Tourism across Caribbean struggles following Hurricane Irma impact

Sep 11 The Caribbean Hotel & Tourism Association has released its latest assessment of the impact of Hurricane Irma, reporting widespread disruption across the region. Among the worst hit was the island of Barbuda with its approximately 1,800 residents. The destination was severely impacted by the hurricane which passed directly over the small island, resulting in one

Qatar Airways’ new interline partnership takes off with Vistara

25 Aug DOHA, QATAR – Qatar Airways has entered into a new interline partnership with growing, full-service Indian airline Vistara, as the Qatari national carrier marks more than 20 successful years of flights to India. The new interline agreement taking effect from 22 August, 2017 will allow Qatar Airways’ passengers to travel seamlessly to and from a wide

Born to Climb: Inspiring tale of Carlos Soria Fontán

22,August At 77 years of age, Carlos Soria Fontán has taken up the challenge of becoming the oldest person in the world to reach the summits of the 14 highest mountains in the world. Originally from Spain Carlos is the only mountaineer to have ascended ten mountains of more than 8,000 meters after turning 60.

French unemployment falls to five-year low

PARIS, Aug. 17 : (AFP) – France’s unemployment rate fell again to a five-year low in the second quarter, official figures showed on Wednesday, providing cheer for new President Emmanuel Macron who faces low popularity ratings just three months into his term. The unemployment rate in the April-June quarter fell by 0.1 points to 9.5

Half of Americans plan to use sharing economy services for summer travel in 2017

7 August RICHMOND, VA. – The popularity of the sharing economy for summer travel booking has tripled within two years, with 50 percent of travelers likely (26 percent very/ 25 percent somewhat) to use services like Uber, Lyft and Airbnb this year compared to 36 percent in 2016 and 17 percent in 2015, according to the third annual Allianz Travel Insurance

Thailand ready to lend support in promoting tourism

Pokhara, July 1: Thai Ambassador to Nepal, Bhakavat Tanskul, has underlined Thailand’s readiness to lend its support in promoting Nepal’s tourism. At an interaction held by Pokhara Chamber of Commerce and Industry (PCCI) on Friday here, Tanskul noted that around 35 million tourists annually visit Thailand. He added that Thai government was ready to share

The World Tourism Organization begins the International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development

His Majesty King Felipe VI of Spain presided over the event celebrating the launch of the International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development, organized by the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO). The gathering was attended by ministers of tourism from around the world. The celebration highlighted tourism’s enormous potential to contribute to the development of all

President Obama Signs Proclamation to Implement Nepal Preference Program

Washington – U.S. President Barack Obama signed a proclamation to implement the Trade Facilitation and Trade Enforcement Act of 2015 (“TFTEA”), which creates a trade preference program for Nepal.  The TFTEA officially provides duty-free treatment for dozens of types of imports from Nepal that meet specific eligibility criteria, including certain types of carpets, headgear, shawls,

Tourism Secretary: ‘It’s More Fun in the Philippines’ campaign to be ‘upscaled’

That’s what sums up reactions to plans earlier announced by the Department of Tourism to replace the “It’s More Fun In the Philippines” slogan. Tourism Secretary Wanda Teo recounted a comment she received from an international tourism official who felt that “It’s More Fun in the Philippines,” launched in 2012 under her predecessor Ramon Jimenez,

Everesteer Sapkota climbs Australia’s highest peak

A Nepali climber has successfully climbed the Mt Kosciuszko, the highest peak in Australia. Shiva Bahadur Sapkota, a resident of Ramechhap district, stood atop the 2,228-metre peak on November 14 at 15:42 hrs. The Mt Kosciuszko is one of the world’s seven summits. Sapkota, who is also the executive member of Everest Summiteers Association, said

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