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International Coalition of Tourism Partners applauds Peru Smart Visa initiative

International Coalition of Tourism Partners applauds Peru Smart Visa initiative

LIMA, Peru; HAWAII, USA; BRUSSELS, Belgium; VICTORIA, Seychelles; BALI, Indonesia - The International Coalition of Tourism Partners (ICTP) today expressed its strong support for the ministerial initiative of Peru, Ecuador, and Colombia to create a common … April 24, 2013
Sri Lanka visa waiver for Seychelles nationals comes into force

Sri Lanka visa waiver for Seychelles nationals comes into force

The Seychelles Ministry of Foreign Affairs has confirmed to the Seychellois public that the Visa Waiver Agreement signed between the Seychelles and Sri Lankan governments has come into effect as of April 22. All Seychelles passport holders wishing … April 24, 2013
UNWTO welcomes travel facilitation measures by Jamaica

UNWTO welcomes travel facilitation measures by Jamaica

UNWTO (UN World Tourism Organization) welcomes Jamaica’s decision to waive visa requirements for Eastern European nationals and to extend indefinitely the current visa waiver system for some Latin American nationals. These important policy steps are … March 15, 2013
Asia and the Pacific and the Americas the most open regions for travelers in terms of visas

Asia and the Pacific and the Americas the most open regions for travelers in terms of visas

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 … January 28, 2013
ICTP congratulates Rwanda for simplifying entry procedures

ICTP congratulates Rwanda for simplifying entry procedures

HALEIWA, Hawaii, USA; BRUSSELS, Belgium; VICTORIA, Seychelles; BALI, Indonesia - From 2013 onwards, Rwanda will open up its tourism export market by eliminating visa requirements for African nationals. Coupled with its online visas for all foreign visitors … December 10, 2012
Seychelles Minister for Tourism sits on the 6th UNWTO-WTM Ministers’ Summit

Seychelles Minister for Tourism sits on the 6th UNWTO-WTM Ministers’ Summit

Ministers of Tourism from the world over gathered in London for the 6th UNWTO/WTM [UN World Tourism Organization/World Travel Market] Ministers’ Summit to discuss principally matters relating to visas and to air connectivity under the banner “Open … November 9, 2012
Ministers of Tourism calls for intra-governmental coordination to address visas and air connectivity

Ministers of Tourism calls for intra-governmental coordination to address visas and air connectivity

LONDON, UK - Ministers of Tourism gathered in London for the 6th UNWTO/WTM Ministers’ Summit concluded that complicated visas processes and policies that limit air connectivity continue to present major barriers to the growth of travel and tourism. … November 8, 2012
Visa facilitation and air connectivity priorities for the UNWTO says Executive Council

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

CAMPECHE, Mexico - 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 the UN World Tourism Organization (UNWTO). “Mexico … October 30, 2012
Visa facilitation can create five million additional jobs in G20 economies

Visa facilitation can create five million additional jobs in G20 economies

Visa facilitation is central to stimulating economic growth and job creation through tourism. The G20 can have a particularly important role to play in this respect. G20 economies could boost their international tourist numbers by an additional 122 million, … May 17, 2012
Industry leaders unite at WTTC Global Summit to tackle visa problems

Industry leaders unite at WTTC Global Summit to tackle visa problems

The leaders of the travel and tourism industry attending the World Travel & Tourism Council’s (WTTC) 12th Global Summit in Tokyo, Japan, today actively committed to work together to have governments improve visa-entry procedures and systems in order … April 18, 2012
GVB welcomes first Russian family on Guam since visa parole authority

GVB welcomes first Russian family on Guam since visa parole authority

TUMON, Guam - On January 17, 2012, the Guam Visitors Bureau (GVB) welcomed the first Russian visitors since the US Department of Homeland Security approved visa parole for Russian citizens on January 15, 2012. The Prudnikovs, a family of four, arrived … January 26, 2012
NTA: Tourism reaches peak visibility in US

NTA: Tourism reaches peak visibility in US

LEXINGTON, Kentucky - Citing the power of travel to fuel economic recovery and create jobs, President Barack Obama today ordered a series of initiatives targeted at increasing travel and tourism in the United States. More than ever before, the US travel … January 20, 2012
ETOA runs snapshot visa survey as campaign gathers pace

ETOA runs snapshot visa survey as campaign gathers pace

ETOA is currently running a short snapshot survey of the Schengen visa process in five major origin markets: China, India, Indonesia, Russia, and South Africa. This looks at four specific points of the visa code: language, interviews, turnaround times, … December 8, 2011
New research from ETOA highlights how visa situation is damaging tourism

New research from ETOA highlights how visa situation is damaging tourism

The European Tour Operators Association (ETOA) will be releasing new research on September 13 at the opening of its Markets of the 21st Century Seminar in Switzerland, the latest in the Origin Markets Series. The research was conducted in conjunction … September 9, 2011
Passport Day provides special Saturday application hours, other options still available for busy citizens

Passport Day provides special Saturday application hours, other options still available for busy citizens

WASHINGTON, DC - Quite a bit of media attention is in full tilt for the US State Department’s scheduled “Passport Day,” to be held on Saturday, September 17, 2011. Originally scheduled for April, that date was cancelled at the last minute due to … September 7, 2011
UK passport leader aids travel document needs of Houston

UK passport leader aids travel document needs of Houston

HOUSTON, Texas - Industry-leading passport and visa service, Travel Document Systems, Inc., announced today that their Houston division will specialize in providing expert passport services to the British business community in the region. Houston … August 1, 2011
Expedited passport and visa service leader launches Houston office

Expedited passport and visa service leader launches Houston office

HOUSTON, Texas - Travel Document Systems, Inc. (TDS), an industry leader in expedited visa and passport processing, is pleased to announce the acquisition of Direct Passport & Visa Service. As of July 12, 2011, the new General Manager of Operations, Behrooz … July 14, 2011
Last-minute travel becomes new standard

Last-minute travel becomes new standard

WASHINGTON, DC - “Last-minute travel” has become a new standard by some measurements of the travel industry. As the economy slowly rebounds from several years when vacations evaporated for many people, the concept of a several weeks’ vacation, booked … July 7, 2011
Demand for rapid visa service builds as China experiences tourism boom

Demand for rapid visa service builds as China experiences tourism boom

WASHINGTON, DC - Industry leader, Travel Document Systems, Inc., a 26-year veteran of the expedited visa and passport business, has announced that in response to the rapidly-growing consumer demand in travel and tourism to the People's Republic of China, … May 26, 2011
ETOA and Visa Policy Unit to work together on best practice

ETOA and Visa Policy Unit to work together on best practice

European Tour Operators Association (ETOA) held a 90-minute meeting with the European Commission’s Visa Policy Unit on Monday, November 29, to move forward the discussion initiated by the recent "Europe: Open for Business?" seminar held in Brussels … December 6, 2010
European visas deter over 450,000 tourists a year

European visas deter over 450,000 tourists a year

The process of applying for a visa to visit Europe is so unpleasant that over 450,000 tourists are deterred from coming. This is a core finding of the latest European Tour Operators Association (ETOA) report on visa applications. Indian and Chinese tourists … October 12, 2010



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