Task force tackles child sex abuse

January 3, 2018 by  
Filed under News, Thailand

BANGKOK, 3 January 2018:  Australian paedophiles hoping to stay under the radar in Thailand are facing tougher scrutiny from a Royal Thai Police-led unit tasked with policing sex crimes against children, according to a report in the Sydney Morning Herald.

The report’s author, Lindsay Murdoch, says up to 180 suspected foreign child sex abusers, including Australians, regularly visit or live in Pattaya, a city notorious for its seedy nightlife.

Quoting Supagon Noja, a director of Thailand’s Anti-Human Trafficking and Child Abuse Centre, the report says suspects escape justice using increasingly sophisticated ways to interact with children, including through the internet. Read more

Australia tough on sex tourism

December 14, 2017 by  
Filed under News

SYDNEY, 14 December 2017: A registered child sex offender was stopped at an Australian airport, Wednesday, within hours of new laws designed to prevent convicted paedophiles from travelling overseas coming into effect.

It is now an offence for registered child sex offenders — those convicted of the most serious forms of abuse in Australia — to leave the country without approval from law enforcement agencies.

They also face having their passports cancelled at the request of Australian authorities. Read more

Uluru off limits to climbers

November 2, 2017 by  
Filed under News, PACIFIC

SYDNEY, 2 November 2017: Climbing the world’s largest monolith Uluru was banned Wednesday amid concerns it was becoming a “theme park”, undermining the giant red rock’s deep cultural significance.

Scrambling up the symbol of the Outback, also known as Ayers Rock, for many tourists is a must-do activity when they visit Australia.

But they do so against the wishes of the traditional Aboriginal owners, the Anangu, to whom the site is sacred. Read more

Cruises start closer to home

October 11, 2017 by  
Filed under News, Singapore

SINGAPORE, 11 October, 2017: Princess Cruises’ newest cruise ship, Majestic Princess, will board guests at close-to-home departure ports in Asia to experience destinations in the region and Australasia, starting February 2018.

The third ship in the Royal class of ships, the 3,560-passenger Majestic Princess was launched last March.

It is tailored specifically for the Asian market, representing the newest and largest ships in the Princess Cruises fleet.  The fourth Royal-class ship is scheduled for delivery in 2019. Read more

Accor bids for Mantra

October 10, 2017 by  
Filed under Hospitality, News, PACIFIC

SYDNEY, 10 October 2017: France’s AccorHotels has made a AUD1.17 billion (USD910 million) bid for one of Australia’s biggest hotel operators, the Mantra Group, the local company said Monday in a move that sent its share price soaring.

Mantra, which operates more than 20,000 rooms in Australia, New Zealand and Indonesia, said it had received an offer of AUD3.96 cash per share, valuing the firm at Aus$1.17 billion.

“Mantra has granted Accor access to due diligence to determine if a transaction can be agreed and recommended unanimously by the Mantra board,” the Australian-listed company said in a statement. Read more

Meet the Sydneyporeans

August 22, 2017 by  
Filed under News, Singapore

SINGAPORE, 22 August 2017: Qantas has teamed up with Destination New South Wales to launch “Meet the Sydneyporeans”, a three-part video mini-series featuring Singaporeans living in Sydney and its suburbs.

The series, due to launch today, will introduce New South Wales through the eyes of the featured Singaporeans, to inspire Singaporeans to travel to Australia.

“Meet the Sydneyporeans” will be launched on www.sydneyporeans.com and Qantas YouTube channel. Read more

Vietnam promotion travel Australia

August 17, 2017 by  
Filed under News, Vietnam

HANOI, 17 August 2017: Vietnam National Administration of Tourism and Singapore Airlines embarked on a Vietnam Tourism Roadshow, this week, that travels to key cities in Australia to drum up bookings for Vietnam.

The first event was held in Perth, 15 August, and follows with a presentation in Sydney and closes, 18 August, in Melbourne.

Australian expatriate, Linh Le, is the roadshow’s MC and co-host leading the delegation.  Read more

Big gaps in airport security

August 4, 2017 by  
Filed under Aviation, News, PACIFIC

SYDNEY, 4 August 2017: Major security gaps persist at Australian airports despite authorities’ efforts to tighten screenings after thwarting an alleged terror plot to blow up a plane, the pilots’ union has warned.

Four men were arrested in Sydney on Saturday accused of planning an attack using an improvised explosive device, prompting authorities to tighten security at airports across the nation.

But pilots, who have to be screened alongside air crew, retail workers and passengers, said similar requirements were not in place for ground staff, who are instead issued with security cards. Read more

Wyndham grows in Perth

June 29, 2017 by  
Filed under News, PACIFIC

PERTH, WESTERN AUSTRALIA, 29 June 2017: Wyndham Hotel Group is strengthening its presence in Western Australia with the announcement of its third Perth hotel, set to open in late 2018, and its first for Perth under the company’s Wyndham brand.

Situated on the corner of the Great Eastern Highway and Fitzroy Road, Wyndham LUX Perth will offer 120 rooms. Facilities include a swimming pool, gym, meeting rooms, a restaurant and a rooftop bar with views of the Swan River.

The hotel is located  6 km  Perth’s CBD, the WA Cricket Ground and Perth Stadium, and is within walking distance of the Swan River and Crown Casino. Read more

Australia woos Singaporean tourists

June 5, 2017 by  
Filed under News, Singapore

SINGAPORE, 5 June 2017: Singaporeans travelling to Australia, next year will be eligible for a new visa that will allow stays of up to three months at a time, over a six-year validity period.

ChannelNewsAsia reported the new visa was “exclusive” to Singaporeans and would be effective from 1 January, 2018.

The announcement on the long-term visa was made 2 June by Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull during his three-day visit to Singapore. Read more

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