Europe’s tourism grows 8%

November 16, 2017 by  
Filed under EUROPE, News, trends

BRUSSELS, 16 November  2017: European tourism remained buoyant over the summer season in 2017, according to the latest European Travel Commission’s  ‘European Tourism 2017-Trends & Prospects’ report.

ETC said international tourist arrivals to Europe grew 8% in the first eight months of the year compared to the same period in 2016.

Despite lingering security concerns, most destinations (32 out of 34) saw increases in tourist arrivals with over half enjoying double-digit growth. Read more

What freaks out business travellers?

November 6, 2017 by  
Filed under EUROPE, PACIFIC, South Asia, TRENDING

AMSTERDAM, 6 November 2017: Asia Pacific travellers are likely to worry more about safety and security than their counterparts from other regions recent research by Carlson Wagonlit Travel concludes.

Findings showed Asia Pacific 56% of travellers worry about their safety and security compared with 37% of European travellers and 47% American travellers.

There were considerable geographical differences when it comes to identifying what scares travellers the most.  For example only 19% of Australians surveyed said they worried about terrorist attacks. In contrast, 59% of Singaporeans said they worried most about terror attacks. Indians shared the same concern with 46% claiming terror attacks were their main worry. Read more

US beefs up security at flight check-in

October 30, 2017 by  
Filed under AMERICAS, Aviation, News

WASHINGTON, 30 October 2017: US-bound travellers face security interviews before checking in for flights on a number of global airlines as anti-terror measures are stepped up worldwide.

Starting last week, Lufthansa, Emirates, Air France and Norwegian Air confirmed that US authorities had asked for tougher controls at departure airports for nonstop flights to the United States. Other carriers issued statements also confirming the new measures.

“In addition to the controls of electronic devices already introduced, travellers to the USA might now also face short interviews at check-in, document check or gate,” a Lufthansa spokesperson said. Read more

Security officers fired after United probe

October 19, 2017 by  
Filed under AMERICAS, Aviation, News

CHICAGO, 19 October 2017: The city of Chicago revealed, Tuesday, that it fired two airport police officers in connection with the controversial removal of a passenger from a United Airlines plane earlier this year.

Video of the April incident went viral online, showing airport officers dragging a bloodied David Dao off a full plane to make room for airline crew needing to be repositioned for future flights.

Inspector General Joseph Ferguson, who heads the mid-west US city’s watchdog office, had been pursuing an internal probe of the officers’ actions. Read more

Security stepped up in Bangkok

October 5, 2017 by  
Filed under News, Thailand

BANGKOK, 5 October 2017: Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha has ordered tighter security measures before and during the Royal Cremation of the revered late King Bhumibol Adulyadej.

More than 11 million Thais from around the country have paid their respects in person to  their late King at the Grand Palace over the past year, according to official figures.

The premier had assigned the military, police, the National Security Council and the National Intelligence Agency to prepare the funeral security plan. Read more

Gemalto on passport trending

September 12, 2017 by  
Filed under Singapore, TRENDING

SINGAPORE, 12 September 2017: A leader in digital security, Gemalto reports that its advanced ePassport technologies are now being used in over 30 countries.

Claiming the ePassports have “outstanding security” Gemalto believes they also speed up border crossings.

Introduced in 2005, the ePassport now represents 57% of passports in circulation.  They deliver enhanced fraud protection by incorporating a secure microprocessor that stores the holder’s personal data and digital photo. Read more

World Routes heads for Barcelona

September 4, 2017 by  
Filed under Aviation, EUROPE, Events, News

LONDON, 4 September 2017: World Routes, a major global gathering of airlines, airports and tourism destinations, says the world top 10 airlines will attend its global event World Routes 2017 to be hosted in Barcelona, Spain later this month.

World Routes identities the top 10 airlines by passengers carried in a single year.

The annual event presents a platform for route development professionals to discuss, develop and plan network strategy. Read more

World’s biggest food fight

September 1, 2017 by  
Filed under EUROPE, News

BUÑOL, Spain, 1 September 2017: Extra police were deployed at Spain’s annual “Tomatina” tomato throwing festival in the eastern town of Buñol on Wednesday to beef up security for one of Spain’s most popular events.

A total of 740 security forces were on duty, including police officers, firefighters and ambulance workers, an increase of around 5% over the same time last year, according to Buñol city hall.

In addition, police cars were parked at the entrance to the town’s narrow streets, where revellers pelted each other with tomatoes during the hour-long festivities, to prevent unauthorised vehicles from entering. Read more

Big gaps in airport security

August 4, 2017 by  
Filed under Aviation, News, PACIFIC

SYDNEY, 4 August 2017: Major security gaps persist at Australian airports despite authorities’ efforts to tighten screenings after thwarting an alleged terror plot to blow up a plane, the pilots’ union has warned.

Four men were arrested in Sydney on Saturday accused of planning an attack using an improvised explosive device, prompting authorities to tighten security at airports across the nation.

But pilots, who have to be screened alongside air crew, retail workers and passengers, said similar requirements were not in place for ground staff, who are instead issued with security cards. Read more

Thailand updates aviation standards

August 3, 2017 by  
Filed under Aviation, News

BANGKOK, 3 August 2017: An increase in security personnel at the country’s airports has been recommended by ICAO to enhance Thailand aviation industry.

Civil Aviation Authority of Thailand general director, Chula Sukmanop, said the latest ICAO assessment of Thailand’s civil aviation sector found no security concerns, but it did issue a list of 49 recommendations.

The ICAO assessment on the country aviation sector under the USAP-CMA programme was held, 11 to 21 July, he said, adding that the outcome found no issues for concern over security based on a 463-point checklist. Read more

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