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Reports of severe weather keep pouring in from all affected areas

The latest reports on severe weather in the central United States (all times local) are as follows: 6:45 p.m. A severe storm in the St. Louis area is forcing Lambert Airport to temporarily halt all flights. The storm rolled into …

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Air Lease Corporation Announces Delivery of New Airbus A350-900 Aircraft to Sichuan Airlines

Today Air Lease Corporation announced the delivery of one new Airbus A350-900 aircraft on long-term lease to Sichuan Airlines. Featuring Trent XWB-84 engines, this A350-900 is the first ALC A350-900 to deliver to an airline in China. The aircraft is …

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Devastating storm lashes central USA, reports of tornados pour in

A dangerous spring storm unleashed torrential rain, flash floods and hail in central United States — along with more than 130 reports of tornadoes in five days.   Perkins’ Emergency Management office announced that at least one person drowned in Oklahoma …

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Palmas, youngest Brazilian capital, celebrates 30th anniversary

The youngest Brazilian capital, Palmas turned 30 yesterday (May 20). Inaugurated on May 20, 1989 and installed on January 1, 1990, Palmas is embedded in the exuberant landscape of the Cerrado   The planned city is endowed with ample landscaped avenues …

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TTM talk to focus on Making the World Better Place through Travel

The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) has overhauled the knowledge sharing session of its annual Thailand Travel Mart Plus (TTM+) 2019 to better align it with new social, cultural and ecological transitions under way in the kingdom’s fastest growing foreign …

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Toronto gets on board the WestJet Dreamliner to London this winter

WestJet today revealed its winter 787-9 Dreamliner schedule, announcing the state-of-the-art aircraft will be operating its Toronto-London (Gatwick) route. The addition of the WestJet Dreamliner to this route gives Eastern Canada the opportunity to experience a new Business and Premium …

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IFC all set to invest $300m in Indonesia’s tourism-related firms

The International Finance Corporation or IFC, a member of the World Bank Group, will invest up to $300 million in companies associated with tourism-related sectors in Indonesia, a top executive informed DEALSTREETASIA on Wednesday. The figure is fixed for the …

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Tourism Ireland welcomes visit by King Carl XVI Gustaf and Queen Silvia of Sweden

Tourism Ireland welcomes this week’s visit by The King and Queen of Sweden, which is good news for tourism and a unique opportunity to convince potential holidaymakers in Sweden to visit Ireland during 2019.   During their time here, the …

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Canada offers significant potential for Irish tourism – according to new Tourism Ireland research

Canada offers significant potential for Irish tourism, according to new research unveiled by Tourism Ireland today.   The Canadian market has performed strongly for tourism to the island of Ireland in recent years. Ireland is now the seventh most popular European destination …

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Marketing specialists suggests ‘art tourism’ to diversify!

Macau has several non-gaming entertainment offerings. However, if they’re compared with Las Vegas the city is yet to go long way in terms of diversification, Macau International Cultural and Sports Industries Association President Patricia Cheong Sai stated on Tuesday, suggesting …

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Macau introduces survey on tourist tax

The Macao Government Tourism Office (MGTO) has introduced a survey on the probable introduction of a tourist tax to the city. The public opinion poll comprises case analysis and separately, questionnaire exercises to be carried on respectively among the locals …

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CLIA Launches 2018 Asia Cruise Industry Ocean Source market Report

Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA), the world’s largest cruise industry trade association, has released the 2018 Asia Cruise Industry Ocean Source Market Report. The report offers an in-depth look at the growth, demographics and trends of the top source markets …

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Travel Industry Visionary & Leader of Hawaii passes away on May 17, 2019!

Chuck Gee, co-founder and longest-serving dean of the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa School of Travel Industry Management (TIM), died on May 17, 2019.   Gee acted as TIM dean from 1976 until his retirement in 1999. Also, he was …

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Nepal outlaws WeChat & Alipay!

The central bank of Nepal has banned Alipay and WeChat, the popular Chinese digital wallets, an official confirmed on Tuesday, expressing the fear of losing foreign currency earnings from thousands of Chinese tourists that visit the country.   On Monday, …

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Sri Lanka doubles fund program and raises eyebrows

As Pakistan’s loss in stock-market and risk of return to the MSCI frontier index engage the thoughts of the specialist investors’, with the declaration of another US$6 billion International Monetary Fund fiscal and balance-of-payments rescue, the quieter year-long extension of …

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Aloft Hotels Makes Its Debut in the Irish Capital Famed for Its Live Music Scene

Marriott International has announced the opening of the design-led Aloft Dublin City, the first Aloft hotel to open in Ireland. The hotel is located in the Blackpitts area of Dublin’s Liberties, one of the capital’s most dynamic quarters. The Liberties …

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Tourism Ireland unveils new behind-the-scenes video about how stained-glass pieces were created

It’s the sixth and final week of Tourism Ireland’s 2019 Game of Thrones campaign and the latest ‘Glass of Thrones’ has been revealed in Belfast today (Tuesday, 21 May) – at the Titanic Studios.   This week’s installation represents the …

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Ryanair Full Year Profit Down 29% to €1.02BN on Lower Fares

Ryanair today (20 May) reported a full year profit of €1.02bn (excl. Lauda). Strong traffic growth, up 7% to 139m, was offset by a 6% decline in fares. Strong ancillary growth (+19%) was offset by higher fuel, staff and EU261 …

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Austrian about Niki Lauda: “Will preserve heritage in good memory”

“Niki Lauda was not only one of the country’s most famous sportsmen and businessmen. He has also done a lot for aviation in Austria; his personal achievement deserves great respect.   For us, Lauda Air was initially a competitor for …

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German travel writers tour the Shannon Estuary

Five German travel writers – representing various media outlets, including regional newspapers, a special interest magazine and a travel blog – have been visiting Ireland, as guests of Tourism Ireland and Fáilte Ireland. They have a combined audience of almost …

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