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19 Feb, 2019

Asia-Pacific countries global leaders in mobile payments, report finds

DUBLIN–(BUSINESS WIRE), 15 Feb 2019 — A new report highlights the growth in online and mobile payment services in Asia-Pacific. The report, entitled Asia-Pacific Online Payment Methods 2019, accents the potential growth of mobile wallets and showcases digital buyers’ payment preferences in Asia-Pacific’s top markets. The nations of the Asia-Pacific region are the global leaders […]

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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 11, January-February 2019 [caption id="attachment_56802" align="aligncenter" width="430"] 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…

18 Feb, 2019

Travel Impact Newswire Editor quits PATA membership. Here’s why.

Bangkok – This year, PATA began its third decade in Asia. I marked the occasion by terminating my membership. It was not an easy decision, but one I feel will actually benefit PATA over the long run. Everyone joins an association, or any club or organisation, for a reason. Mostly, it more…

12 Feb, 2019

Nominations open for prestigious ASEAN Prize 2019

JAKARTA, 11 February 2019 - ASEAN is calling for nominations for the ASEAN Prize 2019—a prestigious regional award which aims to acknowledge the inspiring and outstanding achievements of an individual or organisation in fostering the ASEAN identity, promoting the ASEAN spirit and championing the ASEAN way. Nominees should have exceptional merit more…

7 Feb, 2019

How Social Media is Dehumanising Humanity

By Reshma Dhewan

Global communications, both professional and personal, is dominated by social media. Like legacy airlines and travel agents, the mainstream channels of media and marketing, such as newspapers, magazines, TV and Radio, are gradually losing ground to Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn, and the like.   Note from the Editor This inaugural column by Reshma more…

6 Feb, 2019

The best analysis of Thailand’s 2018 record-breaking visitor arrivals

An Exclusive Report by Executive Editor Imtiaz Muqbil

Bangkok — A detailed and comprehensive analysis of Thailand’s 2018 visitor arrivals and expenditure released by the Ministry of Tourism and Sports last week show some fascinating results that will have long-term implications for Thailand, ASEAN and the entire Asia-Pacific region. The two charts below show total Thai visitor arrivals and more…

16 Jan, 2019

Global Cross-Channel Payment Fraud Grows 13% During 2018 Peak Holiday Season

NAPLES, Fla.--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- January 15, 2019 - New benchmark data from ACI Worldwide (NASDAQ:ACIW), a global provider of real-time electronic payment and banking solutions, revealed a 13 percent increase in fraud attempts in the ‘buy online pickup in-store’ (BOPIS) channel during the 2018 peak holiday season. Based on hundreds of millions of merchant transactions, including some of more…

16 Jan, 2019

Data Breach Class Action Powerhouses Team Up to File Fifty-State Lawsuit Against Marriott Over Disastrous Data Breach

GREENBELT, Md.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--January 10, 2019 -- National class action law firms DiCello Levitt; Hausfeld; Cohen Milstein Sellers & Toll; Cohen & Gresser; and Kramon & Graham have teamed up to file the nation’s largest class action complaint against Marriott (NASDAQ: MAR) following a massive, long-running data breach at the company. With more…

16 Jan, 2019

DiscoverEU gives 14,500 more young people the chance to explore Europe

Brussels, 14 January 2019, European Commission - Press release - More than 14,500 18-year-olds have been selected from almost 80,000 applications to receive a DiscoverEU travel pass. Participants will be able to travel between 15 April and 31 October 2019 for up to 30 days. The second round of the European more…

11 Jan, 2019

Thailand plans seven ASEAN centres in 2019 to enhance regional sustainability, security and culture

Bangkok - Seven ASEAN Centres that could provide significant intellectual support for the growing challenge of managing the region’s rapidly growing travel & tourism industry are expected to be established/upgraded in Thailand over the course of 2019, when the kingdom will hold the chairmanship of the 10-member grouping. Ministry of Foreign more…

8 Jan, 2019

India: Mass worker protests against Modi government ahead of elections

Brussels, 7 January 2019 (ITUC OnLine): Trade unions are holding a two day nationwide general strike 8 - 9 January in opposition to further attacks on working conditions in India. The government is under pressure ahead of elections as ITUC affiliates CFTUI, HMS, INTUC and SEWA with other unions in more…

8 Jan, 2019

In “disruptive” move, Thai Tourism Minister publishes stats on scams, cheats and rogue cabbies

Bangkok - Thai Tourism Minister Weerasak Kowsurat has taken an extraordinarily “disruptive” step by publicly releasing the results of a crackdown by the Thai Tourist Police on hundreds of scams, frauds and other illegal actions faced by visitors to Thailand between Jan-October 2018. [caption id="attachment_56814" align="aligncenter" width="261"] Mr Weerasak Kowsurat[/caption] This is more…

24 Dec, 2018

Looking to liven up a boring tourism conference? Call “The Intrepid Traveller”

Many in the Asia-Pacific travel and tourism industry are familiar with publications such as TTG Asia, industry events such as IT&CMA, editorial personalities such as Yeoh Siew Hoon. Not many are aware of the behind-the-scenes persona who facilitated the rise of all three in the 1980s-90s. The 1980s was a golden more…

19 Dec, 2018

First Buddhist University conf on SDGs mulls challenge of averting Global Warming AND Global Meltdown

Bangkok – When the Rector of the World Buddhist University (WBU), the Venerable Phra Anil Sakya was invited to speak recently at a conference of bankers and economists on alleviating poverty and implementing the UN Sustainable Development Goals, he asked if they had made a mistake inviting him in the more…

13 Dec, 2018

FREE DOWNLOAD: Network of global law firms publishes expanded Anti-Corruption Compliance Guide

HOUSTON (PRWEB) December 12, 2018 - Lex Mundi, a network of independent law firms in 100+ countries, has published a global version of its anti-corruption guide. The Lex Mundi Global Anti-Corruption Compliance Guide, originally published earlier this year with a focus on Latin America, has been expanded into a global guide. more…

13 Dec, 2018

New Era for Travel Journalism: Rating Bali on the First Tourism SDG Scorecard

Bali, Indonesia -- A new era for travel & tourism requires new genres of travel journalism. Today, I am proud to launch a new kind of travelogue that transcends the traditional been-there done-that narrative. Instead, it will track how well destinations are faring in relation to the UN Sustainable Development more…

5 Dec, 2018

Coral Spawning Signals New Life for Australia’s Great Barrier Reef

QUEENSLAND, Australia (PRWEB) December 01, 2018 - Like an orchestra in rehearsal, hard and soft corals on Moore Reef off the coast of Cairns, Queensland slowly began releasing eggs and sperm on Tuesday night ahead of what marine biologists believe will be a mass synchronized coral spawning event on the more…

5 Dec, 2018

PATA Destination Marketing Forum skips addressing mistakes of dispersal and overtourism

Khon Kaen, Thailand – The PATA Destination Marketing Forum held in this Northeastern provincial city between 29-30 Nov stuck to the long-standing travel events formula of over-discussing topics within the traditional comfort-zones and under-discussing everything beyond. Based on the theme “Growth with Goals”, the forum was designed to promote secondary more…

3 Dec, 2018

As rich get richer, ordinary workers struggle to survive, Trades Union global poll shows

Copenhagen, 2 December 2018 (ITUC OnLine): Workers across the globe are struggling to make ends meet, believe their jobs are insecure and don’t believe their voices matter in politicsm according to a new global public opinion poll from the International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC). Sharan Burrow, General Secretary of the ITUC, more…

29 Nov, 2018

12,000 travel passes available for 18-year-olds to explore Europe in 2019

Brussels, 29 November 2018, European Commission Press release - The European Commission is launching a second DiscoverEU competition. From today (12:00 CET) until Tuesday, 11 December (12:00 CET), young people aged 18 can apply for a travel pass to discover Europe next summer. This follows the successful first round which gave more…

29 Nov, 2018

Malaysian leader Anwar Ibrahim on Palestine: Their pain is my pain

Bangkok – With Israel wiping Palestine off the map in slow motion, accompanied by a wink-and-nod acquiescence from a growing number of Arab and African countries, the last remaining hold-out appears to be Asia. On 23 November, resurrected Malaysian political leader Anwar Ibrahim delivered an inspiring message of support for more…

27 Nov, 2018

Marriott, Ryanair, Uber CEOs shortlisted on ITUC World’s Worst Boss Poll

Brussels, 27 November 2018 (ITUC OnLine): The CEOs of Marriott International, Ryanair and Uber are amongst the 10 global CEOs shortlisted in the poll for the 2018 Worst Boss in the World organised by the International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC). The shortlist was unveiled today ahead of the 4th ITUC World more…

26 Nov, 2018

Antitrust: European Commission to investigate airline ticket distribution services

Brussels, 23 November 2018, European Commission - Press release -- The European Commission has opened a formal investigation to assess whether agreements between booking system providers Amadeus and Sabre on the one hand, and airlines and travel agents on the other, may restrict competition in breach of EU antitrust rules. Commissioner more…

22 Nov, 2018

Juniper Research: Annual online payment fraud losses to hit $48 Billion by 2023

BASINGSTOKE, England--(BUSINESS WIRE)--November 20, 2018 -- A new study from Juniper Research has found that annual online payment fraud losses from eCommerce, airline ticketing, money transfer and banking services, will reach $48 billion by 2023; up from the $22 billion in losses projected for 2018. Juniper’s new research, Online Payment Fraud: more…

22 Nov, 2018

$36.52 million ADB package for wastewater management in Lakeshore Tourist Areas in Kyrgyz Republic

BISHKEK, KYRGYZ REPUBLIC (21 November 2018) ADB media release — The Asian Development Bank (ADB) has approved a $36.52 million financing package to help improve wastewater management systems and strengthen the sustainability of water supply and sanitation facilities in the two lakeshore cities of Balykchy and Karakol on Issyk-Kul lake, more…

22 Nov, 2018

Courage, Innovation and Integrity Honoured at Annual Environmental Enforcement Awards

Bangkok, Thailand, 22 November 2018 – Nine institutions and individuals from across Asia have been recognized by the United Nations, USAID, Interpol, and the Freeland Foundation for outstanding work in preventing transboundary environmental crime in an annual award ceremony in Bangkok. Wildlife trafficking was in the spotlight as winners from China, more…

20 Nov, 2018

Full text of the Airbnb announcement delisting properties in the illegal Israeli settlements

Listings in Disputed Regions There are conflicting views regarding whether companies should be doing business in the occupied territories that are the subject of historical disputes between Israelis and Palestinians. US law permits companies like Airbnb to engage in business in these territories. At the same time, many in the global community more…

20 Nov, 2018

Global trades union seek strong measures to protect women against work-related violence, harassment

Brussels, 20 November 2018 (ITUC OnLine): The European Trade Union Confederation (ETUC) and the International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC) are calling on governments and employers to stop playing games with working women’s lives and back a strong and inclusive international labour standard on violence and harassment in the world of more…

20 Nov, 2018

Report Finds Workers Increasingly Aware of Digital Skills Gap, Yet Optimistic about the Future

SAN FRANCISCO--(BUSINESS WIRE)--November 19, 2018 - Udemy, the global marketplace for learning and teaching online, today released the “2018 Skills Gap Report,” the company’s third survey asking full-time workers directly how they feel about digital transformation and what, if anything, they’re doing to prepare and respond to workplace changes. According to more…

20 Nov, 2018

Organized Retail Crime Losses Reach All-Time High – Annual Study

WASHINGTON--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- November 19, 2018 - Organized retail crime is continuing to grow, with nearly three-quarters of retailers surveyed reporting an increase in the past year, according to the 14th annual ORC study released today by the National Retail Federation. “Retailers continue to deal with increasing challenges and complications surrounding organized more…

20 Nov, 2018

Airbnb to remove all vacation rental listings in illegal Israeli settlements

Announcement from Jewish Voice for Peace, 20 November 2018 HUGE, BREAKING NEWS. Airbnb just announced it’s removing all vacation rental listings on its site that are in illegal Israeli settlements in the occupied West Bank!!! Two years ago we helped kick-start a deluge of public criticism on Airbnb for allowing settlers to more…

20 Nov, 2018

New Index to map global peace over the centuries, and find ways to improve it

Sydney, November 19, 2018: (IEP media release) - The Seshat: Global History Databank (Seshat) and the Institute of Economics and Peace (IEP) have announced a partnership to launch the Historical Peace Index at the University of Oxford. The Index will use cutting-edge statistic methods and robust historical data to map Global more…