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    Italy opens up for international travellers; on its way to revive tourism

    Italy is slowly on its way to recovery after COVID-19 wreaked havoc in the nation last year. Its tourism industry is also opening up to travellers from some select countries for now, and there is hope that one of the world’s most loved country for travellers might soon see a revival. Tourism is one of the main revenue sectors for Italy; pre-COVID, tourism brought in 13 per cent of Italy’s GDP. The nation has formally reopened its borders to international travellers and has allowed restriction-free travel for visitors from some countries. Earlier this week, Italy opened up for travellers from […] More

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    Li Keqiang Speaks with Italian Prime Minister Mario Draghi on the Phone

    On the afternoon of May 17, 2021, Premier Li Keqiang held a phone conversation with Italian Prime Minister Mario Draghi at Ziguang Pavilion of Zhongnanhai leadership compound at the latter’s request. Li Keqiang said, China and Italy are comprehensive strategic partners and the bilateral relations are rooted in a long history of exchanges and enjoy solid bond of interests. Since last year, the two sides have joined hands to carry out international cooperation in fighting the COVID-19 pandemic, and have achieved positive progress in key cooperation projects. China is willing to work with Italy to promote cooperation in such fields […] More

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    Abu Dhabi continues to implement plans to protect Al Wathba Fossil Dunes

    ABU DHABI – The Environment Agency – Abu Dhabi (EAD) continues to implement a comprehensive plan to develop and protect Al Wathba Fossil Dunes, which includes developing the site’s infrastructure, services and tourism facilities and work to declare the site as a natural reserve to protect the emirate’s natural heritage and encourage eco-tourism. Fossil dunes are outcrops of lightly cemented, cross-bedded dune sands, formed by the precipitation of calcium carbonate and other salts from ground water during the glacial period. The formations in the Al Wathba area derive their shape from the interaction between wind force and sediment supply. Dr. […] More

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    Traders Demand To Reopen Wedding Halls,hotels – UrduPoint

    Fahad Shabbir (@FahadShabbir) 5 hours ago Tue 18th May 2021 | 05:20 PM RAWALPINDI, (UrduPoint / Pakistan Point News – 18th May, 2021 ) :Trade bodies of the city on Tuesday have demanded the government to allow permission for the reopening of hotels, restaurants and wedding halls under the strict standard operating procedure and precautionary measures. President Markazi Anjuman Tajran Punjab, Sharjeel Mir while talking to APP said that as the government has permitted businesses to work “why govt banned other businesses associated with the tourism sector to operate, he questioned. Lauding the role of administration for controlling COVID-19 spread […] More

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    Saudis Flock to Airports after Travel Curbs Are Eased

    Thousands of Saudis traveled outside the Kingdom on Monday nearly 16 months after flights were suspended over the novel coronavirus pandemic. Saudi nationals who have received at least one COVID-19 vaccination shot a minimum two weeks prior to travel, those who have recovered from the coronavirus disease within the last six months, and those under 18 are allowed to travel for the first time since March 2020. Authorities said on Sunday more than 11.5 million vaccines had been administered in the Kingdom so far. Local reports said that Bahrain, the United Arab Emirates, Egypt, Indonesia, Georgia and Ukraine are the […] More

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    Here’s how you can see SA’s national parks for less with new stokvel and travel club

    By Clinton Moodley 10h ago Share this article: ShareTweetShareShareShareEmailShare A new stokvel and travel club option by South African National Parks (SANParks) will offer travellers special payment and discounted rates at select national parks on certain dates in 2021/2022. The new initiative is one way to lure travellers back to the national parks, which is a popular South African attraction. According to the Managing Executive: Tourism Development and Marketing, Hapiloe Sello, the Stokvel & Travel Club membership caters for all types of travellers, from grandmothers to corporate companies. “There are over 800 000 registered stokvels and even more formal and […] More

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    India may seek trade pacts with Quad partners US, Oz after FTA with UK, EU

    NEW DELHI: As India looks at trade pacts with the UK and the European Union (EU), New Delhi could consider a similar pact with Quad partners Australia and the US, say analysts. The Quad refers to the Quadrilateral Security Dialogue among India, US, Japan and Australia. Earlier this month, India and the UK announced their intention to look at an Enhanced Trade Partnership that sets the goal of doubling trade by 2030 and paving the way for a future UK-India Free Trade Agreement (FTA). This was seen as one of the key takeaways from the India-UK summit held between Prime […] More

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    Regional culture and tourism bonanza kicks off today

    Ti Gong A craftswoman making zisha (purple clay) teapots at the bazaar.  Ti Gong People tour the bazaar.  Ti Gong A performance marks the opening of the bazaar. A culture and tourism feast in the Yangtze River Delta region is gathering steam in Shanghai, with a three-day bazaar raising its curtain at the landmark Oriental Pearl TV Tower in the Pudong New Area today to strengthen the region’s integration and celebrate China Tourism Day on May 19. More than 20 cities in the region are contributing performances, intangible cultural heritage displays, tourism routes and delicacies to the event.  These include […] More

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    GCC investors need to look wider for growth opportunities  

    Investment experts at ASI believe this is fostering increased investment in areas such as financial and educational technology, which could offer new investment options. Edris Alrafi, Head of Middle East & Africa for ASI, said: “Following the crash in oil prices in 2020, we are seeing a far-reaching transition among national oil companies in the GCC. This activity ranges from new strategies to diversify and decarbonise their activities and digitalisation of operations and services, through to automation of cybersecurity as part of a focus on asset integrity within the region’s oil and gas sector.” Diversification initiatives have also more broadly […] More

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    Emirates To Showcase Its Premium Economy Seats For The First Time At Arabian Travel Market – UrduPoint

    Emirates will be showcasing its Premium Economy seats for the first time at Arabian Travel Market 2021 (ATM) Karachi (UrduPoint / Pakistan Point News – 18th April, 2021) Emirates will be showcasing its Premium Economy seats for the first time at Arabian Travel Market 2021 (ATM). The region’s leading travel and tourism exhibition will run from 16-19 May, and will be the first in-person travel industry event to take place since the onset of the pandemic.The Emirates stand will offer travel industry visitors from over 60 countries a chance to experience the airline’s signature product and recently introduced service enhancements […] More

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