Singapore’s tourist arrivals gain 4%

November 7, 2017 by  
Filed under News, Singapore

SINGAPORE, 7 November 2017: Singapore’s tourist arrivals increased 4%, year on year, to reach 8.5 million in the first half of the year according to the latest data released Monday.

According to the Singapore Tourism Board’s tally the 8.5 million visits generated SGD12.7 billion in tourist receipts, up 10%.

The strong growth in the first half of the year was attributed to higher expenditure across all major components including shopping, accommodation, food & beverage, and sightseeing, entertainment & gaming. Read more

A new aviation tax in pipeline

August 17, 2017 by  
Filed under Aviation, Malaysia, News

KUALA LUMPUR, 17 August 2017: Following on from a MYR10 tourist tax that comes into effect 1 September, Malaysia is processing a new tax on departing airline travellers.

There are plans to introduce a MYR1 (US$0.23) levy for all passengers departing from Malaysian airports as early as 2018.

ChannelNews Asia said Malaysia aviation regulator  announced details of the new 15 August. Read more

UNWTO’s Rifai got it wrong

June 23, 2017 by  
Filed under Don Ross, Travel Logs

BANGKOK, 23 June 2017: At about the same time as Otto Warmbier was shipped out of North Korea in a coma on a flight home to the US, UNWTO secretary general, Taleb Rifai, was preaching the good news that tourism could build international relations with North Korea.

Warmbier never regained consciousness. He died at home from serious brain damage caused by the brutal treatment meted out by guards at a North Korean prison where he was incarcerated for 17 months.

His crime? He pilfered a political poster from his hotel as a memento of his trip, just minutes before he left for the airport. He never made that flight and the last time he was seen in public was during a public televised viewing of his sentencing when he cried for mercy. Read more

Tourist tax to fund Myanmar’s promotions

May 16, 2017 by  
Filed under Myanmar, News

YANGON, 16 May 2017: Myanmar Tourism Federation says the country will soon impose a tourist tax on visitors to fund the country’s tourism promotional activities.

Myanmar Times quoted the federation’s chairman, U Yan Win, saying the scheme was decided by the tourism development committee during a meeting with Ministry of Hotels and Tourism late last month.

“The committee decided that tourists, even visitors travelling on a business visa, would have to pay USD1 each per night when they stay at hotels or guest houses.” Read more

HCMC gives nods for green buses

May 11, 2017 by  
Filed under News, Vietnam

HO CHI MINH CITY, 11 May 2017: Ho Chi Minh City People’s Committee has approved three new electric-bus routes to serve tourists in the city.

The city is the first in the region to introduce environmentally friendly transport for tourists.

Local media reported the electric-bus routes will be operated by the King Tour Travel Transport Co., Ltd and run on a trial basis for the next three years. Read more

Attack on Philippine tourist island

April 11, 2017 by  
Filed under News, Philippines

MANILA, 12 April 2017: Five people including a Philippine police officer were killed Tuesday in clashes with 10 suspected members of the Abu Sayyaf kidnap group on the resort island of Bohol, authorities said.

The incursion would be the first on a major Philippine tourist destination in recent years by the Abu Sayyaf, which has long engaged in kidnappings for ransom — often targeting foreigners in the lawless southern Philippines.

Five bodies have been recovered at the scene of the fighting, Philippine military spokesman Brigadier-General Restituto Padilla said on ABS-CBN television in Manila. Read more

India extends eVisa role

April 5, 2017 by  
Filed under News, South Asia, Trade Talk

NEW DELHI, 5 April 2017: India has liberalised and extended the scope of its eVisa scheme effective 1 April in a move to boost tourism to the country.

The popular eVisa, is now available in three distinct categories specifically for leisure, business and medical travel, India’s Press Information Bureau announced last week.

The e-Tourist, e-Business visa and e-Medical visas have also been extended to 161 countries for entry through 24 gateway airports, up from 16 airports earlier and three Indian sea ports; Cochin, Goa and Mangalore to tap cruise tourism potential. Read more

Champasak discovers a stupa

March 1, 2017 by  
Filed under Laos PDR, News

CHAMPASAK, 1 March 2017: Champasak’s Wat Phou World Heritage Office will submit a recently discovered Hindu-era stupa to the provincial governor’s office for approval as a new tourist attraction.

Vientiane Times quoted the office director, Oudomsy Keosaksith, saying the stupa discovered at Nongdinchi temple on Phou Malong mountain in Phonthong district probably pre-dates the Angkor era in neighbouring Cambodia.

“The stupa is older than the Wat Phou World Heritage Site and is also thought to be older than Angkor Wat in Siem Reap,” he claimed. Read more

Tourist dies in balloon mishap

February 20, 2017 by  
Filed under EUROPE, News

ISTANBU, 20 February 2017: A Danish tourist died on Saturday in a fall during a hot-air balloon sightseeing ride over a UNESCO world heritage site in central Turkey, Danish and Turkish officials said.

The Turkish transport ministry said the individual died after “falling from the balloon which made a hard landing because of strong winds”.

The balloon had been making its descent during a trip over the famed sculpted rock formations in Cappadocia in Nevsehir province. Read more

India arrests rapists

December 27, 2016 by  
Filed under News, South Asia

NEW DELHI, 27 December 2016; Indian police on Monday arrested four men accused of drugging and raping an American tourist at a five-star hotel in New Delhi earlier this year, an officer said.

The woman told police that she was part of a tour group visiting India last April when her local guide gave her a spiked bottle of water and raped her with four acquaintances inside her hotel room.

“We arrested four of them a few hours ago… the tour guide, driver, cleaner and another hotel employee, have been charged with rape,” Delhi police spokesman, Dependra Pathak, told AFP. Read more

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