Category: Government and Public Sector Tourism News

News and information on tourism boards, ministers of tourism and the public sector in the travel and tourism industry.

Netherlands sues Russia over Malaysia Airlines MH17 shot down over Ukraine in 2014
Travel Safety & Emergencies

Netherlands sues Russia over Malaysia Airlines MH17 shot down over Ukraine in 2014

mm Harry S. Johnson- July 15, 2020

The government of the Netherlands has filed a lawsuit with the European Court on Human Rights (ECHR) against Russia over ... Read More

FAA lowers international aviation safety rating for Pakistan
Airline News

FAA lowers international aviation safety rating for Pakistan

mm Harry S. Johnson- July 15, 2020

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) announced today that Pakistan has been assigned a Category 2 rating because it does not ... Read More

Airport news

New measures at London Heathrow to reduce risk for passengers

Juergen T Steinmetz Juergen T Steinmetz- July 15, 2020

London Heathrow airport unveils further measures that reduce the risk of contracting or transmitting COVID-19 at the airport. The UK’s ... Read More

Hyatt, Marriott, Bookings.com are fake media for Hawaii hotel bookings
Hawaii Travel News

Hyatt, Marriott, Bookings.com are fake media for Hawaii hotel bookings

Juergen T Steinmetz Juergen T Steinmetz- July 15, 2020

The travel and tourism industry is on life support. Even giant companies are struggling to keep the light on. Hundreds ... Read More

Trump strips Hong Kong of its special status
Government and Public Sector Tourism News

Trump strips Hong Kong of its special status

mm Harry S. Johnson- July 14, 2020

US President Donald Trump announced the signing of the 'Hong Kong Autonomy Act' and an executive order ending all preferential ... Read More

Right-wing group blasts Trump for caving to ‘special interest pressure’ on foreign student visas
Government and Public Sector Tourism News

Right-wing group blasts Trump for caving to ‘special interest pressure’ on foreign student visas

mm Harry S. Johnson- July 14, 2020

The following statement was issued by Dan Stein, president of the Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR), regarding the Trump ... Read More

Qatar Air Blockade Ruling: A victory over UAE, Bahrain, Egypt, and Saudi Arabia
Qatar Travel News

Qatar Air Blockade Ruling: A victory over UAE, Bahrain, Egypt, and Saudi Arabia

Juergen T Steinmetz Juergen T Steinmetz- July 14, 2020

This is good news not only for Qatar Airways, but for Qatar as a nation. Step by step the arguments ... Read More

Visit the Florida Keys? Enjoy a “Quarantine” with Toilet Paper Included
Breaking Travel News

Visit the Florida Keys? Enjoy a “Quarantine” with Toilet Paper Included

Juergen T Steinmetz Juergen T Steinmetz- July 14, 2020

The Florida Keys closed for tourism on March 22 at 6 pm and was closed for 72 days, and then ... Read More

No tourism in Hawaii until at least September: Governor Ige announcement
Breaking Travel News

No tourism in Hawaii until at least September: Governor Ige announcement

Juergen T Steinmetz Juergen T Steinmetz- July 13, 2020

No visitors are allowed to the Aloha State without observing a two-week quarantine. This status was now officially extended for ... Read More

Heathrow: Government must act faster to protect jobs and unlock growth
Travel News

Heathrow: Government must act faster to protect jobs and unlock growth

mm Harry S. Johnson- July 13, 2020

COVID-19 continues to weigh on travel demand, with a drop in passenger numbers of over 95% compared to the start ... Read More

California Shutting Back Down Due to COVID-19 Spike
Travel Safety & Emergencies

California Shutting Back Down Due to COVID-19 Spike

mm Linda Hohnholz, eTN editor- July 13, 2020

Noting an alarming spike in coronavirus cases across the State of California, Governor Newsom today dimmed the economic reopening switch ... Read More

Lisbon’s ‘Renda Segura’ program could be problematic for Airbnb if successful
Hospitality Industry News

Lisbon’s ‘Renda Segura’ program could be problematic for Airbnb if successful

mm Harry S. Johnson- July 13, 2020

Following the recent announcement from Lisbon’s Mayor pledging to ‘get rid of Airbnb’ once the coronavirus pandemic is over by ... Read More

UNWTO: Safe and responsible restart of tourism on the Canary Islands
Breaking Travel News

UNWTO: Safe and responsible restart of tourism on the Canary Islands

mm Harry S. Johnson- July 13, 2020

The Secretary-General of the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) has paid an official visit to the Canary Islands to recognize the ... Read More

US DOT urged to issue mandatory COVID-19 airline safety standards
Airline News

US DOT urged to issue mandatory COVID-19 airline safety standards

mm Harry S. Johnson- July 13, 2020

Consumer Reports is calling on US Department of Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao to issue mandatory, enforceable health and safety standards ... Read More

Another Tourism Minister has Coronavirus
Business Travel News

Another Tourism Minister has Coronavirus

Juergen T Steinmetz Juergen T Steinmetz- July 13, 2020

Karnataka is a state in southwest India with Arabian Sea coastlines. The capital, Bengaluru (formerly Bangalore), is a high-tech hub ... Read More

PATA CEO Mario Hardy urges Hawaii Governor Ige to keep Tourism closed, but….
Breaking Travel News

PATA CEO Mario Hardy urges Hawaii Governor Ige to keep Tourism closed, but….

Juergen T Steinmetz Juergen T Steinmetz- July 13, 2020

Keep the Hawaii Visitors Industry closed after August 1 is a reasonable approach, said to Dr. Mario Hardy, CEO of ... Read More

Incheon introduces nature tourist spots in this Korean City
Breaking Travel News

Incheon introduces nature tourist spots in this Korean City

Juergen T Steinmetz Juergen T Steinmetz- July 13, 2020

Incheon, the gateway city of Korea, introduced healing urban spaces of its city through 'Incheonjichang', summer edition, 2020. 'Incheonjichang' is ... Read More

UK said no to Air Peace for its evacuation flight from London to Lagos
Airline News

UK said no to Air Peace for its evacuation flight from London to Lagos

Juergen T Steinmetz Juergen T Steinmetz- July 13, 2020

The Nigerian Federal Government said it will review its air agreements with various countries as a result of the unacceptable ... Read More

Be Inspired: Morocco COVID-19 low but extends emergency
Breaking Travel News

Be Inspired: Morocco COVID-19 low but extends emergency

Juergen T Steinmetz Juergen T Steinmetz- July 13, 2020

Morocco extended on Thursday an emergency decree until Aug. 10? in response to the coronavirus outbreak.? Domestic travel has resumed, ... Read More

Canada: The Minister of Culture and Communications makes two announcements
Breaking Travel News

Canada: The Minister of Culture and Communications makes two announcements

Dmytro Makarov Dmytro Makarov- July 13, 2020

Minister of Culture and Communications?Nathalie Roy?today visited the Musée national des beaux-arts du Québec (MNBAQ) to make two important announcements ... Read More

Nepal Tourism Board participates in PATA Dream to Travel festival
Breaking Travel News

Nepal Tourism Board participates in PATA Dream to Travel festival

Dmytro Makarov Dmytro Makarov- July 13, 2020

Nepal Tourism Board NTB has participated in Dream to Travel Festival, launched by The?Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA). The festival ... Read More

The reason Ukraine International Airlines PS752 was shut down over Iran
Airline News

The reason Ukraine International Airlines PS752 was shut down over Iran

Juergen T Steinmetz Juergen T Steinmetz- July 13, 2020

During a conflict situation between Iran and the United States, a Ukraine International Airlines Flight was shot down by the ... Read More

Egypt first African Country to get COVID19 vaccine
Breaking Travel News

Egypt first African Country to get COVID19 vaccine

The Media Line The Media Line- July 12, 2020

The Chinese consul-general in Alexandria, Jiao Li Ying, has confirmed his country’s pledge that Egypt will be among the first ... Read More

Tobago tourism stakeholders collaborate to reinforce destination safety
Trinidad and Tobago travel news

Tobago tourism stakeholders collaborate to reinforce destination safety

mm Chief Assignment Editor- July 11, 2020

The Tobago Tourism Agency Limited (TTAL) is steadfastly preparing the island for increased tourism activity and the eventual opening of ... Read More

Grenada announces phased approach to re-opening its borders
Grenada travel news

Grenada announces phased approach to re-opening its borders

mm Chief Assignment Editor- July 11, 2020

The Government of Grenada has announced a phased approach to the reopening of its borders, promoting a smooth, systematic and ... Read More

German Travel Warnings for Tanzania, Seychelles, Mauritius, and Namibia challenged
Breaking Travel News

German Travel Warnings for Tanzania, Seychelles, Mauritius, and Namibia challenged

Juergen T Steinmetz Juergen T Steinmetz- July 11, 2020

In Germany, two tour operators specialists in travel to Africa have filed a legal action at the Berlin Administrative Court ... Read More

Australia limits number of citizens allowed to return from overseas each week
Government and Public Sector Tourism News

Australia limits number of citizens allowed to return from overseas each week

mm Harry S. Johnson- July 10, 2020

As Australia struggles to contain a COVID-19 outbreak in its second most populous city, the country's Prime Minister Scott Morrison ... Read More

Minister Bartlett: Tourism is at the heart of Jamaica’s post-COVID economic recovery program
Jamaica travel news

Minister Bartlett: Tourism is at the heart of Jamaica’s post-COVID economic recovery program

mm Harry S. Johnson- July 10, 2020

Jamaica's Tourism Minister Hon. Edmund Bartlett says Jamaica’s tourism sector is critical to Jamaica’s economic recovery from the negative effects ... Read More

Port Canaveral awarded federal grant  for security upgrades
Cruise Industry News

Port Canaveral awarded federal grant for security upgrades

mm Harry S. Johnson- July 10, 2020

The Canaveral Port Authority has been awarded $908,015 in federal funding by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) Federal ... Read More

Istanbul’s world-famous tourist attraction converted into a mosque
Cultural Travel News

Istanbul’s world-famous tourist attraction converted into a mosque

mm Harry S. Johnson- July 10, 2020

Turkish government announced that Istanbul's world-famous tourist attraction will be turned into a mosque, citing today's court decision. Turkish court ... Read More

Traveling? Wear a mask and share your holiday photo with WTTC
Breaking Travel News

Traveling? Wear a mask and share your holiday photo with WTTC

Juergen T Steinmetz Juergen T Steinmetz- July 10, 2020

WTTC includes the wearing of a face mask as the new normal when traveling.? They are so convinced, that they ... Read More

Hawaii Tourism to remain closed for visitors: Not yet official, but predicted
Breaking Travel News

Hawaii Tourism to remain closed for visitors: Not yet official, but predicted

George Taylor George Taylor- July 10, 2020

Juergen Steinmetz, publisher of Hawaii based eTurboNews now predicts the US State of Hawaii will not be ready to welcome ... Read More

Did 6 fully loaded Boeing 737 Max crash in the US? The new normal in America
Breaking Travel News

Did 6 fully loaded Boeing 737 Max crash in the US? The new normal in America

Juergen T Steinmetz Juergen T Steinmetz- July 10, 2020

960 passengers and crew dead. This would be the result if 6 fully booked Boeing 737 - Max 7 crashed ... Read More

Canada joins Global Ocean Alliance
Responsible Tourism News

Canada joins Global Ocean Alliance

mm Harry S. Johnson- July 10, 2020

Canada is an ocean nation with the longest coastline in the world. Canadians rely on healthy marine ecosystems to sustain ... Read More

FlyersRights: US DOT’s COVID-19 guidance ‘too little, too late’
Government and Public Sector Tourism News

FlyersRights: US DOT’s COVID-19 guidance ‘too little, too late’

mm Harry S. Johnson- July 9, 2020

The Department of Transportation invited FlyersRights.org and other consumer organizations to a conference call Tuesday to discuss the DOT’s coronavirus ... Read More

GVB Board selects Gutierrez & Perez to continue leading Guam Visitors Bureau
Breaking Travel News

GVB Board selects Gutierrez & Perez to continue leading Guam Visitors Bureau

Juergen T Steinmetz Juergen T Steinmetz- July 9, 2020

The Guam Visitors Bureau (GVB) has announced that former Governor Carl T.C. Gutierrez will remain as GVB President and CEO, ... Read More

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