News: Government

Easing diplomatic tensions to see renewal of home-and-away football fixtures between Iran and Saudi Arabia

The Asian Football Confederation (AFC) has announced that the national football teams and clubs of Saudi Arabia and Iran have reached an agreement to play matches between them on a…

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Sep 5, 2023 Government / Sport /


Australian Government commits $5.5 million to boost Papua New Guinea pathway to NRL

The Australian Government’s ongoing sporting diplomacy among its neighbours in Oceania has seen Federal Minister for International Development and the Pacific Pat Conroy announce a…

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Jul 24, 2023 ByNigel Benton Finance / Government / Sport /


Malaysian Sports Ministry introduces free swimming lessons for children from low income families

Aiming to improve children’s water safety skills, Malaysia’s Youth and Sports Ministry (KBS) is to offer free swimming lessons to the children of families in low-income…

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Jun 27, 2023 Aquatics / Education / Government / Safety /


UNWTO and World Travel and Tourism Council Sign Historic MOU

In an historic first, the world’s two leading organisations representing the global public and private sectors in tourism agreed to work together across a number of key objectives.…

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Jun 22, 2023 Finance / Government / Safety / Tourism /


Study suggests major sporting events fail to inspire mass physical activity

The assumption that major sporting events and national team victories inspire exercise participation and physical activity among the wider population has been challenged by a newly released…

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May 25, 2023 ByNigel Benton Events / Fitness / Government / Sport / Wellness /


Indian National Hockey Team secures sponsorship extension from Odisha

The Indian National Hockey Team has secured an extension of its support from the Odisha State Government for the next ten years which will see the partnership run until the end of January…

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May 16, 2023 Events / Finance / Government / Marketing / Sport /


Hong Kong Government cuts tourism funding by 40%

The Hong Kong Government is to reduce funding on its tourism operations - including the loss-making Ocean Park - and marketing by HK$951.5 million (US$121 million) in the 2023/24 financial…

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May 8, 2023 Attractions / Finance / Government / Marketing / Tourism /


Saudi Arabia’s NEOM giga-project announces airline launch

NEOM, the Saudi Arabian Government backed giga-project, has announced that it will launch its own airline in 2024. NEOM Airlines is being created to service the linear megacity, beginning…

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Mar 27, 2023 Government / Hospitality / Tourism /



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