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2 Aug, 2011

Asia 2050: How Asian Leaders Can Avoid A “Perfect Storm”

“Asia 2050 – Realizing the Asian Century”, a new book commissioned by the Asian Development Bank (ADB), says that Asia’s future prospects are bright but face a “perfect storm” of bad macro policies, finance sector exuberance with lax supervision, conflict, climate change, natural disasters, changing demography, and weak governance.

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2 Aug, 2011

UNESCO Unveils Winners Of Annual Literacy Awards

In this Dispatch:
1. Marking International Friendship Day, UN Chief Urges Global Amity
2. Suppression Of Women’s Rights Persists Despite Progress On Discrimination
3. UNESCO Unveils Winners Of Annual Literacy Awards
4. UN Economic And Social Forum Ends With Calls For Action To Follow Decisions
5. UN Human Rights Body Criticizes Restrictions On Free Expression

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28 Jul, 2011

Research Blows Lid On Global Media Spin That Brainwashed Norway Terrorist

In yet another eye-opening research paper, a senior lecturer at the Victoria University in Wellington, New Zealand, has highlighted how the global public fear of Islam/Muslims gives the military-industrial complex a chance to reap billions.

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27 Jul, 2011

“Why Do We Harass Muslims But Not White, Nordic Males?”

This dispatch includes a collection of reports and commentaries from global media about the 22/7 Blond bin Laden terrorist attack in Norway. Let there be no mistake: Ten years after 9/11, the tables have turned. The “war on terror” has taken on new meaning.

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26 Jul, 2011

Eye-Opening Report Exposes How “Fear Factor” Drives Global Islamophobia

On 23 June, exactly a month before the Norwegian terrorist suspect struck, the University of California (Berkeley) Centre for Race & Gender (CRG) and the Council of American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), issued a powerful report containing a timely warning about the dangers of Islamophobia to U.S. society.

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25 Jul, 2011

As A Blond bin Laden Strikes, A “Global Awakening” Awaits

Even if indirectly, the travel & tourism industry bears some burden of responsibility for what is being described as a grotesque act of right-wing “Christian jihadi terrorism” in Norway.

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25 Jul, 2011

PATA Bids to be “Voice” of Asian Travel, But “Face” Remains Non-Asian

BANGKOK – The Pacific Asia Travel Association last week advanced its recovery and rehabilitation campaign by appointing two senior-management executives to help revive its profile in the Asian region and rebuild its membership base.

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25 Jul, 2011

America In Trouble In The Middle East

James Zogby

The results of this latest poll of Arab opinion demonstrates how precarious the position of the United States is in the Middle East and how important it has become for American policy makers to pay attention to what Arabs are saying.

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25 Jul, 2011

Murdoch’s Global Reach Needs Much Deeper Probe

The sordid Murdoch phone hacking saga is only the minute tip of an iceberg of cronyism, corruption and nepotism in the West. The real story is how the Murdoch empire has influenced politicians, manipulated public opinion and shaped the global geopolitical and economic agenda over the last 20 years.

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21 Jul, 2011

European Travel Steady But Economies Face Downside Risk – Report

With Western economies facing significant headwinds and downside risks, European countries will need to maintain strong promotions of inbound tourism to maintain jobs and growth, according to the latest Quarterly Report (Q2/2011) of European Tourism In 2011: Trends & Prospects, released on 20 July.  

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20 Jul, 2011

Pursuit of Happiness Should Have Greater Role In Development Policy – UN Member States

In this dispatch
1. Pursuit of Happiness Should Have Greater Role In Development Policy – UN Member States
2. UN Contest For Best Campaign To End Violence Against Women Opens For Voting
3. Politicians Alone Cannot Create Peace, UN Official Says At Middle East Media Forum
4. Scientists Open Conference On Endangered Species
5. Global Aid For Trade Efforts Vital For Boosting Development

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20 Jul, 2011

Women Feel Higher Levels of Financial Stress Than Men

In this dispatch:
1. Women Feel Higher Levels of Financial Stress Than Men
2. New Delta Faucet Study Unveils Americans’ Bathroom Behaviors
3. Data Protection and Privacy: Revolt Emerging Against “Unquenchable Appetite” of Data Collection industry
4. Small Business Internet Marketing Survey: Over 40% Crying For Help
5. CreditDonkey Reveals Just How Much Americans Rely on Credit Cards

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19 Jul, 2011

U.S. Court Rules Body-Scanners Can Stay, But Public Views Must Be Heard

A U.S. Court of Appeals has allowed the controversial airport body-scanners to remain in place but chided the Transportation Security Administration for not seeking public comment before having them installed in several hundred airports across the U.S. 

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17 Jul, 2011

Nelson Mandela Day July 18 – Honour Him By Devoting 67 Minutes To Public Service

In this dispatch:
1. Honour Nelson Mandela — Devote 67 Minutes To Public Service
2. Sustainable Development Vital To Protect Economies And Environment
3. Over 2,000 Children Set Football World Record At UN-Backed Event In Gaza
4. On World Population Day, UN Calls For Greater Efforts To End Poverty And Inequality
5. Forum Urges Greater Efforts To Ensure Access To Decent Education For All

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17 Jul, 2011

Indonesia To Broach Joint ASEAN Visa Issue

In this dispatch:
1. Indonesia To Broach Joint ASEAN Visa Issue
2. Gaylord Hotels and Teach For America Join Forces to Honour Teachers
3. Facebook Investigators Launch Anonymous Service to Help People Catch Cheating Spouses
4. New Report Released by American Citizens Abroad (ACA) Shows Devastating Consequences of FATCA Legislation
5. As Unionization Becomes Easier, Projections Releases New Resources to Help Employers Connect with Employees

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14 Jul, 2011

“App Yap” Contest to Find Best App for Youth Travel

There are over 17,000 travel apps on the market today, but which one of these apps is the best? The World Youth & Student Travel Conference (WYSTC) aims to find out.

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13 Jul, 2011

U.S. Image Sinks Further in Middle East, Poll Shows

Washington D.C., (Arab-American Institute Media Release) — With the 2008 election of Barack Obama, favorable attitudes toward the U.S. more than doubled in many Arab countries. But in the two years since his famous “Cairo speech,” ratings for both the U.S. and the President have spiraled downwards.

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7 Jul, 2011

Arab Spring Awakens Palestinians, Knocks At Israel’s Door

A compilation of stories, press releases and announcements about how activists plan to help the Arab spring lead to freedom and statehood for the Palestinian people. A Palestinian state will allow the people of the world to visit Palestine without undergoing the ignominy of applying for an visa at an Israeli embassy or dealing with […]

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6 Jul, 2011

PATA, In Comeback Mode, Plans Industry Forums In 12 Global Cities

BANGKOK – In a bold move designed to boost its membership appeal and raise its international profile, the Pacific Asia Travel Association plans to hold strategic industry forums in 12 global cities.

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4 Jul, 2011

Polarised Thailand Faces Short-Term Gain, Long-Term Pain

BANGKOK – If buyers and sellers of the Thai tourism product want to know what to do in the aftermath of the July 3 national elections, here’s some free advice: Sell Thailand by all means.

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3 Jul, 2011

Day of Reckoning for Thai Tourism

The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) has just completed a week-long marketing planning meeting with a forecast for 19.5 million arrivals in 2012. Whether it meets those targets will depend not on the planning but what happens on national election day, July 3,

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1 Jul, 2011

American Awakening Grows: A 4th of July Message from Rabbi Michael Lerner

Rabbi Michael Lerner

Faced with July 4th celebrations that are focused on militarism, ultra-nationalism, and “bombs bursting in air,” many American families who do not share those values turn July 4th into another summer holiday focused on picnics, sports, and fireworks, while doing their best to avoid the dominant rhetoric and bombast. This year that kind of celebration is particularly difficult when many of us are in mourning as we watch our government commit to keep fighting the trillion dollar a year war in Afghanistan while cutting social programs for the poor, the elderly, schools, environment, and other pressing human needs.

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30 Jun, 2011

American Awakening Gains Traction: Brown Univ Study Pegs Costs of U.S. Wars at US$4 Trillion

In a study designed explicitly “to spur public debate about America at war,” the Eisenhower Research Project based at Brown University has released a comprehensive analysis of the total human, economic, social, and political cost of the U.S. War on Terror.

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29 Jun, 2011

China Travel Boom Helps Global Tourism Near US$3 billion/day Mark

The most significant change among the top ten destinations by international arrivals in 2010 was the rise of China to third position, according to the UNWTO Tourism Highlights 2011 Edition, released today. China ousted Spain for third place, and has overtaken both the United Kingdom and Italy during the past few years.

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27 Jun, 2011

U.S.Mayors Seek to Plug Tax Evasion By Online Travel Companies

Mayors of U.S. cities have passed a resolution that highlights alleged tax evasion by online travel companies (OTC) and calls on the U.S. Congress not to block legal action to get them to pay up.

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27 Jun, 2011

An “American Awakening” Looms: U.S.Mayors Blast Wars Costing $2.1 Million A Minute

Much has been read and heard about the Arab spring and the Arab awakening. But yet another spring is emerging that will lead to a geopolitical shift of potentially tectonic proportions – the upcoming American awakening.

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27 Jun, 2011

OECD: Global Economic Shocks to Become More Frequent

PARIS, 27 June 2011, (OECD News Release) — Disruptive shocks to the global economy are likely to become more frequent and cause greater economic and societal hardship, according to a new OECD report.

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27 Jun, 2011

ICANN gTLD: The New Frontiers of Global Cyber Name Identity Branding

Naseem Javed

What are the immediate and future threats to the current name identity? What are the options for a partial or a full name change? Under what global rules or ‘the laws of corporate naming’ will they find the perfect solution that is best for their wider customer base, international marketing goals, and equally passable under the new ICANN policies?

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23 Jun, 2011

Wireless Broadband Subscriptions Top Half a Billion: OECD

PARIS, June 23 (OECD News Release) — The fast-growing popularity of smartphones and tablet PCs is driving growth in mobile broadband services. Wireless broadband subscriptions in OECD countries had exceeded half a billion by the end of 2010, an increase of more than 10 percent on June 2010, according to new OECD statistics.

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23 Jun, 2011

Measuring Hotel Management’s Performance In Ways That Count

David McMillan

The day has come to take the clamps off the Uniform System of Accounts for Hotels and really measure performance based on what is controllable and what is not.

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23 Jun, 2011

Logging, Drug Threats Put Rainforests On UN Heritage Danger List

In this dispatch:
1. Japanese Accident Offers Lessons For World On Nuclear Safety
2. Logging, Drug Threats Put Rainforests On UN Heritage Danger List
3. Indian Wildlife Sanctuary Lifted From UNESCO’s List Of Endangered Heritage
4. Social Investments Deserve Priority In Economic Recovery Schemes
5. UN Cautions Against Reducing Assistance To Smallholder Farmers

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23 Jun, 2011

Unions Seek Anti-Sexual Harassment Policy Disclosure by Hotel Chains

In a move that could open a Pandora’s box for the travel & tourism industry worldwide, the international union of food, farm and hotel workers (known by the French version of its acronym, IUF) has written to hotel chains asking about their policies to prevent sexual harassment of housekeeping staff by guests.

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23 Jun, 2011

Air France Apology Sought For Worker Sent Home Over Hijab

WASHINGTON, D.C., 6/22/11) – The Council of American Islamic Relations has called on Air France to apologise to a Muslim worker at Washington Dulles International Airport who was allegedly sent home because she refused to remove her Islamic head scarf, or hijab.

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21 Jun, 2011

Expanded Midwifery Services Could Save Millions Of Lives

Also in this dispatch:
1. UN Calls For Action Against Diseases Caused By Tobacco, Pollution, And Lack Of Exercise
2. UNESCO Chief Presses For Better Preservation Of World Heritage Sites
3. Agriculture Commodity Prices Not Likely To Decline For Some Time
4. Countries Adopt New UN Standards To Improve Conditions For Domestic Workers

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21 Jun, 2011

“Historic Change” to Internet’s Domain Name System Approved

Singapore, June 21, 2011 — The Board of Directors of the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) has approved a plan to usher in one of the biggest changes ever to the Internet’s Domain Name System, according to a press release posted on PRWEB.

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15 Jun, 2011

Study: Female Hotel Staff Face High Stress, Low Job Satisfaction

Female hotel staff are struggling to cope with high levels of stress, with married women being worse affected due to the pressures of trying to maintain a home:workplace balance, according to the results of a research study by Dr Sheeba Hamid of Aligarh Muslim University in Aligarh, India.

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15 Jun, 2011

Renewed Efforts Urged To End Practice Of ‘Son Preference’

In This Dispatch:
1. Renewed Efforts Urged To End Practice Of ‘Son Preference’
2. New Initiative Launched To Boost Crops And Protect Environment
3. UN Cultural Agency Calls On Libyans And NATO To Protect Heritage Sites
4. Cutting Smog And Soot Could Have Fast And Broad Benefits
5. Lauding Immunization Pledges, Unicef Says They Will Save Millions Of Lives

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15 Jun, 2011

The Thrill of Learning a New Language — Sign Language

Niranjan Khatri

During the process of hiring people with a hearing/speech impairment, we conducted basic sign language classes for our associates to break the communication barrier. I now see abled people talking to each other using sign language and when I ask them why, they say ‘Why waste your breath, Sir’.

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13 Jun, 2011

Tourism and Energy – in the Sign of the Sun

Max Haberstroh

Tourism may lead to “prosperity and peace”, as UNWTO says. Nonetheless, there is a more gloomy side of tourism. In his book ‘The Final Call’, Leo Hickman wonders who would really pay for the collateral damage caused by tourism.

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13 Jun, 2011

Jeffrey Sachs Blasts U.S. Military Spending

Also in this dispatch:
1) UN City Garden Project In Dr Congo Boosts Nutrition, Jobs And Profits; 2) Call For More Empowerment And Political Participation Of Women; 3) Some 115 Million Child Labourers Globally Engaged In Hazardous Work; 4) Climate Change-Related Water Scarcity To Affect Global Food Production

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13 Jun, 2011

Free Report Can Help Boost Travel for People With Disabilities

A major global report issued last week effectively has provided a free consultancy service for those in the travel & tourism industry keen to meet the rapidly growing need for products and services by people with disabilities (PwDs).

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12 Jun, 2011

UNESCO, Spanish Soccer Club Team Up To ‘Imagine Peace’

Also in this dispatch: 1) Model UN Students Hope To Focus Global Attention On Crucial Issues 2) Public-Private Partnerships Sought To Bring Affordable Clean Energy To Poor; 3) UN Unveils Three Initiatives To Promote Biodiversity In Fashion

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12 Jun, 2011

Emerging Stats Show Impact of Tsunami on Japan Travel

The first set of figures released after the tsunami-caused Fukushima nuclear crisis show a 9% decline in outbound Japanese travellers in both March and April, and much higher levels of decline in inbound travellers. Both declines have had a huge impact on Japanese tour companies, travel agencies and hotels.

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3 Jun, 2011

AIDS at 30: Nations at the Crossroads

A report entitled “AIDS at 30: Nations at the Crossroads” is being launched to coincide with the 30 year anniversary of the discovery of the first AIDS cases and come in advance of the UN General Assembly High Level Meeting on AIDS that will take place in New York from 8-10 June.

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3 Jun, 2011

Hotel Housekeepers End Silence on Assault and Abuse At Work

In light of the Strauss-Kahn and other assault controversies, housekeepers in cities across North America hold public events, speaking out against abuses at work.

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3 Jun, 2011

Two-way EU-South America Low-Season Travel Project Launched

Brussels, 01 June 2011 (Europa Press Release) — To increase two-way, low season travel, the European Commission is promoting an innovative collaborative project between South America and Europe aimed at generating an 50,000 additional tourists.

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2 Jun, 2011

Giant Companies “Too Big To Fail” But People “Too Small to Matter”

GENEVA June 1, 2011, (ILO News) — International Labour Organisation Director-General Juan Somavia opened the historic 100th International Labour Conference with a call for an urgent commitment to a new era of social justice and economic growth based on sustainable development to address mounting “turmoil” in the world of work.

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2 Jun, 2011

Australian Funds for Bridge Across Mekong River

MANILA, PHILIPPINES (ADB Press release) June 1, 2011 – The Asian Development Bank (ADB) approved a $26 million technical assistance (TA) grant financed by Australia to support the Central Mekong Delta Region Connectivity Project.

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2 Jun, 2011

Southern Laos Border Town Comes of Age by Hosting Mekong Tourism Forum

PAKSE, LAOS – The southernmost Laotian province of Champassak raised its profile on the tourism map of the Greater Mekong Subregion by holding a successful 12th Mekong Tourism Forum between May 27-28. The first international tourism event to be held here, the MTF will boost traffic along the East-West and North-South corridors of the Asian […]

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1 Jun, 2011

Six Key Socio-Economic Issues & Challenges Facing The Asia-Pacific Region

Although the travel & tourism industry tends to focus primarily on economic indicators, its fortunes are more affected by a broad range of key issues and factors related to national, regional and global development as a whole.

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1 Jun, 2011

UN Expert Presents Global Standards For Human Rights In Business World

In This Dispatch:
1) UN urges concerted global action to stem deadly toll from tobacco use
2) Electromagnetic fields from mobile telephones could possibly lead to cancer – UN
3) UN expert presents global standards for human rights in business world
4) World leaders to gather at UN meeting on combating HIV/AIDS epidemic
5) Urging stronger non-proliferation rules, Ban calls for nuclear weapons-free world
6) UN calls for grain storage technologies to reduce Africa’s post-harvest losses
7) Bollywood stars go head-to-head for world environment day challenge

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24 May, 2011

A Speech That Will Change The Way The Travel Industry Thinks

Bhutanese Prime Minister Lyonchhen Jigmi Y. Thinley on Gross National Happiness: “The more I think of our future, the more I am convinced that we need to change. We need to relook at what constitutes true societal progress at the human level in the human context. We need to understand what constitutes real wealth and […]

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19 May, 2011

Ernst & Young Releases “Tracking Global Trends” Report

Source: Ernst & Young

In 2010, the global financial system remained fragile, but economies around the world began moving toward recovery. Some — especially those in emerging markets — hardly broke stride, continuing their rapid growth. The Ernst & Young management consultancy report, Tracking Global Trends, looks at six broad, long-term developments that are shaping our world: Emerging markets […]

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18 May, 2011

Ten Years after 9/11, Pew Poll Shows U.S.-Muslim Schism As Wide as Ever

Ten years after 9/11 and the launch of the so-called “war on terror”, the people of six Islamic-majority countries and the Palestinian Territories continue to hold a negative perception of the United States, its president Barack Obama and American policies towards some of the key issues and conflicts in the Islamic world

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16 May, 2011

Survey Shows Europeans Back on the Road But Staying Close To Home

BUDAPEST, (Europa Press Release) — The findings of a new Eurobarometer survey on the attitudes of Europeans towards tourism confirm other indicators that tourism has recovered from economic crisis. Travel preference for 2011 still inclines towards traditional tourist destinations (58%), while 28% would like to discover emerging destinations.

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16 May, 2011

Exclusive Interview: Israel’s Travel Chokehold on Occupied Palestine

This interview with Majed Ishaq, marketing director, Palestine Ministry of Tourism, is arguably the first time that a travel publication has highlighted the frustrations faced by local Palestinians and tourists in moving to, from and within the Israeli-occupied territories. Within the context of the “Arab awakening”, a closer look at the occupation of Palestine is […]

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15 May, 2011

Siamese Arabesques: American Writer Tells Muslim Tales With A Twist

BANGKOK – It’s not often that American writers take to Arab/Islamic culture and write sympathetically about it. But a new book, “Siamese Arabesques: Tales Of The Islamic World With Thai Twists”, strives to do exactly that, painting a fascinating mosaic of the cultures and cuisines, trials and tribulations of people from all over the Arab/Islamic […]

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13 May, 2011

How a Harley-Davidson Can Help the U.S. Eliminate Visa Bottlenecks

In a unique attempt to help U.S. policymakers and politicians understand the implications of cumbersome visa application procedures and its impact on visitor arrivals, jobs and economic growth, the US Travel Association (USTA) has invoked one of the most visible icons of Americana – the Harley-Davidson motorycle.

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12 May, 2011

Travel Industry Can Join Global Campaign To Cut Millions of Road Fatalities

Resort islands worldwide are perfectly placed to join the global Decade of Action for Road Safety 2011-2020 launched on May 11 to reduce the estimated 1.18 million fatal road accidents that occur globally every year, many of them involving drunken, motorcycle-riding tourists.

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12 May, 2011

UN Announces Winners of Flagship “Champions of the Earth” Award

From using green technology to cut air pollution in China, to tackling the impact of toxic chemicals in Eastern Europe or crossing the globe to fly the flag for solar power, this year’s award winners are environmental champions whose daily work, leadership and advocacy represent green innovation in action.

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12 May, 2011

European Tourism Trends & Prospects (Q1/2011) Report Released

The European Travel Commission (ETC) has just published its First Quarter report on European Tourism in 2011 – Trends & Prospects. Destination and industry data indicate a positive start to 2011, with continued growth prospects. Rail Europe has announced a 34% sales growth in 2010 vs. 2009 and a 30% growth in Q1 2011 vs. Q1 2010.

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10 May, 2011

Buddhist Scholar’s Point-Blank Pitch: Visit India to Walk the Talk

BANGKOK – An eminent Buddhist scholar accompanying an Indian tourism promotion delegation has called on the millions of Buddhists in Thailand and worldwide to visit India both to encourage the revival of Buddhism in the Hindu-majority country as well as to retrace the Buddha’s footsteps to gain a more personal experience of his teachings.

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10 May, 2011

Top Ten Trends in The Global Hotel Business

David McMillan

David McMillan, former CEO of the International Hotel & Restaurant Association, debuts as the first guest columnist of Travel Impact Newswire, with this anti-mainstream listing of top-ten trends in the global hotel business. More guest columnists are very welcome.

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9 May, 2011

Curb Speculators, Promote Regionalisation, Says UN Asia-Pacific Economic Report

BANGKOK — Asia-Pacific economies are being urged to learn from the mistakes of unbridled globalisation and pursue greater self-reliance through increased intra-regional trade, connectivity and people movements.

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7 May, 2011

Study Links U.S. Foreign Policy and Terrorism Against U.S. Citizens

The announcement that US forces have killed Osama bin Laden, the alleged terrorist mastermind, is set to trigger more violence and geopolitical instability, creating further complications for the travel & tourism industry in terms of costs, security measures, visa curbs, racial profiling and other impediments to travel.

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2 May, 2011

Brand-Building: Top Indian Newspaper Finds That Making News Helps

BANGKOK — Promoting peace with Pakistan even at a time when the Indian public is convulsed by anti-Pakistani jingoism is one amongst a repertoire of “extraordinarily bold moves” the Times of India newspaper regularly makes to maintain and build its brand image in a fast-changing country and a cluttered media market.

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27 Apr, 2011

WikiLeaks Cables Expose Indian Visa Fraud Tactics

From falsifying documents and setting up fake websites to pretending to be “religious leaders”, Indians are resorting to a variety of tactics in the hope of getting a U.S. visa, according to cables from US diplomatic missions in India published on the whistleblowing website WikiLeaks.

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25 Apr, 2011

1.2 Billion Global Muslims Urged: “Travel to Learn from History”

Kuala Lumpur: Former Malaysian Prime Minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad has called on the world’s 1.2 billion Muslims to travel through the Islamic world and beyond not just to sightsee but to learn from the successes and failures of the Islamic civilisations through the ages.

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21 Apr, 2011

F&B, Front Office Managers Lead Surge In Indian Hotel Salaries

NEW DELHI — Food & beverage directors at first class and luxury hotels in India have seen their salaries surge 43% between 2007/8 and 2010/11. In the mid-scale and budget hotels, front office managers have led the pack with 75% pay-scale increases in the same period.

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19 Apr, 2011

China Strikes Back, Issues Tit-For-Tat Report on Human Rights in U.S.

BEIJING: One major reason for holding the PATA 60th anniversary conference in China was in recognition of the emergence of the world’s most populous country as a critical player on the global tourism stage. But that is only scratching the surface of the real change taking place.

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18 Apr, 2011

More Change Awaits Hotels In Managing Chinese Travel, Online Bookings

Two newly-published studies show how the hotel sector’s products and services will need to cater to the growing legions of Chinese travellers, even as they face the ongoing challenge of managing their distribution systems. These stories, and more in this dispatch..

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12 Apr, 2011

An Era Ends as Curtain Falls on PATA 60th Anniversary Bash in Beijing

BEIJING: As the PATA 60th anniversary conference ended on April 12, it could well mark the end of an era in the annals of travel & tourism. An agenda for change in PATA has been approved, and positive signs are emerging, but given cost and organisational pressures, the conference is unlikely to be held again […]

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9 Apr, 2011

Energetic Show of PATA “People Power” at Chapters Colloquium

BEIJING: The passion and power of the people of PATA were on full display at the April 8 PATA Chapters Colloquium, the first event of the 60th anniversary conference of the Asia Pacific region’s leading travel association.

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7 Apr, 2011

Breathing Life into PATA in Beijing — New Strategy to Show the Way

BEIJING — Interim PATA CEO Bill Calderwood is to unveil a strategy designed to pull the Pacific Asia Travel Association out of a years-long nosedive. To be made public at the PATA 60th anniversary conference here on April 10, the strategy is expected to be critical to the survival of what was once one of […]

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7 Apr, 2011

Smithsonian Journeys Lists Top 10 Destinations, Most Popular Vacation Packages

Smithsonian Journeys, the Smithsonian Institution’s travel program, offers new opportunities for travelers to fulfill their lifetime “must-see” destinations. This, and several other great stories in this dispatch.

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5 Apr, 2011

Demographic Shifts Changing the “Face” of the World

India’s population has crossed 1.2 billion. Hispanics in the US are on the rise. Expatriate numbers in the UAE are growing far faster than the locals. China’s population is ageing by the millions. These shifts will lead to significant social, economic and geopolitical changes in future, and require commensurate shifts in the way travel & […]

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3 Apr, 2011

Elderly, Immigrants Vital to Europe’s Future, 2010 Demography Report Shows

Europe’s population is getting older, fertility has begun to rise again, life expectancy is up and the EU continues to attract more immigrants. These demographic changes will have a significant impact on the way the travel & tourism industry markets itself in Europe as well as the way it develops its products and services to […]

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1 Apr, 2011

Why Mothers and Mothers-in-Law Get Taken on Family Holidays

A compilation of eight interesting reports circulated by PR Newswire / PR Web last week. Also in this dispatch: Long-Holiday Bonanza Awaits Brits in April; Study Examines Impact of New Media on Eating Habits; New Insights on Best Practices in Mobile Apps for Events; Nanjing-Wuhan High-speed Rail Out-competes Airlines, Routes Cancelled; and more….

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28 Mar, 2011

“Medical Tourism Doesn’t Put Patients at Risk, Poor Planning Does”

A compilation of 10 interesting reports circulated by PR Newswire / PR Web last week. Also in this dispatch: Study Finds UK Expats Cancelling Plans to Return Home; UK Students Seek Original Work Experience Overseas; From Bodger To Broomsquire – New Book Aims To Keep Britain’s Traditional Crafts Alive; Europeans Favour Single-Ticket Use For All […]

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25 Mar, 2011

India Leads Battle Against Bio-Piracy Of Traditional Knowledge

NEW DELHI: While European and U.S. companies and governments seek to combat violations of their intellectual property rights in the developing world, their own companies are quietly attempting to patent thousands of years of traditional knowledge developed by the indigenous peoples of Asia, Africa and Latin America. At stake are billions of dollars worth of […]

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21 Mar, 2011

Outbound Giant Germany Seeks Inbound Travel Glory, Too

ITB BERLIN — Germany, one of the world’s largest outbound travel markets, is on its way to becoming one of world’s top inbound travel nations. The country crossed 60 million overnight stays in 2010 and is targetting 80 million by 2020, with arrivals from China and India expected to figure highly.

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16 Mar, 2011

Useful Industry Data from ITB Berlin — Downloadable FREE!

ITB BERLIN — The ITB Berlin (held March 9-13, 2011)  was full of  valuable industry data available free of charge. To save readers time, effort and money, Executive Editor Imtiaz Muqbil has compiled some of the key reports, research and presentations from its various sources into one comprehensive package.

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14 Mar, 2011

Highs And Lows Of Women In Global Tourism

ITB BERLIN — In March 2010, 21% percent of countries had a women tourism minister compared to 17% of ministerial positions in general. In seven out of the 23 Caribbean countries, the chairperson of the tourism board is a woman.

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11 Mar, 2011

Egyptian Tourism Minister Blasts Ex-Regime’s “Cronies”, Liberalisation Policies

ITB BERLIN: Egyptian Tourism Minister Mounir Fakhry Abdel Nour has blasted the “extreme” economic liberalisation and privatisation policies of the ousted Hosni Mubarak government, saying they had failed to address the country’s glaring rich-poor income gap.

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10 Mar, 2011

Arabs Hit Back, Urge Europeans To Avoid Stereotypes & Clichés

ITB BERLIN — Arab and Muslim speakers have called on Europeans to try and better understand what is going on in the Middle East, to take a more positive, long-term attitude about the prospects of change and to steer clear of stereotypes and clichés.

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9 Mar, 2011

Europe Sets Base for Calculating Aviation Emission Caps

BRUSSELS, March 7, 2011 — The European Commission today decided on the historical data for emission of greenhouse gases by the aviation sector which will be used as a base figure on which to calculate the number of emission allowances to be available to airlines from 2012. The move will impact all airlines flying to, […]

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8 Mar, 2011

100th Int’l Women’s Day: Special Report

This dispatch commemorates the 100th anniversary of International Women’s Day. It celebrates the significant role women have played in the development of the global travel & tourism industry. Marked for the first time in four European countries in 1911, the day has become a critical rallying point to build support for women’s rights and participation […]

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6 Mar, 2011

When Obama told Jewish Leaders to do some “Soul-Searching” about Middle East Peace

Originally Published:  6 March 2011 When the leader of the world’s most powerful country tells American Jewish leaders to get Israel to do some soul-searching about the future of peace in the Middle East, as President Barack Obama did last week, this columnist stands both victorious and vindicated. In a meeting that was widely reported […]

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4 Mar, 2011

ITB 2011 Curtain-Raiser 2: The Global Geopolitical Revolution

The second of a two-part report on the two technological and geopolitical revolutions set to dominate the agenda at the ITB Berlin between March 9-13. This part focusses on the geopolitical revolution.

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2 Mar, 2011

ITB 2011 Curtain-Raiser 1: The Technological Revolution

The 45th ITB Berlin due to open in the German capital on March 9 will be dominated by two ongoing revolutions: The technological revolution which is transforming the way the industry does business; and The global geopolitical revolution which will see the emergence of a new world order.

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27 Feb, 2011

Upmarket U.S. Hotels Worst Hit by Two Big Shocks of Last Decade: Cornell Study

A study released last week by the Center for Hospitality Research at Cornell University concludes that upscale hotels in the U.S. were worst affected by the 9/11 attacks and the 2008 financial crisis, widely considered to be the two most important “external shocks” of the last decade.

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25 Feb, 2011

“UN Women” Launched as Powerful Driver of Women’s Equality

As one of the world’s largest employers of women, the travel & tourism industry ought to take considerable interest in the historic February 24 launch of UN Women, a United Nations organisation dedicated solely to addressing the vast range of problems facing the world’s women and girls.

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23 Feb, 2011

UNCTAD: Social, Economic Change Must Accompany Political Change

Noting that the momentous events in the Middle East and North Africa are a reflection of “massive social discontent and crises,” a United Nations agency that fights for the cause of developing countries has called for political reform to be accompanied by policies to “reshape economic and labour governance”.

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16 Feb, 2011

U.S. To Face Talent Crunch, Will Need To Relax H-1B Visas, Says McKinsey Study

The U.S. will need to relax its stringent immigration policies, extend the retirement age and get more women into the workforce in order to generate the huge pool of skilled manpower that it will need to boost productivity in an increasingly competitive global economy, according to new research by the McKinsey Global Institute (MGI).

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15 Feb, 2011

Polls Track Public Opinion Reactions To Events in Egypt, Tunisia

A number of opinion polls conducted by Pew Research and The Gallup Organisation tracked the shifts in the public views in the United States in response to the changing situation. Here is a compilation of the reports on the findings, as posted on the pollsters’ respective websites.

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15 Feb, 2011

As Power Shifts & Tables Turn, A Global Good Could Emerge

This essay-cum-commentary is dedicated to the memory of Tunisian fruit-vendor Mohammed Bouazizi and the hundreds of protesters and dissidents in the streets of Tunisia and Egypt who died, were injured or otherwise took a stand for the cause of basic freedoms, dignity and human rights.

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9 Feb, 2011

Egypt’s Prescient Tourism Slogan: “Where It All Begins”

Egypt’s tourism campaign marketing slogan may turn out to be more prescient than the tourism industry had bargained for.

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9 Feb, 2011

Egypt and The Dawning of the Age of Aquarius

The first quarter of the second decade of the 21st century is witnessing the dawn of the Age of Aquarius. By unfolding right in the midst of the Aquarius period, the 11th star of the Zodiac, in the year 2011, these tumultuous and unprecedented events assume an even greater surreal significance.

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3 Feb, 2011

A Website That Will Change The Way The Industry Thinks

This website is designed to change the way the travel & tourism industry thinks. It contains a treasure trove of information, insights and intelligence dating back to the 1990s, arguably the most tumultuous period in the history of travel and tourism. The content ranges from the impact of “war on terror” to the downside of […]

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26 Dec, 2010

“Global Trust Index” Needed to Bridge the Global Trust Deficit

Originally Published: 26 December 2010 Exactly five years ago next month, the World Economic Forum released the results of a global survey that sought feedback on the level of trust enjoyed by public figures, including politicians and business leaders. Carried out in preparation for the January 2006 WEF caucus in Davos, the survey was the […]

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