China’s Great Wall erodes

June 30, 2015 by  
Filed under News, North Asia

BEIJING, 30 June 2015: Around 30% of China’s Ming-era Great Wall has disappeared over time as adverse natural conditions and reckless human activities — including stealing the bricks to build houses — erode the UNESCO World Heritage site, state media reported.

The Great Wall is not a single unbroken structure but stretches for thousands of kilometres in sections, from Shanhaiguan on the east coast to Jiayuguan in the windswept sands on the edge of the Gobi desert.

In places it is so dilapidated that estimates of its total length vary from 9,000 to 21,000 kilometres (5,600 to 13,000 miles), depending on whether missing sections are included. Despite its length it is not, as is sometimes claimed, visible from space.

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Bayon flies to HCMC

June 29, 2015 by  
Filed under Aviation, Cambodia, News

PHNOM PENH, 29 June 2015: Cambodia Bayon Airlines, a low-cost Chinese-owned airline, will launch daily flights between Phnom Penh and Ho Chi Minh City beginning 1 July.

The new flight follows on from the launch of domestic flights from Phnom Penh to Siem Reap and Sihanoukville.

The management is already complaining about tough domestic market conditions. Cambodia Daily quoted the airline’s vice general manager, Nick Nayak, saying there were too many airlines serving domestic routes, begging the question why the management wanted to add to the oversupply.

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July bargain from Orient Thai

June 29, 2015 by  
Filed under Travel Deals

BANGKOK, 29 June 2015: Orient Thai Airlines offers a promotional fare to Phuket until the end of July this year.

A one-way fare, inclusive of taxes and surcharges, Bangkok (Don Mueang Airport) to Phuket starts at THB1,000.

Booking and travel period expire 31 July, which considerably shorter than most promotional travel options on the market to Phuket. Usually the booking period is quite short, but the travel period extends to the peak season in November.

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ATTA predicts a record year

June 29, 2015 by  
Filed under News, Thailand

BANGKOK, 29 June 2015: Association of Thai Travel Agents says Thailand tourism in the second half of this year will enjoy positive growth.

Speaking at the association monthly meeting, late last week, ATTA president Charoen Wangananont, said travel booked through member companies reached 2.59 million by 20 June. In contrast  agents handled 3.24 million for all of 2014.

“Arrivals in the first half of this year showed a remarkable comeback… we need only 650,000 more trips to surpass last year’s total. The second half of this year should be positive and it is likely that agents will handle 5 million trips.”

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Hoi An restricts island access

June 29, 2015 by  
Filed under News, Vietnam

HOI AN, 29 June 2015: Hoi An’s authorities have decided to allow only 3,000 people to visit its Cu Lao Cham Islands every day to protect the biosphere site recognised by UNESCO.

The new rule will take effect 1 July.

Thanh Nien News reported that a rapid increase in arrivals has put the off-shore islands, (combined population of 2,500) under a lot of pressure, especially its environment and water resources.

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TripAdvisor sets aside space for airports

June 29, 2015 by  
Filed under News, Technology

SINGAPORE, 29 June 2015: TripAdvisor® has introduced dedicated airport pages, enabling travellers around the world to get information about what to do, where to eat and where to stay at 200 major airports around the world.

It will also allows travellers to post their comments and evaluations of airport services.

When travellers search for an airport on TripAdvisor, they will be directed to a dedicated airport page with reviews, ratings and other information about hotels nearby as well as restaurants and attractions in both public and transit areas.

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Social media: Beyond close friends

June 29, 2015 by  
Filed under Hospitality, News

SINGAPORE, 29 June 2015: A Mercure sponsored survey indicates people are making more friends than ever when they travel, mainly due to social media.

The survey conducted in collaboration with Institut TNS Sofres, was based on a sample of 5,500 individuals from 13 countries, sheds new light on the notion of friendship in an era characterized by Web 2.0 and a surge in travel.

Findings showed that 56% of people who answered the survey have made friends while travelling.

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Solar takes off for Hawaii

June 29, 2015 by  
Filed under Aviation, News

TOKYO, 29 June 2015: The revolutionary Solar Impulse 2 aircraft flew out of central Japan, Monday, heading for Hawaii, the most ambitious leg of its quest to circumnavigate the globe powered only by the sun.

Swiss pilot Andre Borschberg, 62, left the ground in the city of Nagoya around 3:00 am (1800 GMT), five days after weather problems forced the organisers to cancel an earlier attempt.

“It took off at 3 o’clock and 4 minutes,” spokeswoman Elke Neumann said.

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Tunisia arms tourist police

June 29, 2015 by  
Filed under AFRICA, News

PARIS, 29 June 2015: Tunisia said Sunday it would arm tourist police and deploy hundreds of reinforcements as authorities moved to boost security after a jihadist gunned down 38 people at a seaside resort.

There were similar attacks in France and Kuwait to coincide with the start of Ramadan a fasting month.

In Tunisia, police on horseback and quad bikes patrolled the beach at Port El Kantaoui north of Sousse where the worst jihadist attack in Tunisia’s history took place on Friday.

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Brazil top for sex tourism

June 29, 2015 by  
Filed under News, south America

RIO DE JANEIRO, 29 June 2015: More than 3,000 websites have emerged since 2013 touting Brazil as a sex-tourism destination, and the situation has worsened with major events such as the 2014 World Cup, a survey found.

The tally by private firm Axur and published Sunday in the O Globo newspaper showed the number of sites linking Brazil to porn, prostitution and sex tourism has far surpassed the 2,165 that were already shut down by the tourism ministry in 2011 and 2012.

Axur counted 3,350 new sites in several different languages created since 2013.

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