Weekly Travel News 21st January

indian tigersInsurance Firm Hacked, Policy Holders Not Informed

Insurance firm, Aussie Travel Cover, is under fire after keeping a large-scale hacking quiet from policy holders for over a month. The hacking saw potentially hundreds of thousands of Australians’ personal information stolen and parts of its customer database posted online. After finding about the hack on December 18 last year, the large travel insurance company let third party agents know but failed to inform insurance policy holders or customers. Computer security expert Troy Hurt said data showed about three quarters of a million records of personal information including names, addresses, phone numbers and partial credit card details. Aussie Travel Cover told the ABC it was aware of the issue and is cooperating with law enforcement but could not provide any further information.

India’s Tiger Increase Proves Benefits of Tourism

India’s tiger populations has grown by 30% in recent years, proving the benefits of tourism in protecting endangered species. According to India’s government, tiger populations have increased from 1,706 four years ago to 2,226 in 2014, meaning they are now home to 70 per cent of the world’s tigers. Julian Matthew from Travel Operators for Tigers, a campaign group advocating responsible tiger tourism, says the tourism industry provides the economic imperative, local jobs and passionate advocates for the parks that harbour the greatest densities of tigers in India. India banned tourists from tiger parks in 2012 but today they are celebrating tourism’s aid in making tiger tourism a huge success story.

TripAdvisor’s Top Ten Traveller’s Choice Destinations 2014

TripAdvisor has revealed Sydney as the number one destination in its top ten Travellers’ Choice Destinations for 2014. The most popular things to do in Sydney are reportedly the Royal Botanical Gardens, Shelly Beach and the Art Gallery of New South Wales. Melbourne came in at number two, followed by Brisbane, Port Douglas, Hobart, Cessnock in the Hunter Valley and Airlie Beach. At the latter end of the list were Byron Bay, Canberra and Darwin.

Delhi Orders India-Pakistan Airline to Close Offices

Indian authorities have ordered the Pakistani airline that operates the only air link between the two countries to dispose of its offices in New Delhi, as relations deteriorate between the neighbours. Authorities in New Delhi issued a notice to Pakistan International Airlines, which currently runs three direct flights between the countries each week, telling it to sell several properties it owns in the capital. PIA’s Delhi operations manager has also been unable to renew his Indian Visa. Indo-Pakistan observers fears this is a worrying development between the two nuclear armed nations.


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