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The head of the United Nations agency responsible for the promotion of responsible, sustainable tourism will make his first ever appearance at a Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO) event when he presents at the State of the Tourism Industry Conference (SOTIC) next month. Secretary General of the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) Taleb Rifai will be joined by the president of the World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC) David Scowsill and CTO secretary general Hugh Riley on a panel to discuss how to pilot an industry through a perpetual state of flux.

This December, escape the UK and enjoy an alternative Christmas break with a trip to Japan's cultural capital, Kyoto.  The home of over 15 UNESCO world heritage sites is transformed over the holiday period into a twinkling haven for shopping and sight-seeing alike, and Kyoto Convention and Visitors Bureau (KCVB) has rounded up the city's highlights for a December break this year.

The Italian city of Pisa today welcomed the first Qatar Airways flight to arrive at its international airport from Doha, Qatar. The Airbus A330 landed at 06:55 and was greeted by a celebratory water canon salute as well as a welcome ceremony with flags and drums from people in traditional costumes.

The online registration to take part in the Tenerife Walking Festival 2017 is now open. The third edition of the festival is set to be the biggest and best yet, featuring a total of 20 walking routes – two more than the last edition – and a packed programme of supporting activities. The event, designed to showcase the island's astonishing natural beauty, will take place from 23rd to 27th May 2017.

Monday 15 August marks the 70th anniversary of India's Independence, when India became an independent nation after being under the rulership of the British Empire. India fought for freedom during a revolution and gained independence on this day, now a national holiday. On Sunday 21 August 2016 at 9am to 4pm, the High Commission of India and Indian Community Organisations in the UK will host this year's Independence Day celebrations at the Indian Gymkhana Club in London.

The release of the highly anticipated film Jason Bourne, shot in Tenerife's capital city, Santa Cruz, reaffirms the island's appeal as a top filming location for box-office blockbusters. The largest of the Canary Islands was chosen by 88 local and international production companies for their shoots in 2015, which generated record revenues of €19 million (€11 million more than in 2014).

Move over Bachelors Ritchie, Blake and Tim, Townsville's wildest bachelor now has his eye on a fine, young bird and the courting season premiered at exactly 9.30am this morning. But, it wasn't a buff bloke meeting a svelte young chick in a glam gown slit to the waist, in this show of courtship, it was 33 year old Yarabah, Billabong Sanctuary's resident wild cassowary locking eyes - and feathers - with Hope, a three year old captive-bred female cassowary.

Shangri-La's Rasa Ria Resort & Spa in Malaysian Borneo has launched a new 'Adventuremoon' package, available from 1st September, aimed at discerning newlyweds looking for an adrenaline packed honeymoon whilst enjoying the deluxe comforts of a five star resort. The 'Adventuremoon' package invites honeymooners to explore the sights and sounds of Borneo's jungle coastline through an array of adventurous activities.

Uganda is a land gifted by nature. Winston Churchill called it 'The Pearl of Africa” which is perhaps an understatement considering its vast array of riches. There's something about this country that overwhelms your sense of discovery. A nation of huge diversity, it's home to the endangered mountain gorilla and a paradise for primates. It is 10 National parks play host to Africa's big 7, Elephant, Rhino, Lion, Leopard, Buffalo plus Gorilla and Chimpanzee.

Snooty turns 68 on July 21st and visitors can join his party on Saturday, July 23, 2016 from 10 am until 2 pm at the South Florida Museum for Snooty's 68th Birthday Bash & Wildlife Festival. This annual event will celebrate Snooty's 68th birthday and promote wildlife awareness. The outdoor event is held in the Spanish Plaza by the Manatee River and is FREE from 10 am to 2 pm for all Snooty's friends and fans. If you share your birthday with Snooty entrance to the Museum, Planetarium & Aquarium is also FREE.

Australia's ultimate, year-round nature and adventure playground, the NSW Snowy Mountains, will play host to the TODAY show when they broadcast live from Thredbo's 'Friday Flat' on Monday 25 July. Set against the breathtaking backdrop of Mt Kosciuszko, the Snowy Mountains is renowned for outstanding alpine resorts, glorious scenic walks and adrenalin-pumping experiences including mountain biking, skiing, tobogganing and snowboarding.

Cosmos Tours has launched an aspirational range of new 'bucket lister' holidays for 2017 to the most exciting and thrilling worldwide destinations with a free VIP chauffeur service included. The choice includes experiencing the incredible sights of Northern India from a luxury train, a tour of Peru & Bolivia to see the famous Machu Picchu, Indian Ocean luxury beach holidays, safari game viewing in Botswana's spectacular Okavango Delta as well as city breaks in the USA's Deep South to soak up the region's musical heritage.

Universal Orlando marked the opening of its fifth on-site hotel –Loews Sapphire Falls Resort – with a special, Caribbean-themed arrival celebration of its first guests. Cheering team members, a steel drum band, stilt walkers and a colorful burst of streamers inside the hotel's stunning lobby greeted the Fajardo family from Hollywood, Florida. The brand new Caribbean-inspired hotel brings the number of Universal Orlando on-site hotel rooms to 5,200.

Residents and visitors of The Islands Of The Bahamas are treated to the return of the hottest competitions and festivals of the summer. Celebrating the 40th anniversary of the slogan “It's Better In The Bahamas” the Ministry of Tourism presents Junkanoo Summer Festival.  This thrilling event, which is a miniature festival of the Bahamian winter festival Junkanoo, is held on Saturdays during July at Arawak Cay, Nassau.

Boasting a beach for every day of the year, resorts with fantastic kids clubs and a delightful laid back charm, Antigua is the ideal destination for tranquil family holidays. The island's lush shores are carpeted with fine white sand and many of its idyllic beaches are protected by an offshore reef, offering calmer waters that are ideal for young swimmers. Antigua suits families looking for both adrenalin fuelled-adventure and softer activities.