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America: The land of the poor...gov’t ratings

Doomsday for America? America: The land of the poor...gov’t ratings

By Nelson Alcantara, eTN editor-in-chief

Americans are growing tiresome of the constant bickering and blaming among factions of the United States government, as proven by a recent survey.

Ailing Polish carrier LOT may ask for another government loan

Polish airline LOT Ailing Polish carrier LOT may ask for another government loan

WARSAW, Poland - Poland's ailing airline Lot may need to ask the government for another loan after its loss last year could have exceeded 200 million zlotys ($64 million), its chief executive was ...

Philippines aims to boost number of foreign visitors to 10 million a year

Philippines wants tourism to become major source of foreign exchange Philippines aims to boost number of foreign visitors to 10 million a year

MANILA, Philippines - The government targets to boost the number of foreign visitors to the Philippines to 10 million a year, eager to make tourism one of the country’s biggest sources of ...

Indonesia to boost development of Bali national tourism strategic areas

Bali Tourism Indonesia to boost development of Bali national tourism strategic areas

The Tourism and Creative Economy Ministry is to conduct elaborate studies on the further development of Sanur in Denpasar, Batur in Bangli regency and Menjangan in Buleleng regency, as the three ...

Dutch government announces ban on the use of wild animals in circuses

No Wild Animals in Circuses Dutch government announces ban on the use of wild animals in circuses

ALMERE, The Netherlands - In their coalition agreement presented to the public on the 29th of October, the new Dutch government announced a ban on the use of wild animals in circuses.

Government guarantees $600M loan for troubled South African Airways

South African Airways Government guarantees $600M loan for troubled South African Airways

South Africa's government said it that will guarantee $600 million in loans for struggling state carrier South African Airways over the next two years.

Kenyan coast resort operators blame government for lack of tourists

Kenyan Tourism Kenyan coast resort operators blame government for lack of tourists

By Dr. Wolfgang H. Thome

(eTN) - A regular source from the Kenyan coast reports overwhelming disappointment by industry stakeholders associated at the Mombasa and Coast Tourist Association.

Kerala to introduce more facilities for eco-tourists at Arippa forests

Arippa forests eco-tourism Kerala to introduce more facilities for eco-tourists at Arippa forests

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM, India - Kerala government plans to introduce more facilities for tourists at the scenic Arippa forests in the Western Ghats where travellers get a glimpse of wildlife and a ...

India to develop closed mining pits for tourism activities

India promoting mineral-related tourism India to develop closed mining pits for tourism activities

PANAJI, India - It may sound strange, but the government is thinking of developing closed mining pits for tourism activities.

Airline bosses slam decision to scrap third runway at Heathrow

London Heathrow Airport Airline bosses slam decision to scrap third runway at Heathrow

Airline bosses have warned that "the chickens are coming home to roost" after the "easy, populist decision" to scrap a third runway at Heathrow, as Britain's aviation industry delivered its ...

India considering bailout for its troubled airlines

Indian Airline Industry India considering bailout for its troubled airlines

NEW DELHI, India - With all scheduled airlines, except low-cost carrier (LCC) IndiGo, deep in red, the government is planning to work out a package for this ailing sector.

UK: Come on tourists, British weather not THAT bad

VisitBritain: London drier than Rio de Janeiro UK: Come on tourists, British weather not THAT bad

British government is to use the UK's most changeable feature to promote the country by trying to convince visitors the weather is not as bad as people think, it was claimed.

Rogue shark tourism companies putting peoples' lives in danger

New Zealand's shark-cage dive industry Rogue shark tourism companies putting peoples' lives in danger

New Zealand - Southern dive operators say the Government has done nothing to keep people safe from cowboy shark tourism companies operating in Foveaux Strait, despite repeated requests to take ...

Airline credit card surcharges crackdown Ryanair defies credit card surcharges ban

Ryanair has defied the government's move to ban surcharges on payments to airlines and other firms by saying it does not charge its passengers any credit or debit card fees.

Economist: Caribbean Airlines is a liability to Jamaica's government

Partial privatisation can prove costly Economist: Caribbean Airlines is a liability to Jamaica's government

The Government's minority stake in Caribbean Airlines (CAL), the new parent airline of Air Jamaica, may come with the risk of having to assume more debt, which would contradict the intent of the ...

Irish Tourism Minister: No VAT rate increase for tourists

Visitors to Ireland to be spared VAT rate increase Irish Tourism Minister: No VAT rate increase for tourists

Tourists to Ireland won’t be hit by the VAT rate increase proposed by Minister for Finance Michael Noonan as the Dublin government looks to cut $5billion in next month’s budget.

Minister: Nepal's government committed to help tourism sector

Nepalese Tourism Industry Minister: Nepal's government committed to help tourism sector

KATHMANDU, Nepal - Minister for Tourism and Civil Aviation Lokendra Bista Magar promised to address the bottlenecks of tourism sector on the celebration of thirteen years of Nepal Tourism ...

Equatorial Guinea moves closer to constitutional reform

Voting for reform almost complete in Equatorial Guinea Equatorial Guinea moves closer to constitutional reform

MALABO, Equatorial Guinea - With 60% of the vote counted, Equatorial Guinea's voters appeared to give overwhelming approval to a set of constitutional reforms proposed by the government, according ...

Minister: Government bailout for Kingfisher "not possible"

Cash-strapped Kingfisher approaches government for help Minister: Government bailout for Kingfisher "not possible"

NEW DELHI, India - Cash-strapped Kingfisher airlines that has been in the news for numerous flight cancellations in the past few days, has now approached the government for help.

Aviation industry coalition sends unified message to Congress

Aviation Industry Protests Proposed Tax Increases Aviation industry coalition sends unified message to Congress

WASHINGTON - A united aviation industry coalition of nearly 30 organizations is opposing proposed tax increases, which would lead to significant job loss across all sectors of the industry and the ...

India may allow direct foreign investment in domestic airlines

Indian Aviation Industry India may allow direct foreign investment in domestic airlines

NEW DELHI, India - Indian government has initiated inter-ministerial consultation for allowing foreign airlines to buy equity in domestic carriers.

Amazon rain forest destruction data revised by Brazil

Amazon rain forest destruction Amazon rain forest destruction data revised by Brazil

BRASILIA, Brazil — The amount of Amazon rain forest destroyed last year was still the lowest since tracking began two decades ago, even though it has been revised upward by the Brazilian ...

No new ferry for Zanzibar-Pemba route anytime soon

Zanzibar Inter-Island Travel No new ferry for Zanzibar-Pemba route anytime soon

By Dr. Wolfgang H. Thome, eTN Uganda

According to the latest reports, Zanzibar government is reluctant to purchase a new, state of the art ferry to allow islanders travelling between Unguja and Pemba islands a safe means to reach ...

Australian passport offers new gender option - "indeterminate"

Australia offers option 'X' for intersex people Australian passport offers new gender option - "indeterminate"

In a move the Australian government hopes will help remove discrimination against intersex or transgender people, the country's passports will now offer three options: male, female and ...

Vote puts government's stake in Kenya Airways in doubt

Kenya Airways Vote puts government's stake in Kenya Airways in doubt

By Wolfgang H. Thome, eTN

According to the reports from Nairobi, Kenyan parliament has slashed the budget estimate for the government retaining its significant 23% stake in Kenya Airways (KQ), passing only 2.5 billion of ...

The government of Pakistan joins The Region Initiative

Pakistani Tourism The government of Pakistan joins The Region Initiative

By Muhammad Asad, eTN Ambassador

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan - National Tourism Organization (NTO) - Pakistan Tourism Development Corporation (PTDC) - has formally joined TRI as Partner.

Bolstering the image of Taiwan's tourism industry Taiwanese tour operators agree to raise travel quality standards

The government and tour operators in the private sector have decided to join hands to maintain travel quality for tourists from mainland China and bolster the image of Taiwan's tourism industry. ...

Carnival reaches agreement with government of Jamaica

Carnival Cruise Lines Carnival reaches agreement with government of Jamaica

KINGSTON, Jamaica — Carnival Cruise Lines has reached an agreement with the Government of Jamaica, which will guarantee cruise ship ports in Montego Bay and Ocho Rios at least 1.2 million ...

FAA funding row will cost at least $1.2 billion

Federal Aviation Administration funding impasse FAA funding row will cost at least $1.2 billion

Washington - The House adjourned for summer recess Monday night without resolving a Federal Aviation Administration funding impasse, almost guaranteeing that nearly 4,000 FAA employees will remain ...

Ghana will use tourism to ease poverty

Ghana Tourism To Fight Poverty Ghana will use tourism to ease poverty

Government will collaborate with stakeholders to use the tourism sector as a poverty alleviation strategy, Ms Akua Sena Dansua, Minister of Tourism said.

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