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Venezuelan election officials: Maduro won presidential vote

CARACAS, Venezuela - The man former Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez handpicked to be his successor has won the country's presidential vote, officials said late Sunday.

UNWTO praises President Obama for tourism growth in USA

LONDON, UK - When asked by eTN today at the World Travel Market (WTM) in London, UNWTO’s Secretary General, Taleb Rifai, praised President Obama for supporting tourism despite an uncertain economy.

Heard enough of the election? Consider a sunny getaway

Blaring ads, arguments with co-workers, family and (former) Facebook friends.

European leaders caution against pre-judging elections in Ukraine

BERLIN, Germany - European leaders gathering in Berlin for a conference entitled "Ukraine and Europe: Elections, Integration and Economic Prospects" warned that Sunday's parliamentary elections in Ukr

European Union Presidents issue statement on the Greek elections

WASHINGTON, D.C. - European Council President Herman Van Rompuy and European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso issued the following joint statement on the result of the Greek elections:

Egyptian Tourist Office: Islamist win will not affect tourism

Egyptian tourism authorities have sought to reassure travelers about the future of the country as a holiday destination, despite fears of a crackdown on the sale of alcohol and calls for segregated be

Subhash Goyal and his team of Office Bearers win IATO elections

NEW DELHI, India - On December 3, 2011, the Indian Association of Tour Operators (IATO) held its elections for the 2011-2013 Office Bearers and Executive Committee.

Zambian elections will not affect tourism

Ndola — The Livingstone Tourism Association (LTA) has expressed optimism that Zambia will host peaceful elections this year and that tourist arrivals will not be affected.

A new Prime Minister, a new era of stability for Thailand’s...

BANGKOK, Thailand (eTN) - It was an exceptional result for Thailand’s opposition party Pheu Thai on July 3.

Uganda’s old president becomes new president again

UGANDA (eTN) - All roads were leading to the Kololo Ceremonial Grounds today, as President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni took his oath of office for another term of 5 years.

Fighting in Myanmar forces thousands to flee to Thailand

(eTN) - More than 15,000 refugees have fled into northern Thailand on Monday after fighting broke out between ethnic Karen rebels and government troops in Myanmar, a United Nations agency has said.

No tourism downturn during Rwanda elections

(eTN) - Information was received from Kigali that the arrivals recorded in the run up of the presidential elections last week were in line with normal figures of tourists and business people coming to

Kenya shows maturity at the polls

(eTN) - The harsh lessons taught after the last general elections showed results, when Kenyans went to the polls for the first time since those ill-fated days to cast their vote over a new proposed co

Thai Prime Minister open to early elections

HO CHI MINH CITY, Vietnam - Thailand Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva told more than 400 of Asia’s leading decision-makers at the 19th World Economic Forum on East Asia in Vietnam that his country i

Philippines twist tourist data for elections

Is there not a better tool to judge and benchmark the efficiency of a tourism policy than looking yearly at tourist arrivals data?

IFJ calls for Fiji tourism boycott

The International Federation of Journalists wants travellers to rethink any plans to holiday in Fiji.

Grenadians to head to the poll this July

ST. GEORGE’S, Grenada (eTN) - Two political parties are expected to be contesting the July 8, 2008 general election following Prime Minister Keith Mitchell’s announcement on Sunday that he will ask Head of State Governor General Sir Daniel Williams to dissolve the current parliament on Tuesday, July 3.

Wolfgang’s East Africa tourism report


Kenya tourism: Uncertain but hopeful

(eTN) - Hotels in Nairobi, beach resorts along the Indian Ocean coast from Lamu to Ukunda and the safari lodges and camps are all reporting loss of occupancy, as do the excursion and safari operators, foreign exchange dealers, curio shops and related businesses normally frequented by tourists.

Kenyan tourism businesses at verge of despair

(eTN) - Recent articles in the Kenyan Daily Nation and The Standard are a clear indicator that continued violence in Kenya would wreck their tourism sector probably for years to come. Yet, the opposition has snubbed mediation efforts from high ranking visitors coming from the US, Europe and from Africa, by making astronomical demands.

Two tales of Thailand and its neighbors

BANGKOK, Thailand (eTN) - As a major gateway, Thailand looks to improve its access to its neighbours. We look at two recent examples of policy favoring the country as a gateway to the rest of Southeast Asia.