News Archive December 2005

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28 December 2005
TSA Finds Security Does Not Meet International Standards
BTB – The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) announced that the Bandara Ngurah Rai International Airport in Bali, Indonesia does not meet international security standards, and the department is taking action to warn travelers of this security d

23 December 2005
Outlook 2006: A make-or-break year for many airlines
BTB-2006 will be the make-or-break year for major expansion plans by airlines in the Asia Pacific region, according to the Centre for Asia Pacific Aviation. Moreover, this situation will be exacerbated if the current rosy economic conditions deteriorate

22 December 2005
France to start solidarity tax on airline tickets next year
BTB – The measure to levy tax of solidarity on air tickets was adopted on Monday by France’s upper house of the parliament, the Senate, paving the way for a July 1, 2006 launch.

22 December 2005
Third Tsunami Report Shows Aceh Community Rebuilding
BTB – Australia has trained more than 350 hospital staff in Aceh to restore the delivery of health services to the local community, the Parliamentary Secretary for Foreign Affairs Bruce Billson, announced today at the national launch of the third Austral

19 December 2005
UN World Tourism Organization Tsunami Recovery
BTB – Nearly one year later, countries affected by the December 26 tsunami – Indonesia – Maldives, Sri Lanka – Thailand – are optimistic that a strong winter season marked by high occupancy rates will finally put an end to the lingering crisis that has d

19 December 2005
A new horizon for Bali’s tourism
BTB – An enthusiastic response from high level local and international tourism key players, both public and private sector, has brought more than 100 participants to the two-day seminar organized in Bali on 10 and 11 December 2005 by the United Nations W

19 December 2005
Island seized from Australian surfer
(AAP) – Armed Indonesian troops have hoisted their nation’s red and white flag over a remote island and proudly reclaimed its sovereignty from an Aussie surfer.

19 December 2005
Thailand invites tsunami-affected families for commemoration ceremony
BTB – Around 6,000 people, who lost relatives in devastating tsunami on December 26 last year, have accepted Thailand’s offer for free airplane tickets and hotel accommodation to attend a year-after ceremony commemorating the disaster.

19 December 2005
Melbourne Bureau to open offices in Asia
BTB – Melbourne Convention + Visitors Bureau (MCVB) will open two offices in Asia, one in North East Asia and another in South East Asia to further develop its share of the Asian incentive market.

19 December 2005
U.S. airplane security
BTB – The following comments appeared in this month’s edition of Counterpane, the e-zone by Bruce Schneier dealing with all manner of security issues.

09 December 2005
Visa price rise hitting UK tourism
BTB – A dramatic rise in the charges made for visas is deterring people from visiting the United Kingdom, according to the European Tour Operators Association (ETOA).

09 December 2005
France tries to improve tourist image after riots
BTB – France plans to spend a million euros ($NZ1.72 million) to lure back foreign tourists after pictures of burning cars and angry youths shown on televisions around the world during recent riots damaged its image.

09 December 2005
Malaysia to ease visa policy for China through online initiative
BTB – Even as there are concerns about how Malaysia treats Chinese nationals, which may have even resulted in the reduction of the number of Chinese arrivals this year, Malaysia has announced that Chinese nationals intending to visit the South East Asian

09 December 2005
Singapore is also the airline’s first destination in Southeast Asia
BTB – The Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore (CAAS) is pleased to welcome Yangtze River Express Airlines as the first freighter airline from China to launch scheduled services at Changi Airport. Singapore is the carrier’s first scheduled destination i

09 December 2005
Agrees regional plan to address tourism issues
BTB -The High Level Intergovernmental Meeting on Sustainable Tourism Development was hosted by the Government of Indonesia and organized by the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and Pacific (UNESCAP) at Bali during 7-9 December.

09 December 2005
Bali Declaration on Sustainable Tourism Development
We, the representative of members and associate members of UNESCAP attending the High- Level Intergovernmental Meeting on Sustainable Tourism Development held at Bali, Indonesia on 7 to 9 December 2005,

08 December 2005
“Adapt or die” – airlines warned
BTB – Timothy Ross, head of the Centre for Asia Pacific Aviation’s financial analysis unit, called on carriers to consider outsourcing labor-intensive activities to locations where manpower costs are lower, and identify non-flight revenue sources to reve

08 December 2005
Australian support to tackle HIV/AIDS in Indonesia
Australian support to tackle HIV/AIDS in Indonesia I am pleased to announce that the Australian Government will contribute a further $8 million dollars to assist Indonesia to combat the spread of HIV/AIDS.

08 December 2005
Over $660 Million in new Partnership Funding
BTB – Australian and Indonesian Joint Commission Ministers have today agreed new reconstruction and development activities worth $663 million. This brings the total amount of funds committed under the $1 billion Australia Indonesia Partnership for Recons

08 December 2005
WTO to Provide Assistance in Strategic Re-positioning for Indonesia and Bali
BTB – As part of the World Tourism Organization’s Tsunami and Crisis Relief Action Plan WTO, a Seminar on Positioning, Re-Positioning and Image Recovery, will be taking place in Bali on 10 and 11 December 2005.

08 December 2005
Finland be hosted the 5th ASEM
BTB – The 4th ASEM – ASIA- EUROPE Meeting — Directors General Meeting on Migratory Flows at BICC – Bali International Convention Centre – on 5-7 December has just ended. The outcomes of the meeting:

07 December 2005
Airline chiefs warn: “Be adaptable”
BTB- The Centre for Asia Pacific’s Outlook 2006 Summit has closed with a message to delegates and the wider industry to “be adaptable” to threats and opportunities presented by the unpredictable market. “The capable executive will be the one who is prep

05 December 2005
Aviation’s annual Outlook 2006 Summit Need for government support of aviation
Delivering the Keynote Address at the Centre for Asia Pacific Aviation’s annual Outlook 2006 Summit in Kuala Lumpur, Tenguku Dato’ Seri Azlan Ibni Sultan Abu Bakar, Malaysian Deputy Minister for Transport, noted the importance of the aviation sector to As

05 December 2005
9/11 commissioners still see security oversights
BTB- More than four years after the Sept. 11 attacks, U.S. intelligence agencies still are failing to share information while Congress battles over security funding, a panel that investigated the terrorist hijackings will conclude in a new report.

05 December 2005
Major Changes Ahead for Asia Pacific Aviation
BTB – Major structural changes loom on the horizon for the airline industry in the region, the Centre for Asia Pacific Aviation’s Executive Chairman, Peter Harbison, has warned.

05 December 2005
NZ takes initiatives to improve tourists numbers from China
BTB – Keen on generating more tourists from China, New Zealand is revamping its approved travel agent scheme with China. The initiative is being taken to improve the low levels of satisfaction amongst Chinese visitors to this country.

01 December 2005
WTO General Assembly Re-Elects Francesco Frangialli as Secretary-General
The General Assembly re-elected Francesco Frangialli to the post of WTO Secretary-General from 1 January 2006 until the end of 2009 on Tuesday. Frangialli was re-elected by 85 votes to 14.

01 December 2005
How to Avoid a Holiday Guilt Trip
BTB – Pressure group Tourism Concern is holding and event that will look at how to avoid guilt trips for travelers, tourists and students planning a gap year abroad.

01 December 2005
Cruise Ships Accessibility for the Physically Challenged
BTB – Modern cruise ships are truly engineering marvels, but what responsibility do foreign passenger ships have to comply with the provisions of the Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA) when in US waters?

01 December 2005
Further Australian Support For Indonesian Polio Fight
BTB – Australia is contributing a further $1.3 million to help eradicate polio in Indonesia, Parliamentary Secretary for Foreign Affairs Bruce Billson, announced today on Indonesia’s National Polio Immunisation Day.

01 December 2005
International HIV/AIDS Photographic Exhibition Launched At Parliament House Canberra
BTB – HIV/AIDS Awareness Week will be marked in Canberra with the opening of A Positive View, Oxfam Australia’s photographic exhibition on the fight against HIV/AIDS in South Africa, the Parliamentary Secretary for Foreign Affairs Bruce Billson, announced

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