The approval by the World Heritage Convention secretariat of Cambodia’s management plan for the Preah Vihear temple, a magnificent ancient structure from the 11th-12th century, located just on the demarcation line between Thailand and Cambodia, prompted Thailand to withdraw from the UNESCO World Heritage Convention. The temple is on Cambodian territory but some of its access and a 4.6 km² parcel of land surrounding the temple’s compound are effectively located in Thailand. Since October 2008, regular clashes occurred between Cambodian and Thai military troops.
The first issue of our new journal, the IFTTA Law Review 1-2011, is now available for download in pdf. Please note that pursuant to our agreement with the Sellier publishing company, the access is limited to paid IFTTA members. To visit the page, login is required. The IFTTA Law Review is also available in print as a supplement to the German journal "ReiseRecht aktuell".
The Prudential Insurance Co. has been given leave to appeal against a decision of the Court of Appeal that legal professional privilege is confined to lawyers (solicitors and barristers) and not to other professions. The Law Society of England and Wales intend to intervene in the appeal to protect that privilege, which they point out is long established in common law.
The 1st edition of our new "IFTTA Law Review" is now available in print as a supplement to "Reiserecht aktuell". The online version is expected to be available shortly. The issue contains an article by Klaus Tonner on the new Package Travel Directive, the IFTTA paper on the revision of the PTD and a Canadian aviation case dealing with the Warsaw Convention.
The European Commission has adopted the 17th update of the list of airlines banned in the European Union. Some airlines – including four all-cargo air carriers from Indonesia and one air carrier from Ukraine – have been removed from the list as safety concerns have been satisfactorily addressed.
According to a new World Tourism Organization (UNWTO)/UN Women report launched at the ITB tourism fair in Berlin, women make up an important percentage of the tourism workforce, but more work must be done to close the wealth and skills gap between men and women employed in tourism. Women are almost twice as likely to be employers in tourism as compared to others sectors.
After the civil unrest, Egypt’s Minister of Tourism Mounir Fakhry Abdelnour is launching a campaign to bring tourists back to Egypt. The ministry plans to make use of the power of modern communication technology and online and social media to spread the message that Egypt is a safe and secured tourist destination.
A number of European countries have already reduced their travel warnings.