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The UNWTO Election just killed any decency left in the UN System

Juergen T Steinmetz Juergen T Steinmetz- January 20, 2021 05:30

The UNWTO Executive Council extended the mandate for UNWTO Secretary-General Zurab Zurab Pololikashvil until the end of 2025. This is a sad day, and not an evaluation of Mr. Zurab's ... Read More

ECPAT-USA report: Human Trafficking Laws for Lodging Industry

Linda Hohnholz, eTN editor Linda Hohnholz, eTN editor- January 20, 2021 03:34

An updated ECPAT-USA report details laws in all 50 states and 23 US territories, counties, and cities for the lodging industry. Read More

2020 Gay Travel Awards winners revealed!

Harry S. Johnson Harry S. Johnson- December 29, 2020 15:59

The 2020 Gay Travel Awards announced the winners today.  In its fifth year, the Gay Travel Awards mission is to recognize and reward select accommodations, destinations, and transportation companies worldwide. These ... Read More

Names of 35 Tourism Ministers UNWTO is targeting to influence elections

Juergen T Steinmetz Juergen T Steinmetz- December 17, 2020 03:15

So far tourism ministers in these 35 countries had been quiet. One minister told eTurboNews off the record: "Why would I stick my neck out first?" This type of thinking ... Read More

WTTC: New inclusion and diversity guidelines to aid global Travel & Tourism

Harry S. Johnson Harry S. Johnson- December 15, 2020 18:14

The World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC) has launched its new high-level guidelines for inclusion and diversity in the Travel & Tourism sector, which have been compiled to support businesses ... Read More

Peace Through Tourism: How Louis D’Amore spread the virus?

Juergen T Steinmetz Juergen T Steinmetz- December 10, 2020 00:30

Louis D'Amore is a hero and was awarded this honor by World Tourism Network. Lous D'Amore is the president and founder of the International Institute for Peace Through Tourism. (IIPT) ... Read More

Human Rights Alarm in Uganda

eTN Managing Editor eTN Managing Editor- November 29, 2020 18:50

Ugandan police responded violently to protestors, killing at least 37, injuring more than 65 others, and incarcerating approximately 350 Ugandan protestors. TASSC respectfully asks that the United States take a leadership ... Read More

Nigerian Lives Matter: Really?

Juergen T Steinmetz Juergen T Steinmetz- October 22, 2020 22:31

56 innocent protesters were shot by the Nigerian army. Citizens are terrified and are hiding in their homes or on the streets fighting. A tweet says: "From today, I want ... Read More

Wheels Up partners with International LGBTQ+ Travel Association

Harry S. Johnson Harry S. Johnson- October 20, 2020 15:56

The International LGBTQ+ Travel Association announced today that Wheels Up has become its first global partner in the private aviation sector. Wheels Up, the leading brand in private aviation, is ... Read More

UNICEF to stockpile over half a billion syringes for COVID-19 vaccine by year’s end

Chief Assignment Editor Chief Assignment Editor- October 19, 2020 22:49

As soon as vaccines are licensed for use, the world will need as many syringes as doses of vaccine, said UNICEF on Monday. To begin preparations, this year, UNICEF will ... Read More

Sao Paulo Governor: COVID-19 vaccination will be compulsory for all residents

Harry S. Johnson Harry S. Johnson- October 17, 2020 07:30

Sao Paulo Governor Joao Doria has announced that the vaccination for coronavirus will be mandatory for all residents of the state. The head of Brazil's most populous state told reporters ... Read More

Southwest Airlines committed to increasing diversity in leadership

Harry S. Johnson Harry S. Johnson- September 29, 2020 09:29

Southwest Airlines Co. today reinforced a continued commitment to putting People first and championing an inclusive workplace for all Employees. In a video message for the Company's Employees, Chairman of the ... Read More

IGLTA moves its 2021 Global Convention to September

Harry S. Johnson Harry S. Johnson- September 15, 2020 16:16

The International LGBTQ+ Travel Association (IGLTA) announced today that it’s planning to bring the 37th edition of its global convention to the W Atlanta-Midtown, 8-11 September 2021. This marks the ... Read More

Wizz Air: Stop union busting in Ukraine!

Harry S. Johnson Harry S. Johnson- September 10, 2020 19:44

Following attacks on workers’ rights and the freedom of association by Wizz Air in Ukraine, the European Transport Workers’ Federation (ETF) and International Transport Workers’ Federation (ITF) urge authorities to ... Read More

Italian mayor threatens to fine people €2,000 for WEARING a face mask

Harry S. Johnson Harry S. Johnson- September 5, 2020 18:41

In the midst of global COVID-19 pandemic, going out to public places without wearing a face mask is considered an offense in many countries and cities. In mid-August, Italy made ... Read More

Amsterdam’s Red Light District may soon become a thing of the past

Harry S. Johnson Harry S. Johnson- September 3, 2020 19:50

The Christian Democratic Appeal (CDA), a junior partner in the Netherlands’ coalition government, has breathed fresh life into the country’s long-running debate on legality of prostitution with the calls for ... Read More

LGBTQ people are fleeing Poland

Juergen T Steinmetz Juergen T Steinmetz- August 30, 2020 20:52

About a thousand pro-LGBT+ demonstrators took to the streets of Warsaw to take a stance against hate and discrimination on Sunday. The demonstrators were seen chanting slogans, dancing, and carrying ... Read More

Boeing donates over $10 million to support racial equity and social justice

Harry S. Johnson Harry S. Johnson- August 28, 2020 19:17

Boeing today donated $10.6 million to a group of 20 nonprofits working to address racial equity and social justice in the United States. The funding package is part of the ... Read More

New Zealand court rules country’s first COVID-19 lockdown illegal

Harry S. Johnson Harry S. Johnson- August 19, 2020 19:56

New Zealand's High Court ruled today that the country’s COVID-19 stay-at-home orders, under threat of punishment, from March 26 to April 3 were unlawful as they infringed on people’s rights ... Read More

Hotel Association of Los Angeles condemns use of hotels for migrant detention

Harry S. Johnson Harry S. Johnson- August 19, 2020 01:39

The Hotel Association of Los Angeles issues the following statement, attributable to Executive Director Heather Rozman about recent use of Southern California hotels as migrant detention centers. "The Hotel Association ... Read More

German Citizen from Glendora, California abducted by Iran Ministry in Dubai

Juergen T Steinmetz Juergen T Steinmetz- August 4, 2020 18:48

When flying on Emirates Airlines from Los Angeles to India, you need to change planes in Dubai, UAE. This may cost Jamshid Sharmahd his life. Jamshid Sharmahd is a German ... Read More

Celebrated human rights activist dies in Kyrgyzstan prison

Harry S. Johnson Harry S. Johnson- July 28, 2020 00:17

Human rights activist Azimjam Askarov has died while in detention in Kyrgyzstan, despite numerous international rulings calling for his immediate and unconditional release. Askarov had already spent 10 years imprisoned ... Read More

Emergency in North Korea: DPRK reports COVID19 cases

Juergen T Steinmetz Juergen T Steinmetz- July 26, 2020 00:09

North Korea admits a returning “runaway” has tested positive for Covid-19 in the city of Kaesong, looking to trace contacts from the last five days. It’s the first time DPRK ... Read More

UN and ICAO help airline cabin crew combat human trafficking

Harry S. Johnson Harry S. Johnson- July 16, 2020 19:52

The United Nations took an important step forward in preventing trafficking in persons, with the launch of the new online training to support the implementation of the ICAO-OHCHR Guidelines for ... Read More

Netherlands sues Russia over Malaysia Airlines MH17 shot down over Ukraine in 2014

Harry S. Johnson Harry S. Johnson- July 15, 2020 22:04

The government of the Netherlands has filed a lawsuit with the European Court on Human Rights (ECHR) against Russia over the 2014 shooting down of the Malaysia Airlines MH17 passenger ... Read More

United Airlines named top company for disability inclusion

Chief Assignment Editor Chief Assignment Editor- July 15, 2020 18:18

United Airlines was recognized for the fifth consecutive year as a top-scoring company and best place to work for disability inclusion with a perfect score of 100 on the 2020 ... Read More

IGLTA reschedules Milan Global Convention to 2022

Harry S. Johnson Harry S. Johnson- July 2, 2020 15:32

The International LGBTQ+ Travel Association has confirmed that it will bring its 38th Annual Global Convention to Milan in 2022. The convention, the premier educational and networking event for LGBTQ+ ... Read More

Delta Air Lines employees support Georgia’s new hate crime law

Harry S. Johnson Harry S. Johnson- June 26, 2020 19:41

After advocacy by thousands of Georgians – including Delta Air Lines and its employees - Georgia has approved tough new hate crime legislation. The bill was formally signed into law ... Read More

Is an LGBT lifestyle really satanic?

George Taylor George Taylor- June 26, 2020 08:49

The Kingdom of Eswatini is a beautiful country with very conservative values and was formerly known as Swaziland. In Eswatini, eSwatini Sexual and Gender Minorities (ESGM) was founded as one ... Read More

ACLU concerned about facial recognition technology use at Hawaii airports

Harry S. Johnson Harry S. Johnson- June 22, 2020 23:42

The ACLU of Hawaii Foundation (ACLU of Hawaii) writes with serious constitutional, civil rights, and privacy concerns about the announcement that the State of Hawaii Department of Transportation (“DOT”) is ... Read More

Monumental Tragedy for Africa unfolding in Burundi on COVID-19?

Juergen T Steinmetz Juergen T Steinmetz- June 17, 2020 07:41

Tanzania just opened its travel and tourism industry and should stay aware of the ongoing development in neighboring Burundi. In April the African Tourism Board Chairman Cuthbert Ncube urged Burundi ... Read More

Working for Emirates Airlines could mean arrest, imprisonment and Interpol warrants

Juergen T Steinmetz Juergen T Steinmetz- June 11, 2020 21:55

Like any airline in the world, COVID-19 is putting airline operations on the edge. Emirates had been leading in innovative solutions to make the carrier safe and in relaunching its ... Read More

Puerto Vallarta LGBTQ visitors asked about COVID-19 effect on travel plans

Chief Assignment Editor Chief Assignment Editor- June 3, 2020 22:33

From May 14-18, 2020, Casa Cupula, a luxury LGBT boutique hotel in Puerto Vallarta reached out to their guests, and to people in the LGBT community in general who visit ... Read More

Trump: Heavily armed military will restore order in the United States

Juergen T Steinmetz Juergen T Steinmetz- June 1, 2020 22:52

Did the President of the United States, Donald Trump, just declare war on the American people? Is the US on its way to a dictatorship? Thousands and thousands of heavily ... Read More

World Tourism United: One Song, 50 Affected Countries, Amazing!

Juergen T Steinmetz Juergen T Steinmetz- May 31, 2020 10:18

World leaders declared an emergency restricting our human right to travel, but here is what makes us human!  People in 50 countries facing the realities of COVID-19 got together at ... Read More

Montréal Pride Festival: Pride goes beyond any physical or in-person gathering

Harry S. Johnson Harry S. Johnson- May 19, 2020 23:57

The Montréal Pride Festival, presented by TD, proudly announces that it will hold a 360 Edition from August 10 to 16 in an entirely adapted form, and stresses that the ... Read More