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Visa shambles costs South Africa millions in lost revenue

Visa shambles costs South Africa millions in lost revenue

By Sue van Winse, tourismupdate.co.za

India, one of South Africa’s biggest and fastest growing inbound tourism markets, now has just one dedicated visa official handling applications for the entire country.

Hezbollah planned to bomb Israeli tourists in Bangkok

Hezbollah planned to bomb Israeli tourists in Bangkok

BEIRUT, Lebanon - One of the two suspected Hezbollah members held in Thailand confessed to planning an attack against Israeli tourists on April 13 during the Jewish festival of Passover, the ...

Dassault to present flagship Falcon 7X at Marrakech Air Show

Dassault to present flagship Falcon 7X at Marrakech Air Show

SAINT-CLOUD, France - Dassault Aviation will present its large cabin, long range Falcon 7X at the fourth Marrakech Air Show, to be held in Morocco April 23-26.

Oman Tourism hits the road with first film festival & souk roadshow

Oman Tourism hits the road with first film festival & souk roadshow

MUSCAT, Oman - The Oman Ministry of Tourism will be on the road for a four day roadshow starting on Monday 28 April in Southampton at the Grand Harbour Hotel Southampton.

Emirates to consolidate flights during Dubai Airport work

Emirates to consolidate flights during Dubai Airport work

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

When on May 1 the two runways at Dubai International Airport will undergo scheduled resurfacing and maintenance, an exercise lasting for 80 days until July 20, some 41 destinations will see a ...

Meet Green Globe Certification at ESTC in Bonito, Brazil

Meet Green Globe Certification at ESTC in Bonito, Brazil

LOS ANGELES, California - You are invited to meet with Green Globe Certification CEO Guido Bauer at the Ecotourism and Sustainable Tourism Conference (ESTC), held in Bonito, Brazil, from April ...

Crystal's new Jewish Heritage excursion takes travelers to Istanbul

Crystal's new Jewish Heritage excursion takes travelers to Istanbul

LOS ANGELES, CA - With continued growing interest in its Jewish Heritage excursions, Crystal Cruises is expanding its spiritual offerings ashore for 2014 luxury European cruises.

Embratur and Braztoa to promote Hosted Buyers' program at WTM Latin America 2014

Embratur and Braztoa to promote Hosted Buyers' program at WTM Latin America 2014

Embratur, which is responsible for promoting Brazilian destinations in the international market, is involved with an innovative action at the B2B trade event.

IATA: Premium Airline Traffic Monitor - February 2014

IATA: Premium Airline Traffic Monitor - February 2014

Premium air travel increased 4.1% in February year-on-year, a moderation on January growth of 6.1%;

Airline told to pay off money owed if it wants to fly to Saudi Arabia

Airline told to pay off money owed if it wants to fly to Saudi Arabia

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan - Saudi Arabia’s aviation authorities have warned Pakistan’s national flag carrier, Pakistan International Airlines (PIA), that all their flights will be cancelled if ...

Virgin Australia launches Extra Legroom seats, pre-paid bags in Sabre

Virgin Australia launches Extra Legroom seats, pre-paid bags in Sabre

SOUTHLAKE, TX - Sabre is now selling Virgin Australia's Extra Legroom Seats, pre-paid bags and unaccompanied traveler ancillaries in the Sabre global distribution system.

Hawaiian Airlines says Ni Hao! to Beijing

Hawaiian Airlines says Ni Hao! to Beijing

HONOLULU, Hawaii - Hawaiian Airlines has reached a new milestone today as it launched three-times weekly non-stop service to Beijing, the latest addition to its expanded international network and ...

Pegasus launches Bahrain flights

Pegasus launches Bahrain flights

LONDON, England – Pegasus Airlines continues to rapidly expand its network and as of 12 June 2014 will operate flights from Istanbul Sabiha Gokcen to the Kingdom of Bahrain, located in the ...

Aeromexico increases capacity from London Heathrow to Mexico City

Aeromexico increases capacity from London Heathrow to Mexico City

LONDON, England - Aeromexico, Mexico's global airline, announced that starting April 2014 it will incorporate Boeing 787 to its three weekly flights from London Heathrow Terminal 4 to Mexico City. ...

Five destinations that are changing the meaning of "Green City"

Five destinations that are changing the meaning of "Green City"

DALLAS, TX - With Earth Day approaching, many Americans will take the opportunity to appreciate nature and the great outdoors.

Travel industry's little secrets you’re not supposed to know

Travel industry's little secrets you’re not supposed to know

The travel industry seems transparent these days — real people will give you the scoop on your hotel on TripAdvisor, you can compare fares yourself with flight-search websites, and it’s pretty ...

Reunion Island shares a Sunday picnic on the Champ de Mars

Reunion Island shares a Sunday picnic on the Champ de Mars

You say you have dreamed of eating a sausage rougail (a Creole dish) at the foot of the Eiffel Tower? Well, it’s been done!

Will US sanctions cause travel insurance boycott for travel to Russia?

Will US sanctions cause travel insurance boycott for travel to Russia?

WASHINGTON, DC - Will US Economic Sanctions cause a travel insurance boycott for travel to Russia?

MGM Resorts International and Hakkasan Group form joint venture hotel company

MGM Resorts International and Hakkasan Group form joint venture hotel company

LAS VEGAS, NV - MGM Resorts International and Hakkasan Group today announced the formation of a joint venture hotel management company, to be named MGM Hakkasan Hospitality.

HOTREC and IH&RA sign Memorandum of Understanding

HOTREC and IH&RA sign Memorandum of Understanding

During its 68th General Assembly held on 11 April in Rome, HOTREC signed a Memorandum of Understanding with IHRA, the International Hotel and Restaurant Association.

Air Berlin halts service to Egypt's Sharm el-Sheikh

Air Berlin halts service to Egypt's Sharm el-Sheikh

FRANKFURT, Germany - Germany's second-biggest airline, Air Berlin, on Monday said it has cancelled flights this month to Egypt's Sharm el-Sheikh resort on the Red Sea because of deteriorating ...

Emirates reduces flights to Nairobi during Dubai Airport runway work

Emirates reduces flights to Nairobi during Dubai Airport runway work

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

When during the period from May 1 until July 20 the two runways of Dubai International Airport are undergoing maintenance and re-surfacing, airlines flying to what is poised to become the ...

South Africa KwaZulu Natal to bring cultural delegation to Seychelles carnival

Africa tourist events South Africa KwaZulu Natal to bring cultural delegation to Seychelles carnival

Phindile Ngcobo, the Chief Operating Officer of Tourism for KwaZulu Natal of South Africa, has confirmed that the cultural delegation from KwaZulu Natal for the Carnaval International de Victoria ...

Reunion Island Tourism continues to work key European markets

Reunion Island Tourism continues to work key European markets

Vanilla Island member Reunion Island continues a market offensive in key European markets with the aim to capture a greater share of travelers coming to the French Indian Ocean island, which is ...

China and USA  to create global marketplace for online trade of artworks

China and USA to create global marketplace for online trade of artworks

BEIJING, China - EpaiLive, Asia's sole international online auction platform EpaiLive announces its long-term strategic cooperation with Invaluable, leading the North American provider of online ...

Global commercial aircraft sector grew 8.9 percent in 2013

Global commercial aircraft sector grew 8.9 percent in 2013

NEW YORK, NY - Global commercial aircraft manufacturers' revenues increased 8.9 percent in 2013, according to a Deloitte analysis of the top 100 global aerospace companies.

SilverRail raises $40 million in funding to advance global rail ticketing

SilverRail raises $40 million in funding to advance global rail ticketing

London/Boston - SilverRail, the global leader in passenger rail search and distribution technologies, today announced it has raised $40m in Series C funding to accelerate the integration of global ...

World Routes returns to China in 2016

Chengdu wins highly-competitive bid World Routes returns to China in 2016

Representatives of UBM Live announced today during a press conference and signing ceremony that Chengdu Shuangliu International Airport has successfully won a highly-competitive bid to bring World ...

Analyst: Kenya must use social media to attract Chinese tourists

Analyst: Kenya must use social media to attract Chinese tourists

NAIROBI, Kenya - What can Kenya do to attract millions of Chinese tourists who leave their country each year to tour the world?

Growth of global travel industry estimated at an impressive 5.4 percent

Growth of global travel industry estimated at an impressive 5.4 percent

The travel company Amadeus was recently commissioned to carry out a study into future growth within the industry and the results have been published by Oxford Economics.

Killer virus and international travel and tourism: Virologists say they are deeply worried

Killer virus and international travel and tourism: Virologists say they are deeply worried

International Travel and Tourism is directly a factor in increasing the danger of spreading this killer virus to any part of the globe in less than 24 hours.

Arrests at 68 airports in 32 countries made for airline ticket fraud

Arrests at 68 airports in 32 countries made for airline ticket fraud

Are you a travel agent? Have you ver received emails from some unknown "client" wanting you to issue airline tickets on a credit card.

Jordan turns to Nigeria for religious tourists

Jordan turns to Nigeria for religious tourists

By Lucky George, eTN Nigeria Correspondent

NIGERIA (eTN) - Abdul Razzaq Arabiyat, Managing Director of the Jordan Tourism Board, has disclosed that his country is working hard to ease visa processing for Nigerians, as his country intends ...

IIPT announces Abraham Shepherd as “Ambassador at Large”

International Institute for Peace through Tourism IIPT announces Abraham Shepherd as “Ambassador at Large”

STOWE, Vermont –The International Institute for Peace through Tourism (IIPT) is pleased to announce Abraham Shepherd as an IIPT “Ambassador at Large”.

Brazilian GOL OK'd to fly from Campinas to Santos Dumont and Miami

Brazilian GOL OK'd to fly from Campinas to Santos Dumont and Miami

SAO PAULO, Brazil - GOL Linhas Aereas Inteligentes SA, the largest low-cost and low-fare airline in Latin America has received authorization from the National Civil Aviation Agency (ANAC) and ...

GOL and TAP enter into a codeshare agreement

GOL and TAP enter into a codeshare agreement

SAO PAULO, Brazil - GOL Linhas Aereas Inteligentes SA, the largest low-cost and low-fare airline in Latin America announces that it has signed a contract to implement a codeshare and frequent ...

Building tourism destinations: Listening to the leaders

Building tourism destinations: Listening to the leaders

By Anita Mendiratta, CNN TASK Group

The global tourism community takes great pride in the ability of the sector to enhance the economic, social, environmental and ideological wellbeing of nations, enriching the lives of travellers ...

4 multi-faceted ways that meta-search can, and must, help hotels take on the OTAs

In a guest column by HebsDigital’s Max Starkov, we hear why meta-search is far more than distribution channel 4 multi-faceted ways that meta-search can, and must, help hotels take on the OTAs

Meta-search is maturing and has a huge impact on how consumers purchase travel today. It should also have a big impact on how hotels market and price their product.

Report: Youth travel booking lead times

Report: Youth travel booking lead times

STAY (Safe Travel Accommodation for Youth) WYSE Association, the global trade body for the youth travel accommodation sector, has launched its seventh annual survey on youth travel accommodation ...

Join ICTP and learn how to move to renewable energies

International Coalition of Tourism Partners Join ICTP and learn how to move to renewable energies

HAWAII, USA; BRUSSELS, Belgium; VICTORIA, Seychelles; BALI, Indonesia - The International Coalition of Tourism Partners (ICTP) is very pleased to release the second edition of “e-Futures” with ...

eTN Ambassador talks about Sri Lankan elephants in Melbourne

eTN Ambassador talks about Sri Lankan elephants in Melbourne

(eTN) - During a visit to Melbourne recently, eTN Ambassador Srilal Miththapala made a presentation on the Conservation of the Sri Lanka Elephant to the Ceylon Society of Australia Melbourne ...

Smart thinking by airlines and airports

Smart thinking by airlines and airports

DUBLIN, Ireland – More than half of passengers would use their mobiles for flight status, baggage status and airport directions and by 2016 the majority of airlines and airports will offer these ...

Seychelles intercultural week to boost tourism visibility in Spain

Seychelles intercultural week to boost tourism visibility in Spain

Seychelles is getting its first taste of a Spanish intercultural week dubbed “Viva Seychelles y Viva Espana.” It is Mason’s Travel that is standing behind this first edition of the Spanish ...

IATA calls for stronger laws for disorderly passengers

IATA calls for stronger laws for disorderly passengers

GENEVA, Switzerland - The International Air Transport Association (IATA) is calling on governments to ratify important changes to the Tokyo Convention 1963 which were agreed at a diplomatic ...

Air Astana cleared by EU to expand European services

Air Astana cleared by EU to expand European services

ASTANA, Kazakhstan - Air Astana is now free to increase frequencies on existing European routes and also to plan for new destinations following today's lifting of restrictions previously imposed ...

Enterprise reaches out to North Americans traveling to Europe

Enterprise reaches out to North Americans traveling to Europe

ST. LOUIS, MO - Enterprise Rent-A-Car is launching a promotional campaign to encourage North Americans to rent from Enterprise when they travel to Europe.

Unruly airline passengers: No pet rats, please

TRAVEL LAW Unruly airline passengers: No pet rats, please

By Hon. Thomas A. Dickerson

The problem of unruly passengers [see IATA: Governments must close legal loopholes on unruly passengers, ETN (3/26/2014)], and hijackings, which predated the September 11, 2011 Disaster, foretold ...

American billionaire visits Tanzania tourist sites

American billionaire visits Tanzania tourist sites

Howard Buffett, an American billionaire, is visiting the Serengeti National Park and Ngorongoro Crater for a three-day holiday after he was very much impressed by Tanzanian tourist attractions ...

Starwood Hotels bans shark fin in its hotels and restaurants

Starwood Hotels bans shark fin in its hotels and restaurants

STAMFORD, CT - As part of its ongoing commitment to sustainability, Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc today announced that, beginning July 2014, it will no longer procure shark fin in ...

“The Boite” from Australia marking iconic cultural tour in Seychelles

“The Boite” from Australia marking iconic cultural tour in Seychelles

“The Boite,” Melbourne’s iconic multicultural arts organization has made Seychelles the focus of its biggest annual project for 2014.

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