Global update for the travel industry (08/27/2017)

Date: Aug 2017

Decadent snacks with wine

By Dr. Elinor Garely - editor in chief of on Aug 26, 2017 11:04 am

The global market for snacks is expected to reach $138.2 billion by 2020 as a result of a frantic and frenetic lifestyle where consumers are replacing main meals with flexible, light and convenient snacking options.

Millennials (24-37), Generation X (38-48) and Generation Z (0-23), are responsible for the growth in better-for-you snack food consumption between and at meals.

Hotel history: Stanley Hotel capitalizes on cult film classic

By Stanley Turkel CMHS on Aug 26, 2017 10:13 am

A newspaper story from a couple of years back entitled, “Hotel That Inspired ‘The Shining’ Builds On Its Eerie Appeal” focused on the Stanley Hotel and Stephen King’s novel that went on to become Stanley Kubrick’s 1980 cult film classic. For years, operators of the Stanley Hotel have used “The Shining” and its paranormal plot as pure marketing gold.

Hurricane Harvey: A personal perspective

By Dr. Peter E. Tarlow - on Aug 26, 2017 09:54 am

Dr. Peter A. Tarlow, a frequent contributor to eTurboNews, shares his personal view of what happened with Hurricane Harvey from his point of view in Corpus Christi, Texas.

Hurricane Harvey made landfall last night not far from Corpus Christi. College Station has a gentle rain that is falling. It is supposed to rain this week here, with some rainfalls being heavy, but we are on the periphery of the storm, and so far, so good. Because Houston is low-lying (sort of the Holland of Texas), flooding there is always a possibility.

Sturgeon County celebrates official opening of two waterfront trails

By Chief Assignment Editor on Aug 26, 2017 08:06 am

The governments of Canada and Alberta recognize the importance of investing in infrastructure that encourages active lifestyles, improves community connections and helps preserve the environment.

The Honourable Amarjeet Sohi, Minister of Infrastructure and Communities; Colin Piquette, MLA for Athabasca-Sturgeon-Redwater; His Worship Tom Flynn, Mayor of Sturgeon County; Brent Collingwood, River Valley Alliance Board Chair, and Christine Nelson, Alberta TrailNet Society Board member, participated in a ribbon-cutting ceremony today to mark the completion of two waterfront trails.

VietJet: No bikini-clad flight attendants on flights to Muslim country

By Chief Assignment Editor on Aug 26, 2017 07:07 am

Vietnamese airline VietJet has promised that all flight attendants on their soon-to-be-opened route from Ho Chi Minh City to Jakarta will be fully clothed after Indonesian authorities raised concerns.

The budget airline shot to prominence in 2012 when it hosted a mid-flight dance by bikini-clad beauty pageant contestants on a flight from Ho Chi Minh City to the coastal resort of Nha Thang in east Vietnam.

Sanya hosts 2017 Internationall MICE Sourcing Fair and 2nd Island MICE Forum

By Chief Assignment Editor on Aug 26, 2017 06:16 am

The 2017 Sanya International MICE Sourcing Fair and 2nd International Island (Sanya) MICE Forum kicked off on August 24th in Sanya, a tropical seaside tourist city on China’s Hainan Island. This year’s event was hosted by the Sanya government, organized by the Sanya Tourism Development Commission, and co-organized by the Sanya Tourism Association and MICE China Magazine.

Saudi Arabia expecting to welcome two million international pilgrims for Hajj

By Chief Assignment Editor on Aug 26, 2017 05:50 am

At yesterday’s United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) meeting in Madrid, ahead of the General Assembly next month in China, the outgoing Secretary General, Dr. Taleb Rifai, chose to make curiously-timed, critical remarks about investigative media articles related to the election.

Sustainable tourism: Red Rocks Cultural Center seeks to lift Rwandan rural women out of poverty

By editor on Aug 25, 2017 04:46 pm


Rwanda is an agro-based country, and more than 80 percent of its population live in villages. Most of them are poor. The majority of these people only have their homestead, and they only have agriculture to invest in. Red Rocks Self Help has identified key areas through which this vast majority of people can invest in and have a sustainable income to lift them out of the chronic poverty they face.

New Managing Director of Investor Relations at Southwest Airlines

By editor on Aug 25, 2017 04:41 pm

Southwest Airlines announced that Ryan Martinez will be assuming the position of Managing Director of Investor Relations, taking over the role currently held by Marcy Brand.

Brand has chosen to assume a different leadership role in the Finance Department. Martinez will step into his new position on September 11.

Seychelles Tourism Board relocating

By editor on Aug 25, 2017 04:13 pm

The Seychelles Tourism Board (STB) will soon be running its operations to market and promote the Seychelles islands as a tourist destination at a new location.

The STB will be moving from the Espace building, where it has been based since 2013, to its new headquarters at the Botanical House at Mont Fleuri.

The FAA prepares for Hurricane Harvey

By Chief Assignment Editor on Aug 25, 2017 03:20 pm

The Federal Aviation Administration closely monitors forecasted hurricanes and severe weather events and prepares FAA facilities and equipment to withstand storm damage. We prepare and protect air traffic control facilities along the projected storm path so we can quickly resume operations after the hurricane passes. Enabling flights to resume quickly is critical to support disaster relief efforts.

FAA Administrator Huerta dedicates new Taos runway

By Chief Assignment Editor on Aug 25, 2017 03:16 pm

Culminating a two-decade-long effort, FAA Administrator Michael P. Huerta today joined local and state officials in dedicating the new, 8,600-foot runway at Taos Regional Airport.

The new runway is perpendicular to the original runway. It will enable pilots to operate more safely at times of year when wind directions make the airfield more challenging.

Sydney to London: Qantas announces world’s longest nonstop flight

By Chief Assignment Editor on Aug 25, 2017 10:29 am

Australian airline Qantas Airways wants to overtake Qatar’s record by offering what will be the world’s longest nonstop commercial flight.

The 20-hour journey will take passengers directly from Sydney to London by Airbus or Boeing jet, depending on which aircraft manufacturer can best fly the distance. It is expected to be made available within the next five years, Reuters reports, citing a “source familiar with the matter.”

Boeing and Japan Investment Adviser finalize order for 10 737 MAX 8 planes

By Chief Assignment Editor on Aug 25, 2017 09:16 am

Boeing [NYSE: BA] and Tokyo-based Japan Investment Adviser Co., Ltd., (JIA) today finalized an order for Boeing 737 MAX 8 airplanes, valued at $1.12 billion at current list prices. The order was previously announced as a commitment at the 2017 Paris Air Show in June.

Wine with a view: Enjoy the Heidelberg region with a glass of house-made wine at Best Western Plus Palatin Hotel Wiesloch

By editor on Aug 25, 2017 09:13 am

The Best Western Plus Palatin Hotel is a 4-star hotel with boarding house and annexed convention center at the heart of the wine-growing town of Wiesloch – between the historic cities of Heidelberg, Schwetzingen and Speyer. Due to its central position and its advantageous transport connections the hotel is well suited for visits of famous sites like the Heidelberg Castle, the romantic Neckar valley or the picturesquely dreamy landscape of the Kraichgau region.

World’s longest inland paddleboard race set For Lake Tahoe

By Chief Assignment Editor on Aug 25, 2017 09:06 am

The world’s longest inland paddleboard race is on tap as part of the second annual “Tahoe Vista Paddlefest” September 8 – 10, 2017. It’s the finale of the Tahoe Cup Paddle Racing Series wrapped with family-focused events, music, and many more health and wellness activities at Mourelatos Lakeshore Resort in Tahoe Vista, CA.

The schedule includes “Women on Water” on September 8, “The Butterfly Effect” on September 9, and the finale of “Tahoe Vista Paddlefest” on September 10 with the 22-mile long “Fall Classic” paddleboard race followed by beachfront festivities.

Honduras launches new attractive Tourism Promotion Law to foster investment

By Chief Assignment Editor on Aug 25, 2017 08:30 am

As an outcome of the Honduras2020 program, several public and private sector institutions accompanied President Juan Orlando Hernández in the approval act of the new Tourism Promotion Law, submitted by the National Congress with attractive benefits to detonate investment and employment in the tourism sector of Honduras.

CALC delivers strong results in first half of 2017

By Chief Assignment Editor on Aug 25, 2017 08:19 am

Genting Cruise Lines is set to launch World Dream, Asia’s newest luxury cruise ship from Dream Cruises, this November at her dual homeports in Hong Kong and Guangzhou (Nansha) to continue to grow the Pearl River Delta cruise industry and provide fly/cruise options for the region.

Aircraft Recycling International signs MOU with Honeywell, co-develop used aircraft solutions

By Chief Assignment Editor on Aug 25, 2017 06:09 am

Aircraft Recycling International (ARI), the first full life solutions provider for used aircraft in Asia, is pleased to announce that it has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Honeywell Aerospace via its wholly-owned subsidiary, China Aircraft Disassembly Centre (Hong Kong) Limited Company, with regards to the parties’ strategic cooperation intention for expanding aircraft maintenance and dismantling businesses at ARI’s China Aircraft Disassembly Centre located at Harbin.

Benchmark appoints new Area Director of Finance, New Brunswick, NJ

By Chief Assignment Editor on Aug 25, 2017 06:06 am

Benchmark, a global hospitality company, has named Bryan Lowe area director of finance. Kirk Jones, chief financial officer, made the announcement. Mr. Lowe will be based in BENCHMARK’s regional office in New Brunswick, New Jersey. “I am very pleased to announce Bryan’s promotion and expanded responsibilities.” said Mr. Jones.

Puerto Vallarta welcomes four-legged friends

By Chief Assignment Editor on Aug 25, 2017 05:32 am

One of the great joys of traveling is sharing the experience with loved ones – including pets. Whether traveling with a pet for companionship, service or comfort, visitors will find Puerto Vallarta’s pet friendly atmosphere and infrastructure, as well as diversity of offerings and services, make it easy to bring along four-legged friends.

Record 90 ambassadors in Madrid discussing pressing UNWTO Issues

By Juergen T Steinmetz on Aug 24, 2017 11:50 pm

On August 20 the UNWTO Secretariat confirmed to WorldTourismWire the organization was holding a routine meeting for all Embassies and UNWTO Permanent Representatives based in Madrid to update them on a series of issues related to the Organization, including the upcoming UNWTO General Assembly. The meeting was scheduled for August 25, 2017.

Historic renovation of Wat Aruns famed pagoda completed

By Juergen T Steinmetz on Aug 24, 2017 11:12 pm

The world-famous Temple of Dawn pagoda, also internationally known as Wat Arun, will officially be reopened the end of this year after being closed to visitors for three years to undergo repairs and renovation along with other structures in the temple compound.

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