Volunteer travel: experts raise concerns over unregulated industry

Sending untrained young people to volunteer with vulnerable people is unlikely to help communities, warn responsible tourism and child protection experts It seems like such a wonderful idea, to head off across the world to help orphans and children, to build schools and conserve wildlife. But scepticism about the genuine value voluntourists provide for local … More Volunteer travel: experts raise concerns over unregulated industry

Qantas flight home like child abuse, say New Zealand couple

A New Zealand couple have linked their experience on a Qantas flight to child abuse, after departure delays and problems with the airline’s food service. Duncan Kemsley, Heather Smith and their 11-month-old son, Jeremy Kemsley, were originally due to arrive back in Christchurch from Johannesburg, via Sydney, on Tuesday. Instead, they ended up arriving home … More Qantas flight home like child abuse, say New Zealand couple

Qantas named the world’s safest airline again: World’s safest and least safe airlines for 2016

An annual survey of the world’s biggest airlines has seen Qantas named the world’s safest for the third year running. The Australian carrier was praised for its “extraordinary fatality-free record in the jet era”, with Australian carrier Virgin Australia also making the top 20, while Virgin Atlantic was the only UK airline to make it into the … More Qantas named the world’s safest airline again: World’s safest and least safe airlines for 2016

Crime and disorder warning after influx of male migrants

Tens of thousands of young male migrants pursuing a new life in Europe could threaten the peace and stability of western nations, an American professor has warned. Huge numbers of unaccompanied teenage boys who have fled poverty and war in Africa, the Middle East and Afghanistan are creating imbalances in the numbers of men and … More Crime and disorder warning after influx of male migrants

Sri Lanka Tourism reveals 2016 Strategic Marketing Plan

The tourism industry of Sri Lanka is poised for growth to achieve sustainable development phase within the next few years, based on the strategic direction determined by the new government. Sri Lanka Tourism has formulated a broad Strategic Marketing Plan for year 2016, with the participation of private and public sector stakeholders addressing long standing … More Sri Lanka Tourism reveals 2016 Strategic Marketing Plan

Ethiopia tourism industry infrastructure development

Can Ethiopia boost economic growth and eradicate poverty without ruining the very treasure it wants to promote? Addis Ababa, Ethiopia – A small plaque on this tiny deserted hillock deep in the forests of Kaffa, a province in western Ethiopia, bears an inscription in Amharic and English indicating that this is the birthplace of Ethiopia’s … More Ethiopia tourism industry infrastructure development

How Will US Global Travel Alert Impact The Industry?

Not even one full day after the U.S. State Department issued a global travel warning to American citizens, the news is already impacting the travel industry. With Thanksgiving travel beginning today and most people more or less locked in to trips, concern now is how much the travel alert – not set to expire for … More How Will US Global Travel Alert Impact The Industry?

Government to use ‘Spiritual Tourism’ to attract visitors

NEW DELHI: Blending spiritualism with tourism, the government is preparing a new programme to attract tourists, taking a leaf out of Italy and Saudi Arabia which are flocked by huge number of pilgrims every year. Under the ‘Spiritual Tourism’ programme, the government has drawn up plans to develop holy places and heritage monuments in different … More Government to use ‘Spiritual Tourism’ to attract visitors