Distinction in travel journalism
Is independent travel journalism important to you?
Click here to keep it independent

1 Sep, 2015

Lufthansa blowing hot and cold over Distribution Cost Charge?

Two separate announcements on Aug 31 have led to some head-scratching over the status of Lufthansa’s Distribution Cost Charge. An announcement by the Travel Agents Association of India, published in the BreakingNews website quotes Mr Marzban Antia, Hon. Treasurer & Co-Chairman (Airline Council) as saying that a letter has been received from Lufthansa boss Will […]

more…

1 Sep, 2015

2014 World Airport Traffic Report Released

Montréal, 31 August 2015 (ACI media release) – Airports Council International (ACI) has released the latest edition of the World Airport Traffic Report. With comprehensive data coverage for over 2,200 airports in more than 160 countries worldwide, ACI's flagship publication remains the authoritative source and industry reference for the latest more…

1 Sep, 2015

Dubai to host 10th World Health Tourism Congress from Sept 6 – 7

Dubai, August 29, 2015, Grand Aurum Marketing media release: Under the patronage of Dubai Health Authority (DHA) and Dubai Department of Tourism and Commerce (DTCM), and for the second consecutive year, Dubai will host the 10th World Health Tourism Congress (WHTC)  from September 6 to 7 with the support of more…

1 Sep, 2015

A Tribute to Muhammad Ali, the Greatest Sportsman of All Time

Muhammad Ali is one of the most remarkable personalities of our time and the greatest sportsman ever to walk the earth. To honor this living legend, TASCHEN has created a work that is epic in scale and as unique and vibrant as the man himself. A worthy tribute to his more…

1 Sep, 2015

Int’l Road Union launches high-level group to grow bus & coach transport on India’s roads by 2030

New Delhi, IRU Press Release 31 August 2015 – A new high-level group of leading Indian and international transport stakeholders has launched in New Delhi. Initiated by IRU as part of its Smart Move Campaign, the new Group aims to substantially increase the use of collective passenger transport on India’s roads more…

1 Sep, 2015

It’s Official: Watching More TV as a Young Adult Predicts Obesity

Pittsburgh, PA (PRWEB) August 31, 2015 - The more hours young adults spend watching television each day, the greater the likelihood that they’ll have a higher body mass index and bigger waist circumference, a 15-year analysis by the University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health revealed. The association did not more…

1 Sep, 2015

50% of Workers Say Their Home is Their Preferred Place for Maximum Productivity

Boulder, CO (PRWEB)August 31, 2015 In a recent FlexJobs survey with more than 2,600 respondents, half (50 percent) of people reported that their home--and not the office--is their location of choice to be most productive on important work-related projects. Another 12 percent said they would choose a coffee shop, co-working more…

1 Sep, 2015

Israeli Army Prevents Rehabilitation of Hebron Archaeological Site

HEBRON, August 31, 2015 (WAFA) – Israeli army and Jewish settlers on Monday hindered ongoing renovation work at an archeological site in the town of Bani Na’im, to the east of Hebron, according to local sources. The sources told WAFA an Israeli army force accompanied by staff from the so-called Israeli more…

1 Sep, 2015

U.S. Electrical Workers Union becomes first to join BDS Movement against Israel

Baltimore, Source: UE Union website 28 August, 2015- The final session of the UE 74th National Convention on Thursday morning, August 20, discussed and approved several more resolutions, including "Stop the Dismantling of Public Education", "Build Union Co-ops", "Justice and Peace for the Peoples of Palestine and Israel," "For Peace, more…

1 Sep, 2015

Growing Workplace Violence Threats Open New Revenue Stream for U.S. Security Consultants

Los Angeles, CA (PRWEB) August 31, 2015 - The Consulting, Investigations and International (CI&I) division of security company Andrews International, an affiliate of U.S. Security Associates, held a Workplace Violence Program training in the last month in Atlanta aimed at educating clients and potential clients on best practices for prevention, more…

1 Sep, 2015

California Faith Group Organises March Demanding Legislation to Track Racial Profiling

Sacramento, CA (PRWEB) August 31, 2015 - On September 2, 2015, PICO California and the larger Communities United Coalition, community members, and clergy will march on the State Capitol for the Rally for Justice in support of AB 953 (Weber). The country has been reeling from the angst of videotaped more…

31 Aug, 2015

China’s important contribution to WWII victory little known to Europeans: German ex-chancellor

by Xinhua writers He Mengshu, Ban Wei

BERLIN, Aug. 29 (Xinhua) -- China made a very important contribution to the victory in the World War II (WWII), which was little known to Europeans, former German chancellor Gerhard Schroeder has said. Schroeder is among dozens of foreign statesmen invited to witness the military parade of China to celebrate the more…

31 Aug, 2015

Chinese-built modern airport boosts Western Kenya’s economy

NAIROBI, Aug. 30 (Xinhua) -- The economy of Kenya's western region has experienced a dramatic revival following the modernization of Kisumu International Airport by a Chinese company. Located on the edge of Kenya's third largest city, the upgraded Kisumu International Airport is now a busy transport hub connecting the country to more…

31 Aug, 2015

Thousands of Australian undergrads to get funding for study abroad in 2016

Canberra,  28 August 2015, Australian government Joint Media Release -- Minister for Foreign Affairs Julie Bishop and Minister for Education and Training Christopher Pyne today released details of the 461 mobility projects that will be funded in 2016 under the New Colombo Plan. The New Colombo Plan is a signature initiative more…

31 Aug, 2015

Islamic Tourism: Lombok to host 2nd Travel Mart & ASEAN Seminar

The city of Mataram, Lombok, Indonesia has been chosen by the Ministry of Tourism, Indonesia, to host the 2nd World Islamic Tourism Mart & ASEAN Joint Seminar on Islamic Tourism from 22nd to 24th October 2015. WITM-JOSIT is a joint collaboration between WiTM Event and the Ministry of Tourism, Indonesia. This more…

31 Aug, 2015

India’s IATA agents blast “foreign airlines” trying to “dictate terms in Indian skies”

The IATA Agents Association of India (IAAI) has sent out a circular claiming that Lufthansa's upcoming Distribution Cost Charge is illegal, and will "drive the final nail in the Travel Agents’ coffin" if implemented on 1 September 2015. Adopting a stridently nationalistic tone, the circular says, "IAAI will not allow any more…

29 Aug, 2015

Costs Forcing U.S. Military Families To Scale Back Summer Vacations

FORT WORTH, Texas--(BUSINESS WIRE)--August 06, 2015 -- Sequestration and economic worries are prodding America’s career military families to scale back their rest and relaxation plans again this summer. The First Command Financial Behaviors Index® reveals that 47 percent of middle-class military families (commissioned officers and senior NCOs in pay grades E-6 more…

29 Aug, 2015

World’s largest anti-corruption conference to be held in Malaysia, 2 – 4 September

Berlin, 27 Aug 2015, (Transparency International media release) - The 16th International Anti-Corruption Conference (IACC) will take place from 2 - 4 September 2015 in Putrajaya, Malaysia under the theme “Ending Impunity: People. Integrity. Action.” All too often, those in power who steal from the public purse are able to escape more…

29 Aug, 2015

Young Europeans more attracted by cross-border access to online content: survey

BRUSSELS, Aug. 28 (Xinhua) -- For almost one in three Europeans, it would be important to be able to have cross-border access to online content when traveling in another European Union (EU) country, according to Eurobarometer survey findings released Friday. The younger the people are, the more they are attracted by more…

29 Aug, 2015

Iran ready to reciprocally waive visa requirements

Isfahan, Aug 28, IRNA – Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said foreign nationals whose respective countries facilitate Iranians' entry to their land without visas do not require visas to visit Iran. 'To promote relations, we are ready to reciprocate the countries' plans to allow Iranians visit their lands without obtaining visas,' more…

29 Aug, 2015

Boeing Sees 20-year Demand in China for 6,330 Airplanes Valued at Nearly $1 Trillion

BEIJING, Aug. 25, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Boeing (NYSE: BA), China's leading provider of commercial airplanes, today projected a demand in the country for 6,330 new airplanes over the next 20 years. Boeing released its annual China Current Market Outlook (CMO) today in Beijing, estimating the total value of those new airplanes more…

29 Aug, 2015

China Southern offers African buyers discounts to attend 118th Canton Fair

GUANGZHOU, China, Aug. 27, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- This autumn the Canton Fair will boost Sino-African trade through the continuation of its successful partnership with China Southern Airlines (CSA). CSA is offering all African attendees discounted flights between Nairobi and Guangzhou for the 118 th session of the Fair - taking more…

29 Aug, 2015

First “outsider” Governor at TAT cements era of new leadership for Thai tourism

Bangkok – The Tourism Authority of Thailand entered a new era with the appointment of a 49-year-old, Japanese-trained economist as its first “outsider” Governor. The appointment of Mr. Yuthasak Supasorn brings to an end a tradition of appointing people from within that has been the unwritten rule ever since the more…

28 Aug, 2015

PATA Travel Mart Preview: As Confidence Returns, Bottom-line Improves

Bangkok - The Pacific Asia Travel Association is on track to convert a US$700,000 deficit in 2014 into a US$134,000 surplus this financial year, thanks to stronger membership growth, a surge in profitable events and sell-out PATA Travel Mart, PATA CEO Mario Hardy said last week. In a PTM preview interview, more…

28 Aug, 2015

China-Thailand Railway project gets green light

By Kong Defang

Bangkok, August 27, 2015, People's Daily Online) - After many ups and downs, China has finally won the railway cooperation project with Thailand.  Zhu Xijun, general manager of the Southeast Asia Company of China Railway Construction Corporation (CRCC), said on Aug. 26 that after six rounds of negotiation, both sides more…

28 Aug, 2015

Think China is the source of global financial volatility? Think again

BEIJING, Aug. 27 (Xinhua) -- China is not the main cause of the current chaos in the global financial market. Problems in the West are more to blame. Turmoil has swept financial markets across the globe over the last few weeks, slashing stock prices, jolting the value of major currencies, and more…

28 Aug, 2015

Interview: Volatilities are “natural consequence” of China’s economic transition

by Xinhua writers Zheng Qihang, Guan Jianwu WASHINGTON, Aug. 26 (Xinhua) -- Recent volatilities of Chinese stock markets and the currency depreciation are "natural" in such an economic transition as China is undergoing, chairman of the Principal Financial Group said. Larry Zimpleman, also chief executive officer of the Principal Financial Group, said more…

28 Aug, 2015

European migrant crisis blowback for U.S.-created turmoil in Middle East

BEIJING, Aug. 27 (Xinhua) -- While Europe is struggling to cope with massive influx of refugees from Africa and the Middle East, the United States should refrain from taking a not-in-my-backyard attitude and reflect on its Middle East policy, which directly or indirectly displaced thousands of people. Europe has been inflicted more…

28 Aug, 2015

Catholics to observe Global Day of Prayer for the Environment on Sept. 1

Manila, August 27, 2015, Manila Bulletin - In keeping with Pope Francis’ encyclical on the environment, the Philippine Roman Catholic Church will observe the Global Day of Prayer for the Environment on Tuesday, Sept. 1. Dubbed “World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation,” prayer services will be observed in more…

27 Aug, 2015

Respected U.S. Biblical scholar changes stance on Israeli-Palestinian Conflict

Louisville, Kentucky (PRWEB)August 25, 2015 - Walter Brueggemann, a respected and prolific biblical scholar, provides candid commentary about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict in his new book Chosen? Reading the Bible amid the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict (Westminster John Knox Press). Encouraging his contemporaries to reconsider their stance as well, Brueggemann offers a no-holds-barred perspective more…

27 Aug, 2015

China drafts first law to curb domestic violence

Beijing, (Xinhua), August 24, 2015 - Chinese legislators are working on a law specifically on domestic violence that highlights prevention and introduces habeas corpus. The bill was tabled to the National People's Congress (NPC) Standing Committee for a first reading on Monday. The draft clearly defines the responsibilities of different social more…