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ABTA set to launch direct debit system

ABTA has decided to launch a replacement version of its Single Payment System to members later this year. The technology has been developed by Travel Ledger. The direct debit system allows fast online payments between travel agents and tour operators. Transactions …

  • Cinnamon Elephant Project Honoured With PATA Gold Award 2018

    Published on : Thursday, November 29, 2018

    Cinnamon Hotels and Resorts together with their globally acclaimed ecotourism arm Cinnamon Nature Trails were recognized for their ground-breaking elephant conservation project by the Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA) for the PATA Grand and Gold Awards 2018. They were honoured …

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  • UNWTO Features as Tourism Enters Ibero-American Cooperation Agenda

    Published on : Friday, November 23, 2018

    The 26th Ibero-American Summit of Heads of State and Government (La Antigua, Guatemala, 15-16 November) concluded with a high-level political declaration on sustainable development in which tourism plays a key supporting role. The commitment, which includes the World Tourism Organization …

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  • Tourism Awards Showcase The Best Of NSW

    Published on : Friday, November 23, 2018

    Minister for Tourism and Major Events Adam Marshall congratulated the winners and said they exemplified the high standard and diverse range of NSW tourism experiences on offer.   “Tourism is big business and a vital industry to our State’s economy …

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  • PATA reveals growth hacking techniques with travel industry professionals in the Maldives

    Published on : Friday, November 23, 2018

    In response to the success of the first PATA Human Capacity Building Programme in the Maldives on July 12-17, 2017, the Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA) organized the second PATA Human Capacity Building Programme with the theme ‘Growth Hacking: How …

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  • PATA Destination Marketing Forum 2018 to be held in Khon Kaen

    Published on : Wednesday, November 21, 2018

    This November, between 28 and 30, travel experts from all over the world would be dropping into the northeastern province of Khon Kaen as Thailand Convention and Exhibition Bureau (TCEB), the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT), and the Pacific Asia …

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  • Dream Vacations Wins Marketing Innovation Award from International Franchise Association

    Published on : Tuesday, November 20, 2018

    The forward-thinking marketing department of leading travel agency franchise Dream Vacations was the only travel franchise recognized at the International Franchise Association’s (IFA) annual Marketing Innovation & Technology Conference (MITcon) in Austin, Texas. Dream Vacations won first place in the Franchise Development category. …

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  • Sharjah Hospitality Forum targets recent travel trends

    Published on : Friday, November 16, 2018

    Understanding millennial travelers and the recent trend of budget tourism will be the prime focus at the Sharjah Hospitality Forum (SHF) of this year, which was inaugurated today at the Al Jawaher Reception and Convention Center.   Organized under the …

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  • Community Involvement Needed in Cultural Tourism’s Digital Transformation, says UNWTO Seminar

    Published on : Wednesday, November 14, 2018

    Cultural and heritage attractions are key to tourism development in many countries around the world, and innovation and technology can make these attractions more accessible while preserving their essence, the seminar concluded. It also stressed that innovation and technology should …

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  • PATA welcomes Twenty31 as its newest Preferred Partner

    Published on : Wednesday, November 14, 2018

    The Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA) and Twenty31 Consulting Inc., an innovation-driven management consultancy, today announced a new Preferred Partnership agreement.   As a part of the agreement, both parties agree to collaborate on advocacy and industry affairs, events, and …

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  • MATTA Appeals For Temporary Waiver of Visa Fees For Chinese and Indian Tourists

    Published on : Tuesday, November 13, 2018

    The Malaysian Association of Tour and Travel Agents is appealing to the Malaysian Government to waive visa fees for Chinese and Indian tourists. MATTA President Datuk Tan Kok Liang says, “This is necessary in view of Thailand waiving visa-on-arrival fees for two months from …

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  • Bad Brexit and VAT increase might pose serious threat to Irish Tourism

    Published on : Monday, November 12, 2018

    The tourism industry of Ireland is booming, but the combined effect of a ‘bad’ Brexit and a VAT rise to come into effect on January 1 could pose threats.   These issues were discussed at ‘Let’s Talk Tourism’, the national …

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  • TOTA to host International Indigenous Tourism Conference 2019

    Published on : Friday, November 2, 2018

    The Thompson Okanagan Tourism Association (TOTA) along with its  partners Indigenous Tourism of British Columbia (ITBC), Tourism Kelowna, Westbank First Nation, Shuswap Nation Tribal Council, Shackan Indian Band, Lower Nicola Indian Band, were selected as the successful bidder to host …

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  • UNWTO Agenda Receives Strong Support at Executive Council and Introduces Technology Forum

    Published on : Thursday, November 1, 2018

    The World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) concluded its 109th Executive Council session in Manama, Bahrain today, with Members showing appreciation both for progress made under the 2018 institutional priorities and for the Organization’s financial stability and restructuring process. Tomorrow UNWTO will …

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  • The 12th UNWTO/PATA Forum Looks Into the Future of Tourism

    Published on : Tuesday, October 30, 2018

    The World Tourism Organization (UNWTO), the Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA) and the People’s Government of Guilin, China held the 12th UNWTO/PATA Forum on Tourism Trends and Outlook on 25-27 October 2018. This year’s edition – ‘The Future of Tourism: …

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  • Ethiopian Airlines and Only Merit to jointly promote Medical Tourism in Africa and India

    Published on : Wednesday, October 24, 2018

    Ethiopian Airlines and Only Merit come together to promote Medical Travel Packages from African Territories to India, Malaysia & UAE.   Ethiopian Airlines is the largest and the leading Pan-African airline group. Ethiopian commands the lion’s share of the Pan-African …

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  • Travelport becomes first GDS operator to offer NDC content

    Published on : Tuesday, October 23, 2018

    Travelport, the leading travel commerce platform, has become the first GDS operator to manage the live booking of flights using the International Air Transport Association’s (IATA) New Distribution Capability (NDC) technical standard.     Travelport’s Claire Osborne (left) with Meon …

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  • British travelers show soft corner for Europe

    Published on : Thursday, October 11, 2018

    All the more Brits are packing their bags, with many targeting Greece as their vacation destination of choice as illustrated by the continuously increasing figures presented by the Association of British Travel Agents (ABTA) this week. As per a recent …

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  • Rugby sevens in Southern and East Africa gains momentum in recent years

    Published on : Thursday, October 11, 2018

    In the recent years, Rugby sevens in Southern and East Africa has gained much-deserved momentum, and it is attracting more and more spectators, many of whom are international tourists.   According to Judy Lain, Wesgro’s Chief Marketing Officer, Rugby sevens …

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  • UNWTO, WTO, WTTC & ITC are urging for closer global cooperation on trade and tourism

    Published on : Thursday, October 11, 2018

    Three international bodies are asking for closer global cooperation on trade and tourism, urging for greater participation of the tourism sector in trade policy.   The UNWTO, the WTO, the WTTC, and the International Trade Center (ITC) said in a …

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  • International Tourism Maintains Strong Momentum

    Published on : Wednesday, October 10, 2018

    All world regions enjoyed robust growth in tourist arrivals in January-June 2018. The increase was fuelled by strong demand from major source markets, supported by an upswing in the global economy. It comes after record year-round growth of 7% in …

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