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Global Tourism Resilience and Crisis Management Centre reaches out to Japan

Global Tourism Resilience and Crisis Management Centre reaches out to Japan

Global Tourism Resilience and Crisis Management Centre reaches out to Japan

The Global Tourism Resilience and Crisis Management Centre issued a statement on the passage of super-Typhoon Hagibis. The recent passage of Typhoon Hagibis last week was a stark reminder of the urgent need for resilient societies effectively-prepared to confront historic storms and extreme weather events. The consequent loss of over 70 lives and disruption to […]

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200K visitors from 217 countries: Ethiopian tourism soars with e-visa

200K visitors from 217 countries: Ethiopian tourism soars with e-visa

200K visitors from 217 countries: Ethiopian tourism soars with e-visa

With the introduction of e-visa service back in June 2017, Ethiopia has opened its doors for foreign visitors wider than ever before. Ever since, the e-visa service has redefined visitors’ travel experience, easing entry into the country with digitized service accessible from any part of the world. Using the e-visa service, more 200,000 people from […]

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US Senator: TSA must address Known Crew Member program concerns

US Senator Markey: TSA must address airline “Known Crew Member” program concerns

US Senator: TSA must address Known Crew Member program concerns

Senator Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.), Ranking Member of the Senate Commerce Subcommittee on Security, today sent a letter to the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) expressing his concern over recent changes to the Known Crew Member Program (KCM). The KCM links airline employee databases to TSA systems in order to allow TSA security officers to verify […]

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Etihad and Air Arabia to launch Abu Dhabi’s first low-cost airline

Etihad and Air Arabia to launch Abu Dhabi’s first low-cost airline

Etihad and Air Arabia to launch Abu Dhabi’s first low-cost airline

Etihad Aviation Group, owner of the national airline of the United Arab Emirates, and Air Arabia, the Middle East and North Africa’s first and largest low-cost carrier, today announced the signing of an agreement to launch ‘Air Arabia Abu Dhabi’, the capital’s first low-cost carrier. Etihad and Air Arabia will establish an independent joint venture […]

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New Russian supersonic business jet may fly in three to four years

TsAGI shows off refined SSBJ design at MAKS show

New Russian supersonic business jet may fly in three to four years

Supersonic passenger flights were all the rage 30-40 years ago, but they ultimately died out, partially due to safety issues and partially because the supersonic passenger aircraft, such as British-French Concorde and Russia’s mostly ornamental Tu-144, were too costly and too loud for overland travel. Several companies are now trying to make a comeback, including […]

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Notre Dame: 350,000 people give €104 million to rebuild medieval cathedral

Notre Dame: 350,000 people give €104 million to rebuild medieval cathedral

Notre Dame: 350,000 people give €104 million to rebuild medieval cathedral

France’s Minister of Culture, Franck Riester, announced today that a total of €104 million have been raised from 350,000 donors to rebuild Notre-Dame de Paris – a medieval cathedral in Paris, devastated by massive fire six months ago, on April 15, 2019. “It is too early to say whether the accumulated sum will be enough […]

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Huge explosion and fire near San Francisco trigger ‘HAZMAT emergency’

Huge explosion and fire near San Francisco trigger ‘HAZMAT emergency’

Huge explosion and fire near San Francisco trigger ‘HAZMAT emergency’

Local authorities issued a hazardous materials emergency declaration urging the locals to shelter in place after massive explosion at NuStar fuel refinery in Rodeo, California, just 25 miles northeast of San Francisco. Fire crews and police are on site responding to the blaze after huge blast left two tanks on fire at the refinery. At […]

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Tour Operator Cox and Kings bankrupt?

After Thomas Cook, another British travel operator Cox and Kings bites the dust

Tour Operator Cox and Kings bankrupt?

Cox & Kings is the world’s most experienced travel company – and most likely it’s bankrupt.  According to their website they deliver premium, private and custom journeys and small group tours to hundreds of the world’s most fascinating destinations. The website states: “Our luxury vacations are planned by in-house experts, with the insider expertise to […]

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Airbus immediate future looks brighter than Boeing’s

Barclays: Airbus’ immediate future looks ‘brighter’ than Boeing’s

Airbus immediate future looks brighter than Boeing’s

The immediate future looks ‘brighter than ever’ for European aerospace giant Airbus, according to equity analysts at Barclays. The analysts’ estimate is based on European plane maker’s mature portfolio offering reliable cash flow over the next five years. “Central to our investment thesis on Airbus is our view that the scale and predictability of its […]

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Statement by Caribbean Tourism Organization Chairman on organization restructuring

Statement by Caribbean Tourism Organization Chairman on organization restructuring

Statement by Caribbean Tourism Organization Chairman on organization restructuring

The Chairman of the Caribbean Tourism Organization has issued the following statement on organization restructuring today: Over the past two decades, there has been much discussion surrounding the promotion and development of tourism in the Caribbean, the world’s most tourism dependent region. While there have been many visions, plans, papers written and philosophies espoused, there […]

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VisitBritain announces four new US appointments

VisitBritain announces four new US appointments

VisitBritain announces four new US appointments

VisitBritain has named four new appointments joining the United States (US) region across the business events, trade and communications team. VisitBritain plays a unique role in raising Britain’s profile to the US audience in an increasingly competitive global tourism market, helping to grow the volume and value of tourism to the UK. Through the team […]

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Got some cash to burn? Book a room at nuclear-powered Moon base

Got some cash to burn? Book a room at nuclear-powered Moon base

Got some cash to burn? Book a room at nuclear-powered Moon base

Wealthy people with some extra cash to burn may soon be able to do just that, and shoot for the moon. Literally. Russia’s Roscosmos space company is considering building a nuclear-powered base on the Moon, that will be commercially available for rent to anyone who’s willing to pay for it. The $462-million project is set […]

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‘Ladies and gentlemen’ do not fly Air Canada any more

‘Ladies and gentlemen’ do not fly Air Canada any more

‘Ladies and gentlemen’ do not fly Air Canada any more

Addressing passengers as ‘ladies and gentlemen’ is discriminatory against those who don’t identify as either, Air Canada has decided. So no more gentlefolk on board, let’s just call them ‘everybody’. Air Canada had instructed its employees to drop the tradition of calling airline passengers “ladies and gentlemen” (or “mesdames et messieurs” when speaking French). Instead, […]

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Flights canceled, roads blocked as Catalan protesters target transport infrastructure

Flights canceled, roads blocked as Catalan protesters target transport infrastructure

Flights canceled, roads blocked as Catalan protesters target transport infrastructure

More turbulent protests targeting transport infrastructure have taken place all over Catalonia on Tuesday, following a night of violence across the region. Massive Catalan unrest started yesterday in response to the sentencing of the Catalonia’s secession movement’s leadership to absurdly harsh and lengthy prison terms. There were widespread violent clashes across Barcelona on Monday evening […]

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Transcript: IATA CEO appeal to Governments & Industry to put passengers first

IATA: Airlines see moderate increase in passenger demand

Transcript: IATA CEO appeal to Governments & Industry to put passengers first

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) called on governments and industry to work together to make the best use of modern technology to put the passenger at the center of the journey and to achieve greater efficiency from infrastructure. The call came during the opening address by Alexandre de Juniac, IATA’s Director General and CEO, […]

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Japan Emergency Information for Tourists after Typhoon Hagibis

Japan Emergency Information for visitors after Typhoon Hagibis

Japan Emergency Information for Tourists after Typhoon Hagibis

Typhoon Hagibis made landfall in Japan over the weekend. Emergency crews are still trying to locate people who went missing after Typhoon Hagibis devastated Japan over the weekend. Official reports state the death toll now stands at 66, but insiders expect this number to increase. According to an inbound tour operator and DMC Destination Japan,  […]

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Why Andaz is the best luxury hotel bargain in the world?

Why Andaz is the best luxury hotel bargain in the world?

The Andaz Abu Dhabi is the best secret and best hotel bargain in the world – at least at certain times of the year. As a member of the Hyatt Hotels and Resort Group, this luxury convention hotel in Abu Dhabi is different and has it all. The 189-room hotel occupies floors 18 to 33 […]

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Why deadly Sukhoi Superjet 100 crash did not affect demand for aircraft

Russia claims deadly Sukhoi Superjet 100 crash did not affect ‘demand’ for aircraft

Why deadly Sukhoi Superjet 100 crash did not affect demand for aircraft

According to Russian Minister of Industry and Trade, the deadly May crash of Russia’s ill-fated Sukhoi SSJ-100 Superjet in Moscow’s Sheremetyevo International Airport, in which 41 people died and 10 were injured, has not affected ‘commercial demand’ for these aircraft. “This was not related to flight safety. This was an issue linked to a human […]

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How Union Pay acceptance in Russia makes travel to Moscow easier?

Chinese tourists can now use China UnionPay at Moscow subway

How Union Pay acceptance in Russia makes travel to Moscow easier?

Union Pay is a Chinese Credit card that can be used in more than 150 countries around the globe. Chinese tourists and business travelers rely on this form of payment. In addition to hotels and tourist attractions in Russia,   Chinese visitors can now pay for tickets on more than 100 Moscow subway (Moscow Metro) stations […]

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Barcelona Airport mass flight cancelations after brutal riots

Flights canceled as Barcelona Airport becomes battlefield between protesters and police

Barcelona Airport mass flight cancelations after brutal riots

More than 8,000 demonstrators managed to storm Barcelona’s El Prat Airport  Dozens of flights have been canceled, leading to air traffic collapse and leaving hundreds of passengers stranded. Some of the passengers also barely escaped the clashes between police and the angry crowds. Barcelona’s El Prat Airport has become a scene of brutal clashes between […]

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Southern Rail Travel Chaos: Person hit by train

Travel Chaos: Person hit by train

Southern Rail Travel Chaos: Person hit by train

Southern Rail train passengers are being warned to expect severe disruption after a person was hit by a train between the Horsham, Haywards Heath station and Gatwick Airport in the UK. Southern Rail issued the travel advisory via Twitter stating: “It is with great sadness that we report a person has been hit by a […]

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Desire to travel motivates millennials to work

Travel a surprisingly popular motivates millennials work

Desire to travel motivates millennials to work

According to a survey of more than 1,600 millennials, travel is a surprisingly popular motivator for why millennials work. 63% of millennials say the desire to travel is their primary reason to work, second only to paying for basic necessities (83%) and well ahead of more traditional reasons for working, such as saving for retirement […]

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What are the most boring cities to visit in Europe?

Russian tourists name most ‘boring’ European travel destinations

What are the most boring cities to visit in Europe?

Where are the most boring travel and tourism city destinations? According to Russian visitors, Helsinki is the most boring city for Russian travelers. Perhaps virtual tourism to Helsinki is more fun according to a virtual event last year  Second place with 25% of the vote went by the capital of Slovakia, Bratislava. The third place […]

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Best Cruises to Bahamas? The role of Grand Bahama and Abaco

Cruise industry committed to recovery of Grand Bahama and Abaco

Best Cruises to Bahamas? The role of Grand Bahama and Abaco

The cruise industry remains committed to both the recovery of Grand Bahama and Abaco and bringing more guests to the unaffected majority of the Bahamas. Just a month after the historic event, Florida-Caribbean Cruise Association (FCCA), the trade association that represents the mutual interests between the cruise industry and Caribbean and Latin American destinations and […]

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WTO: US can slap tariffs on $7.5 billion of EU goods over Airbus subsidies

WTO: US can slap tariffs on $7.5 billion of EU goods over Airbus subsidies

WTO: US can slap tariffs on $7.5 billion of EU goods over Airbus subsidies

The World Trade Organization (WTO) formally ruled today that the United States is now free to take countermeasures against the European Union and Airbus-producing countries Britain, France, Germany, and Spain. The ruling was a formality after a WTO arbitrator awarded a record right to retaliate over illegal subsidies this month. WTO authorized Washington to impose […]

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15,000 travel industry experts attended OTDYKH Leisure Fair 2019

OTDYKH Leisure Fair 2019

15,000 travel industry experts attended OTDYKH Leisure Fair 2019

From 10-12 September 2019 the Expocentre in Moscow hosted the prestigious 25th anniversary of the OTDYKH Leisure expo. Over the course of three days almost 15,000 travel industry experts attended the fair, and over 600 exhibitors participated from 35 countries and 41 Russian regions. The expo showcased developments in a range of sectors, such as […]

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Israel Ministry of Tourism names new Tourism Commissioner for North America

Israel Ministry of Tourism names new Tourism Commissioner for North America

Israel Ministry of Tourism names new Tourism Commissioner for North America

The Israel Ministry of Tourism has appointed Eyal Carlin as the new Tourism Commissioner for North America. In this new position, Carlin will oversee all business partnerships and developments, marketing strategy and public relations efforts across the United States and Canada in efforts to continue promoting Israel as a top destination for business, leisure, faith-based […]

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Russia to modernize and expand Saudi Arabia’s railway network

Russia to modernize and expand Saudi Arabia’s railway network

Russia to modernize and expand Saudi Arabia’s railway network

The joint agreement between Russian Direct Investment Fund (RDIF), Russian Railways and the Saudi Railway Company was sealed as part of a visit to Riyadh by Russian President Putin today. The agreement “aims to jointly expand the SAR (Saudi Railway Company) network and projects related to the ‘Vision 2030’ program, as well as the supply […]

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Most popular destinations for transplant tourism: China, India, Pakistan

Australians heading overseas for 'transplant tourism' could help organ traffickers, experts say

Most popular destinations for transplant tourism: China, India, Pakistan

Follow the money. This is true and this is the danger of transplant tourism. Concerns the Chinese Government still forcibly harvested organs from prisoners and minority groups. As part of the totalitarian regime in China, many of the people in minority groups are biometrically analyzed, so that whole trade then is about people being kidnapped […]

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Thong Bikinis: Best Beaches for bikinis that are just a piece of string?

Taiwanese tourist is fined for wearing bikini 'that was basically just a piece of string'

Thong Bikinis: Best Beaches for bikinis that are just a piece of string?

Traveling to Boracay? This Philipino beach town is known for the finest and most beautiful beaches in the Philippines. It’s also known for beautiful Philipino girls, but not for Taiwanese visitors to show off wearing thong bikinis. A 26-year-old visitor from Taiwan was on vacation with her boyfriend and had visited Puka Beach twice wearing […]

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Dr. Walter Mzembi breaks silence: Why unity in Zimbabwe will fix the economy

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Dr. Walter Mzembi breaks silence: Why unity in Zimbabwe will fix the economy

As the Zimbabwe crisis worsens former long-serving Tourism Minister and candidate in the last UNWTO Secretary-General elections, Dr. Walter Mzembi breaks his silence to weigh in with a prescription on the dialogue between the two main protagonists, incumbent President Emmerson Mnangagwa and his nemesis Nelson Chamisa. The Zimbabwean hospitality industry has recently published huge nose […]

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2 people killed, 70 injured, 3 missing as Typhoon Hagibis slams Japan

2 people killed, 70 injured, 3 missing as Typhoon Hagibis slams Japan

2 people killed, 70 injured, 3 missing as Typhoon Hagibis slams Japan

Typhoon Hagibis made landfall on the Izu Peninsula on Japan’s main island at 7:00 p.m. Saturday local time, bringing heavy downpours and winds. A a man in his 50s was found dead in an overturned car in Chiba Prefecture near Tokyo, possibly hit by a tornado formed during the course of Typhoon Hagibis, which also […]

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Heathrow: IAG airline group commits to achieving net zero carbon emissions by 2050

Heathrow: IAG airline group commits to achieving net zero carbon emissions by 2050

Heathrow: IAG airline group commits to achieving net zero carbon emissions by 2050

Heathrow Airport announced the plan by British Airways parent company IAG to offset carbon emissions for all its UK domestic flights from 2020, becoming the first airline group worldwide to commit to achieving net zero carbon emissions by 2050. The airport announced it will kick-start a new trial turning unrecyclable plastic passenger waste – including […]

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Safe for tourism? 8 people wounded in grenade attack in tourist Kashmir

5 people wounded in grenade attack in tourist Kashmir

Safe for tourism? 8 people wounded in grenade attack in tourist Kashmir

At least eight people including a woman were wounded in a grenade attack by suspected militants in a market place in Srinagar, the capital of the Indian state of Jammu and Kashmir, on Saturday, police officials said. This is the third incident of its kind in Kashmir valley since the state’s special status was revoked […]

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How Thomas Cook demise to benefit future travelers?

Failed airlines will now be forced to fly tourists home

How Thomas Cook demise to benefit future travelers?

The UK Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) shelled out £100 million to get 150,000 stranded tourists home after the Thomas Cook failure. The CAA had to charter 62 jets. This triggered new laws to relieve the government from having to dip into its own coffers in the future, should another airline go belly up. Going forward, […]

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Aeroflot flight makes emergency landing after passenger brings gun on board

Aeroflot flight makes emergency landing after passenger brings gun on board

Aeroflot flight makes emergency landing after passenger brings gun on board

Russian national flag carrier’s flight attendant must have been very surprised when one of the passengers on Aeroflot flights called her over and handed her a handgun and two pieces of ammunition as the plane was flying 26,000 feet above the ground. Apparently, the man had no ill intent, but just forgot to check-in his […]

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