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18 Jan, 2017

ASEAN@50 campaign brand confusion: Historic look at how it transpired, and how to fix it

SINGAPORE – As the ASEAN Tourism Forum 2017 gets under way here this week, one of the big rah-rah announcements will be a range of activities to promote the VisitASEAN@50 campaign. While that has got everyone excited, one key underlying issue remains unaddressed — the confusion and lack of clarity over the ASEAN brand image […]

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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…

19 Jan, 2017

Mr. Suparerk Soorangura, President, Thai Ecotourism & Adventure Travel Association

ASEAN Travel & Tourism Hall of Fame – Initiated by Travel Impact Newswire Executive Editor Imtiaz Muqbil to recognise the many veterans who helped grow and shape ASEAN tourism over the last 50 years.

Date and Place of birth: 10 January 1951, Chachoengsao Education: Assumption Commercial College, Thammasat University, Faculty of Economics Marital status: Married with two sons. Position: Managing Director,  N.S. Travel & Tours Co Ltd. Work Experience Betagro Co.,Ltd. 1974-1990: Australian Embassy, Bangkok  1990-Present: -N.S. Travel & Tours Co.,Ltd; SERENATA Hotels & Resorts Group Business positions - Managing Director, Director A. Travel more…

18 Jan, 2017

ASEAN@50 campaign brand confusion: Historic look at how it transpired, and how to fix it

SINGAPORE - As the ASEAN Tourism Forum 2017 gets under way here this week, one of the big rah-rah announcements will be a range of activities to promote the VisitASEAN@50 campaign. While that has got everyone excited, one key underlying issue remains unaddressed -- the confusion and lack of clarity more…

13 Jan, 2017

Les Clark, Consultant in Tourism Planning, Greater Mekong Subregion

ASEAN Travel & Tourism Hall of Fame – Initiated by Travel Impact Newswire Executive Editor Imtiaz Muqbil to recognise the many veterans who helped grow and shape ASEAN tourism over the last 50 years.

Date and Place of Birth: November 1, 1950, Wellington, New Zealand Marital Status: Twice married with one son Education: University of Auckland, 1970-73; Colorado State University, 1977-78; University of Surrey 1985-86. Career: 1986 – 2004: Partner, Tourism Resource Consultants. 2004 – 2008: Director, Tourism Resource Consultants Ltd 2008 – 2013: Senior Associate, TRC Tourism Ltd 2013 – more…

13 Jan, 2017

Dr. Mina Gabor, First Woman Secretary, Department of Tourism, The Philippines

ASEAN Travel & Tourism Hall of Fame – Initiated by Travel Impact Newswire Executive Editor Imtiaz Muqbil to recognise the many veterans who helped grow and shape ASEAN tourism over the last 50 years.

Date of Birth: 13 September 1939 Family: Widowed Education: - St. Scholastica’s College High School - BS in Commerce, University of Sto. Tomas - Master in Business Administration, University of the Philippines - PhD in Entreprenology, International University of Entreprenology, Hawaii Career: 2011 – Present: Founder and President, International School of Sustainable Tourism 2011 - Present: Director, Automobile Association more…

13 Jan, 2017

South Africa president tells people not to visit Israel

Johannesburg (IINA), 09 Jan 2017 - South African President Jacob Zuma has urged his people not to visit Israel unless it is related to "fostering peace" in the region, Anadolu Agency reported. Addressing thousands of supporters during the 105th birth anniversary of his ruling African National Congress (ANC) in the capital more…

13 Jan, 2017

The Imminent Demise of U.S. “Leadership”

Bangkok – In a few days, the world’s most powerful country will undergo a change in leadership. As the transition nears, it is becoming more than apparent that trouble looms, trouble that will have a significant impact on the way the world works and, by extension, on global travel & more…

10 Jan, 2017

Naphalai Areesorn, Founding President, Thai Spa Association

ASEAN Travel & Tourism Hall of Fame – Initiated by Travel Impact Newswire Executive Editor Imtiaz Muqbil to recognise the many veterans who helped grow and shape ASEAN tourism over the last 50 years.

  Date of Birth: 18 May, 1952 Family: Married with two sons Education: Early schooling in Singapore and Malaysia. BA in Languages, Colorado Women’s College, USA; EMBA, Sasin Graduate Institute of Business Administration, Chulalongkorn University Career: 2001 – present: Editor-in-Chief, Thailand Tatler. Heads the editorial team of Blue Mango Publishing, publisher of Thailand Tatler and all its other more…

10 Jan, 2017

William E. Heinecke, Founder, CEO & Chairman, the Minor Group, Thailand

ASEAN Travel & Tourism Hall of Fame – Initiated by Travel Impact Newswire Executive Editor Imtiaz Muqbil to recognise the many veterans who helped grow and shape ASEAN tourism over the last 50 years.

 Date and Place of Birth: June 4, 1949, USA Marital and Family Status: Married with two children. Education; Bangkok International School 1963 – 1967, previously based in Japan, Hong Kong and Malaysia. Career First employment venture was selling advertising next to his go-karting column in the Bangkok Post which proved so successful that at more…

9 Jan, 2017

Elizabeth P. de la Fuente, Executive Director, Hotel & Restaurant Association, the Philippines

ASEAN Travel & Tourism Hall of Fame – Initiated by Travel Impact Newswire Executive Editor Imtiaz Muqbil to recognise the many veterans who helped grow and shape ASEAN tourism over the last 50 years.

Place and date of Birth: 09 June 1944 Marital Status: Married with two daughters and two sons Education 1964 Maryknoll College, Liberal Arts Major in English Literature, Minor in Psychology. Dean's List of honour students 1978-80 Executive Sessions, Conference Management Programme, Yale University. 1979 Convention Management Programme, International Association of Professional Congress Organisations. 1985-85 Executive Development more…

9 Jan, 2017

Sheikh Jamaluddin bin Sheikh Mohamed, CEO, Brunei Tourist Board

ASEAN Travel & Tourism Hall of Fame – Initiated by Travel Impact Newswire Executive Editor Imtiaz Muqbil to recognise the many veterans who helped grow and shape ASEAN tourism over the last 50 years.

  Date and Place of Birth: 3 Oct 1957, Brunei Darussalam Marital status: Married with two sons. Education 1993-1994: Imperial College, University of London, Master of Business Administration (Strategic Management), Diploma Imperial College, Final year project: Banking Strategy in Europe 1978-1982 University of Teessdie, England, B.Sc (Hons) Computer and Mathematical Sciences Full time 4 years sandwich more…

7 Jan, 2017

Jose Aspiras, Secretary/Minister of Tourism, the Philippines

ASEAN Travel & Tourism Hall of Fame – Initiated by Travel Impact Newswire Executive Editor Imtiaz Muqbil to recognise the many veterans who helped grow and shape ASEAN tourism over the last 50 years.

  Date of Birth: 1924. Place of Birth NA. Marital status - Married with six children Education: NA Career Journalist, News Reporter and Columnist for the Star Reporter and the Evening News; United Nations War Correspondent in Korea; Jailed for refusing to divulge his sources of informations but subsequently acquitted by a unanimous decision of the more…

7 Jan, 2017

Sumate Sudasna, Managing Director, Conference & Destination Management

ASEAN Travel & Tourism Hall of Fame – Initiated by Travel Impact Newswire Executive Editor Imtiaz Muqbil to recognise the many veterans who helped grow and shape ASEAN tourism over the last 50 years.

  Date & Place of Birth: 2 April 1952, Bangkok Marital Status: Married with two children and one grandchild Education: Triam Udom Suksa School, Bangkok, 1969 Studied Industrial Design at University of Bridgeport, Connecticut, 1972-73 Career 1972-1977: Dusit Thani Hotel, Front Office 1977-1978: Asian Tours Centre, tour guide 1978-1981: Dusit Thani Hotel, Front office manager 1981-1983: Mandarin Hotel Bangkok, Marketing more…

7 Jan, 2017

Staporn Sirisinha, Executive Director, Thailand Incentive & Convention Association

Date and Place of Birth: November 22, 1945, Bangkok Marital Status: Married with two children Education: Bachelor of Economics, Thammasat University, Bangkok Career With the Tourism Authority of Thailand for 12 years: 1972-73 Assistant Director, TAT Frankfurt. 1973-76 Assistant Director, TAT New York 1977-82 Director, TAT Singapore 1983-84 Director, TAT Convention Department 1984-88 Founding/Executive Director Thailand Incentive and Convention Association Private more…

7 Jan, 2017

Asad Shiraz, Senior Director, Tourism Marketing, Singapore Tourism Board

 Date and Place of Birth: 24 May 1957, Singapore Marital Status: Married Education Bachelor of Administration (First Class Honours), Brock University, Canada Graduate of Senior Management Programme, Civil Service College, Singapore Career Joined the Singapore Tourism Board and spent 20 years between Nov 1982 –Nov 2002 Marketing Officer, Nov 1982 – Mar 1985 Senior Marketing Officer, April 1985 more…

6 Jan, 2017

Indonesia suspends military training programme with Australia over insult to Pancasila

5 January 2017 Jakarta (ANTARA News) - A language training program with the Australian Defense Force (ADF) has been suspended over insults to Indonesia's Pancasila ideology, Indonesian Military Chief General Gatot Nurmantyo has affirmed. "The military cooperation between the two countries was suspended as an Australian military education curriculum was found more…

4 Jan, 2017

Two UN Chiefs set Travel & Tourism a challenging agenda for 2017 and beyond

Bangkok - New Year statements released by two top United Nations executives have set the stage for some heavy-duty soul-searching within the travel & tourism industry in the months and years ahead. Although their core and extremely important messages deserve introspective analysis and, perhaps even more important, rigorous debate in industry more…

4 Jan, 2017

Deir Ballout: A village struggling against Israeli settlement expansion

By Ula Mawkidi

DEIR BALLOUT, SALFIT, January 2, 2017 (WAFA) – Israel has recently been intensifying its violations of Palestinian rights through expansion of settlements, land grab and restriction on construction of regular and farm roads in the villages of Kufr al-Deek, Deir Ballout and al-Zawiyah, located to the west of Salfit in more…

4 Jan, 2017

Israeli bulldozers demolish Bedouin dwellings, displace scores of people

JERUSALEM, January 2, 2017 (WAFA) – Israeli bulldozers demolished on Monday 10 dwellings inhabited by Bedouins in Khan al-Ahmar area east of Jerusalem under the pretext they were built without permit, according to residents. Adel Jahaleen told WAFA that the Israeli bulldozers destroyed three of the dwellings he used for his more…

2 Jan, 2017

Khoo Hock Aun, Deputy Executive Director, ASEAN Tourism Information Centre

Place and Date of Birth: Penang, Malaysia, 10 October 1955 Marital Status: Married Education Bachelor of Science (Agribusiness), University of Agriculture (Putra) Malaysia. Nuffield Foundation Study Fellow with the Science Policy Research Unit, University of Sussex, United Kingdom Career Staff Writer, Malaysian Business magazine (1978-1983) Executive Director, ASEAN Chambers of Commerce and Industry (1986-88) Deputy Executive Director, ASEAN more…

2 Jan, 2017

Robert W. Guy, CMP, Managing Director, Singapore & Malaysia, Destination Asia

Date and Place of Birth: July 25, 1944, Illinois USA Marital Status: Married. Education College of San Mateo & Stanford University, Palo Alto California Career Destination Asia - Managing Director Singapore & Malaysia October 2010 to present Pacific World - Regional Managing Director, January 1989 to August 2009 Tour East - Group General Manager May 1979 to more…

29 Dec, 2016

Israel’s Settlements Have No Legal Validity, Constitute Flagrant Violation of International Law, Security Council Reaffirms

Source: United Nations website

United Nations, 23 December 2016, The Security Council reaffirmed this afternoon that Israel’s establishment of settlements in Palestinian territory occupied since 1967, including East Jerusalem, had no legal validity, constituting a flagrant violation under international law and a major obstacle to the vision of two States living side-by-side in peace more…

29 Dec, 2016

Jewish Rabbi to Muslims: “We Are With You”

Source: Jewish Voice for Peace

The following release was circulated by Rabbi Alissa Wise, Deputy Director, Jewish Voice for Peace, on 28 December 2016. Yesterday I had the honor of speaking at the largest gathering of American Muslims in the US at the 15th Annual MAS-ICNA conference. As part of the interfaith symposium, I brought the more…

29 Dec, 2016

Remarks by John Kerry, U.S. Secretary of State, on UN Security Council Resolution 2334

Source: US State Department website.

The Dean Acheson Auditorium, Washington, DC, December 28, 2016 SECRETARY KERRY: Thank you very much. Thank you. Thank you very, very much. Thank you. (Coughs.) Excuse me. Thank you for your patience, all of you. For those of you who celebrated Christmas, I hope you had a wonderful Christmas. Happy Chanukah. more…

29 Dec, 2016

Full Text: On-The-Record Press Call with U.S. State Dept officials on UN Security Council Resolution 2334

Source: The White House, Office of the Press Secretary, website

December 23, 2016 - On-The-Record Press Call by Ben Rhodes, Deputy National Security Advisor for Strategic Communications; Rob Malley, White House Coordinator for Middle East, North Africa, and the Gulf, And Frank Lowenstein, Special Envoy for Israeli-Palestinian Negotiations at the State Department, on the U.N. Security Council Resolution 2334 (2016) more…

29 Dec, 2016

China plans ‘toilet revolution’ to boost tourism

Beijing, 2016-12-28 Agncies / Chinadaily.com - China said it will boost investment in tourism, with plans to develop rustbelt regions and upgrade public toilets high on its to-do list as it looks to lift the sector's contribution to economic growth. Announcing a new plan for the sector, China said it aims more…

28 Dec, 2016

Wichit Na-Ranong, Managing Director, Pearl Group of Companies, Phuket

Place & Date of Birth: Phuket, July 28, 1943. Marital Status: Married with one son and one daughter. Education: - Bachelor of Economics, Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok - Master of Public Administration, University of Southern California, USA. - Honorary Doctorate Degree on Hotel and Tourism Management, Prince of Songkhla University, Thailand - Honorary Doctorate Degree on Tourism, more…

21 Dec, 2016

UN Human Rights Chief blasts Myanmar’s “callous” approach to northern Rakhine

GENEVA (16 December 2016) – UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein today warned the Government of Myanmar that its “short-sighted, counterproductive, even callous” approach to handling the crisis in northern Rakhine – including its failure to allow independent monitors access to the worst affected areas – more…

21 Dec, 2016

Final Report on Palestinian Question Holds ‘No Sense of Optimism’, Says ‘Saddened’ UN Chief in Security Council Briefing

United Nations, 16 December 2016, (UN Meetings Coverage Release) - Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said this morning that today he was saddened that his final briefing to the Security Council on the question of Palestine brought no sense of optimism for the future. Delivering his last report on the situation in the more…

21 Dec, 2016

Tips to deal with technology, and other “concentration killers”

Source: WebMD

Technology may be making the world a more connected place. But being constantly connected can have its downsides. Whether you're living with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) or just have trouble focusing from time to time, today's world is full of concentration killers. In this dispatch reproduced from the WebMD more…

21 Dec, 2016

Yearender: Trump White House leaves U.S., world facing a dismal future

by Xinhua writers Liu Chang, Jiang Hanlu, Lu Jiafei BEIJING/WASHINGTON, Dec. 20 (Xinhua) -- As Donald Trump is going to be inaugurated as president of the United States next month, his unpredictability that has characterized his campaign trail and the ensuing transition has left the country and the world community in more…