Global Halal tourism show

October 2, 2017 by  
Filed under Events, Middle east, News

ABU DHABI, 2 October 2017: The World Halal Tourism Summit Abu Dhabi, 25 to 26 November,taps into the Halal tourism boom valued at an estimated US$155 billion

Cacti Media is the official organiser of International Travel Week 2017, launched in 2015 to promote Halal tourism, that has now become a significant sector in global tourism markets.

In 2015, the event hosted 202 exhibitors representing 26 countries and generated over USD18.4 million worth of business on the show floor. Read more

TCT says confidence running high

September 29, 2017 by  
Filed under News, Thailand

BANGKOK, 29 September 2017: Confidence in Thailand’s tourism is running at an all-time high with the Tourism Council of Thailand claiming the year’s fourth quarter will see the confidence index rise to 103.

Normal business confidence has a benchmark of 100 and the third quarter index according to TCT clocked in at 98.

In its market outlook, presented Wednesday, TCT said quarter three confidence was impacted by concerns over the domestic economy, heavy flooding that disrupted tourism and trade, especially in the northeast region of the country, rising domestic costs and intensified competition in the travel trade. Read more

Alipay and STB improve travel content

September 27, 2017 by  
Filed under News, Singapore

HANGZHOU, 27 September 2017: Alipay, a popular online and mobile payment platform for Chinese tourists, has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU​​​​​) with the Singapore Tourism Board (STB) to improve content and information for Chinese tourists.

Under the MOU, Alipay and STB will cross-share relevant content about Singapore on both Alipay’s platforms and STB’s Tourism Information and Services Hub (TIH)[1].

This aims to increase exposure for Singapore’s offerings from various tourism businesses and provide Chinese tourists better information access before and during their trips to Singapore. Read more

Bring home a friend and win

September 25, 2017 by  
Filed under News, Philippines

MANILA, 25 September 2017: – The Philippines Department of Tourism launched its “Bring-Home-A-Friend” (BHAF) campaign, last week, to encourage travellers to visit the country over a six-month period starting next month and ending in April 2018.

“We would like tourism to close the year strongly for the industry in terms of visitor arrivals and carry the momentum into the coming year,” said DOT Secretary Wanda Tulfo-Teo.

Teo decided to revive the BHAF programme implemented in 1994 by DOT under former Secretary Mina Gabor to encourage Filipinos to invite their foreign friends to  visit the Philippines over Christmas. Read more

Tourism fails to ease poverty

September 25, 2017 by  
Filed under Indonesia, News

RAJA AMPAT, Indonesia, 25 September 2017: A tableau of white sandy beaches, colourful coral reefs and turquoise water, the islands of Raja Ampat are set to be Indonesia’s next tourism hotspot — but locals fear the government is failing both them and the environment in its development push.

Stretching across 67,000 square kilometres in Indonesia’s far east, the picture-perfect islands might be as close to paradise as visitors can find.

“It’s amazing. We’ve been to millions of islands and I would say it’s the most beautiful one,” Canadian Angelika Redweik-Leung said at a lookout above the Pianemo island group. Read more

Write and win cash

September 22, 2017 by  
Filed under News, Thailand

BANGKOK, 22 September 2017: Bangkok-based, Travel Impact Newswire, marked the United Nations International Day of Peace, 21 September, by launching an essay competition that focuses on how tourism can contribute to the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals.

The Olive Tree Awards essay competition claims to be the first of its kind in the global tourism industry.

Young people, under the age of 30,  are invited to submit essays of up to 1,200 words on how travel and tourism can advance the cause of the UN SDGs and meet the targets by 2030. Read more

Egypt’s tourism revives

September 20, 2017 by  
Filed under Middle east, News

LUXOR, Egypt, 20 September 2017: Pummelled by political unrest and jihadist attacks, Egypt’s tourism industry is slowly growing again, but too slowly for thousands of bazaar workers who fondly recall when tourists thronged their stores.

Abu Aya owns a souvenir shop in the southern city of Luxor which is home to ancient pharaonic monuments, and he fondly remembers the days when the front pocket of his traditional Arabic robe sagged with cash.

“Before 2011 it was filled with dollars and euros. Today the sellers just sit in front of their stores reading the papers because there are so few customers,” the 47-year-old said. Read more

Cambodia and Nepal mull two-way tourism

September 19, 2017 by  
Filed under Cambodia, News

PHNOM PENH, 19 September 2017: Cambodia and Nepal’s travel agency associations signed a Memorandum of Understanding, last week, to develop two-way tourism between the two countries.

Travel between the two countries is in its infancy with less than 2,500 Nepalese visiting Cambodia last year and even fewer Cambodians travelling to the Himalayan nation.

The MoU was signed by the presidents of the Cambodia Association of Travel Agents (CATA) and Nepal Travel Agents Association (NTAA) in Phnom Penh, 12 September. Read more

WTTC opens its 2018 awards

September 18, 2017 by  
Filed under EUROPE, Events, News

LONDON, 18 September 2017: The World Travel & Tourism Council calls on travel and tourism organisations to showcase their sustainable best practices by entering in the Tourism for Tomorrow Awards 2018.

WTTC President & CEO Gloria Guevara said: “We are pleased to announce that the call for entries for the 2018 WTTC Tourism for Tomorrow Awards are open.”

The WTTC Tourism for Tomorrow Awards celebrate the best in sustainable tourism business leadership and  encourages organisations operating in this field to apply for the awards programme. Read more

India tourism minister appointed

September 15, 2017 by  
Filed under News, South Asia

BANGkOK, 15 September 2017. India’s official government news channels confirmed Alphons Kannanthanam has been appointed Minister for Tourism Government of India.

He is a retired Indian Administrative Service officer and was recognised in Time Magazine’s list of 100 Young Global Leaders in 1989.

He worked in the Indian Administration Service until 2006, when he was elected a Member of the Legislative Assembly, from Kanjirappally in Kottayam District of Kerala. Read more

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