volume 81-2021

Indonesia Bans | Unvaccinated Foreigners As Covid-19 Surges

JAKARTA: Foreign visitors who have not been vaccinated against Covid-19 will be barred from entering Indonesia from Tuesday (July 6), as authorities battle to contain an outbreak of the highly-infectious Delta variant. In an announcement on Sunday, the government said that foreign nationals entering Indonesia will need to show a vaccination certificate and a negative …

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Punjab Tourism Dept Decides | Digitalization of Patriata Chairlift System

LAHORE: Punjab Tourism Department has decided to digitalize Patriata chairlift and cable system in Murree. Advisor to the Chief Minister on Tourism Asif Mehmood said this while presiding over a meeting on progress of digitalization project, here on Tuesday.He said that digitalization of the Patriata chairlift would provide convenience to tourists. He said that E-ticketing …

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Pakistani Pilots Training | PPRA Bars CAA from deal with UK

ISLAMABAD: The Public Procurement Regulatory Authority (PPRA) has barred the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) from entering into a negotiated deal with England’s aviation regulator to train Pakistani pilots, advising it to instead float an international tender for training the pilots in line with global standards. The Pakistan CAA (PCAA) wants to hire the UK Civil …

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Travel Sector To GDP | ME Sees 51% Fall In 2020

LONDON: The regional travel & tourism contribution to GDP in the Middle East decreased significantly in 2020, dropping by 51.1%, compared to the average global decline of 49.1%, said the World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC) in a new report. While domestic spending declined by 42.8%, international receipts saw a much steeper fall of 70.3%, …

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PIA to Issue | Rs20bln Sukuk This Month

KARACHI: Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) is set to issue a 10-year sukuk, worth up to Rs20 billion this month to meet its working capital requirements, an investment banker engaged in the deal told The News. The national carrier has mandated National Bank of Pakistan, BankIslami Pakistan Limited and BIPL Securities, to act as joint book …

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World’s Deepest Pool | ‘Deep Dive Dubai’ Opens

DUBAI: Deep Dive Dubai, which holds the Guinness record for being the world’s deepest swimming pool for diving, has opened for business. Located in Nad Al Sheba 1, Deep Dive Dubai pool has a 60 m depth and can hold 14 million liters of water, equivalent to the quantity of six Olympic-sized swimming pools.  Among …

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HSHM Joins Hands With | Bluesky Students Consultancy Services

ISLAMABAD: Hashoo School of Hospitality Management (HSHM) has collaborated with Bluesky Students Consultancy Services to promote its premium hospitality school in Pakistan. In this connection, a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was signed by Maj (Retd) Faisal Naeem Khan, Director Education, Hashoo School of Hospitality Management, and Mr. Mumtaz Khan, Country Head Bluesky Students Consultancy Services …

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Vaccines & Digital Solutions | Easing Travel Restrictions

MADRID: The global vaccination rollout and increased adoption of digital solutions for safe travel should lead to a rise in international mobility over the weeks and months ahead, the latest data from the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) indicates. According to the newest edition of the Travel Restrictions Report from the United Nations specialized agency for …

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IATA to Set Up | Regional Headquarters In Saudi Arabia

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia’s General Authority of Civil Aviation (GACA) said it has reached an agreement with International Air Transport Association (IATA) to set up the aviation body’s headquarters for the Middle East and Africa (MEA) region in the kingdom.  Following the deal, GACA said the signing of this agreement not only aligns with Saudi Arabia’s …

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Oman Imposes | Total Lockdown During Eid Al Adha

MUSCAT: Oman has announced a complete lockdown on commercial activities and ban on movement of individuals and vehicles as well as prayers, pre-Eid souqs (habta) and gatherings throughout the three days of Eid Al Adha. The evening closure of commercial activities and the ban on movement of individuals and vehicles will continue to take effect …

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