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Tourists in Thailand not deterred by tsunami warning

After chaos from a tsunami warning on Wednesday, tourists have already returned to the beaches in southern destinations like Phuket, Krabi and Phangnga, with hotel cancellations running just 10-20% du

Minister lays out goals for Costa Rican tourism industry

In his second term serving as Costa Rica’s tourism minister, Allan Flores says he feels a little savvier.

Costly Australian floods highlight need for disaster mitigation planning

With unpredictable and extreme weather the “new normal,” both developed and developing countries must plan ahead by anticipating the consequences of development or face increasing economic losses,

Spirit Airlines plans $300M IPO to pay debt

Budget carrier Spirit Airlines Inc. has filed plans to hold an initial public offering. With IPO of up to $300 million the carrier is expected to retain about 50% of the net proceeds.

Lufthansa plans to return to Iraq

As Iraq is increasingly opening up to civil aviation, demand for flights to the country is growing.

Commonwealth games to attract tourists back to India

India’s tourism minister, Kumari Selja has outlined new plans to increase tourism in India.

Job cuts planned at US Airways, American Airlines

CHICAGO - American Airlines parent AMR Corp and US Airways Group said they would cut jobs and tweak their operations to better match the travel market, which struggles to recover from the economic rec

Virgin sees space tourism as just the beginning

LONDON - Long-haul trips could be made in spaceships instead of planes in 20 years' time if Virgin's efforts to commercialise space travel succeed, the president of Virgin Galactic told Reuters in an

US Airways’ plans shift in travel slump

TEMPE, Ariz. — In 2005, US Airways was going to be a low-cost carrier. In 2007, it was going to be a global behemoth.

Cuba has made no plans for spike in US visitors

HAVANA — Cuba has made no special preparations for a potential avalanche of American tourists if Washington moves forward with a plan to loosen rules on travel to the island, a top official said Tue

Airports modernization plans take wing in India

MUMBAI, India - The growth of air traffic in India has increased aircraft movement per airport, which in turn, has necessitated an expansion of the capacity of airports or development of new airports.

Fly540 airline sets eyes on Africa

Kampala - As the race to capture African skies by several regional airlines moves into higher gear, Fly540, a promising East African airline, is positioning itself to take on the continent’s establi

Master plan for a spectacular new city unveiled in Dubai

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates - His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Ruler of Dubai, and vice president and prime minister of the UAE, has unveiled ambitious plans for an entire city to b

Sultan outlines Kingdom’s tourism goals

RIYADH - Prince Sultan bin Salman, secretary-general of the General Commission for Tourism and Antiquities (GCTA), said yesterday that the commission aims to make Saudi Arabia one of the most-favored

Silverjet moves ahead with expansion plans

Silverjet, the first all-business class carrier to fly to the region, says that the Middle East and Southwest Asia offer strategic growth opportunities, and the airline plans to discuss its expansion at its debut at the upcoming Arabian Travel Market 2008 exhibition.