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New Delhi to host Asian gay & lesbian tourism forum

NEW DELHI, India – Tourism and hospitality professionals from across India and throughout Asia will convene in New Delhi on 28 November, for Community Marketing’s 1st Asian Symposium on Gay & Lesb

Saudi Arabia among 20 most competitive economies in the world

WASHINGTON - Saudi Arabia is one of the top 20 most competitive economies in the world, according to the annual Global Competiveness Report released this week by the World Economic Forum.

Sofitel Hotels launches Ambassadors Program

Hong Kong – As part of its global brand strategy, Sofitel Luxury Hotels has launched its Ambassador program for its 25,000 employees around the world.

Six nations to make their debut on UN Human Rights Council

Six countries that have never previously served on the United Nations Human Rights Council are among 15 new members of the Geneva-based body after a round of balloting among UN Member States this morn

UN: Overall cost of food remained steady in April

Despite a sharp increase in international grain prices, the overall cost of food remained steady in April after falling in March, the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) reported to

Global airline growth gaining pace

CHICAGO, Ill. - The world's airlines are anticipating increased demand again in May according to the latest statistics from OAG, a UBM Aviation brand.

UN: Global population to pass 10 billion by 2100

The world’s population is projected to surge past 9 billion before 2050 and then reach 10.1 billion by the end of the century if current fertility rates continue at expected levels, according to Uni

UN chooses India as global host of 2011 World Environment Day

The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) today announced that India will be the global host of this year’s World Environment Day (WED) on 5 June, during which the intrinsic link between quali

IATA: Global demand for air travel up

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) said their data showed that the industry picked up in 2010. On 2 February the group released their final figures for 2010.

Travel industry recovering from recession, WTM delegates told

People are rediscovering travel following the recession, according to data unveiled on the second day of World Travel Market, the premier global event for the travel industry.

UNWTO advocates a global approach on tourism, aviation and climate change

Tourism is estimated to be responsible for about 5 percent of global carbon emissions.

IATA: Global aviation industry to reap $8.9B profit in 2010

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) has again revised its industry outlook, expecting the world’s airlines to post profits of US$8.9 billion in 2010, as the industry recovers faster t

Latino Hotel Association elects first board of directors

HOUSTON, Texas - The Latino Hotel Association (LHA), a newly-formed global organization dedicated to expanding Latino ownership, leadership, and commerce in the hotel industry, today announced that th

US continues to descend in global competitiveness ranking

BEIJING – Switzerland remains the world's most competitive economy, while the United States has fallen from second to fourth after losing the top spot last year, according to the World Economic Foru

IATA: Global travel rose in July

SYDNEY - THE International Air Transport Association (IATA) , which represents 230 airlines, said international passenger and freight traffic rose in July as flights increased in Asia and the Middle E

Green Globe launches updated sustainability standard

LOS ANGELES, CA - Green Globe Certification has today launched its latest update to the Green Globe Standard for sustainable operation and management.

Global economy not dampening plans for travels and vacations

SHELTON, Connecticut - More than 60 percent of consumers around the world are planning to spend as much or more on their vacations this year as they did on their last getaways, according to new resear

Original founder of Regent Hotels and Resorts returns to Asia

TAIPEI, Taiwan - Following the acquisition of Regent Hotels & Resorts from privately-held Carlson Hospitality Group and Brussels-based Rezidor Hotel Group, Formosa International Hotels Corporation (FI

SkyTeam looking for new partners in Latin America, Asia and Africa

NEW YORK - SkyTeam, the global airline alliance that includes Delta Air Lines Inc and Air France-KLM, is looking for new partners in Latin America, Asia and Africa as it seeks to broaden its network.

Amsterdam is Garuda’s first step into a more global presence

(eTN) in Jakarta/Amsterdam - It was an important day last Wednesday for Garuda. In the early 2000s, Indonesia’s national carrier was plagued by debts, forcing it to cut both aircraft and network.

World’s major airline strikes since 2009

India's state-owned Air India cancelled more than 76 flights on Wednesday due to a strike by its staff, a day after British Airways workers went on a five-day strike.

VIOAS – a new magazine that will cover the Indian Ocean...

The "Voice of the Indian Ocean and the Arabian Sea - VIOAS" is the title of a new bi-monthly magazine, which the

Life through the lens of a cultural navigator

The recent volcanic chaos over the skies of Europe was a jolting reminder of our society’s dependence on air travel, accustomed as we are to jet off to far-flung lands.

Global exhibition industry develops the way forward from Bahrain platform

As more than 80 members of UFI met to professionally ensure continued quality and effectiveness of exhibitions in the region, Bahrain had the opportunity to showcase its own expertise and hospitality

Imminent arrival of global participants in Bahrain for UFI conference

Over 80 officials and members of UFI, The Global Association of the Exhibition Industry, from throughout the world are expected to arrive in Bahrain tomorrow to attend UFI’s fourth annual Open Semin