Aid workers hit by USD10,000 visas

March 13, 2017 by  
Filed under AFRICA, News

JUBA, SOUTH SUDAN, 13 March 2017: International aid agencies on Saturday slammed South Sudan’s decision to raise foreign worker visa fees to as much as USD10,000 (9,300 euros), warning it would worsen a humanitarian crisis in the famine-hit country.

“The government and the army have largely contributed to the humanitarian situation,” said Elizabeth Deng of Amnesty International.

“And now, they want to create profit from the crisis they have created.” Read more

International aid to promote Battambang

February 1, 2017 by  
Filed under Cambodia, News

BATTAMBANG, 1 February 2017: Cambodia’s Ministry of Tourism will promote Cambodia’s far-northwest Battambang province as a heritage tourist destination, with assistance from an Hungarian aid programme.

Agence Kampuchea Presse quotd Tourism Minister, Thong Khon, saying the project would be carried out jointly with Hungary, which is supporting efforts to diversify tourism to improve rural economies.

The Battambang plan involves the creation of tourist accommodation, improvements in transport and better security enforcement to ensure tourists are not cheated. Read more

TripAdvisor steps up crisis aid

September 21, 2016 by  
Filed under News, Singapore

SINGAPORE, 21 September 2016: TripAdvisor announced, Tuesda,y a commitment of at least USD5 million from the TripAdvisor Charitable Foundation over the next three years to aid the humanitarian refugee crisis.

For its initial contribution, the foundation will expand its partnership with The International Rescue Committee (IRC) and Mercy Corps providing USD1 million over two years to each organisation.

Additionally, through its TripAdvisor Media Group, the company has committed to provide in-kind support in multiple areas. The multi-year commitment was announced in advance of the White House’s Private Sector Call to Action Roundtable on 20 September at UN Headquarters. Read more

Myanmar: Funds for innovation

June 24, 2015 by  
Filed under Myanmar, News

YANGON, 24 June 2015: UK AID through its Department of International Development (DFID) is funding a competition for Myanmar’s  tourism industry, hoping to assist hoteliers and other local operators to develop new travel options in the country.

Local business consultants HamsaHub, claimed competition winners will receive UKP12,712 (USD20,000) to meet around half the cost of setting up new domestic tourism packages.

HamsaHub told the Irrawaddy media that it is managing the competition, launched last week, as part of a wider project identified as the UK’s Business Innovation Facility. HamsaHub is the BIF’s country manager.

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AirAsia mobilises to aid Nepal

May 7, 2015 by  
Filed under Aviation, News

KUALA LUMPUR, 7 May 2015: AirAsia Foundation announced Wednesday, its second fund-raising drive this year to join global efforts to support Nepal after the devastating 7.8 magnitude earthquake of 25 April.

The campaign, which will run until 22 May, will provide donation boxes on board AirAsia flights and at hub airports, in addition to on-going flight sponsorships for medical and relief aid workers.

Other than on-board collections, the public will also be able to donate via a dedicated donations website on

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Rescue teams battle reach remote areas

April 29, 2015 by  
Filed under News, South Asia

KATHMANDU, 29 April 2015: Rescuers in Nepal battled, Tuesday, to reach remote communities devastated by a huge earthquake that has killed at least 4,310 people, as the impoverished country’s leader said relief workers had still not reached many of the worst-hit areas.

Prime Minister Sushil Koirala told an emergency all-party meeting the government was sending desperately needed tents, water and food supplies to those in need.

But he said getting help to remote Himalayan villages left devastated by Saturday’s 7.8-magnitude quake was a “major challenge” in the desperately poor country, where many communities are inaccessible by road.

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Hue temple restored

February 11, 2015 by  
Filed under News, Vietnam

THUA THIEN-HUE, 11 February 2015: The Hue Monuments Conservation Centre has completed a US-funded project worth USD700,000 to restore the facade of the Trieu To Temple in the ancient imperial citadel of Hue in central Thua Thien-Hue province.

According to a local media report, the centre also completed the restoration of three altars sponsored by the US Ambassador’s Fund for Cultural Preservation, worth USD30,000 since January 2014.  Read more