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31 May, 2016

New global poll: Corporate greed, corruption fraying trust in democracies

Brussels, 31st May 2016 (ITUC Online): Multinational companies are putting the brakes on global growth with a business model built on low wages according to a new poll from the International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC) released at the OECD Forum in Paris, the annual meeting of high income developed economies. Sharan Burrow, General Secretary, ITUC […]

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31 May, 2016

ASEAN meeting to monitor effectiveness of competition policy and law enforcement

BANGKOK, 27 May 2016 (ASEAN media release) – A Brainstorming Session to Monitor the Effectiveness of Competition Regimes in ASEAN was held on 25-26 May in Bangkok, Thailand. The session is part of the initiative to develop an Assessment Toolkit on Competition Enforcement and Advocacy tailored to the ASEAN context under the ASEAN Competition Action […]

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30 May, 2016

300+ Stakeholders Convene for Meeting to Broaden Asia-Pacific Tax Collection

JAKARTA, Indonesia, (BUSINESS WIRE), 26 May 2016 – Fiscal officials from 15 Asia-Pacific countries met this week with leading academic specialists and private-sector representatives in Jakarta, Indonesia for the 13th annual “Asia-Pacific Tax Forum.” The meeting, organized by the International Tax and Investment Center (www.iticnet.org), in cooperation with the Institute for Development of Economics and Finance, […]

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30 May, 2016

Thai Medical agencies join hands to seek herbal cures for cancer

BANGKOK, 19 May 2016 (NNT) – An agreement has been signed by three medical bodies on their cooperation to research and develop cancer drugs from herbal ingredients. Participating in the agreement signing ceremony were heads of the three agencies, which consist of the National Cancer Institute, the Department of Medical Services and the Government Pharmaceutical […]

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30 May, 2016

Upgraded marketing, training facilities offered to Thai restaurants

Bangkok, 27 May 2016 (PR Department) – The Ministry of Commerce is starting to push for the promotion of the Thai restaurant business as a rising star in the country’s service industry. Commerce Minister Apiradi Tantraporn said that the policy to promote the restaurant business would generate more income for the country. It focuses on […]

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30 May, 2016

“Indonesians’ assets kept abroad are larger than those at home” – VP Jusuf Kalla

Jakarta (ANTARA News), 29 May 2016 – Indonesia is lagging behind other countries in economic development because of its own wrong policies, not because it lacks capability or potential, Vice President M. Jusuf Kalla said. “If we had not spent too much money on fuel subsidies in the past 10 years, we would have earned […]

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30 May, 2016

California hails Small Businesses as “economic engines”

SACRAMENTO, Calif., (BUSINESS WIRE), 25 May 2016 -Today, over 20 California governmental agencies, 25 small business organizations and 90 California State Legislators come together to recognize small business owners from across the state for their hard work and success. The annual event honors a few of the millions of small businesses that serve as the […]

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30 May, 2016

U.S. now seeking ways to quell “excessively long” airport security lines

WASHINGTON, (BUSINESS WIRE), 26 May 2016 – Airlines for America (A4A), the industry trade organization for the leading U.S. airlines, today applauded the members of the House Homeland Security Committee for introducing legislation intended to help reduce the excessively long security lines experienced by passengers, particularly at the country’s largest airports. The Checkpoint Optimization and Efficiency Act of […]

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30 May, 2016

91 major reservoirs of India report huge water shortage

New Delhi, Press Information Bureau,  27 May 2016 – The water storage available in 91 major reservoirs of the country for the week ending on May 26, 2016 was 26.816 BCM which is 17% of total storage capacity of these reservoirs. This was 55% of the storage of corresponding period of last year and 79% of storage of average of last ten years. The […]

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30 May, 2016

Gallup chairman warns universities: Disruption Is Coming

By Jim Clifton GALLUP, 19 MAY 2016 (The Gallup Organization) – Do we need universities anymore? What if they ran out of customers? Google announced it is hiring employees without college degrees, and Ernst & Young made a similar decision in the U.K. last fall. Both organizations see less value in a traditional college degree. […]

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28 May, 2016

U.S. behind dwindling leftist influence in Latin America: Argentinian Professor

HAVANA, May 13 (Xinhua) — The U.S. government aims to stamp out progressive governments in Latin America with the help of its conservative allies, Argentine political observer Atilio Boron told Xinhua. During a recent conference in Havana, the Harvard-educated professor and author said Washington launched a plan in 2013 to reinstate its influence in Latin […]

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28 May, 2016

Chinese commentary: ‘Money politics’ erodes US political systems

BEIJING, (Xinhua), May 17, 2016 – With estimated record spending, the 2016 presidential election will be one of the most “money-burning” in the US history, which demonstrated that “money politics” is eroding the US political systems. Bloomberg has predicted that 10 billion US dollars will be spent on the 2016 US election, which has outnumbered […]

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28 May, 2016

The Price of “Growth”: Asia Pacific Fast Losing its Unique Biodiversity – UNEP report

Nairobi/Bangkok, 22 May 2016 – Despite some progress in tackling growing threats to biodiversity and ecosystems on its lands, forests and waters, Asia and the Pacific is fast losing its unique flora and fauna. The rapid economic growth in the Asia Pacific region, accompanied by increased resource use by a growing urban and middle-class population […]

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27 May, 2016

For F&B Managers: Top 12 Ways World Can End Hunger, Stem Environmental Damage from Food Systems

Nairobi, 25 May 2016 (UNEP media release) – A major overhaul of the global food system is urgently needed if the world is to combat hunger, use natural resources more efficiently and stem environmental damage, the International Resource Panel (IRP) says. In its latest report, the IRP – a consortium of 34 internationally renowned scientists, […]

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25 May, 2016

First star-rating report of Travel & Tourism press releases launched

Bangkok – Travel Impact Newswire has launched what is claimed to be the first report conferring a star-rating on travel and tourism industry press releases. In a revolutionary effort to “disrupt” the generally low-quality content and structure of industry releases, and force improvements, Travel Impact Newswire Executive Editor Imtiaz Muqbil has set the ball rolling […]

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21 May, 2016

354 European human rights, church groups, trade unions & political parties call on EU to back right to boycott Israel

The European Coordination of Committees and Associations for Palestine (ECCPalestine) issued this Press Release on May 18, 2016 : More than 300 human rights and aid organisations, church groups, trade unions and political parties from across Europe have called on the EU to uphold its legal responsibilities and hold Israel accountable for its violations of […]

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21 May, 2016

Cvent Reveals 2016 List of World’s Top Meeting Destinations

TYSONS CORNER, Va.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–May 17, 2016 – Cvent, Inc. (NYSE: CVT), a leading cloud-based enterprise event management company, today revealed its annual list of the top 50 cities for meetings and events in the United States, and the top 25 cities in Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA), and the Asia Pacific (APAC) regions. […]

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21 May, 2016

Terror Attacks Spark Fears of Veteran Travellers by More than 50%, New Study Shows

ALEXANDRIA Va., May 20, 2016 – The Association of Corporate Travel Executives expresses its condolences to the families of those lost aboard EgyptAir MS804 flight from Paris to Cairo. While the cause remains unknown at this time, this crash will create fear and anxiety to travellers considering the rise in number of terrorist attacks. In a […]

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21 May, 2016

Faith Matters: Fear-mongering vs. fearlessness

By Jimmy E. Jones 05/20/16 New Haven Register – “So, first of all, let me assert my firm belief that the only thing we have to fear is fear itself — nameless, unreasoning terror, unjustified terror which paralyzes needed efforts to convert retreat into advance.” In spite of these eloquent words uttered during his first […]

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19 May, 2016

Chinese consortium prepares for Singapore-Malaysia rail bidding

Beijing, (China Daily) May 14, 2016 – A Chinese consortium is preparing to bid for the high-speed project linking Malaysia’s Capital Kuala Lumpur and Singapore, a source with China Communications Construction Group said on Friday. The source in Beijing-based CCCG, a major construction enterprise of transportation infrastructure and dredging projects, said that consortium members are […]

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19 May, 2016

Xinhua commentary: World not safer with the US as its policeman

By CHEN WEIHUA Washington DC., 2016-05-13 (China Daily) – When Elizabeth Trudeau, director of US State Department Press Office, read a statement on Tuesday about a US Navy surface ship “exercising the right of innocent passage” while transiting near China’s Yongshu Reef that day, she said it was to uphold the rights and freedoms of […]

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19 May, 2016

ADB, Japan-Assisted Project to Promote Tourism Jobs in Mon State, Myanmar

18 May 2016 – YANGON, MYANMAR (ADB media release) – The Asian Development Bank (ADB) and the Government of the Republic of the Union of Myanmar today signed an agreement for a $3 million grant to support the development of tourism-based micro and small enterprises in Mon state. The grant, from the Japan Fund for […]

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19 May, 2016

Demonising Muslims in media, avoiding root causes, makes violence more likely, new study shows

PHILADELPHIA, May 17, 2016, (AFSC media release) – Islamophobia is at work in our national media, according to an original content analysis by the American Friends Service Committee (AFSC), a Quaker peace and justice organization. The analysis shows a disturbing narrative link between Muslims and extremism, and then over-represents violent responses to politically motivated conflict. […]

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17 May, 2016

Xinhua News Analysis: Gazans desire for peaceful life amid spiral of conflicts

by Keren Setton JERUSAELM, May 14 (Xinhua) — The wounds from the 2014 war between Israel and the Hamas in Gaza have not healed yet and it seems the region is headed to another round of violence — the only question is when. In recent weeks, the Israeli army has discovered underground tunnels that Hamas […]

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13 May, 2016

Chinese Commentary: Rising nationalism, growing identity crisis spoil Europe Day

STRASBOURG, May 8 (Xinhua) — Europe Day, celebrated by all European countries annually on May 9, takes place this year around the theme of diversity, a notion often claimed to be at the heart of the European project. This 2016 edition, however, has been spoiled by the rise of nationalists in a European Union (EU) […]

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13 May, 2016

Post-80s and 90s born first-class passengers surging in China

Beijing, chinadaily.com.cn, 2016-05-06 — China’s post-80s and 90s born have surpassed the 70s to become the major force of first-class and business-class passengers, and the number is still growing, according to the first season report issued by Ctrip on Wednesday. The report shows that among these two kinds of seats takers, those born in 80s […]

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13 May, 2016

New Data Shows U.S. Female-Headed Households See Higher Levels of Poverty, Hunger

WASHINGTON, 06 May  2016, (BUSINESS WIRE)–Women, particularly single mothers, are disproportionately affected by poverty and hunger, according to a new analysis, Hunger and Poverty among Female-Headed Households, released today by the Bread for the World Institute. “Female-headed households make up just over half of American low-income households with children,” said Asma Lateef, director of Bread for the […]

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13 May, 2016

Gaza mothers strive to avoid poverty, balance life & career

GAZA, May 8 (Xinhua) — In a tiny rundown house in the overcrowded Shati refugee camp in the Palestinian Gaza Strip, Hayat al-Hessi, her husband and five kids struggle to survive poverty and destitution. While the world marks Mother’s Day on Sunday, life is treating 60-year-old al-Hessi so roughly and pushing her already poor family […]

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11 May, 2016

More countries commit to tackle tax evasion, avoidance in now “unstoppable movement”

Paris, OECD news release – 11/05/2016 – The OECD and the Global Forum on Transparency and Exchange of Information for Tax Purposes announced today that Bahrain, Lebanon, Nauru, Panama and Vanuatu have now committed to share financial account information automatically with other countries. With these new commitments, 101 jurisdictions around the world have committed to […]

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11 May, 2016

Israel imposes travel ban on BDS movement co-founder Omar Barghouti

Palestinian BDS National Committee / Mondoweiss — May 10, 2016 – Israel has officially refused to renew the travel document of Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement co-founder Omar Barghouti in a move that amounts to a travel ban and is an escalation of its attacks on Palestinian human rights defenders who nonviolently advocate for […]

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10 May, 2016

Jewish fanatic settlers continue Palestinian land-grabs

JERUSALEM, May 9, 2016 (WAFA) – Israeli settlers on Monday raided and took over a Palestinian-owned home in the Old City neighborhood of Jerusalem, claiming it was their property. Witnesses told WAFA that a group of settlers guarded by policemen broke into a three-storey building owned by local Youzbashi clan. The seized home overlooks the […]

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4 May, 2016

Taiwan honoured at ATM for show of strength following recent earthquake

Dubai, 28 April 2016, (ATM Press Release) – Arabian Travel Market (ATM), the region’s leading travel industry showcase, has named Taiwan as the recipient of the New Frontiers Recovery Award 2016 at a special presentation that was also broadcast on ARN radio on the final day of the annual event. “We wanted to recognise Taiwan not […]

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4 May, 2016

ATM 2016: BSI lays down guidelines for tapping into eco tourism

Dubai, 26 April 2016, (ATM Press Release) – BSI, the world-leading business standards company and respected international certification body, provided a compelling case for organisations in the region to adopt international best practice standards and certifications during an interactive seminar session on day one of Arabian Travel Market (ATM) 2016, as Dubai Corporation for Tourism and […]

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4 May, 2016

ATM 2016: Mid-Market Hotel Debate set to rage on through 2020

Dubai, 28 April 2016, (ATM Press Release) – The influence of Millennials and their preference for quality over luxury, as well as the rise of a new breed of trendy and tech-friendly mid-market hotel brands, was the focus of a dedicated PwC-hosted panel session today (27 April 2016), with a line-up of international hoteliers stressing the […]

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4 May, 2016

Empower women in hospitality, says DUKES boss

Dubai, 27 April 2016, (ATM Press Release) – Women in the workforce have been in the spotlight in the UAE recently with three companies launched in recent weeks designed to help women find career roles – Hopscotch, Mums@Work and Making Mumpreneurs added to the recent announcement that eight women had been handed ministerial roles in the […]

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4 May, 2016

Middle East traveller mobile transactions hit double digits

Dubai, 27 April 2016, (ATM Press Release) – Newly released data from travel industry research authority, Phocuswright, has revealed that mobile transactions from Middle East travellers are set to hit double digits for the first time ever in 2016 as consumers become increasingly comfortable using their handheld devices for travel purchases. Addressing a full house […]

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4 May, 2016

YouGov travel trends report released at ATM 2016

Dubai, 26 April 2016, (ATM Press Release) – YouGov has unveiled the results of its latest Travel Booking Trends study for the Middle East, North Africa and South Asia (MENASA) region today (26 April), day two of ATM 2016, with one of the key findings highlighting that 51% of respondents claim the concept of virtual […]

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4 May, 2016

ATM 2016: Industry leaders map out sustainable future of UAE tourism

Dubai, 26 April 2016 , (ATM Press Release) – The Future of the UAE as a Global Tourism Hub was the headline session opener for the all-new Global Stage at ATM 2016 yesterday (Monday, 25 April 2016), as eight of the Emirate’s leading tourism and hospitality minds shared their experience and insight into opportunities for sustained […]

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4 May, 2016

Five ATM 2016 exhibitors come out on top in Best Stand Awards

Dubai, 28 April 2016,  (ATM Press Release) – The winners of the Arabian Travel Market (ATM) 2016 Best Stand Awards were announced at a photo-call on the show floor on 27th April. The four-strong panel of judges had toured more than 423 main stand holders across 10 exhibition halls covering the full spectrum of the […]

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2 May, 2016

Report: Half of older Australians living with disability

Canberra, Australian Bureau of Statistics Media Release, 29 April 2016 – Just over half (50.7 per cent) of Australians aged 65 and over reported living with disability in 2015, compared to one in 8 (12.5 per cent) aged under 65, according to new data published today by the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS). First results […]

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27 Apr, 2016

Australia bans drones at ANZAC day events

Canberra, Civil Aviation Safety Authority, 26 April 2016 — People with drones are being warned not to fly near ANZAC Day ceremonies or marches. Civil Aviation Safety Regulations generally do not allow drones to be flown near or over groups of people or within 30 metres of people. Drones could also pose a safety risk […]

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26 Apr, 2016

UN launches toolkit for floods early warning in transboundary river basins

Bangkok (ESCAP News) 26 April 2016 — Asia and the Pacific, the world’s most disaster prone region, is home to many transboundary river basins that are perennially affected by large scale flooding. Recent advances in science and technology, especially space technology applications, have enabled longer lead times of up to five to eight days for […]

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25 Apr, 2016

UK ‘preferred’ destination for Middle East travellers in 2015

DUBAI – Preferred Hotels & Resorts, the world’s largest global provider of sales, marketing and distribution services to independent luxury hotels, has announced that room nights from outbound business originating from the Middle East region increased by 21% in 2015, when compared with 2014. According to Preferred Hotels & Resorts boking data, the UK, France, […]

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25 Apr, 2016

DUKES Dubai hotel spices up its culinary offering in partnership with Indian restaurant Khyber

DUBAI – Indian food is one of the most popular cuisines in Britain, which is why it’s only natural for English hospitality brand DUKES to be bringing the best of Indian fine dining to the stellar line-up of restaurants at its upcoming property on Palm Jumeirah in Dubai. Khyber at DUKES Dubai was officially announced […]

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25 Apr, 2016

Launch of dedicated Wellness & Spa Lounge at ATM 2016 to highlight rapid growth of high value tourism

DUBAI – This year’s Arabian Travel Market (ATM) is shining a light on the burgeoning wellness tourism sector in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region, which has been identified as the second fastest growing market in the world for spas after Sub-Saharan Africa. According to the 2014 Global Spa and Wellness Economy Monitor […]

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25 Apr, 2016

Biggest ever ATM 2016 to focus on mid-market travel

DUBAI – Arabian Travel Market (ATM) organiser, Reed Travel Exhibitions, is all set for this year’s event, which is taking place at Dubai World Trade Centre (DWTC) from 25-28 April 2016. Following the success of last year’s spotlight theme, which was family travel, the focus for the 23rd edition is on mid-market tourism – a […]

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25 Apr, 2016

Nepal, the Philippines and Taiwan shortlisted for ATM New Frontiers Recovery Award 2016

Arabian Travel Market (ATM) has revealed the 2016 shortlist for its annual New Frontiers Recovery Awards, with three Asian nations nominated for this year’s award, which will be announced on Thursday 28th April during ATM. The shortlisted destinations Nepal, the Philippines and Taiwan have all been recognised for dealing with the dual impact of significant […]

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25 Apr, 2016

TIME Hotels Rewards Extra Loyalty program, partners with VOILÀ Hotel Rewards in global loyalty programme first

UAE-based TIME Hotels has announced the launch of TIME Hotels Rewards Extra, a new brand loyalty programme designed to recognise its growing community of globe-trotting guests with a raft of benefits including room upgrades, luxury amenities, priority reservations amongst others. Developed in partnership with VOILÀ Hotel Rewards, a world-leading provider of loyalty programmes for independent […]

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25 Apr, 2016

Crystal Lagoons develops technologies to produce water without using energy

Dubai: Crystal Lagoons, the patented technology developer of giant crystalline lagoons, is reporting strong worldwide interest in new technology developed by the company to deal with humanity’s biggest problem – potable fresh water shortage – which affects over one billion people worldwide. Crystal Lagoons’ experimental desalination technology project is a ‘zero energy’ solution that would […]

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25 Apr, 2016

Dubai developer Seven Tides to launch hospitality division at ATM 2016

Marking its first Arabian Travel Market (ATM) appearance under the brand banner of Seven Tides Hospitality, the new hospitality division of Dubai developer Seven Tides International, will unveil its latest development plans for the beach club and provide an update on its latest project the British-themed DUKES Dubai on Palm Jumeirah. Speaking about the new […]

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25 Apr, 2016

Kuwait to invest US$1 billion in tourism sector by 2025

Kuwait returns to Arabian Travel Market (ATM) 2016, which takes place 25-28 April, as investment into the travel and tourism sector is forecasted to grow by 4.3% per annum over the next decade through to 2025, with a total investment figure of KWD 276 million (USD 1 billion). Kuwait’s strategy for long-term tourism growth received […]

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25 Apr, 2016

ATM 2016 gives responsible tourism green light

Dubai – Responsible tourism will headline several seminar theatre sessions at Arabian Travel Market (ATM) 2016 as government legislation, increased focus on the traveller footprint and the impact of natural disasters on country economies put the spotlight on the importance of effective sustainable travel strategies. In 2015, ATM welcomed over 50 exhibitors with a responsible […]

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25 Apr, 2016

Oman to showcase US$35 billion 25-year tourism vision at ATM 2016

Oman continues to work on leveraging its international profile, which saw inbound tourism numbers rise by an average of 7.4% per annum in the decade 2005-14 and 1.4 million international tourism arrivals targeted by 2019, up from 1.1 million in 2015. The Reed Travel Exhibitions team were in Muscat last Februrary, to meet with key […]

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25 Apr, 2016

Qatar tourism receipts to reach $7.2 billion by 2025

According to the Qatar Tourism Authority 3 million visitors arrived in 2015, Doha targets 4 million by 2020; expanding tourism product to boost tourism GDP contribution in the next decade with significant investment into new rail network, hotel pipeline and leisure facilities Qatar’s tourism and hospitality industry is building momentum as it enters the second […]

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25 Apr, 2016

Bahrain targets tourism receipts worth US$1 billion by 2020

Bahrain returns to ATM this year to showcase its expanding hotel and tourism infrastructure with an active hotel pipeline of 13 properties, 3,000 hotel rooms and with tourism expected to contribute US$1 billion by the end of the decade. The increase in rooms, which are split between the luxury and four-star brackets, is set against […]

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25 Apr, 2016

TIME Hotels Management offers insight to Tomorrow’s World at ATM 2016

UAE-based hospitality company, TIME Hotels Management, is highlighting the impact it is making on local and regional communities at Arabian Travel Market 2016 thanks to an impressive roster of Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) initiatives, including the recently-launched digital platform, Tomorrow’s World (www.tomorrowsworld.ae). The forward-thinking website makes it easy for hotel guests, and all those with […]

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25 Apr, 2016

Four Crystal Lagoons to feature in US$250 million development in Egypt’s Sokhna mountains

Crystal Lagoons, the patented technology developer of giant crystalline lagoons and only global company with the technological capability to make the development of giant controlled manmade bodies of water economically viable, has joined forces with Egyptian real estate development company, TatweerMisr, to develop the first man-made lagoons in the Sokhna mountains. The development will bring […]

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25 Apr, 2016

Stellar seminar line-up sets the agenda at ATM 2016

More than 50 wide-ranging seminar and tech theatre sessions are scheduled at Arabian Travel Market (ATM), which is taking place at Dubai World Trade Centre from 25-28 April 2016. Panellists will be flying in from around the world to contribute to discussions, with topics including mid-market travel, luxury, aviation, technology trends, spa and wellness tourism, […]

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25 Apr, 2016

UAE’s Al Khoory Hotels to open 1,100 three and four star rooms by 2019

The mid-market hospitality sector is set to grow significantly in the UAE, over the next few years, primarily due to the upcoming Expo2020 envisioned by Sheikh Mohamed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum – Vice President and Prime Minister of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and the Ruler of Dubai. Other contributing factors for the growth are […]

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23 Apr, 2016

Arab-Americans launch campaign against blatant NYPD Surveillance of their communities

Washington, DC | www.adc.org | April 21, 2016 – The American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee (ADC) strongly encourages Arab residents of New York City and those impacted by the NYPD mass surveillance program to comment on the Proposed Modifications to the “Handschu Guidelines” for Investigations Involving Political Activity. Click here to read ADC’s comments on the proposed modifications to the […]

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23 Apr, 2016

Europe-wide campaign launched to promote sustainable work and healthy ageing for all

Brussels, 15 April 2016, European Commission press release — The European Commission and the European Agency for Safety and Health at Work (EU-OSHA) in cooperation with the Netherlands EU Presidency have launched a two-year Europe-wide campaign: Healthy Workplaces for All Ages, which is the world’s biggest campaign in this area. Focusing on sustainable work and […]

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23 Apr, 2016

‘Two-state solution in danger,’ warns new report from UN office on Middle East peace process

United Nations, 14 April 2016, (UN News Centre) – The viability of a two-state solution, which envisages peaceful co-existence of both Israel and Palestine, is in danger due to the negative trends on the ground, including recent violence, ongoing settlement activity, demolitions, incitement, and the absence of Palestinian unity, a new United Nations report warned […]

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23 Apr, 2016

Investing in treatment for depression and anxiety leads to four-fold return – UN report

United Nations, 13 April 2016, (UN News Centre) – Depression and anxiety disorders cost the global economy $1 trillion each year, and every one dollar invested in scaling up treatment leads to a return of four dollars in better health and ability to work, according to a new study led by the United Nations health […]

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22 Apr, 2016

Experts Convene in Bangkok for Session on Advancing Standardization of Geographical Names

NEW YORK, 21 April (United Nations Statistics Division) — The twenty-ninth session of the United Nations Group of Experts on Geographical Names will convene from 25 to 29 April, at the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) Conference Centre in Bangkok. Organized by the Statistics Division of the United Nations Department […]

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21 Apr, 2016

Governments, religious ideologies, oligarchs all now a threat – World Press Freedom Index 2016

The 2016 edition of the World Press Freedom Index, which Reporters Without Borders (RSF) published on 20 April, 2016, shows that there has been a deep and disturbing decline in respect for media freedom at both the global and regional levels. Ever since the 2013 Index, RSF has been calculating indicators of the overall level […]

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21 Apr, 2016

Palestinians losing US$285m a year under “arrangements” with Israel – World Bank

BETHLEHEM, Palestine, Apr 19 (NNN-MA’AN) – The Palestinian Authority (PA), is losing up to $285 million a year, under its current economic arrangements with Israel, the World Bank said. The global financial institution announced the finding, in Brussels, a day before it presents its full report to the Ad Hoc Liaison committee, which decides on […]

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21 Apr, 2016

Australia to launch campaign to curb domestic violence that claims one life every week

Canberra, 20/04/2016 Media release, Minister for Social Services and Minister for Women – An A$30 million national campaign designed to help break the cycle of violence against women and their children will begin on Sunday 24 April. “Stop it at the start” targets the disrespectful attitudes and behaviours adults might dismiss or ignore in young […]

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21 Apr, 2016

Chocolate industry exposé : Companies get richer, farmers get poorer

Geneva, 21 April 2016, UNCTAD press release – Cocoa farmers in some of the world’s poorest countries are scarcely benefitting from a value chain which sees goods made from their crops, such as chocolate and cocoa butter-based cosmetics, sold for a premium in developed economies, a new UNCTAD report has found.  The report, the Cocoa […]

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21 Apr, 2016

FREE Download: ADB publication “Together We Deliver 2015: Partnerships Against Poverty”

Manila, ADB media release, April 2016 – Strong partnerships create better outcomes by improving coordination, providing specialized knowledge and expertise, and convening larger amounts of financing for ADB projects. Fourteen stories from across Asia and the Pacific highlight successful projects that demonstrate development impact, best practices, and innovation. They were implemented through the hard work of ADB’s developing member countries […]

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21 Apr, 2016

Card fraud cost Australia A$2.1 billion in 2014-15

Canberra, 20 April 2016, Australian Bureau of Statistics media release – Australia experienced card fraud of $2.1 billion during 2014-15, double the $1 billion in 2010-11, according to new Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) figures. William Milne, Director of the ABS National Centre for Crime and Justice Statistics said even after reimbursements from financial institutions, […]

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12 Apr, 2016

Zero Dollar tours damage Thai tourism industry

BANGKOK, 11 April 2016 (NNT)-The government is working alongside the Thai tourism sector to stop overseas ‘Zero Dollar’ tour agencies damaging Thailand’s tourism industry. Prime Minister’s Office Spokesperson Major General Sansern Keawkamnerd said the government has received many complaints from tourists who traveled to the country on ‘Zero Dollar’ tours. They were tricked into buying […]

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12 Apr, 2016

Trouble Ahead! U.S. Baby Boomers’ Retirement Fears on the Rise

WASHINGTON, D.C., April 12, 2016 – The Insured Retirement Institute (IRI) today released a new research report that found less than a quarter of Baby Boomers, 24 percent, are confident they will have enough savings to last throughout their retirement years. This is the lowest level since IRI began this research study in 2011, when […]

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12 Apr, 2016

Bangkok’s biggest gay party to have free HIV/AIDS testing campaign during Songkran holiday

12 April 2016 (Bangkok) APCOM media release – During Thailand’s festive Songkran Festival, which runs from 13 to 15 April each year, Bangkok has been hosting Songkran celebration exclusively catered to gay men. In addition to the city’s pink districts being a magnet for gay locals and tourists, the City of Angels is eminently known […]

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10 Apr, 2016

Indian President warns countrymen about “vested interests” stoking communal conflict

New Delhi, 09-April-2016 Press Information Bureau, Government of India President’s Secretariat- The President of India, Prof Pranab Mukherjee said pluralism and tolerance have been the hallmark of our civilization. India’s strength lies in her diversity. He was delivering a memorial lecture today (April 9, 2016) at New Delhi organized by the Arjun Singh Sadbhavna Foundation […]

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10 Apr, 2016

China’s cross-border e-commerce bids farewell to ‘tax-free’ age

Beijing, 2016-04-08 (Xinhua)  — A change of China’s tax policy on retails sales on cross-border e-commerce platforms has triggered mixed feelings among buyers and sellers as the policy is expected to raise retail prices.According to the new rules, retail goods purchased online will no longer be treated as personal postal articles but as imported goods, […]

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10 Apr, 2016

Social media is making us depressed: Learn to turn it off – The Independent

Do Facebook and Twitter make us happier? The answer it would seem is: no. A recent survey found as many as one in five people say they feel depressed as a result of using social media. That might come as a surprise to the generation under 30; social media is part of their DNA and […]

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10 Apr, 2016

Thailand launches scheme to upgrade rural products to global standards

Bangkok 8 April 2016, Royal Thai Government PR Department – The Government has launched a project to upgrade OTOP products through the use of science, technology, and innovation, in an effort to enhance the image of OTOP as international products. OTOP stands for “One Tambon (meaning subdistrict) One Product.” It is a local entrepreneurship stimulus […]

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10 Apr, 2016

Thai taxi driver honoured for returning cash-filled briefcase to HK visitor

Bangkok, 6 April 2016 Royal Thai Governnment PR department) – Suvarnabhumi Airport has presented a certificate of honor to a taxi driver for his good deed, as he returned a briefcase containing cash, credit cards, and other documents to a Hong Kong traveler. General Manager of Suvarnabhumi Airport Sirote Duangratana said that the taxi driver, […]

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10 Apr, 2016

Global tax administrations ready to act on “Panama Papers”

OECD news release – Paris, 8 April 2016 – Government officials from around the world have called on the OECD to convene a special project meeting of  the Joint International Tax Shelter Information and Collaboration (JITSIC) Network to explore possibilities of co-operation and information-sharing, identify tax compliance risks and agree collaborative  action, in light of […]

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10 Apr, 2016

Palestinians mark 68th anniversary of Deir Yassin massacre by Jewish terrorists

BETHLEHEM, Palestine, Apr 9 (NNN-MA’AN) – Palestinians on Saturday (today), marked the 68th anniversary of the massacre of more than 100 Palestinians civilians, carried out by Zionist forces at the village of Deir Yassin. Deir Yassin has long been a symbol of Israeli violence for Palestinians, because of the particularly gruesome nature of the slaughter, […]

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8 Apr, 2016

85 Checkpoints: Israel’s Travel Curbs on Palestinians Violate 4th Geneva Convention

RAMALLAH, April 7, 2016 (WAFA) – Increasing Israeli checkpoints in the occupied Palestinian Territories punish the entire Palestinian population, which is a form of collective punishment, and therefore violate the Fourth Geneva Convention, the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) said in a statement Thursday. The statement said: “In addition to the 85 fixed checkpoints in the […]

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8 Apr, 2016

Public spending on Thai New Year holiday will likely hit three-year high

BANGKOK, 7 April 2016 (NNT) – The Center for Economic and Business Forecasting has forecast that the public spending during the Songkran festival this year will be over 124 billion baht—the highest in three years—due to government’s stimulus measures. The Center for Economic and Business Forecasting conducted a survey on public spending on the Songkran […]

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8 Apr, 2016

US government, Jewish billionaire funded Panama Papers to attack Putin – WikiLeaks

Washington is behind the recently released offshore revelations known as the Panama Papers, WikiLeaks has claimed, saying that the attack was “produced” to target Russia and President Putin. Trends Panama Papers On Wednesday, the international whistleblowing organization said on Twitter that the Panama Papers data leak was produced by the Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting […]

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8 Apr, 2016

Global Heritage sites threatened by industrial activities: WWF report

Geneva, 06 April 2016, (WWF News) – Nearly half of all natural World Heritage sites are threatened by harmful industrial activities, according to a new WWF report. These sites provide vital services to people and the environment, but are at risk worldwide from activities including oil and gas exploration, mining and illegal logging. The report, […]

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8 Apr, 2016

Exposing the Exposers: Powerful force is behind Panama Papers

Beijing, 5 April 2016, (Global Times commentary) – A huge leak of confidential documents from Mossack Fonseca, a Panama-based law firm alleged to have been a facilitator of money laundering for its clients has shocked international public opinion. Over 11 million documents were passed to German newspaper Sueddeutsche Zeitung by an anonymous source. These documents have […]

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8 Apr, 2016

China doubles dam water release to help drought-hit Vietnam

Beijing, 7 April 2016, (China Daily) – The village where Vo Linh Hue lives is dotted with oyster farms, but in recent weeks farmers there have done nothing but clear dead oysters from the ponds. Ben Tre province, in Vietnam’s southern Mekong Delta, is experiencing the worst drought in recent history, and saline intrusion has […]

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8 Apr, 2016

China Unveils First Report on Quality of Higher Education

Beijing, 7 April 2016, (Xinhua) – A new national report on the quality of higher education in China has been released, suggesting more needs to be done to develop an ‘innovative spirit’ among Chinese college students. Research for the latest report began in 2012, as a joint effort among China’s Ministry of Education and a […]

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8 Apr, 2016

FedEx Forecasts Annual Global Economic Megatrends

MEMPHIS, Tenn., 7 April 2016, (BUSINESS WIRE) – FedEx, the worldwide provider of transportation, e-commerce and business services, announces the launch of the 2016 Access 25—a list of 25 people, places and ideas defining global connectivity. This year’s list reveals three global economic megatrends that focus on the ways mobility is reshaping the globe—empowering individuals, fueling […]

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8 Apr, 2016

Suvarnabhumi airport Facilitation Center to help passengers during Songkran festival rush

BANGKOK, 7 April 2016 (NNT) – Suvarnabhumi airport’s deputy director Phatchara Phornyutthaphong confirmed that a “Passenger Facilitation Center” is open at the international airport from April 8-18, 2016, to ensure safety and provide conveniences for passengers during the Songkran festival. The center, located on the fourth-floor lobby behind the R line ticketing booth in the […]

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8 Apr, 2016

Japanese taxpayers provide $7M to support UNICEF work in Palestine

RAMALLAH, 6 April 2016, (WAFA) – The Government of Japan has donated $7 million in support of UNICEF’s humanitarian and development response to children in Palestine. This new grant will enable UNICEF and partners to implement interventions which are critical for children’s well-being and protection from violence, and to ensure their access to basic services […]

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8 Apr, 2016

China to inject $927b into high-tech, infrastructure

Beijing, 7 April 2016, (Chinadaily.com.cn) – China will invest more in the country’s high-tech research and development, as well as infrastructure development, including railway, fixed assets, water conservancy projects, the Securities Daily reported on Thursday. Total investment is estimated to exceed 6 trillion yuan ($926.6 billion) this year, half of which will be special funds […]

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7 Apr, 2016

A more sustainable world will be a safer world, UN chief tells LA World Affairs Council

United Nations, (UN News Centre) 6 April 2016 – Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon continued his programme in California today, where he received an honorary doctorate from Loyola Marymount University, after addressing yesterday the Los Angeles World Affairs Council, where he gave the audience an overview of United Nations efforts to meet today’s global challenges, from humanitarian […]

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7 Apr, 2016

Chinese commentary: Eliminating root causes of terrorism indispensable to nuclear security

BEIJING, 30 March 2016, (Xinhua) – As world leaders grapple with intensified nuclear security threats, they should not be distracted by the immediate urgency of safeguarding nuclear facilities and slack off in addressing the fundamental problem of terrorism. Eliminating the root causes of terrorism is essential to nuclear security, as that’s the only way to […]

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7 Apr, 2016

UN condemns Israel’s large-scale Bedouin home demolitions in occupied West Bank

United Nations, 6 April 2016, (UN News Centre) – The United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) has condemned today’s large scale home demolitions by Israeli authorities in the Bedouin refugee community of Um al Khayr in the South Hebron Hills. As a result, according to UNRWA, 31 […]

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7 Apr, 2016

Muslim-Americans file lawsuits challenging FBI’s watch list

5 April 2016, (The Detroit News) – A Michigan-based advocacy group for Muslim-Americans filed two federal lawsuits Tuesday challenging the FBI’s terrorist watch list, saying it’s time to act because the list has expanded. Officials with the Michigan chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations filed the suits, one on behalf of 18 Muslim-Americans, including a 4-year-old, […]

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7 Apr, 2016

OECD Secretary-General on the “Panama Papers”: Secrecy of global tax evasion must end

The following is the full text of the statement issued by OECD Secretary-General Angel Gurría on the “Panama Papers” PARIS, 4 April 2016, (OECD News) – The “Panama Papers” revelations have shone the light on Panama’s culture and practice of secrecy. Panama is the last major holdout that continues to allow funds to be hidden offshore […]

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7 Apr, 2016

Australia to Expand Sports Development Programs to Asia

Australia, 6 April 2016, (MFA Media Release) –  The Australian Government is expanding its sport for development program into Asia. Under the new Asian Sports Partnerships (ASP) Australian national sporting organisations will deliver innovative sports programs which produce development outcomes in Asia. The ASP provides $4 million over 2015-17 and the first tranche of $2 […]

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7 Apr, 2016

Arab-Americans urged not to cooperate with FBI’s latest anti-Muslim surveillance program

Washington, D.C. | www.adc.org | March 25, 2016 – The American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee demands that the FBI cancel the launch of its controversial “Shared Responsibility Committee” program. Since learning about the program last fall, ADC has frequently expressed serious concerns about the initiative, which is part of the government’s Countering Violent Extremism (CVE) program.  Today, […]

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5 Apr, 2016

Thai PM concerned over taxi scams

BANGKOK, 3 April 2016 (NNT) – The Prime Minister has expressed his concern regarding taxi scams in Thailand, urging fellow drivers to help report misconducts to authorities. Prime Minister Gen Prayut Chan-o-cha has addressed the persisting issue of Thai taxi scams, such as demanding inappropriately high fares particularly to tourists, saying that he believes most […]

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5 Apr, 2016

Campaign to Promote Thainess and Water Saving during Songkran Celebration 2016

Bangkok, 2 April 2016, (Thailand PRD News) – The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) has launched a campaign to promote Thainess and water saving during the Songkran celebration 2016. It has also announced the arrangements of special activities to celebrate Songkran, the traditional Thai New Year, in Bangkok and other parts of the country. The […]

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