Pansy Tlakula elected to UN Human Rights body

International Relations and Cooperation (DIRCO) Minister Naledi Pandor has congratulated Pansy Tlakula on her election to the United Nations Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (CERD). “Minister Pandor is confident that Advocate Tlakula’s election will greatly enhance the work of the committee as she has lived experience and extensive professional experience in terms of the promotion, protection and fulfilment […]


Botswana scraps anti-gay laws in landmark decision

Botswana‘s High Court ruled Tuesday in favour of decriminalising homosexuality, handing down a landmark verdict greeted with joy by gay rights campaigners. Under the country’s 1965 penal code, homosexuality is punishable by a jail term of up to seven years. But Judge Michael Elburu declared it was time to “set aside” the “provisions of a Victorian era” and ordered the laws be amended. In […]


Chinese travelers ‘harassed’: Beijing issues US travel warning

China has issued a travel warning to its citizens traveling to the US, citing reports that trade war tensions have seen Washington using its powers to “harass” Chinese travelers. The travel alert follows a Monday warning issued by Beijing to Chinese students hoping to study in US universities. They were told to expect extra hurdles when it came to getting […]


Emirates brings Airbus A380 to Muscat route

Emirates brings Airbus A380 to Muscat route Emirates is gearing up for a big summer in Muscat with the deployment of double daily A380 flights from tomorrow. The airline will operate the A380 on EK862/863 and EK864/865 to and from Muscat International Airport. Muscat will become Emirates’ shortest scheduled A380 flight, flying a distance of 340 kilometres each way. The […]

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Oman Air debuts new service to Alexandria, Egypt

Oman Air has commenced direct flights to Alexandria. The Egyptian city will become the airline’s 53rd destination in its expanding global network. Alexandria, Egypt’s second-largest city, is a major economic and industrial centre of the country. With its 30-kilometre coastline extending along the Mediterranean Sea, coupled with its magnificent ambience and rich cultural heritage, Alexandria is also a popular tourist […]


IATA annual general meeting gets underway in Seoul, Korea

The International Air Transport Association has welcomed leaders of the global air transport industry to Seoul, capital of the Republic of Korea, for the 75th IATA annual general meeting. The event will take place alongside the World Air Transport Summit (WATS). Hosted by Korean Air, and held for the first time in Korea, the event is expected to attract more […]


Madeira adventure holidays are adrenaline seekers’ best kept secret

Hanging above a sun-drenched waterfall, I let the suspended rope edge through my fingers. After a lifelong fear of heights, I was abseiling down a vertical drop. Forests of eucalyptus and pine, sweet blackberry bushes and towering prune trees framed my descent, and as I plunged into waist-deep mountain water, I knew I’d left all my preconceptions about Madeira at the […]


Airbus partners with SAS Scandinavian Airlines for electric aircraft research

Airbus has signed a memorandum of understanding with SAS Scandinavian Airlines for hybrid and electric aircraft eco-system and infrastructure requirements research. The deal was signed by Grazia Vittadini, chief technology officer with Airbus, and Göran Jansson, deputy president for strategy and ventures with Scandinavian Airlines. Collaboration will start in June and will continue until the end of 2020. Under the […]


Research: What Local News Tells Us About Overtourism

Overtourism manifests itself differently in every locale, but most destinations recognize the importance of local sentiment in understanding the problem. To evaluate this aspect of overtourism, Skift Research constructed an index that analyzes the text of a large set of over 17,000 local media reports and measured the frequency of stories that indicate a negative press sentiment toward arriving tourists. […]


Travelers With Disabilities May Find Advantages in Using Travel Advisor Specialists

With one in four American adults classified as having a disability, travel advisors need to better understand these travelers. Being able to complete their bookings is not just a business necessity, it’s a legal requirement under the Americans With Disabilities Act, which demands equal treatment for travelers with disabilities. According to consultant and trainer Craig Kennedy of Disability Life Coaching, most travel […]