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Denmark: Animal Protection Act Strengthened by Ban on Bestiality

(May 7, 2015) On April 21, 2015, Denmark’s legislature approved a motion that bans bestiality; the goal of the action is to combat animal-sex tourism. The ban, which comes into force on July 1, was passed by a 91-75 vote, with five abstentions. It will impose a fine or imprisonment as punishment for anyone found […]

Indonesia: Beer Sales Ban for Small Vendors

(Apr. 23, 2015) In January 2015, Indonesia’s Ministry of Trade issued Regulation 6/M-Dag/PER/1/2015, which bans the sale by small shops of drinks with an alcohol content of 1% to 5%. (Perubahan Kedua Atas Peraturan Perdagangan No. 20/M-DAG/PER/4/2014 Tentang Pengendalian Dan Pengawasan Terhadap Pengadaan, Peredaran, dan Penjualan Minuman Beralkohol [Second Amendment to Regulation No. 20/M-DAG/PER/4/2014 on […]

Indonesia: Questions Raised on Visa-Free Entry Rule

(Mar. 25, 2015) In January 2015, Indonesia suspended the requirement for a visa for visitors to the country from China and several other nations. Later, 30 other countries were added to the list, with a start date for visa-free tourist entrance set in April 2015. Most of the countries named were in Europe, in addition […]

South Africa; Sri Lanka: Cooperation Agreements in Tourism, Zoo Management

(Mar. 2, 2015) Sri Lanka and South Africa concluded two cooperation agreements on February 24, 2015. The agreements are: 1) Draft Declaration of Intent between the National Department of Tourism of the Republic of South Africa and the Sri Lankan Ministry of Tourism and Sports on Cooperation in the Field of Sustainable Tourism Development for […]

Italy: Measures to Enhance Protection of Cultural Patrimony

(Aug. 12, 2014) Decree-Law No. 83 of 2014, which entered into effect on July 31, 2014, establishes urgent tax, financial, and administrative measures aimed at the protection and promotion of Italy’s cultural patrimony and the national tourism industry. (Decreto-Legge 31 maggio 2014, n. 83, Disposizioni urgenti per la tutela del patrimonio culturale, lo sviluppo della […]

French Polynesia: New Law Gives Tax Breaks to Some Large Investors

(June 10, 2014) On May 26, 2014, a law was adopted establishing the tax rules for large-scale investments in hotels and tourist businesses in French Polynesia. (Law No. 2014-12, Loi de pays instituant un dispositif en faveur des grands investissements hôteliers et touristiques [National Law on a Measure for the Benefit of Large Investments in […]

Brazil: New Law on Travel Agencies Partially Vetoed

(May 28, 2014) Brazilian President Dilma Roussef vetoed one-half of the articles of Law No. 12,974 of May 15, 2014, which regulates the activites perfomed by travel agencies. (Mensagem No. 113, de 15 de Maio de 2014, PLANALTO; Lei No. 12.974, de 15 de Maio de 2014, PLANALTO.) According to Roussef, the vetoed articles represented […]

Japan: Support and Promotion of Amami and Ogasawara Islands

(Apr. 24, 2014) The Diet (Japan’s parliament) recently extended the effect of special acts that promote two remote island groups, the Amami and Ogasawara Islands, and added measures to promote and develop the areas. (Act No. 6 of 2014; text of the legislation [in Japanese], Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism (MLIT) website (last […]