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Important Summary:  World Tourism Forum Lucerne 2015

Important Summary: World Tourism Forum Lucerne 2015

Talents, innovation & sustainable development: walk the talk!

Between terrorists and governments: The job of a journalist

Between terrorists and governments: The job of a journalist

Terrorist groups and the governments who purport to fight them have made recent years the most dangerous period to be a journalist, the Committee to Protect Journalists found in its annual global ...

Tourism for Tomorrow Environmental award goes to Soneva Resorts and Residences

Tourism for Tomorrow Environmental award goes to Soneva Resorts and Residences

Soneva Resorts and Residences, a world-leading luxury resort operator, has been selected as the winner in the 'Environment' category in the annual World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC) Tourism ...

Deutsche Post DHL Group sends disaster response team to Nepal

Deutsche Post DHL Group sends disaster response team to Nepal

SINGAPORE - Deutsche Post DHL (DPDHL) Group, the world´s leading logistics provider, has deployed their Disaster Response Team (DRT) inKathmandu, Nepal, following the massive 7.8-magnitude ...

Seychelles government sanctions airline charters from China

Seychelles government sanctions airline charters from China

By Prof. Wolfgang H. Thome, Ph.D., eTN Africa Correspondent

The Seychelles’ Minister for Foreign Affairs and Transport, Mr. Joel Morgan, who is also the Chairman of Air Seychelles, appeared alongside his cabinet colleague, Alain St.

United Airlines supports humanitarian relief efforts in Nepal

United Airlines supports humanitarian relief efforts in Nepal

CHICAGO, IL - United Airlines today announced that it will work with its disaster relief partners the American Red Cross, Americares, Airlink and Operation USA to provide aid to those affected by ...

ICE Portal partners with Agoda.com to enhance visual content across site

ICE Portal partners with Agoda.com to enhance visual content across site

HOLLYWOOD, Florida - ICE Portal, the travel industry’s leading visual content manager and distributor, has partnered with Agoda.com, one of the world’s leading online accommodation platforms, ...

Air Lease Corporation delivers Boeing 737-800 NG to Belavia

Air Lease Corporation delivers Boeing 737-800 NG to Belavia

LOS ANGELES, CA - Today Air Lease Corporation announced the delivery one Boeing 737-800 NG aircraft (MSN 30286) to Belavia (Belarus) on long term lease from ALC.

China offers Sichuan province World Tourism Fair free for Sri Lanka

China offers Sichuan province World Tourism Fair free for Sri Lanka

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - In a good will gesture by the Government of China of the Sichuan Province has agreed to offer the World Travel Fair to be staged in the Sichuan province at gratis to Sri Lanka ...

SKAL International tells Nepal: Our heart and prayers are with you all

SKAL International tells Nepal: Our heart and prayers are with you all

In a statement released today by Skål International, the largest global member organizations of leaders in the travel and tourism industry, expressed its deep sadness at the devastation and loss ...

Infectious disease: How to fight it?

Infectious disease: How to fight it?

Reunited in recent days in Copenhagen for the 25th ECCMID Congress on Clinical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases, the most important international experts in the field of infectious diseases ...

Airline alliances have run their course and may not survive

USA-UAE Open Sky: Did US airlines missed potential opportunities? Airline alliances have run their course and may not survive

Airline alliances have run their course and will not survive, says aviation analyst OAG.

– Have American carriers taken their eye off the ball? –

Airbus A380 celebrates 10 years in the air

Airbus A380 celebrates 10 years in the air

LONDON, England - The double-deck A380 took off from the Airbus headquarters in Toulouse for its first flight on 27 April 2005. The “SuperJumbo” was supposed to transform flying.

European carriers want to increase service to Iran

European carriers want to increase service to Iran

TEHRAN, Iran - Some well-known European airlines have announced readiness to establish new flight routes or increase weekly flights to Iran, according to an Iranian aviation official.

Secretary-General appoints new acting Special Representative for UN Ebola Mission

Secretary-General appoints new acting Special Representative for UN Ebola Mission

NEW YORK, NY - The United Nations Secretary-General today announced the appointment of Peter Jan Graaff of the Netherlands as the Secretary-General's Acting Special Representative and Head of the ...

Hindus ask world to “wholeheartedly” support Nepal

Hindus ask world to “wholeheartedly” support Nepal

Hindus have urged the world to “wholeheartedly” support Nepal in its recovery efforts from the devastating earthquake of April 25 causing massive damage, chaos, fear and suffering.

Thousands of workers fan out in East Africa in immunization campaign

Thousands of workers fan out in East Africa in immunization campaign

NEW YORK, New York – As the campaigns are taking place at the start of World Immunization Week 2015,while the threat of Ebola remains, vaccinators are following strict protocols including the ...

Expedia launches Apple Watch app

Expedia launches Apple Watch app

HONG KONG - Expedia today released the Expedia app for Apple Watch, providing a convenient new way for travelers to receive and access helpful trip information at a glance.

Starwood app for Apple Watch unlocks new level of access

Starwood app for Apple Watch unlocks new level of access

Marrying high-tech and high-touch, the SPG app for Apple Watch is designed to anticipate and respond to the in-the-moment needs of guests from mobile check in, to opening their guest room door, to ...

Radisson Blu Plaza Bangkok welcomes GM from down under

Australian tourism veteran Radisson Blu Plaza Bangkok welcomes GM from down under

Australian native Peter Feran has been named as the new General Manager of the Radisson Blu Plaza Bangkok.

Reunion Island showcased once again at China Outbound Travel & Tourism Market

Reunion Island showcased once again at China Outbound Travel & Tourism Market

The China Outbound Travel & Tourism Market (COTTM) was held in Beijing from April 14-16, 2015.

Online retailers expect to increase revenue by 17 percent in 2015

Online retailers expect to increase revenue by 17 percent in 2015

KING OF PRUSSIA, PA - Retailers anticipate accelerated growth for 2015 according to research released today from eBay Enterprise, an eBay Inc. company. The 2015 Retail Growth Outlook, a U.S.

UNESCO: Half of world's languages will be gone by end of century

UNESCO: Half of world's languages will be gone by end of century

PARIS, France - UNESCO is predicting that half of all languages will be gone by the end of this century.

Airbus team making vital contributions to America’s Cup champion

Airbus team making vital contributions to America’s Cup champion

Following the announcement in 2014 of the innovation partnership between Airbus and ORACLE TEAM USA, the project has moved from the design offices to the open seas.

Sabre and Movida Rent a Car expand global e-commerce to agents and corporations booking trips to Brazil

Sabre and Movida Rent a Car expand global e-commerce to agents and corporations booking trips to Brazil

SOUTHLAKE, TX - Sabre Corporation today announced the implementation of its leading distribution technology for Movida Rent a Car, the latest travel supplier in Brazil to benefit from Sabre's ...

IATA: Improving safety and optimizing  air capacity in China

IATA: Improving safety and optimizing air capacity in China

BEIJING, China – The International Air Transport Association (IATA) has called on China to continue strengthening safety and to optimize its airspace capacity further to reduce flight ...

Recreational boating accidents – duty to warn of bad weather

Travel Law Recreational boating accidents – duty to warn of bad weather

By Hon. Thomas A. Dickerson

This week we examine the duty to warn tourists of the possibility of bad weather which may have a negative impact upon their vacation experience.

Travel Law Update

UN urges continued investment in fight against malaria

UN urges continued investment in fight against malaria

NEW YORK, NY - Although more investment and stronger coordination have helped the international community make significant inroads in the global fight against malaria, continued investment for ...

White House gift for Jamaica Tourism Minister McNeill

White House gift for Jamaica Tourism Minister McNeill

KINGSTON, Jamaica – Minister of Tourism and Entertainment, the Honorable Doctor Wykeham McNeill (left), discusses the recent visit of the President of the United States, Barack Obama, to Jamaica ...

NASA astronaut kicks off geography trivia from space

NASA astronaut kicks off geography trivia from space

WASHINGTON, DC - Where over the world is NASA astronaut Scott Kelly?

World's best hotel experiences for hungry travelers honored

World's best hotel experiences for hungry travelers honored

BOSTON, MA - Jetsetter today announced its first annual Hotel Food Awards, which pay respect to the best restaurants, minibars, room service menus and turndown traditions at hotels worldwide.

Sabre's TripCase releases its leading travel app for Apple Watch

Sabre's TripCase releases its leading travel app for Apple Watch

LONDON, England - Sabre Corporation announced today that its leading travel management app, TripCase, will be available on the Apple Watch when it is released on Friday, bringing convenience and ...

Which hotels are winning LGBT travelers over?

Which hotels are winning LGBT travelers over?

Hoteliers know that understanding every guest is pivotal to building trust among travelers, and thus pivotal to growing business.

Cruise industry and Earth Day

Initiatives To Advance Environmental Stewardship And Conservation Practices Air Quality, Recycling and Waste Management Essential to Cruise Experience Cruise industry and Earth Day

In honor of Earth Day, the cruise industry renews its commitment to protect the environment in which it operates and the ports of call it visits.

Accor accelerates its digital strategy by taking over FASTBOOKING

Accor accelerates its digital strategy by taking over FASTBOOKING

Accor today announces the take-over of FASTBOOKING, a digital services provider for the hotel industry.

What we can’t ignore in tourism development

What we can’t ignore in tourism development

UN World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) Secretary General Taleb Rifai reveals the biggest drivers of tourism development and how they will impact communities for years to come in this Pacific Asia ...

Russia receives lowest global approval ratings, US highest

Gallup's report: Russia gets highest disapproval rating to date Russia receives lowest global approval ratings, US highest

WASHINGTON, DC - Russia in 2014 earned the lowest approval ratings globally for the eighth consecutive year and posted the highest disapproval ratings it has received to date.

Star Wars, Disney Infinity play areas coming to Disney Dream

Star Wars, Disney Infinity play areas coming to Disney Dream

CELEBRATION, FL - Exciting new experiences await Disney Dream guests after spaces throughout the Disney Cruise Line vessel are transformed this fall.

Ten most censored countries in the world named

Ten most censored countries in the world named

NEW YORK, NY - With journalists often facing a choice of life in exile or prison, and with even reporters for state-run outlets in fear of arrest, Eritrea secures its place as the most censored ...

Brazil’s Momo King carnival group arrives in Seychelles for this weekend's Carnaval International de Victoria

Brazil’s Momo King carnival group arrives in Seychelles for this weekend's Carnaval International de Victoria

In 2014, Brazil’s Sao Paolo Samba School stood for a second year running on the podium as one of the best international floats.

Hyatt appoints Interim Chief Financial Officer

Hyatt appoints Interim Chief Financial Officer

CHICAGO, IL - Mark Hoplamazian, President and Chief Executive Officer of Hyatt Hotels Corporation, today announced the selection of Atish Shah as Senior Vice President, Interim Chief Financial ...

Why are the BIG 3 silent on consumer harm from Gulf carriers?

Why are the BIG 3 silent on consumer harm from Gulf carriers?

WASHINGTON, DC - US legacy airline CEOs are urging the US Government to implement an immediate freeze on further expansion of flights to the US by Gulf carriers and to request formal consultations ...

Strong governments key to boosting East Asia’s infrastructure pipeline

Strong governments key to boosting East Asia’s infrastructure pipeline

JAKARTA, Indonesia – Strong governments with robust and transparent infrastructure master plans and financial contributions from private industry are key to pumping East Asia’s infrastructure ...

Cambodia Minister leads his carnival delegation in Seychelles

Cambodia Minister leads his carnival delegation in Seychelles

HE So Mara, Secretary of State of the Ministry of Tourism of the Kingdom of Cambodia, landed in Seychelles on Tuesday, April 21, and will be heading Cambodia's delegation for the first time at ...

Just released: Best Islands in the World according to Tripadvisor

Just released: Best Islands in the World according to Tripadvisor

TripAdvisor™, the world's largest travel site*, today announced its Travellers' Choice™ awards for Islands.

Corporate reputation: Top 10 companies in the world

Corporate reputation: Top 10 companies in the world

BMW has passed the Walt Disney Company and Google to take the top spot in Reputation Institute's 2015 Global RepTrak 100, the world's largest annual survey of corporate reputations.

Chen: China sees huge tourism cooperation opportunities

Chen: China sees huge tourism cooperation opportunities

MADRID, Spain - The 2015 World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC) Global Summit took place in Madrid, Spain on April 15 and 16, 2015 with more than 700 representatives from government agencies, ...

Sweden set to fly its flag at Seychelles carnival

Tourists and locals excited about SAMI Tribe performer Sweden set to fly its flag at Seychelles carnival

Sherin Naiken, the CEO of the Seychelles Tourism Board, was personally at the Seychelles International Airport on Monday afternoon to welcome SAMI Tribe performer from Sweden, Katarina Barruk, as ...

Radixx International renews contract with flydubai

Radixx International renews contract with flydubai

ORLANDO, FL - Radixx International, Inc announced that it has renewed its contract with flydubai, the Dubai-based carrier.

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