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4 Oct, 2019

Court clears way for Thai owners to terminate Peninsula Bangkok management contract

Bangkok – A Thai court has paved the way for the owners of the luxury riverside Peninsula Bangkok hotel to terminate the management contract on the basis of having delivered no returns to the Thai business family over the last 20 years. However, Hongkong and Shanghai Hotels, the operators and also equity holders, says it […]

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18 Mar, 2019

June 14, 2019: First Forum on The Greatest Story in Global Tourism HiSTORY

Bangkok – At 0900 hrs on March 18, exactly 59 years ago, what was then known as the Tourist Organisation of Thailand opened for business. Its duty, in the words of Gen Chalermchai Charuvastr, its first Director-General, was to promote visitor arrivals by "creating a wholesome image" of the Thai more…

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 15, September-October 2019 [caption id="attachment_57987" align="aligncenter" width="468"] 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…

3 Oct, 2019

Independent Documentary charts Courageous Women on the Frontline of the Poaching War

LOS ANGELES, 30 SEPTEMBER 2019, PRWEB News - Kerry David of KDC Films has won yet another prestigious award with her powerful documentary, Breaking Their Silence: Women on the Frontline of the Poaching War. It One filmmaker’s journey to understand the complicated human/animal conflict and poaching crisis in Africa and Asia through more…

3 Oct, 2019

Travelers Risk Index: Cyber Threats Are Top Overall Business Concern

HARTFORD, Conn., 30 September 2019, BUSINESS WIRE - The Travelers Companies, Inc. (NYSE: TRV) today announced the results of the 2019 Travelers Risk Index, which found that cyber risks are the top concern among businesses of all sizes for the first time since the survey began in 2014. Of the 1,200 business more…

3 Oct, 2019

PATA Travel Mart 2019 slumps to all-time low

Bangkok - PATA's primary money-spinning event, the Travel Mart held last month in Astana, Kazakhstan, hit an all-time low in terms of both attendance as well as financial performance. According to an official PATA announcement, the Mart recorded "over 1,200 delegates from 63 global destinations. The delegate numbers embraced 347 sellers more…

2 Oct, 2019

On Int’l Day of Non-Violence, UN Chief deplores “loathsome rhetoric directed at minorities”

United Nations, UN News Centre, 02 Oct 2019 -- On Wednesday, the global community marks the International Day of Non-Violence, which this year coincided with the 150th anniversary of the birth of the global peace icon who led India to independence, Mahatma Gandhi. “His vision continues to resonate across the world, including more…

1 Oct, 2019

Singapore, Japan retain top spots in Henley’s Global “Passport Power” Index

LONDON, Oct. 1, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- As the global economy transforms and centers of power shift, Asia's dominance appears to be unfaltering. Entering into the final quarter of 2019, Japan and Singapore retain a firm hold on first place on the Henley Passport Index, each with a visa-free/visa-on-arrival score of 190 more…

1 Oct, 2019

New communications course to drive ASEAN’s tourism sustainability agenda

Bangkok – With funding support from the Tourism Authority of Thailand, I am proud to launch a new communications training course and manual to help Thai and ASEAN Travel & Tourism executives more comprehensively understand the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and build them into their respective corporate activities. The first more…

26 Sep, 2019

Indonesia calls for end to anti-Muslim hatred, incitement at OIC meeting

Jakarta (ANTARA) 25 Sept 2019 - Indonesian Minister of Foreign Affairs Retno Marsudi, chairperson of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) Working Group meeting for Peace and Dialogue, highlighted the need to put a stop to hatred against Islam. "The trends of hatred, fanaticism, and intolerance against Islam continue to rise. more…

24 Sep, 2019

First OpenTech Summit in Bangkok can help Travel & Tourism regain control of its destiny

Bangkok – Travel & tourism IT executives seeking to break the stranglehold of the technology mega-corporations now dominating everything from booking engines to data-mining may find some opportunities at an OpenTech Summit to be held for the first time in the Thai capital on Oct 1-2. Funded by Thailand’s National Innovation more…

16 Sep, 2019

New WTO indicator finds services trade weakening into second half of 2019

Geneva, 16 Sept 2019, WTO media release - World trade in commercial services lost momentum through the second quarter of 2019 according to the WTO’s new Services Trade Barometer, launched on 16 September. The index’s reading of 98.4 is below the baseline value of 100, suggesting that services trade continued more…

16 Sep, 2019

India joins growing number of “democracies” on human rights violations list

Geneva -- The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Michelle Bachelet has painted a bleak picture of the global human rights situation. Although climate change is having a worldwide impact such as on indigenous peoples and environmental rights defenders, individual geopolitical flare-ups in many countries which are otherwise popular tourism more…

16 Sep, 2019

Grant Thornton survey: 62% of U.S. business owners see a recession looming

CHICAGO--(BUSINESS WIRE)--September 12, 2019 -- American businesses do not plan on treading water when the next recession hits, according to a new Grant Thornton LLP survey of more than 250 business owners and C-level executives conducted in late June 2019. Innovation will remain a top priority: At least half of more…

16 Sep, 2019

The Most Enriching Environmental Film Festival launched in Kuala Lumpur with Climate Action Theme

KUALA LUMPUR, Sept 13 (Bernama) -- The International Kuala Lumpur Eco Film Festival 2019 (KLEFF 2019) was launched at Taman Tugu today to celebrate the 12th installation of the film festival with the theme “Climate Action…Now!”. This year’s theme will explore the stories of people and organizations committed to taking climate more…

16 Sep, 2019

Have Your Say: The Rise and Fall of PATA

Bangkok - In 1994, exactly 25 years ago, this was the full membership list of PATA, excluding the chapter members. In 1999, exactly 20 years ago, PATA relocated its HQ from San Francisco to Bangkok to take advantage of the opportunities of a more…

13 Sep, 2019

Penang to host 7th Asia-Pacific Urban Forum October 15-17

George Town, 2019.09.05 - The 7th edition of the Asia-Pacific Urban Forum (APUF7) will be held from 15 to 17 October 2019. Touted as the largest and most diverse urban forum in Asia Pacific, this year it will be held in Penang, Malaysia. The forum is themed "Future of Asia and more…

13 Sep, 2019

UN launches new plan to ‘reaffirm the sanctity’ of religious sites, counter hate and violence

United Nations, 12 September 2019 - In a landmark document that should be must-reading across the entire Travel & Tourism industry, the UN Alliance of Civilizations (UNAOC) on Thursday launched a new plan of action to “counter hate and violence around the globe”. It goes right to the heart of more…

12 Sep, 2019

Minor Corp Chairman Bill Heinecke challenges value of “disruptive” technologies

Bangkok - Mr William Heinecke, Chairman and CEO of Bangkok-based Minor Corporation, has raised some serious questions about the growing influence and impact of OTAs, ride-sharing services and other “disruptive” technologies that the travel & tourism industry is going ga-ga about. Speaking at the Thailand Focus 2019 Forum organised by the more…

10 Sep, 2019

WAIC 2019 Closes with $1.39 Bn Commitment to Transform Shanghai into Global AI Tech Hub

SHANGHAI, 5 September 2019, PRNewswire - The second World Artificial Intelligence Conference (WAIC), which welcomed hundreds of global companies, start-ups and universities, ended on August 31 with the unveiling of several groundbreaking AI projects and international cooperation agreements, set to turn Shanghai into one of the biggest technological hubs in the country. [caption more…

10 Sep, 2019

Life360 Survey Finds 25% of Parents Wish the Internet Was Never Invented

SAN FRANCISCO, 4 September 2019, BUSINESS WIRE - More than 67% of parents surveyed believe that the digital age has made parenting more difficult, and 25% wish the internet was never invented, according to results from a survey released today by Life360, the leading safety and coordination service for families worldwide. To more…

10 Sep, 2019

PATA Foundation Chairman quits following “inquisition” by two Executive Board members

Bangkok - The Chairman of the PATA Foundation, Mr Peter Semone, has quit abruptly, less than a year before he was due to start an official process to hand over the baton. The shock resignation, the first of its kind in the Foundation's history, comes in the midst of a more…

9 Sep, 2019

AB InBev Targets Rising China’s Gen-Z with New Multi-Cultural “Smart Drinking” Strategy

SHANGHAI, 4 September 2019, BUSINESS WIRE - Global brewing giant Anheuser-Busch InBev (NYSE:BUD) today celebrated the 12th year of its annual China smart drinking campaign by staging an awareness gala in Shanghai. Reinvented with a multi-cultural approach where heritage meets new lifestyles, this year’s campaign features a virtual character under its more…

9 Sep, 2019

New Study Reveals Growing Skills Gap Becoming “Serious Drag on Business Efficiency”

HOBOKEN, N.J., 4 September 2019, BUSINESS WIRE - Wiley Education Services, a division of Wiley (NYSE: JWA) (NYSE: JWB) that provides tailored services and technology solutions for university and enterprise partners, and Future Workplace, an HR advisory and research firm preparing leaders for disruptions in recruiting, development and employee engagement, today announced more…

9 Sep, 2019

“Colours of Africa” festival held in Bangkok to drive tourism, trade

Bangkok - Thousands of middle-upper income consumers from Thailand and tourists from all around the world were treated to a three-day “Colours of Africa” festival held in one of Bangkok’s most popular shopping malls over the 6 – 8 September weekend. The festival was intended to promote a better understanding of more…

7 Sep, 2019

Transparency.org: Three ways to stop money laundering through real estate

Source: Transparency.org • 6 September 2019 - Around the world, buying property is a favourite method for the corrupt to launder their ill-gotten gains. When corrupt officials take large bribes, embezzle funds or otherwise steal money from the countries they are meant to serve, the money usually has to be cleaned more…

7 Sep, 2019

Physician burnout, improving patient experience amongst top priorities of U.S. healthcare organisations, study reveals

ALPHARETTA, Ga., 4 September 2019, BUSINESS WIRE - LocumTenens.com, a leading physician and advanced practitioner staffing agency, announced today the results of its newly-released signature study, Locum Tenens Engagements: Strategies, Usage and General Attitudes. The 2019 survey measures the perception and attitudes of hundreds of clinicians and healthcare executives and administrators across more…

7 Sep, 2019

Gen Z is Highly Optimistic, Purpose Driven (and Less Stressed Out): Korn Ferry Survey Claims

LOS ANGELES, 4 September 2019, BUSINESS WIRE - As Gen Z (born 1997-2010) enters the workforce, a new Korn Ferry (NYSE:KFY) survey of professionals of all ages examines how the next generation in the workplace is bringing plenty of optimism, a lot of purpose and less stress than Millennials (born 1982-1996). Nearly two-thirds more…

7 Sep, 2019

U.S. Watchdog Groups Planning Grassroots Push to Ban Law Enforcement Use of Facial Recognition

WASHINGTON, D.C., Sept/6/2019 – Almost 30 organizations from across the U.S. political spectrum have joined hands to launch the BanFacialRecognition.com campaign calling for a U.S. federal ban on law enforcement use of facial recognition technology. The groups, which represent more than 15 million combined members, plan to flood lawmakers with emails and more…

6 Sep, 2019

New Australian visa rule means 5-day turnaround time for major investors

Canberra, 30 Aug 2019, Austrade media release - Companies with major investments in Australia can quickly bring skilled employers into Australia to fill temporary shortages, after implementation of a change to the Accredited Sponsor Scheme for the Temporary Skill Shortage visa. Announced in March , the scheme is accessible more…

6 Sep, 2019

Insights, Information key to Thailand’s diplomacy and focus on “Holistic Sustainability”

Bangkok - Insights and information is the fuel that drives diplomacy, the ability to anticipate change and the pursuit of “holistic sustainability” in a rapidly changing world, Thailand’s Vice Minister for Foreign Affairs Mr. Vijavat Isarabhakdi, said in a speech on 5 September 2019. Addressing a gathering of Bangkok-based foreign diplomats more…

4 Sep, 2019

New WHO report flags Europe’s alcohol epidemic and what to do about it

4 September 2019, IOGT News - Brand new WHO Europe alcohol status report 2019 illustrates the high burden of alcohol across the region and that alcohol use and related harms are not declining at an acceptable rate. In response, IOGT International is calling for a new EU Alcohol Strategy, for an more…

3 Sep, 2019

Partnerships with civil society and youth ‘essential’ for a future that leaves no one behind

Utah, 28 August 2019, UN News - Partnerships with civil society and youth are essential to achieving the goals of key UN-backed international agreements, such as the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, and the Paris Agreement on climate change, María Fernanda Espinosa, the President of the United Nations General Assembly, told more…