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Philippines’ tourism secretary “surprised” by ouster reports

Tourism Secretary Alberto Lim on Saturday expressed surprised at reports he’s on the way out.

Why Asia continues to represent a significant growth opportunity for OTAs

Around this time last year, it was mentioned that Asia is going to lead the recovery as far as the travel industry is concerned.

Go it alone or with someone you trust: Uniglobe

Travel is Personal and Professional

Sandals chief steps into World Travel Market HOTseat

Adam Stewart, CEO of Sandals Resorts International and one of the travel and tourism industry’s youngest and most inspirational leaders, is to take the World Travel Market (WTM) World Responsible To

Come back to Morocco

(eTN) Maybe it was the 1980s (or 1990s) when Morocco was a popular destination from the USA.

Asia remains crucial to Finnair strategy

(eTN) BERLIN - Asia is an essential asset in Finnair's development strategy as explained by Mika Vehviläinen, the airlines' president and CEO, in an exclusive interview with eTurboNews.

Repeat tourists coming back to India

A few years ago during a conference in Jordan, one Indian delegate said to the audience, “You know that Indians who speak fluent English are more than the population of England and USA citizens,”

Thai Airways International on the path to recovery

Thailand international carriers, Thai Airways International and Bangkok Airways, both experienced harsh times in 2009.

Social media tipped to become a legitimate business force

A recent report, published on NielsenWire, indicated that time spent on social networking sites has increased from 3 hours per month to 5.5 hours per month in the last year alone, representing a stagg

Exclusive interview with Africa tourism leaders

ETurboNews recently had the opportunity to catch up with the vice president of development for the Middle East and Africa of the Intercontinental Hotel Group, Mr. Phil Kasselis, and with Mr.

Exclusive Brussels Airlines Interview

While in Brussels recently on the day SN joined the global Star Alliance, opportunity arose to pose a couple of questions to Mr.

Insights into moving tourism forward in Jordan

HE Senator Akel Biltaji is Special Advisor to His Majesty King Abdullah II of Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan.

Petra is the gateway to many of Jordan’s treasures

During the World Travel Market (WTM) in London, eTurboNews met with Mr. Nayef Al Fayez, director general of the Jordan Tourism Board and had this exclusive interview.

Are gay tourists welcomed in the Vatican?

At the recent General Assembly of United Nations World Tourism Organization in Kazakhstan this month, eTN publisher Juergen T.

Zimbabwe tourism: Yesterday, today and tomorrow

eTN caught up with Walter Mzembi, Minister of Hospitality and Tourism for Zimbabwe, at the recently concluded United Nations World Tourism Organization General Assembly, which was held in Astana, Kaza

Benin Handicrafts and Tourism Minister Mamata Bako Djaouga speaks with eTN

At the recent UNWTO General Assembly in Kazakhstan, eTN's publisher Juergen Thomas Steinmetz had the opportunity to speak with Mamata Bako Djaouga, Minister of Handicrafts and Tourism for Benin in Afr

Asian Trails celebrates 10th anniversary

It has been ten years now since Luzi Matzig, one of the most prominent personalities in Asian tourism, created his own tour operation.

Africa Business Summit in Washington, DC

If you want to do business in Africa, don’t go there! At least not until you’ve attended the 2009 US-Africa Business Summit in Washington, DC in late September.

New cruise law about to set sail

The Cruise Vessel Safety and Security Act has been opposed by the cruise industry for years, but after the valiant efforts of Senator John Kerry and Congresswoman Doris Matsui, the International Cruis

Launch of hotel bidding concept in India

Noble Travels Group, which had launched an online bidding site, Bid2Travel.com, in April this year, believes the timing of its latest offering is an appropriate one.

UNWTO head Taleb Rifai: Let’s go to Mexico!

Taleb Rifai, the ad interim secretary general of the United Nations World Tourism (UNWTO), said he is spearheading a movement to bring tourism leaders to Mexico to demonstrate that there should be no

Korea’s candidate evades interview then picks and chooses questions via email

South Korea’s Oh Jee-chul, the president and CEO of the Korea Tourism Organization, has the backing of his government in his bid to become the next secretary-general of the United Nations World Tour

Empowerment, flexibility, and networking to continue in travel

Priceline.com has focused on its operations in China by supporting its existing customer demand to and from the Chinese market through its Booking.com brand and, since its acquisition by Priceline.com

eTN Executive Talk: Palestinian tourism minister one-on-one

For the first time ever, the Palestinian Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities participated in an American international travel fair during the inaugural World Religious Travel Expo 2008 held October

Tourism cannot end under any circumstance, former ASTA head says

Kathy Sudeikis previously held the position of president of the American Society of Travel Agents (ASTA).

Peter de Jong – his legacy as seen by himself

As PATA CEO Peter de Jong is leaving Asia Pacific’s prestigious travel trade association in less than ten days, eTurboNews got an exclusive interview on the reasons for the move and on De Jong’s r

Industry can learn from Dubai, says WTTC boss

(TVLW) - The next WTTC summit in Dubai will examine issues of infrastructure, social responsibility and human resources, WTTC president Jean-Claude Baumgarten tells SHALU CHANDRAN in an exclusive interview. What made you pick Dubai to host the next Global Travel and Tourism Summit?