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The UNWTO/PATA Forum on Tourism Trends and Outlook Focus On Sustainable Tourism

“The International Year celebrations come at a very important moment since the UN has adopted the universal 2030 agenda of sustainable development and the corresponding 17 SDGs. Thus the IY2017 provides a unique opportunity to highlight the role of tourism …

  • KiwiRail’s Northern Explorer Turns One

    Published on : Thursday, June 27, 2013

    KiwiRail’s all new Northern Explorer service between Auckland and Wellington is celebrating its one-year anniversary of operation today having met its financial targets.   The service, which was launched at Britomart Station on 25 June last year, is performing better …

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  • Big Push To Restore Rail and Ferry Services

    Published on : Thursday, June 27, 2013

    Significant damage to rail tracks along the foreshore between Ngauranga and Petone during last week’s storm means services between Petone and Wellington are bus replaced until further notice.  Hutt Valley, Melling and Wairarapa services are all affected.   A special …

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  • Sealed Air Names Robert Tatterson as Chief Technology Officer

    Published on : Thursday, June 27, 2013

    Today, Sealed Air Corporation announced the appointment of Dr. Robert (Bob) Tatterson as Vice President and Chief Technology Officer. Dr. Tatterson will be responsible for technology strategy and innovation focused on driving growth.   “Bob is an accomplished leader and …

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  • KiwiRail Working To Have Hutt Valley and Wairarapa Trains Back in Operation on Thursday Morning

    Published on : Thursday, June 27, 2013

    KiwiRail is advising Hutt Valley Line and Wairarapa Line train commuters that it is planning to resume normal services on the Hutt Valley and Wairarapa lines tomorrow morning.   “Work is progressing well to restore the damaged track along Wellington’s …

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  • Southwest Airlines Recognizes Gay Pride Month And The Airline’s Ongoing Commitment To The LGBT Community

    Published on : Thursday, June 27, 2013

    Southwest Airlines proudly shows its dedication to the LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender) community through the recognition of Gay Pride Month in June and by ongoing organizational support all throughout the year.   “At Southwest Airlines, we are proud …

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  • Repair Work on Highway 138 Rail Crossing Near Cornwall

    Published on : Thursday, June 27, 2013

    Starting June 25th, VIA Rail will be undertaking work to repair a rail crossing on highway 138 at mileage point 38.68. This is part of a larger maintenance project, which seeks to improve operational and public security.   Work will …

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  • Statement Regarding Friday Night Systems Outage

    Published on : Thursday, June 27, 2013

    Southwest Airlines’ computer systems are fully functional and the operation of our flight schedule is back to normal after a systemwide computer outage late Friday night.   Overall, nearly 60 flights were canceled Friday night or Saturday morning due to …

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  • Istanbul registers record number of tourists

    Published on : Thursday, June 27, 2013

    Almost a million people chose Turkey’s financial and cultural capital İstanbul as their tourist destination this quarter, a record number in the past 10 years.   The İstanbul Cultural and Tourism Directorate said that at least 838,201 tourists visited İstanbul in the …

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  • Youngsters Warned Rail Trespass Could Prove Deadly Mistake

    Published on : Thursday, June 27, 2013

    Network Rail and British Transport Police are warning youngsters to keep off the railway this summer following a number of worrying incidents involving child trespassers.   In the most recent incident, on Sunday evening (June 23), a 12-year-old boy had …

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  • Project to improve tourist places in İstanbul introduced

    Published on : Thursday, June 27, 2013

    A project aimed at improving several districts in İstanbul to increase their popularity as new touristic places was introduced to the public at a recent meeting. According to “İstanbul’da Turizm Merkezlerinin Çeşitlendirilmesi Projesi” (The Project for Diversifying Tourism Centers in İstanbul), the districts of …

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  • Medical tourism growing at a rate of 15-25%

    Published on : Thursday, June 27, 2013

    Growing at a rate of 15-25% with rates highest in North, Southeast and South Asia, the worldwide medical tourism market is strengthening slowly but steadily. The world population is aging and becoming more affluent at rates that surpass the availability of quality healthcare …

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  • New Campaign To promote Regional NSW

    Published on : Thursday, June 27, 2013

    This latest funding is in addition to the $20m in the 2013-14 Budget and the $21 million in regional funding over the next three years.   The campaign, entitled ‘IT’S ON! in Regional NSW’ has been devised by Destination NSW, …

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  • Uruguay is the fourth largest source of tourists to Brazil

    Published on : Thursday, June 27, 2013

    Tourism forms a key element of the relationship between Uruguay and Brazil. Brazil has received an increasing number of visitors from Uruguay. Last year alone, 253,864 Uruguayans were in Brazilian destination which ensures the neighboring South American title of fourth largest source of …

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  • Brazil secured fifth highest growth in international events last year

    Published on : Thursday, June 27, 2013

    The events market in Brazil is booming. Event organizing companies grew 23.3% last year and now stand at the front of travel agencies (21.9%) and fair promoters (14.9%), respectively in the second and third positions, according to data from the 9th Annual Survey …

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  • Hotels.com Crowdsourcing Campaign Reveals The Hotel Offerings Most Important To Travelers

    Published on : Thursday, June 27, 2013

    Cable TV, air conditioning and swimming pools were once among the most sought after hotel offerings, but today’s travelers demand much more from their hotel amenities, services and features.  According to a recent crowdsourcing campaign conducted by leading online booking …

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  • MICE and leisure groups gather in Taiwan leisure farms

    Published on : Thursday, June 27, 2013

    Leisure farms in Taiwan are drawing more MICE and leisure travellers due to their appeal as integrated recreational areas combining accommodation, authentic farming experience and scenic locations.     According to Shinny Chiu, chief operation officer of international marketing at …

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  • Scandic Hotels First To Offer Guests Check-Out By Mobile Phone At All Hotels

    Published on : Thursday, June 27, 2013

    Scandic Hotels is the first hotel chain in the Nordic region to offer a digital solution for checking out at its hotels. In just a few quick steps guests can pay for their room and check out on their smartphone …

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  • Event in Brazil discusses impact of sporting events on tourism

    Published on : Thursday, June 27, 2013

    Throwing light on ‘how major events can help to reverse the deficit in the tourism’, the executive secretary of the Brazil Ministry of Tourism, Valdir Simon said that strengthening the international promotion of Brazil can address this issue. He was speaking during an …

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  • Waste Management Will Zut Breakfast Waste By 232 Tonnes

    Published on : Thursday, June 27, 2013

    Food waste from restaurants accounts for a large proportion of a hotel’s waste in total. Leftovers from buffets, kitchen scraps, bread and what guests leave on the side of their plates all add up to hundreds of kilos every day. …

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  • Six Rajasthan forts selected to be in UNESCO’s World Heritage List

    Published on : Thursday, June 27, 2013

    Giving a boost to India tourism as a whole and particularly to Rajasthan tourism, UNESCO’s World Heritage List recently included 6 hill forts of the state in its list. The hills forts are – Amber, Chittorgarh, Gangron, Jaisalmer, Kumbhalgarh and Ranthambore.   The …

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