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UNWTO names President of Costa Rica as Special Ambassador of the International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development

As part of the observance of the International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development, the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO), which is leading the campaign, has named Costa Rican President Luis Guillermo Solís Rivera as Special Ambassador of this important global action. The initiatives developed by Costa Rica in the field of sustainable tourism as well as its international positioning and ...

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Istanbul named the world’s most affordable shopping city

A new research from Marbles reveals the world’s most affordable shopping cities for shopaholics and holidaymakers. The research finds the world’s top 30 cities for a shopping weekend from a British perspective. Istanbul has been selected as the number 1 city for affordable shopping. Marbles found the top 30 cities by number of overnight international visitors and then research on ...

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Philippines to host the 6th UNWTO Conference on Tourism Statistics

Policy leaders, statisticians, academicians and private sector will convene in Manila, The Philippines, next June 2017 (21-24), to discuss new methodologies to measure the full impacts of tourism. The 6th edition of the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) International Conference on Statistics, an official event of the International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development 2017, will address the topic of ‘Measuring ...

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Serena: Perfect hotel for your next business trip to Kampala

By Our Writer Uganda is one of our closest neighbours. We not only share a border but also much of our history is interlinked with that of Uganda. Geopolitically, Uganda could just be our sister across the border. It is no wonder that many businessmen and women transact business in Uganda and vice versa. Personally, I have crossed the border ...

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Marriott International reports first quarter 2017 results highlights

Highlights First quarter reported diluted EPS totaled $0.94, an 11 percent increase over prior year results. First quarter adjusted diluted EPS totaled $1.01, a 38 percent increase over first quarter 2016 combined results.  Adjusted 2017 first quarter results exclude merger-related costs.  Combined 2016 first quarter results assume Marriott’s acquisition of Starwood and Starwood’s sale of its timeshare business had been ...

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Marriott International Debuts Four Points by Sheraton Danzhou on Hainan Island, China

Marriott International today announced the opening of Four Points by Sheraton Danzhou. As the brand’s third hotel in Hainan and the first international brand hotel in Danzhou, a coastal city located in the west of the island, the launch of this new property brings uncomplicated service and modern style to the area. “With more than 200 hotels in dynamic markets ...

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Rwanda increases price of gorilla permit from $750 to $1,500

The Rwanda Development Board has announced an increase in the price of gorilla permits from $750 to $1,500 for all visitors effective immediately. A new exclusive package for tourists who wish to book an entire family of gorillas was also introduced at $15,000, and will receive exclusive personalized tour guide services. The price increase will not affect tourists who had ...

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UNWTO Secretary-General thanks outgoing WTTC President for strong partnership

UNWTO Secretary-General, Taleb Rifai, has expressed his sincere appreciation to David Scowsill, President and CEO of the World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC) for the strong partnership between both organizations as he announced his departure after six years at the helm of WTTC. Over the last six years, UNWTO and WTTC have created a strong partnership, bringing public and private ...

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Ethiopian’s latest A350 delivery arrives with humanitarian aid on board

Ethiopian Airlines, the German NGO Humedica, Aviation without Borders and the Airbus Foundation have joined forces to transport of nine tonnes of humanitarian aid from Europe to Africa. The goods, received in Addis Ababa, are destined to provide relief to drought prone areas in the East African region. The cargo arrived from Airbus’ Toulouse base utilising the delivery flight of ...

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Marriott Shines at #8 on the 2017 DiversityInc Top 50 Companies for Diversity List

Marriott International has been recognised as #8, up one spot from last year and ranked in the Top 10 for the second year in a row on the 2017 DiversityInc Top 50 Companies for Diversity, making it the highest ranking hotel company on the list.  The company was also ranked on specialty lists for its executive women (#5), recruitment (#10), ...

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