UNWTO: Plague outbreak no need to worry

November 8, 2017 by  
Filed under AFRICA, News

LONDON, 8 November 2017: UNWTO expressed confidence in Madagascar’s measures to combat an outbreak of plague that threatens to stall the island nation’s tourism industry.

During WTM, earlier this week, UNWTO convened a meeting of tourism ministers to express solidarity and present a common message of confidence for the measures taken by Madagascar to overcome the outbreak.

Minister of Tourism of Madagascar, Roland Ratsiraka, the Minister of Tourism of Mauritius, Anil Kumarsingh Gayan, SC and the Minister for Tourism, Civil Aviation, Ports and Marine of the Seychelles, Maurice Loustau-Lalanne met at the sidelines of the World Travel Market in London. Read more

TAT cheers Amazing Year events

November 3, 2017 by  
Filed under Events, News, Thailand

BANGKOK, 3 November 2017: The Tourism Authority of Thailand is launching a calendar of events to support the ‘Amazing Thailand’ Tourism Year 2018, announced earlier by the government.

Officially launched 1 November, TAT will highlight activities linked to sports, food, marine tourism, romance, health and wellness, community-based tourism, eco-tourism, MICE and exhibitions.

TAT Governor Yuthasak Supasorn, said: “Thailand is naturally blessed with a busy schedule of annual cultural events that appeal to both domestic and international audiences.” Read more

Flying days end at 65

July 6, 2017 by  
Filed under Aviation, EUROPE, News

LUXEMBOURGE, 6 July 2017: A European Union law that forces passenger airline pilots to retire at 65 is valid, the EU’s top court said on Wednesday.

German flight instructor Werner Fries took his case to a German labour court in 2013 after his employer, Lufthansa, ended his contract when he turned 65, in line with EU law.

The German court referred the case to the European Court of Justice, the EU’s highest court, which ruled that the action was legal. Read more

TAT promises care and share prizes

August 26, 2016 by  
Filed under News, Thailand

BANGKOK, 26 August 2016: Tourism Authority of Thailand invites travellers, worldwide, to join a ‘You Care You Share’ Health and Wellness campaign in Thailand loaded with lucky prizes.

The campaign offers a chance to win health and wellness services in Thailand worth over THB500,000.

The “Health and Wellness in Thailand” Project invites travellers to participate in the campaign, You Care You Share by sharing a TAT video. Read more

Lao to improve health screening

March 2, 2016 by  
Filed under Laos PDR, News

VIENTIANE, 2 March 2016: Lao PDR’s Ministry of Health’s Department of Communicable Diseases Control signed an agreement, late last week, with Ministry of Public Works and Transport’s Department of Civil Aviation to screen passengers arriving and departing from Wattay International Airport as part of efforts to monitor communicable diseases.

Vientiane Times claimed passenger screening for disease will be conducted on entry and exit at the airport, but will only be initiated once the two ministries agree to cooperate on communicable disease control.

The screenings are part of a layered process that includes exit screening and standard public health practices such as patient isolation and contact tracing in countries that have disease outbreaks. Read more

MERS re-emerges in Thailand

January 25, 2016 by  
Filed under News, Thailand

BANGKOK, 25 January 2016: Thai health officials are trying to trace dozens of people who may have come into contact with an elderly Omani man who tested positive for Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS), the Health Ministry said Sunday.

The 71-year-old arrived in Thailand on Friday with a fever which doctors in Oman could not treat, the ministry statement said.

“He tested positive for the MERS virus,” and was quarantined in a Bangkok hospital, the statement said, adding “He is tired but conscious”. Read more

EU to strengthen pilot checks

July 20, 2015 by  
Filed under News

BRUSSELS, 20 July 2015: Europe’s aviation watchdog on Friday recommended expanded mental health and medical checks of pilots after a rogue airman apparently deliberately crashed a Germanwings jet in March, killing all 150 people on board.

The European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) said pilots should “undergo psychological evaluation” during training or before entering service and face random drug and alcohol tests, although investigators have not cited those substances as factors in the Germanwings tragedy.

“This report is the result of a thorough analysis with practical recommendations so that such a tragic event does not happen again,” EASA executive director Patrick Ky said.

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