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23 Aug, 2016

Low petrol prices not being passed on to motorists: Aussie consumer watchdog group report

Canberra, 22 August 2016, Australian Competition and Consumer Commission media release — The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission’s latest report on the Australian petroleum industry shows that average petrol prices in 2015–16 were at their lowest levels since 2002. However, gross retail margins also increased to their highest levels, indicating that the full benefits of […]

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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…

20 Aug, 2016

China to push for new rules to stabilise global financial governance

by Xinhua writer Xiong Ping BEIJING, Aug. 19 (Xinhua) -- Global financial governance desperately needs to continue to overcome hurdles to become more stable and resilient, as it has now entered a period of risk exposures. The global financial crisis emerging in 2008 has exposed the flaws of the existing global financial more…

20 Aug, 2016

Muslim, Sikh Groups Launch ‘Twitterstorm’ Urging FIBA to Drop Hijab Ban

(WASHINGTON, D.C., 8/19/16) – Later today (3-5 p.m. EDT) -- The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) will join with MPower Change and the The Sikh Coalition to launch a "Twitterstorm" urging the Switzerland-based International Basketball Federation (FIBA) to permanently lift the ban on athletes wearing religious attire when it issues more…

20 Aug, 2016

Nine out of ten US tourists more likely to visit Britain following Brexit vote

LONDON--(BUSINESS WIRE)--August 17, 2016  - London remains a top destination for US tourists following the EU referendum vote, according to new research, with two thirds of US visitors pledging to return to the capital. Analysis carried out by London & Partners, the Mayor of London’s promotional company, shows that London’s booming more…

20 Aug, 2016

Human suffering at highest level since founding of UN

New York, 19 August 2016, (Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs): On World Humanitarian Day, UN Deputy Secretary-General, Jan Eliasson, is calling for increased global leadership to address humanitarian crises. “Today, the scale of human suffering is greater than at any time since the United Nations was founded. A record more…

19 Aug, 2016

Attacks in Thailand: Visitor arrivals on upturn already

Bangkok - Arrivals to Thailand are again heading upwards, barely a week after the Aug 11-12 bomb and arson attacks in various tourist destinations of Peninsula Thailand. The turnaround is a strong indicator of visitor confidence in the Thai tourism industry, and the diminishing global impact of low-grade, one-off attacks more…

19 Aug, 2016

UN ESCAP issues first report on State of ICT in Asia-Pacific 2016

Bangkok, 19 August 2016, UN ESCAP media release - Despite the widely reported phenomenal growth in Information and Communications Technology (ICT) in the Asia-Pacific region, a new study by the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP), has found that broadband capabilities and access are more…

19 Aug, 2016

13 Unusual Things Job Seekers Have Done To Get Noticed, like Kissing the Hiring Manager

CHICAGO, Aug. 18, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- When you're applying for a job, you don't just want to get noticed, you want to stand out as the best applicant the hiring manager has ever seen. According to a new CareerBuilder survey, candidates are doing some creative and crazy things, but are more…

18 Aug, 2016

Why tourism will remain a victim of terrorism

Bangkok - Albert Einstein is credited with the quote which defines insanity as doing the same thing over and over again and expecting a different result. Clearly, that definition applies to the travel & tourism industry which, after every act of terrorism, issues a routine condemnation and then foolishly expects more…

17 Aug, 2016

Attacks in Thailand: Hot-off-the-Press statistics show minimal arrivals impact

Bangkok - The Ministry of Tourism and Sports this morning posted the stats of daily arrivals at five international gateway airports (Suvarnabhumi, Don Mueang, Phuket, Chiang Mai and Haad Yai) for the month of August to show the full impact of the Aug 11-12 bomb and arson attacks. The detailed more…

16 Aug, 2016

Attacks In Thailand: Much More To It Than Meets The Eye

Bangkok - The explosions and suspected arson attacks in many popular Thai tourism destinations reflect five systemic and universal failures. Partially the result of living in denial and refusing to heed the lessons of history, they may hopefully lead to renewed policy approach and a more hard-nosed discourse about the more…

11 Aug, 2016

Gulf residents favour Southeast Asia for summer breaks

Dubai, Aug 9, 2016, Media release distributed by Shamal Marketing Communications -- According to Preferred Hotels & Resorts, Gulf residents spinning the globe in search of exciting destinations in which to enjoy summer breaks are being drawn to Southeast Asia with direct air routes, the affordability factor, cooler temperatures and more…

11 Aug, 2016

$81 Billion Mobilized In 2015 to Tackle Climate Change – Joint MDB Report

MANILA, PHILIPPINES  – ADB News Release - 9 August 2016 -  Climate finance totaling $81 billion was mobilized for projects funded by the world’s six largest multilateral development banks (MDBs) in 2015. This included $25 billion of MDBs’ direct climate finance, combined with a further $56 billion from other investors. The more…

11 Aug, 2016

Dutch Chamber hosts first luncheon talk on Historic Success of Thai Tourism

Bangkok - The Netherlands-Thai Chamber of Commerce has become the first in Thailand to host a luncheon talk on the inspiring history behind the phenomenal success of the Thai tourism industry. Two of Thailand's longest serving travel trade journalists, Imtiaz Muqbil, Executive Editor of Travel Impact Newswire, and Don Ross, more…

10 Aug, 2016

Islamic designs flag rising popularity, elegance of “modest fashion”

Jakarta - Islamic fashion is spearheading the rise of a new global trend known as “modest fashion”. After years of designing clothes that “reduced women to objects of sexual desire or just used to sell merchandise”, global fashion houses are awakening to this new trend. At a broader level, this more…

3 Aug, 2016

The Sri Lankan Prime Minister’s speech that the Myanmar tourism industry must read

Jakarta - Sri Lanka and Myanmar have much in common. Both are Buddhist-majority countries which have recently come in from the cold, Myanmar after decades of military dictatorship, and Sri Lanka after decades of a bitter internecine ethnic conflict. Both have one more thing in common: a sizable Muslim minority. That's more…

2 Aug, 2016

Malaysian PM blasts “foreign interventions” as cause of violence and conflict in Islamic world

Jakarta -- Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak has warned the Islamic countries against "foreign interventions" which he said have unleashed a "Pandora’s Box of sectarian conflict." He also blasted "those who, out of political motivation, call for foreign powers to intervene in their own country." [caption id="attachment_47695" align="aligncenter" width="212"] Malaysian more…

30 Jul, 2016

Thailand’s biggest mall hosts its first World Halal Fest

Bangkok - Both the causes of promoting Thailand as a Muslim-friendly destination and socio-cultural-economic integration within ASEAN took another giant leap forward with the organisation of the kingdom's first World Halal Fest (WHF), an extravaganza of Thai-Muslim business, arts, music and culture, at the CentralWorld Shopping Complex, Thailand's biggest mall. Former more…

30 Jul, 2016

Singaporean Museum hosts World’s First Exhibition on History of Christian Art In Asia

Singapore – The Asian Civilisations Museum (ACM) presents Christianity in Asia: Sacred Art and Visual Splendour, the world’s first exhibition on the history and spread of Christian art in Asia. This is also the ACM’s inaugural special exhibition after an extensive revamp last year. Asia has played a significant role in more…

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. [caption id="attachment_47565" align="aligncenter" 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…