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27 May, 2016

China launches app to guide visually disabled

By LUO WANGSHU

Beijing, (China Daily) 2016-05-18 – A new app connecting millions of visually handicapped people with volunteers was launched in Beijing on Tuesday. The free app, see4me.org, has two channels-one for visually disabled users and one for volunteers. It allows the visually disabled to post requests, such as medical instructions or having mail read to them. […]

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2 May, 2016

Travel Impact Newswire Launches New Weekly Column: The Irritant

A travel industry column branded The Irritant? Whatever for? Read on…. Soon after my 1978 move to Thailand, I began to seek a better understanding of Buddhism, the way of life in this country. One book on Buddhist management techniques offered this five-step guide to decision-making: Listen, Think, Question, Decide and Act. Right more…

1 May, 2016

Can The Travel & Tourism Industry Think?

In 1998, Singaporean diplomat Kishore Mahbubani, Professor in the Practice of Public Policy and Dean of the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy at the National University of Singapore, published a book called “Can Asians Think?” One review of the book says: “Asia's economies are poised to surpass those of more…

27 May, 2016

For F&B Managers: Top 12 Ways World Can End Hunger, Stem Environmental Damage from Food Systems

Nairobi, 25 May 2016 (UNEP media release) – A major overhaul of the global food system is urgently needed if the world is to combat hunger, use natural resources more efficiently and stem environmental damage, the International Resource Panel (IRP) says. In its latest report, the IRP – a consortium of more…

27 May, 2016

Forget travel & tourism, here’s where the real money is….

When UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon addressed media at the World Humanitarian Summit in Istanbul on 24 May 2016, he made some shocking revelations about the state of human suffering. About 130 million people have been displaced by wars, conflicts and natural disasters worldwide. The UN needs 245 billion dollars a more…

25 May, 2016

First star-rating report of Travel & Tourism press releases launched

Bangkok - Travel Impact Newswire has launched what is claimed to be the first report conferring a star-rating on travel and tourism industry press releases. In a revolutionary effort to "disrupt" the generally low-quality content and structure of industry releases, and force improvements, Travel Impact Newswire Executive Editor Imtiaz Muqbil has more…

21 May, 2016

354 European human rights, church groups, trade unions & political parties call on EU to back right to boycott Israel

The European Coordination of Committees and Associations for Palestine (ECCPalestine) issued this Press Release on May 18, 2016 : More than 300 human rights and aid organisations, church groups, trade unions and political parties from across Europe have called on the EU to uphold its legal responsibilities and hold Israel accountable more…

21 May, 2016

Cvent Reveals 2016 List of World’s Top Meeting Destinations

TYSONS CORNER, Va.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--May 17, 2016 - Cvent, Inc. (NYSE: CVT), a leading cloud-based enterprise event management company, today revealed its annual list of the top 50 cities for meetings and events in the United States, and the top 25 cities in Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA), and more…

21 May, 2016

Terror Attacks Spark Fears of Veteran Travellers by More than 50%, New Study Shows

ALEXANDRIA Va., May 20, 2016 - The Association of Corporate Travel Executives expresses its condolences to the families of those lost aboard EgyptAir MS804 flight from Paris to Cairo. While the cause remains unknown at this time, this crash will create fear and anxiety to travellers considering the rise in number more…

21 May, 2016

Faith Matters: Fear-mongering vs. fearlessness

By Jimmy E. Jones 05/20/16 New Haven Register - “So, first of all, let me assert my firm belief that the only thing we have to fear is fear itself — nameless, unreasoning terror, unjustified terror which paralyzes needed efforts to convert retreat into advance.” In spite of these eloquent words uttered more…

19 May, 2016

Chinese consortium prepares for Singapore-Malaysia rail bidding

Beijing, (China Daily) May 14, 2016 - A Chinese consortium is preparing to bid for the high-speed project linking Malaysia's Capital Kuala Lumpur and Singapore, a source with China Communications Construction Group said on Friday. The source in Beijing-based CCCG, a major construction enterprise of transportation infrastructure and dredging projects, said more…

19 May, 2016

Xinhua commentary: World not safer with the US as its policeman

By CHEN WEIHUA Washington DC., 2016-05-13 (China Daily) - When Elizabeth Trudeau, director of US State Department Press Office, read a statement on Tuesday about a US Navy surface ship "exercising the right of innocent passage" while transiting near China's Yongshu Reef that day, she said it was to uphold more…

19 May, 2016

ADB, Japan-Assisted Project to Promote Tourism Jobs in Mon State, Myanmar

18 May 2016 - YANGON, MYANMAR (ADB media release) – The Asian Development Bank (ADB) and the Government of the Republic of the Union of Myanmar today signed an agreement for a $3 million grant to support the development of tourism-based micro and small enterprises in Mon state. The grant, more…

19 May, 2016

Demonising Muslims in media, avoiding root causes, makes violence more likely, new study shows

PHILADELPHIA, May 17, 2016, (AFSC media release) – Islamophobia is at work in our national media, according to an original content analysis by the American Friends Service Committee (AFSC), a Quaker peace and justice organization. The analysis shows a disturbing narrative link between Muslims and extremism, and then over-represents violent more…

16 May, 2016

WTTC Report on Peace & Tourism Wipes Palestine Off the Map

A report issued by the World Travel & Tourism Council to stress the link between tourism and peace has effectively wiped the globally recognised state of Palestine off the map. The serious omission has proved why tourism will never be able to seriously contribute to global peace unless groupings like more…

13 May, 2016

The leading intellectual who will NEVER be invited to speak at a travel industry summit

Bangkok – He is often referred to as the “world’s leading intellectual.” His name is Prof Noam Chomsky, and Wikipedia describes him thus: “An American linguist, philosopher, cognitive scientist, historian, logician, social critic, and political activist. Sometimes described as "the father of modern linguistics", Chomsky is also a major figure more…

13 May, 2016

Chinese Commentary: Rising nationalism, growing identity crisis spoil Europe Day

STRASBOURG, May 8 (Xinhua) -- Europe Day, celebrated by all European countries annually on May 9, takes place this year around the theme of diversity, a notion often claimed to be at the heart of the European project. This 2016 edition, however, has been spoiled by the rise of nationalists in more…

13 May, 2016

Post-80s and 90s born first-class passengers surging in China

Beijing, chinadaily.com.cn, 2016-05-06 -- China's post-80s and 90s born have surpassed the 70s to become the major force of first-class and business-class passengers, and the number is still growing, according to the first season report issued by Ctrip on Wednesday. The report shows that among these two kinds of seats takers, more…

13 May, 2016

New Data Shows U.S. Female-Headed Households See Higher Levels of Poverty, Hunger

WASHINGTON, 06 May  2016, (BUSINESS WIRE)--Women, particularly single mothers, are disproportionately affected by poverty and hunger, according to a new analysis, Hunger and Poverty among Female-Headed Households, released today by the Bread for the World Institute. “Female-headed households make up just over half of American low-income households with children,” said Asma Lateef, director more…

11 May, 2016

More countries commit to tackle tax evasion, avoidance in now “unstoppable movement”

Paris, OECD news release - 11/05/2016 - The OECD and the Global Forum on Transparency and Exchange of Information for Tax Purposes announced today that Bahrain, Lebanon, Nauru, Panama and Vanuatu have now committed to share financial account information automatically with other countries. With these new commitments, 101 jurisdictions around the more…

11 May, 2016

Israel imposes travel ban on BDS movement co-founder Omar Barghouti

Palestinian BDS National Committee / Mondoweiss -- May 10, 2016 - Israel has officially refused to renew the travel document of Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement co-founder Omar Barghouti in a move that amounts to a travel ban and is an escalation of its attacks on Palestinian human rights more…

10 May, 2016

Jewish fanatic settlers continue Palestinian land-grabs

JERUSALEM, May 9, 2016 (WAFA) – Israeli settlers on Monday raided and took over a Palestinian-owned home in the Old City neighborhood of Jerusalem, claiming it was their property. Witnesses told WAFA that a group of settlers guarded by policemen broke into a three-storey building owned by local Youzbashi clan. The seized more…

10 May, 2016

Hundreds of travel, tourism, aviation companies, consultants listed in Panama Papers disclosure

The travel & tourism industry is set to face a major crackdown by global tax authorities worldwide in the wake of the Panama Papers leaks which show a listing of hundreds of hotels, travel, tourism and aviation companies and individuals. A search of the database by this editor showed 113 companies more…

9 May, 2016

How will travel & tourism respond to the “Plan of Action to Prevent Violent Extremism”?

The most important takeaway from UN Secretary General’s Plan of Action to Prevent Violent Extremism is that it is an admission of failure. Fifteen years after the 9/11 terrorist attacks, it tacitly admits that all the security apparatus that has been thrown at addressing violent extremism and terrorism, such as extra-judicial more…

9 May, 2016

UN Chief’s Action Plan exposes travel industry’s flawed response to security concerns

A Plan of Action to Prevent Violent Extremism authored by the UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon has exposed how the travel & tourism has long pursued a flawed and imbalanced strategy towards safety & security issues. The Plan also offers some concrete suggestions to “refocus priorities”, presenting a very important challenge more…

2 May, 2016

Report: Half of older Australians living with disability

Canberra, Australian Bureau of Statistics Media Release, 29 April 2016 - Just over half (50.7 per cent) of Australians aged 65 and over reported living with disability in 2015, compared to one in 8 (12.5 per cent) aged under 65, according to new data published today by the Australian Bureau more…

27 Apr, 2016

Australia bans drones at ANZAC day events

Canberra, Civil Aviation Safety Authority, 26 April 2016 -- People with drones are being warned not to fly near ANZAC Day ceremonies or marches. Civil Aviation Safety Regulations generally do not allow drones to be flown near or over groups of people or within 30 metres of people. Drones could also pose more…

26 Apr, 2016

UN launches toolkit for floods early warning in transboundary river basins

Bangkok (ESCAP News) 26 April 2016 -- Asia and the Pacific, the world’s most disaster prone region, is home to many transboundary river basins that are perennially affected by large scale flooding. Recent advances in science and technology, especially space technology applications, have enabled longer lead times of up to more…

23 Apr, 2016

Arab-Americans launch campaign against blatant NYPD Surveillance of their communities

Washington, DC | www.adc.org | April 21, 2016 - The American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee (ADC) strongly encourages Arab residents of New York City and those impacted by the NYPD mass surveillance program to comment on the Proposed Modifications to the "Handschu Guidelines" for Investigations Involving Political Activity. Click here to read ADC’s comments on more…

23 Apr, 2016

Europe-wide campaign launched to promote sustainable work and healthy ageing for all

Brussels, 15 April 2016, European Commission press release -- The European Commission and the European Agency for Safety and Health at Work (EU-OSHA) in cooperation with the Netherlands EU Presidency have launched a two-year Europe-wide campaign: Healthy Workplaces for All Ages, which is the world's biggest campaign in this area. more…

23 Apr, 2016

‘Two-state solution in danger,’ warns new report from UN office on Middle East peace process

United Nations, 14 April 2016, (UN News Centre) – The viability of a two-state solution, which envisages peaceful co-existence of both Israel and Palestine, is in danger due to the negative trends on the ground, including recent violence, ongoing settlement activity, demolitions, incitement, and the absence of Palestinian unity, a more…