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The Kingdom of Eswatini Tourism Authority joins African Tourism Board

The Eswatini Tourism Authority joined the African Tourism Board as an observer today. Under the leadership of CEO Linda Nxumalo. Eswatini is also known as Swaziland, a Kingdom in the southern part of Africa. The Eswatini Tourism Authority is a Public Enterprise established through the Swaziland Tourism Authority Act, 2001 and its objectives are to: – […]

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Swedish government wants to ban ‘Nazi’ Norse runes and Swedes hate the stupid idea

Bluetooth, named after Harald Bluetooth, a Danish Viking age ruler, combines the runic equivalent of the letters “H” and “B”

The Swedish government is looking into the possibility of forbidding the use of Norse runes, local media has reported, amid concerns that the ancient symbols have been misappropriated by neo-Nazi groups. Justice Minister Morgan Johansson is currently investigating whether or not runes should be banned in Sweden as a way to deter hate groups, a […]

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Memorial Day traffic study finds dire economic cost, public support for user fees

The U.S. Travel Association on Wednesday released a survey finding that Americans avoided an estimated 47.5 million auto trips due to highway congestion in 2018—costing the economy $30 billion in travel spending and 248,000 American jobs, according to the organization’s economists. Even with record numbers of drivers expected on the road for the holiday weekend, […]

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One Russian tourist killed, 10 injured in Italy tourist bus crash

A tourist bus carrying 60 Russian citizens overturned on the Siena-Florence highway in Italy, killing one and injuring at least 10 people, Russia’s TASS news agency reported on Wednesday, citing a representative of the Russian Embassy. “The embassy received a signal from the Italian Department of Civil Protection about an accident involving a tourist bus,” […]

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Fly-in Lodge set to take helicopter skiing to a new level In Canada

Northern Escape Canada

Northern Escape, Canada’s leading heli-skiing operator is launching a new, luxurious remote lodge for the upcoming 2019/2020 season. The new Northern Escape Lodge is strategically situated on a pristine 50-acre waterfront wilderness estate nestled deep in the Skeena mountains in British Columbia. This is an opportunity to trophy heli-ski extraordinary terrain way off the usual […]

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One Country, One People, One Seychelles: Tourism but no militarization

This presentation is about Seychelles, the people, our hopes and our dreams.  It is from the people and for the people and about our heritage.  It is about our families, our children and what we all strive for.  It’s about our future and about our Islands, our Home. It’s about Our Country writes Seychelles Business […]

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PATA Annual Summit 2019: Issues of sustainability and social responsibility

The PATA Annual Summit 2019 (PAS 2019), under the theme ‘Progress with a Purpose’, opened in Cebu, Philippines on May 9 with 383 delegates from 194 organisations and 43 destinations attending the four-day event. Delegates also included local and international students, as well as student chapter representatives, from 21 educational institutions hailing from eighteen destinations. […]

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‘Big losses’: China Eastern Airlines demands compensation from Boeing for 737 MAX grounding

Chinese carrier, China Eastern Airlines, has requested compensation from the US aerospace giant Boeing over financial damages the carrier had to sustain over the compulsory grounding and suspended delivery of 737 MAX aircraft since March. “The grounding of 737 MAX aircraft since March 11, 2019 has caused relatively big losses to China Eastern. With the […]

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UNWTO: International tourism numbers and confidence on the rise

The latest issue of the UNWTO World Tourism Barometer from the World Tourism Organization shows that international tourism continued to grow over the first quarter of 2019. Though at a slower rate when compared with the last two years, the 4% increase registered in early 2019 is a very positive sign. The Middle East (+8%) […]

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FestPac 2020: Arts and Culture never shown in Hawaii with Guam taking a key role

Many tourists visiting Hawaii from June 10-21 do not know, that the biggest arts and the cultureal festival is hosted in the U.S. State bringing all nations of the Pacific together. It’s an event visitors would not want to miss. The theme of FESTPAC-Hawaiʻi 2020, “E kū i ka hoe uli “ (Take hold of […]

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2.8 million travel on U.S. airlines every day

Airlines for America (A4A), announced today that it expects a record 257.4 million passengers — an average of 2.8 million per day — to travel on U.S. airlines between June 1 and Aug. 31, 2019. That number is up 3.4 percent from last summer’s record 248.8 million passengers. Airlines are adding 111,000 seats per day to accommodate […]

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‘Costly welcome party at citizens’ expense’: Refugees and migrants cost Germany €23 billion in 2018

Germany spent a record €23 billion ($25.65 billion) last year to integrate more than a million refugees at home and “fight the root causes of migration abroad,” according to German government report. Describing the circumstances as “extraordinary,” German Chancellor Angela Merkel rolled out the welcome mat to over a million migrants in 2015, at the […]

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Uber and Lyft say no to local authority

When local transportation in US cities becomes congested, noisy, or has safety concerns, they are able to manage their roads and the vehicles using them, whether they be vehicles being used for non-commercial or commercial use. When there is a law that preempts this authority, there is no recourse for action to solve transportation problems. […]

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DNA test shows 30% of migrants detained at US border not related to ‘their’ children

DNA tests of migrant children arrested at the US-Mexico border with their families have revealed the minors were not related to the adults accompanying them. In a pilot program conducted by the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) DNA tests were being taken of immigrants who are suspected of arriving at America’s southern border with children […]

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Eiffel Tower closed, tourists evacuated after man scales Paris landmark

The Eiffel Tower in Paris has been evacuated after a man was caught climbing up the 324 meters (1,063 ft) tall French landmark. Footage from the scene shows a man scaling the tower as tourists linger on grounds of the monument watching the scene unfold. A specialist rescue unit of the Paris fire department has […]

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African Tourism Board CEO flies home with South African terror victims on Egypt Air

Doris Woerfel, ATB CEO

African Tourism Board CEO Doris Worfel from Pretoria experienced a first-hand account on today’s terror attack targeting a tour bus with South African visitors on their way to see the Pyramids. All victims survived after a bomb went off injuring many passengers on  the bus operated by Egyptian tour company  Dominant Travel  Doris Woerfel, CEO of […]

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Israel Loves Africa: African Tourism Board and Rwanda Air Take Action

African Tourism Board representative in Israel Mr. Dov Kalmann, has sent his congratulations to H.E. Ambassador Joseph Rutabana of Rwanda to Israel: “In the name of the African Tourism Board, please accept our warmest congratulations as a result of this important development which will have a major impact for both the Israeli and Rwanda tourism […]

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Thomas Cook Failure: Who to trust and how to communicate

Thomas Cooks shares are effectively worth nothing right now. Thousands of British tourists looking forward to their holidays are not sure if they are really traveling anywhere. On Sunday the British tour operator was trying to raise confidence. Thomas Cook wants their clients to be confident they will travel as booked this summer season, also […]

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Safertourism.com: Good-bye for now to Saint Lucia

Safertourism.com president Dr. Peter Tarlow just finished his first fact-finding assignment on the Island of Saint Lucia. He says: “Today we bring our Saint Lucia journey to an end.  It has been a wonderful experience, where I was able to go beyond the superficial and begin to peer deep into the nation’s soul.  One of […]

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16 foreign tourist wounded in tour bus bombing near Giza pyramid complex

An explosion targeting a tourist bus near a museum in the Giza pyramid complex has left at least 16 people injured, according to local authorities. There are no reports of deaths. Most of those hurt were foreign tourists. The explosive device went off close to the Grand Egyptian Museum fence as the bus was passing. […]

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Tourism Ethiopia joins African Tourism Board

Today Tourism Ethiopia joined the African Tourism Board as an observer. Tourism Ethiopia (TE) is a national organization under the Ministry of Culture and Tourism; The mission Tourism Ethiopia has is to transform tourism of the country in general by developing tourism products to world standards and marketing them to the global market. In charge […]

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Controversial Eurovision in Israel crowns The Netherland with Arcade by Duncan Laurence

The Eurovision contest in Tel Aviv Israel was a nonstop tourist party but not without controversy. Many were protesting against Israel’s settlement and occupation policies and human rights abuses. The winners of the contest The Netherlands Italy Russia Switzerland Norway Sweden Azerbaijan North Macedonia Australia Iceland Czech Republic Denmark Slovenia France Cyprus Malta Servia Albania […]

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Tourism Solomons CEO invited to join PATA Board

Strong recognition for the Solomon Islands on the international tourism stage and huge kudos for Tourism Solomons with CEO, Josefa ‘Jo’ Tuamoto invited to join the Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA) executive board. The move follows Mr Tuamoto’s attendance at the ‘PATA Annual Summit 2019’ in Cebu, Philippines, last week where, taking part in a leadership debate, he gave […]

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FAA warns airlines of “miscalculation or misidentification” risk over Persian Gulf

In a chilling reminder of the downing of Iran Air flight 655 by a US missile, an FAA notice said civilian aircraft flying over the Persian Gulf and the Gulf of Oman are currently at risk of “miscalculation or misidentification.” A Notice to Airmen (NOTAM) published by the US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) late on […]

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Jamaica successful in bid to chair UNWTO’s Regional Commission for the Americas

Jamaica was yesterday selected to chair the United Nations World Tourism Organization’s (UNWTO) Regional Commission for the Americas (CAM) for the biennium 2019-2021. “Jamaica graciously accepts the position of Chairman for the Regional Commission of the Americas and thanks the members for the confidence which has been demonstrated. This is the first time in our […]

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Do Airbnb guests trust their hosts?

First impressions can go a long way. When it comes to owning and operating a vacation investment property like an Airbnb, the guest’s first impression of you as a host can either make or break their decision to rent a property. Traits such as trust, the host’s online profile and even the host’s gender can […]

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Driving intra-African connectivity and cooperation through Alliance and partnership

The African Tourism Board is currently working hard to build partnerships within the aviation industry. “Seeing Africa as one destination is perfect for any airlines wanting to partner with us”, said Juergen Steinmetz, Interim Chairman of  ATB. When speaking to eTN, Mr. Vijay Poonoosamy echoed the importance of the Airline Industry for the African Continent […]

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Is Zimbabwe planning to kidnap former Tourism Minister Mzembi in South Africa?

Travel and Tourism in Zimbabwe are on a path of urgently needed recovery, and the country is considered by most travelers as desirable and safe. However, there is a dark side on the promising current situation in Zimbabwe with a twist of tourism that is not visible by visitors. It involves the well known and […]

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A Strike on the Horizon: Hilton Hawaiian Village and The Modern Honolulu ?

Guests having booked the Hilton Hawaiian Village may be in for a surprise. The Hilton is the largest hotel in Waikiki. Tomorrow, Friday a rally of a Hawaii Union UNITE HERE Local 5 members who work at the Hilton Hawaiian Village, with support from community allies and fellow members from other Local 5 hotels, will […]

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F-16 fighter jet crashes into warehouse east of Los Angeles

A fully armed F-16 fighter plane has crashed at March Air Reserve Base outside Riverside, California, damaging a nearby warehouse. The pilot ejected safely. Firefighters in Riverside County, east of Los Angeles, have requested a hazardous material response team, because the plane was loaded with ordnance and external fuel tanks. A piece of the plane’s […]

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