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15 Feb, 2017

Organizations Wasting Billions on Outdated Customer Loyalty Programs – Accenture Strategy Study

NEW YORK–(BUSINESS WIRE)–February 14, 2017 – Organizations are wasting billions of dollars each year on customer loyalty programs that don’t work like they used to, according to new research from Accenture Strategy. With millions of loyalty points sitting dormant and the majority of U.S. consumers (78 percent) retracting loyalty at profit-crushing rates, organizations must pay […]

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6 Feb, 2017

Trump-ing the Odds

By Punam Mohandas

By Punam Mohandas Bangkok – Donald Trump has been hogging all the headlines recently. As it should be too – after all, one of the super powers of the world has a new leader. However, Trump is less in the news for his leadership skills than for the fact that, hands-down, he appears to be […]

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3 Feb, 2017

Strategy Analytics: Global Smartphone Shipments Hit Record 1.5 billion Units in 2016

BOSTON–(BUSINESS WIRE)–January 31, 2017 – According to the latest research from Strategy Analytics, global smartphone shipments grew 3 percent annually to hit a record 1.5 billion units in 2016. Apple iPhone recaptured first position with 18 percent global smartphone marketshare in Q4 2016, while OPPO grew 99 percent annually and was the star performer. Linda […]

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3 Feb, 2017

PageFair Reports 615 Million Devices around the World Block Ads

DUBLIN, 31 January 2017, (Business Wire) – A new PageFair report estimates that 615 million devices are now blocking ads. This represents year-over-year global growth of 30%. Mobile adblock usage grew by 108 million, reaching a total of 380 million active devices. Despite ever smaller numbers of people using desktop and laptop computers, adblock usage […]

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2 Feb, 2017

US travel ban “breaches Washington’s human rights obligations” – UN experts

GENEVA (1 February 2017) (UN Office of the High Commissioner, UN Human Rights) – A group of United Nations human rights experts today said that the Executive Order signed by US President Donald Trump on 27 January 2017 breaches the country’s international human rights obligations, which protect the principles of non-refoulement and non-discrimination based on […]

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2 Feb, 2017

Muslim ban “endangers the recent solid growth of the U.S. exhibition industry” – UFI

Paris, 1 February 2017 – U.S. President Donald J. Trump has issued an order to temporarily ban visitors from seven countries from entering the United States. On this matter UFI, as the Global Association for the Exhibition Industry, states: Latest UFI research shows that more than half of the companies in the US exhibition industry […]

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2 Feb, 2017

UN Chief Guterres to US: Avoid “Measures that Spread Anxiety and Anger”

United Nations, (UN News Centre) 1 February 2017 – Reacting to the recent suspension by the United States of its longstanding refugee programme, United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres today said resettlement is often “the only possible solution” for people fleeing conflict and persecution, and that the US policy, which bars entry of Syrians into the […]

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2 Feb, 2017

Transport Workers Federation condemns “escalation of the US government against immigrants”

01/02/2017 (ITF media release) – Commenting on President Trump’s travel ban ITF (International Transport Workers’ Federation) president Paddy Crumlin stated: “The 2016 national election in the US featured a heavy focus on immigration. President Donald Trump’s post-election actions have signalled that this will continue. The latest attack on immigrants has targeted the nationals of seven […]

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31 Jan, 2017

Govts must build bridges, not walls: UNWTO, PATA join chorus of denunciations of Trump’s Muslim-ban

The UN World Tourism Organisation and the Pacific Asia Travel Association both joined the global chorus of condemnations and criticism of US President Donald Trump’s Muslim-ban. Here are full texts of both statements: UNWTO Statement on US Travel Ban Madrid, 31 Jan 2017 – The World Tourism Organization (UNWTO), the United Nations Specialized Agency for […]

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25 Jan, 2017

Trump set to sign “Muslim ban” orders

Bangkok – Jewish and Muslim activist groups are set to come out strongly against what the Jewish Voice for Peace calls “a package of Executive Orders targeting Muslims, Arab, refugees and immigrants, making national policy of his racist, Islamophobic campaign rhetoric.” Read the following announcements by JVP and the Council of American-Islamic Relations (CAIR): Message […]

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23 Jan, 2017

Arabian Travel Mart launches 2017 exhibitor awards 

Dubai, 18 January 2017, (ATM Press Release) – Arabian Travel Market (ATM) 2017 exhibitors will be pulling out all the stops to showcase their creative and business flair at this year’s event as organiser, Reed Travel Exhibitions, reprises its popular Best Stand Awards initiative for a third year running. Launched in 2015, the awards recognise […]

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23 Jan, 2017

2017 Metro Manila Tourism Forum to be held Feb 9-10

Manila — The 2017 Metro Manila Tourism Forum will be held on February 09-10, 2017 at the Crowne Plaza Manila Galleria, Quezon City. This year, it commemorates the UN World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) in celebrating 2017 as the International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development. As such, the theme will be “ASEAN: Enhancing City Tourism […]

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18 Jan, 2017

Emirates introduces sustainable blankets made from 100% recycled plastic bottles

Dubai, UAE, 17 January 2017 – Emirates has introduced new sustainable blankets made from 100% recycled plastic bottles. The soft and warm blankets are made using ecoTHREAD™ patented technology and is now available in Economy Class on all long-haul Emirates flights. Each Emirates ecoTHREAD™ blanket is made from 28 recycled plastic bottles. With the latest […]

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13 Jan, 2017

South Africa president tells people not to visit Israel

Johannesburg (IINA), 09 Jan 2017 – South African President Jacob Zuma has urged his people not to visit Israel unless it is related to “fostering peace” in the region, Anadolu Agency reported. Addressing thousands of supporters during the 105th birth anniversary of his ruling African National Congress (ANC) in the capital Johannesburg on Sunday, Zuma […]

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13 Jan, 2017

UK: Israel funding spin trips as it smears critics – Al Jazeera

Israel is attempting to smear activists who question the illegal occupation of Palestinian land by helping to build racism cases against them, an investigation by Al Jazeera’s Investigative Unit reveals. The investigation, The Lobby, also uncovers Israel’s extensive, well-financed propaganda campaign in the UK to counter negative news stories about its policies and to fund […]

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7 Jan, 2017

Jose Aspiras, Secretary/Minister of Tourism, the Philippines

ASEAN Travel & Tourism Hall of Fame – Initiated by Travel Impact Newswire Executive Editor Imtiaz Muqbil to recognise the many veterans who helped grow and shape ASEAN tourism over the last 50 years.

  Date of Birth: 1924. Place of Birth NA. Marital status – Married with six children Education: NA Career Journalist, News Reporter and Columnist for the Star Reporter and the Evening News; United Nations War Correspondent in Korea; Jailed for refusing to divulge his sources of informations but subsequently acquitted by a unanimous decision of […]

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7 Jan, 2017

Sumate Sudasna, Managing Director, Conference & Destination Management

ASEAN Travel & Tourism Hall of Fame – Initiated by Travel Impact Newswire Executive Editor Imtiaz Muqbil to recognise the many veterans who helped grow and shape ASEAN tourism over the last 50 years.

  Date & Place of Birth: 2 April 1952, Bangkok Marital Status: Married with two children and one grandchild Education: Triam Udom Suksa School, Bangkok, 1969 Studied Industrial Design at University of Bridgeport, Connecticut, 1972-73 Career 1972-1977: Dusit Thani Hotel, Front Office 1977-1978: Asian Tours Centre, tour guide 1978-1981: Dusit Thani Hotel, Front office manager […]

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6 Jan, 2017

Indonesia suspends military training programme with Australia over insult to Pancasila

5 January 2017 Jakarta (ANTARA News) – A language training program with the Australian Defense Force (ADF) has been suspended over insults to Indonesia’s Pancasila ideology, Indonesian Military Chief General Gatot Nurmantyo has affirmed. “The military cooperation between the two countries was suspended as an Australian military education curriculum was found making fun of Indonesia’s […]

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5 Jan, 2017

Panasonic Demonstrates “Companion” Robot at CES 2017

LAS VEGAS–(BUSINESS WIRE)–January 04, 2017 – Panasonic Corporation of North America announced it has developed a “companion” robot with human-like movements and communication skills. The robot, developed as a proof of concept, debuts at the Panasonic booth (#12908) at CES 2017 in Las Vegas. “This test project builds on Panasonic’s innovations in robotics including battery […]

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5 Jan, 2017

Israeli hysteria is solidifying country’s new status, as a rogue state – Philip Weiss, Mondoweiss

President Obama’s decision to allow passage of a UN Security Council resolution condemning Israeli settlements as illegal has done more to change the shape of the conflict than any other action in the last ten years, even than Israel’s massacres in Gaza. He has nudged Israel, and the media, toward recognition of the country’s new […]

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5 Jan, 2017

Man cuts out alcohol and coffee for two years and this is what happened | The Independent

Thousands of people are three days into a Dry January, the tedious annual ritual of skipping all alcoholic drinks for 30 days. But what happens if you manage to nail Dry January, then decide to keep going – for another two years? A New York designer did just that, and the results were genuinely surprising. […]

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4 Jan, 2017

Kerala tourism lost revenue of Rs 1,000 crore since Nov 8: Tourism minister

Kerala’s tourism sector has registered an estimated loss of about Rs 1,000 crore, following a dip in the arrival of foreign and domestic tourists since the Centre announced demonetisation of high-value currencies, the state government said on Tuesday. The cash crunch has severely affected the sector and the loss was estimated to be about Rs […]

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4 Jan, 2017

Shiv Visvanathan on the coming of the post-truth society – The Hindu

The idea of democracy is in a state of flux. An ordinary citizen doesn’t know how to read the events that unfold around him. He knows that democracy is a relationship between knowledge and power. But what does he do when the power of truth confronts the truth of power? He often confuses the two, […]

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4 Jan, 2017

Why India, and the world, should beware of digital dictatorship – Vandana Shiva

Two sets of means come together in what is now declared the real reason for demonetisation — the digital economy. Money making and tools for money making have become the new religion and the government policy has been reduced to the facilitation of the imposition of the digital empires of the new moghuls. Why else […]

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4 Jan, 2017

Israeli bulldozers demolish Bedouin dwellings, displace scores of people

JERUSALEM, January 2, 2017 (WAFA) – Israeli bulldozers demolished on Monday 10 dwellings inhabited by Bedouins in Khan al-Ahmar area east of Jerusalem under the pretext they were built without permit, according to residents. Adel Jahaleen told WAFA that the Israeli bulldozers destroyed three of the dwellings he used for his family as well as […]

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29 Dec, 2016

Israel’s Settlements Have No Legal Validity, Constitute Flagrant Violation of International Law, Security Council Reaffirms

Source: United Nations website

United Nations, 23 December 2016, The Security Council reaffirmed this afternoon that Israel’s establishment of settlements in Palestinian territory occupied since 1967, including East Jerusalem, had no legal validity, constituting a flagrant violation under international law and a major obstacle to the vision of two States living side-by-side in peace and security, within internationally recognized […]

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29 Dec, 2016

Full Text: On-The-Record Press Call with U.S. State Dept officials on UN Security Council Resolution 2334

Source: The White House, Office of the Press Secretary, website

December 23, 2016 – On-The-Record Press Call by Ben Rhodes, Deputy National Security Advisor for Strategic Communications; Rob Malley, White House Coordinator for Middle East, North Africa, and the Gulf, And Frank Lowenstein, Special Envoy for Israeli-Palestinian Negotiations at the State Department, on the U.N. Security Council Resolution 2334 (2016) on Israeli Settlement Activity Via […]

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29 Dec, 2016

China plans ‘toilet revolution’ to boost tourism

Beijing, 2016-12-28 Agncies / Chinadaily.com – China said it will boost investment in tourism, with plans to develop rustbelt regions and upgrade public toilets high on its to-do list as it looks to lift the sector’s contribution to economic growth. Announcing a new plan for the sector, China said it aims to invest 2 trillion […]

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21 Dec, 2016

“We can expert more hell on earth under Trump” — PressTV analyst

US neoconservatives who facilitated the September 11, 2001 terror attacks to launch war in the Middle East are now supporting President-elect Donald Trump’s nomination of CEO Rex Tillerson for secretary of state, an American scholar says. “Trump, once again, is surrounding himself with 9/11 criminals; virtually all of his important foreign policy appointments are part of […]

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21 Dec, 2016

UN Human Rights Chief blasts Myanmar’s “callous” approach to northern Rakhine

GENEVA (16 December 2016) – UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein today warned the Government of Myanmar that its “short-sighted, counterproductive, even callous” approach to handling the crisis in northern Rakhine – including its failure to allow independent monitors access to the worst affected areas – could have grave long-term repercussions […]

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21 Dec, 2016

Final Report on Palestinian Question Holds ‘No Sense of Optimism’, Says ‘Saddened’ UN Chief in Security Council Briefing

United Nations, 16 December 2016, (UN Meetings Coverage Release) – Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said this morning that today he was saddened that his final briefing to the Security Council on the question of Palestine brought no sense of optimism for the future. Delivering his last report on the situation in the Middle East, including the […]

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21 Dec, 2016

Yearender: Trump White House leaves U.S., world facing a dismal future

by Xinhua writers Liu Chang, Jiang Hanlu, Lu Jiafei BEIJING/WASHINGTON, Dec. 20 (Xinhua) — As Donald Trump is going to be inaugurated as president of the United States next month, his unpredictability that has characterized his campaign trail and the ensuing transition has left the country and the world community in a deep abyss of […]

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17 Dec, 2016

Australian aviation security warns of tough penalties for unruly behaviour over holiday season

Canberra, 12 December 2016  (AFP media release) – The Australian Federal Police (AFP) will not be tolerating inappropriate and offensive behaviour at Australia’s airports these holidays. The AFP is the primary law enforcement agency at the nine major Australian airports, and too often, must respond to incidents of violent or disorderly behaviour on board aircraft […]

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16 Dec, 2016

Pattaya Welcomes First KLY Hotel Designed For The Mobile Millennial Traveller

Pattaya, 16 December 2016 (Delivering Asia Communications media release) – KLY Unique Pattaya, the flagship property for the new KLY Hotels brand, opened recently in the heart of Thailand’s popular resort city. The hotel is positioned to challenge Pattaya’s established hospitality scene with a new property specifically designed for today’s millennial travellers. Meaning “chill out” […]

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13 Dec, 2016

U Khin Maung Latt, Director General, Directorate of Hotels and Tourism, Myanmar

ASEAN Travel & Tourism Hall of Fame – Initiated by Travel Impact Newswire Executive Editor Imtiaz Muqbil to recognise the many veterans who helped grow and shape ASEAN tourism over the last 50 years.

 Date of birth: July 11, 1943. Marital status: Married with one son. Education Graduated in 1965 from the Defence Services Academy, Pyin Oo Lwin. Served in the Air Force, Attended a 2-year training course at the Air University, Montgomery, Alabama, USA Graduated in 1987 with a Diploma in ACSC Career May 1995 Joined Ministry of […]

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13 Dec, 2016

Joan Sarasin, Managing Director, Convention Organisers Co., Ltd

ASEAN Travel & Tourism Hall of Fame – Initiated by Travel Impact Newswire Executive Editor Imtiaz Muqbil to recognise the many veterans who helped grow and shape ASEAN tourism over the last 50 years.

Date and Place of Birth: 24 September 1946, in Penang, Malaysia Marital Status: Married with two daughters. Education Loreto Convent, Darjeeling, India; Pitmans Secretarial College, London. Career 1965-1967 – held two secretarial positions in Bangkok. 1967-1970 – Executive Secretary, Tenneco (Thai) Oil Co; 1970-1981 – Executive Secretary to the GM, Tawana Sheraton; 1981 onwards – […]

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13 Dec, 2016

Kamarulzaman ‘Kip’ Bahadun, President, ASEANTA

ASEAN Travel & Tourism Hall of Fame – Initiated by Travel Impact Newswire Executive Editor Imtiaz Muqbil to recognise the many veterans who helped grow and shape ASEAN tourism over the last 50 years.

Date and Place of Birth: 19 November 1941, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia Marital status: Married to Rozita Rohaizad in 1993. Education: Studied Accountancy in the UK Career Executive Secretary of UMNO (United Malays National Organisation) Malaysia’s ruling political party, from 1981 to 1984. Acted in the movie The 7th Dawn in 1964, starring William Holden and Capucine, […]

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11 Dec, 2016

E-commerce in Pakistan projected to hit US$1bln by 2020 – Minister

ISLAMABAD, Dec 10 (NNN-APP): Minister for Commerce Khurran Dastgir Khan Friday said e-commerce in Pakistan was expected to reach $1 billion by 2020. “Our legislature is working hard to update the rules and regulations governing digital trade”, he said while inaugurating a Seminar on “Ecommerce for Development” in Geneva a message received here said. Pakistan […]

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11 Dec, 2016

Japan to build deep sea project to boost renewable energy in Indonesia

JAKARTA, Dec 10 (NNN-ANTARA) — Japan plans to develop a deep sea water project in Indonesia to produce renewable energy and electrify remote islands in the country, Maritime and Fisheries Minister Susi Pudjiastuti has said. “The technology will be developed in Morotai Island (in North Maluku) as one of 12 integrated fishery centers (SKPT),” Susi […]

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8 Dec, 2016

Anthony Wong, Group Managing Director, Asian Overland Services, Malaysia

ASEAN Travel & Tourism Hall of Fame – Initiated by Travel Impact Newswire Executive Editor Imtiaz Muqbil to recognise the many veterans who helped grow and shape ASEAN tourism over the last 50 years.

Date and Place of Birth: January 13 1956, Kuala Lumpur Marital Status: Married with four children Education Master of Arts (Sustainable Tourism) (Honoris CAUSA) Presently Group Managing Director of Asian Overland Services Tours & Travel Sdn Bhd; AOS Conventions & Events Sdn Bhd; AOS Training Centre Sdn Bhd; AOS Consultancy Services Sdn Bhd; The Jungle […]

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8 Dec, 2016

Daw Nyunt Nyunt Than, Director, Tourism Promotion, Ministry of Hotels & Tourism, Myanmar

ASEAN Travel & Tourism Hall of Fame – Initiated by Travel Impact Newswire Executive Editor Imtiaz Muqbil to recognise the many veterans who helped grow and shape ASEAN tourism over the last 50 years.

Date of Birth: 23 June 1944 Religion: Buddhist Marital Status: Married Education B.A. Honours (Psychology), 1965 (Yangon Arts & Science University) Diploma in Economic Planning, 1980 (Institute of Economic, Yangon) Diploma in French, 1984 (Institute of Foreign Languages, Yangon) Career 1966-1976  Township Trade Manager, Syriam Township, Ministry of Trade 1976-1984  Branch Manager, International Trade Department, […]

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8 Dec, 2016

U Myo Lwin, General Manager, Tourist Burma

ASEAN Travel & Tourism Hall of Fame – Initiated by Travel Impact Newswire Executive Editor Imtiaz Muqbil to recognise the many veterans who helped grow and shape ASEAN tourism over the last 50 years.

Date and Place of Birth: December 1941, Pyawbwe, Mandalay Education Rangoon Arts and Sciences University, Class of 1963, Studied Political science, English Literature, History Tourism Planning Course in Munich by CDG 1981. Religion: Buddhist Career After working as Deputy Director in International Trade Department, joined the then Tourist Burma in April, 1981. Tourist Burma was […]

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8 Dec, 2016

Virachai Vannukul, Managing Director, Air Siam

ASEAN Travel & Tourism Hall of Fame – Initiated by Travel Impact Newswire Executive Editor Imtiaz Muqbil to recognise the many veterans who helped grow and shape ASEAN tourism over the last 50 years.

  Date and Place of Birth: July 21, 1934, Bangkok. Marital status: Married and separated Education Diploma of Higher Accounting 1950, The School of Accountancy, London Presidential MBA from Pepperdine University, California, 1978, graduated with honors. Second MBA (1985) and MA (1983) in Executive Management, Claremont Graduate University, California Second doctoral program, Ph.D. in Organization […]

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7 Dec, 2016

Sonny Aung Khin, Proprietor, Padonmar Restaurant Yangon

ASEAN Travel & Tourism Hall of Fame – Initiated by Travel Impact Newswire Executive Editor Imtiaz Muqbil to recognise the many veterans who helped grow and shape ASEAN tourism over the last 50 years.

Date and Place of Birth: 10 December 1939/ Yangon, Myanmar. Marital Status: Single Education Bachelor of Arts – History, University of Rangoon, Myanmar – (1966) Career Sales Representative, B.O.A.C. (now British Airways), Rangoon – (1960-1970) Sales Manager, Air France , Rangoon –(1970-1976) General Manager, Skyline Travel Services, Bangkok – (1978-1992) Founder, Burma Cultural Tours, Bangkok […]

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7 Dec, 2016

U Htay Aung, Minister of Hotels & Tourism, Myanmar

ASEAN Travel & Tourism Hall of Fame – Initiated by Travel Impact Newswire Executive Editor Imtiaz Muqbil to recognise the many veterans who helped grow and shape ASEAN tourism over the last 50 years.

Date of Birth: 12 June 1951, Yangon, Myanmar Marital Status: Married with one son Education Master Degree in Tourism Administration (George Washington University, U.S.A in 1991) Registered Lawyer and Higher Grade Pleader Doctor of Philosophy (Social Sciences) (Mae Fah Luang University, Thailand, February, 2016) Career Joined the Ministry of Hotels and Tourism in 1989 and […]

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7 Dec, 2016

Daw Kyi Kyi Aye, Senior Tourism Advisor, Myanmar Tourism Federation

ASEAN Travel & Tourism Hall of Fame – Initiated by Travel Impact Newswire Executive Editor Imtiaz Muqbil to recognise the many veterans who helped grow and shape ASEAN tourism over the last 50 years.

Date and Place of Birth: September 26, 1948, Mandalay, Myanmar Ethnic/Religion: Bamar, Shan, Mon, Rakhine/Buddhist Marital Status: Married with 2 Daughters Education: Master of Arts in Political Studies (1974), School of Political Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, India (1972-1974) Bachelor of Arts, Honours, Political Science, Lady Sri Ram College, Delhi University, New Delhi, India […]

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2 Dec, 2016

Why the Era of “Crisis Management” in Tourism is Over

Kuala Lumpur — When ASEAN Crisis Communications officials convene for a special meeting in the Malaysian capital between 6-9 December 2016, one of the topics on the programme will be “How to Prevent and Pre-empt a Crisis”. To be presented by Travel Impact Newswire Executive Editor Imtiaz Muqbil, the talk on this topic is designed […]

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1 Dec, 2016

Alwin Zecha, Executive Chairman, Pacific Leisure Group

ASEAN Travel & Tourism Hall of Fame – Initiated by Travel Impact Newswire Executive Editor Imtiaz Muqbil to recognise the many veterans who helped grow and shape ASEAN tourism over the last 50 years.

Date and Place of Birth: Sukabumi West Java, Indonesia, 4 April 1936. Marital status: Married with one daughter and two sons Education From 1941 to 1950, attended Dutch Secondary, Chinese/Japanese School, Dutch/Indonesian Elementary in Indonesia. Thereafter went to the United States and did high school in Carlisle, Pennsylvania, graduating in 1952. That was followed by […]

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1 Dec, 2016

Chinese low-cost airlines plan WiFi revolution

Beijing, CRIENGLISH.com – 2016-11-29 — There are many things that air passengers on low cost airlines are happy to do without, but it looks like in-flight WiFi isn’t one of them. Spring Airlines, Lucky Air, and another low-cost airline 9 Air, have announced they plan to make WiFi available on their flights, reports China.com.cn. Speaking […]

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1 Dec, 2016

Chinese report: How big data reveals your behavior

Bejing, (chinadaily.com.cn) 2016-11-29 – Thirty-five billion words are exchanged by more than 700 million internet users in China each day, according to a new report examining the behaviour of Chinese netizens. The report by Sogou Input and Renmin University of China calculated that more than 12 trillion words were typed by Chinese internet users each […]

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1 Dec, 2016

Sri Mulyono Herlambang, President, Association of Indonesian Tours and Travel Agencies

ASEAN Travel & Tourism Hall of Fame – Initiated by Travel Impact Newswire Executive Editor Imtiaz Muqbil to recognise the many veterans who helped grow and shape ASEAN tourism over the last 50 years.

Date and Place of Birth: 9 November 1930, Solo, Java He began his career in the Indonesian Air Force as Ensign First Air in 1951, followed by the School of Life Sciences Strategy (1952), USAF Flight School (1955), Staff College (England 1959). Chief of Staff of the Air Force from 27 November 1965 until March […]

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1 Dec, 2016

Kusa Panyarachun, Managing Director, World Travel Service

ASEAN Travel & Tourism Hall of Fame – Initiated by Travel Impact Newswire Executive Editor Imtiaz Muqbil to recognise the many veterans who helped grow and shape ASEAN tourism over the last 50 years.

Date and Place of Birth: 30 December 1918, Bangkok Married Status: Twice married with one son Education Vachiravudhvidhayalai and Thepsirin High School 1938, Secondary School in Philippines and College in Williston Academy in USA for two years Wharton School of Finance and Commerce, Pennsylvania, USA in 1947 Career During World War II, worked with the […]

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1 Dec, 2016

Kurt Wachtveitl, General Manager, Mandarin Oriental Bangkok

ASEAN Travel & Tourism Hall of Fame – Initiated by Travel Impact Newswire Executive Editor Imtiaz Muqbil to recognise the many veterans who helped grow and shape ASEAN tourism over the last 50 years.

  Date and Place of Birth: 31 July 1937, Munich Marital status: Married with three children: Inka, Kim, and Carla, two granddaughters and one grandson. Education A graduate of the Lausanne Hotel School in Switzerland, he studied Philosophy at the University of Madrid, as well as History of Art and Literature at the Dante Alighieri […]

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1 Dec, 2016

Jatuporn Sihanatkathakul, Managing Director, The Landmark Bangkok

ASEAN Travel & Tourism Hall of Fame – Initiated by Travel Impact Newswire Executive Editor Imtiaz Muqbil to recognise the many veterans who helped grow and shape ASEAN tourism over the last 50 years.

Date and Place of Birth: July 24, 1941, Bangkok, Thailand Marital status: Married with 3 sons and one daughter Education Bachelor Degree in Commerce and Accountancy, Chulalongkorn University (1964) Honorary Doctorate in Tourism and Hotels, Dhurakijpundit University (1997) Honorary Doctorate in Tourism and Hotels, Sripatum University (2006) Career The Shell Company of Thailand, Internal Auditor […]

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1 Dec, 2016

Daisy Hadmoko, Editor/Publisher, Travel Indonesia Magazine

ASEAN Travel & Tourism Hall of Fame – Initiated by Travel Impact Newswire Executive Editor Imtiaz Muqbil to recognise the many veterans who helped grow and shape ASEAN tourism over the last 50 years.

Date and Place of Birth: Maymyo, Burma. November 9, 1930. Education St Joseph’s Convent, Maymyo 1935 to 1942. Evacuated to India in 1942 at beginning of Japanese invasion of Burma. High school: Simla, India, 1944. Faculty of Science, University of Punjab, Lahore 1945 to 1947. At outbreak of India-Pakistan partition riots. Returned to Burma. Kindergarten […]

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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 to access it. […]

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30 Nov, 2016

Pradech Phayakvichien, Governor, Tourism Authority of Thailand

ASEAN Travel & Tourism Hall of Fame – Initiated by Travel Impact Newswire Executive Editor Imtiaz Muqbil to recognise the many veterans who helped grow and shape ASEAN tourism over the last 50 years.

Date of Birth: April 29, 1949 Education: 1998-1999 – National Defense College, Bangkok 1973-1975 – Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, New York, USA-M.S. (Urban Design) 1964-1969 – Silpakorn University, Bangkok-B.Arch. 1957-1964 – Vajiravudh College, Bangkok Career May – October 2012, Acting Rector of Silapakorn University May – October 2012, Acting Rector of Princess Galyani Vadhana Institute of […]

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30 Nov, 2016

Yavalaksana Pangsapa, President, ASEANTA

ASEAN Travel & Tourism Hall of Fame – Initiated by Travel Impact Newswire Executive Editor Imtiaz Muqbil to recognise the many veterans who helped grow and shape ASEAN tourism over the last 50 years.

Date of Birth: 10 October 1936 Marital Status: Widow Education: 1950 – Mater Dei High School, Bangkok 1950-1952 – High School at Ursula College, NSW, Australia 1952-1954 – Secretarial Courses at L.W. Chant, Sydney, Australia 1954-1956 – Cosmetology at New Berry College, Hollywood, California, USA Career 1956-1958 Frank’s Beverly Hills Company, California, U.S.A. 1958-1960 Trans […]

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30 Nov, 2016

Tony Bruggemans, CEO, Sahid Int’l Hotel Management & Consulting Corp, Indonesia

ASEAN Travel & Tourism Hall of Fame – Initiated by Travel Impact Newswire Executive Editor Imtiaz Muqbil to recognise the many veterans who helped grow and shape ASEAN tourism over the last 50 years.

  Date of Birth: June 13, 1943 Education CERIA Brussels Hotel School Diploma. Fluent in French, English, German, Dutch and Afrikaans. Career Spent 14 months as Chef Intendant of the First Belgian Dutch expedition in the South Pole before immigrating to the United States. Spent 8 years in Hawaii as Food & Beverage Manager and […]

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30 Nov, 2016

Capt Jothin Pamon-Montri, VP Flight Operations, Thai Airways International

ASEAN Travel & Tourism Hall of Fame – Initiated by Travel Impact Newswire Executive Editor Imtiaz Muqbil to recognise the many veterans who helped grow and shape ASEAN tourism over the last 50 years.

Date of and Place of Birth: 22 December 1935, Bangkok Marital Status: Married, with one son, two daughters  Education: -Certificate (G.C.E.), Shoreham Grammar School, UK -Certificate, Air Services Training Hambe, UK and Embry Riddle, USA -Certificate, Commercial Pilot & Instrument Rating Multi-engine rating and ground instruction for air Transport License Training: -1976, Certificate “Intensive Advanced […]

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30 Nov, 2016

Seree Wangpaichitr, Governor, Tourism Authority of Thailand

ASEAN Travel & Tourism Hall of Fame – Initiated by Travel Impact Newswire Executive Editor Imtiaz Muqbil to recognise the many veterans who helped grow and shape ASEAN tourism over the last 50 years.

Date of Birth: 24 July 1939 Marital Status: Married Education – Bangkok Christian College – Chulalongkorn University, B.A. in Political Science (majoring in International Relations) – Training in Tourism Management at the School of Tourism Industry Management, University of Hawaii, USA – Training in Tourist Business Operations at the Pacific Asia Travel Association, San Francisco, […]

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29 Nov, 2016

Dra Cri Murthi Adi, Director Marketing, Directorate-General of Tourism, Indonesia

ASEAN Travel & Tourism Hall of Fame – Initiated by Travel Impact Newswire Executive Editor Imtiaz Muqbil to recognise the many veterans who helped grow and shape ASEAN tourism over the last 50 years.

Date and Place of Birth: April 2nd, 1932, Lumajang, East Java Religion: Muslim Education: 1953 – 1958 BA – English Literature, Gajah Mada University, Jogjakarta Indonesia 1959 – 1961 MAT – Linguistics, Indiana University, Bloomington, USA Speaks fluent Dutch, English and French, and passive German, Japanese. Career 1962 Dept. of Education and Culture as Head […]

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29 Nov, 2016

Daniel Corpuz, Executive Director, Philippine Convention & Visitors Corporation

ASEAN Travel & Tourism Hall of Fame – Initiated by Travel Impact Newswire Executive Editor Imtiaz Muqbil to recognise the many veterans who helped grow and shape ASEAN tourism over the last 50 years.

Date and Place of Birth: 23 May 1952, Iloilo City, Iloilo Marital status: Married Education B.S. in Hotel and Restaurant Administration University of the Philippines, Diliman, 1968 – 1973 Tourism Management (Diploma with Distinction) Institute of Tourism & Hotel Management Salzburg, Austria, 1975 – 1976 M.A. in Urban Planning, University of the Philippines, Diliman, 1980 […]

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29 Nov, 2016

Gen. Chalermchai Charuvastra, First Head of the former “Tourism Organisation of Thailand”

ASEAN Travel & Tourism Hall of Fame – Initiated by Travel Impact Newswire Executive Editor Imtiaz Muqbil to recognise the many veterans who helped grow and shape ASEAN tourism over the last 50 years.

Place and Date of Birth: Not Available Date of Passing: 8 April 2009 Education: -Wat Thepsirin School in 1933 -Chulachomklao Royal Military Academy in 1940 -Thai Command and General Staff College in 1947 -British Army Staff College, Camberley, England in 1949 -Thailand National Defence College in 1962 -Honorary Degree of Strategic Development, Sakon Nakhon Rajabhat […]

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29 Nov, 2016

John M. Daniels, President Director, Bali Discovery Tours

ASEAN Travel & Tourism Hall of Fame – Initiated by Travel Impact Newswire Executive Editor Imtiaz Muqbil to recognise the many veterans who helped grow and shape ASEAN tourism over the last 50 years.

Date and Place of Birth: August 16, 1953, Michigan, USA Education Michigan State University, East Lansing, Michigan. B.A. Graduate 1975. Summa Cuma Laude. Phi Beta Kappa key recipient. Certified Hotel Administrator, American Hotel and Motel Association. Career Bali Discovery Tours – President Director – January 2000 to present Spice Island Cruises – Managing Director – […]

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29 Nov, 2016

Pornthip Hirunkate (Addie), Managing Director, Destination Asia Thailand

ASEAN Travel & Tourism Hall of Fame – Initiated by Travel Impact Newswire Executive Editor Imtiaz Muqbil to recognise the many veterans who helped grow and shape ASEAN tourism over the last 50 years.

Date and Place  of Birth: 14 July 1952, Bangkok Education 1972: Holy Infant Jesus Commercial School, Bangkok 2009: Thai Institute of Directors, Director Certification Program Career 1974-1984  Tour Guide, Tour East  (Thailand) Ltd. 1984-1990  Incentive Tour-Coordinator, Tour East 1990-1992  Marketing Manager, Tour East 1992-1997  Country Manager, Tour East (Thailand) 1997-2001  General Manager, Destination Asia (Thailand) […]

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29 Nov, 2016

Elly Nurlaila Hutabarat, President, ASEANTA

ASEAN Travel & Tourism Hall of Fame – Initiated by Travel Impact Newswire Executive Editor Imtiaz Muqbil to recognise the many veterans who helped grow and shape ASEAN tourism over the last 50 years.

Date and Place of Birth: 9 October 1944, Bogor, Indonesia Education University of Indonesia, majoring in Psychology, MBA Program for Executives, Jakarta, Indonesia Career Pantravel, President Ayu Berga, GSA for Saudia, Chairperson Pan Maritime Wira Pawitra (shipping company) Chairperson Intrareps (International Tourism Representatives), Chairperson Pan Convince (PCO), Chairperson Associations: Indonesia-Australia Business Council, President (2005 – […]

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29 Nov, 2016

Niels Lumholdt, Senior VP Industry Affairs, Thai Airways International

ASEAN Travel & Tourism Hall of Fame – Initiated by Travel Impact Newswire Executive Editor Imtiaz Muqbil to recognise the many veterans who helped grow and shape ASEAN tourism over the last 50 years.

Date and Place of Birth: 12 December 1932, Esbjerg, Denmark Education Completed high school in Copenhagen, Bachelor of Arts, University of Minnesota. Career Joined the American Express Company in Minneapolis right after graduation. Returned to Denmark in 1956, joining SAS as a sales assistant stationed in Copenhagen. Completing the SAS Management Training Programme, served as […]

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29 Nov, 2016

29 Nov – World Marks Int’l Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People

United Nations, 28 Nov 2016 (UN News Centre) – Following is UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s message for the International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People, observed on 29 November: The Israeli-Palestinian conflict is not just one of many conflicts in the region.  It is, in many ways, a long-standing, gaping wound that has fed tension […]

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28 Nov, 2016

I Gusti Putu Laksaguna, Deputy Minister for Internal Control, Tourism and Creative Economy, Indonesia

ASEAN Travel & Tourism Hall of Fame – Initiated by Travel Impact Newswire Executive Editor Imtiaz Muqbil to recognise the many veterans who helped grow and shape ASEAN tourism over the last 50 years.

Date and Place of Birth: January 12, 1953, Tabanan, Bali Education Bachelor’s degree from the Institute of State Administration of Indonesia, Master’s degree from the University of Surrey, UK. Diploma in Hotel Management, Certified Food and Beverage Executive and Certified Hotel Administrator, American Hotel and Motel Institute. Career Ambarrukmo Palace Hotel, Yogyakarta, 1972, moved to […]

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28 Nov, 2016

Sani Soemakno, President, ASEAN Hotel & Restaurant Association

ASEAN Travel & Tourism Hall of Fame – Initiated by Travel Impact Newswire Executive Editor Imtiaz Muqbil to recognise the many veterans who helped grow and shape ASEAN tourism over the last 50 years.

  Date and Place of Birth: Ambarawa, February 13, 1936 Marital Status: Married Religion: Islam Education: 1960 – 1963: Toyo University Japan, 
Hotel Management & Travel Business 1969 – 1970: University of Hawaii, USA Hotel Industry Management 1971: Cornell University Ithaca, New York USA Hotel Management Professional career: 1957 – 1960: Front Office Manager, 
Hotel […]

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28 Nov, 2016

Roberto Jotikasathira, President, ASEANTA

ASEAN Travel & Tourism Hall of Fame – Initiated by Travel Impact Newswire Executive Editor Imtiaz Muqbil to recognise the many veterans who helped grow and shape ASEAN tourism over the last 50 years.

Date and Place of Birth:  10 August 1932, Bangkok Marital Status: Married with one son. Education: The son of a Thai diplomat and Italian mother, he did most of his schooling in Rome and London. Then did a brief stint at the University of Rome studying political science. Professional Career: Spent many early years in Italy […]

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28 Nov, 2016

P.R.Gopal, President, NATAS, Singapore

ASEAN Travel & Tourism Hall of Fame – Initiated by Travel Impact Newswire Executive Editor Imtiaz Muqbil to recognise the many veterans who helped grow and shape ASEAN tourism over the last 50 years.

Date and Place of Birth: Singapore, 15 May 1936. Education: The Anglo-Chinese School, Singapore Marital status: Married with 2 girls and 1 boy Professional Career: After school, he had various jobs from school teacher, clerk, customs. Prior to involvement in the travel industry, he served 10 years in the Armed Service as Commission Officer and […]

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28 Nov, 2016

Suchada Yuvaboon, Chairperson, Rose Garden Riverside

ASEAN Travel & Tourism Hall of Fame – Initiated by Travel Impact Newswire Executive Editor Imtiaz Muqbil to recognise the many veterans who helped grow and shape ASEAN tourism over the last 50 years.

Date of Birth: 7 March 1945 Family: 3 Children – Arrut, Col. Kana and Anak Navaraj Education: Wattana Wittaya Academy, Thailand Virgo Fidelis Convent, England Hammersmith College of Art & Building, England ICCA – Conference Management Program, Salzburg Professional Career: 2001 – present: Chairperson – Rose Garden Riverside 1987 – present: Managing Director – Phuket […]

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28 Nov, 2016

Kamala Sukosol, Chairman & CEO, Sukosol Group

ASEAN Travel & Tourism Hall of Fame – Initiated by Travel Impact Newswire Executive Editor Imtiaz Muqbil to recognise the many veterans who helped grow and shape ASEAN tourism over the last 50 years.

Date and Place of Birth; 22 October 1941, Bangkok Education: Master of International Affairs: Columbia University, New York Bachelor of Arts: Miami University, Oxford, Ohio, U.S.A. Professional Career: The daughter of Thai magnate Kamol Sukosol, Kamala inherited her father’s innate talent for business. After her studies in New York, Kamala returned to Thailand to join […]

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28 Nov, 2016

Dr. Thanpuying Chanut Piyaoui, Chairperson & MD, Dusit Thani Corp

ASEAN Travel & Tourism Hall of Fame – Initiated by Travel Impact Newswire Executive Editor Imtiaz Muqbil to recognise the many veterans who helped grow and shape ASEAN tourism over the last 50 years.

Date of Birth: 15 May 1924 Education: Elementary – Saowapha School; Secondary – Suksanaree School. University – 4th Pre-University of Moral and Political Science (Thammasat University Higher studies for two years in the US Honorary doctorate in Business Administration from the National Institute of Development Administration. Marital status: Divorced with two daughters and one son. Professional […]

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28 Nov, 2016

Moehamad Soeparno, President, Garuda Indonesia

ASEAN Travel & Tourism Hall of Fame – Initiated by Travel Impact Newswire Executive Editor Imtiaz Muqbil to recognise the many veterans who helped grow and shape ASEAN tourism over the last 50 years.

Date and Place of Birth:  23 February 1938, Cirebon Marital Status: Married to the late Mariah Soeparno, three children. Religion: Muslim Education: – Akademi Pimpinan Perusahaan, Jakarta (Jakarta Corporate Leadership Academy), 1962 – Civil Air Transportation courses in Frankfurt and Amsterdam (1972 and 1974) – Advanced Transportation Management Program, Northwestern University, Chicago, Ill (1982) Professional Career: 1959: Started […]

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28 Nov, 2016

Charn Pirapokin, President, Siam Express

ASEAN Travel & Tourism Hall of Fame – Initiated by Travel Impact Newswire Executive Editor Imtiaz Muqbil to recognise the many veterans who helped grow and shape ASEAN tourism over the last 50 years.

Date & Place of Birth: June 6, 1944, Bangkok. Education: Santa Cruz High School, Santa Cruz, CA (1962-1964) Junior College: Carrillo College, CA (1964-1966) California State Polytechnic University (1966-1969) Diploma: Architectural Engineer B.S. Marital & Family Status: Married since 1975, 2 daughters and 2 sons Professional Career: 1969-1970: Project Engineer for Visarut Construction Company. 1970-1973: […]

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28 Nov, 2016

Ermin Garcia, President, ASEANTA

ASEAN Travel & Tourism Hall of Fame – Initiated by Travel Impact Newswire Executive Editor Imtiaz Muqbil to recognise the many veterans who helped grow and shape ASEAN tourism over the last 50 years.

  Date and Place of Birth: 23 March 1948, Dagupan City Education: Ateneo de Manila University, 1968, AB Behavioral Science High School – St. Louis University, Baguio City, 1964 Marital Status: Married with Ma. Patricia Recto-Garcia Children: Karina-Denise, Ermin Patrick III, Anna Karmina Professional Career: Since 1968, Editor-Publisher, SUNDAY PUNCH, Dagupan City, one of the country’s oldest […]

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28 Nov, 2016

Kephas Sri Budoyo, Founder-Member, ASEANTA

ASEAN Travel & Tourism Hall of Fame – Initiated by Travel Impact Newswire Executive Editor Imtiaz Muqbil to recognise the many veterans who helped grow and shape ASEAN tourism over the last 50 years.

Date & Place of Birth:  26 September 1928, Klaten, Central Java Marital Status: Married to Mrs. Anna Maria Suryati, six children Education: SMA (High School) Jakarta; Faculty of Law, University of Indonesia Career 1951-1956: A Government Employee, he was Assistant to the Minister of Education & Culture in charge of the KUDP (Koordinator Urusan Demobilisan Pelajar), […]

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28 Nov, 2016

Dharmnoon Prachuabmoh, Governor, Tourism Authority of Thailand

ASEAN Travel & Tourism Hall of Fame – Initiated by Travel Impact Newswire Executive Editor Imtiaz Muqbil to recognise the many veterans who helped grow and shape ASEAN tourism over the last 50 years.

Date of Birth: 10 December 1934 Education: -Bangkok Christian College -Geelong Church of England Grammar School, Australia -Wharton School of Finance & Commerce, University of Pennsylvania. BS (Econ) -Advanced training on Destination Planning and Development conducted by International Union of Official Tourist Organization (IUOTO) -1985-1986: National College, Class 28 Professional Career: Tourist Organization of Thailand (TOT) […]

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28 Nov, 2016

Chatrachai Bunya-Ananta, President, Thai Airways International

ASEAN Travel & Tourism Hall of Fame – Initiated by Travel Impact Newswire Executive Editor Imtiaz Muqbil to recognise the many veterans who helped grow and shape ASEAN tourism over the last 50 years.

Date of Birth: 6 November, 1932 Marital Status: Married with two daughters, one grandson and one granddaughter. Education: 1947 Assumption College, Bangkok 1951 St. Stevens College, Hong Kong 1951-53 Portsmouth Technical College, UK 1954-56 Cardiff University College, University of Wales, UK B.A. Economics & Accountancy 1968 Management Programme Cranfield College of Technology, UK 1979 Advanced […]

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27 Nov, 2016

Meity Robot, President, ASITA, Indonesia

ASEAN Travel & Tourism Hall of Fame – Initiated by Travel Impact Newswire Executive Editor Imtiaz Muqbil to recognise the many veterans who helped grow and shape ASEAN tourism over the last 50 years.

Full Name:  – Augustine Constantine Robot-Lewerissa better known as Meity Robot) Date and Place of Birth: 3 August 1937, Jakarta Marital Status:  Married to Robby S. Robot with 4 children Education: – HBS (Dutch High School) English Trade Correspondence Business Management, New York Airline Management, Los Angeles Airline Reservations & Ticketing Courses at Pan Am Training […]

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27 Nov, 2016

Prem Paul Ohri, President, ASEANTA

ASEAN Travel & Tourism Hall of Fame – Initiated by Travel Impact Newswire Executive Editor Imtiaz Muqbil to recognise the many veterans who helped grow and shape ASEAN tourism over the last 50 years.

  Date and Place of Birth: 15th October 1928, India Marital Status: Married Education: Bachelor of Arts (Honors) University of Punjab (1949) India Master of Arts (Economics) University of Delhi (1951) India Bachelor of Laws University of Delhi (1952) India Present Positions (as of Nov 2016) Managing Director G.C.Nanda & Sons Pte Ltd Director Leisure […]

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25 Nov, 2016

Watch on YouTube: FCCT Panel on “Changing Times: Thailand’s Incredible Tourism Industry”

Bangkok – On November 16, 2016, the Foreign Correspondents Club of Thailand organised a panel discussion on the topic “Changing Times: Thailand’s Incredible Tourism Industry”. The following publicity announcement was released by the FCCT, and the entire panel can be watched here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZH-iNjWhcF8 With something for everybody, Thailand’s booming tourism industry shrugs off coups, political […]

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25 Nov, 2016

Watch Live: 28 Nov – Commemoration of Int’l Day for Elimination of Violence against Women

Bangkok, Thailand, 28 November 2016, (UNESCAP News release & Travel Impact Newswire) – As a major employer of women, the travel & tourism industry is almost certainly a victim by extension of this global scourge. Readers wishing to join the campaign are invited to watch the Asia-Pacific Commemoration of the International Day for the Elimination […]

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25 Nov, 2016

Water resources ‘a reason for cooperation, not conflict,’ UN Chief tells Security Council

United Nations, (UN News Centre) 22 November 2016 – Noting that three quarters of UN Member States share rivers or lake basins with their neighbours, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today highlighted the value of water resources as a reason for cooperation, not conflict. “The need for coordination in water management is especially compelling for […]

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25 Nov, 2016

World’s largest anti-corruption conference to be held 1-4 Dec

Berlin, 24 Nov 2016, (Transparency International media release) – The 17th International Anti-Corruption Conference will take place from 1-4 December in Panama City. Leading experts from a wide variety of disciplines will discuss how to best take the fight against corruption forward under the theme Time for Justice: Equity, Security, Trust. The four-day event will […]

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24 Nov, 2016

Bangkok to host world’s largest LGBTI rights convention

Bangkok, 24 Nov 2016 (APCom media release) – At a time when advocacy to promote the basic human rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transsexual and intersex (LGBTI) persons has never been louder, APCOM (Asia Pacific Coalition on Male Sexual Health) is joining other civil society organisations, development partners and other fellow community advocates in Bangkok, […]

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21 Nov, 2016

Wuryastuti Sunario, MD, Indonesian Tourism Promotion Board

ASEAN Travel & Tourism Hall of Fame – Initiated by Travel Impact Newswire Executive Editor Imtiaz Muqbil to recognise the many veterans who helped grow and shape ASEAN tourism over the last 50 years.

Date of Birth 6 November 1940 Place of Birth Salatiga, Indonesia Education GCE Advanced Level, Oxford University, in English Literature, French and German Languages and Literature 1959 University of Reading, Berkshire, England, General Degree in English, French and German Literatures. 1962 Bachelor of Arts, Padjadjaran University in Bandung, majoring in English Language and Literature. Career […]

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21 Nov, 2016

Pakir Singh, Secretary-General, ASEAN Tourism Association

ASEAN Travel & Tourism Hall of Fame – Initiated by Travel Impact Newswire Executive Editor Imtiaz Muqbil to recognise the many veterans who helped grow and shape ASEAN tourism over the last 50 years.

Date of Birth : July 21, 1945 Place of Birth: Singapore Religion: Sikh Education : Bachelor of Arts ( Honours ) in History from the National University of Singapore Bachelor of Law from the University of London Master of Arts ( History ) from the National University of Singapore Master of Human Resource Development from […]

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21 Nov, 2016

Datuk Abdullah Jonid, Executive Director, ASEAN Tourism Information Centre

ASEAN Travel & Tourism Hall of Fame – Initiated by Travel Impact Newswire Executive Editor Imtiaz Muqbil to recognise the many veterans who helped grow and shape ASEAN tourism over the last 50 years.

  Date and Place of Birth: 10 May 1938, Pontian, Johor Education Cambridge School Certificate (1957) Diploma in Tourism Studies Bournemouth College of Technology, United Kingdom (1973) Group Training Course in Tourism in Japan under the Colombo Plan Training Course in Court Procedures, Police College, Malaysia Career Began career in the Malaysian Government service in […]

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21 Nov, 2016

Tunku Iskandar, President, ASEAN Tourism Association

ASEAN Travel & Tourism Hall of Fame – Initiated by Travel Impact Newswire Executive Editor Imtiaz Muqbil to recognise the many veterans who helped grow and shape ASEAN tourism over the last 50 years.

  Date of Birth: 01 January 1947 Marital status: Married to Maneesah Ahmad since 1970, 3 daughters / 3 sons-in-law, 4 grandchildren Education: M.Sc. International Marketing, University of Strathclyde, UK. Professional Career: Fully involved in travel & tourism business since 1972, in various capacities: Mitra Malaysia Travel and Mitra Kembara Travel – Group President Pacific […]

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19 Nov, 2016

Smithsonian’s Sackler Gallery Presents First Major U.S. Exhibition of Qur’ans

Washington DC, (Smithsonian media release) – The first major exhibition of the Muslim holy book, the Qur’an, in the U.S., “The Art of the Qur’an: Treasures from the Museum of Turkish and Islamic Arts,” opened at the Arthur M. Sackler Gallery on Oct. 22 and will continue through Feb. 20, 2017. The exhibition was organized by […]

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19 Nov, 2016

320,000 families live below poverty line in Israeli-occupied Palestine

RAMALLAH, November 17, 2016 (WAFA) – More than 320,000 families in Palestine live below the poverty line and 400,000 people are unemployed, Labor Minister Mamoun Abu Shahla said on Thursday. He told Marina Wes, World Bank West Bank and Gaza Country Director, that the situation in the West Bank and Gaza is very difficult due […]

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17 Nov, 2016

Political Risks to Business Up After Brexit, U.S. Elections: Global Corporate Survey

MAIDENHEAD, England–Nov 16, 2016, (BUSINESS WIRE)–Sword Active Risk has published the results of its annual survey of Risk Managers from 80 top international organisations. The survey, which was completed during Sword Active Risk’s Global Risk Management Conference series (held in Chicago, London, Dubai and Sydney), shows a dramatic increase in political risk, emanating from the […]

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16 Nov, 2016

Sequence Survey Confirms Politics Creates More Tension at the Holiday Table Than Smartphone Use

SAN FRANCISCO, 04 November 2016, BUSINESS WIRE–According to new data released by Sequence today, the boundaries between technology and holiday traditions continue to blur. The survey found that consumers are showing more digital tolerance when it comes to smartphone use at holiday gatherings this year, and increasingly people are demonstrating good mobile manners. In fact, […]

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16 Nov, 2016

Almost One-Third of Women in IT Experience an Unwelcoming Work Environment, Survey Finds

NEW YORK, 03 November 2016, BUSINESS WIRE –Twenty-nine percent of women in the IT field experience an unwelcoming work environment to women and minorities, compared to only seven percent of men who feel the same way, according to the 2016 Harvey Nash Women in Technology survey. Survey results reveal long hours, high pressure and poor work/life balance […]

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16 Nov, 2016

Landmark report shows Australian film industry worth $3 billion in jobs & exports

Melbourne, 15 11 2016 – Media release – Mr Mitch Fifield, Minister for the Arts, launched Screen Currency, the most significant report ever undertaken into the value of Australia’s screen industry. The report is the first comprehensive assessment of the economic, social and cultural worth of the nation’s screen sector, and comes amid discussion around […]

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11 Nov, 2016

Chinese company rewards well-behaved tourists for promoting national image

Beijing, 09 November 2016, People’s Daily Online –China’s e-tourism giant Ctrip has rewarded 10 well-behaved tourists in an effort to improve the country’s image overseas – especially when it comes to tourism. Launched in October by Ctrip, the “Excellent Chinese Tourists Fund” aims to reward tourists who serve as role models for others, and promote the idea […]

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