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UAE helps countries with COVID testing

UAE has been seen as one of the most advanced countries in healthcare and safety when it comes to COVID-19 Abu Dhabi Department of Health is supporting international testing efforts by offering laboratory testing for COVID-19 samples from outside the UAE.This first initiative of its kind in the world demonstrates Abu Dhabi’s world-class healthcare services and facilities and continues the emirate’s support for global efforts to combat COVID-19 following the success of its own ambitious testing programs.According to Deep Knowledge Group’s statistics revealed this September, the UAE has topped the region on the list of the world’s safest countries in facing COVID-19, making it an inspirational role model for being proactive and ready to handle the COVID-19 crisis.Recent developments in...
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NDC: Helping or hindering travel industry recovery?

Designed to transform the way air products are retailed to corporations and travelers, the New Distribution Capability (NDC) is to be a new standard that will allow airlines to personalize their offers and sell their ancillary products beyond their own websites. Is it working? Airlines are still in a volatile environment as COVID-19 is hopefully making its exit, and this new product was developed to help build the industry back up.What happens when airlines can sell baggage fees, pre-assigned seats, boarding privileges, and so on, in the travel agency channel rather than just its own website?The Head of Distribution for Qantas Airline lends her thoughts on the effectiveness of the NDC.NDC – New Distribution Capability – is an IATA-led initiative that uses an XML-based data transmis...
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Geological Tourism: New tourist product in East Africa

Ngorongoro Conservation Area Authority (NCAA) management is now developing tourist lodges and other visitor service facilities in the Geopark to attract more tourists, both foreign and local visitor Geotourism uses geological heritage and its interaction with ecology and culture to enhance the geographical character of a place, such as the environment, esthetics, culture and sustainable development of community at Ngorongoro Conservation Area in Northern Tanzania is one of the famous tourist attraction sites in East AfricaThe United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) designated Ngorongoro-Lengai as a Geopark site in April 17, 2018 to become the only tourist Geopark in Africa south of the Sahara DesertGeological features are now new upcoming tourist m...
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US Travel: COVID Relief Bill helps, but more is needed

Given the severity of the impact on the travel and tourism industry, more work remains to provide critical recovery and stimulus measures to safely restore our industry US COVID-19 relief package is advancing through CongressThe relief package includes several provisions that will help accelerate the travel industry’s recovery from the devastating impacts of the coronavirus pandemicBringing travel jobs back will require a holistic, comprehensive policy approach to shorten the recovery trajectory, and US travel industry is looking at this relief bill as one important stepU.S. Travel Association Executive Vice President for Public Affairs and Policy Tori Emerson Barnes issued the following statement on the COVID-19 relief package advancing through Congress: “The relief packa...
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What to Pack for Gorilla Trekking • The Blonde Abroad

I’ve fallen in love with exploring the great outdoors and (ethically) seeing animals in their natural habitat. From national parks around the globe to unforgettable diving locales, some of my best memories have been far from the hustle and bustle of urban life. Of all these magical excursions, having the opportunity to go gorilla trekking in Uganda is one of the experiences that I hold nearest and dearest to my heart. Getting ready to go on the adventure of a lifetime and have no idea what to pack? Here are all of the things I would suggest packing to go gorilla trekking. You Can Pack Really Light Keep it simple! You’re going to find weight restrictions on the small planes that take you out to the best trekking spots. In sub-Saharan Africa, bush flights mean small planes (I mean,...
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The newly appointed ICAO Secretary-General is the right man at the right place at the right time

The future of the aviation industry has big challenges. A new Secretary-General for the international body assigned to regulate aviation will have a challenging position. The 36-State governing body of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), the ICAO Council, has appointed Mr. Juan Carlos Salazar of Colombia as the new Secretary-General of the Organization for a three-year term, beginning 1 August 2021. 2) The last ICAO Secretary-General was Dr. Fang Liu of China, who has held the position for two consecutive terms since 2015.  3) The Chairman of the World Tourism Network Aviation Group made a statement after the appointment. It takes a pro to master this international assignment, and Mr. Salazar is such a pro. Mr. Salazar was appointed based on his exte...
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A new Travel Option: Crossing the border pushing a railroad trolley

No gas, no electricity or steam needed. This form of transportation is environmental friendly and passngers become the engine. International travel now involves pushing a railroad trolley on deserted tracks to get out of the country. The country is North Korea, the destination Russia. It took 8 Russian diplomats eight hours to hand push their trolley packed with luggage and your children home into Mother Russia. The North Korean Government had sealed off its borders due to COVID-19 and international flights, including on Air Koryo between Vladivostok and Pyongyang had been suspended some time ago. On their website, the Russian Embassy praised its good relationship with the Democratic Peoples Republic of Korea, known as North Korea in stating: The DPRK is a go...
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The New ICAO Secretary-General is a pro by any standard

The future of the aviation industry has big challenges. A new Secretary-General for the international body assigned to regulate aviation will have a challenging position. The 36-State governing body of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), the ICAO Council, has appointed Mr. Juan Carlos Salazar of Colombia as the new Secretary-General of the Organization for a three-year term, beginning 1 August 2021. 2) The last ICAO Secretary-General was Dr. Fang Liu of China, who has held the position for two consecutive terms since 2015.  3) Mr. Salazar was appointed based on his extensive professional experience in the administration of complex organizations at the national, regional and international levels. It takes a pro to master this international assignment, a...
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Pattaya area quarantine urged by Mayor to boost tourism

Pattaya City is proposing to be designated as a safe bubble in order to push tourism into the spotlight and break open its doors from the COVID-19 lockdown. Chon Buri is a Thai province set on the country’s eastern Gulf of Thailand coast which is lined with popular beaches, among them Pattaya, a long-standing tourist resort town.The Mayor of Pattaya wants entrepreneurs and workers in the tourism sector to be vaccinated so the city may receive the “area quarantine” designation.The first shipment of vaccines will arrive in Thailand from China this week, and Chon Buri will be among the first provinces to receive them.Pattaya City Mayor Sonthaya Khunpluem said Chonburi would be among the first provinces to get COVID-19 vaccines, and this would build up the confidence of local people an...
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Uganda Tourism agencies merge in latest government spin

For the third time in just about as many years, the Government of Uganda has come full circle on their decision to merge departments and agencies. Agencies under the Tourism and wildlife sector shall be collapsed into specialized departments under the Ministry of Tourism, Wildlife, and Antiquities.Minister says the government will save Shs988 billion (US$269.5 million) under the new design.The government assures it will issue guidelines for transition and will hold workshops to prepare staff for the changes.In the latest communique coming from the Uganda Cabinet this week, the Information Communications Technology (ICT) Minister, Judith Nabakooba, said the government will save Shs988 billion (US$269.5 million) when Uganda tourism agencies merge, as well as other departments, with o...