Qatar Airways and QTA announce new transit visa scheme allowing passengers to enter Qatar up to 96 hours in between flights

New free transit visa in effect as of 1 November 2016 Qatar Airways passengers can apply for their transit visa when planning their travel New transit visa reaffirms Qatar Airways’ and QTA’s commitment to position Qatar as a global tourist destination DOHA, Qatar, 2016-Nov-02 — /Travel PR News/ — Qatar Airways and Qatar Tourism Authority (QTA)… Read the full press release

World Travel & Tourism Council unveiled its Economic Impact 2014 report for Brazil

London, UK, 2014-04-3 — /Travel PR News/ — Brazil’s Travel & Tourism sector will enjoy a significant boost during the FIFA 2014 World Cup year. That is according to the World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC), which has unveiled its Economic Impact 2014 report for Brazil today. WTTC is the global authority on the economic and social… Read the full press release

U.S. Travel Association welcomes Chile to the U.S. Visa Waiver Program (VWP)

Washington, D.C., 2014-3-4 — /Travel PR News/ — U.S. Travel Association President and CEO Roger Dow issued the following statement in response to Friday’s announcement that the Republic of Chile will enter the U.S. Visa Waiver Program (VWP): “To all of our soon-to-be guests from the beautiful nation of Chile, we in the American travel community say:… Read the full press release

UNWTO released its program and activities planned for the ITB Travel Trade Show 2014 in Berlin, Germany, 5-9 March

MADRID, Spain, 2014-2-21 — /travelprnews.com/ — The launch of an international campaign against trafficking, the 4th Silk Road Ministers’ Meeting dedicated this year to visa facilitation and the meeting of World Tourism Network on Child Protection, are among UNWTO’s activities during the ITB Travel Trade Show 2014 (Berlin, Germany, 5-9 March, 2014). 4th Silk Road Ministers’ Meeting on Visa Facilitation… Read the full press release

Visa facilitation top priority for UNESCO/UNWTO Silk Roads Heritage Corridors Workshop

Madrid, Spain, 2013-10-16 — /travelprnews.com/ — Tourism and heritage experts called for more effective visa systems to support tourism development at the UNESCO/UNWTO Silk Roads Heritage Corridors Tourism Strategy Workshop. The workshop aimed to define a tourism management roadmap for two UNESCO Silk Road Heritage Corridors crossing China, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan (7-8 October 2013, Almaty,… Read the full press release

New report reveals visa facilitation could create 2.6 million new jobs in the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation

Bali, Indonesia, 2013-10-01 — /travelprnews.com/ — A new report by the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) and the World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC) shows that visa facilitation could create up to 2.6 million new jobs in the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) economies by 2016. The report was presented on the occasion of the APEC High Level Policy… Read the full press release

Future Travel Experience (FTE) awarded Chicago O’Hare International Airport for Best Immigration Initiative

CHICAGO, 2013-09-23 — /travelprnews.com/ — Earlier this month, Future Travel Experience (FTE) presented an award to Chicago O’Hare International Airport for ‘Best Immigration Initiative’. The award, presented at the FTE Global Conference in Las Vegas on September 5, acknowledged O’Hare’s lead on the implementation of Automated Passport Control  (APC) kiosks to reduce waiting times in the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) processing… Read the full press release

GBTA Michael W. McCormick applauding U.S. Global Entry Expansion

Nearly 100 Business Travelers Interviewed at GBTA Convention 2013 for Global Entry Program Alexandria, VA, 2013-08-20 — /travelprnews.com/ — Global Business Travel Association Executive Director and Chief Operating Officer Michael W. McCormick issued the following statement today applauding expanding eligibility for participation in Global Entry as U.S. Customs and Border Protection published a Federal Register notice that… Read the full press release

The U.S. Travel Association launched web site to help deliver appeals from international travelers to improve the U.S. entry process

Website spotlights significant dilemma in entry procedures voiced by international travelers upon arrival at nation’s gateway airports WASHINGTON, D.C., 2013-08-15— /travelprnews.com/ — The U.S. Travel Association today launched “Traveler’s Voice” (www.travelersvoice.org) to help deliver appeals from travelers to improve the U.S. entry process. The website features video messages from international travelers immediately following their exit… Read the full press release

Japan Tourism officials in Thailand to discuss tourism cooperation between Thailand and Japan

Bangkok, 2013-07-29 — /travelprnews.com/ — Mr. Norifumi Ide, Commissioner of Japan Tourism Agency, Mr. Kazuhiro Ito, Executive Director, JNTO Bangkok Office and their team members paid a courtesy call on Mr. Suraphon Svetasreni, Governor of Tourism Authority of Thailand, to discuss tourism cooperation between Thailand and Japan. Mr. Suraphon said, “I was pleased to learn about… Read the full press release

The U.S. Travel Association applauded U.S. House of Representatives Appropriations Bill Requiring Visa Videoconferencing Pilot Program

Legislation Will Increase International Travel While Maintaining Stringent Security Requirements Washington, D.C., 2013-07-26 — /travelprnews.com/ — The U.S. Travel Association today applauded the U.S. House of Representatives Appropriations Subcommittee on State, Foreign Operation and Related Programs for approving a fiscal year 2014 spending measure that will make it easier for international travelers to apply for a visa to… Read the full press release

U.S. Travel Association CEO Roger Dow comments on TSA’s new TSA Pre™ Enrollment Options at Washington Dulles and Indianapolis International Airports

Washington, D.C., 2013-07-23 — /travelprnews.com/ — Roger Dow, president and CEO of the U.S. Travel Association, today released the following statement applauding the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) for its announcement of a new program at Washington Dulles and Indianapolis International Airports to allow Americans to enroll directly in Pre™, TSA’s trusted traveler program for domestic air… Read the full press release

U.S. Travel Association Commends U.S. Senate for approving Immigration Bill which recognizes the importance of travel

Landmark Legislation Will Deliver Increased Economic Opportunity and Jobs to Communities Across America by Encouraging More Travel To and Within the United States 2013-07-04 — /travelprnews.com/ — Washington, D.C. – Roger Dow, president and CEO of the U.S. Travel Association, today released the following statement commending the U.S. Senate for approving S. 744, the Border Security, Economic… Read the full press release

Immigration registration cards comes into force in Jersey as of 1 July, 2013

2013-07-03 — /travelprnews.com/ — Islanders who buy or lease a new property, or start work with a new employer will have to apply for a registration card from Monday 1 July when the Control of Housing and Work Law comes into force. The new Law aims to bring in a more effective and efficient system of… Read the full press release

UNWTO welcomes Azerbaijan´s implementation of new e-visa system aimed to attract more international tourists

Madrid, 2013-06-28 — /travelprnews.com/ — UNWTO welcomes Azerbaijan´s implementation of a new e-visa system streamlining visa applications into an electronic format, aimed to attract more international tourists into the country. The electronic visa system, operational since March 2013, was administered upon the decree of the President of Azerbaijan, Ilham Aliyev, to facilitate visa procedures for foreigners… Read the full press release

flydubai offers passengers destination visas

Dubai, UAE, 2013-04-04 — /travelprnews.com/ — flydubai, Dubai’s innovative low-cost carrier, has introduced a new facilitation service offering passengers travelling on its flights to Azerbaijan, Russia and Ukraine the opportunity to apply for a visa through the flydubai Travel Shop at Dubai Terminal 2. The flydubai Travel Shop offers passengers a convenient one-stop-shop for ticket sales, travel… Read the full press release

Burning with passion for Canada? Ask CTC’s Tourism BizWiz

Burning with passion for Canada? Ask CTC’s Tourism BizWiz.

2013-02-07 — /travelprnews.com/ — Get the latest info on the CTC and Canadian tourism industry. This time: visiting Canada from the Philippines. Hi BizWiz I want to visit Canada to see my boyfriend. What do I need to come there? And what papers do I need to visit him? I am from the Philippines. Thanks, Cherry… Read the full press release

Asia and the Pacific and the Americas the most ‘open’ regions for travellers in terms of Visas

2013-01-28 — /travelprnews.com/ — New UNWTO research on Visa facilitation shows that Asia and the Pacific and the Americas are the most ‘open’ regions in terms of tourist Visa requirements. Data also shows that there has been significant progress on Visa facilitation globally in recent years, particularly with the implementation of Visa on arrival policies. Based… Read the full press release

WTTC calls on India Government to reduce taxes and improve visa policies

2013-01-15 — /travelprnews.com/ — “India is the 12th largest Travel & Tourism economy in the world and has the potential to become of the very biggest economies in our industry. Yet it risks squandering this opportunity through excessive taxation and restrictive visa policies.” At a speech today in Delhi, David Scowsill, WTTC President & CEO, has… Read the full press release

UNWTO, Ministers of Tourism call for intra-governmental coordination to address visas and air connectivity

London – Madrid, 2012-11-09 — /travelprnews.com/ — Ministers of Tourism gathered in London for the 6th UNWTO/World Travel Market (WTM) Ministers’ Summit concluded that complicated visa processes and policies that limit air connectivity continue to present major barriers to the growth of travel and tourism. Ministers and representatives from major tour operators and airlines further called for increased intra-governmental… Read the full press release

China Airlines’ CI006 Celebrates US Visa Waiver Program for Taiwan

China Airlines’ CI006 Celebrates US Visa Waiver Program for Taiwan

2012-11-03 — /travelprnews.com/ — Starting from November 1, Taiwanese passport holders are eligible to travel to the United States for tourism or business purpose, for stays of 90 days or less under the Visa Waiver Program (VWP). As China Airlines flight CI006 departing for Los Angeles at 17:10 was the first direct flight from Taiwan to… Read the full press release

Visa facilitation and air connectivity priorities for the UNWTO says Executive Council

Madrid, 2012-10-29 — /travelprnews.com/ — Ministers of tourism and officials meeting at the 94th session of the UNWTO Executive Council defined advancing visa facilitation and promoting increased air connectivity as priorities for UNWTO (Campeche, Mexico, 24-25 October). “Mexico has made significant advancements in visa facilitation and this has translated into very positive impacts in terms of… Read the full press release

Jonathan Tisch Live on CNBC – Thursday, October 18, 2012

2012-10-22 — /travelprnews.com/ — Jonathan Tisch, Chairman of Loews Hotels & Resorts sits down with CNBC to discuss boosting US Tourism, the visa waiver program and more, live from the New York Stock Exchange. Click here to watch the interview: Jonathan Tisch live on CNBC ###

GBTA Applauds TSA Pre✓™ Expansion Into Canada

Alexandria, VA,  2012-10-8 — /travelprnews.com/ — The Global Business Travel Association (GBTA)—the voice of the global business travel industry— applauds the decision by the Transportation Security Administration to include Canadian NEXUS members in the TSA PRE✓™ program.  “This is a significant benefit for Canadian business travelers and a significant milestone in the United States-Canada Beyond the Border Action… Read the full press release

U.S. Travel Applauds Addition of Taiwan to U.S. Visa Waiver Program

Secretaries Clinton and Napolitano Meet with Travel Industry Leaders Washington, D.C. – 2012-10-2 — /travelprnews.com/ — The U.S. Travel Association today applauded an announcement by Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano that Taiwan is being added to the U.S. Visa Waiver Program. Today’s announcement was made at the Travel and Tourism Conference, part of the State Department’s… Read the full press release

Loews Hotels & Resorts Announces Coordinated Effort With U.S. Department Of Homeland Security

LOEWS HOTELS & RESORTS ANNOUNCES COORDINATED EFFORT WITH U.S. DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY First hospitality brand to offer complimentary enrollment to Global Entry and TSA Pre™ NEW YORK, NY 2012-09-24 — /travelprnews.com/ — Loews Hotels & Resorts Chairman Jonathan Tisch and U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano announced a joint effort today to promote the Trusted Traveler… Read the full press release

U.S. Travel Commends Innovative Public-Private Program between Loews and DHS

Washington, D.C., 2012-09-24 — /travelprnews.com/ — The U.S. Travel Association today commended a joint effort between Loews Hotels & Resorts and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to promote the Trusted Traveler Network, which incorporates the U.S. Customs and Border Protection’s (CBP) Global Entry and the Transportation Security Administration’s (TSA) PreCheck programs. “Americans will see travel become more efficient thanks… Read the full press release

Groups of Travellers Can Now Submit Multiple ESTA Applications

2012-08-22 — /travelprnews.com/ — U.S. Customs and Border Protection has announced that the Electronic System for Travel Authorization web application has been updated to allow for multiple applications to be submitted and paid for in one transaction. The new online application will be available Wednesday, August 15. Applicants must enter biographic data and an email address… Read the full press release

Dragonair Welcomes Further Streamlining of Entry Arrangements for Taiwan Residents

Hong Kong, 2012-08-21 — /travelprnews.com/ — Dragonair today (Tuesday) welcomed the announcement by the Immigration Department of the Hong Kong SAR government that it will implement the online Pre-arrivalRegistration for Taiwan Residents from 1 September 2012. Dragonair Chief Executive Officer Patrick Yeung said: “Taiwan is an important market for Dragonair and we now operate three flights to… Read the full press release

Cathay Pacific welcomes further streamlining entry arrangements for Taiwan residents

2012-08-21 — /travelprnews.com/ — Cathay Pacific Airways today (Tuesday) welcomed the announcement of the implementation arrangements for the online Pre-arrival Registration for Taiwan Residents by the Immigration Department which will further streamline the immigration arrangements for Taiwan residents to visit Hong Kong with effect from 1 September. Cathay Pacific Director Sales and Marketing Rupert Hogg said:… Read the full press release