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Rosemary Jones has joined the Bermuda Tourism Authority as director of corporate communications and strategy, reporting directly to chief executive Kevin Dallas.

In her role, she is responsible for the implementation, on-going review, and evolution of the islands National Tourism Plan, coordinating and managing multiple departmental teams and outside stakeholders.

Jones will also be responsible for the two-way communication with local media and industry stakeholders, among other essential duties.

She replaces Glenn Jones, who in April was promoted to chief experience development officer.

Rosemary Jones has established herself as one of Bermudas top communications executives, with experience in both public relations and journalism.

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Previous to her appointment at the authority, she served as the head of communications and marketing at the Bermuda Business Development Agency for four years.

In that role she was instrumental in driving national PR plans, producing content and advocacy campaigns, cultivating local and global media coverage, and promoting a variety of industries within Bermudas financial services sector.

“Rosemarys reputation for excellence precedes her, and were thrilled to bring her onboard at the Bermuda Tourism Authority,” said

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The Dubai Department of Tourism & Commerce Marketing has announced it will provide Dubai hotels with an individual hotel emission analysis report.

The information will offer an overview of each establishments emission performance in comparison to its peers using results from the carbon calculator software.

Providing hotels with recommendations for improvement , the analysis report has been launched in line with the United Arab Emirates national agenda to promote sustainable growth.

In 2017, Dubai Sustainable Tourism, an initiative under Dubai Tourism, launched the carbon calculator software, a tool developed to measure the carbon footprint of Dubais hospitality sector.

The emirates hotel establishments – including those on the Palm Jumeirah – were mandated to record and submit their emission sources, across electricity, district cooling, water and waste, allowing the findings to be collated for valuable industry insight.

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Since 2016, Dubai Sustainable Tourism has implemented several greenhouse gas reduction programmes as well as several initiatives to support the sector in its energy efficiency performance.

In addition to identifying an industry benchmark across all hotel classifications, the hotel emission analysis report will provide an overview of each hotels emission performance aimed at further encouraging the implementation of sustainable practices across their operations.

Yousuf Lootah, executive director, tourism development and investments, Dubai Tourism, commented: “The hotel emission analysis report has been developed as a targeted manual to guide hotels on the sustainability performance of their properties.

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Qatar Airways first ever passenger flight to Portugal landed at Lisbon Airport earlier, as the airline adds to its rapidly expanding European network.

Operated by a Boeing 787 Dreamliner aircraft, flight QR343 was greeted with a water cannon salute on arrival.

Present on board the inaugural flight to Lisbon was the Portuguese ambassador to Qatar, Ricardo Pracana, and Qatar Airways chief commercial officer, Simon Talling-Smith.

Qatar Airways Group chief executive, Akbar Al Baker, said: “We are delighted to launch direct services to Lisbon, the latest addition to Qatar Airways rapidly expanding European network.

“Lisbon is renowned for its extensive history and culture, boasting a rich artistic and gastronomic heritage.

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“We look forward to welcoming business and leisure travellers alike on board so that they may experience this vibrant destination, one of the oldest capitals in western Europe.”

The new daily direct services to Lisbon will be operated by the airlines state-of-the-art Boeing 787 Dreamliner, with 22 seats in business class and 232 seats in economy.

Lisbon has also joined Qatar Airways air freight network, with the carriers carg

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The Dubai Department of Tourism & Commerce Marketing has provided a positive outlook of the industry to leading stakeholders and partners at its first biannual city briefing event.

Official were keen to highlight the sectors performance across key markets, and share first-hand insights into major developments, marketing initiatives and future growth strategies.

Led by Helal Saeed Almarri, director general of Dubai Tourism, the city briefing held at the InterContinental Dubai Festival City.

The event comes within the framework of regular industry engagements initiated by the department to further enhance collaboration with its stakeholders to leverage the growing tourism momentum and achieve the goals of Dubais Tourism Vision 2022-2025.

The event was attended by nearly 1,000 managers and key executives representing all industry segments, from hospitality to tour operators, tourism attractions to destination management companies, as well as top officials from Dubai Police and Expo 2020 Dubai.

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In a special presentation, Dubai Police drew attention to its Oyoon smart security surveillance initiative to help ensure the safety and security of all residents and visitors to Dubai, and which covers key sectors in Dubai including the tourism industry.

The Expo 2020 Dubai presentation titled 500 days to go provided an update on the key milestones that have been reached and the infrastructure and logistics in place to host the mega event that will be launched on October 20th, 2020.

Almarri, said: “While we are pleased with the positive performance of the industry since the beginning of this year, Dubai Tourism is committed to hosting such events to ensure that our stakeholders are well aligned with the emirates tourism strategy to be able to collectively take advantage of the diverse campaigns and concerted efforts being made to attract more visitors to the city.

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One of Donald Trump's closest confidantes has thrown a lifeline to the scandal-hit Weinstein entertainment empire, amid signs it could be up for sale.

The Weinstein Company has confirmed it has entered an agreement with Colony Capital, a private equity firm run by Tom Barrack.

Colony will inject cash into the company while discussions continue over it buying all or part of the Weinstein firm.

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The torrent of accusations against Harvey Weinstein had raised questions about the future of the company he founded.

On Friday, his brother Bob denied suggestions the company would be closed or sold, saying it was "business as usual".

:: The Accusers:

  • Actress Lina Esco attends the 2017 CBS Television Studios Summer TCA Party Red Carpet, August 1, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. / AFP PHOTO / VALERIE MACON (Photo credit should read VALERIE MACON/AFP/Getty Images)

    Lina Esco, Actress

    She says Weinstein told her: "I think we should see a movie in the theatre, like back in the day, and we should kiss."

    She allegedly brushed him off but he pressed on and forcefully tries to kiss her.