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25 Jul, 2016

UNWTO peace tourism conference helps Sri Lanka strengthen swords-to-ploughshares strategy

Passikudah, Sri Lanka – Seven years after the guns fell silent in Sri Lanka, the former battlefields of the country’s North and East Coasts hosted the first UN World Tourism Organisation conference on how tourism can play a role in building local, regional, social, cultural and communal peace. It was the perfect theme in the […]

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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…

24 Jul, 2016

UNESCO: How Satellite Imagery Can Help Monitor Threatened Cultural Heritage

Singapore, Asia-Europe Museum Network media release, 9 July 2016 - A report published by UNESCO and UNITAR (United Nations Institute for Training and Research) in late June illustrates how satelllite imagery analysis can help to assess potential damage to cultural heritage sites today. The report, which includes examples from Iraq, Nepal, more…

24 Jul, 2016

Study Shows Positive, Long-Term Effects of Science Museums

Singapore, 15 June 2016 (Asia-Europe Museum Network media release) - Science museums and fairs have clear positive effects in the long term, both for its visitors and for the cities hosting them. This is the main conclusion drawn from a study undertaken in six Spanish cities, where nine scientific culture more…

21 Jul, 2016

Muslim Passenger Removed from American Airlines Flight

(WASHINGTON, D.C., 7/20/16) – (CAIR media release) - The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), a major Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today called on the Department of Transportation (DOT) to investigate a possible bias motive for the removal of a Muslim passenger from an American Airlines flight in December more…

20 Jul, 2016

Futurist professor flags dangers of Project for the New American Century

Professor Emeritus Jim Dator of the Hawaii Research Center for Futures Studies, University of Hawaii at Manoa, has joined me in flagging the global dangers posed by the Project for The New American Century. Last week, Prof Dator sent me the draft of a speech entitled "Mortgage Banking for the New more…

20 Jul, 2016

First Russian-made business jet delivered to Royal Thai Air Force

Bangkok, July 15, 2016, (Russian embassy media release) - Sukhoi Civil Aircraft (SCAC) held a roll-out ceremony of two Sukhoi Business Jet (SBJ) aircraft built for Royal Thai Air Force (RTAF). The aircraft will be providing VIP transportation services for Thai top officials and government leaders as well as to more…

6 Jul, 2016

UN officials call for global consensus, preventive approach to combat terrorism, violent extremism

United Nations, (UN News Centre) 30 June 2016 – The unprecedented levels of terrorism and violent extremism on a global scale requires balanced implementation of commitments made through collective action, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today emphasized, calling on the international community to act with unity and resolve to address “this major more…

6 Jul, 2016

Sole Bangladeshi Nobel laureate links terrorism to ongoing Middle East conflicts

Bangkok – Bangladesh’s only Nobel laureate Muhammad Yunus has issued a statement linking the 1 July terrorist attack in Dhaka to ongoing conflict in the Middle East, asserting that the world “must wake up to the fact that violence in one place breeds violence even in remotest places of the more…

6 Jul, 2016

Four UK Muslims detained for days in Israel for trying to visit Al-Aqsa mosque

Jerusalem, (IINA), Sunday 03 Jul 2016 - Four British Muslims including a 10-year-old boy who planned to visit Al-Aqsa Mosque were detained and deported from Israel, Middle East Eye (MEE) reported. The Muslims who were held for several days in an Israeli detention centre were earlier this week removed from a more…

5 Jul, 2016

On World Day, UN hails cooperatives as drivers of sustainable future

United Nations, (UN News Centre) 2 July 2016 – Cooperatives are an old idea but more relevant than ever as they can be the drivers of a sustainable future, senior United Nations officials said on the International Day of Cooperatives today, urging Governments to create an enabling environment for these more…

5 Jul, 2016

UN rights expert deplores conviction of tax whistleblowers in LuxLeaks trial

United Nations, (UN News Centre) 30 June 2016 – A United Nations independent human rights expert today deplored the conviction of two whistleblowers who revealed how tax avoidance and tax evasion occurred in Luxembourg banks in the so-called LuxLeaks scandal. “Whistleblowers are heroes of our time and serve society and human more…

4 Jul, 2016

PayScale Releases New Report “Underemployed: The War on the American Worker”

SEATTLE, Washington, (PRWEB), 29 June 2016 - PayScale, Inc., a leading provider of on-demand compensation data and software, today announced its new report “Underemployed: The War on the American Worker.” The study included data from 962,956 workers collected between 3/21/2014 and 3/21/2016. “There are many economic indicators followed by business and more…

4 Jul, 2016

OECD releases guidance to strengthen transparency in int’l tax reporting

PARIS, OECD Press Release, 29 June 2016 - Today the OECD has taken a new step in its continuing efforts to boost transparency in international tax matters with the release of Guidance on the Implementation of Country-by-Country (CbC) Reporting. The OECD/G20 BEPS Project set out 15 key actions to reform the international tax framework and more…

4 Jul, 2016

Dominican Republic, Nauru join the most powerful instrument against offshore tax evasion and avoidance

PARIS, OECD Press Release, 28 June 2016 - Today, at the OECD Headquarters in Paris, Mrs Rosa Hernández de Grullón, Ambassador of the Dominican Republic to France and Mr John Petersen, Advisor to the Minister of Finance of Nauru, signed the Multilateral Convention on Mutual Administrative Assistance in Tax Matters in the more…

4 Jul, 2016

The Real “Disruption” is Still to Come: Book Forecasts Fall of the American Empire

In January 2006, one of Asia’s most prominent social activists published a stark warning that a system which allows less than 60 million Americans to vote for a person who gains power to determine, with zero accountability, the fate of the rest of the world, is deeply flawed, deserves to more…

29 Jun, 2016

UN Chief: Closure of Gaza Suffocates Its People, Stifles Economy, Impedes Reconstruction

GAZA, June 28, 2016 (WAFA) – United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon Tuesday arrived at Gaza city through Erez (Beit Hanoun) crossing, starting his trip to the besieged coastal enclave by delivering a speech to UN staff, said UN Secretary General’s Spokesperson. Ban visited the UNRWA-run al-Zaytoun girls primary school where he more…

29 Jun, 2016

The biggest global mistake exposed by the Brexit vote is….

Bangkok - The biggest global mistake exposed by the Brexit vote is the fallacious assumption that the rich, famous and powerful know it all. They don’t. Since time immemorial, the content of travel industry conferences and events has remained chock-full of the inevitable top-down approach which assumes that if you are rich, more…

28 Jun, 2016

Brexit – A Victim of the Law of Unintended Consequences

By Yasmin Ahammad

The sense of loss is great. The loss of a country I thought I knew, the loss of a continental union, the potential loss of the United Kingdom as it currently exists. Almost six years living and working abroad in South-East Asia has done nothing to lessen the heartbreak of watching more…

27 Jun, 2016

Israel, a “democracy,” proposes legislation to gag civil society groups

United Nations, (UN News Centre) 24 June 2016 – Three United Nations human rights experts today urged Israeli lawmakers not to approve the bill that would, in effect, target non-governmental organizations (NGOs) that are critical of Government policy. The experts expressed grave concern that the legislation would chill the speech more…

27 Jun, 2016

First Int’l Conference on Domestic Violence and Batterer Intervention to be held July 10

Portsmouth NH (PRWEB), June 25, 2016 - The first Association of Domestic Violence Intervention Programs (ADVIP) international conference will be held July 10, 2016 at the Portsmouth Sheraton Hotel, Portsmouth, New Hampshire, in conjunction with the International Family Violence and Child Victimization Conference. In the aftermath of several highly-publicized incidents involving more…

27 Jun, 2016

Alcoholism and drug abuse have caused havoc in India and worldwide, says President

New Delhi, Press Information Bureau, Ministry of Social Justice & Empowerment, 26-June-2016 - The President of India, Prof Pranab Mukherjee presented the National Awards for Outstanding Services in the field of Prevention of Alcoholism and Substance (Drugs) Abuse today (June 26, 2016) in New Delhi on the occasion of International more…

27 Jun, 2016

How to make post-Brexit U.K. more attractive to visitors from “developing countries”

The British tourism industry has been quick to identify the silver linings amidst the dark clouds of the Brexit-vote crisis. The UK is being marketed as great value for money due to the plummeting pound. The message is clear: The time is right to visit Britain. I stopped going to the more…

24 Jun, 2016

US Federal Aviation Administration Recognizes Local Authority in New Drone Regulations

WASHINGTON, June 23, 2016 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- In a win for local governments and local decision-making authority, new rules issued this week by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) on unmanned aviation systems (UAS), commonly known as drones, recognize that city leaders should play a role in regulating how, when and where drones more…

24 Jun, 2016

110 Factors That Shaped Thai Tourism

Bangkok - The record-breaking Thai travel & tourism industry is now recognised as the country’s leading economic sector, with enormous growth potential in the years ahead. This achievement did not happen by chance. It is the result of Policies, Products, Promotions and most important, the hard work of great People, especially more…

24 Jun, 2016

Terrorism fears boosting U.S. travel insurance business – Squaremouth report

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla., June 23, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- The threat of terrorism is not preventing Americans from traveling, but it is prompting travelers to take more precautions. Leading travel insurance comparison site Squaremouth reveals notable trends in travel insurance sales that indicate how travelers respond after a terrorist attack. Is Terrorism Affecting more…

23 Jun, 2016

European economy slowly recovering but legacies of crisis remain and new challenges are emerging – OECD Report

Paris, 10 June 2016, OECD Newsroom - The European economy is gradually recovering but further policy action will be required to address unresolved legacies of the global economic crisis that are weighing on growth and major new concerns that have emerged, according to two new OECD reports. The latest OECD Economic Surveys more…

23 Jun, 2016

Samoa: World Bank aviation project expanded

WASHINGTON, D.C., 6 June 2016, The World Bank News – The World Bank’s Board of Executive Directors today approved a US$16.62 million credit to the Independent State of Samoa to expand the scope of work under the Samoa Aviation Investment Project, further advancing the objective of improved safety and security more…

23 Jun, 2016

Europe is underachieving in the global competition for talent – OECD Report

Paris, 7 June 2016, OECD Newsroom -  The European Union should reform its legal labour migration policies to get its fair share of the global talent pool, according to a new report published by the OECD. Europe is facing an unprecedented humanitarian crisis, and this requires a coordinated, bold and comprehensive more…

23 Jun, 2016

The Beauty of an Alternative Perspective: Einstein on Israel and Zionism

Editor's Note: The article below was one of the Soul-Searching columns I wrote for the Bangkok Post, published Aug 21, 2011. These columns were gagged by "the newspaper you can trust" in July 2012. I am reproducing it below to help promote an alternative perspective in the travel & tourism more…

22 Jun, 2016

‘Unprecedented’ 65 million people displaced by war, persecution in 2015 – UN

United Nations, 20 June 2016, UN News Centre – The number of people displaced from their homes due to conflict and persecution last year exceeded 60 million for the first time in United Nations history, a tally greater than the population of the United Kingdom, or of Canada, Australia and more…

22 Jun, 2016

Myanmar must address ‘serious’ human rights violations against minorities – UN rights chief

United Nations, 20 June 2016, UN News Centre – Issuing a new report on the situation of minorities in Myanmar, the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein has urged the Government to take concrete steps to end the “systemic discrimination” and ongoing human rights violations against more…