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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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Boeing says it has finished software update for its troubled 737 MAX

Boeing said that it has completed a software fix for its grounded 737 MAX airliner. The software update is part of the company’s effort to address critical safety issues with the plane after two fatal crashes this year. The company said it would soon work to schedule a certification flight with the Federal Aviation Administration. […]

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Malta ranked No.1 European LGBTQ+ travel destination

ILGA-Europe has announced that Malta has been ranked the number one travel destination on the Europe Rainbow Index 2019 for the fourth year running. Out of a total of 49 European countries, Malta has been awarded an outstanding 90% in recognition of the laws, policies and lifestyles of the LGBTQ community on the Mediterranean island. […]

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Safertourism.com: Love to all from St. Lucia

Safe tourism is the goal of any well-established travel and tourism destination, and St. Lucia is a good example. Safertourism.com president Dr. Peter Tarlow is currently on the tropical island of St. Lucia in the Caribbean working on a to do list to make this destination even more desirable. Safertourism is part of the eTN […]

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Passenger Safety: Boeing puts pressure on FAA to get Boeing 737MAX flying and worry later

Airlines are desperate getting their fleet of Boeing 737 MAX flying again. The recertification process of the 737 MAX will require regaining the confidence of safety experts, pilots, and flight attendants. Additionally, it requires regaining the confidence of passengers and the public. The process to date has been shrouded in secrecy, and passengers advocate Flyers […]

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Hudson River takes on another air crash

The Hudson River in New York has witnessed another aviation crash – this time a helicopter. The chopper crashed at approximately 2:30 pm today, Wednesday, May 15, 2019, in a location near the Lincoln Tunnel and 30th Street. According to witness reports, the helicopter had just taken off from a helipad on West 30th Street […]

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US Travel: Deployment of TSA agents on southern border could result in turmoil for business and leisure travel

U.S. Travel Association Executive Vice President of Public Affairs and Policy Tori Barnes issued the following statement on reports that Transportation Security Administration (TSA) officials will be sent to assist with security on the southern U.S. border, adding to the Customs and Border Protection (CBP) assets that have already been reallocated there: “Acknowledging the concerns […]

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Tourism in Tel Aviv is one big party this week with Eurovision

Tourism is booming in Tel Aviv this week with hotels sold out, residents staying with relatives to rent their rooms and apartments for inflated rates – and almost every rate is accepted. Tel Aviv in Israel is known to be the place to party, to enjoy some of the best beaches and the best food […]

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US Travel Warning: Leave Iraq or prepare for funeral

Today the U.S. Embassy and Consulate in Baghdad ordered a partial evacuation of their American staff.  In the meantime, the travel warning for Americans wanting to visit Iraq reads: Do not travel to Iraq due to terrorism, kidnapping, and armed conflict.  This is the warning by the U.S. State Department for travel to Iraq, even though Iraq authorities […]

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UNWTO hopes to work with African Tourism Board

African Tourism Board (ATB) Vice President Cuthbert Ncube recently joined ATB from the UN World Tourism Organization (UNWTO), where he served as a Regional Vice Chair and Board member. He told UNWTO in his resignation letter:  “I  have walked with great giants within the UNWTO that has become the harbour  and fountain of wisdom for […]

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Tanzanian tour operators plan to turn Dar Es Salaam into Paris of East Africa

Tanzania Tanzanian tour operators are mulling over the idea of turning the country’s commercial center of Dar Es Salaam into a ‘tourism paradise’, a copycat of Paris, in their bid to woo massive foreign visitor influx. The French capital is a huge draw for foreign visitors – receiving 40 million of them a year, more […]

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US travelers warned about mandatory Real-ID requirement changes

US states are rushing to become Real-ID compliant in response to federal legislation, which set new, more stringent minimum standards for identification that will be accepted at airport security stations. Travelers not presenting a Real-ID license or ID by the deadline will be denied access to all federal facilities, including boarding commercial aircraft. Real-ID Identification […]

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Huge earthquake strikes Papua New Guinea and Solomon Islands, no tsunami threat to Hawaii

Powerful, magnitude 7.5 earthquake has rattled Papua New Guinea and Solomon Islands today, U.S. Geological Survey said. There were no immediate reports of injuries or damage, and a​ tsunami alert was issued for Papua New Guinea and the Solomon Islands but was later cancelled. There is no tsunami threat to Hawaii, according to USGS. Preliminary […]

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ATTES: Changing the Face of Africa together with the African Tourism Board

The African Tourism Board is planning to partner with Africa’s Trade, Transport and Energy Summit  (ATTES) to make sure travel and tourism are not overlooked by the largest summit ever held in Africa. Africa, the world’s second-largest continent in size and population, has a wealth of biodiversity and natural resources, which has flown under the radar when it […]

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Failed project: South Africa’s economic & social decay worst for any non-war-torn country

Recent research from think tank Eunomix Business & Economics suggests that a much more sober view of South Africa is overdue. The study found that South Africa endured one of the worst declines over the past 12 years for a country not at war. The country’s performance on a range of social, economic, and governance […]

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Security alert: US Embassy in Baghdad warns Americans not to travel to Iraq

The US Embassy in Iraq has issued a security alert, warning US citizens of “heightened tensions” in the country and advising against travel there. The advisory warning was posted on Twitter on Sunday night. It comes at a time of rising tensions in the Middle East between the United States and Iran. The warning follows […]

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Why Bulgaria Tourism Minister is hosting Investing in Tourism Conference

The Minister of Tourism of Bulgaria, the Hon. Mrs. Nikolina Angelkova is getting ready to host  Investing in Tourism  on May 30-31 in her country. The minister outlines her vision to attract investments in the tourism sector and her plans to set the pace in tourism sustainability in both the Republic of Bulgaria and the Southeast European […]

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Safer Tourism in St.Lucia: Dr. Peter Tarlow feels a sense of sophistication

Safety in tourism is key to a successful destination. Destinations like Saint Lucia in the Caribbean know this and stakeholders reached out eTN affiliate safertourism.com  to conduct an initial audit on the safety and security situation of the countries travel and tourism industry. Safertourism.com is a joint partnership between the eTN Corporation and Tourism and More […]

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African Tourism Board Friends of the Media Network now in 28 countries

ATB Journalist

Africa is a hot travel and tourism focus for the press.  The African Tourism Board friends of the ATB media club now has more than 90 journalists and publications as members in 27 countries. Today Olivia Greenway of Greenway Media joined the African Tourism Board and says:  ” I’m a London-based travel journalist, established since 2008.  […]

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Armed opposers of Chinese investments in Pakistan stormed five star hotel

Three gunmen have stormed the five-star hotel Pearl-Continental Hotel Gwadain un the Pakistani province of Balochistan, killing at least one person, officials say. A hotel spokesman said there were not many guests and staff due to Ramadan. All guests were able to evacuate guests and staff. Security officers were able to kill all three attackers. The […]

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