SINGAPORE, 23 June 2017: Gemalto, a leader in digital security, partners with the East Timor government to issue electronic passports (ePassports) to citizens. The complete solution is built around the ICAO-compliant ePassport model. It comes with a suite of capabilities such as...
BANGKOK, 13 January 2016: A high proportion of Asian travellers are seeking new travel experiences this year but only 20% said it would involve an adventure theme, according to findings in the latest TripBarometer study published by TripAdvisor. These findings...

Best places to retire

BALTIMORE, 5 January 2016: Panama is the best place in the world to retire in 2016, according to a new Index by the retire-overseas experts at InternationalLiving.com. Malaysia was the top spot in Asia to retire and was fifth overall...

Fires burn Indonesia’s economy

JAKARTA, 16 December 2015: Indonesia's economy took an USD16-billion hit this year from forest fires that cloaked Southeast Asia in haze. It was more than double the sum spent on rebuilding Aceh after the 2004 tsunami, the World Bank said...

ADB: Disasters could double

MANILA, 1 December 2015: Climate disasters may double in the next two decades unless the world cuts its carbon dioxide emissions, the Asian Development Bank said Friday, with "high risk" nations in Asia set to be hard hit. As the...

Drums roll for AEC era

KUALA LUMPUR, 24 November 2015: Southeast Asian leaders at the weekend symbolically declared the establishment by year-end of an EU-style regional economic bloc, but diplomats admitted it will be years before the vision of a single market can be...
SINGAPORE, 20 November 2015: Shorter flights and shorter stays are what travellers from Asia-Pacific are favouring according to Visa’s Global Travel Intentions Study 2015. The recent study showed that Asia-Pacific travellers are opting to stay closer to home and within...

Call for ASEAN to fight haze

SINGAPORE, 28 October 2015: Singapore has urged fellow ASEAN members to take "firm and decisive action" against the lethal haze still spreading across the region ahead of a group summit in Malaysia next month. The city-state, one of the most...
SINGAPORE, 23 April 2015: TripAdvisor announced, Tuesday its top 10 Travellers’ Choice™ awards for Islands in Asia with Thailand dominating the list with five destinations. Five of Thailand’s popular island destinations were on the Asian top 10 list. The Philippines...
SINGAPORE, 2 April 2015: Four Southeast Asian cities figured in the top rankings for best value according to the latest cost comparison report released Wednesday by TripAdvisor. However the top spot went to Sofia, Bulgaria, for best overall value when...