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  • New Appointment: Bodini Elected New Chairman of ETOA

    Published on : Saturday, November 1, 2014

    ETOA, the European tourism association has elected Mario Bodini as its new Chairman following Patrick Richards stepping down, after a 7 year term. Mario is the Executive Vice President of JacTravel, the B2B wholesaler which was recently sold by Bowmark …

  • Dreams to Space tourism suffers setback with VirginGalactic crash

    Published on : Saturday, November 1, 2014

    VirginGalactic’s SpaceShipTwo space Tourism Craft crashed in the California desert killing one pilot and injuring another. The spaceship was created to carry paying passengers into the suborbital space.   The craft was undergoing its first power test over the Mojave …

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  • Safety Advisory for Tourists Celebrating Halloween in U.S.

    Published on : Friday, October 31, 2014

    With the arrival of Halloween and the end of Daylight Saving Time, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is reminding Americans to drive safely, keep an eye out for trick-or-treaters, and to never drink and drive if you’ve celebrated with …

  • Adventure Travel Sector Explores Sustainable Future

    Published on : Friday, October 31, 2014

    A 50-year roadmap for the future of adventure travel and responsible tourism will be explored during World Travel Market, the leading global event for the travel industry.   Issues, policies and trends in the adventure travel sector will be debated …

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Global Travel News

  • Sodexo Prestige Cater for Tourism Oscars

    Published on : Saturday, November 1, 2014

    Hospitality bosses are gearing up for Scotland’s regional ‘tourism Oscars’ as the best and brightest battle it out for a place in the nationals.The prestigious ‘Scottish Thistle Awards’, run by Scotland’s national tourism organisation,VisitScotland, will toast the biggest, best and most …

  • Health Groups Demand Ban ‘medical tourism’ in Ontario

    Published on : Saturday, November 1, 2014

    Associations of health organizations made warning during a media conference held at Queen’s Park urging the provincial government to ban “medical tourism” as hospitals offer preferential medical treatment for a fee to international patients compromising Ontario’s health system.       …

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  • AH&LEF awards hospitality scholarships to 104 minority students

    Published on : Saturday, November 1, 2014

    The American Hotel & Lodging Educational Foundation (AH&LEF), the not-for-profit affiliate of the American Hotel & Lodging Association (AH&LA), is awarding 104 hospitality scholarships to minority students. This total represents more than one-third of the 338 scholarships awarded by AH&LEF …

  • A Night Of The Arts At The Ritz-Carlton, Vienna, Featuring The Works O

    Published on : Saturday, November 1, 2014

    The Ritz-Carlton, Vienna will host A Night of the Arts on 4th December 2014 exclusively for members of The Ritz-Carlton Rewards program. This unique occasion will feature a one-of-a-kind look at the works of 19th century Austrian painters Gustav Klimt …

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  • Dreams to Space tourism suffers setback with VirginGalactic crash

    Published on : Saturday, November 1, 2014

    VirginGalactic’s SpaceShipTwo space Tourism Craft crashed in the California desert killing one pilot and injuring another. The spaceship was created to carry paying passengers into the suborbital space.   The craft was undergoing its first power test over the Mojave …

  • Safety Advisory for Tourists Celebrating Halloween in U.S.

    Published on : Friday, October 31, 2014

    With the arrival of Halloween and the end of Daylight Saving Time, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is reminding Americans to drive safely, keep an eye out for trick-or-treaters, and to never drink and drive if you’ve celebrated with …

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    MIDDLE EAST

  • Care for Petra campaign launched by PDTRA for improving tourist behavi

    Published on : Friday, October 31, 2014

    A new campaign targeting tourists and the tourism industry is being launched to improve tourist attitudes and behaviour towards working children, working animals and the historic monuments of Petra in Jordan. The “Care for Petra” Campaign is the result of …

  • Abu Dhabi International Airports’ Al Reem Lounge Set to Welcome Pass

    Published on : Friday, October 31, 2014

    Abu Dhabi International Airport, in cooperation with Plaza Premium Lounge Management Limited (PPLML), the pioneer and industry leader in premium airport services, revealed its newly renovated Al Reem lounge by Plaza Premium Lounge in Terminal 1 as part of its …

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    ASIA

  • Malaysia Airlines rolls out its latest technology – MHupgrade

    Published on : Friday, October 31, 2014

    Malaysia Airlines announced its latest product, MHupgrade, which offers guests the opportunity to upgrade their seats by determining their own price. MHupgrade is based on forecasted empty seats available on First and Business Class for customers to submit their offer …

  • Tourism Industry of Asia To Face Shortage Of Skilled Manpower

    Published on : Thursday, October 30, 2014

    Tourism Industry of Asia To Face Shortage Of Skilled Manpower Speaking at a news conference at the start of ITB Asia 2014, a global trade show for the region’s travel market, president and chief executive of the London-based World Travel and Tourism Council, …

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  • Hefty compensations await pax hurt by airlines delays

    Published on : Saturday, November 1, 2014

    All the airlines are in the process of paying hefty compensation to millions of passengers whose flights were delayed after their (airlines companies’) appeals were declined by judges in an historic hearing.   The UK Supreme Court’s decision will permit passengers to …

  • SriLankan Airlines’ new A330-300 to wow passengers with in-fligh

    Published on : Saturday, November 1, 2014

    In a major milestone signifying the beginning of a new era, national carrier SriLankan Airlines’ new Airbus A330-300 touched down at the Bandaranaike International Airport in Katunayake, to a ceremonial welcome at an event attended by the Minister of Civil …

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    CRUISE NEWS

  • Cruise Industry Honored with Marine Environmental Protection Award

    Published on : Friday, October 31, 2014

    In recognition of the cruise industry’s efforts to preserve the marine environment, the North American Marine Environment Protection Association (NAMEPA) has awarded Cruise Lines International Association with NAMEPA’s 2014 Marine Environment Protection Association Award.     The Award will be …

  • Un-Cruise Adventures reveal details of the Galapagos Island adventure

    Published on : Friday, October 31, 2014

    Un-Cruise Adventures gears up for its first foray into Ecuador’s Galápagos Islands and the historic city of Quito, both UNESCO World Heritage Sites, with eight departures planned in 2016.  Travelers interested in a longer adventure in South America may add …

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    HOTEL NEWS

  • AH&LEF awards hospitality scholarships to 104 minority students

    Published on : Saturday, November 1, 2014

    The American Hotel & Lodging Educational Foundation (AH&LEF), the not-for-profit affiliate of the American Hotel & Lodging Association (AH&LA), is awarding 104 hospitality scholarships to minority students. This total represents more than one-third of the 338 scholarships awarded by AH&LEF …

  • A Night Of The Arts At The Ritz-Carlton, Vienna, Featuring The Works O

    Published on : Saturday, November 1, 2014

    The Ritz-Carlton, Vienna will host A Night of the Arts on 4th December 2014 exclusively for members of The Ritz-Carlton Rewards program. This unique occasion will feature a one-of-a-kind look at the works of 19th century Austrian painters Gustav Klimt …

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    TOURISM NEWS

  • Health Groups Demand Ban ‘medical tourism’ in Ontario

    Published on : Saturday, November 1, 2014

    Associations of health organizations made warning during a media conference held at Queen’s Park urging the provincial government to ban “medical tourism” as hospitals offer preferential medical treatment for a fee to international patients compromising Ontario’s health system.       …

  • World Bank Group announces additional $100 m for Ebola treatment

    Published on : Friday, October 31, 2014

    The World Bank Group announced  an additional $100 million funding in its Ebola crisis response to speed up deployment of foreign health workers to the three worst-affected countries in West Africa. The announcement increases the World Bank Group’s funding for …

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An interview with Mike Lee is the Vice President of Sales for Marina Bay Sands. Enhancing aspects of MICE, Business and Leisure Tourism and special focus on revenue responsibility, he joined Marina Bay Sands in November 2010. With over 35 years of hotel marketing, sales and developmental experience he has set dynamic standards in the hotel industry.

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