volume 03-2022

UNWTO launches | Tourism Investment Guide

MADRID: UNWTO has launched the first in a series of tourism investment guidelines focused on a specific country, representing a comprehensive tool for parties interested in foreign direct investment (FDI) opportunities. Developed alongside the Ministry of Tourism of the Dominican Republic and the National Export and Investment Center (PRODOMINICANA), the new guide provides key insights …

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Supporting Community Services | Serena Hotels Share Profits Among Locals

ISLAMABAD: Aga Khan Cultural Service Pakistan (AKCS-P) and Tourism Promotion Services (Pakistan) Limited Owner and Operator of Serena Hotels held an event at Islamabad Serena Hotel to distribute the profits earned from the operations of Serena Shigar Fort and Serena Khaplu Palace with the communities of Shigar and Khaplu, and the Support Fund to Women …

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US Airlines Warn | ‘Signal Chaos’ Over 5G Launch

WASHINGTON: Major US airlines have warned of an impending “catastrophic” aviation crisis when AT&T and Verizon deploy new 5G service on Wednesday, January 19. They said the switch-on of 5G mobile phone services will cause “major disruption” to flights. The airlines warned the new C-Band 5G service could render a significant number of widebody aircraft …

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IATA Grants Oman Air | ‘Airline Retailing Maturity Status’

MUSCAT: Oman Air, the national airline of Oman, has been granted ‘Airline Retailing Maturity status’ under IATA’s ARM Index Programme.  The certification recognises that Oman Air uses Shop/Order capabilities compliant with the standard Enhanced and Simplified Distribution message schema, version 18.2 and the ARM index Capabilities Verification Guidance.  Commenting on the certification, Umesh Chhiber, Senior …

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Sustainable Aviation Fuel | Microsoft Invests In Jet Fuel Biorefinery

GEORGIA: Microsoft is investing $50 million in a LanzaJet facility in Georgia that will produce jet fuel from ethanol next year, LanzaJet said. The airline industry is considered one of the hardest to decarbonize. Renewable aviation fuel accounted for less than 0.1% of current global jet fuel demand of about 330 million tonnes in 2019, …

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Transforming Tourism Sector | Pakistan To Benefit From UNWTO Expertise: Qureshi

ISLAMABAD: Foreign Minister of Pakistan,  Makhdoom Shah Mahmood Qureshi called on Secretary-General of the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO), Zurab Pololikashvili in Madrid, Spain on Wednesday, January 12,  and congratulated him on his re-election for the next four-year term, i.e. 2022-2025. Commending the productive role of UNWTO, the UN special agency, in promoting tourism and preserving …

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Rising Omicron Cases | CAA Bans Inflight Meal from Jan 17

KARACHI: Pakistan Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) on Saturday, January 15, banned serving the inflight meal in line with the directives of the National Command and Operation Centre (NCOC) to stem the spread of Omicron, a new variant of coronavirus, from January 17. “Amid rising Omicron cases across the country, the NCOC bans serving meals/snacks onboard …

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France To Lift | Ban From UK Travellers Next Week

PARIS: The French government’s official spokesman, Gabriel Attal, said after a weekly cabinet meeting on Wednesday that Paris would ease travel restrictions from the UK to France in the next few days. “I confirm that a further easing of the restrictions with the UK will be announced in the coming days,” Gabriel Attal told reporters. …

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