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July, 2015

 

Salzburg Is Austria’s Beer Capital

World Travel – Tourism

Open Eyes Opinion {source: Austrian Tourist Office/US}

Salzburg – Austria’s Beer Capital

by Teresa Faudon

The history of beer in Salzburg goes back well over 600 years. When you visit Salzburg today, you’ll find that this legacy has resulted in a very diverse beer culture, with ancient traditions and cutting-edge brewing technology making their mark in equal measure.

 

With 11 breweries in Salzburg, and 10 breweries in the city’s immediate surroundings, Salzburg is indeed Austria’s beer capital. There are numerous ways you can explore the city’s beer culture during your stay.

One of the most relaxing and pleasant ways is a visit to a local beer garden. Sit underneath ancient horse-chestnut trees, surrounded by beautiful views or historic architecture, and enjoy the house brew, accompanied by hearty and excellent local fare.

You can take a guided walking tour through Salzburg’s picturesque Old-Town and learn all about its history, enjoy a beer tasting here and there, and visit a few select breweries. No major celebration in Salzburg is complete without traditional dishes and a good glass of beer.

If your timing is good, you’ll be able to attend festivities such as the Maypole celebrations on May 1, or the Salzburg Harvest Festival, all of which are occasions on which locals love to sport their traditional costume: Dirndl and Lederhosen.

True beer connoisseurs will love to visit some of the breweries in Salzburg, and compare brewing styles and results. There’s the market leader – Stiegl, the long-serving and well-known Augustiner Bräu at the monastery in Mülln, the Weißbierbrauerei or the only organic (BIO) brewery in the world – the Salzburg ‘Gusswerk’.

In many cases, the historic architecture of the old breweries is still intact. In combination with modern brewing techniques and equipment, the result is a unique experience that is typical of the region.

Salzburg’s oldest brewery, and Austria’s biggest, is the Stiegl Brauwelt, on the outskirts of the city. It was founded in 1492, the same year Christopher Columbus set sail for the New World.

An elaborate showroom visualizes the company’s history, the brewing process, as well as the special techniques used by Stiegl itself. Your visit ends with a tour of the shop, and you can taste your way through their products and local specialties at the adjacent beer hall.

The historic Augustiner Bräu Kloster Mülln occupies the halls of a former monastery and still uses old machinery to brew its beer. Among those is a huge cooler, which is relatively rare these days. The “Bräustüberl” at the Augustiner Bräu is one of the city’s best-loved beer restaurants, where your beer is still served in classic beersteins, and the interior mirrors the historic setting of the brewery itself with its art-deco design.

By contrast, the Trumer brewery in Obertrum near Salzburg uses state-of-the-art technology to make its beer. Guided tours at World of Trumer are a fun experience that includes interactive elements such as a station where you use your sense of smell to identify ingredients.

Old recipes are still used by Die WEISSE, Salzburg’s wheat beer brewery established in 1901: this is where the pale “Weisse,“ a naturally cloudy wheat beer, is brewed and filled into swing top bottles.

These beers, brewed with a lot of love and creativity, taste best fresh from the tap: Aside from the rustic beer halls at the various breweries,  you can also enjoy the refreshing brew at restaurants such as the beer pub “Zum fidelen Affen,” which serves delicious Salzburger dishes and beers.

At Friesacher’s Einkehr, just outside of the city, everything revolves around beer: the extensive menu contains some nice beer rarities, various types of stout, international draught beer specialties and, the absolute highlight, beer from a freshly tapped Augustiner barrel each evening. True to the brewer’s tradition, the tapping of the barrel is announced by ringing a bell.

After acquiring all of that hard-earned beer knowledge, you’ll know your Stiegl from your Augustiner Pils and will be able to order like a local when you next sit down to enjoy your new favorite brew in the historic ambiance of Salzburg’s Old Town.

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[photo credits – featured image: “Old Town Salzburg across the Salzach river” by Jiuguang Wang – Own work. Licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0 via Wikimedia Commons – https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Old_Town_Salzburg_across_the_Salzach_river.jpg#/media/File:Old_Town_Salzburg_across_the_Salzach_river.jpg]

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South Africa Celebrating Women’s Month 2015

World Affairs

Open Eyes Opinion {source: ZAgov}

South Africa

 

Pretoria – The theme for Women’s Month 2015: “Women, United in Moving South Africa forward” and a calendar of activities for the month have been approved by Cabinet.

In a statement issued following a Cabinet meeting, the Ministry in the Presidency: Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation said the Women’s Day event on 9 August will be marked with the release of the first Status of Women Report.

President Jacob Zuma will lead the celebrations of Women’s Day which will be held at Sasolburg, in the Free State.

This year marks the 59th anniversary of the Women’s March to the Union Buildings against pass laws, kick-starting the build-up to the 60th anniversary in 2016.

National Science Week

Meanwhile, Science and Technology Minister Naledi Pandor will launch National Science Week (NSW) taking place from 1 to 8 August 2015 at the North-West University (NWU).

The launch will take place at NWU’s Mafikeng campus on 1 August.

National Science Week will be celebrated under the theme “International Year of Light and Light-based Technologies.”

Light and its significance in improving lives will be showcased in different forms such as the application of laser in health, cataract surgery, industry manufacturing, car welding and security beams for deterring burglary.

The Department of Science and Technology has, through the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), invested in photonics – the science of light technology of generating controlling and detecting light waves and particles of light.

Minister Pandor will be accompanied by North West MEC for Education Maphefo Matsemela, and the NWU’s Vice Chancellor, Prof Dan Kgwadi.

The event will be attended by thousands of learners, university students, scientists and members of the community. -SAnews.gov.sa

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[photo credits: “National Women’s Day” by K. Kendall – originally posted to Flickr as National Women’s Day. Licensed under CC BY 2.0 via Wikimedia Commons – https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:National_Women%27s_Day.jpg#/media/File:National_Women%27s_Day.jpg]

 

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Hawaii Having A Record Breaking Year For Tourism

World Travel – Tourism

Open Eyes Opinion {source:Hawaii Tourism Authority}

 

Statement Attributable to George D. Szigeti,

President and CEO, Hawaii Tourism Authority

 

 

 

VISITOR SPENDING ON PACE FOR A FOURTH CONSECUTIVE

RECORD-BREAKING YEAR

HTA’s Hawaii Tourism Conference to Discuss Future of Visitor Industry

 

The first half of 2015 started off strong with year-to-date expenditures reaching a record $7.6 billion (+3.5%) and contributing $806.92 million in state tax revenue. While visitor spending is slightly behind target, arrivals are pacing ahead, and we anticipate finishing the year ahead of 2014’s record-breaking numbers.

With more than 1,053 flights per week to the Hawaiian Islands, providing both our visitors and residents with the ability to travel to and from the state, airlift remains the key to our industry’s success.

We continue to work with our partners to grow and maintain airlift, and through our collaborative efforts, project reaching a record 11.9 million total air seats to Hawaii by the end of the year.

To strengthen our ties with the airlines and continue to highlight the unique attributes of the islands, we will also be hosting the first-ever Hawaii Tourism Authority Airline Summit, during which HTA leaders will meet with 15 to 20 airline network planners from across the U.S. and Asia-Pacific regions.

The Summit will be held in conjunction with our 2015 Hawaii Tourism Conference, the state’s premier tourism event, which will include informative sessions and workshops that provide insight, updates, trends and forecasts for the state’s lead economic driver.

As we begin this new chapter at the HTA, we look forward to collaborating and networking with our visitor industry partners, stakeholders, community and government officials and encourage everyone to join us at this year’s Hawaii Tourism Conference.

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[photo credits: “Kalalau Valley viewed from the Na Pali Kona Forest Reserve Pihea Trail” by Original uploader was Gh5046 at en.wikipedia – Transferred from en.wikipedia; Transfer was stated to be made by User:gh5046.. Licensed under Public Domain via Wikimedia Commons – https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Kalalau_Valley_viewed_from_the_Na_Pali_Kona_Forest_Reserve_Pihea_Trail.jpg#/media/File:Kalalau_Valley_viewed_from_the_Na_Pali_Kona_Forest_Reserve_Pihea_Trail.jpg]

 

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Estonia Shows Solidarity Towards Turkey

World Affairs

Open Eyes Opinion {source: EEgov}

Estonia

 

Foreign Minister Kaljurand: Estonia and the allies show solidarity towards Turkey

by mari-liis

Foreign Minister Marina Kaljurand said after the extraordinary meeting of NATO member states which took place yesterday that Estonia and the Allies show solidarity towards Turkey.

“Terrorism has no justification, we condemn unanimously all the acts of terrorism and stand with Turkey in the battle against terrorism,” noted the Foreign Minister.

Kaljurand said that there is an increased threat of terrorist attack throughout Turkey and the situation on the Turkey-Syria border is very fragile.

According to the Foreign Minister, the seriousness of the situation is attested by the explosion on 20 July in the town of Suruç which killed more than 30 people, as well as the attacks against Turkish authorities within the past days.

“We understand the challenges faced by Turkey and will continue with the allies to follow the further developments in the region very closely.”

The North Atlantic Council convened yesterday, on 28 July, following a request by Turkey to hold consultations under Article 4 of NATO’s founding Washington Treaty.

Under Article 4 of the Treaty, any Ally can request consultations whenever their national security is threatened, with a view to informing the other Allies about the measures they are taking and the operations they are conducting against the threat.

Turkey did not request any military assistance.

Estonia has joined the anti-ISIS coalition with 60 countries.

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[photo credits: “Vistas panorámicas desde la iglesia de San Olaf, Tallinn, Estonia, 2012-08-05, DD 08” by Poco a poco – Own work. Licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0 via Wikimedia Commons – https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Vistas_panor%C3%A1micas_desde_la_iglesia_de_San_Olaf,_Tallinn,_Estonia,_2012-08-05,_DD_08.JPG#/media/File:Vistas_panor%C3%A1micas_desde_la_iglesia_de_San_Olaf,_Tallinn,_Estonia,_2012-08-05,_DD_08.JPG]

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Germany To Create Internships For Asylum Seekers

World Affairs

Open Eyes Opinion {source: DEgov}

Germany

 

MIGRATION

Internship paves the way to employment

 

 

 

In future it will be easier for asylum seekers and individuals with tolerated residence status to undertake an internship, because they will no longer need the authorisation of the Federal Employment Agency. Today the Cabinet discussed a pertinent amendment to the Employment Ordinance.

The German government aims to help asylum seekers and individuals with tolerated residence status to integrate rapidly on the German labour market. Internships can be a valuable stepping stone.

To date the Federal Employment Agency has been required to authorise any internship undertaken by asylum seekers and individuals with tolerated residence status. The internship was only authorised if, for the specific internship in question, no suitable German or EU citizen was available.

Easier to undertake an internship

 

This is to change in future. Some types of internship will no longer have to be approved by the Federal Employment Agency.

This puts into practice an agreement reached at the meeting of federal and state governments to discuss asylum and refugee policy. The working group “German courses, education and preparatory vocational training” agreed in June to make it easier for young asylum seekers and individuals with tolerated residence status, with good prospects of staying in Germany, to undertake internships.

The new regulations apply to

  • Compulsory internships
  • Job orientation internships
  • Internships of up to three months in length parallel to training or degree courses
  • Participation in an introductory training placement or a preparatory course for vocational training.

Under the provisions of the Minimum Wage law no minimum wage must be paid for these internships, irrespective of whether the intern is a German citizen or not.

Vocational training possible

Today the Federal Employment Agency is not required to authorise initial in-company vocational training undertaken by asylum seekers or individuals with tolerated residence status. The situation changes when they wish to start to work.

Individuals who have been in Germany for three months has access to the labour market. Generally, however, the authorisation of the Federal Employment Agency is required before they can begin to work.

This authorisation will only be given if there is no German citizen, EU citizen, or foreigner with comparable status to EU citizens in terms of working in Germany, who is suitable for the job in question.

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[photo credits: “Hygieia Fountain – City Hall Hamburg – Germany – 01” by Roland Geider (Ogre) – Own work. Licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0 via Wikimedia Commons – https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Hygieia_Fountain_-_City_Hall_Hamburg_-_Germany_-_01.jpg#/media/File:Hygieia_Fountain_-_City_Hall_Hamburg_-_Germany_-_01.jpg]

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The German Government Is Streamlining Asylum Applications

World Affairs

Open Eyes Opinion {source: DEgov}

Germany

Asylum and Refugee Policy

Accelerating asylum proceedings

Applications for asylum in Germany are being processed increasingly rapidly, thanks in particular to the additional staff now employed by the Federal Office for Migration and refugees. The German government is aiming to further reduce processing time.

New figures published by the Federal Interior Minister indicate that on average 5.3 months is required to process a request for asylum. This marks a significant reduction when compared to the 7.1 months required only last year. “We are not resting on our laurels though. We intend to speed things up further,” declared a spokesperson of the Federal Interior Ministry on Monday (27 July).

Processing times are already much shorter for applicants from some high-priority countries of origin. Applications from citizens of Kosovo, for instance, are already processed within two months.

Joint action plan of federal and state governments takes effect

One reason for this trend is the improved human resources now available to the Federal Office for Migration and Refugees (BAMF).

At a meeting on 18 June, the federal and state governments agreed on an action plan. Asylum proceedings are to be accelerated and the existing backlog of applications cleared. In many cases staffing levels are to be increased to this end.

This year alone 1,000 additional jobs are to be created at the Federal Office for Migration and Refugees. Of this total 650 already exist. Another 1,000 jobs are planned for 2016. If everything goes according to plan, the workforce of the Office will then have doubled by the end of next year.

Safe countries of origin

The Federal Interior Ministry spokesperson also pointed to the Law on the Classification of other Countries as Safe Countries of Origin. Since November 2014 this status has applied to Bosnia and Herzegovina, Serbia and Macedonia. The rising numbers of applicants from these countries has been braked strongly, reported the spokesperson.

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[photo credits: “Displaced Persons and Refugees in Germany BU6637” by No 5 Army Film & Photographic Unit, Mapham J (Sgt) – http://media.iwm.org.uk/iwm/mediaLib//48/media-48178/large.jpgThis is photograph BU 6637 from the collections of the Imperial War Museums.. Licensed under Public Domain via Wikimedia Commons – https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Displaced_Persons_and_Refugees_in_Germany_BU6637.jpg#/media/File:Displaced_Persons_and_Refugees_in_Germany_BU6637.jpg]

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The Hungarian Government Allocates More Funds To Be Used On Migration Issues

World Affairs

Open Eyes Opinion {source: HUgov}

Hungary

 

The Government will spend another HUF 22 billion on the migration issue

 

 

 

Following the Cabinet meeting on Wednesday, Government Spokesperson Zoltán Kovács told public news channel M1 that the Government will increase the amount allocated for the construction of the temporary border barrier and for the temporary placement of migrants by HUF 22.2 billion.

The Government Spokesperson explained that, together with the HUF 6.5 billion allocated for the materials and construction costs of the temporary barrier, the amount dedicated to handling the problem will thus reach approximately HUF 29 billion.

The additional funds – to be transferred from the budget reserves – will also be spent on establishing refugee camps equipped with tents and on relocating reception centers from populated areas, he said, adding that the decision on the locations for the new camps will be made within one or two months.

Mr. Kovács pointed out that due to the second wave of migrants, who arrived in the second half of last year, the Police have already spent HUF 31.4 billion on reinforcing border patrols and on technical equipment.

There is huge pressure on Hungary, in financial terms as well, the Spokesperson emphasized, adding that the European Union has only provided a fraction of the funds to Hungary.

Currently there are over 3500 people at reception centres, Mr. Kovács said.

Over 5600 illegal migrants were provided with medical treatment up until the beginning of June. Referring to the fact that more than fifty foreign citizens were taken to hospital from Nyugati railway station on Tuesday night due to suspected illness, Mr. Kovács said that the problem is also becoming graver in terms of health considerations.

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The European Bank For Reconstruction And Development Tackels Waste Management In Romania

World Trade

Open Eyes Opinion {source: EBRD}

Romania

 

 

EBRD and partners bring modern waste management solutions to Romania’s Iasi County

By Olga Rosca@olgarosca

Better sanitation for 720,000 people

The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) is financing the modernization of the waste management system in Iași, a county in north-eastern Romania, with a €5.2 million loan.
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The funding will co-finance the €55.9 million investment program aimed at lifting the county’s waste management system to EU standards. The European Regional Development Fund is supporting the program with a €37.6 million grant, while Romania itself is contributing €13.1 million.
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Under the investment program, the county will expand its main landfill while closing the environmentally non-compliant facilities. The authorities will also buy new equipment for the collection and transport of waste, and will build transfer and sorting stations.
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It is envisaged that private sector companies will be involved to ensure that waste management services are efficient and sustainable.In addition, the county will conduct an awareness-raising campaign to encourage households and businesses to separate and recycle waste and promote home composting as the most environmentally-friendly way of disposing kitchen and garden waste.
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Romania has committed to modernizing its waste management services to reach EU standards by 2020. To achieve this goal the country has to reduce the biodegradable waste disposed in landfills, boost recycling of packaging waste and close rural dump-sites and environmentally non-compliant waste landfills step by step.
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James Hyslop, EBRD Director for Municipal and Environmental Infrastructure, said: “A modern waste management system compliant with EU standards will provide major environmental and social benefits for the entire population of Iași County.
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We are pleased to join forces with the EU and the Romanian state in changing people’s lives in Romania’s third largest county.”Matteo Patrone, EBRD Director for Romania, added: “This is our first investment in the modernization of Romania’s waste management system at a regional level.
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Together with our partners, we are bringing EU-compliant sanitation solutions to 720,000 people and are also creating 150 new jobs. We hope that Iași will set an example that other Romanian counties and municipalities will follow.
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Improving the quality of infrastructure is part of the EBRD’s strategy in Romania. The Bank is a leading institutional investor in Romania, with almost €600 million invested in 2014 alone. The Bank has invested over €7 billion in the country to date and has also mobilized more than €14 billion for these ventures from other sources of financing.
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The United States New Embassy In Islamabad

World Affairs

Open Eyes Opinion {source US/DOS}

Pakistan

 

United States Dedicates First Phase of the New U.S. Embassy in Islamabad, Pakistan

Office of the Spokesperson
Washington, DC
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In an important symbol of the commitment and enduring relationship with Pakistan, U.S. Ambassador to Pakistan Richard G. Olson, and the Bureau of Overseas Buildings Operations Deputy Director Casey Jones, alongside local officials, dedicated the first phase of the U.S. Embassy in Islamabad today.

The first phase includes a chancery and office annex, a service support annex, a warehouse, and a utility building. The second phase will include staff apartment buildings, a consular annex, a parking structure, and additional facilities for the embassy community.

The project incorporates numerous sustainable features to conserve resources and reduce operating costs, including an array of photovoltaic panels on the top deck of the service support facility, energy efficient light-emitting diode site lighting, and architectural sunshades to limit solar heat gain. An on-site waste water treatment plant allows treated water to be used for irrigation.

Yost Grube Hall Architecture of Portland, Oregon, is the design architect, and PAGE of Arlington, Virginia, is the architect of record. B.L. Harbert International of Birmingham, Alabama constructed the multi-building campus.

Since 1999, as part of the Department’s Capital Security Construction Program, the Bureau of Overseas Buildings Operations (OBO) has completed 121 new diplomatic facilities and has an additional 46 projects in design or under construction.

OBO’s mission is to provide safe, secure, and functional facilities that represent the U.S. government to the host nation and support our staff in the achievement of U.S. foreign policy objectives. These facilities should represent American values and the best in American architecture, engineering, technology, sustainability, art, culture, and construction execution.

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{photo credits: “Pak Monument site4” by Executioner – Own work. Licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0 via Wikimedia Commons – https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Pak_Monument_site4.jpg#/media/File:Pak_Monument_site4.jpg]

 

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Message From The ILO Director-General On Human Trafficking

World Affairs

Open Eyes Opinion {source: ILO}

World Day Against Trafficking in Persons (30 July 2015)

Human Trafficking – Video Presentation

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ILO Director General Guy Ryder

Guy Ryder, ILO Director-General

 

Working together against trafficking in persons

21 million of the most vulnerable workers have been tricked and trapped into forced labour.“We cannot stop until we get every single one of them out of forced labour and into Decent Work,” said ILO Director-General Guy Ryder in a joint message by the Inter-agency Coordination Group against Trafficking in Persons to mark the World Day against Trafficking in Persons, 30 July 2015.

Video:

Watch the joint message by the Inter-agency Coordination Group against Trafficking in Persons.

Sincerely,

Guy Ryder
ILO Director-General

International Labour Organization
Follow Guy Ryder on
Twitter | Facebook

 

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[photo credits; “Chinese girl from one of the Japanese Army’s ‘comfort battalions'” by No. 9 Army Film & Photographic Unit, Titmuss A D (Sergeant). Post-Work: User:W.wolny – This is photograph SE 4523 from the collections of the Imperial War Museums.. Licensed under Public Domain via Wikimedia Commons – https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Chinese_girl_from_one_of_the_Japanese_Army%27s_%27comfort_battalions%27.jpg#/media/File:Chinese_girl_from_one_of_the_Japanese_Army%27s_%27comfort_battalions%27.jpg]

 

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United Arab Emirates And Portugal Team Up To Increase Bilateral Tourism

World Travel – Tourism

Open Eyes Opinion {source: WAM]

Portugal

 

 

UAE and Portugal sign MoU to increase bilateral tourism

 

 

 

DUBAI, 29th July, 2015 (WAM) — Mohammed Khamis bin Hareb Al Muhairi, Director-General of the National Council for Tourism and Antiquities has affirmed the importance of the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signed yesterday in Lisbon between the UAE and the Republic of Portugal to promote and encourage cooperation between the two countries in the field of tourism.

The MoU was signed by Al Muhairi in the presence of H.H. Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan, UAE Foreign Minister.

The MoU aims to strengthen friendly relations between the two countries through increasing bilateral cooperation in the field of tourism, in recognition of the importance of tourism in promoting economic development, mutual understanding and goodwill, as well as reinforcing ties between people.

He pointed out that the MoU also aims to promote cooperation between the two countries and facilitate the influx of tourists and encourage cooperation between tourist agencies, corporations and other institutions working in the field of tourism.

Al Muhairi said that the MoU stipulated that both parties shall encourage mutual promotion of tourism through the exchange of information, advertisement and other promotional means in order to inform tourists on the best available tourist attractions.

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[photo credits: “Porto (Oporto), Portugal” by Abhijeet Rane – originally posted to Flickr as Porto (Oporto), Portugal. Licensed under CC BY 2.0 via Wikimedia Commons – https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Porto_(Oporto),_Portugal.jpg#/media/File:Porto_(Oporto),_Portugal.jpg]

 

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“Adventure Travel Trade Association” Announces Program For Adventure Week Rebound Nepal

World Travel

Open Eyes Opinion {source: ATTA}

Nepal

Adventure Week Rebound Nepal to Showcase that Nepal is Open for Tourism Business

 

 

 

(SEATTLE) July 28, 2015 – The Adventure Travel Trade Association (ATTA; www.adventuretravel.biz) has announced the program for AdventureWeek Rebound Nepal, a specialized familiarization (FAM) trip that highlights the fact that Nepal is ready to welcome travelers again after the April 2015 earthquake and showcases the adventure opportunities along the Great Himalaya Trails.

The trip will take place October 24 – November 1, 2015.

After the devastating April earthquake, the ATTA committed to a tourism rebuilding program for Nepal, using their expertise in demonstrating the adventure potential of destinations.

Unlike other AdventureWeeks, which are supported solely by governmental organizations and local operators within the destination, AdventureWeek Rebound Nepal is designed to ensure that no costs are incurred by local operators in Nepal. The program is made possible by key funding partner, the Great Himalaya Trails, as well as support from the Nepal Tourism Board, Tourism Cares, DeLorme and ExOfficio.

“AdventureWeek has been a success in business building for the destinations who’ve brought us in to deliver it and we are so pleased to be able to give this to Nepal as an attempt to help the tourism industry recover more quickly,” said ATTA President Shannon Stowell. “And we have found wonderful partners to help make the process happen in Great Himalaya Trails, Tourism Cares and the Nepal Tourism Board.”

The program will feature two itineraries: one showcasing classic trekking and the other showcasing the variety of adventure opportunities available in Nepal. This AdventureWeek will feature a one-day AdventureEDU course for local operators on Safety and Risk Management.

The program will also offer a chance for media and tour operators to connect with one another and Nepali operators during an AdventureConnect networking event in Kathmandu. The goal will be to discuss story ideas, developments and news around Nepal’s readiness for travelers to return post-earthquake.

Members of the media who can provide maximum exposure for Nepal’s adventure tourism offerings in order to facilitate a quick tourism industry recovery are invited to apply, as well as tour operators who are determined to significantly increase or repair Nepal’s adventure travel business both short-term and long-term.

About Adventure Travel Trade Association

Established in 1990, the Adventure Travel Trade Association (ATTA) serves over 1,000 members in 90 countries worldwide. Members predominantly include tour operators, tourism boards, specialty agents and accommodations with a vested interest in the sustainable development of adventure tourism.

The ATTA delivers solutions and connections that propel members towards their business goals and the industry toward a responsible and profitable future. Through its regional AdventureConnect events and annual Adventure Travel World Summit trade conference, the ATTA excels in professional learning, networking and partnering services.

With expertise in research, education, adventure travel industry news and promotion, members of the ATTA receive competitive opportunities that help establish them as leaders in adventure tourism.

About Great Himalaya Trails

Great Himalaya Trails (GHT) is a network of journeys in the Nepali Himalayas that covers hills and mountains starting from Humla and Darchula in the West to Kanchenjunga in the East.  The GHT provides resources for travelers and trade looking to plan journeys along the GHT and also works with local communities along the trails to improve mountain tourism and increase the benefits that local people receive from tourism related activities.

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