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Domestic Tourism Drive in Nigeria Bayelsa State

Juergen T Steinmetz Juergen T Steinmetz- January 24, 2021 20:40

With COVID-19 attacking every country and every travel and tourism destination, the answer for many is Domestic Tourism. In Bayelsa, a State in Southern Nigeria, this potentila was discussed and ... Read More

Attack on Saudi Arabia: US Issues Statement

Juergen T Steinmetz Juergen T Steinmetz- January 24, 2021 20:13

The United States strongly condemns the latest attack on Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. The State Department said in a press-release: "We are gathering more information, but it appears to have been ... Read More

The safest mask to wear is deadly upsetting to Americans

Juergen T Steinmetz Juergen T Steinmetz- January 24, 2021 06:10

The US Government has a good reason to mislead its 332 million citizens against wearing KN95 and N95 masks. Europe however is now coming out with the truth. Read More

Aviation Industry Leaders Unite in World Tourism Network Interest Group

Juergen T Steinmetz Juergen T Steinmetz- January 21, 2021 19:38

Aviation is a key factor in rebuilding the travel and tourism industry. The World Tourism Network had an initial brainstorming discussion with industry leaders to talk about a way forward. Read More

Powerful earthquake strikes southern Philippines

Harry S. Johnson Harry S. Johnson- January 21, 2021 15:23

The Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology warned of aftershocks but said damage was not expected Read More

3 people killed, 6 wounded in huge Madrid explosion

Harry S. Johnson Harry S. Johnson- January 20, 2021 15:31

The site of the explosion is not far from Puerta de Toledo, one of the city’s gates and a popular tourist attraction Read More

Dubai effective approach to beat the virus

Juergen T Steinmetz Juergen T Steinmetz- January 19, 2021 19:41

Dubai moved to be a model in countering the COVID-19 virus with vaccination centers, a massive stimulus package and comprehensive health insurance for all airline passengers. Read More

Europeans want to travel again in Spring 2021

Juergen T Steinmetz Juergen T Steinmetz- January 19, 2021 09:49

32% of respondents indicated that they intend to take a trip during April-June 2021, a 20% rise compared to the previous research wave 52% of Europeans plan to travel in ... Read More

The Future of Travel to Thailand

Juergen T Steinmetz Juergen T Steinmetz- January 19, 2021 09:41

Thailand’s Food and Drug Administration is expected to approve the Oxford-AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine this week for emergency use in the country.  Read More

UNWTO is deaf when it comes to WTTC and the private travel sector

Juergen T Steinmetz Juergen T Steinmetz- January 19, 2021 07:38

The controversial dinner last night to bribe for Zurab Pololikashvili re-election for UNWTO Secretary General has raised eyebrows all over the world. It's not clear who ended up attending the ... Read More

Sandals and Beaches Resorts Elevates “Travel With Confidence” Program

Linda Hohnholz, eTN editor Linda Hohnholz, eTN editor- January 19, 2021 01:27

Sandals Resorts International has announced it is offering complimentary COVID-19 testing beginning January 26 to all registered guests across its Sandals and Beaches Resorts on-resort prior to their departure. This ... Read More

Most dangerous US National Parks named

Harry S. Johnson Harry S. Johnson- January 18, 2021 17:52

From accidental falls to drowning and even attacks by wild animals - US national parks can be dangerous places to visit Read More

UNWTO disrespect against Bahrain is a violation of JIU Ethic Conditions

Juergen T Steinmetz Juergen T Steinmetz- January 18, 2021 03:56

Food and wine in politics always had an important role. But violating clear rules by the Joint Inspection Unit of the United Nations in a UNWTO Election dinner is shameful ... Read More

78 dead and climbing in West Sulawesi, Indonesia

Juergen T Steinmetz Juergen T Steinmetz- January 18, 2021 01:13

The powerful earthquake in West Sulawesi Indonesia left 78 people dead. This number may go up. Many are homeless. Authorities are trying to get a handle on the unfolding situation. Read More

Washington DC is too quiet! I feel safe but scared!

Juergen T Steinmetz Juergen T Steinmetz- January 18, 2021 00:50

My house is three minutes walk from the White House for 30 years. I welcomed visitors from every continent. I just came back from a walk. My city is quiet, ... Read More

Federturismo in favor of Travel License for vaccinated people

Mario Masciullo - eTN Italy Mario Masciullo - eTN Italy- January 16, 2021 20:56

Federturismo, the Italian Federation for Travel Agents, is pleading with the Technical Scientific Committee to help restart tourism by its extension of the country’s state of emergency. Its President, Marina ... Read More

India travel agents appeal for urgent vaccinated travelers protocol

Anil Mathur - eTN India Anil Mathur - eTN India- January 16, 2021 19:58

The officers of the Travel Agents Association of India (TAAI) are making an urgent appeal to the Minister of Civil Aviation and Minister of Tourism to establish protocols for travelers ... Read More

New dangerous COVID-P1 virus in Brazil, Panama, Cape Verde, Portugal, Japan

Juergen T Steinmetz Juergen T Steinmetz- January 15, 2021 05:14

COVID 19 is growing a new strains are emerging. The third one now in Brazil. This P1 version was already detected by travelers arriving in Japan. UK is closing inbound ... Read More

Delta Air Lines bans pro-Trump hoodlums from its flights

Harry S. Johnson Harry S. Johnson- January 14, 2021 23:02

Delta Air puts Donald Trump supporters who heckled Mitt Romney and Lindsey Graham on no-fly list Read More

Powerful earthquake strikes Sulawesi, Indonesia

Chief Assignment Editor Chief Assignment Editor- January 14, 2021 19:24

Strong Magnitude 6.2 earthquake rocked Sulawesi, Indonesia today. Preliminary Earthquake ReportMagnitude6.2Date-Time14 Jan 2021 18:28:18 UTC 15 Jan 2021 02:28:18 near epicenter 14 Jan 2021Location3.005S 118.924EDepth18 kmDistances36.1 km (22.4 mi) S ... Read More

Belize and Costa Rica respond to new CDC requirement for US travel

Linda Hohnholz, eTN editor Linda Hohnholz, eTN editor- January 14, 2021 02:53

As the cases of COVID-19 continue to accelerate in the America, the US CDC has instituted a new protocol for everyone enterting the country. All travelers will now be required ... Read More

The Bahamas poised to seamlessly integrate new CDC order into existing protocols

Linda Hohnholz, eTN editor Linda Hohnholz, eTN editor- January 14, 2021 00:09

Yesterday, the U.S. Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announced that all air passengers flying to the U.S. from a foreign country will be required to show proof of ... Read More

How you can influence the future of Aviation?

Juergen T Steinmetz Juergen T Steinmetz- January 13, 2021 21:19

The World Tourism Network emerged out of a grassroots initiatives known as rebuilding.travel. Aviation veteran Vijay Poonoosamy, a former VP for Etihad Airways is now leading the Aviation Interest Group ... Read More

Spain snowstorm: Extraordinary acts of ordinary people

Elisabeth Lang - special to eTN Elisabeth Lang - special to eTN- January 13, 2021 04:05

Spain is suffering the effects of a major snowstorm by the name of Filomena, bringing record-breaking low temperatures and mountains of snow. And the worst day is yet to come ... Read More

WTTC: Downfall of discriminating against unvaccinated travelers

Linda Hohnholz, eTN editor Linda Hohnholz, eTN editor- January 13, 2021 01:09

With comprehensive COVID-19 testing allowing for the free and safe movement of travelers, there should be no further requirements for proof of vaccination from the coronavirus. The vaccine program is ... Read More

Eight people dead, thousands stranded as huge snowstorm hits Japan

Chief Assignment Editor Chief Assignment Editor- January 12, 2021 00:43

During the worst of the snow, about 1,500 vehicles were stranded on the Hokuriku Expressway in Fukui Perfection Read More

National COVID-19 Immunization Campaign begins in Seychelles

Linda Hohnholz, eTN editor Linda Hohnholz, eTN editor- January 11, 2021 21:44

Seychelles, one of the top tourist destinations for travelers, leaps towards immunization as the country launched its national COVID-19 Immunization Campaign on Sunday, January 10, 2021. Being the first country ... Read More

WHO: No back to normal in 2021

Juergen T Steinmetz Juergen T Steinmetz- January 11, 2021 21:39

A return to normalcy won't be possible until herd immunity is achieved worldwide -- a goal that is unlikely in 2021, although some countries may achieve it within their own ... Read More

British Virgin Islands helps pay for your private jet

Juergen T Steinmetz Juergen T Steinmetz- January 10, 2021 21:27

Traveling on a private jet is out of reach for most people, but it's a safe way to travel. The British Islands will help to make it more affordable and ... Read More

Filomena dumps heaviest snowfall in Madrid since 1971

Elisabeth Lang - special to eTN Elisabeth Lang - special to eTN- January 9, 2021 21:52

Spain is known for sunshine, beaches and beautiful blue skies. Today Filomena changed this scene to 30 hour of snow fall. It's a snowstorm Madrid hasn't seen for 50 years. ... Read More

Massive avalanche kills three people at Russian Arctic ski resort

Harry S. Johnson Harry S. Johnson- January 9, 2021 16:29

Avalanche covered an area of around 300 square meters, crushing several huts and killing three people including a child Read More

Indonesian authorities confirm that Sriwijaya Air Boeing 737 with 65 on board crashed into Jakarta Bay

Harry S. Johnson Harry S. Johnson- January 9, 2021 16:08

At least 65 people - 53 passengers, including 10 children, and 12 crewmembers were on board of crashed Indonesian Boeing 737-500 passenger plane Read More

Passenger Plane Crash in Indonesia

Juergen T Steinmetz Juergen T Steinmetz- January 9, 2021 11:59

62 passengers and crew are assumed dead after Sriwijaya Air flight #SJ182 a 737-500 (classic narrow-body airline jet) disappeared on a domestic flight on Saturday afternoon. The aircraft lost more ... Read More