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30 Jun, 2015

Trade unions blast “troika” policies for triggering Greece crisis

Geneva, 29 June 2015, (ITUC media release) – The closure of Greece’s banks, at least until after the surprise 5 July referendum announced by the Greek government on the demands set by the “troika”, underlines the folly of putting ideology ahead of economic sense, according to the International Trade Union Confederation. Sharan Burrow, ITUC General […]

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30 Jun, 2015

Israeli Navy Seizes Gaza-Bound Freedom Flotilla III

GAZA, June 29, 2015 (WAFA) – The Israeli Navy on Monday boarded and seized a boat leading a four-vessel flotilla of international activists bound for Gaza, to prevent them from reaching the blockaded coastal enclave, according to media sources. Petros Stergiou, a spokesperson for the flotilla, said that organizers lost contact more…

30 Jun, 2015

Wheel:Life Publishes Accessible US Travel Guidebook for Wheelchair Users

Atlanta, GA (PRWEB), June 29, 2015 - Wheel:Life, an online community for wheelchair users worldwide, has published Discovering: An Accessible US Travel Guide for Wheelchair Users as a new e-book on Amazon.com. Wheel:Life publications center on sharing resources and support for people who use wheelchairs. [caption id="" align="alignnone" width="188"] Wheel:Life's new more…

30 Jun, 2015

GfK Global Study Tracks Satisfaction Levels with Leisure Time in 22 Countries

NEW YORK--(BUSINESS WIRE)--June 29, 2015 - Coinciding with the beginning of summer and the vacation season, the latest GfK study examined satisfaction levels with amounts of leisure time around the world – and United States consumers ranked as happiest with their time off. In US, 7 in 10 are satisfied The study more…

30 Jun, 2015

Beijing, Shanghai to offer tax refunds to overseas tourists

BEIJING, (Xinhua) 2015-06-29 -- Overseas tourists visiting Beijing and Shanghai will be able to obtain tax refunds on their purchases as of Wednesday, customs authority said Monday. Beijing and Shanghai have both filed plans to Ministry of Finance (MOF), the General Administration of Customs (GAC) and State Administration of Taxation, the more…

29 Jun, 2015

Jamaica launches two business models to track economic impact of sports events

Kingston, Jamaica: June 26, 2015, (Jamaica Tourist Board media release): -- The Minister of Tourism and Entertainment, Dr. Wykeham McNeill, has charged tourism and sports stakeholders to work together to maximize the potential of sports tourism and its benefits to Jamaica. He stated that, “given the strength of Brand Jamaica more…

29 Jun, 2015

Biblical conference to set right “misguided theologies” of travel to the Holy Land

The Society of Biblical Studies, a US-based organisation that promotes responsible travel in the Holy Land, is to hold its 2015 National Conference between 18-19 September 2015 in Cambridge, Massachusetts, under the theme of "Christians and the Holy Land: What does the Lord Require?" The conference is designed to better acquaint more…

29 Jun, 2015

Coalition Formed To Preserve Travel Distribution Channel Choice

June 25, 2015, WASHINGTON, DC (BTC media release) – The Business Travel Coalition (BTC) today  announced that in response to the Lufthansa Group’s (LHG) recently revealed policy to surcharge and discriminate against the travel agency channel, it has formed AirChannelChoice.travel as a broad coalition of global stakeholders to promote travel more…

29 Jun, 2015

Let’s cut the useless anti-terrorism condemnations and pose some hard questions

Commentary by Imtiaz Muqbil

Bangkok -- Last week, both the UN World Tourism Organisation and the World Travel & Tourism Council, the two apex bodies of the global travel industry, issued perfunctory condemnations after the spate of attacks in Tunisia, Kuwait and France. That put them on the record as having done their duty more…

27 Jun, 2015

AIIB Constitution ready for signing, projected launch by end 2015

BEIJING, June 26 (Xinhua) -- Representatives of 57 prospective founding countries of the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) will meet in Beijing next Monday to sign the constitution of the bank, creating a legal framework for the existence of the entity. "This will be a significant event. The constitution will lay more…

27 Jun, 2015

Progressive Insurance Offers Motorcycle Accident-avoidance Advice as Summer Riding Heats Up

MAYFIELD VILLAGE, Ohio--(BUSINESS WIRE)--June 26, 2015 -- The summer travel season is peak time for passionate motorcycle riders and after a brutal winter, they’re anxious to make the most of every mile. If fact, more motorcycle riders are hitting the road than ever before with new motorcycle sales up more more…

27 Jun, 2015

UnionPay issues report on Chinese outbound travel for summer 2015

Beijing, UnionPay International media release, 2015-06-24 - UnionPay International issued the “Report of 2015 Outbound Tourism Tendency of Summer Vacation” on June 24, which indicates that the outbound tourism of Chinese visitors is characterized with larger gross scale, higher transaction frequency, more scattered destinations and more rational purchase. Regards to more…

27 Jun, 2015

Human Rights: China tells U.S. to put its own house in order

BEIJING, June 26 (Xinhua) -- China published a report on the United States' human rights situation on Friday, hitting back at U.S. irresponsible remarks about China. The report, titled "The Human Rights Record of the United States in 2014," was released by the Information Office of the State Council, China's Cabinet, more…

26 Jun, 2015

Massive damage to Nepal’s healthcare services has put millions of quake survivors at risk, UN warns

United Nations, (UN News Centre) 25 June 2015 – The United Nations World Health Organization (WHO) today warned the health of the people who survived Nepal's twin earthquakes could be at risk if regular services are not urgently rebuilt and restored in a country where 80 per cent of health more…

26 Jun, 2015

30 Rising Women Stars Reshaping Food Systems Around the World

By Danielle Nierenberg, President, Food Tank, foodtank.com   There are hundreds of women who inspire us at Food Tank. They are entrepreneurs, stewards of the land, business owners, researchers, farmers, and innovators, who are the backbone of the world’s food systems. In fact, on average, women represent 43 percent of the world's agricultural more…

26 Jun, 2015

231 airlines, mostly in Africa, on European Commission’s updated safety-ban list

Brussels, 25 June 2015, European Commission - Press release - Today the European Commission has updated the EU Air Safety List, the list of airlines that are subject to an operating ban or operational restrictions within the European Union. All airlines from the Philippines, banned since 2010, have been released more…

25 Jun, 2015

EU Five Presidents’ Report sets 10-year plan to strengthen Europe’s Economic, Monetary Union

Brussels, 22 June 2015, European Commission - Press release - Today, the five Presidents – European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker, together with the President of the Euro Summit, Donald Tusk, the President of the Eurogroup, Jeroen Dijsselbloem, the President of the European Central Bank, Mario Draghi, and the President of more…

25 Jun, 2015

U.S. card companies raked in $78 bln in processing fees in 2014 – Nilson Report

CARPINTERIA, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--June 24, 2015 -- General purpose and private label credit, debit, and prepaid cards generated $5.165 trillion in payments for goods and services in 2014. Processing fees, including interchange paid by U.S. merchants to handle that business, were $78.09 billion, up from $72.44 billion in 2013 when fees more…

25 Jun, 2015

U.S. supermarkets fail to fulfill commitments to phase out greenhouse gases – EIA report

WASHINGTON--(BUSINESS WIRE)--June 23, 2015 - Today the Environmental Investigation Agency (EIA) released a new report exposing leading U.S. retailers such as Walmart, Publix, and Safeway as doing little to meet public commitments to phase out hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs), some of the most potent greenhouse gases (GHGs), used most commonly in refrigeration more…

25 Jun, 2015

Mauritius to join fight against international tax avoidance and evasion

Paris, OECD media release, 24 June 2015 – In line with the international movement towards more transparency and exchange of information, Mauritius has taken a significant step to enhance its exchange of information legal framework and has signed the Multilateral Convention on Mutual Administrative Assistance in Tax Matters. It more…

25 Jun, 2015

World Bank Group to provide up to US$500 million for Nepal earthquake recovery

KATHMANDU, June 23, 2015, World Bank media release —The World Bank Group today said it would provide up to half-a-billion dollars to finance the reconstruction of Nepal after devastating earthquakes in April and May killed almost 9,000 people and left many mountain districts of the country in ruins. Subject to the more…

24 Jun, 2015

Fast-food diets will propel childhood obesity to 70 million by 2025, warns UN health agency

United Nations, (UN News Centre) 22 June 2015 – Childhood obesity does not arise from lifestyle choices made by the child, the World Health Organization (WHO) said today, stressing that the huge problem, especially in developing countries on the marketing of sugar-rich non-alcoholic beverages, ultra-processed, energy-dense, nutrient-poor foods. “Childhood obesity can more…

24 Jun, 2015

Thai tourism entrepreneurs invited to apply for global Creative Business Cup competition 2015

Bangkok, 23 June 2015 - Creative Thai entrepreneurs with good business ideas are being invited to apply for a contest that could take them to a global creativity championship in Copenhagen between Nov 17-18, 2015. It is a great opportunity for young Thai tourism professionals to take the concept of more…

24 Jun, 2015

UN environment agency urges ban on microplastics in cosmetics, personal care products

United Nations, (UN News Centre), 16 June 2015 – Next time you are in the shower using a refreshing exfoliating shower gel, take a moment to check what the scrubbing agents are made of. According to the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), chances are pretty high they are made of more…

24 Jun, 2015

Nepal: In earthquakes’ wake, UNICEF speeds up response to thwart child trafficking

United Nations, (UN News Centre), 22 June 2015 – At least 245 children have been intercepted from being trafficked and unnecessarily or illegally placed in children's care homes since the first earthquake hit Nepal almost two months ago, United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) has reported. The children's agency is working with more…

24 Jun, 2015

India’s Muslim Vice President fair game for attacks by Hindu hate-mongers – Hindustan Times

It is tough being Hamid Ansari: on the one hand you are the vice-president of India, and on the other your 'patriotism' is being questioned. The latest controversy surrounding Ansari emerged after BJP general secretary Ram Madhav, in a tweet, questioned the VP's absence from International Yoga day celebrations at more…

24 Jun, 2015

Cuban authorities seek foreign investment in tourism

HAVANA, June 23 (NNN-PRENSA LATINA)--The business director of the Cuban Ministry of tourism (Mintur), José Daniel Alonso, today said that during the first half of this year, the Cuban tourism grew a 15 percent in terms of international visitors. In particular traditional markets like Germany and France,it grew up to a more…

23 Jun, 2015

Jewish extremists spray anti-Arab racist graffiti, attack Palestinians with rocks

TABARIYA, June 21, 2015 (WAFA) – Israeli extremists Sunday sprayed anti-Arab graffiti on the walls running along a street in Tabariya, while settlers residing in illegal settlements in central Hebron attacked Palestinians with rocks, according to WAFA correspondent. Israeli extremists sprayed racist graffiti on the walls running along a street in more…

22 Jun, 2015

“Tourism must dignify, not diminish our religious heritage” – UNWTO chief at Bethlehem conference

Full text (as prepared for delivery) of opening speech by Taleb Rifai, Secretary-General, World Tourism Organization (UNWTO), at the historic International Conference on Religious Tourism, 15 June 2015 - Bethlehem, State of Palestine, on the theme of “Fostering sustainable socio-economic development in host communities” H.E. Dr. Rami Al-Hamdallah, Prime Minister of more…

22 Jun, 2015

Australia Council puts up A$333,000 to support artists with disability

Canberra, 19 June 2015, ACA media release - The Australia Council for the Arts has invested $333,000 for artists with disability to achieve their artistic ambitions. Australia Council Chief Executive Officer Tony Grybowski said 89 applications were received from individual artists and groups for projects and development grants for dedicated disability more…

22 Jun, 2015

June 24 Bike to Work Day: Pedal for a More Bikeable Region

DENVER, Colorado, June 17, 2015 --(BUSINESS WIRE)--On June 24, 2015 tens of thousands of commuters from across the region will choose two wheels over four to get to work. Hundreds of businesses will host company teams and encourage employees to leave their cars at home. And volunteers from across nine more…