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USA: White House eases Cuba travel restrictions

The Obama administration last Friday eased restrictions on travel to Cuba. The changes allow Americans to travel to Cuba by academic, religious and cultural groups and also allow charter flights from more American airports. Moreover, the new measures permit Americans to send money to Cuban citizens. However, the embargo against the communist government will remain.

Source: The New York Times; find article here>>.

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US Passport Application to Change in February

The State Department has announced that it will roll out new US passport applications in February.  According to the State Department website, these new passport forms will be available beginning February 1, 2011. Before February 1, submit your passport application using the current form .  The new forms should be used for all applications submitted on or after February 1. Travel.State.Gov and all passport facilities will make the new forms available on February 1, 2011.

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USA: DOT sets deadline for proper online disclosure of codeshared flights

The U.S. Department of Transportation’s (DOT) Aviation Enforcement Office provided guidance to airlines and ticket agents about the requirement for notifying passengers if a flight they are selling is being operated under a code-sharing arrangement.

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USA: airlines call for significant revisions to proposed Flightcrew Duty Time Rule

The Air Transport Association of America (ATA), the industry trade association for the leading U.S. airlines, submitted its public comments to the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) in response to the agency’s Flightcrew Member Duty and Rest Requirements Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM), calling for significant revisions to the existing proposal.

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European Union: visa requirement for Albanians and Bosnians to be lifted

The European Union has agreed to lift its visa requirement for citizens of Albania and Bosnia-Herzegovina by mid-December. The EU decision means holders of biometric Bosnian and Albanian passports can travel freely for up to three months in the "Schengen zone", which includes all EU member states with the exception of Britain, Ireland, Cyprus, Bulgaria, and Romania, as well as non-EU members Norway, Iceland, and Switzerland.

Source: eTurboNews; find article here>>.

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Alcohol (Scotland) Bill 2010

All the main political parties in Scotland agree that the country needs to tackle its long unhealthy relationship with alcohol and on 10th November the Scottish Parliament approved the Alcohol etc (Scotland) Bill. However, the Scottish National Party (SNP) Government was disappointed that the main opposition parties failed to back proposals to introduce minimum pricing for alcohol. The vast majority of medical, police and social scientific experts in Scotland back the SNP on this matter.

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Canada: new saftey and security measures in air travel

On October 29, 2010, two suspicious packages originating in Yemen were found in the United Kingdom and United Arab Emirates. Following this incident, the Canadian Minister of Transport, Infrastructure and Communities and the Canadian Minister of Public Safety announced new aviation security measures to further enhance the safety and security of Canada’s aviation system, to come into effect Nov. 8, 2010:

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UNWTO to assist China in designing National Tourism Law

UNWTO will assist the government of China in the formulation of its first ever national tourism law. Visiting the organization’s headquarters, a high-level delegation led by parliamentarians of the China National People's Congress and the China National Tourism Administration (CNTA), agreed to request the technical and political support of UNWTO to design its normative framework for tourism. This announcement follows last year’s identification by the Chinese government of the tourism sector as one of its strategic development areas.

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UNWTO executive council proposes a global legal framework for the protection of tourists

As a consequence of the impact of this April's "ash cloud" on tourism activity in Europe, the 89th Session of UNWTO Executive Council (Kish Island, I.R. of Iran, October 25-26, 2010) has decided to initiate a study on a possible new legal instrument for protecting tourists. The study will focus on the harmonization of issues directly linked with the rights and obligations of tourists and stakeholders and will be modeled upon existing regulations.

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European Union: Data Protection Supervisor calls for stricter conditions for international PNR exchange

While the United States, Canada and Australia insist on access to the passenger name records of all passengers entering their airspace, the European Data Protection Supervisor (EDPS) - an independent supervisory authority devoted to protecting personal data and privacy and promoting good practice in the EU institutions and bodies - issued an opinion on the