Tag: Iraq

Gains of LGBTQ rights in some Middle East and North Africa nations may be a game-changer

Chief Assignment Editor Chief Assignment Editor- May 28, 2019 17:05

Progress in recognizing the human rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer people at the United Nations in New York and in Geneva may seem detached from the realities ... Read More

4000 tourism leaders will meet at Uzakrota Travel Summit Istanbul

Chief Assignment Editor Chief Assignment Editor- May 22, 2019 18:10

Uzakrota Travel Summit, an important international tourism sector event, will be organized for the 6th time in Istanbul. The Summit will take place at the Hilton Istanbul Bosphorus in Istanbul ... Read More

FAA warns airlines of “miscalculation or misidentification” risk over Persian Gulf

Chief Assignment Editor Chief Assignment Editor- May 18, 2019 16:45

In a chilling reminder of the downing of Iran Air flight 655 by a US missile, an FAA notice said civilian aircraft flying over the Persian Gulf and the Gulf ... Read More

US Travel Warning: Leave Iraq or prepare for funeral

Juergen T Steinmetz Juergen T Steinmetz- May 15, 2019 08:08

Today the U.S. Embassy and Consulate in Baghdad ordered a partial evacuation of their American staff.  In the meantime, the travel warning for Americans wanting to visit Iraq reads: Do ... Read More

Security alert: US Embassy in Baghdad warns Americans not to travel to Iraq

Chief Assignment Editor Chief Assignment Editor- May 13, 2019 14:58

The US Embassy in Iraq has issued a security alert, warning US citizens of “heightened tensions” in the country and advising against travel there. The advisory warning was posted on ... Read More

SaferTourism.com: How dangerous is travel according to Dr. Peter Tarlow

Juergen T Steinmetz Juergen T Steinmetz- May 3, 2019 20:38

The recently concluded 26th International Tourism Security Conference in Las Vegas celebrated over a quarter Century of Tourism Safety and Security. Dr. Peter Tarlow of SaferTourism.com  had a major part ... Read More

Avis Budget Group wins multiple awards in the Middle East

Chief Assignment Editor Chief Assignment Editor- April 29, 2019 19:55

Avis Budget Group has been awarded multiple accolades at the 2019 World Travel Awards, for its car rental brands Avis and Budget, across the Middle East, it was announced at ... Read More

Shangri La Hotel Colombo Veteran Chef killed with 160 people in 6 terror attacks in Sri Lanka

Juergen T Steinmetz Juergen T Steinmetz- April 21, 2019 08:06

Shangri La Colombo Veteran chef Shantha Mayadunne and her daughter are among 138 or more dead this morning at 6 deadly terror blasts on Easter Sunday in Sri Lanka.  Several ... Read More

WikiLeaks founder Assange arrested in London after Ecuador axes asylum deal

Chief Assignment Editor Chief Assignment Editor- April 11, 2019 14:00

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange has been dragged out of the Ecuadorian Embassy in London where he has spent the last seven years. That's after Ecuador's president Moreno withdrew asylum. That's ... Read More

Brunei Travel: Ready to be stoned to death? How will WTTC and UNWTO respond?

Juergen T Steinmetz Juergen T Steinmetz- March 30, 2019 04:12

Brunei is becoming a deadly place to visit starting April 3, specially if you are member of the LGBT Community. Next week the World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC) will ... Read More

At least 55 people killed in Tigris river tourist ferry disaster near Iraq’s Mosul

Chief Assignment Editor Chief Assignment Editor- March 21, 2019 15:33

At least 55 people died when an overloaded ferry sank in the Tigris river near Mosul in northern Iraq on Thursday, according to local officials. The boat was reportedly carrying ... Read More

US Travel Advisory ups warning level for travel to Turkey

editor editor- February 16, 2019 02:38

The U.S. Travel Department of State, Bureau of Consular Affairs, today issued a "Level 3: Reconsider Travel" advisory for Turkey due to terrorism and arbitrary detentions with some areas having ... Read More

Nairobi Dusit2 terror attack: 21 dead, 700 rescued and many heroes

Juergen T Steinmetz Juergen T Steinmetz- January 17, 2019 03:59

700 people could have died in the attack in Nairobi but didn't because of security measures in place and the immediate and effective response of authorities.  Thanks to steel doors ... Read More

Tulsi Gabbard US President in 2020? She told CNN but not her father

Juergen T Steinmetz Juergen T Steinmetz- January 12, 2019 07:57

His daughter Tulsi Gabbard is running for president in 2020. Hawaii Senator Mike Gabbard is currently attending the Farm Bureau convention in New Orleans where President Trump will speak on Monday. ... Read More

Tourists killed and beheaded in terror attack in Morocco: Arrests made

Juergen T Steinmetz Juergen T Steinmetz- December 25, 2018 21:36

The arrests were made in several cities in the kingdom, bringing to 18 the number of people detained over the double-murder, said Abdelhak Khiam, head of Morocco's central office for judicial investigation. Read More

Moscow’s Domodedovo airport buys tank to tow aircraft

Chief Assignment Editor Chief Assignment Editor- December 12, 2018 08:30

A new tow truck, received by Moscow’s Domodedovo airport, can pull a weight of 125 tons and lay evacuation routes even through thick forest. Of course, it can – 'cause ... Read More

Avoiding dangerous vacations 2018

Hon. Thomas A. Dickerson Hon. Thomas A. Dickerson- September 19, 2018 21:27

This is the sixth year that we have posted dangerous vacations destination information collected from news articles and reported law cases. Read More

Traveling and like to breathe fresh air? Where not to go

Juergen T Steinmetz Juergen T Steinmetz- April 20, 2017 14:32

The Gulf region may be the leader in luxury travel and tourism, but it does have the worst air quality in the world. As part of the Earth Day campaign for ... Read More

Asia winter forecast: Drought to continue from India to Singapore

editor editor- October 24, 2015 04:36

As the record-challenging tropical season winds down following December, drought will continue in parts of Southeast Asia, while snow is forecast in some rather low-lying areas of China, the Korean ... Read More

Iraq settles long-running airline dispute with Kuwait

editor editor- March 15, 2012 05:07

An aide to Iraq's Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki said on Wednesday that Iraq and Kuwait have reached a $500 million agreement to resolve a dispute over Gulf War-era debts that ... Read More

President Obama declares Iraq war will be over by end of this year

editor editor- October 22, 2011 01:39

"After nearly nine years, America's war in Iraq will be over, Obama said, "The coming months will be a season of homecomings. Our troops in Iraq will definitely be home ... Read More

Iraq striving to recover plundered antiquities

editor editor- October 11, 2011 06:55

Iraq is still striving to recover thousands of antiquities plundered from its museums and archaeological sites, as the war-torn country aims to develop its tourism industry to help rebuild its ... Read More

Iraqi Kurdistan hopes for 5 million visitors by 2015

editor editor- September 7, 2011 06:04

ARBIL, Iraq - Kurdistan, the semi-autonomous region in northern Iraq, expects to attract more than five million tourists by 2015, according to government sources. Read More

Ban calls for further steps by Iraq to fulfil pledges to Kuwait

editor editor- June 23, 2011 03:55

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has encouraged the Iraqi Government to act quickly to fulfil its obligations to find Kuwaiti or third country nationals, property and archives lost in Saddam Hussein’s Read More

Iraq the next tourism hotspot

editor editor- November 9, 2010 05:13

Iraq is poised to be a future tourism hotspot reveals the WTM Global Trends Report today (Monday 8 November). Read More

Iraq demands Israel return stolen ancient Torah scroll

editor editor- August 31, 2010 04:23

Iraq's Tourism Ministry is calling on Israel to return an ancient Torah scroll that was illegally smuggled out of the country. Read More

Lufthansa, business jets return to Baghdad

editor editor- July 15, 2010 03:42

Iraq is transforming from a battleground into a focus for civil aviation as the collapse of its national airline and a decline in violent attacks attract international carriers and business-jet ... Read More

Wildlife trade thrives in Baghdad due to lack of government regulation

editor editor- May 28, 2010 04:28

BAGHDAD – A dozen fluffy white kittens with piercing blue eyes frolic in a wire cage, perched perilously atop a pen containing two African lion cubs. Read More

Iraqi airline industry showing signs of recovery, but faces many problems

editor editor- May 17, 2010 02:53

Cruising down the runway at 200 kilometres per hour in Stafford Clarry's sleek SUV, you can’t help feeling impressed with the Middle-East’s newest airport. Read More

Etihad Airways plans to launch regular service to Iraq

editor editor- April 19, 2010 02:40

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates — Etihad Airways says it plans to launch regular flights to Baghdad next week, making it the latest carrier to begin flying passengers to the Iraqi ... Read More

Foreign investors turning Saddam Hussein’s playground into a tourist mecca

editor editor- April 2, 2010 04:53

Tikrit, Iraq - Saddam Hussein made his palaces a faux Babylonian paradise, but now his home town of Tikrit is seeking foreign investors to turn the late dictator's playground into ... Read More

Najaf thriving as a religious tourism destination

editor editor- March 1, 2010 05:52

The city of Najaf in Iraq is thriving as a religious tourist destination for Shia Muslims, with thousands of Iranians making a weekly pilgrimage to the sacred Imam Ali shrine. Read More

Iraq is on Lufthansa’s mind

editor editor- January 19, 2010 07:34

At last November’s World Travel Market in London, the arrival of Iraq’s delegation was perhaps one that was most anticipated for many reasons. Read More

Lufthansa plans to return to Iraq

editor editor- January 18, 2010 06:10

As Iraq is increasingly opening up to civil aviation, demand for flights to the country is growing. Read More