Global update for the travel industry (09/03/2017)

Date: Sep 2017

Is your sunscreen destroying coral reefs?

By Dmytro Makarov on Sep 02, 2017 07:48 pm

This post was originally published on this siteClimate change has been deemed the most general culprit of coral bleaching globally. However, recent studies have shown that a common compound, oxybenzone found in sunscreen is causing mass devastation to coral reefs. The UV-absorbing chemical has been shown to poison coral in several ways.

Super heroes and their wine list

By Dr. Elinor Garely - editor in chief of wines.travel on Sep 02, 2017 11:04 am

This post was originally published on this siteeTurboNews - Jason recently introduced me to the Super Heroes of NYC during a 3-hour Super Tour bus journey and walk around Manhattan. Please know that I am not a Super Heroes groupie. As a child, I preferred Zombies and science fiction to Batman and Robin; however, when the invitation to see the not-so-obvious New York world of Batman, Superman and the Hulk, the idea seemed like a reasonably interesting way to spend a summer morning – looking at Manhattan from a Heroes point of view.

Hong Kong Airlines welcomes its first A350-900

By Chief Assignment Editor on Sep 02, 2017 10:04 am

This post was originally published on this siteHong Kong Airlines has taken delivery of its first A350-900, making it the 15th airline worldwide to operate the newest model of twin-aisle aircraft, Airbus China confirmed Saturday. Hong Kong Airlines will acquire 21 Airbus A350 XWB, including 15 purchased directly from Airbus and six on lease from third party lessors, said Airbus China.

US extends European travel alert: ‘Terrorists focus on tourist sites as attack targets’

By Chief Assignment Editor on Sep 02, 2017 07:15 am

This post was originally published on this siteThe US has extended a European travel alert for its citizens, warning that terrorists continue to focus on tourist sites as attack targets, and that those traveling to the continent should “exercise additional vigilance” around such areas. The alert, issued Thursday, cites “widely reported incidents” in France, Russia, Sweden, the United Kingdom, Spain, and Finland, adding that the State Department “remains concerned about the potential for future terrorist attacks.”

Russian Emergency Ministry: 215 tourists evacuated from Elbrus area hit by mudslide

By Chief Assignment Editor on Sep 02, 2017 06:24 am

This post was originally published on this siteAt least 215 tourists, including more than 100 foreigners, have been evacuated from the mountainous Elbrus area of the Kabardino-Balkar Republic in the Russian Caucasus following a mudslide, the head of the local branch of the Russian Emergency Ministry, Igor Oder, said.

Seychelles Tourism Board & Seoul Tourism Association signs MOU for closer cooperation

By Juergen T Steinmetz on Sep 02, 2017 12:35 am

This post was originally published on this siteSherin Francis, Chief Executive officer of the Seychelles Tourism Board (STB) who is in a working visit to Seoul Korea signed a memorandum of Understanding with the Seoul Tourism Association (STA). The MOU was signed on the side of the Seoul Tourism Association by Mr Jeongrok Park, the Vice Chairman of the association.

Texas Operation Airdrop Mobilizes Aerial Armada

By Juergen T Steinmetz on Sep 02, 2017 12:33 am

This post was originally published on this siteOperation Airdrop was formed just days ago by radio host John Clay Wolfe and Doug Jackson to deliver relief supplies to hard to reach areas along the Texas Gulf Coast.  In the few days since it was created, the group has grown to 50+ pilots and planes from across the nation.

Zimbabwe politics: Tourism Minister Dr.Walter Mzembi explains

By Juergen T Steinmetz on Sep 01, 2017 10:50 pm

This post was originally published on this siteeTurboNews - Zimbabwe known to have a  wealth of resources such as gold and platinum – was one of the most developed in Africa 20 years ago, with an envied infrastructure and education system. According to Dr. Walter Mzembi, Minister of Tourism and Hospitalities, it’s just global speculation on Zimbabwe politics.

Sustainable tourism: A pathway to development and poverty eradication in Africa

By Apolinari Tairo - eTN Tanzania on Sep 01, 2017 04:56 pm

This post was originally published on this siteeTurboNews - The United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) report on Economic Development in Africa for this year has singled out tourism as a tool for development and poverty eradication on this continent. The UNCTAD report concluded that tourism can be an engine for inclusive growth and a complement to development strategies aimed at fostering economic diversification and structural transformation within an appropriate policy context.

Massive mudslide traps more than 300 tourists in Russia’s Mount Elbrus area

By Chief Assignment Editor on Sep 01, 2017 02:45 pm

This post was originally published on this siteAround 300 tourists, including more than 100 foreigners, are trapped in the mountainous Elbrus area of the Kabardino-Balkar Republic in the Russian Caucasus following a mudslide. Russian emergency services are preparing to evacuate the tourists. “There are 301 tourists in the area of the mudslide, they were trapped due to blocking of the Prokhladniy-Azau road.

Travel Agents Federation of India set for annual convention

By Haresh Munwani on Sep 01, 2017 12:06 pm

This post was originally published on this siteThe Travel Agents Federation of India (TAFI), the largest representative body of the country, along with IATA-accredited travel agents, will have their annual International Travel Convention in Turkey from October 27-31, 2017. The event will be held under the theme of “Sustainable Success – Smart Way Forward.”

Mauritius upbeat about tourism from India

By Anil Mathur - eTN India on Sep 01, 2017 11:39 am

This post was originally published on this siteThe exotic Indian Ocean island of Mauritius is upbeat about growth in tourism from India. This island nation and country have strong cultural and historic ties. A 21-member strong delegation was in India as part of a 4-city road show to Delhi, Bengalru, Chenni, and Mumbai to boost arrivals.

Eastern Airways’ Newcastle route launches at Belfast City Airport

By Chief Assignment Editor on Sep 01, 2017 10:34 am

This post was originally published on this siteEastern Airways today launched its new non-stop service from Belfast City Airport (BHD) to Newcastle – less than six months after the airline first entered the Northern Ireland market. The UK regional airline is now providing a convenient, daily weekday service to the north east of England, with Visit Belfast welcoming the return of a Newcastle route to Belfast City Airport.

How a Georgian journalist sees UNWTO nominee Zurab Pololikashvili for Secretary General?

By Juergen T Steinmetz on Sep 01, 2017 09:45 am

This post was originally published on this siteeTurboNews - The Author of this Due Diligence Report on UNWTO Nominee Zurab Pololikashvili is a geopolitical analysts with extremely strong ties to the country of Georgia. If there is any partiality in this report, then it is the authors’ concern and regard for Georgia. For that reason alone, it is not in the interest of the authors to hurt the chances of the Georgian candidate, Zurab Pololikashvili, from becoming the first Georgian UNWTO Secretary-General.

Looking back to 2009: UNWTO Secretary General Election

By Juergen T Steinmetz on Sep 01, 2017 09:41 am

This post was originally published on this siteeTurboNews - World Tourism Secretary General election in 2009 went well.  This was in 2009, and we all know the challenges today, 10 days before confirming or not confirming the 2017 election nominee. The count down is ticking. On May 7, 2009 Nelson Alcantara, the editor in chief for eTurboNews (eTN) wrote that the  UNWTO  executive council elected the “right person” for Secretary General.

China International Tourism Industry Expo 2017 opens in Guangzhou on September 8

By Chief Assignment Editor on Sep 01, 2017 09:20 am

This post was originally published on this siteThe China (Guangdong) International Tourism Industry Expo 2017 (CITIE) will be staged from September 8 to September 10 in Area A of China Import and Export Fair Complex. The Expo will house 4,500 standard booths across 90,000 m2 for exhibitors from 55 countries and regions and 22 Chinese provinces, municipalities, and autonomous regions.

Wynn Resorts donates $7.5 million to those affected by Hurricane Harvey in Texas and Typhoon Hato in Macau

By Chief Assignment Editor on Sep 01, 2017 09:05 am

This post was originally published on this siteThe following statement is from Steve Wynn, Wynn Resorts Chairman and CEO: “It is a very sad and tragic coincidence that in two major cities where we have our employees and customers – Macau, in the People’s Republic of China, and Houston, Texas — tragedy struck within a few days of each other.

World’s tallest sandcastle built in Duisburg, Germany

By Chief Assignment Editor on Sep 01, 2017 08:17 am

This post was originally published on this siteThe world’s tallest sandcastle was built in Duisburg in just 25 days. Made from 3,500 tonnes of sand, this sculpture is exactly 16.68 metres tall and therefore 184 centimetres higher than the previous world record, which was set in India. Jack Brockbank, Official Adjudicator at GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS®, measured the sandcastle himself using laser technology, declared the record attempt to be valid and presented Mr Kassner, Managing Director of schauinsland-reisen and the man behind the sandcastle, with the much-coveted GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS® certificate at 12.31 p.m.

Viking announces second world cruise for fourth ship

By Chief Assignment Editor on Sep 01, 2017 08:05 am

This post was originally published on this siteAhead of its first-ever World Cruise scheduled for this winter, Viking Cruises today announced Viking Sun will continue to sail the globe on the company’s second World Cruise, which will span 128-days, five continents, 21 countries and 44 ports, with 10 port overnights.

Italian National Tourist Board will be Premier Partner at WTM London 2017

By Chief Assignment Editor on Sep 01, 2017 07:20 am

This post was originally published on this site The Italian National Tourist Board will be the Premier Partner at WTM London 2017 – the leading global event for the travel industry – as Italy takes a “fundamental step” towards a new marketing strategy. Known as ENIT, the tourism body has signed the Premier Partnership deal to ensure widespread media coverage; to offer maximum support to its tourism industry; and to highlight Italy’s diverse range of holidays.

Expedia announces new Chief Financial Officer

By Chief Assignment Editor on Sep 01, 2017 07:10 am

This post was originally published on this site Alan Pickerill Expedia, Inc. today announced that its Board of Directors has approved the appointment of Alan Pickerill, currently Senior Vice President, Treasurer and Head of Investor Relations, to succeed Mark Okerstrom as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer. As announced previously, Okerstrom has been appointed to the role of President and Chief Executive Officer.

Washington Marriott Wardman Park provides amnesty for “lost” memorabilia

By Chief Assignment Editor on Sep 01, 2017 06:18 am

This post was originally published on this site Washington Marriott Wardman Park Ushering in its centennial celebration next year, the Washington Marriott Wardman Park is offering a two-night weekend stay in its iconic Langston Hughes suite for the guest with the best story who returns a piece of lost history or memorabilia to the historic hotel in Woodley Park.

Seabourn celebrates major milestone with launch ceremony for Seabourn Ovation

By Chief Assignment Editor on Sep 01, 2017 06:05 am

This post was originally published on this site Today, the world’s finest ultra-luxury cruise line Seabourn marked a major construction milestone with a traditional coin and launch ceremony for its newest ship, Seabourn Ovation, at the Fincantieri shipyard in Sestri, Italy. Seabourn Ovation is set to welcome guests and begin sailing in May 2018.

Ibiza International Nightlife Congress: Avoiding sexual assault and sexist behavior

By Chief Assignment Editor on Sep 01, 2017 05:31 am

This post was originally published on this site The 4th International Nightlife Congress, to be held this year in Ibiza, introduces as a novelty a conference on measures and protocols to adopt to prevent sexual assaults and sexist behaviors. The Congress will also deal with issues such as security, noise pollution, drunken tourism, and the importance of nightlife quality for a tourist destination.

Vietjet posts significant revenue growth for first half of 2017

By Chief Assignment Editor on Sep 01, 2017 05:24 am

This post was originally published on this site Vietjet Aviation Joint Stock Company yesterday announced that its revenue for the first six months of 2017 has reached VND16,423 billion (USD722 million) in revenue and VND1,797 billion (USD79 million), according to audited financial statements and reviewed financial statements provided by KPMG.

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