Friday, July 24th 2015 - 20:21 UTC

Tourism as a tool for development under-financed, claims Taleb Rifai

UNWTO chief underlined that tourism has been identified by half of the world´s Least Developed Countries as a priority instrument for poverty reduction.

Tourism’s underrepresentation in international financing for development flows remains a critical hurdle to overcome in order to fully deploy its development potential. Despite being a high impact economic activity, a major job generator and key export sector accounting for 6% of total world trade, tourism receives only 0.78% of the total Aid for Trade (AfT) disbursements and a mere 0.097% of the total Official Development Assistance (ODA).

Thursday, July 23rd 2015 - 07:48 UTC

Small fire on cruise vessel in Jamaica suppressed by its own equipment

Black smoke could be seen billowing from the 1,112-foot Freedom of the Seas as it docked in Jamaica on Wednesday with 4.500 passengers.

A fire aboard a Royal Caribbean cruise ship that departed from Port Canaveral injured one crew member, but company officials say it was quickly extinguished. Black smoke could be seen billowing from the 1,112-foot Freedom of the Seas as it docked in Jamaica on Wednesday with 4.500 passengers.

Thursday, July 9th 2015 - 03:33 UTC

All United Airlines grounded for almost two hours because of computer problems

”We are restoring regular flight operations, but some customers may experience residual delays (Wednesday),” United said in an afternoon statement.

All United Airlines flights were grounded for almost two hours early Wednesday due to a computer hardware problem, creating travel headaches for tens of thousands of passengers that stretched into the afternoon. United said 800 flights had been delayed, with four flights canceled on its main carrier and 55 on its regional partners. A similar situation happened on 2 June when United flights were also grounded due to “automation issues.”

Thursday, July 9th 2015 - 02:55 UTC

Italy's MSC Cruises with 'Opera' becomes first major line to homeport in Cuba

The first MSC cruise will depart from Havana following MSC Opera’s Grand Voyage from Genoa to Cuba.

Italian owned MSC Cruises will be the first major cruise line to homeport in Cuba, with the 2,120-passenger MSC Opera embarking on week-long cruises from Havana starting December 22, reports Travel Weekly.

Wednesday, July 8th 2015 - 08:30 UTC

Carnival cruises to Cuba expected for next May; waiting for Havana green light

Under the initiative, some 37,000 travelers a year will either volunteer or be immersed in educational and cultural exchanges in local communities

Carnival Corporation, the world's biggest travel and leisure firm, plans to launch cruises to Cuba in May, following the historic thaw between the Castro brothers nation and the United States. US Treasury Department and Commerce Department granted the company approval for the plans, Carnival announced Tuesday, though it has yet to receive Cuban authorization.

Saturday, July 4th 2015 - 06:32 UTC

Uruguay experienced poor 2014/15 cruise season; costs in the region limited vessel calls

 The number of cruise calls in the 2014/15 season was down 27.4% this season and visitor landings, 18.9% pointed out minister Liliam Kechichian

The 2014/15 cruise season was not encouraging for Uruguay which reported a drop in the number of vessels calling; passenger landings and money spent by the industry and visitors, according to the official assessment of the season presented by Tourism ministry officials and other government offices involved in the different operations.

Saturday, July 4th 2015 - 06:05 UTC

South Georgia received record number of visitors during 2014/15 cruise season

A total of 8,142 cruise ship passengers visited South Georgia last season, slightly more than the previous highest number which was 8,068 in the 2007/8 season. (Pic J. Fowler)

The island of South Georgia attracted the highest ever number of cruise ship passengers in the 2014/15 season, in contrast to falling numbers of tourists visiting the Antarctic, according to the May edition of the South Georgia Newsletter.

Wednesday, June 17th 2015 - 04:38 UTC

Falklands have a bright future and Islanders the resolve to face harassment and bullying

Foreign Office Minister Hugo Swire MP delivers his speech

The Falkland Islands have a bright future, not without challenges, or harassment or bullying, but the Islanders will face them with the same strength, tenacity and resolve that helped them through the conflict 33 years ago, said Foreign Office minister Hugo Swire at the annual Falklands' Government Reception in London.

Tuesday, June 2nd 2015 - 06:09 UTC

Malaysia Airlines 'technically bankrupt' contracts 'Terminator' to restructure the company

The airline said it had “offered jobs” to 14,000 of its 20,000 workforce. The move follows the appointment of new chief executive Christoph Mueller in May.

Malaysia Airlines is “technically bankrupt”, its chief executive has said, as he announced a restructuring program and plans to cut about 6,000 jobs. The announcement follows the twin air disasters which forced its nationalization last year.

Tuesday, June 2nd 2015 - 05:58 UTC

Spain's Iberia resumed flights to Cuba after a two-year absence

As recently reported by the airline, that route will now have five direct weekly flights (Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday).

After two years of absence, the Spanish airline Iberia on Monday resumed flights to Havana. The Cuban tourism ministry confirmed last Friday that on June first, the flight marking the resumption of operations between Madrid and Havana would arrive at the Jose Marti International Airport.


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