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We interviewed the Philippines’ Undersecretary of Tourism, and the Greek Minister of Tourism, plus key trends in tourism and aviation

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Unspoilt landscape of Coron Busuanga Island, Palawan.
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DUBAI: In this episode of Dirhams & Dollars, we feature interviews with two of the hardest-working politicians — tourism promoters — in the world.

They are the Greek Minister of Tourism and the Philippines’ Undersecretary of Tourism.


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Both countries have faced significant public image crises recently, and at times have looked like they were waving goodbye to holidaymakers with the grim headlines being generated by circumstances often outside of their control.

The business desk also takes a closer look at trends that emerged at the Arabian Travel Market (ATM), the annual hospitality and aviation event, taking place in Dubai this week.

The team discusses factors such as the strength of the US dollar (to which the UAE dirham is pegged), the electronics ban on flights to the US, the rise in demand for experiential travel, and what they all mean for the tourism market.