Global update for the travel industry (11/05/2017)

Date: Dec 2017

Ghana’s Vice President concerned about high African air fares

The Vice President of Ghana, Dr Mahamudu Bawumia recently expressed concern about the high airfares in Africa, and he asked African countries to open up their air spaces by reducing the taxes on inter-country flights to boost the tourism industry.

Grenada: Poverty or Paradise?

Grenada, the host country for the recent Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO), State of the Industry Conference (SOTIC) was held at the Radisson Hotel. The original conference topic focused on targeting new markets for increased sales and was set prior to the arrival of the hurricanes that devastated the region. 

The Bus Stops Here! Innovative Tech To Transform Public Transport

Imagine never having to walk to, wait for and frustrate over a bus again, but, rather, the vehicle is conveniently routed directly to you, on-demand, in accordance with your own specifications.

Hyatt Hotel London Heathrow as simple as 1,2,3,4

The Hyatt Place Hotel at London Heathrow Airport may have started a new era in the hospitality industry. The revolutionary invention and implementation for Hyatt Hotels and Resorts showcased at this  London property is as simple as 1,2,3,4.

Obama wearing Aloha Shirt, Trump in dark suit visiting Hawaii

In 2011 during the APEC conference, US President Obama said he felt a little odd wearing a suit in Hawaii and was mostly seen wearing Aloha shirts in the Aloha State. Times are changing.

Sports Tourism: A hot commodity

One only has to examine the controversies surrounding professional sports to know that sporting events play a major role in tourism.

Jamaica Tourism Minister to address International Travel Crisis Management Summit

In his capacity as chairman of the newly-formed Caribbean Tourism Recovery Group Secretariat (CTRGS) and coordinator of the “UNWTO Disaster Recovery Working Group for the Affected States in the Caribbean,” Jamaica Minister of Tourism, Hon. Edmund Bartlett, has been invited to give an address at the International Travel Crisis Management Summit (ITCMS) in London.

UNWTO expresses confidence on tourism in Madagascar

The Secretary-General of the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO), Taleb Rifai, has visited Madagascar to express the Organization’s full support to the tourism sector. Madagascar’s tourism is facing a challenging situation following a plague outbreak which has prompted some countries to implement travel restrictions with Madagascar.

SADC Secretariat to support RETOSA on tourism destination marketing strategy

The Southern African Development Community (SADC) Secretariat in Gaborone, Botswana has agreed to fully support and actively assist the Regional Tourism Organization of Southern Africa (RETOSA) to establish partnerships and secure resources from international cooperating partners towards a tourism destination marketing strategy.

Chinese tourism is overflowing

The boom in Chinese outbound travel is set to keep on going, according to data from ForwardKeys, which helps forecast future travel by analyzing around 17 million flight booking transactions a day.

Etihad vs. American Airlines: Etihad cancels Abu Dhabi- Dallas route

"The unfortunate decision by American Airlines to terminate a commercial relationship that benefited both carriers has left Etihad with no choice but to suspend flights between our Abu Dhabi home and Dallas/Fort Worth."

IATA: Global passenger demand shows hurricane hit, slowing growth

September’s growth in passenger demand was healthy, notwithstanding the heavy impacts of extreme weather events on the Americas.

Sexual assault during Semester at Sea Spring 2013 Voyage

In this week’s article, we examine the case of Sobel v. Institute For Shipboard Education, 2017 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 10621 (W.D. Va. 2017) wherein the Court noted that “This personal injury action arises from a sexual assault that occurred while the plaintiff, Molly Sobel, was studying abroad through a program offered by the Institute for Shipboard Education (ISE).

Rwanda targets Far East tourist market

The Rwanda Development Board (RDB) has for the first time participated in ITB Asia that took place in Singapore from October 25 to 27. 

WTM London’s Festival Program: Eat, drink and be merry!

Eat, drink and be merry – that’s the advice for delegates joining the fun during the Festival Program at WTM London – the leading global event for the travel industry.

Time to start planning your PyeongChang Olympic Winter journey!

Excitement is building as future spectators make plans to attend the 2018 PyeongChang Olympic Winter Games, officially known as the XXIII Olympic Winter Games, which will be taking place in PyeongChang, Gangneung, South Korea.

Tourist Donald Trump in search of Aloha in Waikiki

Far away from any Russian influence, US President Donald Trump may get a day to reflect and be overtaken by the Aloha Spirit. Although island police and military officials would prefer the President to stay at a less busy location, such as the Marine Corps Base Hawaii on Kaneohe Bay, according to White House officials, he will be staying at a Waikiki hotel.

Deadly terror attack in Manhattan: Target – bike path

Just breaking, a truck drove the wrong way for approximately 20 blocks in Manhattan, New York, hitting and injuring people and killing 8. Witnesses said the truck driver was yelling “Allahu Akbar.”

Chinese government announces ambitious inflight internet plan

Huangpu District (Guangzhou Development District) Government of Guangzhou City and BlueFocus IFEC Technology Co., Ltd officially announced in Guangzhou on 9th October that a ‘The Belt and Road’ Inflight Internet Fund with a capital injection of ten billion yuan will be established, together with China’s first Inflight Internet Centre for Mass Entrepreneurship and Innovation, and a trillion-yuan Inflight Internet Industrial Park. 

ETIAS: Enhanced security and a 10 Euro fee for non EU visitors to the Schengen region

Following the lead, the United States of America put in for arriving passengers from what they call “visa waiver” countries, the European Union is now on a path to inventing the same.

145 travel leaders urge Congress to help US airports

145 organizations from 38 states—including major corporations, trade associations, and state and local tourism agencies signed a letter urging House and Senate leaders to provide long-needed infrastructure help for U.S. airports.

The Travel Marketing Network: Zero respect for any status quo

Is Your Marketing As Unique As Your Product? When Apple launched the critically acclaimed ‘Think Different’ campaign, or ‘The Crazy Ones’, as it is often called, it was saluting the trouble-makers, the rebels, the round pegs in square holes, the dreamers who see things differently. 

Elephant poaching in Africa falls but ivory seizures up

Elephant poaching in Africa declined for a fifth straight year by last year but seizures of illegal ivory hit higher records the same period, Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species CITES monitor said last week.

Jumeirah leads winners at the World Travel Awards Middle East Gala Ceremony

Jumeirah has led winners at the World Travel Awards Middle East Gala Ceremony, taking the prestigious title of Middle East’s Leading Luxury Hotel Brand.

Hungry homeless youth murdering tourists in Waikiki?

Homeless and abused children in Hawaii find tourists to be an easy target. Hawaii Tourism Industry and the State of Hawaii unable, unwilling to protect visitors in helping desperate homeless children.

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