Flight makes Emergency Landing at Egypt Airport

airplaneA flight from Britain conveys 262 travelers on board made an emergency landing at Egypt’s Sharm el-Sheikh Airport. Consistent with reports, the flight encountered an engine problem constraining the pilot to make an emergency landing. Nobody was harmed and the travelers left the flight in normally.

The leader of the Egyptian airports company told journalists that the flight needed to land after a problem with one of the plane’s engines.

Because of some unforced error in communication with the Egypt official, the flight that made emergency landing was accounted for as Airbus A380. However, later updates show that the flight was Airbus A30.

Roatan demonstrates global leadership in sustainability

roatanROATAN, HONDURAS – The island of Roatan is the first tourism destination in Honduras to complete a comprehensive 360-degree assessment and action plan for destination-level sustainability.

The long-term viability of Roatan’s tourism sector is of critical importance to the economic health of Honduras. The idyllic island, renowned for its top diving sites and diverse marine biodiversity, as well as its rich Caribbean culture, draws 55 percent of the 1.8 million annual international arrivals to Honduras. It also generates a significant share of the overall contribution of tourism to GDP which is estimated at 5.8 percent.

The Rapid Sustainable Destination Diagnostic was carried out by the Mesoamerican Reef Tourism Initiative in close collaboration with leading global non-profit Sustainable Travel International, Honduras’ Ministry of Tourism, and Roatán’s local Geotourism Council. The diagnostic process evaluated Roatán’s performance on five key pillars of sustainability, which include sustainable tourism planning and governance, economic linkages, preservation of cultural heritage, social and community issues, and environmental protection.

The results of the destination diagnostic indicate that Roatán is making progress on destination management issues, and highlight the priority areas for the travel and tourism sector to focus on moving forward.

“Roatan ranked highly on the issue of visitor management planning and monitoring, which recognizes the local conservation community’s efforts to minimize tourism’s footprint by promoting environmental practices among tour operators, tour guides and tourists,” said Seleni Matus, Sustainable Travel International’s Vice President of Latin American and the Caribbean, who conducted the assessment. “At the same time, there is an urgent need to establish in situ destination management, incorporate native island culture more deeply as part of Roatán’s tourism product, and tackle waste management and water conservation issues.”

In response to the diagnostic results, more than 50 leaders and leading organizations from the government, private sector and civil society joined forces to define a visionary yet practical roadmap, which will address the critical sustainability issues facing Roatán. The resulting action plan is built around three key initiatives:

  • Establishment of a destination management organization (DMO) for the Bay Islands, which includes Roatán, Guanaja and Utila;
  • Preservation of native island culture through an inventory of tangible and intangible local, traditional and cultural knowledge, as well as the establishment of a permanent Cultural Marketplace for the promotion of intangible cultural heritage; and
  • Development of a destination-level action plan for waste management and water conservation.

Destination stakeholders have also formed Working Groups to help bring these three initiatives to life in the near-term.

“This is an important step for Roatan and Honduras,” said Syntia Solomon Bennett, Honduras’ Vice Minister of Tourism. “These efforts will help put our tourism industry on a sustainable trajectory, and the process will serve as a model to replicate in other tourism destinations in Honduras.”

This project was made possible through the generous support of The Summit Foundation and Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd’s Ocean Fund.

Roatan joins the ranks of a growing number of tourism destinations that recognize the potential of sustainable destination management to drive economic growth and inclusive development.

Bollywood superstar to take Sydney by storm

ParamasataSYDNEY – Destination New South Wales, the New South Wales (NSW) Government’s heading tourism and major events agency, announced they have protected Bollywood legend Shahrukh Khan to visit Sydney in October as part of the fourth annual Parramasala Festival in Parramatta.

Shahrukh Khan, known as SRK and dubbed the ‘King of Bollywood’, will headline a two hour Indian variety show of music, dance and comedy – Temptation Reloaded as part of the cerebration. The visit was secured by the NSW Government as a Sydney-exclusive event.

Destination NSW Chief Executive Office Sandra Chipchase said, “Parramasala is a key arts and cultural event on the NSW Annual Events Calendar and brings some of the world’s best artists to Western Sydney. We are thrilled to welcome Shahrukh Khan to Sydney and Parramatta for the event and invite him to experience the very best of what Sydney and NSW have offer while he’s here.” said Ms Chipchase.

SRK has featured in 75 films and has more than four million Twitter followers and is one of the most popular and influential Bollywood actors. His show will attract an audience not only of Indian origin, but will also appeal to his fans overseas including Fiji, Singapore, Indonesia and Malaysia.

“We are expecting SRK and the Temptation Reloaded show to attract significant international visitors to Sydney and more than 5,000 people from around Australia.”

“Temptation Reloaded offers a unique cultural experience and it is a great event for Western Sydney with many hotels and restaurants expected to reap the tourism rewards,” Ms Chipchase added.

SRK will be invited to experience some of Sydney and NSW’s most iconic experiences city including climbing the iconic Sydney Harbour Bridge; meeting a kangaroo and koala bear at Taronga Zoo; dining on a Snow Egg at Quay restaurant as featured in MasterChef Australia; visiting the luxury Wolgan Valley Resort & Spa in the Blue Mountains region, one-hour from Sydney; and the Bradman Cricket Museum in the Southern Highlands, one-hour South of Sydney.

Earlier this year, SRK topped the Forbes India Celebrity 100 list after earning US$37.7 million in 2012. He has also been awarded one of India’s highest civilian awards, the Padma Shri, for his contribution to Indian cinema.

Global Tourism Economy Forum to be hosted by Macau

macauGlobal Tourism Economy Forum in Macau will have Chairman and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Wynn Resorts Stephen Wynn as one of the prominent key speakers of the occasion.

Also speaking at the September 17-19 meeting in the Macau Tower Convention and Entertainment Centre, will be Shao Qi Wei, Chairman of China National Tourism Administration (CNTA) and Michael Frenzel, Chairman of the World Travel and Tourism Council.

They will be joined by Mari Elka Pangestu, Minister of Tourism and Creative Economy of Republic of Indonesia, Thong Khon, Minister of Tourism of Cambodia and Dr. Taleb Rifai, Secretary General of United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO).

It will be the second sequential year such a gathering has been had in the previous Portuguese enclave with more than 1000 delegates from 34 cities around the world to attend last year’s inaugural occasion.

The discussion is billed as a standout amongst the most critical tourism occasions in China’s prosperous Pearl River Delta Region. To enroll costs $US650 or 5070 MOP, group discounts apply.

Around a year ago 48 speakers was Australian Christopher Brown, special representative of the United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO).

This year’s theme – Regenerate Our Economies: Invest in Travel and Tourism – is required to lure an alternate high-level meeting of key decision makers in the international travel and tourism sector.

The forum’s target is to give influential government and business pioneers from China, and nations from Asia and around the world a chance to impart experiences and solutions, and in addition an opportunity to connect and co-operate.

“By providing the economic points of interest and resource of the East with the innovation and skill of the West, the forum intends to start useful organizations that have the ability to shape the industry towards feasible development on a international scale,” say coordinators.

“The world is changing at an astounding pace. Asia, specifically, has been at the front line of this conversion and exceptional development.

“One of the portraying phenomena of the period is an expansion of tourists driving domestic voyage, as well as international movement of people. With the expanded wealth from the East, the travel industry is rapidly modifying and adjusting to the new market dynamics, not only to attract tourists to destinations abroad, as well as harness investment chances from inside source markets such as china.

“With its great location at the gateway to China and additionally its administration position in Asia’s blasting tourism economy, Macau is a natural decision for hosting the first Global Tourism Economy Forum.”

Over the previous decade, Macau has developed at a supernatural pace, with the tourism industry controlling this conversion. Regardless of a populace of 600,000, Macau recorded a record of more than 28 million travelers in 2012.

Like a year ago forum, the target of the 2013 assembling will be to impart ideas and produce results on how the industry can press on to emphatically impact the world economy.

Conceived by the China Chamber of Tourism, had by the Macau SAR Government and coordinated by the Global Tourism Economy Research Centre, the gathering is an interactive discussion platform intended to capture “a macro perspective of the transaction between tourism and other major economies, and the energy that each builds the development of the other.”

Through discussions between delegates and tourism stakeholders, the gathering is r expected to reveal an abundance of chances in the industry, and in addition a force to drive social and economic development