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26 Sep, 2016

Iran calls for honest debate on “flawed polices and erroneous actions” that worsen terrorism

United Nations, UN News Centre, 22 September 2016 – The century that began with terror in New York City should not continue with the spread of hatred, violence and destruction in the Middle East and North Africa, Hassan Rouhani, the President of Iran, told the United Nations General Assembly today, underscoring that the most pressing […]

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2 May, 2016

Travel Impact Newswire Launches New Weekly Column: The Irritant

A travel industry column branded The Irritant? Whatever for? Read on…. Soon after my 1978 move to Thailand, I began to seek a better understanding of Buddhism, the way of life in this country. One book on Buddhist management techniques offered this five-step guide to decision-making: Listen, Think, Question, Decide and Act. Right 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…

26 Sep, 2016

Timor-Leste knows ‘all too well’ price of war, Prime Minister says at UN

United Nations, UN News Centre, 24 September 2016 – Addressing the United Nations General Assembly, the Prime Minister of Timor-Leste today underlined the concept of mutual dependence, saying that without peace and stability, there is no development, and without development, there is no peace and stability. “Timor-Leste, as a country that more…

26 Sep, 2016

Cuba launches “targeted tours” to lure more Chinese visitors

By Yang Feiyue Beijing, (China Daily) 2016-09-26 - Travel authorities in Cuba have designed a series of tours that take in historical and cultural sites and natural scenery to attract more Chinese visitors to the island. More than 28,000 Chinese traveled to the country last year, making up only a small proportion more…

26 Sep, 2016

Didi invests in bicycle-sharing platform ofo

BEIJING, Sept. 26 (Xinhua) - China's leading on-demand mobility (ODM) company Didi Chuxing on Monday announced its investment in ofo, one of the country's leading bicycle-sharing platforms. Didi Chuxing said it has invested tens of millions of U.S. dollars in ofo, as part of a multi-layered partnership between the two companies more…

26 Sep, 2016

AIIB breaks ground for headquarters in Beijing

BEIJING, Sept. 23 (Xinhua) -- A groundbreaking ceremony for the permanent headquarters of the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) was held on Friday in Beijing. The headquarters will be located in the north of Beijing, between the Olympic Forest Park and the iconic Bird's Nest Stadium, with construction expected to be more…

26 Sep, 2016

New museum of African American history opens in U.S. capital amid nationwide racial tensions

WASHINGTON, Sept. 24 (Xinhua) -- The past is never dead. It's not even past, wrote William Faulkner, a late U.S. Nobel Prize winner. Resonating to the remarks, a new, grand museum setting for the tale of African American history and achievement, the only one in the U.S. exclusively focused on African-Americans, more…

26 Sep, 2016

American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Caucus to Convene Right to Travel Panel: “Flying While Brown”

Washington, DC | www.adc.org | - For the first time, the upcoming American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee (ADC) annual convention will feature a panel session titled “Flying While Brown" to provide an analysis of the increase in discrimination on commercial airlines. The panel will discuss the profiling of Arab, Muslim and South Asian passengers at more…

21 Sep, 2016

Why Palestine, Zimbabwe made history at PTM 2016

Jakarta – The inaugural presence of Zimbabwe and Palestine at the Sept 7-9 PATA Travel Mart in Jakarta was more than just an ordinary trade event. It was a statement of geopolitical defiance – defiance against what both destinations refer to as negative perceptions conveyed by the Western-controlled mainstream media more…

20 Sep, 2016

People’s Daily criticizes U.S. as “source of turmoil”

BEIJING, Sept. 18, (Xinhua) -- The People's Daily, the official newspaper of the Communist Party of China, has criticized the United Statesas the "source of turmoil in the world." The newspaper on Sunday published three articles by Chinese scholars to analyze the causes of expansive and hegemonic moves by the United States from more…

12 Sep, 2016

PATA Mart 2016 proves that Big is Not Necessarily Beautiful

Jakarta – PATA’s steady turnound remained on track at the 39th PATA Travel Mart between Sept 7-9, the fifth to be held in Indonesia. While the turnout of roughly 1,000 delegates for the PTM and its associate events still paled in comparison to the heydays of the 1990s, the Mart more…

7 Sep, 2016

Terrorist fears lead to decline in European visitor arrivals

07/09/2016, (European Cities Marketing media release) - The latest results from the Air Travellers' Traffic Barometer* produced by European Cities Marketing and ForwardKeys highlight that terrorist fear is weakening arrivals in Europe for Q2 2016. During Q2 2016 international arrivals decreased considerably As a result of the rising threats of terrorist attacks more…

7 Sep, 2016

Survey: Male suicide rate thrice as high as women, but help is available

LONDON, September 5, 2016 /PRNewswire/ The Hunting Dynasty media release -- Men kill themselves at a rate of 3:1 relative to women of any age (ONS, 2015). Yet, men are less likely than women to actively seek help. The common misconception is that men don't want to talk. This is wrong - the more…

7 Sep, 2016

ING Survey: Europeans Sharply Divided About Future Prospects

LONDON, September 6, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- More than a third (37%) of Europeans are optimistic about their future standard of living over the next five years. But over a fifth (23%) are pessimistic, leaving a net optimism balance of only 14%. There are sharp divisions on personal goals and expectations depending on more…

7 Sep, 2016

The Burkini debate: An Asian Perspective

Jakarta – When the PATA Travel Mart opened on Sept 7, one of the speakers at a session on Innovation and Technology was Shinta Witoyo Dhanuwardoyo, Founder of Bubu.com, one of Indonesia’s leading full-service Digital Agency. She is also a leading woman entrepreneur in the world’s largest Muslim-majority country. Mrs Shinta more…

6 Sep, 2016

Commission proposes 2018 as the European Year of Cultural Heritage

Brussels, 30 August 2016, (European Commission media release) - Today the Commission has put forward a proposal to the European Parliament and Council to designate 2018 as the European Year of Cultural Heritage. In doing so, the Commission is seeking to highlight the role of Europe's cultural heritage in fostering more…

6 Sep, 2016

Alibaba Group, Canada ink pact to connect Small Businesses with Chinese Consumers

HANGZHOU, China--(BUSINESS WIRE)--September 03, 2016 - Alibaba Group Executive Chairman Jack Ma and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau today unveiled a declaration of cooperation that will strengthen efforts to promote trade between Canadian small and medium sized businesses and Chinese consumers. Both Mr. Ma and Prime Minister Trudeau said at a more…

6 Sep, 2016

Maldives banker whistleblower facing charges for revealing multi-million dollar corruption on island deals

Male / Berlin (Transparency Ibternational media release). 04 Sept 2016 -- Gasim Abdul Kareem, a former manager at the Bank of Maldives, is being prosecuted for disclosing customer information that revealed details related to a multi-million dollar corruption scandal in the Maldives, where money that should have gone to the more…

4 Sep, 2016

U.S. Chamber of Commerce cheers as Brazilian President deposed

Brussels, 1 September 2016 (ITUC OnLine): The international trade union movement is warning that a wave of corporate greed will be unleashed in Brazil following the impeachment of President Dilma Rousseff by a corruption-riddled Congress. The all-male, all-white cabinet, headed by little-known former Vice-president Michel Temer, had already been drawing up more…

4 Sep, 2016

Indian Government Should Heed Message of General Strike – ITUC

New Delhi, (ITUC media release) - 2 September 2016 - The government of Prime Minister Narendra Modi should heed the clear message from a huge general strike in India today, as workers across the country backed calls for a living minimum wage and decent pensions, proper enforcement of labour laws, more…

4 Sep, 2016

Listen to the world’s workers – Global Trades Unions tell G20 leaders

Brussels, (ITUC media release) 9 August 2016 -- Sharan Burrow, General Secretary of the International Trade Union Confederation said G20 leaders must support new principles on labour income share for income inequality agreed by G20 Labour ministers. “A policy agenda that rebuilds strong labour market institutions to create quality jobs and more…

4 Sep, 2016

Global Survey: Chartered Accountants do not fear Automation nor Artificial Intelligence

KUALA LUMPUR, Aug 30 (Bernama) -- Despite popular fears which range from job losses to doomsday scenarios, finance professionals welcome the rise of artificial intelligence, automation and robots, according to the latest survey by the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA). The results of the poll of 1,628 CIMA members reveal more…

4 Sep, 2016

Call for More Transparency on UNAIDS HIV Treatment Estimations

LOS ANGELES--(BUSINESS WIRE)--September 01, 2016 -- AIDS Healthcare Foundation (AHF), the largest global AIDS organization which serves 600,000 clients in 36 countries, today called for more transparency and accountability on the way, data and assumptions that UNAIDS uses to make estimations of the numbers of people living with HIV/AIDS who more…

4 Sep, 2016

Call for Entries: UN4U Video Contest – Why are Sustainable Development Goals important for the Asia-Pacific?

Bangkok, 01 Sept 2016, (UNESCAP media release) - This year, UN Day on 24 October will be celebrated across Asia and the Pacific with a video contest highlighting the ways in which people in the region are working towards implementing the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), based on seven key themes. more…

1 Sep, 2016

‘Pressure’ on Palestinian households to move raises risk of forcible transfers – UN official

United Nations, 22 August 2016, UN News Centre – A senior United Nations official has cautioned that many Palestinian communities in the occupied West Bank are facing a heightened risk of forcible transfer as there has been a recent surge in the number of demolitions in the area. [caption id="attachment_47952" align="aligncenter" more…

1 Sep, 2016

G20 Hangzhou summit to discuss documents on inclusive finance

BEIJING, 26 August 2016,  (Xinhua) -- The upcoming G20 Summit will discuss three important documents on inclusive finance to guide the sector's development globally, a Chinese central bank official said on Friday. The documents, which are about high-level principles, a new indicator system and funding services for small and medium-sized enterprises more…

1 Sep, 2016

Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank set to hit 90 member states

Beijing, 26 August 2016, (People's Daily Online)--The Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) will review more than 30 new membership applications beginning in September, and the bank may have as many as 90 members by early 2017, outstripping the membership numbers of U.S. and Japan-led Asian Development Bank (ADB), said Jin more…

1 Sep, 2016

China’s richest man offers solutions to bring Chinese visitor spending back home

Beijing, 26 August 2016, (People's Daily Online) - “Chinese overseas spending is growing by double digits. This is a problem that needs our attention. To change the situation, we not only need tariff reductions and good quality domestic products, we also need the government to get involved a high level,” more…

1 Sep, 2016

People’s Daily Editorial: Four major tasks G20 Hangzhou summit is expected to accomplish

Beijing, 23 August 2016, (People's Daily Online)--The G20 summit in Hangzhou is scheduled to take place on Sept. 4 and 5. It is regarded as the next in a line of globally influential events hosted by China, coming after the 22nd APEC Economic Leaders' Meeting in 2014. The summit, as more…

1 Sep, 2016

Japanese shrine Prayer Hall restoration wins top honor in UNESCO Asia-Pacific Heritage Awards

BANGKOK, 1 September 2016 (UNESCO media release) — The Restoration of the Sanro-Den Hall at Sukunahikona Shrine in Ozu City, Ehime Prefecture, has received the Award of Excellence in this year’s UNESCO Asia-Pacific Awards for Cultural Heritage Conservation. A total of 13 winning projects from six countries – Australia, China, India, more…

30 Aug, 2016

ASEANTA to inaugurate ASEAN Travel & Tourism Hall of Fame

ASEANTA Headquarters – Putrajaya, Malaysia (Aug 28, 2016) – The ASEAN Tourism Association is to set up a website to pay tribute to hundreds of industry veterans and stalwarts for laying the foundations of what is now recognised as the region’s fastest-growing economic sector. From ministers to hoteliers, tour operators to more…

23 Aug, 2016

Low petrol prices not being passed on to motorists: Aussie consumer watchdog group report

Canberra, 22 August 2016, Australian Competition and Consumer Commission media release -- The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission’s latest report on the Australian petroleum industry shows that average petrol prices in 2015–16 were at their lowest levels since 2002. However, gross retail margins also increased to their highest levels, indicating more…