Revelers welcome 2018 around the world

“We are preparing to warmly welcome the world to the tropical paradise offering a combination of majestic landscapes, luxurious accommodation, exquisite cuisine and world class entertainment,” said organizer of the event Elite Vietnam.The Miss Tourism International Pageant has been one of the premier international pageants of its kind since first introduced in Malaysia in 1994. It was first inaugurated in Vietnam in 2002. ... [read more]

Saudi Arabia will begin issuing tourist visas in the first quarter of 2018, its top tourism official said, a first for the kingdom as it undergoes major economic and social reforms.Prince Sultan bin Salman bin Abdulaziz told AFP that "all government approvals" are in place for the launch of electronic visas next year to "all nationals whose countries allow their citizens to visit" the Gulf state."We are now just preparing the regulations -- who is eligible for the visas and how to obtain them," added the head of the Saudi Commission for Tourism and National Heritage, who is a son…... [read more]

PARIS: Robert Lewandowski scored a European qualifying record 16th goal as Poland defeated Montenegro 4-2 on Sunday (Oct 8)to reach next year's World Cup, while reigning champions Germany secured a 10th successive win.Bayern Munich striker Lewandowski struck again in what has been a remarkable qualifying campaign as Poland recovered from throwing away a two-goal lead in Warsaw to secure a first trip to the World Cup finals since 2006."I was angry. We were leading 2-0 at home and then let them equalise for 2-all. We had to score that third goal to calm things down," said Lewandowski, who moved back…... [read more]

A British tourist visiting Madrid, Spain on 13 December has been revealed as the symbolic face of the one billion international tourists travelling in 2012. The tourist was welcomed by the Minister of Industry, Energy and Tourism of Spain, José Manuel Soria, UNWTO Secretary-General, Taleb Rifai, and the Mayor of Madrid, Ana Botella, at an event in Madrid’s Museo del Prado, held to celebrate a record one billion international tourists in 2012.   The event, part of the UNWTO One Billion Tourists: One Billion Opportunities campaign, recalled how tourism can create billions of opportunities for growth and development around the…... [read more]

For Russian residents, a special price is in place of US$19.75 for the group stages, and US$109 for the final."We wanted to ensure that prices are fair to make the event accessible to as many people in the world as possible," said FIFA general secretary Fatma Samoura in a statement.Prices for the final at the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow will range from US$455 to US$1,100, with opening-match tickets costing between US$220 to US$550.At the 2014 World Cup in Brazil the cheapest first-round tickets were US$90, and US$440 for the final.In stark contrast, it was possible to find group-stage tickets for…... [read more]

"Realistically, I know myself that Russia will be my last opportunity to do anything with England," Rooney told a press conference at St George's Park in Burton, central England."My mind is made up. Russia will be my last tournament."New England manager Sam Allardyce announced on Monday that Rooney, 30, will be kept on as captain for the World Cup qualifying campaign, which begins in Slovakia on Sunday.The Manchester United striker will make his 116th England appearance in Trnava, taking him past David Beckham as the country's most-capped outfield player.Captain since August 2014, Rooney is also England's record goal-scorer with 53…... [read more]

Salah put Egypt ahead during the second half in Alexandria only for Arnold Bouka Moutou to equalise two minutes from the end of regular time.Victory gave Egypt an uncatchable four-point lead over Uganda in Group E with one round of fixtures remaining.Uganda were held 0-0 by Ghana in Kampala on Saturday.A defensive blunder allowed constant menace Salah to fire past goalkeeper Barel Mouko on 63 minutes at the 85,000-capacity Borg El Arab Stadium.But Congo threatened to turn party-poopers as substitute Moutou, a France-based defender, beat 44-year-old goalkeeper Essam El Hadary from inside the box.A draw would not have been enough…... [read more]

Zhang is scheduled to participate in some charitable activities such as the opening of houses of compassion in Hanoi’s Soc Son District and in Quang Ninh province, and by giving presents to the HIV/AIDS centre in Ha Tay province’s Ha Dong City on July 4-5.  The Miss World 2007 winner then will go back to coastal Nha Trang City to take part in a march to welcome the ongoing Miss Universe 2008 pageant before leaving Vietnam on July 10.... [read more]

The two beauty queens presented 70 gift packages, each worth VND500,000, to impoverished families in Quang Binh.On the same day, they presented 30 houses, built with funding from the Vietnam Red Cross, to poverty-stricken families in the locality.The two beauties, together with Hoang Kieu, chairman of the US-based company RASS, which sponsors Miss World’s humanitarian activities in Vietnam, cut the ribbons to open a bridge and a road in Canh Hoa commune.Also on January 14, Ksenia Sukhinova and Zhang Zi Lin visited Quang Tri province, presenting 810 gift packages to poor households in Cam Lo, Trieu Phong and Hai Lang…... [read more]

PARIS: Sepp Blatter has claimed there was a deal to give Russia the 2018 World Cup before voting took place, and blamed "bad losers" England and the US for the corruption scandal engulfing the organisation."In 2010, we (FIFA's 22-strong executive committee) had taken a double decision, we were agreed to go to Russia (in 2018), then in 2022 we'd return to the United States," the outgoing FIFA president told Russian news agency TASS.If the United States had won the right to host the 2022 World Cup, "all we'd be talking about now would be the marvellous 2018 World Cup in…... [read more]