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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 could go hand in hand […]

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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 9, September-October 2018 [caption id="attachment_55865" align="aligncenter" width="413"] 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…

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…

26 Sep, 2018

China plans education reform for seniors to counter shrinking workforce

Beijing, (China Daily) September 25, 2018 - Policymakers are considering changing the syllabuses at Chinese elderly universities, education centers that target senior citizens, to include more practical courses, equipping retirees with a modern skill set in response to the nation's rapidly aging society and shrinking labor force. The idea has been more…

25 Sep, 2018

Forging ASEAN integration at the PATA Travel Mart 2018: Two Buddhists and a Muslim visit a prominent Langkawi temple

Langkawi - One of the core objectives of the ASEAN Socio-Cultural Community 2025 Integration Blueprint is to build "a dynamic and harmonious community that is aware and proud of its identity, culture, and heritage." UN Sustainable Development Goal 16 of the United Nations Agenda 2030 is to promote "peaceful and more…

25 Sep, 2018

Leaders Call for New Global Architecture for Sustainable Markets at World Economic Forum Summit

Geneva and New York, 24 September 2018 (WEF media release) – The World Economic Forum’s second annual Sustainable Development Impact Summit opened in New York City with a call for government, business and civil society leaders to scale up proven initiatives to build sustainable global markets.  “The thinking has been more…

25 Sep, 2018

Australian consumer watchdog warns of social media celebrity endorsement scams

Canberra, 24 September 2018 (Australian Competition and Consumer Commission media release) -- People are increasingly being caught out by celebrity endorsement scams, with reports to Scamwatch increasing 400 per cent and losses increasing a staggering 3,800 per cent so far in 2018. These scams often appear as online advertisements or promotional more…

24 Sep, 2018

7 Oct: World Day for Decent Work will highlight “deeply entrenched injustice of the global economic system”

Brussels, 24 September 2018 (ITUC OnLine): Workers from around the world will be holding activities to mark the 11th World Day for Decent Work on 7 October. This year’s global theme, “Change the Rules”, highlights the deeply entrenched injustice of the global economic system alongside shrinking democratic space and deteriorating more…

24 Sep, 2018

Australian welfare debt dodgers being hit with travel bans

Canberra, 22 September 2018, Minister for Human Services and Digital Transformation media release - Welfare debt dodgers are being warned they could be hit with international travel bans as part of a new push to recover hundreds of millions of dollars owed to taxpayers. The Department of Human Services began issuing more…

23 Sep, 2018

Survey finds today’s children are spending 35% less time playing freely outside

MONTREAL--(BUSINESS WIRE) -- September 20, 2018 - Kamik, a footwear and apparel manufacturer, today announced new survey result findings that indicate a significant decrease in outdoor play among children ages 3-12. An overwhelming majority of mothers agreed that their best childhood memories took place outdoors while playing with a friend more…

23 Sep, 2018

HSBC Value of Education Survey reveals the U.S. has the largest college funding gap

NEW YORK--(BUSINESS WIRE)--September 20, 2018 - HSBC Bank, one of the world’s largest banking and financial services organizations, today published a global study on education trends, parents’ hopes and fears for their children’s education, and their attitudes and behaviors towards funding. The survey, entitled, The Value of Education, also explores students’ more…

23 Sep, 2018

2018 Busan One Asia Festival to be held Oct 20-28

BUSAN, South Korea September 20, 2018--(BUSINESS WIRE) -- BUSAN METROPOLITAN CITY announced that the Busan One Asia Festival (BOF) will be held from October 20 to 28 in Busan. BOF will open with a spectacular ‘BOF Opening Performance’ on October 20 and end with the ‘BOF Closing Performance’ on Oct 28, both more…

21 Sep, 2018

Wars, conflict will bleed Gulf States to death, with U.S. arms dealers to be main beneficiaries, report confirms

LONDON--(BUSINESS WIRE)--September 06, 2018 - The Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) member states are forecast to spend over USD100 billion on their defence capabilities for the first time next year, with increasing budgets in Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) driving growth between 2018 and 2027. Across the Gulf states more…

21 Sep, 2018

The three Prize-winning essays of The Olive Tree Awards Round II essay competition

First Place Co-winner Twinkle Malukani: Tourism to accelerate UN SDGs: From personal level to industry level and beyond boundaries of regions and economy Leisure has not been the sole purpose of moving from one place to another. From the time Plato propagated the concept of Cave Allegory in which his protagonist more…

21 Sep, 2018

Three young women from India sweep top awards in The Olive Tree essay competition

Bangkok - Three young women from India have swept the top honours in the second round of The Olive Tree awards, a unique essay competition launched by this editor to forge a stronger linkage between Travel & Tourism and the UN Sustainable Development Goals. Twinkle Malukani, 22, Vinita Srinivasan, 22, and more…

18 Sep, 2018

Report exposes ugly truth behind Israel’s blood-soaked “security” apparatus

September 12, 2018 (Jewish Voice for Peace media release) – From the acting Deputy Director of ICE to the current Chief of Police in Washington DC, from San Diego to Chicago to Atlanta, since 2002 thousands of American law enforcement officials have trained in Israel with Israeli police, military and more…

18 Sep, 2018

Israeli-occupied Palestine has world’s highest unemployment rate – UNCTAD Report

Geneva, 12 September 2018 (UNCTAD news release) – Unemployment in the Occupied Palestinian Territory rose to more than 27 per cent – the highest rate in the world – while per head income declined and agricultural production contracted by 11 per cent, as socioeconomic conditions in the past year worsened, more…

18 Sep, 2018

Americans urged: Oppose Jewish lobby’s bid to gag anti-Israel events on U.S. College Campuses

The following announcement has been circulated today by the the American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee (ADC). American expatriates living abroad, especially in the Middle East, Asia and Africa, take note. Te American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee (ADC) urges you to call and email your Senators and demand they: (+) Oppose U.S. Department of Education’s Office for more…