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22 Feb, 2012

Chinese Online Travel Giant Ctrip Revenue Soars 21% in 2011

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SHANGHAI, Feb. 21, 2012 /PRNewswire-Asia/ — Ctrip.com International, Ltd. (Nasdaq: CTRP), a leading travel service provider of hotel accommodations, airline tickets, packaged tours and corporate travel management in China, today announced its unaudited financial results for the fourth quarter and the full year ended December 31, 2011. Highlights for the Fourth Quarter of 2011 Net […]

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22 Feb, 2012

Android Now the Most Targeted Mobile Platform by Cyber-criminals

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SAN JOSE, Calif. and BEIJING, Feb. 22, 2012 /PRNewswire-Asia/ — A new report from NQ Mobile Inc., (NYSE: NQ), a leading global provider of consumer-centric mobile Internet services focusing on security and productivity, indicates that from 2010 to 2011, Android officially overtook Symbian as the most targeted mobile platform in the world by cyber criminals. […]

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22 Feb, 2012

Half of Global Languages Face Extinction – Int’l Mother Language Day Message

UNESCO

21 Feb 2012 – Have you ever heard of kalkoti? An endangered language identified in 2011 by the UNESCO Atlas of the World’s Languages in Danger, it is spoken by only around 4000 people in a village on the north-western border of Pakistan. It is estimated that nearly half of the approximately 6,000 languages spoken […]

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22 Feb, 2012

Global Small Farmers Forum: Climate Change Damage Will Hit Food Supplies

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ROME, 21 Feb 2012 (IFAD) – Representatives of the millions of smallholders, family farmers, pastoralists and fishers around the world have agreed at a United Nations forum in Rome on the need to jointly address the global challenges of food insecurity and climate change. “As we have seen from the droughts in the Horn of […]

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22 Feb, 2012

Flood Warning in Europe As Danube Thaws Rapidly

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GENEVA, 21 February 2012 – The UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction, UNISDR, today said the European Flood Alert System could soon be put to its greatest test since widespread flooding ten years ago led to its creation by the European Commission. The UN Secretary General’s Special Representative for Disaster Risk Reduction, Margareta Wahlström, said […]

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22 Feb, 2012

UNCTAD’s Lone-Voice Early Warnings Ignored At First, But Proven Right Today

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Geneva, 21 February 2012 – Experts marking the 30th anniversary of one of the world’s more influential economic annuals said Monday that themes long sounded in UNCTAD’s Trade and Development Report retain current prominence – particularly those citing the questionable wisdom of unbridled free markets. Other prominent themes concerned the persistence of trade imbalances, the […]

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21 Feb, 2012

U.S. Introduces Legislation to Help Small Businesses Win Govt Contracts

St. Petersburg, FL (PRWEB) February 19, 2012 — The Contractor Opportunity Protection (COP) Act, introduced to the House yesterday, will battle government contract bundling in order to protect small businesses. Sponsored by Republican lawmakers Small Business Committee Chairman Sam Graves (R-Mo) and Rep. Allen West (R-Fla.), the COP will require government agencies to justify and […]

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21 Feb, 2012

European Court: Insolvent Tour Firms Must Refund Clients, Even If Fraud is Involved

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Luxembourg, 16 February 2012 — The European Court of Justice has ruled that the protection of travellers against the risk of insolvency on the part of the package travel organiser also applies where the insolvency is attributable to the organiser’s fraudulent conduct. It is the obligation of the travel organiser to hold sufficient security to […]

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21 Feb, 2012

Eurobarometer Survey Shows Corruption on the Rise in Europe

Brussels, 15 February 2012 (Europa media release) – Corruption remains a major problem in the countries of the European Union and levels are thought to have risen over the last three years, according to the Eurobarometer survey published by the Commission today. The data shows that almost three quarters of Europeans continue to see corruption […]

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21 Feb, 2012

UN Says Social Justice, Economic Progress Must Advance in Tandem

Feb 20 2012 (UN News Centre) – Calling on people to tap into the spirit of recent public protests worldwide against inequality, corruption, repression and a lack of decent jobs, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today stressed the need for economic development to ensure greater social justice for everyone. Mr. Ban, in a message marking World Day […]

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21 Feb, 2012

World Conf on Women & Sport calls for More Women in Leadership Roles

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(PRWEB) February 20, 2012 — Participants in the 5th IOC World Conference on Women and Sport called on sports leaders to take a more proactive role in advancing the cause of women in and through sport as the event came to a close in Los Angeles, California, on Feb 19. The three-day conference, whose theme […]

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21 Feb, 2012

Australia Proposes First Regulatory Package to Curb Problem Gambling

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The Australian Government on 17 February released the draft National Gambling Reform Bills 2012 which will deliver long-lasting reforms to help the five million Australians affected by problem gambling. This is the first time the Commonwealth has taken national action to help problem gamblers and their families. The package is designed to “deliver the most […]

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20 Feb, 2012

Helping Tribals Alleviate Poverty by Enhancing The Value of Forest Products

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Ministry of Tribal Affairs, 17 February 2012 – This report describes the work of the Tribal Cooperative Marketing Development Federation of India Limited (TRIFED) which began operating in 1988 to market tribal products. Forests provide 60% of the food & medicinal needs of tribals and 60% of their income — their food, fodder, fruits, medicines, […]

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20 Feb, 2012

Extensive Policy Research to Boost Job-Creation for Indians Overseas

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Ministry of Overseas Indian Affairs, 14 February 2012 – The following report outlines the work and activities of the Indian Council of Overseas Employment (ICOE), set up by the Ministry of Overseas Indian Affairs in 2008 with a mandate “to devise and execute medium to long term strategies to enable Indian emigrant workers and professionals […]

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20 Feb, 2012

Indian Population Expected to Stabilise by 2045

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Nairobi, Kenya, 14 Feb 2012, (Ministry of Health and Family Welfare) – The Union Health and Family Welfare Minister and Chairman, Partners in Population Development (PPD), Mr. Ghulam Nabi Azad today addressed a gathering here on the occasion of Re-Launch of Family Planning Campaign of Government of Kenya during the ongoing three day meeting of […]

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20 Feb, 2012

India Should be Free of Open Defecation by 2022: Minister

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New Delhi, 15 Feb 2012 (Ministry of Rural Development)- Union Minister for Rural Development and Drinking Water and Sanitation Mr. Jairam Ramesh has called for making India an open defecation free country in 10 years and announced major restructuring of the Total Sanitation Campaign, TSC. Addressing a National Consultation on scaling up sanitation here, the […]

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20 Feb, 2012

China Seen as Big Market for Indian Handmade Carpets

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New Delhi, 17 Feb 2012 (Ministry of Commerce & Industry) – India and China have decided to promote export of Indian handmade carpets to China to diversify the trade basket and address the imbalance in the trade between the two countries. The matter was discussed during a meeting between Union Minister of Commerce, Industry and […]

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20 Feb, 2012

Govt: “Almost All Major Terrorist Incident Cases Solved”

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New Delhi, 16 Feb 2012 – The Union Ministry of Home Affairs has issued the following statement regarding number of major terror incident cases solved by investigating agencies. “Government’s attention has been drawn to a statement made by the spokesperson of a political party that no case of terror has been solved by the investigating […]

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20 Feb, 2012

Push to Promote Movies as Medium to Market “Incredible India” Campaign

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NEW DELHI, 16 Feb 2012 (Ministry of Tourism) – In a major initiative to promote the ‘Incredible India Campaign’ and Cinemas of India as a sub brand of Incredible India at various international film festivals and markets abroad, the Ministry of Information & Broadcasting and Ministry of Tourism today signed a Memorandum of Understanding. The […]

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20 Feb, 2012

Site Index Annual Study 2012 Reveals Optimism and Technology Trends

Site International Foundation

The Site International Foundation has published the  Site Index: Annual Survey 2012.  The Site Index studies seek to identify insights and measure significant changes in the business performance of the motivational events industry.  The results of the 2012 report reflect a stable situation with minor fluctuations since the last annual survey, and also conveys an […]

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20 Feb, 2012

KPMG Report: Expect the Unexpected – Building Business Value in a Changing World

KPMG Consultancy

NEW YORK, Feb. 17, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — Policymakers and the business community should ramp up collaboration and demonstrate renewed leadership in order to achieve sustainable and equitable growth objectives, according to recommendations released today from KPMG’s “Business Perspective on Sustainable Growth: Preparing for Rio+20” global summit. Summit attendees agreed to the recommendations as part of […]

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20 Feb, 2012

Global Survey Reveals Companies Not Investing in “Game-Changer Strategies”

NEW YORK, Feb. 15, 2012 /PRNewswire/ — A survey of 500 C-suite executives worldwide conducted by global brand consultancy Wolff Olins has revealed that, although companies recognize the important factors required to generate long-term growth, many are not investing resources and energy into them. “Traditional ways of doing business are not generating growth and global […]

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20 Feb, 2012

Australia Seeks Public Comment on Future of Great Barrier Reef

Source: Ministry for Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population and Communities

18 February 2012 – One of the world’s most treasured icons – the Great Barrier Reef World Heritage Area – will undergo a joint assessment to ensure future development along Queensland’s coastline is well-planned and its unique values are protected. The Bligh and Gillard Governments with the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority (GBRMPA) have […]

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20 Feb, 2012

Millions of Dollars in Australian Tourism Grants To Generate “Innovative Ideas”

Source: Australian Ministry of Tourism

17 Feb 2012 – Tourism businesses across Australia can apply for grants of up to $100,000 to develop and refresh their products as the 2012 round of the T-QUAL Grants – Tourism Quality Projects program opens today. T-QUAL Grants – is designed to spur private investment in tourism experiences, from eco-cabins and farm stays to […]

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19 Feb, 2012

Bangkok attack: Iranians warn of another web of lies, and ask who’s really responsible?

Originally Published: 19 February 2012 Although the anti-Iran campaign is in full swing, major holes are emerging in the story spun so far. Although facing media criticism, the Indian and Thai governments’ cautious handling of the matter is putting counter-pressure on the U.S. and Israeli governments to prove that they are not behind what appear […]

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19 Feb, 2012

Facebook Fatigue | The Manila Bulletin Online

A lot of the habitués of the popular social networking site have been deactivating their profiles. “How did you know the fatigue had hit you?” I asked Archie, a confessed Rizaleño-by-choice. “I just woke up one day to find out that I did not want to check my profile and felt good that I did […]

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18 Feb, 2012

The Nightmare of Terror-Related Blacklisting (And Its Impact on Travel)

Maureen Duffy

JURIST Guest Columnist Maureen Duffy of the University of Calgary Faculty of Law says that the use of “blacklists” as a tool for counter-terrorism efforts does not increase public safety, and instead may result in a form of legal punishment based on a subject’s associations alone…

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18 Feb, 2012

Airports Training Challenges: No Longer Just About Operating an Airport

Kevin Caron, Airports Council International

The aviation industry appears to be on the path to recovery and the upturn in fortunes means that despite the tough economic times airports should once again start preparing for traffic growth and the extra demands that this will bring. And with money tight, an airport’s ability to meet that service delivery challenge will be […]

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18 Feb, 2012

UNCTAD Conf Gives Boost to Global Trade in Organic Products

UNCTAD Media Brief

Nuremberg, 17 February 2012 – The European Union (EU) and the United States signed a landmark “organic-equivalency” agreement here following a conference on opening markets to organic products. And an Asian group of government officials and representatives of organic farmers and marketers adopted an Asian Regional Organic Standard that should greatly expand trade in such […]

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17 Feb, 2012

UN Chief Calls on Countries to Heed Voices of Women and Young People

Feb 16 2012 (UN News Centre) – Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon stressed today the need to empower women and youth, who have been at the centre of recent social protest movements worldwide, and warned countries against ignoring their voices as they are critical to countries’ development. “Tahrir Square [in Cairo] and the fight for democracy throughout […]

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17 Feb, 2012

Will US Ever Accept The Truth?

Wang Yusheng (China Daily)

Beijing,  2012-02-16. — It is a matter of routine for the media in the United States to carry articles written by top US scholars at the end of a year and the beginning of the next, expressing concern over the country’s prospects. In one such article, “The end of the American era”, Stephen M. Walt, […]

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16 Feb, 2012

The “Rise of the Planet of the Apps”: 7 Key Trends

Hong Kong, China (PRWEB) February 16, 2012 — Today App Annie (appannie.com), an app store provider of analytics and market intelligence, unveils the 7 key trends in the “Rise of the Planet of the Apps”. App Annie’s premium service – ‘App Annie Intelligence’ – employs statistical and data models to generate what it claims to […]

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16 Feb, 2012

Research: Four Guiding Principles To Help Employees Navigate Through Change

Chicago, IL (PRWEB) February 15, 2012 — Recent global research conducted by TNS Employee Insights names four guiding principles to improving an organization’s chance of success in times of change. Based on the notion of “moving the needle” in engagement, their findings maintain that employees must understand how engagement relates to bringing about change. Change, […]

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16 Feb, 2012

New Study: Consumers Poised for Radical Shift in TV Consumption

Boston, MA (PRWEB) February 15, 2012 — A new study of over 1,400 consumers, from market research firm Chadwick Martin Bailey, uncovers major changes in how people are watching TV and movies, and the choices they make when it comes to the content they watch online. Once the domain of early adopters, more than half […]

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16 Feb, 2012

Agoda Unveils 10 Fresh Asian Destinations 2012

Singapore (PRWEB) February 15, 2012 — The global hotel booking site Agoda.com, a  part of NASDAQ-listed Priceline Group (NASDAQ: PCLN), today announced its Fresh Destinations 2012. Launched in 2011, agoda.com’s Fresh Destinations list aggregates traveler booking data and customer reviews and ratings to identify Asian cities that have showed a marked increase in popularity over […]

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16 Feb, 2012

UN Chief Urges More Companies To Embrace Business Sustainability Ideals

Feb 14 2012 (UN News Centre) – UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today encouraged more businesses to embrace the principle of sustainability in their strategies, noting that with the most of the world’s ecosystems in decline, widening social inequality and climate change, global prosperity, productivity and stability was at stake. “We need corporate sustainability to be […]

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16 Feb, 2012

Bid to Open Markets for Organic Products From Developing World

Feb 13 2012 (UN News Centre) – A United Nations-backed conference addressing the future of access to markets for organic products began today with delegates and experts gathered to examine the impact that trade standards are having on organic farmers in the developing world. The two-day forum, held in the German city of Nuremberg, will […]

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16 Feb, 2012

“Blue Economy” Needed To Protect Mediterranean Sea And World’s Oceans

Feb 10 2012 (UN News Centre) – The Mediterranean Sea is a “key pillar” for the development of the countries in the region, a senior United Nations official said today, warning that continued degradation of the aquatic environment could put its entire ecology at risk. The call came as delegates from 22 Mediterranean and European […]

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16 Feb, 2012

Call for Universal Ratification Of Treaty To End Use Of Children In Conflict

Feb 13 2012 (UN News Centre) – The United Nations envoy for children and armed conflict today called for universal ratification of a treaty protocol that outlaws the use of minors to fight wars and encourages States to set 18 years as the minimum age for recruitment. “So far, almost three fourths of the world […]

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16 Feb, 2012

Emerging Economies Need To Play Greater Role In Global Governance

Feb 13 2012 (UN News Centre) – Deputy Secretary-General Asha-Rose Migiro today called for the wider inclusion of emerging economies in global governance mechanisms, noting that powerful decision-making bodies do not sufficiently reflect the growing impact of developing and new markets on the world economy. “We need to ensure both greater synergies among, as well […]

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16 Feb, 2012

Women Must Be Empowered To “Create The Future We Want”

Feb 14 2012 (UN News Centre) – United Nations Member States must boost economic empowerment for women to help them realize the global community’s common goals, Deputy Secretary-General Asha-Rose Migiro urged today, warning that gender discrimination around the world was still too widespread. “Too many countries still have discriminatory laws on the books. Laws that […]

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16 Feb, 2012

WHO Expands European Centre to Monitor Health Impact of Environment; Poor Worst Hit

Copenhagen and Bonn, 14 February 2012 (World Health Organisation) — One citizen out of five dies from environment-associated diseases in the WHO European Region. The environmental burden of ill health varies significantly across the Region, however, ranging from 14% to 54%. Within countries, the poor can be exposed to environmental risks five times more often […]

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16 Feb, 2012

UN Postal Union Acquires World’s First Postage Stamp Issued In 1840

Feb 15 2012 (UN News Centre) – The United Nations postal union reported today that it has acquired what is probably the world’s best-known stamp – the Penny Black – which was issued 172 years ago and shows a profile image of United Kingdom’s Queen Victoria on a black background. The Universal Postal Union (UPU) […]

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16 Feb, 2012

Finland Has Largest Share Of Economy Based On Information Technology

Feb 15 2012 (UN News Centre) – Finland has the world’s largest portion of domestic economic activities related to information and communication technology, with almost a tenth of the European country’s non-agricultural business workforce employed in the ICT sector, according to United Nations data released today. The data, released by the UN Conference on Trade […]

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16 Feb, 2012

Prof Kishore Mahbubani’s Letter to Netanyahu: Time is No Longer on Israel’s Side

Prof Kishore Mahbubani, Dean and Professor in the Practice of Public Policy of the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy at the National University of Singapore

The following Open Letter to the Prime Minister of Israel was printed in the Financial Times and posted on Prof Kishore Mahbubani’s website on November 10, 2011. Its contents are of growing relevance today as the US and Israel prepare to start another war against yet another Islamic country. The travel & tourism industry should […]

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16 Feb, 2012

Israel’s Leaders Are The Real Liars — Times of India Commentator

Shobhan Saxena, Times of India

15 February 2012 – In Oliver Stone’s JFK, Kevin Costner, playing an attorney who wants to dig out the truth behind President Kennedy’s assassination, meets X, a former CIA operative, to know who really pulled the trigger on JFK.  ‘X’ chuckles and says, “The real question isn’t “Why?”… The “how” is just “scenery” for the suckers…, […]

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15 Feb, 2012

As Trust Frays, Corporate Focus on Sustainability Reporting Grows – KPMG

NEW YORK, Feb. 14, 2012 /PRNewswire/ — Corporate leaders are focusing increasingly on long-term sustainable opportunities to gain a competitive edge, in part by taking a critical look at their operations to manage supply chain and other risks, said John B. Veihmeyer, chairman of KPMG’s Americas region and Chairman and CEO of KPMG LLP (U.S.), in […]

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15 Feb, 2012

Financial Markets A “Systemic Threat” To Global Economic Stability – UNCTAD Chief

Bangkok – Dr Supachai Panitchapakdi is not very well-known to most people in travel & tourism, except perhaps to my readers in Thailand. The 65-year-old former Thai Deputy Prime Minister and Commerce Minister was closely involved in rebuilding the devastated Thai economy in the wake of 1997 currency attack by the Jewish market speculator George […]

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14 Feb, 2012

Germany Economic Report Issued — Useful Info for ITB 2012 Participants

Paris, 14 February 2012 (OECD News Release) — The German economy recovered rapidly from the 2008-09 recession, with GDP topping pre-crisis rates during 2011 and unemployment falling significantly. According to the OECD’s latest Economic Survey of Germany presented today in Berlin by OECD Secretary-General Angel Gurría, Germany has an impressive economic track record, but now […]

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13 Feb, 2012

FAO Food Price Index Rebounds in January

9 February 2012, Rome (Food & Agriculture Organisation) – The FAO Food Price Index rose by nearly two percent or four points from December to January – its first increase since July 2011. Prices of all the commodity groups in the index registered gains last month with oils increasing the most, followed closely by cereals, […]

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13 Feb, 2012

As Thai Tourism Rebounds, An Old Crisis Lurks in the Shadows

BANGKOK – As Thailand’s tourism industry gets set to soar again, a regional meeting on the global AIDS pandemic organised here last week has refocussed attention on a rarely-discussed subject: the extent to which Thailand’s nightlife and entertainment industry contributes to the global spread of HIV/AIDS. Although the Thai tourism industry robustly touts its contribution […]

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13 Feb, 2012

What’s Cooking? New Study on Food Trends Can Boost Culinary Tourism

JWT Intelligence Centre

What and how we eat today might look quite baffling to anyone who’s missed the past decade: buying gluten-free treats from a food truck, for instance, or “Foodspotting” an order of locally sourced, heirloom vegetables. Yet at the same time we’re reconnecting with our past, looking to eat more communally and celebrating regional food traditions, […]

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12 Feb, 2012

Cruise Survey: Couples Have Better, More Frequent Intimate Moments Onboard

Miami (PRWEB) February 10, 2012  — For couples looking to rekindle the spark in their romance, the sea is calling with a million ways to fall in love again. According to a recent survey commissioned by Royal Caribbean International*, most Americans (90%) astoundingly ranked sex as the top activity on their cruise itinerary. Respondents also […]

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12 Feb, 2012

New Book Exposes How “Pirates of Manhattan” Hijacked America’s Savings Plans

(PRWEB) February 09, 2012 — Barry James Dyke, author, speaker and financial consultant  has released the sequel to his first best-selling book, The Pirates of Manhattan is being released as of February 7, 2012 off the author’s website, http://www.thepiratesofmanhattan.com. The sequel, The Pirates of Manhattan II: Highway to Serfdom, The Hijacking of America’s Savings is […]

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12 Feb, 2012

Wikipedia Co-founder’s Top 3 Business Startup Tips

(PRWEB UK) 10 February 2012 — Jimmy Wales co-founded free online encyclopaedia, Wikipedia in 2001. By 2006, Time magazine had named him in its list of the world’s most influential people and today, Wikipedia is the largest information resource on the web (ranking 6th globally). CambridgeElevator.com – the free social network for startups – met […]

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12 Feb, 2012

World Bank Launches “Women of the World” App

Washington DC, February 8, 2012 – The World Bank and Fotopedia, the publisher of popular iOS apps and winner of the Best Tablet App of the Year Crunchies Award, today announced their collaboration on a new free app titled “Women of the World” for the iPad, iPhone and iPod touch. “Women of the World” takes users on an […]

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12 Feb, 2012

World Bank Hails Role of Diaspora as a Resource for Development

Buenos Aires, February 2, 2012 (World Bank News Update) – Some years ago, the immigration from China, India, Taiwan, and Israel to Silicon Valley contributed to transforming sectors in these countries, through activities such as consultancy, policy recommendations, the establishment of new government departments, and participation in advisory committees and discussion groups. Could other diasporas […]

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12 Feb, 2012

UN Wraps Up Year Of Forests By Highlighting Their Social, Economic Value

Feb 9 2012 (UN News Centre) – The United Nations will wrap up today its year-long campaign to raise awareness on the importance of forests and the people who depend on them with a series of events that spotlight their role and impact in socio-economic activities. “Each of us, all seven billion people on Earth, […]

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12 Feb, 2012

Report Warns Of Dangers Of Increasing Electronic Waste In West Africa

Feb 10 2012 (UN News Centre) – West Africa is facing a significant increase in waste generated by electronic equipment which poses mounting health and environmental risks, according to a United Nations report released today. About 85 per cent of the waste produced in the region comes from domestic consumption, the report reveals. However, the […]

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12 Feb, 2012

UN Invites Countries To Tune In For First World Radio Day On Feb 13

Feb 10 2012 (UN News Centre) – The role of radio as a facilitator of education, freedom of expression and public debate will be celebrated as World Radio Day is observed for the first time on Monday by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). “In a world changing quickly, we must make […]

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11 Feb, 2012

Islamophobia is America’s Real Enemy

Daisy Khan [www.guardian.co.uk]

The hysterical campaign to stigmatise US Muslims poses a far greater threat than radicalisation to America’s civic union. Daisy Khan is executive director and co-founder of the American Society for Muslim Advancement and co-founder of the Cordoba Initiative 9 February 2012 — A report released this week has at last confirmed what we Muslim Americans […]

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10 Feb, 2012

India-ASEAN Links Grow: Myanmar A New “Bridge”, Bangkok A New Hub

BANGKOK – The Look East Policy of India and the Look India Policy of ASEAN will combine the 600 million population of ASEAN and the 1.2 billion population of India into a multi-dimensional cooperative network. Two important developments to watch are the emergence of Myanmar as a bridgehead between South Asia and Southeast Asia, and […]

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10 Feb, 2012

Australia Invites Comments on “Asian Century” Issues Paper

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Canberra, February 9 2012 (Australian Ministry of Trade Press Release) – Australian Trade Minister Craig Emerson on February 10 will meet peak business and industry associations to canvass their views on the ‘Australia in the Asian Century’ White Paper. The meeting will include high-level representatives from the agriculture, mining, services and manufacturing sectors. “An important […]

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10 Feb, 2012

Thailand To Start Dredging Canals to Avert Future Flooding

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Bangkok, Feb 8 — The Thai government has agreed to an integration of responsibility for dredging canals in and around Bangkok between the city government and nine ministries in order to improve the capacity of water management in Bangkok areas, according to a Cabinet announcement. A newly-established umbrella grouping, the Strategic Committee for Water Resources […]

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8 Feb, 2012

Report on Romance Sets the Record Straight About Love As You Age

TORONTO, Feb. 7, 2012 /PRNewswire/ – Seniors are setting the record straight – love and romance aren’t just for the young, according to the Revera Report on Romance, a new survey by Revera Inc., a Canadian provider of seniors care and services. Seven-in-ten seniors over age 75 say you are never too old for love […]

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8 Feb, 2012

Australian Inbound-Outbound Movements: 10-Year Analysis

Australian Bureau of Statistics

CANBERRA – Figures on international movements through Australian border crossings over the last 10 years show some remarkable changes. Short-term visitor arrivals from Japan, once the blue-eyed boy of Asia-Pacific tourism, have fallen from 673,600 in 2001 to 332,600 in 2011 with a commensurate fall in market share from 13.9% to 5.7%. By contrast, short-term […]

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8 Feb, 2012

UN Marks Interfaith Harmony Week: “Common Ground for a Common Good”

Feb  7 2012 (UN News Centre) — The President of the General Assembly Nassir Abdulaziz Al-Nasser today stressed the potential of all of the world’s religions to promote global peace and stability, saying that faiths have common principles that can be used to bring about grater unity and harmony among people. “We recognize and celebrate […]

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8 Feb, 2012

Free Downloads: Horwath’s 26 Market Reports for 2012 Hotel Yearbook

London — Horwath Hotels, Tourism and Leisure (HTL), the prominent global hospitality consulting network, contributed 26 key market reports to the latest edition of the Hotel Yearbook. Published annually, the yearbook provides in-depth and cutting edge opinion and commentary about the industry for the coming 12 months. One of the key areas of the Yearbook […]

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8 Feb, 2012

Why Universities Should “Beware the Seductive Attractions of Money Power”

Ramesh Thakur

Reporting on the management changes at Research in Motion, Tim Weber, business editor, BBC, wrote that the co-chief executive officers’ departure was ‘long overdue.’ The once-dominant company had ‘thrown it all away… in an orgy of poor executive decisions, lacklustre innovation, unkept promises in delivering new product and — the greatest sin of all — […]

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8 Feb, 2012

China Again Blasts EU: Cannot Act As Sole Toll Bearer of the Skies

By Yu Jincui (Global Times) February 07, 2012

Full Text of Commentary reprinted in the official Chinese publication People’s Daily Online Beijing – China has taken a tough stance against the EU charges on carbon emissions from flights in and out of the EU by forbidding domestic airlines from taking part in the carbon-emissions system on Monday. According to the Civil Aviation Administration […]

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7 Feb, 2012

2,000 More African Communities End Female Genital Mutilation in 2011

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UNITED NATIONS, 6 Feb 2011, (UNFPA Press release) — Almost 2,000 communities across Africa have abandoned female genital mutilation/cutting (FGM/C) in 2011. This brought the total numberof communities renouncing the practice to 8,000 over the last few years, according to new findings by UNFPA, the United Nations Population Fund, and UNICEF, the United Nations Children’s […]

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7 Feb, 2012

Connection Technologies “Critical To Building the Future We Want”

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Feb 6 2012 (UN News Centre)–The upcoming United Nations summit on sustainable development is a once-in-a-generation opportunity to set the world on a durable track that guarantees a decent standard of living for everyone today without compromising the needs of future generations, a top UN official says. Sha Zukang, Under-Secretary-General for Economic and Social Affairs, […]

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7 Feb, 2012

Thieves Worsen Global Warming With Attack on Iconic Glacier

By Denis McClean

GENEVA, 2 February 2012 (UN International Strategy for Disaster Reduction)  – Climate change was a key driver in 2005 when 168 UN member states agreed on an international blueprint for disaster risk reduction but there is no reference in the Hyogo Framework for Action* to the environmental threat posed to the world’s retreating glaciers by […]

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7 Feb, 2012

British Singer-Actress Becomes UNESCO Artist For Peace

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Feb 6 2012 (UN News Centre) – The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) announced today that the renowned British singer and actress Sarah Brightman will join its roster of Artists for Peace who use their prestige and charisma to promote the agency’s programmes and messages. Sarah Brightman Ms. Brightman will be formally […]

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7 Feb, 2012

Nominations Open for Global Business Awards That Follow Rio+20 Principles

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02 February 2012 – The World Business and Development Awards today launched a call for nominations for successful business initiatives that are in line with the Rio+20 UN Conference on Sustainable Development. All organisations, regardless of size or location, engaged in innovative business models that are delivering both commercial success and helping improve social, economic […]

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7 Feb, 2012

World Freerice Week Launched To Fight Hunger Through Social Media Power

ROME, 01 February 2012, (World Food Program) – The theory of “Six Degrees of Separation” says that every person in the world is connected to every other person in the world through, at most, six other people. Through its online hunger-fighting game Freerice.com, the UN World Food Programme (WFP) is encouraging Freerice players to use […]

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7 Feb, 2012

Declaring Settlements “Illegal,” UN Chief Calls For End To Israeli Occupation of Palestine

New York, Feb 6 2012 (UN News Centre)– Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today renewed his call for progress in the Middle East peace process, citing the toll taken on the economy and lives of the Palestinians by the ongoing Israeli occupation. “Economic progress cannot be reached and sustained absent a credible political solution on the horizon,” […]

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7 Feb, 2012

Asia, Emerging Markets Led Air Travel Surge in 2011: World Airports Report

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Montreal, 3 February 2012 (Airports Council International) – The international traveller is leading the global growth curve in passenger traffic since the stock of international passengers has risen by almost 7 percent year over year in December 2011. Overall passenger traffic posted gains of 5 percent for both the month of December and the entire […]

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7 Feb, 2012

Distribution Specialist Demands Protection for Passengers Against Airline Insolvency

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DREIEICH, Germany Feb 2, 2012 (Business Wire)–Hahn Air is demanding the introduction of a protection mechanism for passengers against airline insolvency. In future, only airlines with comprehensive insurance coverage should be allowed to sell through travel agencies in Europe. “Furthermore, travel agencies have to face unnecessary risks due to the outdated programming of global distribution […]

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6 Feb, 2012

China Hits Back, Bans Airlines From Paying EU Carbon Tax

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BEIJING, 6 February 2012, (Xinhua News Agency)  – China’s airlines are not allowed to pay a charge on carbon emissions imposed by the Europe Union (EU), and neither to hike freights nor to add other fees accordingly without government permission, the Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC) said Monday. The CAAC said in a statement […]

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5 Feb, 2012

Europe Needs 1.5 Trillion Euros To Upgrade Transport Networks by 2030; Bonds, User Charges Coming

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Text of speech (as prepared for delivery) by Siim Kallas, Vice-President and European Commissioner for Transport on “Transport Financing: The Way Ahead” at the European Policy Centre Brussels, 2 February 2012 Europe needs to invest heavily in transport infrastructure before 2050 to remain competitive. At the moment, Europe is going through difficult economic times. There […]

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5 Feb, 2012

EU Moves to Upgrade Cruise Ship Safety

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Brussels, 03 February 2012 (European Commission Media release) – Vice-President Siim Kallas, European Commissioner for Transport today was briefed by the board of the European Cruise Council about cruise ship safety. Mr Kallas announced that the Commission strongly supports a passenger ship safety review at IMO (International Maritime Organisation) to ensure that European citizens can […]

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5 Feb, 2012

ElBaradei’s book exposes the lies and liars behind the war in Iraq

Originally Published: 05 February 2012 The sabre rattling over an attack on Iran, now in full swing, is following the identical game-plan that was mounted before the 2003 attack on Iraq, according to a tell-all book by Dr Mohamed ElBaradei, the former director-general of the International Atomic Energy Agency. The key question facing the world […]

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4 Feb, 2012

New Report Out: European Tourism 2011 – Trends & Prospects

Brussels, 30 January 2012. (www.visiteurope.com) – Although 2011 will prove to have been a record year for travel to Europe, the latest report by the European Travel Commission says that the Eurozone economic crisis is set to have a significant impact in 2012. According to Leslie Vella, Chairman, ETC Market Intelligence Group, “Last year will […]

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3 Feb, 2012

Joint Statement Demands End to NY Cops Surveillance of Mosques

Washington, DC (American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee) www.adc.org – February 2, 2012 — Recent reports indicate that the New York Police Department (NYPD) has been conducting covert surveillance of mosques in New York, New Jersey and Connecticut. The targeted mosques, highlighted in the secret NYPD document dated May 15, 2006 released by the Associated Press earlier today, […]

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3 Feb, 2012

ASEAN Tourism Country Reports & Presentations 2011

The following reports on the tourism situation of 9 of the 10 ASEAN countries were presented at the ASEAN Tourism Forum meetings in Manado in January 2012. They have been made public in order to promote a better understanding of  official ASEAN tourism policies, strategies, directions and trends, build the ASEAN tourism brand image and […]

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2 Feb, 2012

New UN Initiative Taps Power Of Social Media To Fight Global Hunger

Feb 1 2012 (UN News Centre) – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) is launching a week-long campaign in which users of the popular online trivia game Freerice can recruit their friends to help bring food to the world’s most vulnerable populations. World Freerice Week, from 6 to 11 February, will have as its […]

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1 Feb, 2012

Feb 4: US Activist Groups Invite World to Join Protests Against Attack on Iran

Source: International Action Center A broad spectrum of U.S.-based anti-war organizations, including the IAC, agreed on a Jan. 17 conference call to hold coordinated protests across the country on Saturday, Feb. 4. The demands will be: “No war, no sanctions, no intervention, no assassinations against Iran.” The ad-hoc group that took part in the call […]

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1 Feb, 2012

India Issues 12,761 Visas on Arrival in 2011, New Zealanders Head List

New Delhi, Jan 31, 2012 (Press Information Bureau) – During December 2011, a total of 1640 Visa on Arrival (VoAs) were issued to foreign tourists, up from 1,382 in November. The breakdown was as follows: New Zealand (473), Japan (265), Indonesia (247), Phillippines (173), Singapore (194), Finland (246), Cambodia ( 7), Vietnam (18), Luxemburg (8) […]

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1 Feb, 2012

India Embarks on Massive Railway Stations Upgrade Project

New Delhi, Feb 1, 2012 (Press Information Bureau) – The Ministry of Railways has moved to set up a separate corporate unit to upgrade and improve the country’s thousands of railway stations. In what was described as a “path-breaking initiative,” the Ministry signed a formal Memorandum of Understanding to set up a Special Purpose Vehicle […]

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1 Feb, 2012

China’s Firm Stance on Iran Issue: No Nukes, And No War

As Israel, the United States and Europe continue to ratchet up their anti-Iran threats, China has made clear that it does not support a war. The following is the full text of a commentary published in the official media, People’s Daily Online. By Zhong Sheng (People’s Daily) February 01, 2012, Edited and translated by People’s Daily […]

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1 Feb, 2012

Whither Diversity? ASEAN Secretary-General Surin Pitsuwan on Tourism, Culture & Heritage

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Continuing a series of dispatches on the Thai travel & tourism industry 25 years after 1987 Visit Thailand Year. Click on the image below to access the full text of the speech

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1 Feb, 2012

Global Weather Body Launches Data Exchange System to Reduce Risks, Costs

Geneva, 31 January 2012 (WMO), A new international information system to improve and expand the current exchange of weather, climate and water data – and cut the costs involved – has become operational. The World Meteorological Organization (WMO) Information System will make it easier to find and use meteorological observations and products and to share […]

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31 Jan, 2012

World Set to Ponder What Next After Capitalism

(PRWEB) January 26, 2012 — The Millennium Project announces its findings from the report “Some Elements of the Next Global Economic System over the Next 20 Years” found in The 2011 State of Future. The following two paragraphs are excerpts from the report: “Capitalism, socialism, and communism are early industrial-age systems. Surely new systems are […]

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31 Jan, 2012

U.S. Air Travel Becoming Stressful, Frustrating & Exhausting – Survey

Kansas City, Mo. (PRWEB) January 26, 2012 — According to a new America THINKS survey from HNTB Corporation, modern air travel can recapture its glamour and appeal by incorporating new technology and better amenities into passengers’ everyday experience. “For many Americans, air travel has lost its spark,” said Tom Rossbach, AIA, ACI, director of aviation […]

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31 Jan, 2012

Thai Professor Alerts Travel Industry to Impact of Attack on Iran

Imtiaz Muqbil & Don Ross

BANGKOK – A prominent Thai economics professor has alerted the Thai tourism industry to the impact of an Israeli attack on Iran, including high oil prices and the dangers of a wider conflict. Addressing the joint annual meeting of the Thai Hotels Association and Association of Thai Travel Agents on Jan 30, Assoc.Prof. Somchai Pakapaswiwat […]

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30 Jan, 2012

Former Thai Tourism Chief Says Industry Has “Lost Focus,” Needs New Roadmap

(First in a multi-part series of dispatches on the Thai tourism industry 25 years after Visit Thailand Year) BANGKOK: 25 years after the historic 1987 Visit Thailand Year, a number of industry veterans are voicing concern about the state of the industry and its future directions. With the number of arrivals  skyrocketing, and future growth […]

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29 Jan, 2012

Thailand to Host Conference on Battling Alcohol Abuse

Bangkok – The Thai tourism industry’s efforts to promote more niche-market visitors is set to take a step forward when the Global Alcohol Policy Conference convenes jere between 13-15 February 2012. Jointly organized by the Ministry of Public Health, the World Health Organization, the Global Alcohol Policy Alliance and the Thai Health Promotion Foundation, the […]

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29 Jan, 2012

Indian Vice-President: Vibrant Journalism is Watchdog Journalism

Dr M. Hamid Ansari, Vice President Of India

Address by the Vice President Of India Dr. M. Hamid Ansari at the Presentation of the Ramnath Goenka Excellence in Journalism Awards 2010-11 on 16 January 2012, New Delhi. I am happy to be participating in this function to pay tribute to Ramnathji’s memory. Today, as we identify and recognise the excellence and contribution of […]

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29 Jan, 2012

India, Brazil, South Africa Issue Davos Declaration, Urge More South-South Ties

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Davos, 28 January 2012 (Press Information Bureau, India) — Ministers Anand Sharma of India, Antonio Patriota of Brazil and Rob Davies of South Africa, had a meeting of the IBSA (India-Brazil-South Africa) Trade Ministers forum on the sidelines of the 42nd meeting of the World Economic Forum, on January 27, 2012 in Davos, to review […]

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