Stuff co.nz 25 June 2017The prospect of retail tills ringing on Easter Sunday has Hamiltonians arguing the relative merits of convenience, commercialism, and Christianity.Hamilton City Council’s suggestion was for retailers to choose whether to open while employees would be able to turn down the work.But of 225 submitters, 71 per cent said no to the idea. Many mentioned the holiness of the day, worker rights and family time.“I’m not convinced that one day of potential financial benefit will be as important as families and communities taking a break,” submitter Monique Rowe told councillors at a hearing on Thursday.Kiwis currently have three-and-a-half days out of 365 that are free of shopping, submitter Stuart Bayes said.He had been a retailer and employer for 45 years and was worried about what would happen to staffers who used their right to refuse Easter Sunday work.“If you say, no, it doesn’t suit me … maybe that works against you.”READ MORE: http://www.stuff.co.nz/business/93974055/shopping-on-easter-sunday-71-per-cent-of-hamilton-submitters-say-no
Jointly organised by UNWTO, the China National Tourism Administration (CNTA) and the People’s Government of the Shaanxi Province, the 7th International Meeting on Silk Road Tourism held in the ancient Silk Road capital of Xi’an addressed key topics such as capacity building, marketing and promotion, heritage management and travel facilitation as a means to building an integrated tourism market along the land and maritime Silk Roads.“Closer tourism cooperation is of great significance to the economic and social development of the countries along the Silk Road as well as to peace and stability in the region,” said UNWTO Secretary-General, Taleb Rifai, while highlighting the way forward on the promotion of the Silk Road Tourism.“Tourism is a window for opening-up an engine of development and a bond of peace,” said Li Jinzao, Chairman of China National Tourism Administration. “Let’s work together to champion the spirit of the Silk Road in this new era and create a bright future. The number of exchanges between China and other Silk Road countries has already exceeded 30 million,” he added.Tourism ministers and representatives participating in the meeting agreed to improve travel facilitation, conduct joint marketing activities, including a ‘Visit the Silk Road’ programme, deepen regional cooperation, expand the supply of tourism products by developing tourism routes and strengthen cooperation among tourism colleges and research institutions.Participating in the meeting were Tourism Ministers and Tourism Board representatives from more than 30 countries, as well as representatives from UNESCO, BBC Worldwide, University College London, TripAdvisor, Ctrip, Hainan Airlines, Finnair and the World Indigenous Tourism Alliance.