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18 Jan, 2017

ASEAN@50 campaign brand confusion: Historic look at how it transpired, and how to fix it

SINGAPORE – As the ASEAN Tourism Forum 2017 gets under way here this week, one of the big rah-rah announcements will be a range of activities to promote the VisitASEAN@50 campaign. While that has got everyone excited, one key underlying issue remains unaddressed — the confusion and lack of clarity over the ASEAN brand image […]

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13 Jan, 2017

South Africa president tells people not to visit Israel

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

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13 Jan, 2017

The Imminent Demise of U.S. “Leadership”

Bangkok – In a few days, the world’s most powerful country will undergo a change in leadership. As the transition nears, it is becoming more than apparent that trouble looms, trouble that will have a significant impact on the way the world works and, by extension, on global travel & tourism. The Trump presidency will […]

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6 Jan, 2017

Indonesia suspends military training programme with Australia over insult to Pancasila

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

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4 Jan, 2017

Two UN Chiefs set Travel & Tourism a challenging agenda for 2017 and beyond

Bangkok – New Year statements released by two top United Nations executives have set the stage for some heavy-duty soul-searching within the travel & tourism industry in the months and years ahead. Although their core and extremely important messages deserve introspective analysis and, perhaps even more important, rigorous debate in industry forums, it is highly […]

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4 Jan, 2017

Deir Ballout: A village struggling against Israeli settlement expansion

By Ula Mawkidi

DEIR BALLOUT, SALFIT, January 2, 2017 (WAFA) – Israel has recently been intensifying its violations of Palestinian rights through expansion of settlements, land grab and restriction on construction of regular and farm roads in the villages of Kufr al-Deek, Deir Ballout and al-Zawiyah, located to the west of Salfit in the north of the West […]

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4 Jan, 2017

Israeli bulldozers demolish Bedouin dwellings, displace scores of people

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

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29 Dec, 2016

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

Source: United Nations website

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

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29 Dec, 2016

Jewish Rabbi to Muslims: “We Are With You”

Source: Jewish Voice for Peace

The following release was circulated by Rabbi Alissa Wise, Deputy Director, Jewish Voice for Peace, on 28 December 2016. Yesterday I had the honor of speaking at the largest gathering of American Muslims in the US at the 15th Annual MAS-ICNA conference. As part of the interfaith symposium, I brought the message from JVP loud […]

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29 Dec, 2016

Remarks by John Kerry, U.S. Secretary of State, on UN Security Council Resolution 2334

Source: US State Department website.

The Dean Acheson Auditorium, Washington, DC, December 28, 2016 SECRETARY KERRY: Thank you very much. Thank you. Thank you very, very much. Thank you. (Coughs.) Excuse me. Thank you for your patience, all of you. For those of you who celebrated Christmas, I hope you had a wonderful Christmas. Happy Chanukah. And to everybody here, […]

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29 Dec, 2016

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

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

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

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29 Dec, 2016

China plans ‘toilet revolution’ to boost tourism

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

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21 Dec, 2016

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

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

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21 Dec, 2016

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

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

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21 Dec, 2016

Tips to deal with technology, and other “concentration killers”

Source: WebMD

Technology may be making the world a more connected place. But being constantly connected can have its downsides. Whether you’re living with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) or just have trouble focusing from time to time, today’s world is full of concentration killers. In this dispatch reproduced from the WebMD website, Psychologist Lucy Jo Palladino, […]

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21 Dec, 2016

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

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

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17 Dec, 2016

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

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

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16 Dec, 2016

Washington Post columnist openly warns of “Trump’s coming war against Islam”

The Deputy Editorial Page Editor of the Washington Post has sounded a stark warning that the incoming Trump administration is set to trigger a “War against Islam” that could lead to a potentially devastating “civilizational conflict”. In a column published on Dec 11, Jackson Diehl, a 38-year veteran reporter and foreign correspondent of the reputed […]

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15 Dec, 2016

Understanding the Real Importance of the Thailand Halal Assembly 2016

Bangkok – The Thailand Halal Assembly 2016 held between 9-11 December had a special meaning well beyond its overt status as the country’s largest trade show for Muslim-friendly products and services. Against the backdrop of global and regional geopolitics, and the passing of the revered Thai monarch, His Majesty King Bhumibhol Adulyadej, the event showed […]

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11 Dec, 2016

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

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

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2 Dec, 2016

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

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

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1 Dec, 2016

Chinese low-cost airlines plan WiFi revolution

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

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1 Dec, 2016

Chinese report: How big data reveals your behavior

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

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1 Dec, 2016

Call for Entries: The First ASEAN Travel & Tourism Hall of Fame

By Imtiaz Muqbil, Executive Editor, Travel Impact Newswire Bangkok – Today marks the launch of the ASEAN Travel & Tourism Hall of Fame (ATTHoF), the first global website to honour the achievements of the many industry veterans and stalwarts who elevated this robust and dynamic industry to its present heights. Click here to access it. […]

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29 Nov, 2016

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

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

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25 Nov, 2016

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

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

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25 Nov, 2016

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

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

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25 Nov, 2016

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

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

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25 Nov, 2016

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

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

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24 Nov, 2016

Bangkok to host world’s largest LGBTI rights convention

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

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19 Nov, 2016

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

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

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19 Nov, 2016

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

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

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18 Nov, 2016

Is Travel & Tourism Ready for the Return of The Ugly American?

Bangkok – In 1963, Hollywood released what has turned out to be a very futuristic, fortuitous film called “The Ugly American.” Based on a 1958 book of the same name, it starred the legendary Marlon Brando as the U.S. ambassador to a fictitious Southeast Asian country named “Sarkan” where a civil war is looming. According […]

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17 Nov, 2016

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

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

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16 Nov, 2016

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

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

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16 Nov, 2016

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

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

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16 Nov, 2016

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

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

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14 Nov, 2016

Creative Korea spreads welcome mat for Muslim businesswomen

Gangneung City, Korea — Korea’s status as a Muslim-friendly destination took giant leap forward with the convening of a high-level Forum of businesswomen from Korea and the Islamic world. Held in this East Coast city of Gangwon province, the 8-9 November event saw a strong turnout of women from Malaysia, Indonesia, Brunei, Senegal, Sudan, Spain, […]

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11 Nov, 2016

Chinese company rewards well-behaved tourists for promoting national image

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

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11 Nov, 2016

Istanbul to host Global Symposium on Islamophobia in Europe

Istanbul, (IRCICA media release) – Research Center for Islamic History, Art and Culture (IRCICA) of the OIC, and Center for Balkan and Black Sea Studies (BALKAR) of Yıldız Technical University, Istanbul, are to organize a joint international symposium on “Islamophobia in Europe: Past and Present” on 13-14th January, 2017. Islamophobia in Europe has a long […]

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11 Nov, 2016

Arab, Muslim, Jewish rights groups unite to confront Trump’s anti-Muslim agenda

Bangkok – Of all the areas of uncertainty plaguing the incoming Trump Administration, perhaps the most worrisome is the future of its relations with the Islamic world. Given the slew of anti-Muslim statements made by Mr. Trump during his election campaign, and the warm words he has exchanged within days of his victory with two […]

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3 Nov, 2016

To Understand the Value of a Middle East Peace, Visit Jordan

Amman – A multi-million dollar real estate project coming up in the southern Jordanian resort city of Aqaba will create thousands of new jobs in one of the most strategically located countries of the Middle East. It is also well placed to become a symbol of how such projects, and indeed all forms of economic […]

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3 Nov, 2016

Saudi student beaten to death in Wisconsin

(WASHINGTON, D.C., 11/2/16) – The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today offered a $5,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the perpetrator of a deadly attack on a Saudi Arabian student in Wisconsin. CAIR said University of Wisconsin-Stout student Hussain Saeed Alnahdi, […]

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2 Nov, 2016

Unmatched Visionary Coverage of “Sufficiency Economy” in Travel & Tourism

Bangkok – I am proud to have been crusading since 2000 for the Thai, ASEAN and Asia-Pacific travel & tourism industry to pay more serious attention to the concept of the “Sufficiency Economy”. Regrettably, the industry has shown little interest. The subject is not as “sexy” as the latest social media gadgetry or disruption phenomena, […]

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1 Nov, 2016

GBTA forecast: China Solidifies Position as World’s Largest Business Travel Market

ALEXANDRIA, Va.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–October 31, 2016 – Despite a moderating economy, China remains one of the fastest growing business travel markets in the world, according to the GBTA Foundation’s latest business travel forecast, GBTA BTI™ Outlook – China 2016 H2. Total business travel spending is expected to grow 9.2 percent this year reaching $317.9 billion USD. […]

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1 Nov, 2016

The U.S. elections will Expedite the Fall of the American Empire

Bangkok – Of all the forces of dystopia and disruption facing the world and the travel & tourism industry today, the greatest impact will be felt by the outcome of the current U.S. elections. A few hundred million Americans (or less than 5% of the global population) will elect a man or woman who will […]

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1 Nov, 2016

Cashless Debit Card trial helps cut gambling, alcohol abuse in Australia

Canberra, 31 October 2016, (Media release from the Minister for Human Services) – The Prime Minister of Australia, Malcolm Turnbull, the Minister for Indigenous Affairs, Nigel Scullion and the Minister for Human Services, Alan Tudge, will visit the Ceduna region in South Australia today to meet with community leaders and to see first-hand the impact […]

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26 Oct, 2016

Australian “The Longest War” Memorial highlights how families suffer

Canberra, 25 Oct 2016 (Australian War Memorial news release) – A series of portraits depicting the impact of war on the family members of Australian servicemen and servicewomen was launched today at the Australian War Memorial. Painted by Australian official war artist Ben Quilty, these portraits focus on the partners, children, and parents of Australian […]

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21 Oct, 2016

UN report shows workers getting screwed by globalisation

Brussels, 20 October 2016 (ITUC OnLine): The ITUC has welcomed the publication of a major new UN report on the right to freedom of assembly and association, and called on governments to act on its findings. The report, by UN Special Rapporteur and distinguished Kenyan lawyer Maina Kiai, is to be presented to the UN […]

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21 Oct, 2016

How the King’s death impacted Thailand’s inbound/outbound travel

Bangkok – October is an important month for the Thai travel industry. On the inbound sector, it marks the start of the “high season”. On the outbound sector, it is the school holiday period during which many Thai families take a trip abroad. News of the death of His Majesty King Bhumibhol Adulyadej on Oct […]

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20 Oct, 2016

SMEs, Africans big winners at World Tourism Conference 2016 in Penang

Penang, Malaysia — The travel & tourism industry broke new ground at the World Tourism Conference organised in the Malaysian coastal city of Penang between 17-18 October. Free registrations for all 733 delegates from 32 countries and powerful speakers who delivered practical, insightful, well-researched content combined to produce an event that more than lived up […]

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17 Oct, 2016

ITU standardises universal charger for laptops to improve energy efficiency, cut e-waste

Geneva, 14 October 2016  – The International Telecommunications Union, ​ITU, has approved a new environmentally friendly standard for a universal charger for laptops and other portable devices. The new standard provides for improved energy efficiency and reduced greenhouse gas emissions and is expected to lead to significant reductions in e-waste. The new international standard – […]

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16 Oct, 2016

To Honour King Bhumibhol, Time is Ripe for a “Sufficiency Economy Tourism Year”

Bangkok – The Thai government’s official communications unit, the Public Relations Department, has uploaded an e-book containing a comprehensive history of the Sufficiency Economy, the insightful development philosophy espoused by the late monarch, His Majesty King Bhumibhol Adulyadej. Anyone reading through “Harmony with Nature: The Royal Wisdom of King Bhumihol,” will be overwhelmed by its […]

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12 Oct, 2016

Symposium to address World Heritage Committtee conservation concerns on Ayutthaya

Bangkok, UNESCO media release, Oct 12, 2016 – Thailand’s Fine Arts Department aims to address UNESCO World Heritage Committee concerns regarding recent conservation challenges faced by the Historic City of Ayutthaya site at an upcoming international symposium. The symposium, co-hosted by UNESCO, will address issues ranging from post-flood management to ensuring that standards of excellence […]

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12 Oct, 2016

Fate of Arctic and that of the world are intertwined, UN chief warns

United Nations, (UN News Centre) 8 October 2016 – Drawing attention to the melting of the Arctic ice cap, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today underlined the urgency of implementing the Paris Agreement on climate change and the need to help developing countries in their efforts to combat climate change. “The Arctic supports key pillars of the climate system […]

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12 Oct, 2016

Croatia to host International Halal Congress, November 2-4

Opatija, Croatia (IINA) – Opatija Town in Croatia will host next month the first major international halal congress in the country, (World Halal Day), which will bring together the world’s leading halal institutions, manufacturers, service providers, customers and vendors, academic and research community, embassies, government institutions and representatives of other local and international institutions. The […]

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12 Oct, 2016

New UN manual gives more say to indigenous peoples in development projects that affect them

United Nations, (UN News Centre) 10 October 2016 – The United Nations agricultural agency today unveiled a new manual that seeks to ensure that indigenous peoples, custodians of more than 80 per cent of global biodiversity, are able to freely give or deny their consent in development interventions that affect their natural resources or their […]

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12 Oct, 2016

1st Iran Investment Summit to be held in Singapore

Singapore — MillionaireAsia Pte Ltd (Singapore) and Basio Consultants & Services Ltd (Hong Kong) with the support and endorsement from the Government of the Islamic Republic of Iran is pleased to organise the inaugural 1st Iran Investment Summit to be held in Singapore on October 26, 2016 The lifting of sanctions on Iran has created […]

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10 Oct, 2016

Chinese rail companies learn from their mistakes as they expand in Africa

By Luo Ensi (People’s Daily Online), October 07, 2016 – The Chinese-built railway linking the Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa and the port of Djibouti, which will be Africa’s first modern electrified railway, was inaugurated in Addis Ababa on Oct 5. Stretching 725.7 kilometers and with a designed speed of 120 km per hour, the newly-built electric […]

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10 Oct, 2016

China displaces US as top cross-border assets acquirer

Beijing, (CRI Online) October 07, 2016 – China now holds the place as the largest outbound mergers and acquisitions, overtaking the place the US previously held. South China Morning Post reported that the change underscores a global buying spree driven by China’s economic growth over the last three decades as well as its programme encouraging […]

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10 Oct, 2016

China boosts aviation power with nationwide strength

Beijing, (Xinhua), October 01, 2016 – China is gearing up to realize its dream of “taking off” by boosting a global aviation power. It goes all out with the state will and nationwide strength, targeting to have its own aircraft with home-made aero-engine. Within one year, China showed the world with three iconic models of […]

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10 Oct, 2016

Letter from South Africa: The prison where white supremacists jailed Nelson Mandela for 18 years

Robben Island, South Africa — No visit to South Africa is complete without a tour of Robben Island, described by the UNESCO World Heritage documentation as a symbol of “the triumph of the human spirit, of freedom, and of democracy over oppression.” This is where anti-apartheid leader and first President of a democratic South Africa, […]

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7 Oct, 2016

Complaint Filed Against Southwest Airlines for anti-Muslim Religious and Racial Profiling

(SANTA CLARA, CA, 10/5/2016) – (CAIR media release) – The San Francisco Bay Area chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-SFBA) today filed a complaint with U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) Office of Aviation Enforcement and Proceedings against Southwest Airlines for racial and religious profiling of a Muslim passenger. In its complaint, CAIR-SFBA Civil […]

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7 Oct, 2016

Running out of Money is Top Retirement Concern, says AICPA Survey of Financial Planners

NEW YORK, 6 October 2016, (BUSINESS WIRE) — What do you get when you have 10,000 baby boomers retiring every day, at an average retirement age of 62 with a life expectancy of about 22 years, and retirement savings of only $104,000? If you answered a recipe for fiscal disaster, you’d be right. A recent […]

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7 Oct, 2016

ASEAN youth debate on human rights

KUALA LUMPUR, 5 October 2016 (ASEAN secretariat media release) – ASEAN youth met in Kuala Lumpur on 22-23 September 2016 to exchange their views on human rights issues such as abortion, child marriages, climate change, the rights of migrant workers and the right to peace. Their meeting was part of the Youth Debate on Human […]

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7 Oct, 2016

Yahoo gives U.S. intelligence access to users’ emails, report says

LONDON, 5 October 2016, (Xinhua) — Internet technology giant Yahoo reportedly built a custom software program last year to scan all users’ incoming emails so as to comply with a classified order from U.S. intelligence. In a Reuters exclusive report published on Tuesday, sources familiar with the matter told the British media that the U.S. […]

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7 Oct, 2016

China spends 500 mln yuan to support public-private partnerships

BEIJING, 5 October 2016, (Xinhua) — China will support the “preliminary stages” of public-private partnerships (PPP) with 500 million yuan (about 75 million U.S. dollars) in subsidies this year. The funding will be spent on planning, evaluation, formulating implementation programs, preparing bids and contracts, financial consultation, legal counsel, and asset evaluation for over 700 PPPs, […]

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7 Oct, 2016

China sees rising holiday trips, spending

BEIJING, 4 October 2016, (Xinhua)– China has seen a marked increase in tourist visits and spending during this week’s national holiday. Altogether 415 million people visited tourist attractions around the country in the past four days, up 13.8 percent from last year, according to estimates by the China National Tourism Administration (CNTA). Nationwide, tourist spending […]

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5 Oct, 2016

ADB to Provide India $500 Million for Solar Rooftop Systems

MANILA, PHILIPPINES, 4 October 2016, ADB News Release — The Asian Development Bank (ADB) is set to provide $500 million in financing for rooftop solar systems that will help the Indian government expand energy access using renewable energy. ADB will provide the financing to Punjab National Bank – one of India’s largest commercial banks – […]

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5 Oct, 2016

LUI Che Woo Prize – US$2.5 million prize for World Civilisation holds inaugural ceremony

HONG KONG, Oct. 3, 2016 /PRNewswire/ — The LUI Che Woo Prize – Prize for World Civilisation (“the LUI Che Woo Prize” or “the Prize”) today held its Inaugural Prize Presentation Ceremony in Hong Kong, recognising the significant contributions to world civilisation by the three inaugural laureates and share in the Prize’s mission of building […]

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5 Oct, 2016

Europe Plans Major Trade Initiative to Attract Chinese Tourists

London, 3 October 2016, (ETOA Press Release) – At a Conference to be held at the Barbican on November 3rd, ETC and ETOA will unveil their plans for the World Bridge Tourism project sponsored by the European Commission. The project will involve hosting 100 European tourism suppliers in May of next year, who will meet with […]

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5 Oct, 2016

Letter from South Africa: Apartheid Museum Shows How Fearless People Power Ended White Supremacy

Johannesburg – The world celebrated World Tourism Day 2016 in Bangkok, my home city. As global tourism leaders congregated in the Thai capital, I left to spend World Tourism Day and indeed most of September 2016 in South Africa – Nelson Mandela country. This, because I felt it important to respond to a higher calling. […]

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3 Oct, 2016

Letter from South Africa: Travel & Tourism awaits its Gandhi and/or Mandela

Johannesburg — Sunday Oct 2 commemorated the 147th birthday of Mahatma Gandhi, the Father of the Republic of India. The event, marked globally as the International Day of Non-Violence, witnessed the usual round of solemn speeches and tributes. This year, I was fortunate to mark the event in South Africa, the country where the seeds […]

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29 Sep, 2016

China’s outbound tourists to exceed 600 mln in five years

Beijing, 27 September 2016 (Xinhua) — Over 600 million Chinese tourists will travel abroad in the next five years, according to data from China National Tourism Administration (CNTA). In the first half of the year, China’s outbound tourists reached over 59 million, according to CNTA data. Thanks to relaxed visa policies and rising disposable income, […]

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29 Sep, 2016

Japan to relax visa regulations for Chinese visitors from Oct. 17

TOKYO, 27 September 2016, (Xinhua) — Japan’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) said on Tuesday that a previous plan to relax visa regulations for Chinese visitors would come into effect on Oct. 17, with one of the objectives being to boost repeat arrivals and increase bilateral people exchanges. The ministry said that its plans that […]

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29 Sep, 2016

Major construction of world’s longest cross-sea bridge completed

Guangzhou, 27 September 2016,  Xinhua — Major construction work was completed Tuesday on the world’s longest cross-sea bridge, which connects Zhuhai in Guangdong Province with Hong Kong and Macao. A ceremony was held in Zhuhai to celebrate completion of the 55-km cross-sea route and beginning of the assembly of the bridge floor and related work. […]

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29 Sep, 2016

Australian dementia deaths continue to rise as population ages

Canberra, 28 September 2016, Australian Bureau of Statistics – Heart disease has been Australia’s leading cause of death since the early part of the 20th century, but that could be set to change as dementia death rates continue to rise, according to figures released today by the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS). There were 159,052 […]

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29 Sep, 2016

African-American Newspaper Association Declares Police Brutality State of Emergency in the U.S.

WASHINGTON, 26 September 2016, (BUSINESS WIRE)–The nation’s largest trade association of African American owned newspapers and media companies, the National Newspaper Publishers Association (NNPA), today declared the existence of a police brutality state of emergency in the United States with respect to Black America. Denise Rolark Barnes, Chairman of the NNPA and publisher of The […]

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29 Sep, 2016

World Tourism Day: The Best Reporting on Universal Accessibility in Travel & Tourism

Bangkok – The theme of the 2016 World Tourism Day is “Tourism for All – Promoting Universal Accessibility”. Travel Impact Newswire Executive Editor Imtiaz Muqbil has been at the forefront of reporting on Inclusive Travel and Universal Accessibility. Below is a compendium of dispatches published since 2005 on this subject. No other travel publication can […]

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26 Sep, 2016

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

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

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26 Sep, 2016

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

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

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26 Sep, 2016

Cuba launches “targeted tours” to lure more Chinese visitors

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

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26 Sep, 2016

Didi invests in bicycle-sharing platform ofo

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

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26 Sep, 2016

AIIB breaks ground for headquarters in Beijing

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

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26 Sep, 2016

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

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

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26 Sep, 2016

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

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

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21 Sep, 2016

Why Palestine, Zimbabwe made history at PTM 2016

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

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20 Sep, 2016

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

BEIJING, Sept. 18, (Xinhua) — The People’s Daily, the official newspaper of the Communist Party of China, has criticized the United Statesas the “source of turmoil in the world.” The newspaper on Sunday published three articles by Chinese scholars to analyze the causes of expansive and hegemonic moves by the United States from systemic, ideological and strategic […]

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12 Sep, 2016

PATA Mart 2016 proves that Big is Not Necessarily Beautiful

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

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7 Sep, 2016

Terrorist fears lead to decline in European visitor arrivals

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

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7 Sep, 2016

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

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

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7 Sep, 2016

ING Survey: Europeans Sharply Divided About Future Prospects

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

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7 Sep, 2016

The Burkini debate: An Asian Perspective

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

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6 Sep, 2016

Commission proposes 2018 as the European Year of Cultural Heritage

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

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6 Sep, 2016

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

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

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6 Sep, 2016

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

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

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4 Sep, 2016

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

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

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4 Sep, 2016

Indian Government Should Heed Message of General Strike – ITUC

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

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4 Sep, 2016

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

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

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4 Sep, 2016

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

KUALA LUMPUR, Aug 30 (Bernama) — Despite popular fears which range from job losses to doomsday scenarios, finance professionals welcome the rise of artificial intelligence, automation and robots, according to the latest survey by the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA). The results of the poll of 1,628 CIMA members reveal that 83% support the […]

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