Friday, 1 August 2014

Private Company Approaches to offer Ha Long Bay a Renovation


Ha Long BayLocated in northwestern Vietnam, Ha Long Bay in the northern province of Quang Ninh features thousands of limestone karsts and islets of various sizes and shapes along with myriad caves and grottos.


The province expects to see more than VND6 trillion (US$283 million) in revenue generated from tourism fees this year. More than 7.5 million tourists visited Quang Ninh in 2013–a number that’s only expected to rise in the coming years.


New York State aims to entice more Chinese Visitors


new York Chinese VisitorsTo attract more Chinese tourists the New York State tourism agency, also known by the song and slogan as ‘I Love New York’ — has released a second office in Beijing promoting the Empire State’s features to clients and the Chinese tourism industry, and it has held “Becoming China Ready” workshops.


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Imprudent Comments Have Scratched Goa’s Image: Tourism Industry


GoaTourism industry stakeholders alleged that Goa ministers’ remarks on a ban on wearing bikinis on Goa’s beaches and demanding a Hindu nation have “really damaged” reputation of the state as a safe beach destination.


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Adventure in Motion: A Debut Film Competition from the Adventure Travel Trade Association


Adventure Travel TradeThe Adventure Travel Trade Association (ATTA; www.adventuretravel.biz) is accepting submissions for an inaugural short film competition called Adventure in Motion. Tourism organizations or businesses that have a short video produced in the last year are eligible and encouraged to enter the contest.


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National Restaurant Association Statement on Extension of the Work Opportunity Tax Credit


national restaurant associationToday the National Restaurant Association issued a statement of support for bipartisan legislation introduced by House Ways & Means Committee Members Aaron Schock (R-IL) and Charles Rangel (D-NY), that would permanently extend the Work Opportunity Tax Credit (WOTC), which makes permanent a federal income tax incentive for employers like restaurants that hire veterans, teenagers and young workers, and others facing employment challenges:


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U.S. Travel Applauds Levin Comments on Government Travel Bill


us travel associationU.S. Travel Association President and CEO Roger Dow issued the following statement regarding news the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee’s approval of S. 1347, the “Conference Accountability Act of 2014’’.


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The 40th World Scout Conference in Ljubljana


LJUBLJANAThe World Scout Conference (WSC) takes place every three years. Ljubljana will be its proud host after Brazil, Korea, Tunisia and Greece, through the efforts of the Slovenian member of the World Scout Movement – The Scout Association of Slovenia. The members of the association convinced the majority of the 162 member states that Ljubljana is the next most appropriate host for the conference and Ljubljana thus overcame its difficult opponent for the year 2014 – Florence.


Gather, harvest, forage and hunt in Colorado


Colorado Department of TourismThe mountains, forests, fields and farms are calling. Do you know the satisfaction, the unmatched freshness of recently harvested produce, the reward of rolling up your sleeves and rooting around in the dirt, the unique sense of accomplishment? Actively participating in collecting your food, when done theColorado way, doesn’t feel like work at all. In the Centennial State, being involved means scouring the majestic mountains on foot in search of an elk or mule deer, rolling up your pants and wading into a mountain stream, or luring a trophy trout to your line. 


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Entertainers, Thought-Provoking Speakers and Policy Makers Take the Stage for Final Day of GBTA Convention


GBTA Final Logo_origThe Global Business Travel Association (GBTA)—the voice of the global business travel industry— concluded its annual GBTA Convention 2014 on a high note with John Pistole, Administrator, Transportation Security Administrator (TSA) opening the morning session.


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TripAdvisor Announces Its First TV Ad Contest Tapping Travelers For Their Take On TripAdvisor’s TV Commercials


tripadvisorTripAdvisor, the world’s largest travel site*, today announced the launch of the TripAdvisor TV Ad Contest, its first-ever user-generated ad contest. Everyone from video amateurs to filmmakers is encouraged to submit a short video in the spirit of TripAdvisor’s “Don’t Just Visit” commercials between Friday, August 1 and Sunday, August 31. The contest winner will earn a grand prize of $25,000 and a chance to see their ad air on television. TripAdvisor will also award five runner-up prizes of $1,000 with winning videos shared on TripAdvisor social media channels.


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South African Airways (SAA) Voyager partners with the largest fuel retailer in Africa, Total South Africa


South African AirwaysSAA Voyager is partnering with Total South Africa to offer SAA Voyager Miles at participating TOTAL retail service stations nationwide. SAA Voyager members can now earn Miles every time they fill up at TOTAL.


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Seychelles President James Michel welcomes Air Seychelles’ two new Twin Otter aircraft


air seychelles logoJames Michel, President of the Republic of Seychelles, today welcomed Air Seychelles’ two new DHC-6 Twin Otter Series 400 aircraft at a special ceremony at Seychelles International Airport.

The aircraft, recently delivered from Canada’s Viking Air Limited, will operate between Seychelles International Airport and Praslin, as well as other islands in the archipelago, including Bird, Denis and Fr├ęgate.


Fare Bonanza for Jet Airways & JetKonnect guests for economy travel on the airlines domestic network


jet airways logoIn its endeavor to offer exceptional value to its guests, Jet Airways, India’s premier international airline, today, introduced a travel bonanza with attractive special fares for its guests. Economy guests travelling on the airlines domestic network will be able to avail of the attractive fares starting as low as Rs 1499/- all inclusive.


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FAA Proposes $428,000 Civil Penalty Against Air Methods Corporation


faaThe U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is proposing a $428,000 civil penalty against Air Methods Corporation of Englewood, Colo., for allegedly operating two helicopters when they were not in compliance with Federal Aviation regulations.


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