The list of nominated hotels and destinations has been published, and Seychelles, along with Tahiti and Maldives, are the three tourism islands in the running for the Island Holiday Destination of the Year 2012.
The Rio+20 event `Green Innovation in Tourism´, co-hosted by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), and the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) with the support of the Brazilian Ministry of Tourism and the UNWTO Affiliate Member CNC-SESC-SENAC gathered 300 international tourism experts.
The Seychelles government has signed two new agreements with the People’s Republic of China in a ceremony held at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
The Seychelles President, Mr. James Michel, personally led a working visit to China, which has now opened new doors for the tourism industry of the Indian Ocean islands of the Seychelles.
Construction is underway on a new mega-airport in Beijing that will have nine runways to relieve existing pressure on Beijing’s Capital International Airport (BCIA), according to reports.
A worldwide online poll has named the Chinese capital as the country’s most cultured city.
Air Canada today welcomed the signing of an agreement between China and Canada by which the Government of China has granted Canada Approved Destination Status, making it easier for Chinese nationals to visit Canada. The agreement comes as Air Canada doubles its capacity between Toronto and China beginning this fall with the introduction of daily flights year-round to Shanghai, Beijing and Hong Kong, in addition to its year-round flights between Vancouver and all three cities.
Piracy and terrorism topped the agenda of the European Union’s chief diplomat, Catherine Ashton, on her four day visit to India. Ashton said the EU has proposed that India consider working closer with the 10-nation Atalanta flotilla or the NATO fleet fighting pirates off Somalia. “These have rotating command structures at different levels,” she said and said India could consider being part of such a system.
As many as 199 people are now feared to have died in flooding which has swept southern China over the past ten days. Some 29 million residents in ten provinces have been hit by the flooding, with as many as three million displaced from their homes.