Tag: tourism

A glimpse at the profile of a Chinese tourist

From Bali to Rome, locals of a particular country would often spot a Chinese tourist enjoying their culture. Businesses and agencies alike study the Chinese tourist portfolio in detail to optimise opportunities. It begs to ask the question, "What is the profile of a Chinese...

Hong Kong minister urges a halt to violence as unemployment increases

Hong Kong Chief Secretary for Administration Matthew Cheung expressed disappointment at the latest violent demonstration last Sunday after police fired tear gas at protesters. “The work of stopping the violence has not yet been completed, we need to keep working on it. At the same...

Hong Kong unrest drives tourists, businesses to Singapore

Recent figures from the Singapore Tourism board report that five million tourists visited the country from July to September 2019. Of these, the majority of visitors came from Mainland China at 22 percent. But, it seems that Singapore's tourism industry is also benefiting from the ongoing...

Checking-in at Singapore hotels now only takes a minute with new kiosks that verify guests’ identities and status through the ICA

Singapore tourism hit a record high in 2018, with an impressive 18.5 million visitor arrivals logged in for the entire year. That's a lot of flights and hotel check-ins. A new system introduced by the Singapore Tourism Board (STB) now makes the check-in process so...

Japanese  “dollar hotel” offers option to livestream guest’s stay

A small hotel located in Japan's Fukuoka prefecture offers a special promo for budget travellers. Regular overnight accommodation at the Asahi Ryokan hotel costs US$27 (S$36), but it can cost only one dollar if the guest agrees to livestream their entire stay at the hotel. Tetsuya...

Berlin bans snapshot ‘soldiers’ at Checkpoint Charlie

The classic souvenir photo with two "American soldiers" at Checkpoint Charlie, once the border crossing from West Berlin to the East, may be off tourist checklists for good. The people dressed in border guard uniforms charging visitors for snapshots have now been ordered by Berlin...

Justice minister questions media after demonstrations against Criminal Code bill

Justice and Human Rights Minister Yasonna Laoly lambasted critics of the criminal code bill after a massive protest at Parliament this week. He questioned the media companies that are campaigning against the bills, which include a revision of the anti-corruption laws which critics say will...

The Bahamas urges tourists to return to the islands after hurricane Dorian

In the aftermath of hurricane Dorian, the Bahamas still remains more or less the same. While the powerful tropical cyclone battered the islands and left several places in severe states of catastrophe and ruin, some that house the country's best known beaches and resorts...

Batam still a popular destination with tourists despite haze in the region

Tourists from Singapore and Malaysia have not stopped flocking to Batam despite the unhealthy air quality the Island experienced since the beginning of the week. The Jakarta Post on Thursday said there were no signs of a decrease in the number of passengers travelling on ferries from...

Indonesia faces resistance when it comes to halal tourism plans for Lake Toba

The Indonesian government has been pushing to develop new tourist zones with the 'halal tourism' concept to attract foreign visitors to islands besides Bali. The idea to push for “halal tourism” is to attract Muslim tourists from abroad, but, in some areas of the country, those...