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“Visa For Venice” – New Campaign To Preserve City For The Future

Venice, Italy – Venice’s idyllic canals and quaint alleys make it a dream destination for many travelers but with over 20 million visitors each year, the unique charm of the city is under threat.

On June 13, Visa and the City of Venice hosted a ceremony at Venice City Hall to announce the launch of “Visa for Venice”, a three year programme that will help Italian merchants showcase their businesses to international visitors, while helping protect their city’s most treasured sites.

The new programme encourages locals and visitors alike to pay with Visa at businesses throughout Venice. The incremental revenue generated from this campaign will be contributed to a newly established fund that will be used to safeguard the city for the future.

Donation kiosks are now set up around the city where both locals and tourists can choose to make a contribution directly to the fund.

For those outside the city who would like to make a difference, donations will soon also be accepted through a web-based donation page.

New Survey Results

In a recent survey of international travelers, Visa found 68% think about their impact on the local community when planning a trip outside the U.S. and 77% agree that travelers have more of an impact today than five years ago.

Not only is there a strong awareness, an astounding percentage of international travelers surveyed want to make difference and are willing to use their spending power to lessen their impact and support the local community. This willingness includes:

– Purchasing items from local artists and eating local food (92%)

– Spending money at businesses that support sustainability locally (90%)

– Making a donation to ensure historic monuments are preserved (84%)

– Forgo a specific activity that has a negative impact on the environment or community (83%)

– Spending a little more on something if it means having less of an impact on the local community (83%)

– Spending more time in less touristy attractions to lessen impact (78%)

– Forgoing ground transportation in favor of biking or using mass transit systems (73%)

– Volunteering while in the local area (66%)

International travelers showed a very strong desire to support local businesses and indicated they are most likely to choose local, independent businesses for dining and shopping if the:

– Location was easy to find (50%)

– Business had great online reviews (44%)

– Business accepted credit or debit cards (44%)

Methodology: Visa commissioned a survey of 500 adults 18-65 years old in the U.S. who had traveled outside the U.S. in the past two years. The survey was conducted by Logica Research on behalf of Visa in May 2019.

Additional Messaging

The global appetite for international travel has never been stronger. In fact, according to the WTTC, international arrivals reached 1.3 billion last year, on pace to grow to 1.8 billion border crossings by 2030.

Visa is the most widely accepted payment network – enabling safe, secure, seamless cross-border transactions, all over the world. It starts when consumers plan and book their journey, and more importantly, continues through all phases of travels.

Travelers deserve the same payment benefits and conveniences they enjoy in their home country when traveling abroad and Visa is making that a reality.

By removing the barriers to how, where, and when you can pay abroad, travelers have peace-of-mind knowing they can use Visa virtually anywhere in the world, securely and at any time, while focusing on enjoying the experiences in front of them.

About Visa Inc.

Visa Inc. (NYSE: V) is the world’s leader in digital payments. Our mission is to connect the world through the most innovative, reliable and secure payment network – enabling individuals, businesses and economies to thrive. Our advanced global processing network, VisaNet, provides secure and reliable payments around the world, and is capable of handling more than 65,000 transaction messages a second. The company’s relentless focus on innovation is a catalyst for the rapid growth of digital commerce on any device, for everyone, everywhere. As the world moves from analog to digital, Visa is applying our brand, products, people, network and scale to reshape the future of commerce.

Photo Image: Candre Mandawe

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The Republic of Equatorial Guinea holds Inauguration of the first EITI Office

 The Republic of Equatorial Guinea holds Inauguration of the first EITI Office

The Republic of Equatorial Guinea has today held on June 12, 2019 the inauguration of the first national EITI office in the coastal city of Bata and economic capital of that country. The act coincided with the opening of the ADB Conference (African Development Bank) in the capital city, Malabo.

Equatorial Guinea, after the long period of implementation of the Initiative for Transparency in Extractive Industries (EITI), has taken a giant step today by opening its first national office to the public; This demonstrates the country’s interest in carrying out a transparent process regarding the management of extractive resources.

The opening ceremony was chaired by the Hon. Mr. Santiago Mba Eneme Nsuga, Secretary of State for Mines and Hydrocarbons, on behalf of the Hon. Mr. Gabriel Mbaga OBIANG LIMA, President of the National Commission of the Preparatory Group of EITI-GE; In addition, there was the attendance and participation of Mrs. Priscila Obono Ateba, vice-president, and Mr. Jacinto Nguema Owono Mikue, permanent secretary of the National Commission respectively as well as Civil Society.

 

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Xbox E3 Briefing: Breaking News and Announcements Official Xbox Briefing Footage from Microsoft

Xbox Showcases 60 Games for Xbox One and PC, Unveils What’s Next for Xbox Game Pass, and Offers a First Look at Project Scarlett, the Next Xbox Console

Plus, Keanu Reeves Surprises Fans with a Guest Appearance

LOS ANGELES, USA –  Highlights from the Xbox E3 Briefing held on June 9, 2019 at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles.

From the thousands of Xbox games in development, Xbox showcased of the 60 most anticipated coming to Xbox One and PC.

Fans were treated to a preview of Gears 5, the biggest game of 2019.

Keanu Reeves surprised the crowd by showing up to promote his appearance in upcoming game Cyberpunk 2077.

Microsoft announced further expansion of Xbox Game Studios with the addition of Double Fine Productions, the maker of Brütal Legend and Broken Age. Double Fine Productions is currently working on the long-awaited Psychonauts 2.

Other games shown during the Briefing included:

Halo Infinite

Bleeding Edge

Forza Horizon 4: LEGO® Speed Champions Expansion

Minecraft Dungeons

The Outer Worlds

Battletoads

Star Wars: Jedi Fallen Order

Ori and the Will of the Wisps

Microsoft Flight Simulator

Xbox revealed the future of gaming with Project Scarlett, a new console set to launch alongside Halo Infinite in 2020. Thousands of games across four console generations will look and play best on Project Scarlett.

Xbox Game Pass is the leading games subscription service. At the briefing, Xbox unveiled Xbox Game Pass for PC which will offer PC gamers a curated library of more than 100 PC titles. Xbox launched Xbox Game Pass Ultimate, which combines Xbox Game Pass for Console, Xbox Game Pass for PC and Xbox Live Gold in an all-in-one plan for gamers wanting the best value.

The Xbox Briefing included Xbox’s plans to enable people to play games wherever they want, using the cloud: Project xCloud, which empowers people to stream games everywhere they want to play; and console streaming, which will empower people to stream their entire Xbox One game library from their console while on the go, for free. Both will be available in preview starting in October.

Xbox unveiled the Xbox Elite Wireless Controller Series 2, the world’s most advanced controller, which features 30 new and improved features.

In less than 20 years, the number of gamers in the world has more than tripled. Over 2 billion people now play, and gaming is popular, in every region and on every continent.

Other: More details about Xbox One, Xbox One games and the latest Xbox news at the Xbox E3 Briefing can be found at https://news.xbox.com.

Press releases and media assets can be found at https://news.xbox.com/media

For more information, news and perspectives from Microsoft, please visit the Microsoft News Center at https://news.microsoft.com. Web links, telephone numbers and titles were correct at time of publication but may have changed.

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