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Indian cultural center opens in Hanoi, Vietnam

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The Indian Embassy in Vietnam opened an Indian cultural center in Hanoi, as part of activities marking the two countries’ 45 year diplomatic ties and 10 year strategic partnership. The inauguration ceremony featured traditional dances of India performed by Vietnamese, who were trained at the center.

Thailand’s New Year Holiday spending exceed $1 billion

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Songkran is the Thai New Year's festival. The Thai New Year's Day is 13 April every year. The Songkran 2017 holiday period was from 11-17 April and Thailand’s Ministry of Tourism and Sports said the total economic impact of spending during the period was 45.428 billion Baht (US$1.3 billion*), representing a 14.40 per cent increase over the same period last year.

LGBTI Seychelles supports Alain St.Ange’s bid

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LGBTI SeychellesThe fight against all forms of discrimination, and the call for "Tourism for All" by Alain St.Ange, the Seychelles Candidate for Secretary General of the United Nations World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO) was seen as inspiring by the Seychellois, the Region, for mainland Africa and for the World said Ronny Arnephy, the Vice Chairman of the LGBTI Seychelles.

International Visitors in the United States spend more in 2017

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counting dollarsThe U.S. National Travel and Tourism Office announced that in 2017 international visitors spend more in January and February than ever before. According to the statistics, international visitors are opening their wallets wider than ever before. Indeed, international visitors are injecting, on average, nearly $715 million a day into the U.S. economy and supporting nearly 1.2 million American jobs.

A Handbook of LGBT Tourism and Hospitality

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handbook of lgbt tourismAuthored by LGBT travel experts Jeff Guaracino and Ed Salvato, and published by the Harrington Park Press, “Handbook of LGBT Tourism and Hospitality: A Guide for Business Practice” is now available for marketing professionals, business owners, and allied professionals.

World’s friendliest countries for expat families

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welcoming open handsA new survey tries to find out the most welcoming countries for families. Just about half of expats around the world (46 percent) have children of their own, but only 21 percent of all expatriates are currently raising their children abroad. So which countries are most friendly for families?

Travelindex Supports Alain St.Ange for UNWTO Secretary-General

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Alain St AngeBernard A. Metzger, the Founder & Director of the highly respected Travelindex Media has come out with a strong letter of endorsement for Alain St.Ange, the Seychelles Candidate for the position of Secretary General of the United Nations World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO).

Thailand’s New Year Songkran celebrations kicked off

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Songkran, Thai New Year's festival, is kicked off on April 8 in central Bangkok. The Thai New Year's Day is 13 April every year. This year’s Songkran celebrations started with an Amazing Songkran Joyful Procession. The Amazing Songkran Experience Festival 2017 is taking place in Bangkok’s Benjasiri Park from 8-13 April, and will give everyone a taste of the Thai New Year in the different regions of Thailand.

Stockholm truck attack

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Stockholm truck attackAt least four people were killed when a truck was driven into pedestrians on the busiest street in the center of Stockholm, Swedish police say.

The world’s 50 best restaurants in 2017

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osteria francescanaThe world’s 50 best restaurants in 2017 are announced. Eleven Madison Park in New York, last year's third best restaurant, ranked at top in 2017. Last year's number 1; Osteria Francescana in Modena – Italy, ranked second in 2017. And last year's number 2 from Girona, Spain; El Celler de Can Roca ranked third in 2017.

New CIA Wine & Beverage Graduate Certificate

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wines redwhiteThe Wine and Beverage Graduate Certificate is the first graduate-level program offered at The Culinary Institute of America (CIA) and recently 19 students in the inaugural class of the new Wine and Beverage Graduate Certificate program completed their studies.

A US Federal court extends civil rights protections to LGBT employees

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lgbt flagCandidates for the next Secretary-General of UNWTO should hear this or get out of the race as US court rules LGBT workers protected from discrimination under Civil Rights Act. For the first time, a federal court has extended civil rights protections to LGBT employees under the Civil Rights Act of 1964.

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