China and New Zealand pledge deeper trade and economic cooperation

China and New Zealand flags. Andrea Verdelli | Getty Images News | Getty Images China and New Zealand are working toward implementing an upgraded version of the free trade agreement between the two countries. Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi said Monday the two countries should kick off negotiations on the negative list of service trade … Read more

World’s most powerful passports in 2024: Japan, Singapore, France, Italy

Six countries have earned the title of the most powerful passports in 2024 — with all of them granting visa-free travel to 194 out of 227 destinations. Four EU member states now share crown with Singapore and Japan as the number one passport in the quarterly Henley Passport Index. They are: Spain, Germany, France and … Read more

Where is it safe to travel in 2024? See the updated list

Planning a vacation? Here are the countries that pose the maximum risk for travelers in 2024 — and also the ones that are the safest — according to International SOS. The risk assessment firm, in its 2024 Risk Map, has ranked these countries based on several metrics, including security, medical dangers as well as the … Read more

New Zealand dollar spikes as RBNZ holds rates, warns of more hikes

Pedestrians walk past the Reserve Bank of New Zealand headquarters in Wellington, New Zealand, on Thursday, Sept. 13, 2012. Mark Coote | Bloomberg | Getty Images The New Zealand dollar jumped 1% to nearly 0.62 against the U.S. dollar after the Reserve Bank of New Zealand held its official cash rate at 5.5% and warned that … Read more

Pack your jerseys. The era of ‘sports tourism’ is here

Start your engines. From Formula One races to the Summer Olympic Games, traveling to attend major sporting events is on the rise. Sports tourism, as it’s called, is one of the fastest-growing sectors in the travel industry, according to the United Nations World Tourism Organization.   The market is massive, and only stands to grow, … Read more

Match Report – Wales 43 – 19 Georgia

Last Updated: 07/10/23 4:04pm Louis Rees-Zammit scored a hat-trick of tries against Georgia Winger Louis Rees-Zammit scored a hat-trick of tries as Wales beat Georgia 43-19 to secure first place in World Cup Pool C. Wales, who lost their last match against Georgia 11 months ago, went into half-time with a 17-7 lead after tries … Read more

Match Report – Scotland 84 – 0 Romania

Scotland run up their second-highest win at a World Cup in Romania rout, finishing just five points shy of the 89-0 victory they enjoyed against Ivory Coast in 1995; they next face No 1 side Ireland in a World Cup shootout next Saturday night Last Updated: 30/09/23 11:03pm Darcy Graham scored four tries in a … Read more

Vienna, Copenhagen, Melbourne high checklist

Austria’s Vienna has come up high once more as the most effective metropolis to reside in globally, in accordance with a report by the Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU). The International Liveability Index 2023 attributed Vienna’s success to its “profitable mixture” of stability, good tradition and leisure, dependable infrastructure, exemplary schooling and well being companies. “It … Read more

New Zealand enters technical recession after economic system shrank 0.1% within the first quarter

Buildings in Auckland, New Zealand, on Monday, Could 22, 2023. Bloomberg | Bloomberg | Getty Photographs New Zealand’s gross home product fell 0.1% within the first quarter, in line with authorities information revealed Thursday, as its central financial institution launched into one of the crucial aggressive price hike cycles on this planet. The most recent … Read more