Issue 2537 - 24 September, 2020

    Cuban ban tightens

    President Donald Trump has tightened restrictions on Americans doing business with Cuba. US citizens have been banned from staying at more than 430 state-run hotels on the island, reports Reuters. Trump has also banned citizens from returning with Cuban cigars or rum in their luggage. Foreign visits to Cuba are currently restricted due to a [...]

    UNWTO Africa boost

    The UNWTO is partnering with Google to help boost tourism in sub-Saharan Africa. An accelerator programme aims to develop innovation and digital transformation skills. Tourism accounts for 9% of global trade in Africa, and for one in ten jobs in the region. This initial accelerator will focus efforts on tourism growth in South Africa, Kenya [...]

    Mexican addition

    Four Seasons has signed to launch a new luxury resort in in Tamarindo, Mexico. The 155 room resort, overlooking the Pacific Ocean, will open in 2021. Mexican developer Paralelo 19 Desarrollos will build the resort as part of the El Tamarindo master planned development. Four Seasons currently operates three properties in Mexico, with a fourth [...]

    Brisbane buy

    Investor Ghassan Aboud has bought the 166 room Fantauzzo Art Series Hotel in Brisbane. It will join his Crystalbrook Collection, reports The Hotel Conversation. The off-market deal was brokered by CBRE on behalf of seller the Deague Group. Crystalbrook already has properties  in Sydney, Byron Bay, Cairns, Newcastle and Port Douglas.