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16 Feb, 2018

Americas Tops the Global Gambling Market – Technavio report

LONDON–(BUSINESS WIRE)–09 February 2018 – The latest market research report by Technavio on the global gambling market predicts a CAGR of more than 8% during the period 2018-2022. The report segments the global gambling market by type (lottery, betting, and casino) and by geography (the Americas, EMEA, and APAC). It provides a detailed illustration of […]

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21 Sep, 2017

US$4,000 prize money for first global essay competition linking Travel & Tourism to UN Sustainable Development Goals

Bangkok – Today, Sept 21 2017, Travel Impact Newswire marks the United Nations International Day of Peace by launching an essay competition on how Travel & Tourism can contribute to the UN Sustainable Development Goals. The Olive Tree Awards essay competition is claimed to be the first of its kind more…

17 Jul, 2017

FREE DOWNLOAD: The Olive Tree – How Travel & Tourism Can Contribute to the UN Sustainable Development Goals

The Olive Tree is the first and only publication designed to help travel & tourism become a more enthusiastic part of the solution in achieving the UN Sustainable Development Goals. Free download. Click on any of the images below. ============== The Olive Tree Edition 5, January-February 2018 [caption id="attachment_54148" align="aligncenter" width="412"] Click on more…

1 Dec, 2016

Call for Entries: The First ASEAN Travel & Tourism Hall of Fame

By Imtiaz Muqbil, Executive Editor, Travel Impact Newswire Bangkok – Today marks the launch of the ASEAN Travel & Tourism Hall of Fame (ATTHoF), the first global website to honour the achievements of the many industry veterans and stalwarts who elevated this robust and dynamic industry to its present heights. Click here 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…

16 Feb, 2018

World invited to visit Palestine, see the reality of life under occupation

RAMALLAH, February 15, 2018 (WAFA & Travel Impact Newswire) – Omani Foreign Minister Yousuf bin Alawi Thursday called on all countries to accept the invitation of President Mahmoud Abbas to visit Palestine and occupied Jerusalem to assert solidarity with the Palestinian people. Abbas Thursday met bin Alawi at the presidential headquarters more…

16 Feb, 2018

Northeast Asian destinations hammering ASEAN in pursuit of Thai outbound travel boom

Bangkok – With Japan at the forefront, Northeast Asian countries and Special Administrative Regions are clobbering the Association of Southeast Asian Nations in attracting the booming Thai outbound tourism market. A survey of the recent Thailand International Travel Fair, held between February 7-11 showed clearly how Japan, Korea, Taiwan, Hong Kong more…

9 Feb, 2018

“Jailing critics does not make society safer”: A speech that will NEVER be heard at a travel industry event

BANGKOK (5 February 2018) – UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein started today his official visits to Indonesia, Papua New Guinea and Fiji, urging all governments to employ the Universal Declaration of Human Rights – in its totality – as a guide to law and policy. more…

9 Feb, 2018

20 years after moving to Asia, PATA’s pursuit of relevance remains elusive

The Pacific Asia Travel Association this week marks the 20th anniversary of its move from San Francisco to Bangkok. Travel Impact Newswire Executive Editor Imtiaz Muqbil, who has covered PATA since 1981, takes a look back and a look ahead. Bangkok - When PATA began pondering its move from San Francisco more…

6 Feb, 2018

Malaysian Competition Commission signs the Corruption-Free Pledge

KUALA LUMPUR, Feb 5 (Bernama) -- The Malaysia Competition Commission (MyCC) is one of the government agencies that responded positively to the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC)’s call in signing the Corruption-Free Pledge (better known as IBR). The pledge signing ceremony held at Menara SSM, Kuala Lumpur was led by YBhg. Dato’ more…

21 Jan, 2018

Indonesia to develop border areas to boost social justice

Jakarta (ANTARA News) 18th January 2018 - Development in border areas promotes social justice for all people across Indonesia, Coordinating Minister for Political, Legal, and Security Affairs Wiranto stated. "All people of Indonesia should get justice. People of Indonesia not only live in cities but many of them also reside in more…

21 Jan, 2018

Number of Indian tourists to Bali up by 48.25 percent

Denpasar, Bali (ANTARA News), 16 January 2018 - The number of Indian tourists to Bali surged to 243,639 people during January-November 2017, up 79,283 people or 48.25 percent, from 164,345 people in the previous year`s same period. "Most of them arrived at the International Airport of Ngurah Rai by direct flights more…

21 Jan, 2018

UNESCO opens applications for 2018 Asia-Pacific Cultural Heritage Conservation Awards

BANGKOK, 15 January 2018, (UNESCO News) – Submissions are now being accepted for the 2018 Asia-Pacific Awards for Cultural Heritage Conservation. This year’s awards cycle will mark the launch of a three-year partnership with Think City, a Malaysian urban renewal body that will support the programme and host the annual Awards more…

21 Jan, 2018

18th Int’l Anti-Corruption Conf to focus on Development, Peace and Security

21 Jan 2018, Transparency International media release - In December 2016 at the 17th IACC in Panama City, Panama, more than 1,600 people from over 130 countries had one common call: The time for Justice, Equity, Security, and Trust is now. Today’s polarized politics fuels many evils: populism and extremism, violence, human rights violations, more…

21 Jan, 2018

ASEAN Tourism Forum V.1 is dying, Time to Plan ATF V.2

The ASEAN Tourism Forum 2018 to be held between 22-26 January in the northern Thai city of Chiang Mai will have the lowest turnout of buyers and sellers in the last 10 years. The figures reported by the Tourism Authority of Thailand of 240 buyers and 275 seller organisations continues more…

19 Jan, 2018

Sikhism fastest growing religion in Australia

Canberra, Jan 18, 2018 - Australian Bureau of Statistics -- World Religion Day (Jan 21) aims to foster interfaith understanding and harmony, and is an opportunity to recognise the diversity of religion present in modern day Australia. The 2016 Census of Population and Housing found that three-fifths of the Australian population more…

8 Jan, 2018

UnionPay Cross-border B2B Payment Service Platform facilitates exports of SMEs in Yiwu

SHANGHAI, 8 January 2018, (PRNewswire) -- UnionPay International announced today that the official website of Yiwu Market (www.yiwugou.com), the world's largest commodity wholesale market, now connects to UnionPay Cross-border B2B Payment Service Platform. Purchasers outside China are able to pay safely and conveniently with UnionPay cards issued overseas to buy goods at www.yiwugou.com. This more…

8 Jan, 2018

Innovative Securities: Higher Risks May Come in 2018

BUDAPEST, Hungary, 29 December 2017, (PRNewswire) - We are living in the decade of bullish markets. Because of record returns (and low interest rates) retail money floods the market. What could 2018 hold for the investors after all this? Innovative Securities' prognosis tries to answer. In 2017, the already expensive stocks more…

8 Jan, 2018

Women Leaders Launch “TIME’S UP” Campaign

LOS ANGELES, 1 January 2018, (PRNewswire) - TIME'S UP, an unprecedented movement started by women in the entertainment industry, today announced the launch of TIME'S UP Legal Defense Fund. The TIME'S UP Legal Defense Fund is one of a series of TIME'S UP's ongoing commitments to combat the systemic power imbalances that more…

8 Jan, 2018

Christmas eve 2017: When Jewish Intellectual Noam Chomsky went to bat for Palestine

On Christmas eve, 24 December 2017, Jewish Voice for Peace (JVP), one of the groups on the entry-ban list issued by the Israel government, issued a fund-raising appeal featuring a personal message by Prof Noam Chomsky, Professor Emeritus at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and laureate professor at the more…

8 Jan, 2018

Global publicity follows Israel entry ban on 20 pro-Palestine groups

Jewish Voice for Peace, a prominent U.S.-based group of Jews battling the Israeli occupation of Palestine, is among a list of 20 global civil society movements whose activists will be barred from entering Israel. It is the only Jewish group on the list released by the Strategic Affairs Ministry on 08 more…

7 Jan, 2018

UN readying training guidelines to help airline cabin crews identify, report human trafficking

United Nations, (UN News Centre) 4 January 2018 – The United Nations is taking the global combat against human trafficking into the skies as the Organization's human rights office and its Montreal-based civil aviation agency begin putting the final touches on training guidelines that could help airline cabin crew spot more…

3 Jan, 2018

Mandela Peace Summit, Sufficiency Economy amongst highlights of The Olive Tree Edition 5

Bangkok - The January-February 2018 edition of The Olive Tree has been published on the Travel Impact Newswire website. This Edition 5 of the first and only publication designed to help travel & tourism achieve the UN Sustainable Development Goals is sponsored by Jetwing Hotels Sri Lanka, the Frangipani Langkawi more…

3 Jan, 2018

World-Class Urban Greenway Slows Pace of Life in Central China’s Wuhan

WUHAN, China, Dec. 29, 2017 /Xinhua-AsiaNet/ -- Featuring China's most intensive relics of ancient Chu culture, most splendid display of classic Chinese poetry and calligraphy, as well as top-level modern art works and sculptures as well as graffiti and three-dimensional street paintings, the second phase of a green belt encircling more…

3 Jan, 2018

Bravo Jakarta for reporting waste generated by New Year’s Eve celebrations

Bravo to the Jakarta Administration and the Antara News Agency. Instead of running the usual hackneyed Press release announcing what a wonderful time thousands of revellers had on New Year's eve, the Indonesian national news agency Antara ran an interview with the head of the Environmental Affairs office of the more…

3 Jan, 2018

Malaysia 2018 Social Media Campaign Continues With Photo And Short Video Contest

PUTRAJAYA, Dec 29 (Bernama) -- The Ministry of Tourism and Culture Malaysia (MOTAC) continues organising a photography and short video contest on social media with the sub-theme #MyCuisine starting from 1 January 2018 to 28 February 2018. To enter, participants need to submit a creative photo or short video related to more…

3 Jan, 2018

Gallup Poll: Americans see more trouble ahead in 2018

As Americans look ahead to 2018, eight in 10 predict it will be a troubled year filled with international discord rather than peace, according to the results of a Gallup Poll released at the end of 2017. The public is more optimistic about the economy, with a slight majority anticipating more…

3 Jan, 2018

U.S. travel industry off to a most Unhappy New Year

The people of the United States will awaken this morning, the first day of work after wishing each other a Happy New Year, to news that will make them most unhappy. Preliminary statistics published by the National Travel and Tourism Office (NTTO) for July 2017 show visitor arrivals heading south big-time. more…

18 Dec, 2017

Aligarh: A Captivating Tale of Two Remarkable “Sities”

Aligarh, Uttar Pradesh, India – Between Nov 27-29, one of India's best-known institutions of higher education, Aligarh Muslim University, held its first Tourism Research Conference. Made possible thanks to a grant of Rs 852,500 (about US$13,300) by the Ministry of Tourism, it was packed with world-class presentations by research students, more…

18 Dec, 2017

World-class research at Aligarh Muslim University tourism conference

Aligarh, Uttar Pradesh, India -- Although this was the first tourism research conference held at Aligarh Muslim University, the subject matter and depth of the presentations were world-class. Of the nearly 140 presentations included in the abstracts, 36 were devoted to the impact of the situation in Kashmir. Numerous others more…

18 Dec, 2017

Aligarh Muslim University – Much more than just a University

Aligarh, Uttar Pradesh, India -- Aligarh Muslim University is more than just a University; it is a citadel of cultural, architectural and artistic heritage. In accordance with the principles of its founding fathers and the constitution of India, the campus, museum and library brim with fine works of Islamic, Buddhist more…

18 Dec, 2017

In pictures: The amazing grace and rustic charm of Aligarh Old City

A motorcycle tour of Aligarh Old City, an experience beyond description. All pictures by Travel Impact Newswire Executive Editor Imtiaz Muqbil. One of a three-part compendium on the first Tourism Research conference held at Aligarh Muslim University between Nov 27-29, 2017 on the theme of “New Tourism Paradigms in a Changing more…

16 Dec, 2017

‘American Dream’ quickly becoming an ‘illusion,’ says UN human rights expert

United Nations, (UN News Centre) 15 December 2017 – The number of Americans living in poverty and the already high income inequality could worsen further in the days to come, making the United States the most unequal society in the world, the United Nations expert on extreme poverty and human more…

15 Dec, 2017

ADB clears $499 million loan to improve air quality in Greater Beijing

MANILA, PHILIPPINES (14 December 2017) — The Asian Development Bank’s (ADB) Board of Directors has approved a €428 million ($499 million) loan to set up a regional emission-reduction and pollution-control facility as part of a multiyear and multisector support program to improve air quality in the greater Beijing-Tianjin-Hebei (BTH) region, more…

15 Dec, 2017

136 civil society groups again target Myanmar over genocide in Rakhine State

Bangkok -- Myanmar's global image has sunk further with the issuance of a strongly worded statement by 136 civil society groups and individuals across multiple religious denominations, professions and nationalities calling on the Myanmar government to stop violence against the civilian population of Rakhine state and address the root causes more…