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October 15, 2018


International arrivals into Asia Pacific continue to exceed the global average

Foreign arrivals into Asia Pacific destinations continued to grow at better than the global average in 2017, reaching a record volume high of more than 646 million arrivals relative to 2016. According to the Annual Travel Monitor 2018 Final Edition (ATM) released by the Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA) today, international visitor arrivals (IVAs) into

International Tourism Maintains Strong Momentum

According to the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO)’s latest barometer, international tourist arrivals grew 6% in the first six months of 2018 after a record year of growth in 2017. 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

Technology and Innovation Seen as a Big Boost to Cultural Tourism

Seeking to advance use of innovation and cutting-edge technologies into cultural tourism practices, destinations and products, the International Seminar on Harnessing Cultural Tourism through Innovation and Technology will be held in Hamedan, Iran alongside the 40th UNWTO Affiliate Members Plenary Session (12-14 November 2018). The seminar recognizes the significance of innovation in managing and promoting

Ras Al Khaimah to host PATA Annual Summit 2020

BANGKOK, October 8, 2018 — The Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA) is set to organise the PATA Annual Summit 2020 from May 15-18 in Ras Al Khaimah, one of the fastest growing tourism destinations in the United Arab Emirates (UAE). The announcement was made by PATA CEO Dr. Mario Hardy during the PATA Board Meeting

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Bartlett Lauds Travel Agents as Valued Tourism Partners

OCHO RIOS, St Ann, Jamaica, September 17, 2018: Minister of Tourism, Hon. Edmund Bartlett has lauded travel agents as “true partners for Jamaica” as the destination consistently attains record visitor arrivals, especially over the past two years. The accolade was showered on the travel agents on Saturday night as the Tourism Minister delivered the keynote

Jamaica to Host Tourism Resilience Summit

Jamaica’s Tourism Minister, Hon. Edmund Bartlett has announced that Jamaica will host a resilience summit with key global stakeholders and thought leaders on September 13 at the University of the West Indies, Mona. The date was selected to commemorate hurricanes Irma and Maria, two of the most devastating weather systems to have affected the region.

eTurboNews joined the Caribbean Tourism Organization

eTN Corporation, the owner of eTurboNews officially joined the Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO) as a member this week. The Caribbean Tourism Organization is a tourism development agency with 24 Dutch, English, Spanish, and French country members along with a myriad of private-sector allied members. The CTO’s vision is to position the Caribbean as the most

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“It’s Almost Too Late.” ICTP President to World Health Tourism Congress

In a strong keynote address to Tourism Experts, Doctors and Students gathered on the Portuguese Island of Madeira, Professor Geoffrey Lipman Co-Founder of SUNx – the Strong Universal Network said that the industry is running out of time to craft a meaningful response to the existential challenge of Climate Change. He said that “Health Tourism


International Day of Non-Violence at UN explores tolerance and understanding

Prestigious statesman, peace activists, and highly-acclaimed leaders gathered in New York earlier today to commemorate the anniversary of Indian activist, Mahatma Gandhi’s birth. Internationally recognized as “Non-Violence Day,” the United Nations played host to a day of discussions around the future of conflict-resolution and ways to improve tolerance and understanding in the modern world. The


Digital transformation & innovation take spotlight on World Tourism Day 2018

Madrid, Spain, 28 September 2018 – World Tourism Day 2018 was observed in Budapest, Hungary yesterday (27 September 2018) with the official celebration focusing on the digital transformation in tourism, a World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) priority. The event examined how investment in new technology provides the sector with opportunities for innovation. Introducing a new seminar-based


Sustainability key element of the activities to mark the World Tourism Day

The Seychelles International airport, the Praslin Airport and the La Digue Tourism Office near the Jetty witnessed the effervescence of a beehive this Thursday September 2018 as Seychelles joins the world to mark the celebrations of the World Tourism Day. A series of activities coordinated by the Seychelles Tourism Board (STB) offices have been organised

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