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15 Nov, 2018

World Leaders ‘Cannot Be Sleepwalkers’ about Rising Nationalism, Climate Change, UN Chief Stresses at Peace Forum

Paris, UN Media Centre — Following are UN Secretary‑General António Guterres’ address to the Paris Peace Forum, in Paris on 11 November: Ten years ago, in 2008, Lazare Ponticelli, the last known French veteran of the Great War, died at the age of 110. Every year on 11 November, Mr. Ponticelli, an Italian immigrant, honoured […]

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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…

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 10, November-December 2018 featuring 33 brilliant award-winning and 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…

15 Nov, 2018

Nov 16: Int’l Day for Tolerance to Spotlight How Videos Bring People Together, at UN HQ

United Nations - The UN Department of Public Information will host an educational event on the International Day of Tolerance, which will feature the 2018 YouTube Creators for Change programme, on Friday, 16 November, in the Economic and Social Council Chamber. Beginning at 11 a.m. and ending at 1 p.m., more…

15 Nov, 2018

Indonesia uses 9.8 billion plastic bags every year

Jakarta (ANTARA News) - 12th November 2018 - Indonesia used 9.8 billion plastic bags every year, almost 95 percent of it would end up as waste, Environment and Forestry Minister Siti Nurbaya said at the 14th Asia Pacific Roundtable on Sustainable Consumption and Production (APRSCP) here on Monday. "Plastic waste can more…

13 Nov, 2018

The Hindu attacks Hindu ruling party’s assault on India’s Muslim heritage

Bangkok - One of India’s leading intellectual newspapers, The Hindu, has blasted what is shaping up as a plan by India’s Hindu fundamentalists under the ruling Modi administration to wipe the country’s Muslim heritage off the map. In an editorial headlined, “The BJP’s rechristening spree goes against India’s plural ethos,” published more…

12 Nov, 2018

UN to hold global events highlighting importance of human rights

GENEVA (6 November 2018) – The UN Human Rights Office on Tuesday announced the start, in mid-November, of “a month of activation,” involving events all across the world, leading up to the 70th anniversary of the adoption of the iconic Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) on 10 December 1948. The more…

12 Nov, 2018

Australia to trial program to help young Australians deal with depression, anxiety

Canberra, Department of Health, 8 November 2018 - A thousand adolescents across the country will participate in a trial designed to prevent and reduce the risk of depression, anxiety and eating disorders. The Morrison Government will provide $210,000 to the Healthy Minds Program to trial the mental health and wellbeing project more…

12 Nov, 2018

Australia’s Pacific Highway: Final link Woolgoolga to Ballina nearing completion

Canberra, 07 November 2018, Media Release by the Minister of Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development - The final link in the Pacific Highway upgrade is in its peak construction period, with more than 3,300 jobs being delivered to finish the final stage of the project. Deputy Prime Minister, Nationals' Leader and more…

12 Nov, 2018

Alarming rise in anti-Muslim prejudice in Germany: Leipzig University study

By Ayhan Simsek Berlin, (Antara/Anadolu-OANA) - Prejudice against Muslims, migrants and asylum seekers have significantly increased in Germany, according to a new study by the Leipzig University. Almost 55 percent of Germans claimed they felt like foreigners in their own country because of large numbers of Muslims. In 2010, before the refugee more…

12 Nov, 2018

Indonesians fear China’s lifting of tiger bone ban will increase killing of Sumatran tigers

Jakarta (ANTARA News) 11th November 2018 - China`s decision to reverse the 25-year ban on the trade of tiger bones and rhino horns has triggered an outcry from various conservation groups internationally and considered the move a regress in wildlife conservation efforts. In response to the move, World Wildlife Fund (WWF) more…

11 Nov, 2018

Brown Univ study tabulates casualties of the “War on Terror”, a wake-up call for the “Industry of Peace”

Bangkok -- For the last few decades, and especially since the 9/11 attacks, the United States, the self-proclaimed "leader of the free world", has been involved in several wars under the umbrella of the "War on Terror." Today, as the killings continue unchecked, academic studies are striving to tabulate the more…

9 Nov, 2018

American Spring: Energised Muslims, Arabs, moderate Jews, set to battle Trump on travel ban, Palestine, and more

A number of Muslim, Arab-American and Jewish advocacy groups in the United States have celebrated what they consider to be historic victories in the U.S. midterm elections, along with rousing calls for more solidarity, unity and funding support to ride the wave to even bigger wins. This dispatch of Travel Impact more…

9 Nov, 2018

Indonesian Bamboo Bicycle wins ASEAN “Good Design” Award

TOKYO, Nov 8 (Bernama-BUSINESS WIRE) -- A Spedagi bamboo bicycle produced by the CV Pirani Works, Indonesia, which was chosen by the ASEAN-Japan Centre (www.asean.or.jp/en) as part of its program titled “Good Design Award: ASEAN Design Selection”, achieved a prodigious feat of winning the Gold Award of the Good Design more…

8 Nov, 2018

Festival to position UAE as global hub for Islamic Art and Culture

ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- November 06, 2018 - The UAE Ministry of Culture and Knowledge Development today announced the program of the inaugural edition of Al Burda Festival that aims to position the UAE as a global hub for Islamic art and culture and an incubator for creativity. Set more…

22 Oct, 2018

Fair Trade Movement and UNCTAD join forces to ensure fairness for farmers, workers

Geneva, 19 October 2018 (UNCTAD media release) - The Brussels-based Fair Trade Advocacy Office and UNCTAD are joining forces to improve the living and working conditions of artisans, workers and smallholder farmers and producers in Africa, Asia and Latin America. The two organizations, which have both been calling for a more more…

22 Oct, 2018

ITB Asia 2018 continues the Great Dumbing Down of global travel trade shows

Singapore – Although the core focus of the mega-billion travel & tourism industry has unmistakably shifted from marketing to management, international events such as the ITB Asia, the region’s self-proclaimed “leading travel trade show” are still failing to reflect that transition. A search of the ITB Asia 2018 conference programme more…

8 Oct, 2018

Limiting global warming to 1.5ºC will require changes “in all aspects of society” – IPCC Report

INCHEON, Republic of Korea, 8 Oct, IPCC PRESS RELEASE - Limiting global warming to 1.5ºC would require rapid, far-reaching and unprecedented changes in all aspects of society, the IPCC said in a new assessment. With clear benefits to people and natural ecosystems, limiting global warming to 1.5ºC compared to 2ºC more…

7 Oct, 2018

$4.2 Trillion Wellness Industry growing nearly twice as fast as global economy

CESENA, Italy (PRWEB) October 06, 2018 -- The global wellness industry grew 12.8% in the last two years, from a $3.7 trillion market in 2015 to $4.2 trillion in 2017, according to an in-depth research report, the 2018 Global Wellness Economy Monitor, released today by the nonprofit Global Wellness Institute more…

4 Oct, 2018

UN Green Industry Conference opens in Thailand

Bangkok (ESCAP News) -- The Fifth Green Industry Conference opened in Bangkok on Wednesday 03 October, with a strong focus on the opportunities green growth could yield for businesses and emerging economies. Organized by the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), together with the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for more…

4 Oct, 2018

Blasts from the Past: Two historic speeches to cement the future of PATA

Langkawi, Malaysia -- Backed by a disruption-free global and regional environment and commensurately steady rise in travel flows, the Pacific Asia Travel Association took positive steps forward at the PATA Travel Mart in Langkawi, Malaysia, between 12-16 Sept 2018. From an energetic Youth Symposium to a quality-not-quantity Travel Mart, high-profile more…

1 Oct, 2018

Jewish fanatics intensify provocations in Jerusalem and Al-Aqsa Mosque

JERUSALEM, September 27, 2018 (WAFA) – Jewish fanatics intensified on Thursday their provocations of Palestinians in the Old City of Jerusalem and Muslim worshippers inside the holy site, Al-Aqsa Mosque compound, according to witnesses. They said Palestinian residents of the Old City confronted a group of Jewish extremists who attempted to more…

1 Oct, 2018

Palestine reports surge in Asian, European overnight hotel guests

RAMALLAH, September 27, 2018 – Overnight hotel guests from Asia and Europe visiting Israeli-occupied Palestine have surged in the first half of 2018, the Palestinian Central Bureau of Statistics (PCBS) and the Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities (MOTA) said in a joint report Marking World Tourism Day Sept 27. Asian overnight more…

1 Oct, 2018

WHO: 20% of Palestinians denied access to medical care outside Gaza were cancer patients

JERUSALAM, September 27, 2018 (WAFA) – A fifth or 20% of the August applications by patients in the Gaza Strip that were denied by Israel a permit to leave the besieged enclave for medical treatment in East Jerusalem or Israeli hospitals were cancer patients, said the World Health Organization’s monthly more…

1 Oct, 2018

Free Global E-Learning Academy Launched to Support Women’s Advancement

NEW YORK--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- September 28, 2018 - Badiri E-Academy, a free, global, multilingual online academy was launched by the Sharjah-based NAMA Women Advancement Establishment on the sidelines of the 73rd United Nations General Assembly session in New York, offering educational resources and professional courses that can be accessed online by more…

1 Oct, 2018

Guangzhou Launches Culture Journey to Connect Maritime Silk Road

AYIA NAPA, Cyprus--(BUSINESS WIRE) - September 28, 2018 -- On 27 September, “Floral Whisper along the Silk Road—Culture Journey of Maritime Silk Road” marks a successful end in Cyprus. It is a global campaign to accelerate the cultural construction of 21st Century Maritime Silk Road on the occasion of the more…

1 Oct, 2018

Filipina environmental and indigenous rights activist wins Champions of the Earth Award

United Nations, 26 September 2018, UNEP media release -- Joan Carling, one of the most prominent fighters for environmental and indigenous rights in the Philippines, has been recognized for her work with a Champions of the Earth Award for lifetime achievement, the UN’s highest environmental distinction.  For more than 20 years, more…

30 Sep, 2018

Palestine Circus Festival’s “United for Freedom” opens in Ramallah

RAMALLAH, September 29, 2018 (WAFA) - The second edition of the Palestine Circus Festival, entitled "United for Freedom", opened in Ramallah on Thursday with the participation of about 200 local and international artists, according to press release. Palestinian officials, a representative of the European Union, representatives of international and local cultural more…

30 Sep, 2018

Palestine files lawsuit against US at the International Court of Justice

RAMALLAH, September 29, 2018 (WAFA) - The State of Palestine has filed a lawsuit against the United States at the International Court of Justice (ICJ), the main judicial body of the United Nations, for violating international law by moving its embassy in Israel to the occupied city of Jerusalem, Foreign more…

29 Sep, 2018

ADB’s new Access to Information Policy “expands some areas of disclosure”

MANILA, PHILIPPINES (28 September 2018) News Release — The Asian Development Bank’s (ADB) Board of Directors today approved a new Access to Information Policy that aims to maintain ADB’s high standards of transparency. The policy, which will come into effect on 1 January, 2019, will replace the current Public Communications Policy more…

26 Sep, 2018

UK-based watchdog group Tourism Concern dies, aged 29, due to funding shortage

Bangkok, 26 September 2018 -- The UK-based tourism watchdog group Tourism Concern has announced its closure, citing a "lost battle for financial survival in these difficult times." The group's website has been shut down and replaced with the closure notification. The group was funded by volunteers, charities, foundations and membership fees. more…

26 Sep, 2018

Langkawi’s “Green Laboratory” owner to share expertise at PATAcademy Dec 11-13

Langkawi, Malaysia -- This is Anthony Wong, owner and Managing Director of the the award-winning,Frangipani Langkawi Resort & Spa. Hosting the PATA Environment Committee meeting just before the recent PATA Travel Mart 2018 in Langkawi, he sat quietly all through, listening patiently to the committee members banter on about their sustainability more…

26 Sep, 2018

Youth2030: UN chief launches bold new strategy for young people ‘to lead’

United Nations, (UN News Centre) 24 September 2018 -- The United Nations Secretary-General launched a new partnership strategy with the world’s 1.8 billion young people on Monday, to help put “their ideas into action”. Noting that it was “a rare treat” to see so many young faces at the UN, to more…