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South Africa urged to introduce e-visas

South Africa urged to introduce e-visas

JOHANNESBURG, South Africa - The Democratic Alliance launched a petition on Friday urging the tourism and home affairs ministries to introduce electronic visas (e-visas) for tourists.

KwaZulu-Natal tour operators oppose tourism levy plan

KwaZulu-Natal tour operators oppose tourism levy plan

DURBAN, South Africa - Tourism industry players in KZN on Thursday condemned the 10 percent levy proposed by MEC Mike Mabuyakhulu as a rip-off that could force some businesses to close shop.

Phuket postpones crackdown on illegal tour guides

Phuket postpones crackdown on illegal tour guides

PHUKET, Thailand - At a one-day conference for tourism businesses organized on Wednesday it was announced that a planned crackdown on illegal tour guides and tour companies skating around the law, ...

Detained tourists claim to be journalists

Detained tourists claim to be journalists

JAKARTA, Indonesia - Two French tourists detained at the Jayapura Immigration Office claim they were simply carrying out their journalistic duties while in Papua.

Free smartphone tourism app launched in Vietnam

Free smartphone tourism app launched in Vietnam

DA NANG, Vietnam - NFS Mobile Solutions launched a free smart phone application to provide tourism information about major tourist destinations in Vietnam.

El-Damaty: Egypt's tourism revenue plunged 95 percent since 2011

El-Damaty: Egypt's tourism revenue plunged 95 percent since 2011

CAIRO, Egypt - Revenues from ancient Egyptian monuments such as the pyramids have fallen by 95% since Egypt's 2011 revolution, the country's antiquities minister has said.

Ghana's tourism ministry hosts Homowo festival

Ghana's tourism ministry hosts Homowo festival

ACCRA, Ghana - The Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Creative Arts is making an addition to the country’s calendar of high profile events by introducing what it has christened 'Homofest ...

Costa Rica begins enforcing fine for expired visas

Costa Rica begins enforcing fine for expired visas

SAN JOSE, Costa Rica - Costa Rica’s Immigration Administration will begin enforcing a fine at its borders Monday for travelers whose temporary residency visas have expired.

Big-spending Chinese tourists return to Japan

Big-spending Chinese tourists return to Japan

TOKYO, Japan - The number of Chinese visitors to Japan dropped dramatically after the government of Prime Minister Abe Shinzō nationalized the Senkaku Islands on September 11, 2012.

Thailand travel insurance scheme: Success or flop?

Thailand travel insurance scheme: Success or flop?

BANGKOK, Thailand – The special online insurance coverage scheme known as the “Thailand Travel Shield” was initiated by the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) to help visitors who wish to ...

Mombasa Hotel Show on course for November

Focusing on coastal tourism Mombasa Hotel Show on course for November

By Prof. Dr. Wolfgang H. Thome, eTN Africa Correspondent

After two hugely-successful hospitality trade shows in 2013 and 2014 in Nairobi, alongside the Hotel Summit East Africa, the inaugural edition of the Mombasa Hotel Show is due to take place from ...

Is that Mick Jagger at India’s Jodhpur RIFF festival?

Annual India event delights tourists and locals Is that Mick Jagger at India’s Jodhpur RIFF festival?

By Anil Mathur, eTN India Correspondent

Every year, locals and tourists alike – including Mick Jagger of the Rolling Stones - wait for India’s Jodhpur RIFF festival, and Chief Patron Gaj Singh of Jodhpur said this year’s festival ...

New Director of Sales and Marketing at Sheraton Kampala

New Director of Sales and Marketing at Sheraton Kampala

By Prof. Dr. Wolfgang H. Thome, eTN Africa Correspondent

The Sheraton Kampala Hotel has appointed Mrs. Jenifer Bamaturaki Musiime as their new Director of Sales and Marketing.

All female airline crew makes aviation history

All female airline crew makes aviation history

By Prof. Dr. Wolfgang H. Thome, eTN Africa Correspondent

Kenya Airways’ fourth B787-8 Dreamliner was flown from the Boeing assembly plant to Nairobi by an all-female crew with Captain Irene Koki Mutungi at the controls.

Reunion Island prepares for 3rd Pandathlon

Reunion Island prepares for 3rd Pandathlon

Three Ponds will be hosting the 3rd annual Pandathlon on Reunion Island on September 14.

American Airlines back on Orbitz sites

American Airlines back on Orbitz sites

CHICAGO, IL - Orbitz Worldwide announced today that it had reached an agreement with American Airlines to continue to offer American Airlines and US Airways flights on all of its sites.

It's a glitch: Fiji Airways won't honor purchased tickets

It's a glitch: Fiji Airways won't honor purchased tickets

AUCKLAND, New Zealand - A couple and their extended family will miss a relative's wedding in Fiji after an airline mistakenly offered free airfares.

Boeing, Xiamen Airlines celebrate airline's first 787 Dreamliner delivery

Boeing, Xiamen Airlines celebrate airline's first 787 Dreamliner delivery

EVERETT, WA - Boeing and Xiamen Airlines today celebrated the delivery of the airline's first 787 Dreamliner.

Rise in group bookings boosts hotels' occupancy levels

Rise in group bookings boosts hotels' occupancy levels

An updated lodging forecast released earlier this week by PricewaterhouseCoopers US anticipates stronger occupancy gains in 2014.

Dogs set to "make waves" at 9th Annual Surf Dog Surf-A-Thon

Dogs set to "make waves" at 9th Annual Surf Dog Surf-A-Thon

RANCHO SANTA FE, CA - With summertime nearing its close, west-coast canines wouldn't dream of missing the singular event of the beach season – Helen Woodward Animal Center's 9th Annual Surf Dog ...

Delta to fly nonstop from Salt Lake City to Mexico City

Delta to fly nonstop from Salt Lake City to Mexico City

SALT LAKE CITY, UT - Delta Air Lines will launch new daily nonstop service from Salt Lake City International Airport to Benito Juarez International Airport in Mexico City, starting on Dec. 20, ...

JAL opens revamped First Class Lounge at Haneda Airport

JAL opens revamped First Class Lounge at Haneda Airport

TOKYO, Japan - JAL Group (JAL) today announced the opening of its revamped JAL First Class Lounge at International Terminal of Haneda Airport from August 29, 2014, following the update of Sakura ...

New Congress Plus celebrates National Day of PRC

New Congress Plus celebrates National Day of PRC

HONG KONG - The new Congress Plus at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre (“HKCEC”) is set to celebrate the 65th National Day of PRC on 1 October with an up-close and exceptional ...

US Restaurant Performance Index dipped in July

US Restaurant Performance Index dipped in July

WASHINGTON, DC - Due in part to a dampened outlook among restaurant operators, the National Restaurant Association's Restaurant Performance Index (RPI) registered a modest decline in July.

Doha hotels record a 13.8% rise in RevPAR during July

Doha hotels record a 13.8% rise in RevPAR during July

Doha experienced a 5.5 percentage point growth in occupancy to 47.6 percent in July, driving a 13.8 percent growth in RevPAR to US$95.91.

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