that domestic air travel in China, which has been recovering progressively in the wake of the COVID-19 outbreak, will reach a full recovery by the start of September. In the second week of […]

  • US air travel rebounds

    ForwardKeys, the travel analytics company, has revealed that a rebound is underway in domestic aviation in the United States and the high spot is the upcoming long weekend to mark American Independence Day. An analysis of new flight tickets issued […]

  • European flight bookings reveal ‘London is falling’

    Flight booking data shows London has fallen to the bottom of the top 10 most booked European cities, as border restrictions and UK  quarantine regulations choked travel, according to joint research by the World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC) and […]

  • COVID-19 threatens to ruin a record year for Africa’s hotel developers

    African hotel development had returned to growth at the start of 2020, with more than 78,000 rooms in 408 hotels in the pipeline, according to the 12th annual survey by W Hospitality Group, acknowledged as the industry’s most authoritative source. […]

  • Tourism recovery begins in Greece, Portugal and Spain

    ForwardKeys, the travel analytics company, has revealed that a series of announcements by governments of southern European countries, that they are eager to welcome tourists for the summer season, has triggered an almost immediate jump in international flight bookings for […]