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21 Sep, 2018

Wars, conflict will bleed Gulf States to death, with U.S. arms dealers to be main beneficiaries, report confirms

LONDON–(BUSINESS WIRE)–September 06, 2018 – The Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) member states are forecast to spend over USD100 billion on their defence capabilities for the first time next year, with increasing budgets in Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) driving growth between 2018 and 2027. Across the Gulf states comprising the GCC (Saudi […]

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11 Apr, 2018

FREE DOWNLOAD: The Next Big Thing – Thailand Outbound Travel Report 2018

Bangkok -- Travel Impact Newswire Executive Editor Imtiaz Muqbil has made travel journalism history yet again by publishing the first report on the surging Thai outbound travel industry. The report is being made available FREE, thanks to support from Minister of Tourism and Sports Weerasak Kowsurat and Tourism Authority of Thailand 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 9, September-October 2018 [caption id="attachment_55865" align="aligncenter" width="413"] 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…

21 Sep, 2018

The three Prize-winning essays of The Olive Tree Awards Round II essay competition

First Place Co-winner Twinkle Malukani: Tourism to accelerate UN SDGs: From personal level to industry level and beyond boundaries of regions and economy Leisure has not been the sole purpose of moving from one place to another. From the time Plato propagated the concept of Cave Allegory in which his protagonist more…

21 Sep, 2018

Three young women from India sweep top awards in The Olive Tree essay competition

Bangkok - Three young women from India have swept the top honours in the second round of The Olive Tree awards, a unique essay competition launched by this editor to forge a stronger linkage between Travel & Tourism and the UN Sustainable Development Goals. Twinkle Malukani, 22, Vinita Srinivasan, 22, and more…

18 Sep, 2018

Report exposes ugly truth behind Israel’s blood-soaked “security” apparatus

September 12, 2018 (Jewish Voice for Peace media release) – From the acting Deputy Director of ICE to the current Chief of Police in Washington DC, from San Diego to Chicago to Atlanta, since 2002 thousands of American law enforcement officials have trained in Israel with Israeli police, military and more…

18 Sep, 2018

Israeli-occupied Palestine has world’s highest unemployment rate – UNCTAD Report

Geneva, 12 September 2018 (UNCTAD news release) – Unemployment in the Occupied Palestinian Territory rose to more than 27 per cent – the highest rate in the world – while per head income declined and agricultural production contracted by 11 per cent, as socioeconomic conditions in the past year worsened, more…

18 Sep, 2018

Americans urged: Oppose Jewish lobby’s bid to gag anti-Israel events on U.S. College Campuses

The following announcement has been circulated today by the the American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee (ADC). American expatriates living abroad, especially in the Middle East, Asia and Africa, take note. Te American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee (ADC) urges you to call and email your Senators and demand they: (+) Oppose U.S. Department of Education’s Office for more…

15 Sep, 2018

‘Shadow’ of persistent inequality is growing worldwide, key UN human development report reveals

United Nations, 14 September 2018, UN News -- While health, education, and income levels have improved overall across the globe, “wide inequalities” both among and within countries, are casting a shadow on sustained human development, a new United Nations report shows. Looking at the widening gap in real terms, a child more…

15 Sep, 2018

Seven Thai Dishes You Should Never Order

Thailand may be promoting Gastronomy Tourism, but the health promotion website WebMD has put out a bulletin warning that not all Thai food is good for health. It says, "Thai food is often packed with vegetables and lean protein, but your favorite restaurant’s menu also has some fat and calorie more…

15 Sep, 2018

Asia will need $8.4 trillion to build new transport infrastructure

MANILA, PHILIPPINES (12 September 2018) ADB News Release — Meeting Asia and the Pacific’s transport needs will require $8.4 trillion in financing by 2030, said Asian Development Bank (ADB) President Mr. Takehiko Nakao at the Transport Forum 2018, which opened today at ADB’s headquarters, coorganized by ADB and the ADB more…

14 Sep, 2018

Five Aviation/Aerospace stakeholders launch global study on women in leadership

Halifax, 13 September 2018 (Airports Council International media release) – Five stakeholder organizations in the aviation and aerospace industry will launch a global study - "Soaring Through the Glass Ceiling" - to identify and promote means by which the aviation and aerospace industry can more effectively recruit and advance women more…

12 Sep, 2018

How long before Langkawi becomes another Boracay?

Langkawi, Malaysia -- How long before the once pristine, unspoiled island of Langkawi goes the same way as Boracay, the Philippines island that was shut down earlier this year for a few months breather from the pressure of tourism? That was the question I posed right at the start of a more…

3 Sep, 2018

Hyatt under pressure to drop annual convention of U.S. anti-Muslim hate group

Shoulder to Shoulder, a coalition of 34 religious denominations and organizations which says it is "committed to standing with American Muslims to uphold American values", has written to Mark S. Hoplamazian, President and Chief Executive Officer, Hyatt Hotels, urging the chain's property in Crystal City, Virginia, to drop the annual more…

3 Sep, 2018

Equal Pay Day: Australian agency offers tips to narrow the male-female earnings gap

Canberra, Workplace Gender Equality Agency -- Equal Pay Day falls on Friday 31 August this year. It marks the additional 62 days that women had to work to earn the same amount as men did on 30 June this year. “Although the gender pay gap has fallen to its lowest level more…

2 Sep, 2018

World Council of Churches to mark Global Week for Peace in Palestine & Israel, 16-23 Sept

World Week for Peace in Palestine & Israel, 16-23 September, 2018  Investing in young people  A week of education, prayer and action for peace in Palestine & Israel, initiated by the World Council of Churches. Planned events below This year’s theme is “Youth and Children: Raising Hope and Making Change”. Youth and children are more…

28 Aug, 2018

Israel continues Palestinian home demolitions, displacements in July 2018

JERUSALEM, August 18, 2018 (WAFA) – The month of July 2018 recorded the highest number of Palestinian structures Israel has demolished or seized (54), and of Palestinian civilians displaced (97) in the occupied territories, since January 2017, a report by the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs more…

28 Aug, 2018

Indonesian government pursues 50% local component for infrastructure projects

Jakarta (ANTARA News) 24th August 2018 - Minister of Transportation (Menhub) Budi Karya Sumadi said that the Indonesian government encourages the use of 50 percent of local components for infrastructure development, especially railways. "We will intensify our train manufacturing industry, so that `local content` would increase. When we built the more…

28 Aug, 2018

Indonesia posts 7.5 million tourist arrivals in first half 2018

Baubau, S.E. Sulawesi, (ANTARA News) - The Tourism Ministry reported that Indonesia recorded 7.5 million visits by foreign tourists in the first six months of this year. "This represented an increase from the same period and from the second half of last year. Therefore, hopefully the target of 17 million visits more…

28 Aug, 2018

Foreign college tours for Chinese teens a growing market

CHICAGO, Xinhua, 2018-08-26 - As growing numbers of Chinese families are sending their teens on college tours in other countries, they are creating a potentially lucrative market for universities, college towns and tourism-related businesses, a study of the University of Illinois (UI) suggests. In 2013, more than 300,000 young people from more…

28 Aug, 2018

More than Half of U.S. Employees Say Technology Makes Them Feel Isolated

CHICAGO-August 21, 2018 -(BUSINESS WIRE)--More than half of U.S. employees say technology (smartphones, social media, etc.) has resulted in more feelings of isolation, according to ComPsych® Corporation,  which claims to be the world’s largest provider of employee assistance programs. The poll surveyed the 8 million employees who use ComPsych's GuidanceResources Online more…

28 Aug, 2018

Major global killer, alcohol caused 3m deaths in 2016, Lancet study reveals

SEATTLE, August 23, 2018. University of Washington media release – A new scientific study concludes there is no safe level of drinking alcohol. The study, published today in the international medical journal The Lancet, shows that in 2016, nearly 3 million deaths globally were attributed to alcohol use, including 12 percent of more…

27 Aug, 2018

International Buddhist Conclave 2018 held in India

New Delhi, 23-August-2018, Press Information Bureau, Ministry of Tourism - The President of India Mr Ram Nath Kovind inaugurated the International Buddhist Conclave (IBC), 2018 here today. The Minister of State (Independent charge), Mr K.J. Alphons presided over the inaugural function. The 4 days long Conclave has been organized by more…

27 Aug, 2018

Australian consumer protection body takes action against Trivago over “misleading” hotel price ads

Canberra, 23 August 2018, Australian Competition and Consumer Protection media release - The ACCC has instituted proceedings in the Federal Court against trivago N.V. (Trivago) alleging it made misleading hotel pricing representations in its television advertising and website, in breach of the Australian Consumer Law. The ACCC alleges that from at more…

22 Aug, 2018

Illegal 2018 World Cup gambling: Asia-wide Interpol raids yield US$1.6 bln in bets

LYON, France (Interpol media release) Aug 17, 2018 – Thousands of raids have been undertaken and suspects arrested in an INTERPOL-led operation against illegal gambling conducted throughout Asia during the 2018 FIFA World Cup. Operation SOGA VII (short for soccer gambling) saw more than 14,900 raids at illegal gambling dens across more…

21 Aug, 2018

Philippines “Build, Build Build” Policy Gets a Boost from ADB’s $300 Million Loan

MANILA, PHILIPPINES (20 August 2018) — The Asian Development Bank’s (ADB) Board of Directors has approved a $300 million policy-based loan to support the Philippines’ efforts to strengthen the framework under which the private sector can participate in the government’s “Build, Build, Build” (BBB) infrastructure development program. Government reforms supported by more…

21 Aug, 2018

ASEAN Research Institute warns of serious impact of US-China Trade War

KUALA LUMPUR, Aug 14 (Bernama) -- While ASEAN member states typically will respond to the United States-China trade war on the basis of individual national interests, it is also in the member states’ national interest to collectively make ASEAN economic integration and beyond more real in order to position the more…

21 Aug, 2018

Malaysia’s SME & Entrepreneurship Business Awards event to be held 14 November

KUALA LUMPUR, Aug 17 (Bernama) -- The SME & Entrepreneurship Business Award 2018 (‘SEBA 2018’) is back again for the third consecutive year and will take place on 14 November 2018 at the Grand Ballroom, Palace of the Golden Horses. Calls for nominations are currently open via www.seba.asia According to Nitesh more…

21 Aug, 2018

China’s leading robotics group flags trends in US$17.4 billion market

BEIJING, Aug. 17, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- HIT Robot Group, one of China's leading robot manufacturers, presented the Analysis Report on Robot Industry in China 2018 alongside its new "Robotics Biosphere" business model during the World Robot Conference 2018, held from August 15-19 in Beijing. Jointly conducted and produced by HRG, the China Institute of Science and more…

4 Aug, 2018

Malaysians warned about shock phone bills after Haj pilgrimage, get tips on how to avoid them

CYBERJAYA, Aug 3 (Bernama) -- International roaming services offered by mobile telecommunications providers can help consumers communicate with their friends and family easily even while they are abroad. However, usage of this service without knowing the correct mechanism may result in your phone bill to skyrocket. There are also consumers more…

4 Aug, 2018

ASEAN launches region-wide Car-Free Day initiative

JAKARTA, 3 August 2018 (ASEAN media release) – The region-wide ASEAN Car-Free Day (CFD), where dedicated areas or roads will be regularly free from traffic for a particular time, will be launched in Jakarta on Sunday, 5 August. The ASEAN Car Free Day is a regional advocacy initiative led by the more…

27 Jul, 2018

India sees rising crime against women, Dalits under Modi regime

New Delhi, Press Information Bureau, Ministry of Home Affairs, 24-July-2018- As per the latest available published information with National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB), the details of cases registered under total crimes against women and Scheduled Castes from 2013 to 2016 is as below: Cases registered 2013 2014 2015 2016 Crime against women 309,546 339,457 329,243 338,954 Crime against Scheduled Castes 39,408 40,401 38,670 40,801 The Scheduled more…

27 Jul, 2018

New digital rights to give travellers more legal cover, better access across Europe during summer holidays

Brussels, 27 July 2018, European Commission - Press release - This summer, European citizens will enjoy more digital rights than ever before. Following the end of roaming charges across the European Union last year, holidaymakers can now travel with their online TV, film, sports, music or e-book subscriptions at no more…