Daily Archives: November 7, 2018

Schoolchildren in Cameroon Released Days after Abduction by Separatists

A Presbyterian Church official in Cameroon says 79 students who were abducted from their school along with their principal have been freed.
Suspected English-speaking militants allegedly kidnapped the students Monday from the church school in the town of Bamenda, in troubled northwestern Cameroon.
The official said the boys, between the ages of 11 and 17, are “psychologically tortured” but otherwise in good health.
The exact reasons why they were freed are unclear, but three school staffers kidnapped with the students were still being held captive Wednesday.
Eleven students were also kidnapped Oct. 31 and were later freed.
In a video of the students released on social media, the kidnappers called themselves “Amba boys,” a reference to the self-declared English-speaking region of Ambazonia where armed separatists are fighting for independence.
The fighting erupted in the English-speaking northwest and southwest regions of Cameroon in 2016, when teachers and lawyers complained of discrimination in education and the justice system by the French-speaking majority.

Source: Voice of America

Mediterranean Deaths Escalate as Sea , Rescue Missions Stall

The U.N. refugee agency reports a growing number of refugees and migrants are dying on the Mediterranean Sea crossing to Europe because non-governmental organizations are being prevented from conducting search and rescue missions.
The U.N. refugee agency reports more than 2,000 refugees and migrants have lost their lives on the Mediterranean this year. It says the number of drownings has escalated sharply, mainly in the central Mediterranean.
In September, it notes one of every eight people making the dangerous journey toward Italy died.
UNHCR spokesman Charlie Yaxlie blames the increasing loss of life largely on the substantially reduced search and rescue operations.
“In light of this, UNHCR continues to be very concerned about the legal and logistical restrictions that have been placed on a number of NGOs wishing to conduct search and rescue operations, including the Aquarius,” he said. “These have had the cumulative effect of the central Mediterranean currently having no NGO vessels conducting search and rescue.”
Yaxlie says the Libyan Coast Guard has assumed primary responsibility for search and rescue missions within its territorial waters. He says these efforts have saved many lives. While welcoming that, he tells VOA the UNHCR is concerned people who are rescued are being taken back to Libya where conditions are not safe.
“I think it has been well documented that for those that are returned to Libya, they face the routine use of being held in detention. And, there have been reports of various human rights violations. So, we are advocating to states and particularly to resettlement countries to assist us with evacuating people out of those places.”
The UNHCR says any vessel that has the capability to assist search and rescue operations should be allowed to come to the aid of those in need. To do otherwise, it warns, will doom many people fleeing persecution, violence, and poverty to death.

Source: Voice of America

16th Shanghai World Travel Fair – a Professional Platform Dedicated to China Outbound Tourism Market

SHANGHAI, Nov. 7, 2018 /PRNewswire/ — Shanghai World Travel Fair (SWTF), held by Europe Asia Global Link Exhibitions & Shanghai International Convention & Exhibition Corp., Ltd and supported by VNU Exhibitions Asia, is one of the most well-known and influential annual travel exhibitions in China that provides a comprehensive platform for both professional operators and final consumers. Its 16th edition will be held from April 18th to 21st at Shanghai Exhibition Center.

16th Shanghai World Travel Fair - a Professional Platform Dedicated to China Outbound Tourism Market

In 2018, 750 exhibitors and co-exhibitors from 53 different countries exhibited at the show their attractions, resources and travel services to over 43,000 buyers, trade visitors and final consumers. The volume of travel packages’ sales conducted on-site by some of China’s largest travel agencies reached RMB 50,925,000 (over 6.7 million euros).

In 2019, the show will have a strong focus on the buyer program for the exhibitors that are looking to get in touch with tourism professional buyers and trade visitors in China. The show will be a great opportunity to meet a number Chinese buyers coming from some of the wealthiest parts of Eastern China such as Shanghai, Guangzhou, Beijing, as well as the fastest growing second tier regions located in the East of China such as Zhejiang, Jiangsu, Anhui, etc.

The show will host a dedicated B2B hall restricted for access by trade visitors only where a one-stop solution will be offered to the audience, with exhibited tourism products varying from destinations, attractions, airlines, cruises, accommodation, etc. An online match making system is available for the exhibitors and buyers in order for them to schedule meetings with each other prior to the show so that to save time and increase efficiency. Speed matching activities will also take place during the show to give both exhibitors and buyers more networking possibilities among them.

Several concurrent activities are also scheduled to take place during SWTF2019 in order to provide the latest information and hear the latest tourism trends in China and the world presented by key opinion leaders

Shanghai World Travel Fair is part of a global tourism network, which also includes 2 other important events in the tourism market: Chengdu Travel Trade Market (10-12 September 2019) – a B2B travel show that focuses on the second tier cities in the Central & Western China – and TTG TRAVEL EXPERIENCE (9-11 October 2019) – the most important tourism marketplace in Italy. These three shows together create an international platform that facilitates the communication within the world tourism industry as an added value to our customers and partners worldwide.

Reserve your booth at SWTF and explore new opportunities for your business in the China tourism market.

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