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It’s the age of Asia when it comes to passport power

As the global economy transforms and centers of power shift, Asia’s dominance appears to be unfaltering. Entering into the final quarter of 2019, Japan and Singapore retain a firm hold on first place on the Henley Passport Index, each with a visa-free/visa-on-arrival score of 190 out of a maximum 227. For most of the index’s 14-year history – which is ... Read More »

Global requests for SSR for airline passengers nearly double

• Little-known SSR code, DPNA 1, can be used to alert airlines when a traveler has an intellectual or developmental disability and needs assistance • Many airlines offer support to meet passengers’ individual needs once alerted via the SSR code • Use of the code on flights booked through Travelport has increased 89% since the launch of its Travel Unified ... Read More »

Thomas Cook is dead: 150,000 UK holidaymakers are stranded

Lianna Brinded, Head of Yahoo Finance UK 23 September 2019 – Major travel operator Thomas Cook (TCG.L) has finally collapsed after months of trying to seal bailout cash from Chinese conglomerate Fosun as well as from a number of other firms. It has immediately ceased to trade, leading to 150,000 UK holidaymakers stranded abroad and the biggest ever peacetime repatriation ... Read More »

Traveling fans head to Japan for Rugby World Cup 2019

Langley, United Kingdom, Thursday 19 September 2019: Advanced flight bookings to Japan suggest rugby fans from the United Kingdom, New Zealand and Ireland will be on the ground in force to support their teams during this year’s Rugby World Cup according to research by Travelport, a leading technology company serving the global travel industry. Read More »

Selfies from the zone: How TV show changed Chernobyl tourism

The hit TV series “Chernobyl” has attracted a new generation of tourists to the nuclear disaster zone but guides say that many are more interested in taking selfies than learning about the accident. “They do not need information anymore, they just want to take a selfie,”said Yevgen Goncharenko, an official plant guide, at the site of the worst nuclear accident ... Read More »

Prince Harry announces massive travel sustainability project

New York, Sept 4 (AP/UNB) — The eco-minded Prince Harry is embarking on a massive travel sustainability initiative in partnership with key travel providers. They aim to improve the practices of the global industry amid an ever-increasing number of travelers. The Duke of Sussex picked Amsterdam, a city hit hard by over-tourism, to announce Travalyst at a news conference Tuesday ... Read More »

PM inducts ‘Gaangchil’ 3rd Boeing 787-8 to Biman fleet

Dhaka, Aug 22 (UNB) – Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Thursday directed the authorities concerned to improve the standard of passenger services of Biman Bangladesh Airlines so that it can brighten the country’s image abroad. “We hope you’ll uphold and enhance Biman’s reputation by improving the standard of its services for passengers,” she said. The Prime Minister was addressing a ... Read More »

Amaya Kebab special buffet at Amari Dhaka

The most tender kebabs in town with five live kitchens Dhaka, Bangladesh – August 2019: To delight buffet lovers with excitement and food varieties, Amaya Food Gallery at Amari Dhaka is bringing back Amaya Kebab Nights with live grilling of succulent lamb and chicken kebabs at its Interactive Dinner Buffet. Read More »

Promote roadmap to Islamic tourism: PM Hasina

Dhaka, Jul 11 (UNB) – Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Thursday stressed the need for preparing a roadmap to promote Islamic tourism as a global brand to unlock the potentials of its rapidly growing market. “The value of Islamic tourism market will increase to $243 billion by 2021 with an annual 8.3 percent growth. So, we’ll have to take all-out ... Read More »

Dhaka-Benapole direct train for cross-border traffic: Minister

Benapole, July 3 (UNB) – Good news for cross-border travellers! A direct train service from Dhaka to Benapole will be launched on July 25 next, which will facilitate the travel of India-bound people through Benapole Checkpost, said Railways Minister Md Nurul Islam Sujan. “Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina will inaugurate the train service from Dhaka through a videoconference,” the minister said ... Read More »

Place Sundarbans on ‘World Heritage in danger’ list: IUCN

Dhaka, June 15 – International Union for Conservation of Nature( IUCN), the official advisor on natural World Heritage, recommends for three natural sites, including the Sundarbans in Bangladesh, to be listed as “World Heritage in danger.” The other two sites are Mexico’s Islands and Protected Areas of the Gulf of California and the Ohrid region in North Macedonia. IUCN’s advice ... Read More »

Exclusive tourist zone in Cox’s Bazar for foreign tourists

Dhaka, Jun 13 (UNB) – The work on establishing an exclusive tourist zone for foreign tourists is underway at Sabrang in Cox’s Bazar. Finance Minister AHM Mustafa Kamal disclosed this while placing the national budget in parliament for fiscal 2019-20 on Thursday. He said Bangladesh has many tourist spots, including the world’s largest unbroken  sandy  sea  beach in  Cox’s  Bazar,  ... Read More »

Biman pilot travels to Doha sans passport: Cop suspended

Dhaka, June 8 – An immigration police officer at Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport has been suspended over the travel of a Biman Bangladesh Airlines pilot to Qatar without his passport. On June 5, Captain Fazal Mahmud reached Doha Hamad International Airport in Qatar operating an aircraft from Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport here without any passport. Contacted, Additional Superintendent of Police ... Read More »

At least 21 dead, 30 injured after tour bus crash in Mexico

Xalapa, May 30 (AP/UNB) — A tour bus and a semi-trailer collided Wednesday on a mountain road in the Mexican state of Veracruz, and the bus rolled over and caught fire, killing at least 21 people and injuring 30, officials said. Roberto Hernández, the civil defense director for Nogales township, said the bus turned onto one side and the ground ... Read More »

7 dead, 21 missing after sightseeing boat sinks in Hungary

Budapest, May 30 (AP/UNB) — Seven people were confirmed dead and 21 remained missing early Thursday after a sightseeing boat carrying 33 South Korean passengers and two crew members collided with another vessel and sank in the Danube River in downtown Budapest. Rescue officials said seven bodies had been recovered. Pal Gyorfi, spokesman for the National Ambulance Service, said seven ... Read More »

Submit report on Rooppur Nuke Plan furniture purchase: HC

Dhaka, May 20 – The High Court on Monday directed the government to submit the inquiry reports of Ministry of Housing and Public Works over the alleged irregularities in purchasing furniture and other household products for officials and employees of Rooppur Nuclear Power Plant, before it by June 23. It directed the attorney general’s office to collect the investigation reports ... Read More »

24 travel agencies fined in Sylhet for irregularities

Sylhet, May 13 (UNB) – A mobile court here on Monday fined 24 travel agencies a combined Tk 4.75 lakh for various irregularities and not having legal papers. Five teams led by five executive magistrates conducted drives against illegal travel agencies in the town. Human traffickers Hera of UCS Education, Mahbub of Reach Reliance and an employee of Jakir Education ... Read More »

Space-tourism enters ‘home stretch’ toward commercial flight

Santa Fe, May 11 (AP/UNB) — Billionaire Richard Branson is moving Virgin Galactic’s winged passenger rocket and more than 100 employees from California to a remote commercial launch and landing facility in southern New Mexico, bringing his space-tourism dream a step closer to reality. Branson said Friday at a news conference that Virgin Galactic’s development and testing program has advanced ... Read More »

PM Sheikh Hasina returns to Dhaka from London

Dhaka, May 11 – Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina returned home from London on Saturday morning wrapping up her 10-day official visit to the United Kingdom (UK). A VVIP flight of Biman Bangladesh Airlines carrying the Prime Minister and her entourage landed at Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport at 9:55am. The flight took off from the Heathrow International Airport in London for ... Read More »

US searches of phones, laptops at airports rising: suit

Washington, May 1 (AP/UNB) — U.S. government searches of travelers’ cellphones and laptops at airports and border crossings nearly quadrupled since 2015 and were being done for reasons beyond customs and immigration enforcement, according to papers filed Tuesday in a federal lawsuit that claims scouring the electronic devices without a warrant is unconstitutional. The government has vigorously defended the searches, ... Read More »

‘5 days of grill’ at Amari Dhaka

Dhaka, April 2019 – Prepare your taste buds for different delicious regional cuisines every weekday. Amari Dhaka’s Deck 41 is an enthralling roof-top restaurant offering an eclectic array of delectable bites along with chilled invigorating mocktails surrounded by dreamy panoramic city views. ‘5 Days of Grill at Deck 41’ is a trend-setting offering which presents delicious grills and sizzlers from ... Read More »

Dr Kamal off to Thailand for medical treatment

Dhaka, Apr 8 (UNB) – Jatiya Oikyafront Convener and Gonoforum President Dr Kamal Hossain flew to Thailand on Monday for medical purposes. Dr Kamal along with his wife Hameeda Hossain left Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport in a Thai Airway’s flight at 12:30pm, Gonoforum central executive committee member Maj (retd) Afsary Ameen Ahmed told UNB. He said the Oikyafront chief will ... Read More »

BD youth del begins weeklong India visit Thursday

Dhaka, Mar 27 (UNB)— A 100-member Bangladesh youth delegation will embark on a seven-day visit to neighbouring India from Thursday. They will visit cultural and historical sites, and business centres. They will also interact with Indian youths at educational, business, IT and technological institutions. The Indian High Commission organised a flag-off ceremony in Dhaka for the delegation on Wednesday. Deputy ... Read More »

Amsterdam bans red light district tours

(CNN) — Amsterdam has moved to end one of the city’s most popular travel activities.The city government has announced that it will end tours of the Red Light District in the Netherlands’ capital, citing concerns about people — in this case sex workers — being treated as a tourist attraction.”We do not consider it appropriate for tourists to leer at sex workers,” city ... Read More »