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19 Apr, 2018

WTTC’s Mission Still Not Accomplished

In September 2003, exactly 15 years ago, the World Travel & Tourism Council issued a Blueprint for New Tourism. It was yet another assertion of the WTTC mantras flagged since the formation of the rich mans’ club in 1991 — make T&T a priority, liberalise travel, open markets and remove impediments. These mantras have produced […]

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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…

21 Sep, 2017

US$4,000 prize money for first global essay competition linking Travel & Tourism to UN Sustainable Development Goals

Bangkok – Today, Sept 21 2017, Travel Impact Newswire marks the United Nations International Day of Peace by launching an essay competition on how Travel & Tourism can contribute to the UN Sustainable Development Goals. The Olive Tree Awards essay competition is claimed to be the first of its kind 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 6, March-April 2018 [caption id="attachment_54445" align="aligncenter" width="410"] 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…

16 Apr, 2018

ICON-IC India and her Feat of Clay – By Mark Deane

AKA: Our national fascination with busts and grand erections  “Now stiff on a pillar with a phallic air, Nelson stylites in Trafalgar Square. Reminds the British what once they were, Aboard the Victory, Victory O.” (Borrowed from “A Ballad of the Good Lord Nelson” by Lawrence Durrell) Ours is an ancient land, steeped in history, redolent more…

16 Apr, 2018

49 retired senior civil servants pen Open Letter to PM Modi: India facing an “existential crisis”

April 16, 2018 -- This is the text of open letter to the Prime Minister that 49 retired civil servants are releasing to the media/public. Honourable Prime Minister, We are a group of retired civil servants who came together last year to express our concern at the decline in the secular, more…

16 Apr, 2018

Open Letter to the U.S. travel industry: Is state terrorism serving your interests?

Bangkok - Shootings in U.S. offices, schools, universities and other public places are always followed by an enormous outpouring of outrage, anguish, hand-wringing and soul-searching. Much time and attention is devoted to understanding the shooter’s motivation. If it’s a Muslim, the violence is automatically assigned the “T” word. The others more…

12 Apr, 2018

Confronting Islamophobia requires” a nuanced understanding of the forms repression can take” – Dr Nazia Kazi

Dr. Nazia Kazi is Assistant Professor of Anthropology at Stockton University. She delivered these remarks at a recent conference on Islamophobia at Istanbul Zaim University. Salaam-alaikum. My comments today will be very brief. The title of this conference is “Contextualizing Islamophobia”. The title of this weekend’s event itself reminds us that more…

12 Apr, 2018

Hard questions for travel & tourism millennials: Does global war & conflict matter to you?

Bangkok -- Here we go again. Fifteen years after the United States-led "Coalition of the Willing" attacked Iraq in pursuit of "weapons of mass destruction" that were never found, killing and maiming hundreds of thousands of people and devastating an entire country, war-drums are again reverberating in the Levant, this more…

12 Apr, 2018

Indonesia to hold Creative Product Festival 2018 in Malaysia

KUALA LUMPUR, April 6 (Bernama) -- The National Publishing & News Corporation (NPNC),  set up jointly by the state-owned companies PT Balai Pustaka, Antara News Agency and Percetakan Negara Republik Indonesia (PNRI) is to organize the “Indonesia Creative Product Festival (ICPF) 2018” on April 13th – 15th at Dewan Tun more…

11 Apr, 2018

China chides developed countries for overseas garbage dumping

By Zhang Ming The author is ambassador extraordinary and plenipotentiary and head of mission of the People’s Republic of China to the European Union. Geneva, 4 April 2018, (chinadaily.com.cn) - During a recent meeting of the WTO Council for Trade in Goods, some representatives raised concerns about China’s ban on "foreign garbage" more…

11 Apr, 2018

ADC launches campaign to end U.S. taxpayer-funded military aid to Israel

Washington, DC, 5 April 2018, (www.adc.org) - In the recently passed $1.3 trillion federal spending bill, Congress increased military aid to Israel. All military aid to Israel is in violation of U.S. law prohibiting the transfer of arms to human rights violators. All of which is made worse by the fact more…

8 Apr, 2018

ASLA Survey: Demand High for Residential Landscapes with Sustainability and Active Living Elements

WASHINGTON, 3 April 2018, (BUSINESS WIRE)--The 2018 Residential Landscape Architecture Trends Survey was conducted by the American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA). Landscape architects were asked to rate the expected popularity of a variety of residential outdoor design elements in 2018. The survey was fielded February 22 through March 8, more…

8 Apr, 2018

YPO Announces Signature Events for Innovation Week, 7-11 May

DALLAS, (Bernama-GLOBE NEWSWIRE) --For the third consecutive year, YPO will host Innovation Week, a series of more than 50 events around the world designed to bring together the most dynamic innovators for a chance to network, overturn conventional thinking and come away inspired with actionable, applicable insight. YPO, the world’s premier more…

8 Apr, 2018

Biodiversity and Nature’s Contributions in Dangerous Decline, Scientists Warn

Medellin, Colombia, 23 March 2018, (IPBES News) --Biodiversity - the essential variety of life forms on Earth - continues to decline in every region of the world, significantly reducing nature's capacity to contribute to people's well-being. This alarming trend endangers economies, livelihoods, food security and the quality of life of people more…

6 Apr, 2018

Jewish billionaire’s role in fomenting Islamophobia coming to light

(WASHINGTON, D.C., 4/5/18) -- The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation's largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today called for Federal Election Commission (FEC) and IRS investigations of virulently anti-Muslim advertisements that used Facebook and Google to target voters in swing states prior just before the 2016 election. Robert Mercer, more…

6 Apr, 2018

Jewish Rabbi seeks support for media campaign: Tell Israeli soldiers to disobey orders to shoot Palestinians

Editor's Note: The following statement was released on 05 April by Tikkun, which refers to itself as a grouping of Spiritual Progressives headed by Rabbi Michael Lerner. I am reproducing it in full here in anticipation that the travel & tourism industry, which claims to be an "industry of peace", more…

6 Apr, 2018

ADB President Highlights Inequality, Climate Change, and Aging as Three Key Challenges for China’s New Era

Beijing, 25 March 2018, (ADB News) — Asian Development Bank (ADB) President Takehiko Nakao addressed the China Development Forum (CDF), which opened today in Beijing. Mr. Nakao will meet Premier Li Keqiang along with other participants of the CDF. He also participated in a roundtable with Vice Premier Liu He. During more…

6 Apr, 2018

First Indonesia-Africa Forum to be held in Jakarta, April 10-11

Jakarta (ANTARA News) 6 April 2018 - Fifty-three African countries have been invited to attend the first Indonesia-Africa Forum (IAF) to be held in Bali on Apr 10-11. "As of today, 40 countries have confirmed their participation in the Indonesia-Africa Forum," Director of Africa of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Daniel more…

5 Apr, 2018

Alibaba offers Malaysian merchants access into China

KUALA LUMPUR, 29 March 2018, (Bernama) -- As part of its commitment to lower trade barriers and provide SMEs with more equitable access to global markets, Alibaba Group hosted its first “Access to China Consumers” Seminar, with the aim to enable Malaysian exporter to tap into the demand among Chinese more…

5 Apr, 2018

Hollywood advances racist depiction of Arabs in new film “Beirut”

Washington, DC., 3 April 2018,  (www.adc.org)  - The American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee (ADC), the nation’s largest Arab-American civil rights organizations, is deeply offended by the racist and simplistic portrayal of Arabs, and misrepresentation of regional politics, in the upcoming film Beirut. The film is filled with the stereotypical anti-Arab sentiment which more…

5 Apr, 2018

In cost-cutting mode, U.N. downgrades staff travel, eliminates First Class entirely

UNITED NATIONS, 04 April 2018, (UN media information service) -- The General Assembly today adopted five texts on matters with financial implications, ranging from the downgrading of standards of accommodation for staff air travel to the modalities of a special meeting on the global fight against tuberculosis, in line with more…

5 Apr, 2018

Islamophobia rampant in Europe, report shows

Ankara, (04 April 2018), Foundation for Political and Economic Research) -- This is the third issue of the annual European Islamophobia Report (EIR) consisting of an overall evaluation of Islamophobia in Europe in the year 2017, as well as 33 country reports which include almost all EU member states and more…

26 Mar, 2018

Why the Facebook scandal makes travel technobabblers look like idiots

Travel technology forums, aka technobabblers, have experienced a shock-and-awe reality check in the wake of the Facebook scandal. I stopped attending technobabble forums many years ago. I just got bored of the starry-eyed delegates listening with open mouths to the usual gang of suspects spewing out the latest techno-toy wizardry more…

24 Mar, 2018

Making the Caribbean’s airports and seaports more resistant to stronger hurricanes

23 March 2018, UNCTAD media release -- This year’s World Meteorological Day on 23 March highlights the importance of being “weather-ready, climate-smart” – a timely theme with hurricane season right around the corner. Experts predict the 2018 season will be as busy as the last, when three major storms – Harvey, more…

24 Mar, 2018

Japan Hosts 30 Influencers from 20 Countries/Regions to Receive 40m Tourists by 2020

TOKYO, 22 March 2018, (PRNewswire) -- The Japan National Tourism Organization (JNTO) carried out a project to showcase the charms of tourism resources in each region of Japan, inviting 30 powerful influencers (bloggers) from 20 foreign countries and regions to visit various parts of the country in March 2018 with more…

24 Mar, 2018

Joaquín Roy: It’s the War, Stupid

MIAMI, 14 Mar 2018, (IPS) - It is revealing that a ruler who did not serve in the military, nor enjoys any experience in war affairs, has a special inclination to use a vocabulary more typical of bloody clashes between states than in diplomatic relations. Donald Trump, both in his electronic more…

24 Mar, 2018

Siam Society lecture on Preserving the Underwater Cultural Heritage

Bangkok -- One of Thailand's leading cultural institutions, the Siam Society, will host a lecture on "Preserving the Underwater Cultural Heritage" by Etienne Clément, former Deputy Director Regional Asia Pacific Bureau of UNESCO on Thursday, 5 April 2018 at 7:30 p.m. The underwater cultural heritage is represented by ancient shipwrecks, submerged more…

24 Mar, 2018

Global labour unions accuse UN of violating its own rules on the “rule of law”

Brussels, 22 March 2018 (ITUC OnLine) - Staff at the International Labour Organisation are taking strike action today in the latest of a series of walkouts by United Nations employees in protest at the unilateral imposition of significant pay cuts by the International Civil Service Commission (ICSC), which sets terms more…

16 Mar, 2018

UN spent US$4 billion on travel in 2012-15, to cutback on first-class trips

United Nations, March 15, (UN media release) - The Fifth Committee (Administrative and Budgetary) took up the air travel policies of the United Nations on day two of its resumed seventy‑second session today, with delegates voicing support for the Secretary‑General’s proposal that high‑ranking officials fly business class — rather than more…

13 Mar, 2018

In spite of occupation, Palestine abounds with cultural centers, museums and theaters

RAMALLAH, March 13, 2018 (WAFA) – Cultural Centers, museums and theaters have flourished in Palestinian in 2017 in spite of the 50-year long Israeli occupation. A report by the Palestinian Central Bureau of Statistics (PCBS) on the status of cultural institutions in Palestine on the occasion of Palestinian National Culture Day, more…

13 Mar, 2018

UN General Assembly Adopts Resolution to Combat Illicit Diamond Trade

United Nations, March 7, 2018, UN media release -- The UN General Assembly, welcoming progress made by the Kimberley Process Certification Scheme to break links between the diamond trade and conflict, today adopted a consensus resolution aimed at intensifying that work and aligning it with the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. Julie more…

13 Mar, 2018

Millennials’ essays highlight need to disrupt the global tourism agenda

Bangkok - Perhaps the most important thing that struck me upon perusing the great essays sent in by young people for my competition was the yawning disconnect between their very perceptive views on the global status quo and the topics that figure on the agendas and programmes of global travel more…